Entrepreneurs and researchers representing Dresden, Europe’s leading center for 3D printing, showcased novel solutions in additive-generative manufacturing recently at the Hanover Trade Fair 2016.
Additive-generative manufacturing procedures, particularly in combination with the global trend for digitalization and the fully-networked production plants of Industry 4.0, provide completely new production concepts that pave the way for fully-automated 3D manufacturing.
Industrial applications for 3D printing are manifold, making it possible in medical technology, for instance, to produce custom-made implants. Researchers of Fraunhofer IKTS, Europe’s largest ceramic research institute, have developed a highly flexible 3D printing process that allows for the manufacture of bone implants, dental prostheses and surgical tools in almost any design.
The near infinite freedom of design of the additive-generative manufacturing process offers great potential for modern lightweight construction. The Institute for Lightweight Engineering and Polymer Technology (ILK) at TU Dresden has set up an innovation laboratory expressively dedicated to further develop generative manufacturing procedures.
“Additive-generative manufacturing will be a key topic at MATERIALS WEEK 2017,” Frank Fischer, Managing Director of the German Society for Material Science (DGM) says. “The conference promises to become a mandatory event in 2017 for all researchers, developers and decision-makers in the materials sector. Many high-ranking representatives from science and industry have already agreed to attend.”