Experts will discuss new developments in rapid prototyping and its possible uses during a conference at the Hamburg University of Applied Science on March 31, 2017. Far from being outdated, 3D printing and rapid prototyping especially are still in the early development stages. Researchers and industrial firms will focus on innovations and applications in the production of plastic components and metal parts right up to intelligent fibres and tissues.
Understanding generative production
“The main motivation for the conference is to give insight into the latest levels of technology and to show what is possible in future. Experienced practitioners will be on hand for talks. At the same time, industrial companies who have no experience of so-called generative production so far will be given greater insight. They can touch building components on show and get a better understanding of the technology,” said Prof. Dr. Günther Gravel, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing at HAW. Generative production machines will be among the exhibits to complement keynotes.
Mass production with 3D printing
One expert talk will highlight 3D printing of plastic components. Although the sector does not require tools and developments are advanced, the question remains whether individual products can be mass produced. Dr.-Ing. Marcus Rechberger, a representative of the Hamburg-based Lehmann & Voss which develops synthetic materials, will highlight possible future uses e.g. in sports shoes production and explain which new machines are required. Other topics on the agenda include the simulation of additive manufacturing processes and their impact on the quality of components or smart textiles. At stake there is the production of fibres that can conduct heat, information and energy. Such fibres can be found e.g. in a bicycle jacket that indicates when a cyclist turns or in a T-shirt with an ECG monitor. Many integrated and extremely light uses may soon be available in the clothing industry, medical technology and in mechanical engineering.
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