Keynote Speaker 2017
- 3D Printing pioneer Chuck Hull gave the opening keynote at Rapid.Tech + FabCon 3.D
- 21 June started with a keynote on Additive Manufacturing in Formula 1 from Christoph Hansen and Steffen Schrodt of Sauber Aerodynamik AG
- GE Additive’s Sean Keith gave keynote on the acceleration of the additive revolution on 22 June
"3D printing was invented as a solution to a problem. Like the innovations that came before it and the innovations that use it, 3D printing is a product of ingenuity, time, vision and passion. Since its introduction in 1983, the power and potential of 3D printing has grown in parallel with the digital workflow that supports it. Charles (“Chuck”) Hull, inventor of stereolithography (SLA) and 3D Systems’ Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, will share his innovation story and demonstrate how 3D printing is enabling professionals and companies to optimize their designs, bring innovative products to market and drive new business models.
Mr. Hull will apply over 30 years of insight as a shaper of the 3D printing industry to discuss the technology’s evolution from rapid prototyping to end-use manufacturing and beyond. In addition to the surprising and disruptive applications he has witnessed, Mr. Hull will discuss the work he and his team of engineers are currently undertaking to advance 3D technology. He will reveal and explain the innovative breakthroughs that are leading the way towards making 3D production real."
Charles W. Hull, 3D Systems
"The density of power in Formula 1 is tremendously high. Victory or defeat depend on
just fractions of a second. 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, we conduct research using
cutting-edge materials and develop processes. This is the only way we can put in
the work needed to keep up with technological developments and even set a few
trends of our own. And this is why the Sauber F1 Team uses Additive Manufacturing
both in aerodynamic development and on the track. We make up to 300 parts every
day for use in the wind tunnel, F1 cars and for third parties – not only prototype
parts but also devices, gauges or other tools and industrial small-batch parts. We
use high-volume SLA and SLS machines with high-performance materials developed
especially for our needs. The entire Additive Manufacturing division, including preand
post-processing, operates 24/7 in order to ensure maximum output and minimal
delivery times. Our own quality standards are primarily driven by the need for reproducible
results in the wind tunnel. We guarantee not only consistent high quality
but also extreme flexibility by optimising all our primary and secondary processes.
Our internal and external businesses benefit equally from this."
Christoph Hansen & Steffen Schrodt, Sauber Aerodynamik AG
"Over the past few years, GE has built a tremendous network of teams and facilities
that are advancing additive manufacturing every day. Sean will share examples of
how GE are industrialising additive parts for their own products and systems.
And through this understanding of the value that additive design and manufacturing
can bring, GE has now set up a dedicated additive business - selling powders,
machines and application engineering services to companies and industries around
Sean Keith, GE Additive