Interregional collaboration on 3D Printing – Presented by Coen de Graaf, Brabant Province

Interregional collaboration on 3D Printing – Presented by Coen de Graaf, Brabant Province, at AM Integrated Factory Conference, on April 17, 2019, during 3D Printing Event in The Netherlands.

In this presentation we will inform you about our approach on interregional collaboration on 3D Printing. Europe’s innovative regions in manufacturing of high complex, low volume products and parts mainly for the high-tech industry we are facing the challenges and opportunities of digitization of the industry and new (production) technologies. In order to keep our position as innovative region we carry out an active strategy to speed up the uptake of new technologies and improve our competitiveness.

Additive manufacturing is a relatively new technology in addition to- or replacing “traditional” manufacturing processes. Before the industry, and in particular the SME’s are ready to implement any kind of this new technology, a lot of concerns and reluctance have to be overcome. Questions in relation to materials, design, pre- and post processing, automation, transfers, quality control and certification are to be addressed.

The Vanguard Initiative supports the collaboration between Research centers, fieldlabs, technical centers and companies on these topics. Fieldlabs are responsible for developing, industrialising and integrating Additive manufacturing technologies in the manufacturing industry and by nature are an important part of this eco-system. One objective of these Fieldlabs is to lower the thresholds for SME’s for uptaking new technologies like AM.


What drives you?

Europe faces an enormous challenge to increase its competitiveness. We need to modernize our industries rapidly. Regional collaboration in Europe is the best opportunity to speed up this modernization. Let’s contribute together!

Why should the delegate attend your presentation?

This presentation will give you an insight of the current activities and opportunities in the Vanguard Initiative for companies, institutes and regional clusters.

What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?

Clean, fast and flexible production saving energy and resources is vital to meet the societal challenges and at the same time increase our competitiveness. 3D printing is one of the solutions.

What kind of impact do you expect them to have?

We need to use new technologies like 3D Printing for reducing emissions and waste.

What are the barriers that might stand in the way?

There is still al lot of potential for SME’s in uptaking the 3D printing technologies. The Vanguard Initiative can help addressing the challenges SME’s face.

“Special Quote”

Interregional collaboration is necessary to improve the uptake of new technologies and support SME’s.

About Coen de Graaf

Mr. Coen de Graaf is projectleader at the Province of Brabant (regional public authority) on Hightech Innovation and co-leading the Factory of the Future-program of the region. He is also strongly involved in interregional partnerships like Vanguard and Manunet.

Within the Vanguard initiative he is co-leading projects on Additive manufacturing and Efficient & Sustainable manufacturing. He has great expertise in strategy development, project management and implementation of change -management.

Besides his role at the Province of Brabant, he is the national coordinator for the Human Capital Agenda of the High Tech sector in the Netherlands.

About Brabant Province

Noord-Brabant (English: North Brabant) is a province of the Netherlands, located in the south of the country. The Province of Noord-Brabant represents the administrative layer between the national government and the local municipalities. The provincial administration takes initiatives on an economic, social and cultural level and coordinates actions.

The provincial administration of Brabant is primarily concerned with:

Spatial development
Accessibility and mobility for the region
Regional economic policy
Culture and regional identity

About 3D Printing Event

On April 16 and April 17, 2019, Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen, The Netherlands, will host a two-day 3D Printing Event focused on the entire 3D Printing manufacturing value chain from design to end product.The event will include five dedicated conferences and an exhibition.

  • April 16 – 3D Printing Materials Conference – topics: polymers (new materials), metals and multi materials used in 3D Printing
  • April 16 – 3D Design & Engineering Conference
    – topics: 3D design & 3D engineering tools / Visualisation tools,
    Reverse engineering, Value Engineering / Virtual Engineering, Topology
    Optimization, Blockchain & more
  • April 17 – 3D Printing Post-Processing Conference – topics: All actions that are performed after parts are removed from a 3D printer – issues, solutions & future trends.
  • April 17 – AM Integrated Factory Conference
    – topics: Hybrid manufacturing, Implementation of AM systems as part of
    an end-to-end production workflow, Implementation of AM systems in the
    ‘traditional’ production processes
  • April 17 – 4D Printing & Meta Materials Conference
    – topics: 4D Printing from idea to full functionality, Smart materials,
    Applications & opportunities for designing and engineering
  • April 16-17 – Exhibition – Companies active in 3D Printing related fields will be present to showcase the latest developments.

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