TCT Conference @ Formnext 2018 Agenda

To find out more about the presentations at the TCT Conference @ Formnext, please see the programme below.

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Keynote Speakers

The Value Added of Additive Manufacturing for the Smart Factory -
Additive Manufacturing or 3D printing is emerging from the prototyping benches at Flex, towards full scale production because of the clear design, engineering and production benefits.
By incorporating 3D printing solutions into its Industry 4.0 strategy, Flex sees this technology playing an important role in improving efficiency and quality of manufacturing processes to ultimately achieve better cost control, optimization of assets and improve time to market for customers. The factory of the future will facilitate industrial transformation by supporting a network of 3D printers which are seamlessly integrated into the flow of production. The Smart Factory will use a software platform to manage and control the workflow for enabling an on-demand supply of parts, jigs and fixtures, and tools for supporting the production and assembly lines. 
This will bring higher efficiency, better predictability, more agility and shorter cycle time.  At Flex, a network of industrial 3D printers is connected to a wider ecosystem to enable fast turnaround of part fabrication. The supply chain can be localized at a competitive cost and lead times are shortened and more predictable.
This presentation will explore how these advantages are having a significant impact on every step of the value chain and are transforming the way products are designed, manufactured and distributed. Flex strives to accelerate the adoption of enhanced manufacturing technologies by identifying use cases, potential applications and opportunities to make a business case for switching to Additive Manufacturing.
Director and Global Additive Manufacturing Lead
Flex Ltd
Future Aesthetics - Synthesis of Design and Technology Exploration -

Additive manufacturing techniques and generative design tools are rapidly changing the way companies produce everyday objects. 3D printing is also affecting the look, the feel and the function of future environments. This presentation will examine a collaborative project which aimed to understand the impact of AM on interior spaces and furniture. The session will also discuss the use of robotic filament winding technology and how it enabled 3D free winding of carbon fibres in mid-air. 

Managing Partner
FibR GmbH
Break -
3D SurFin@ for Roughness Reduction on Additively Manufactured Components -

Presentation Level: Intermediate

Surface finishing of additively manufactured metal elements presents many challenges. 3D printed components often display high roughness of Ra > 10 μm which makes them inadequate for many technical applications. Conventional finishing processes, such as grinding or blasting, are also not always applicable to complex shapes.

Researchers at Airbus developed 3D SurFin®, a plasma electrolytic polishing process for highly stressed and cyclically loaded components. This session will examine the use of 3D SurFin® on LBM plates and fatigue samples. The talk will also evaluate how Airbus reduced surface roughness through different treatment times and improved the fatigue performance of their final parts.

Research Scientists
Industrialization of Post-Processing for Additive Manufactured Parts -

Presentation Level: Intermediate

Besides the innumerous advantages of additive manufacturing, printed parts must still be post processed to address porosity, internal stresses and surface roughness, which are critical to the safety of parts, especially under fatigue loading. However, current heat treatments, originally developed for traditional manufactured components, are not fully optimized for additive manufactured parts. Furthermore, the support structures are manually removed, which is a drawback for serial production and quality assurance. 

Fraunhofer IAPT, together with Aalberts Material Technology, are currently researching specific post processing techniques and standardization of best practices for metal printed parts. The focus is in the fields of hot isostatic pressing, surface finishing, removal of the support structures and how these steps are integrated into a fully automated production line, enabling the industrialization of the whole process. 

The session will discuss the challenges and opportunities of post processing of additive manufacturing parts, which techniques could be the solution for the current problems and how these techniques could be part of a process chain.


Head of Additive Academy
Fraunhofer IAPT
Research Engineer
Fraunhofer IAPT
Digital Fabrication and Its Impact on Engineering, Design and Business Models -

Presentation Level: Beginner

With additive manufacturing, adidas created an entirely new, innovative shoe - Futurecraft4D - enabling it to move into a new era of manufacturing, with a digitized footwear component creation process that eliminated the need for traditional prototyping or moulding. This novel approach allows for the creation of single component midsoles that address precise needs on movement, cushioning, stability, and comfort, which can be achieved for different functions and sports. By collaborating closely with Carbon, it also opens up limitless possibilities for adidas’ designers, sport scientists, and engineers to bring the most intricate designs, previously unachievable with traditional manufacturing, into physical reality. The ability to develop products on final production machinery and material elevated the engineering and design work streams, and accelerated end-product manufacturing. Furthermore, new business model opportunities are unlocked towards a decentralized, more customer-centric supply chain, enabling for the first time a manufacturing business model that no longer depends only on economies of scale. In this presentation, hear from a large-scale, consumer-good company about the massive impact additive manufacturing has on the engineering, design and business model.

Senior Manager, FUTURE Material Engineering
Conflux Core: Innovation in Thermal Exchange -

Presentation Level: Intermediate

Organisations are embracing the unique capabilities of 3D printing to gain a competitive advantage. Conflux Technology is a company focused on design, development and serial production of parts, using metal additive manufacturing. Conflux’s patent-pending thermal exchange technology is a prime example of the disruptive capability of AM.

This presentation will outline how complex geometries, with a high surface area density to volume ratio, can be utilised to improve the thermal efficiency and fluid dynamics of systems, across multiple market verticals. It will assess the Conflux heat exchanger, its latest performance data, and the combination of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and physical testing.

Head of Research and Development
Conflux Technology