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

Additive Manufacturing on the Road - Journey from Prototyping to Production -

Additive Manufacturing, for vehicle development prototyping and build approvals, has been around for over thirty years. The BMW Group has been an early adopter of new technologies for those specific use cases and for using innovative AM processes and materials.

The company has set up a strategic roadmap to enter series production for metals and plastics. The group now uses 3D printing to substitute small batch tooling, to personalize and to optimise the designs for end-use parts.
To strengthen the position of the BMW Group as a pioneer in the AM field, the company established partnerships with innovative start-ups and global players. This is continued today to increase the quality standards and to expand the use of 3D printing in the automotive industry.

This presentation will provide the audience with insights into how the BMW Group transformed their 3D printing operations. As well as technological and economic aspects, the talk will also cover strategic investments and partnerships which helped to develop end-use parts and set up AM series production.

Speaker
Technical Specialist
BMW Group
Disruptive Fuselage Study by Topological Optimisation and Additive Manufacturing -

STELIA is a French leader for design and production of primary aircraft structures. In the last five years, STELIA developed research programmes dedicated to additive manufacturing technologies. Thanks to this, a metallic fuselage panel, with integrated stiffeners, was created.  This one-meter-square, ‘self-reinforced’ panel, was robotically produced using aluminium wire arc AM process. This breakthrough came from the topology optimisation research and technology (R&T) project DEFACTO (DEveloppement de la Fabrication Additive pour Composant TOpologique).


Through topology optimisation, STELIA’s R&T designers and engineers created a fuselage skeleton with stiffeners, directly 3D printed onto the panel’s surface. Traditionally, the stiffeners would be affixed to fuselage panels via bolts and screws. Without the additional components, the 3D printed panel stiffeners are less susceptible to weakness, contributing to a more stable airplane body. AM enabled freedom of conception (no assembly constraint), reduction of production waste (buy-to-fly reduction), and simplification of production process (reduction of assembly).


This presentation will discuss the operations involved in this project, from material deposition to part finishing (machining) and STELIA’s design-to-print philosophy. The talk will also outline the challenges of adopting AM in industrial production, including certifications and costs.


Speaker
R&T Project Manager
STELIA Aerospace
BREAK -
Pushing Technology Forward – Audi’s Metal 3D Printing Center -

Presentation Level: Intermediate

Additive manufacturing is used today in many applications, across various industry sectors. It is, however, rarely implemented in cost-sensitive products. Process enhancements could help to overcome this challenge but, to do this, manufacturing workflows require new developments. This presentation will explore how Audi AG is producing parts with selective laser melting (SLM) at the company’s Metal Additive Manufacturing Center. 

Speaker
Project Lead of Metal Additive Manufacturing
Audi AG
Additive Manufacturing on the Rise – a Business Perspective on Automotive Applications -

Presentation Level: Beginner 

The automotive industry has been using rapid prototyping to speed up the vehicle development process for many years. Today, carmakers can implement additive manufacturing in high volume, automotive component production. AM is also becoming more accessible as the printer speeds are increasing and machine prices are declining. To fully benefit from the advantages of AM, it is crucial for established organisations to integrate 3D printing into their current business models.

This presentation will examine the driving forces behind 3D printing advancements and will highlight the future applications of AM and their benefits. This session will also look at the advantages of implementing 3D printing in the automotive industry. It will explore the market potential, the current threats, and opportunities and their implications for carmakers and their suppliers.

Speaker
Partner
PwC Strategy& (Germany) Gmbh
LUNCH -
Development of an ALM Integral Construction on the Example of an Aircraft Part -

Presentation Level: Intermediate 

This presentation is based on the Airbus A320 Auxiliary Stabilizing Point. The focus lies on the concept phase with the requirements for the product itself, e.g. function, material, weight and costs. In this context the necessary knowledge of an ALM engineer, relevant software and tools for a successful development will be shown. The design process of the Airbus A320 Auxiliary Stabilizing Point will also be demonstrated, as well as aspects regarding design principles (conventional-, framework- and lattice structure), simulation, ALM relevant tests and justification. This talk will also highlight the requirements and possible solutions for an already under development engineering data management (EDM) system as well as an automated design process.

Speakers
Development Engineer
Premium AEROTEC GmbH
Development Engineer
Premium AEROTEC Gmbh
Additive Manufacturing for Aerospace Applications -

Presentation Level: Intermediate 

ASCO is a world leader in designing and manufacturing lift mechanisms and high-precision components for the aerospace industry. The company has been investigating the advantages of 3D printing in the aviation sector for a while. Their recent pilot project focused on additively manufacturing ‘gooseneck’ bracket of the airplane kinematics system. It aimed to redefine the component, to make it lighter but with enough stiffness to withstand mechanical loads.

This presentation will discuss how ASCO incorporated topology optimisation and powder bed fusion technology in their recent assignment. The session will also asses printing orientation and design challenges. Andy Vanaerschot, Research and Innovation Manager at ASCO Industries, will examine how the company created a bracket which is 30% lighter than its original. He will also highlight ASCO’s future steps to advance their design processes and their plans to 3D print other aircraft parts.

Speaker
Research and Innovation Manager
ASCO Industries
BREAK -
Implementing AM in the Automotive Sector -

Presentation Level: Advanced

The automotive industry is moving away from mass production towards more personalised items, calling for increasingly flexible and highly adaptive production lines. Additive manufacturing could potentially be the answer to this challenge. Innovative processes like AM are, however, hardly ever used in end-use products across the automotive industry. 

This presentation will elaborate on different approaches to implementing AM in the serial, automotive production. It will also evaluate whether the potential of this technology can be fully realised by 2025. This session will examine the opinions of 26 experts from the automotive OEMs, suppliers, and AM manufacturers. Their views will be used to assess the feasibility of the future scenarios and to issue recommendations for individual stakeholders.

Speaker
Group Leader of Plastic Components
PEM RWTH Aachen
Revolutionizing the Design Process for 3D Printed Jigs & Fixtures -

Presentation Level: Beginner

In this presentation, Lars Bognar will explore the added value of 3D printing at Ford and how it is involved their daily operations. Inspirational applications and use cases of jigs & fixtures will be shared, including the cost and time benefits, enabling companies to better understand how and why they should adopt 3D printing.  Lars will also explain how to successfully manage a 3D printing light house project and how to roll-out to other departments. 


Speaker
Research Engineer
Ford-Werke Gmbh
Integration of Selective Laser Beam Melting into Automotive Series Production -

Presentation Level: Intermediate

The automotive industry is showing interest in integrating laser beam melting (LBM) into series production due to the design freedom it offers and the reduced cost of tooling that comes with it. There are however barriers to accomplishing this. They include long build times, insufficient product quality and high production costs. The AutoAdd project, founded by BMBF, has been created to address these issues and to provide new product design specifications for mass AM production.

System manufacturers were invited to help develop new machine concepts and hardware interfaces to meet the requirements of the automotive industry. They examined post-processing of AM parts and the economic efficiency of the process chain as the basis for technology planning. The project members also quantitatively compared the quality of different LBM machines.

This presentation will provide an in-depth evaluation of the steps involved in the AutoAdd project and the optimisation requirements for the integration of LBM in the automotive series production.

Speakers
Chief Engineer
Karlsruher Institut für Technologie
Project Manager- Quality Additive Manufacturing- Metal
BMW Group
The Business of Adopting Additive Manufacturing -

Presentation Level: Beginner 

Additive manufacturing is on the minds of business leaders across healthcare, aviation, and power industries. While it may be easy to focus on the perks of adopting AM, there is a lot to consider. One of the questions decision-makers need to ask themselves is ‘how my business is going to afford AM?’

AM does not require just a printer. There are costs attributed to materials post-processing, powder handling, employee training, sieving, software and printing design.

Captive financiers, like GE Capital Industrial Finance, created flexible financing models for companies interested in AM without compromising their cash flow. This presentation will assess different financing options including leasing and outright ownership and discuss the pros and cons of each. It will also evaluate how these models relate to the industry’s rapid speed of change. Attendees will walk away from this talk with a better understanding of their AM financing options, so they can make an informed decision that is right for their business.



Speaker
Senior Managing Director – Global Sales
GE Capital Industrial Finance
Disruptions in Additive Manufacturing - The New Value Chain Equilibrium Powered by Materials -

Presentation Level: Beginner 

Additive manufacturing is a competitive industry. Material companies develop formulations outside of the closed system models. Design businesses regularly advance their software offerings, and contract manufacturers now provide customers with 3D printed parts. 

Companies have to rethink their strategies to succeed in the evolving AM ecosystem. They require three-way partnerships with material and equipment manufacturers and users. They also need business plans, covering technological expertise, sales, and marketing models. 

This presentation will assess how companies can develop a secure position in the AM ecosystem. The session will evaluate why new players entering the industry must climb the leadership ladder and the ways to achieve it. It will also highlight how enterprises can refocus their strategies to stay in the central position of the value chain.   


Speaker
Principal - Frankfurt Office
The Boston Consulting Group
LUNCH -
How to Develop a Strategy Based on the Innovation Activities Across the 3D Printing Value Chain -

Presentation Level: Beginner

3D printing is one of the top transformation technologies reshaping the world. Materials, hardware, software, and business model innovations drive additive manufacturing. It is already disrupting the industry, and corporate leaders must create new business strategies. To do this, they need to have an understanding of the AM landscape, and proven applications. 

This presentation will evaluate recent 3D printing innovations in materials, hardware, and software, across the value chain. The session will also help the audience to visualise the industry areas that need improving and provide them with advice on how to refocus business strategies.

Speaker
Research Analysts
Lux Research
Competing Business Models and Strategies in Additive Manufacturing -

Presentation Level: Beginner

This presentation will examine the additive manufacturing ecosystem and business model archetypes. It will introduce the audience to the market participants in engineering, manufacturing and powder supply. The session will outline the strategic evolution of companies like GE, Oerlikon, Voestalpine, Materialize, Hoeganaes, SLM, FIT, EOS and FKM as well as their M&A transactions. Gerhard Gleich and Robert Plechinger will discuss the future of the capital market and how different business models reflect value propositions. They will also provide Stephens Europe’s outlook on strategic trends and the next steps in the corporate development of AM.

Speakers
Managing Director
Stephens Europe Limited
Associate Director
Stephens Europe Limited
BREAK -
How Startups, M&A, and Business Strategies are Shaping the Additive Manufacturing Landscape -

Presentation Level: Beginner

Business strategies in additive manufacturing are shaping the industry’s investments, start-ups, and M&A landscape. To understand how companies are maximising value while minimising risk, extensive data analysis of past investments, mergers, acquisitions, and partnerships is required. This presentation discusses recent activities, technology trends, and the strategies driving this fast-moving industry forward. Hardware, materials, and software technologies are combining to create a complex global value chain. A partnership plan can be developed for suppliers, technology developers, service providers, and end users, resulting in a long-term competitive advantage.  Scalability and economic insights of various 3D printing processes can also reinforce past business transactions and help to predict the future technology and its broader implications. 

Speaker
Principal
NewCap Partners Inc
Additive Manufacturing Standardization: Status, Challenges and Opportunities -

Presentation Level: Beginner

As additive manufacturing industry moves towards serial production, the need to establish clear technology standards becomes ever more prevalent. While some specifications for AM process chains exist and continue to evolve, many are under SDO development. There is, however, a framework which helps in the identification and approval of AM standards. It introduces a comprehensive structure which targets aspects like feedstock materials, design, process, equipment, testing, safety, and final part properties. This approach will enable the development of application-specific standards across various industries. This presentation will discuss the current state of AM standards as well as the challenges and opportunities associated with it. It will also examine the recent initiative to establish a global centre of excellence to support research related to standards. This session will also look at potential collaboration opportunities with stakeholders and review the technical considerations for the ongoing and future advancements.

Speaker
Director of Global Additive Manufacturing Programs
ASTM
How CANYON.swiss Cycles Increased Revenue by Introducing 3D Printers into Their Design Process -

Presentation Level: Beginner

Google "additive manufacturing business” and you will find thousands of articles on how 3D printing can transform your company. Big brands like Boeing and Ford leverage cutting-edge additive manufacturing technologies to bring new ideas to life while saving time and money. Though additive manufacturing is steadily growing in popularity, we are rarely given an in-depth view of how 3D printing has helped elevate core business strategies inside of these companies. In other words, where is the solid proof that 3d printers in the workflow will increase a company’s revenue stream?

This presentation will provide a closer and more refined look at how Lizard Sport AG, the manufacturer of CANYON.swiss bikes, increased revenue and modernized their business strategy by incorporating additive manufacturing early in their design process. The session will outline Lizard Sport AG’s business and design strategy before and after the implementation of additive manufacturing. The audience will be shown specific solutions to standard design problems using additive manufacturing. Finally, the audience will see the results of this disrupted process on Lizard’s final sales numbers.


Speaker
Research and Development Engineer
Lizard Sport AG