EMO Hannover 2017 - Increased presence of additive methods in production21 August/ 2017
Not only Industry 4.0, but Additive Manufacturing (AM) is now the talk of the town for international production specialists. A current VDW study shows that so-called 3D printing is indeed still a niche product in production today, but the industry is growing exponentially. Experts expect this to continue in the coming years. The technology is already being used, above all in machine and automobile construction, medical technology as well as in the aerospace industry. The first series production products that are made using additive methods can already be found there today.
The EMO Hannover 2017 is showing the latest developments in Additive Manufacturing in metalworking and will give visitors an idea of which applications are particularly interesting for development using AM. As a production process, Additive Manufacturing dovetails with other focal points in the value-added chain. Above all, this includes CAD and simulation, reworking, production measurement technology and quality assurance. Hybrid machines are also appearing in addition to pure AM systems. Many classical machine manufacturers are already engaged in this field and are integrating the method into their machines. “This is a very interesting approach to a solution for many user industries,” says Welcker.
No less than two events tackle the topic at the EMO Hannover 2017. On 20 September, the Additive Manufacturing Association in VDMA is extending an invitation to a lecture event Chances and prospects of additive manufacturing at which six companies will present their best practice solutions on the topics of additive manufacturing methods and additive manufacturing processes. The European Committee for Cooperation of the Machine Tool Industry CECIMO is holding a conference on AM. Among other things, it will report on European collaborative research projects on the topic.