The 3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing Value Chain

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The emphasis of the 3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing  industry has been predominantly on the 3D Printer technology and not on the Value Chain. 3D Printers should be faster, have higher quality, Build larger sizes etc.. 

However, the design / engineering phase, the choice of materials and the postprocessing phase are equally or even more important. And if one wants to grow towards manufacturing, the integration of 3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing in the ‘traditional’ factory is essential as well.

3D Printing Value Chain is a platform and information interface enabling an exchange of information on market requirements, research interests and current results, skills and resources as well as facilitating the building of future partnerships.

The platform covers various and complex aspects of 3D printing from design to end-product and includes conferences dedicated to the following value chain components:

The two day Event has a focus on AM/3D Printing of polymers with the following related topics:

  • Advances in 3D printing and additive manufacturing technology
  • Additive manufacturing and 3D Printing Design & Engineering issues
  • Rapid product development
  • Polymers and properties for 3D Printing
  • Developments on polymers for 3D Printing
  • 3D image processing and visualization
  • Challenges in 3D printing for polymers
  • 3D Printing Post Processing of Polymers
  • 3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing Integrated Manufacturing
  • Nanocomposite and high performance polymers

The event consists of a two day Conference and an Expo.

Academics, engineers, designers, and managers are invited to lecture on their state-of-the-art developments and future prospects or display their products and offers as exhibitor.  

Who should attend?
Any person who is involved in the value chain of creating / manufacturing a product using 3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing, from designer to engineer, from researcher to 3D printer manufacturer, from material manufacturer to software developer and from quality control to production.

  • Engineers / Product developers
  • Designers
  • Manufacturers
  • Production / Quality assurance
  • Purchasing and procurement
  • Planning / Work planning
  • CIO / CDO
  • Material producers (polymers)
  • Academics (research in 3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing)
  • Investors
  • anyone who sees potential in 3D Printing of polymers.

In parallel to this event, the following conference will take place on April 22, at the same location.

Fast Facts on the Importance of 4D Printing & Meta Materials. Making and utilizing new materials to improve our life is a defining feature of mankind. We moved on from the stone age, to the bronze age, to the age of silicon and plastic. Now we are at the edge of a new episode, where technological breakthroughs allow us to create, investigate and dream of a total new range of structured forms of matter. Two fields emerge strongly: - 4D Printing offers a streamlined path from idea to full functionality. - Mechanical metamaterials are structured materials with mechanical properties defined by their structure rather than their composition.

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