Advanced Manufacturing with 3D printing – Process chains of tomorrow– Presented by Moritz Wollbrink, Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT

Advanced Manufacturing with 3D printing – Process chains of tomorrow– Presented by Moritz Wollbrink, Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT, at the 3D Printing Post-Processing Conference, December 4, 2018, at Brightlands Chemelot Campus, Sittard-Geleen, The Netherlands.

The industry is experiencing a strong shift towards industrial processes, standards and the application of latest technologies in the past years. It is now important to perform the next step towards the digitalization of all processes and the availability of data resources along the process chain. Additive Manufacturing on the other hand as well becomes an industrial technology. What started as a rapid prototyping technology then became a media and hobby manufacturers hype finally approaches the factories of the world. While processes, material availability and productivity are getting adult, a crucial lack remains unsolved: realizing integrated IT infrastructures in order to bring together conventional and additive manufacturing – this is especially valid when applying Additive Manufacturing for industrial applications. The presentation will showcase actual developments and applications of AM, “Industrie 4.0” and integrated process chains following the idea of “Connected, Adaptive Production”.

About Moritz Wollbrink
Moritz Wollbrink received his master degree in mechanical engineering at Paderborn University, Germany. In time-shared operation he worked in the technology development department of a leading company in electrical connectivity, where he also had finished his apprenticeship in the tool making department before studies.

He started working at Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT in Aachen, Germany, in 2014 as a research fellow in the group “Technology Organization” within the department of “Non-Conventional Manufacturing Processes and Technology Integration”. Since 2015, Mr. Wollbrink is Manager Business Unit Tool and Die Making. This includes the work on different national and international projects related to additive manufacturing and technology chains, often together with ACAM Aachen Center for Additive Manufacturing.

About Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT
The Fraunhofer IPT develops systems solutions for production. We focus on the topics of process technology, production machines, production quality and metrology as well as technology management.
Our clients and cooperation partners represent all fields of industry: from aerospace technology to the automotive industry and its suppliers as well as tool and die making companies and the precision mechanics, optics and machine tool industries in particular.
The institute currently employs around 460 people who are dedicated to applying their creativity to a range of projects.

About 3D Printing Post Processing Conference
The 3D Printing Post Processing Conference (09:00 hrs – 12:30 hrs) will take place on December 4, 2018, at Brightlands Chemelot Campus, Sittard-Geleen, The Netherlands, at the same location and same date as the AM Integrated Factory Conference (13:30 hrs – 17:00 hrs).

While the 3D Printing industry has strongly focused on the first two steps of 3D Printing: Design and 3D Print, the third step, Post-processing, has been overlooked. Post-processing encompasses all of the actions that are performed after parts are removed from a 3D printer.

There is no one technology that suits all 3D printing post processing applications, since the type of 3D printer, the 3D printing technology, the applied material type and the Level of labor (manual, semi-automated or automated have) have serious impact.

The post-processing phase has impact on the following parameters within and for an organisation:

  • Time
  • Facilities
  • Cost
  • Quality
  • Staffing
  • Safety

This conference will cover issues, solutions and future trends.

It will be a niche and innovative event, where you will be able to join in the discussions around the main topics. The conference also includes lunch, breaks and drinks & snacks in the evening, a nice opportunity of networking with the other attendees and the speakers (you will also receive the list of participants a couple of days before the conference, so you can plan ahead).

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