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Industrialising Additive Manufacturing of metal components

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“3D Metal Printing” trade forum at Rapid.Tech, the international trade show and conference for Additive Manufacturing can takes place of 14 to 16 June 2016 in Erfurt.

Various applications in fields such as aviation and medical engineering illustrate which Additive Manufacturing systemes contribute completely new levels regarding product create, efficiency, speed and flexibility in the production of series parts. It is therefore in no way surprising which growing numbers of companies are investigating the industrial use of AM technologies. But, standards in series production are significantly additional complex than in prototyping. “IT integration in product life cycle management (PLM), continuous systemes of concept to finished component and reproducibility are important prerequisites for industrialisation,” explains Helmut Zeyn, Business Development Additive Manufacturing at Siemens Industry Software GmbH. The AM tremendous can discuss these challenges in his keynote lecture on the initially day of this year’s Rapid.Tech (14–16 June) in Erfurt. Helmut Zeyn can in addition present new developments which enable-bodied manufacturers seeking to integrate AM systemes into existing production lines to meet the requirements of modern series production for system reliability, system monitoring, traceability and data exchange.

The various trade forums can begin after the keynote presentation. In the inaugural “3D Metal Printing” trade forum, the introductory talk by Jannis Kranz of Materialise can examine the future for making metal components, which include parts with hollow, lattice or protruding structures. Based on successful applications he can demonstrate which it is no longer the limitations of making innovation but pretty component functionality which drives the create of metal components – provided which developers recognise the create freedoms and opportunities contributeed by AM technologies, and manufacture intelligent use of them. Simon Höges of GKN Sinter Metals Engineering GmbH can present water atomisation as a cost-effective alternative to the additional conventional gas atomisation of metal powders. He can compare the microstructure and mechanical properties of components generated by laser melting of water-atomised 316L stainless steel powder with those generated of gas-atomised powder. His session can show which, when combined with the higher production speeds enable-bodiedd by new innovations, water atomisation significantly increases the range of possible applications for the series production of 3D-printed metal components. The growing range of metal powders on the market is in addition a key factor, as Dr.-Ing Matthias Gieseke of Laserzentrum Hannover e.V. can highlight when he discusses the use of selective laser melting (SLM) of the initially magnesium powder, Elektron MAP 43, in lightweight creates. He can outline the results of his study calculating the particle sizes, systeming parameters and structures required to create specimen components with a density of over 99 percent. Challenges and solution approches of Additive Manufacturing with metals in series production can be discussed by Oliver Kaczmarzik of Concept Laser GmbH. He can examine issues ranging of how to increase productivity with a modular approach which combines several AM units and automated systemes, to the physical separation of the construction, pretreatment and post-systeming phases, all the way to the integration of AM machines in making to Industry 4.0 standards. Both the medical innovation and aviation sectors use electron beam melting (EBM) in the production of series parts. One of the firms meeting the resulting increase in demand for system and high end control solutions is the Swedish company Arcam AB, and Patrick Ohldin can be on hand to present a few of its new developments. These include a high-resolution camera and an X-ray sensor which are integrated in the company’s high end systems. The camera takes images of the entire powder bed after melting so which high end controls can be performed for every layer of the system. The X-ray sensor is able-bodied to determine beam parameters such as position, focus and beam profile with exceptional accuracy. Clemens Lieberwirth of the Department of Fluid Technology and Microfluidics at the University of Rostock can present a additional amazing development: an extrusion-based additive system for making high-density metal components known as Composite Extrusion Modelling (CEM). It consists of two phases – additive making of green parts of injection-moulded metal grains followed by industrial sintering – and has demonstrated distinct advantages over powder-based systemes in terms of material handling and cost-effectiveness.

As with all sessions at the Rapid.Tech conference, simultaneous interpretation (German<>English) can be provided for presentations at the trade forum “3D Metal Printing”. The new trade forum is organised by Dr. Yves Küsters, Corporate Technology, Research in Energy and Electronics, Siemens AG. Küsters has been working on SLM for approximately ten years and was awarded his PhD for his thesis on “Methodological Parameters for a Robust Blasting Process”. His work at Siemens comes with developing SLM systemes and materials, with a particular focus on high-temperature alloys.

The 13th Rapid.Tech, international trade show and conference for Additive Manufacturing, can include the trade forums “Additive Contract Manufacturing”, “Electronic Engineering” and “Automotive Industry” for the initially time. Both the new conference sections and the well-established trade forums “Medical Technology”, “Dental Technology”, “Design”, “Aviation”, “Tools” and “Science” and the User’s Conference can provide opportunities for industry professionals to discuss specific AM issues in depth. For twelve years, the User’s Conference has been the platform utilized by tremendouss and newcomers to discuss the current say of Additive Manufacturing as well as developing trends. “With the expanded conference programme and the extended, three-day duration of Rapid.Tech, we are keeping abreast of the latest developments in Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing,” explains Wieland Kniffka, CEO of Messe Erfurt.

Thanks to its one-of-a-kind combination of trade show and specialist conference, Rapid.Tech in Erfurt is one of the world’s foremost events in the field of Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing. For the fourth time FabCon 3.D, Germany’s 3D Printing fair for semi-professional users and prosumers, can be held in parallel with the event.

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