TCT conference @ formnext 2018 Agenda
To find out more about the presentations at the TCT conference @ formnext, please see the programme below.
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.
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.
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.
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.