05 - 07 June 2018
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Trade Forum Design on 20 June 2017 to focus on design process issues for 3D Printing

Erfurt. Additive Manufacturing (AM) is opening up new opportunities for lightweight construction and the possibility of integrating functionality at the product design stage. “In order to take full advantage of this potential, we need to change the way we think about design. The high level of freedom on offer enables designers to focus more on the functionality of a part than ever before. For example, they can print complex geometries that could never be designed using traditional CAD tools. However, they still have to be aware of process-related restrictions and parameters, to ensure that parts with features such as very thin walls retain their stability“, says Prof. Dr.-Ing. Detmar Zimmer, Chair of Design and Drive Technology at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at Paderborn University and convenor of the Trade Forum Design to be held at Rapid.Tech in Erfurt on 20 June 2017. He adds that standards need to be established to support the still relatively new process of designing for 3D Printing: “We still have a lot of work ahead of us in this respect, and we need to ensure that the business and science worlds maintain an ongoing, application-oriented dialogue.”

The Trade Forum Design at Rapid.Tech and FabCon 3.D 2017 provides the perfect platform for this. Its talks will cover processes for further improving product characteristics and process security within Additive Manufacturing, including in conjunction with software tools.

The series of presentations will start with a reflections on how to integrate topology optimisation into production-oriented design. Fused deposition modelling (FDM) technology and the factors that influence the precision with which FDM components can be reproduced will be the focus of another talk. FDM will also be discussed in the context of the manufacture of gyroid structures, which have excellent potential for lightweight construction. And the trade forum will also discuss which approaches are likely to be more effective for reconstruction of topology-optimised data in CAE/CAM processes, depending on application and complexity, and requirements-oriented design of internal structures for supporting metal components. A rotor shaft in a synchronous motor, and bicycle components, will be used as examples to illustrate the potential for lightweight construction of an objective-oriented and 3D Printing-focused design and manufacturing process.

The Trade Forum Design is 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 Additive Contract Manufacturing, Medical Technology, Tool, Mould and Fixture Making and Electronic Engineering on 20 June, the Trade Forums Automotive Industry and 3D Metal Printing on 21 June and the Trade Forum Aviation and the Forum of the Fraunhofer Additive Manufacturing Alliance on 22 June. The Users Conference and the Trade Forum AM Science 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 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 the conference.

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