First ever 3D-printed, living algae cells
The Trade Forum AM Science and the Forum of the Fraunhofer Additive Manufacturing Alliance showcase latest scientific discoveries in Additive Manufacturing
Erfurt. How to coating medical implants during the manufacturing process to enable them to integrate faster with the body, or manufacture turbine blades so that they can withstand even higher temperatures and dynamic loads, are just two of the challenges that can be solved by Additive Manufacturing (AM). “One approach is to create the desired product characteristics within the material itself, and develop AM processes to work with it. The goal is to continue to break down the barriers for Additive Manufacturing, and make processes even faster and easier to replicate. Science and industry are working tirelessly together on this. We will again be presenting our latest research findings at the Trade Forum AM Science in 2017”, says Prof. Dr. Gerd Witt, Chair of Manufacturing Technology at the University of Duisburg-Essen and co-founder of the Erfurt Rapid.Tech event, which is taking place from 20 to 22 June 2017. The Advisory Board Chairman is overseeing the Trade Forum AM Science on 21 and 22 June, which will include 13 talks by renowned scientists from research institutions in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Trade Forum AM Science
One rapidly growing field with enormous potential is 3D Bioprinting. This process was recently used to 3D print living algae cells, and will be reported on for the first time at Rapid.Tech + FabCon 3.D. The cells can be used as a base to create viable artificial tissue structures.
Another major area of focus will be the latest results and findings relating to the reliable use and certification of hybrid 3D material systems for laser melting, for instance copper and steel composites or copper alloys such as CuCr1Zr. The session will also cover Additive Manufacturing of complex high-performance cooling elements, which play an important role in ensuring efficient heat management in high-performance electronics and laser technologies.
Other presentations will deal with innovative materials in plastic Additive Manufacturing, where new high-performance materials are being created by combining photopolymers with improved lithography-based Additive Manufacturing. A further talk will demonstrate the use of new materials in the laser sintering process, using the example of polyamide 6.
Sessions will also cover the influence of light exposure on the surface porosity of metal components, the configuration of defined characteristics profiles for porous consistent media structures and the influence of particle size distribution on fluidity and component quality when laser melting metals.
As well as qualification of materials, consistent process chains are also required if the full potential of AM is to be realised. These issues will be addressed in talks on adherence to measurement tolerances in laser sintering, contamination-proof multi-material manufacturing in laser melting and the use of fused layer modelling for integration of conductive functions.
Forum of the Fraunhofer Additive Manufacturing Alliance
One research organisation that deals with AM along the entire process chain is the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. The Fraunhofer Alliance is a group of 17 integrated institutes across Germany, working on the development and implementation of Additive Manufacturing procedures and processes and on the materials associated with it. Members of the research partnership will be back at Rapid.Tech 2017 to discuss their latest findings at the Forum of the Fraunhofer Additive Manufacturing Alliance on 22 June.
“This is the third time we have held our forum at Erfurt, and we look forward to sharing our ideas and experiences with developers and users from a variety of disciplines across science and industry. The Alliance focuses primarily on engineering, materials, technologies and quality, and provides solutions for numerous sectors ranging from the automotive industry to dentistry. In Erfurt, we will be presenting current developments in fields such as multi-material processing, large component manufacturing, and principles for new robot-based manufacturing. We will also cover developments in processes and applications for metals, ceramics and plastics”, says Dr. Bernhard Müller, spokesman for the Alliance and convenor of the trade forum.
Speakers will discuss a variety of topics across a total of six talks, including new materials and layouts for digital manufacture of insoles for diabetic patients. Material ink design and additive processing methods that could open up new fields of application in biomedicine will also be discussed. Also on the agenda will be the manufacture of functional hybrid ceramic-based components using a combination of additive and conventional processes, metallic multi-material processing, the use of universal industrial robots in Additive Manufacturing of large format components, and process variations for binder-based 3D Printing of metallic materials.
The Trade Forum AM Science and the Forum of the Fraunhofer Additive Manufacturing Alliance are part of Rapid.Tech + FabCon 3.D, which takes place from 20 to 22 June 2017 at Messe Erfurt. The conference programme also includes the Trade Forums Contract Additive Manufacturing, Medical Technology, Design, Electronic Engineering, Tool and Mould and Fixture Making on 20 June, the Trade Forums Automotive Industry and 3D Metal Printing on 21 June and the Trade Forum Aviation on 22 June. The Users Conference will be held on 21 and 22 June.
Alongside the conference programme, companies, research institutions and networks will be demonstrating their latest AM solutions at the accompanying trade show on all three days. While Rapid.Tech focuses on industrial applications, FabCon 3.D’s 3D Printing Conference serves as a meeting place for the international 3D Printing Community, bringing together creative Start-Ups, prominent players and hobbyists. As of April 2017, nearly 200 exhibitors from ten countries had already registered. The trade show duo will this year welcome companies from Italy, Poland, Russia and the US.
In 2016, 4,500 (2015: 3,971) trade visitors and conference attendees from 19 countries, and 176 exhibitors from 17 countries, travelled to Erfurt for Rapid.Tech + FabCon 3.D. These figures represented new records both for the trade show and for the conference.