Oerlikon, the organiser of the 1st Munich Technology Conference, held from October 11-12, 2017, at the Technical University of Munich (TU Munich), Germany, reports that over 600 experts in the field of Additive Manufacturing attended the event.
Visitors had the opportunity to participate in interactive discussions and exchanges in an exciting program with over thirty top speakers, including Prof Dr Michael Süss (Oerlikon), Prof Wolfgang Herrmann (TU Munich), Mohammad Ehteshami (GE), Dr Karsten Heuser (Siemens), Matthias Johannes Wagner (BASF), Michael Schreyögg (MTU Aero Engines), Dr Alexander Susanek (BMW) and Dr Hans Langer (EOS).
According to Oerlikon, the conference provided a dedicated platform for leading voices in research, innovation, government and business to discuss and share best practices in AM production and application and the business models needed to drive the industrialisation of AM.
Prof Dr Michael Süss, Chairman of the Board of Oerlikon, stated, “We are living in a major and complex industrial transition period, driven by digitalisation and breakthrough technologies. To succeed, we need visionary cooperation and bold actions. This first Munich Technology Conference brings together multiple stakeholders to address the most fundamental questions of our time in the field of Additive Manufacturing.”
Co-host TU Munich has strong existing research capabilities across the Additive Manufacturing value chain and is reported to be a key academic institute working on driving the industrialisation of the entire process. Prof Wolfgang Herrmann, President of TU Munich, commented, “Additive Manufacturing, a future technology, has the potential to change the world in areas such as product design, production and post processing. TU Munich is highly active in this field thanks to its competence in engineering and computer science. This is the reason why we are supporting this high-calibre event. We see it as a contemporary platform for multiple stakeholders from industry, government and associations to discuss the challenges, ideas and solutions.”
Opening of Oerlikon’s Additive Manufacturing Technology & Innovation Center
In conjunction with the event, Oerlikon opened its Additive Manufacturing Technology & Innovation Center in Munich. The Munich centre hopes to allow existing and potential customers of Oerlikon to see and experience first-hand the design and production of metal components by AM along the process chain, from design and simulation to production and post-processing.
According to Oerlikon, the centre will leverage its partnership with TU Munich and its proximity to leading global industrial companies in the aerospace, automotive, power generation and medical devices sectors in the Munich region to drive forward research and innovation in AM. The company reports that it has made a high single-digit-million Swiss franc investment in the centre, which will house over fifty AM engineers, technicians and application specialists.
Florian Mauerer, Head of the AM Business Unit at Oerlikon, added, “We are excited to open the AM Technology & Innovation Center in Munich to drive the integrated development of new materials, production capabilities and processes, software, automation and post-processing solutions. Bringing all the different aspects of the AM value chain under one roof is central to our contribution to industrialising AM and to offering our customers comprehensive and fully integrated AM services. The Munich Center uniquely connects the dots between our material science, component design, production and post-processing engineering capabilities.”