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5 - 7 June 2018
Rapid.Tech + FabCon 3.D
International Trade Show + Conference for Additive Manufacturing

Overview sessions

Chuck Hull - Keynote Speaker 2017

The following forums will be offered at Rapid.Tech conference 2018:

User Conference
The User Conference of Rapid.Tech is the significant practice oriented forum to demonstrate the current level of Additive Manufacturing (AM) as well as its potential for development. This helps to pave the way for the integration of this technology in everybody‘s own environment. Here you can find answers to current issues of your professional everyday life.

To turn the User Conference 2018 into a forum with high practical relevance we are looking for lectures dealing with one of the following topics:

A1) New materials and technologies
In the focus of the forum there shall be application-neutral lectures of all industry sectors that introduce new materials and technologies as well as their diverse applications. Also the certification of new materials plays an important role within this forum.

A2) Industrial Additive Manufacturing
Additive Manufacturing has long ago risen above the construction of prototypes and is now ready to leave its status as a niche technology. Case studies and applications shall be presented that show where AM is already a real alternative to traditional manufacturing processes.

A3) Reorganization of production processes by using AM
Additive Manufacturing offers numerous new possibilities regarding procurement, production, logistics and selling of products. This forum shall show examples of what can be saved when whole production steps will be leaved out, a demand driven production dramatically reduces the storage or distribution processes will be changed when customers have the possibility to integrate their specific wishes of configuration.

A4) Automation and integration of AM
With the increasing AM industrial production there needs to be an integration of AM machinery into the common manufacturing processes as well as an automation of certain production steps. One important thing is i.e. the type of data transfer between the single production steps. This forum will look at the current status for this, point out new solutions based on manufacturing examples and provide an outlook for the production environment of the future.

Forum 3D Printed Electronics & Functions
The focus of the Forum 3D Printed Electronics & Functions is placed on the expansion of Additive Manufacturing for products by integrating additional functions like i.e. electronics, sensors or energy supply.

AM can process different materials at the same time. In the meantime, conductive materials and methods are used which make it possible to print micro batteries or electronic circuits directly into or on the surface of devices. Presentations of case studies from the entertainment electronics, medical technology, instrumentation technology, transport industry, telecommunication infrastructure or other intelligent products are sought.

Forum 3D Metal Printing
The usage of Additive Manufacturing for producing ready-to-use end products made from metal is already common in the aerospace industry or medical technology. Nevertheless, an exorbitant increase of the use of Additive Manufacturing technologies is expected in the next years, not only in the named industries but especially in the fields of automotive industry, tool making and further industry sectors. In this forum we are looking for lectures helping designers, engineers and decision makers from different sectors to identify the most suitable manufacturing process as well as the matching metal material. Furthermore, this forum shall give the participants a closer understanding of the advantages and potentials when using 3D Metal Printing.

Forum Contract Additive Manufacturing
Additive Manufacturing technologies offer a wide range of possibilities. The development of an own production capacity right from the start is not necessary in all cases and a make-or-buy decision has to be made. This forum shows strategies to evaluate the right application for the own demands as well as alternatively how to identify the correct contract manufacturer. The topics quality assurance and post-processing will also be discussed. Furthermore, OEMs have the opportunity to present their experiences with contract manufacturers or vice versa concerning current production case studies – to ensure that participants receive a lot of “best-practice” examples.

Forum AM Science *with scientific review*
Already for the fourth time, there will be a purely scientific session within the Rapid.Tech conference 2018 as a completion of the common sessions. This conference with a scientific quality assurance (double-blind review of abstract and paper) will inform about new knowledge and scientific progress within the German-speaking area and takes into consideration all issues of the Additive Manufacturing process chain.

Scientific review:
The lectures of the Forum AM Science that have been accepted to the conference programme will be assessed by a scientific review committee (double-blind review of abstract and paper). The precondition for this is the submission of the lecture with a meaningful abstract of 200 words by 21 November 2017 at the latest and the preparation of a full abstract of at least ten pages after acceptance of the lecture.


Forum Automotive Industry
For the Forum Automotive Industry we are looking for presentations that demonstrate where Additive Manufacturing is already used in the automotive industry and how this sector of industry will be changing in the future due to AM. On the basis of current case studies, this forum is supposed to address the entire automobile process chain in development, manufacturing and life cycle and can as well reflect the manufacturing of prototypes and pre-series parts, series production parts or spare parts on demand by AM as AM-supported tooling in terms of molds and dies for automotive mass production. Also logistics specialists are invited to talk about how AM can change warehousing in the automotive sector. Motorsports applications are as welcome as applications for alternative drive concepts (e-mobility). Besides representatives of automotive OEMs, automotive suppliers are as well invited to present as research institutions that focus on applied research for the automotive sector.

Forum Design *with scientific review (optional)*
Additive Manufacturing allows designers and developers to think in a new way about the design processes. At the same time new competences are required. Ideas and design approaches that have been impossible so far are feasible now. In this forum designers and development engineers receive inspirations and approaches how to use these fascinating possibilities offered by using AM while designing components and thereby integrating new functions. This is not only essential for design aspects but also for calculation methods and the associated software support. It will be assumed that the basic processes of AM are known.

Scientific review:
The lectures of the Forum Design that have been accepted to the conference programme can be assessed by a scientific review committee (double-blind review of abstract and paper). The precondition for this is the timely submission of the lecture with a meaningful abstract of 200 words and the preparation of a full abstract of at least ten pages after acceptance of the lecture.


Forum Aviation
The application of additively manufactured components is common in the aerospace industry meanwhile also against the background of lightweight construction. The Forum Aviation will focus on technologies and applications of Additive Manufacturing processes within the civil and military aerospace sector. Features of relevant technologies will be discussed in detail. On the basis of practical examples for the production of technically demanding plastic and metal components for small-series production the relevance and the customer’s benefit will be shown. Here, also the production of spare parts plays an important role. Furthermore, this forum is dealing with the current challenges in the aviation industry from quality assurance to qualification of suppliers with all relevant aspects.

Forum Medical, Dental & Orthopaedic Technology
Additive Manufacturing was able to change a lot in medical and clinical applications. For example, additive manufactured individual bone implants or tools for customized tooth care are long ago state-of-the-art. Nevertheless, there are constantly new applications regarding the individual patient care. Among others a lot has been be achieved in the orthopaedic technology in the past years so that first promising additive manufactured products like foot splints or leg prostheses are on the market today. The forum deals with these trends and addresses especially this digital and software aided penetration of established market segments of medical technology which creates new products groups and business models.

Forum on Law
Additive manufacturing is at the brink of industrialisation and mass production. Taking into account the complexity of the technology, various aspects of the production process need to be examined on a legal basis. For the first Forum on Law, we are looking for practically-relevant contributions focusing on legal aspects within the process of additive manufacturing. A special focus will be on the issue of who owns the rights to data and end products of a production process. Further, another issue of interest will be the suitability of materials and quality assurance along the value chain. In the context of Industry 4.0, a secure exchange of information, the subject Chain of Trust and digital licence management are becoming more and more important. Thus, process assurance raises various legal issues. Additionally, the importance of rules and standards within the process of additive manufacturing might be a subject to be examined.

Forum Tool, Mould and Fixture Making
In this forum participants will learn everything about relevant technologies, new materials and applications in tool and mould making. This includes not only close-to-contour cooling but also Additive Manufacturing of embossing and cutting tools. High pressure die casting has great potential, which is also relevant for this forum as well as further progresses in the already established field of additive manufactured injection moulding tools. The possibilities and limits of different AM processes for the production of the named parts as well as the entry of these processes in series production will be shown. Moreover, examples will be considered that show the usage of the high design freedom of 3D printing when manufacturing fixtures which can help to optimize work processes. Presentations about business models, quality assurance, studies about the development of 3D printing in mould making as well as post-processing of additive manufactured parts with traditional methods are also sought.

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