Airbus to present keynote at Rapid.Tech

April 22, 2015

April 22, 2015

The organiser of this year’s Rapid.Tech conference has announced that one of the events five keynote presentations will be made by Peter Sander, Head of Emerging Technologies & Concepts at Airbus Hamburg GmbH. Rapid.Tech 2015, the trade fair and user’s conference for rapid technology, will run from June 10 – 11 at Messe Erfurt, Germany.  

In 2010 Sander established, among other things, the Airbus Innovation Cell with a focus on Additive Manufacturing. Over the past few years a wide variety of aircraft components in over 80 projects have been tested and reworked for manufacture in AM processes.

The aircraft manufacturer aims to have the first 3D-printed titanium components, first and foremost a cabin bracket, certified by 2016 and plans to launch these in service for the first time with the A350. Certifications for aluminium components are to follow by 2017. As of 2018, Airbus aims to have a monthly series production of around 30 tonnes of additively manufactured metal components.

In his keynote speech ‘On the Way to Additive Manufacturing: Chances and Challenges for Future Industrial Production’, Peter Sander will provide an overview of the key influencing factors in these developments and presents some of the company’s global activities in the field of AM. In addition, Sander will shed light on various details in the materials and processes that make innovations possible.

The AM aeronautics expert will also discuss the opportunities open to a large corporation such as Airbus when it comes to making the most of innovative technologies under strict certification and safety requirements. His speech will also cover how to persuade management and design departments of the benefits of this new industrial value creation chain. Rounding off Sander’s lecture is a look at over 80 projects in various stages of completion and the resulting industrial requirements for the future.

The other four keynote sessions at Rapid.Tech 2015 will feature a number of top speakers discussing the hot topics in the sector. Microsoft manager Adrian Lannin (USA) will discuss the effects of extensive support for 3D printing in Windows for AM in existing and emerging market segments. Mario Fleurinck, entrepreneur and founder of InnoCrowd (Belgium), will reveal how digital manufacturing can pave the way for innovation-driven and sustainable business models, illustrating this with a product life cycle analysis. Frank Cooper (Birmingham City University School of Jewellery, UK) will focus on the Direct Metal Laser Melting of precious metals. US designer Francis Bitonti will describe the radical change triggered by the displacing technology of 3D printing in the fashion and lifestyle industry.

Some 160 exhibitors and 4,000 trade visitors from 20 countries are expected at Rapid.Tech 2015. For the third time FabCon 3.D, Germany’s 3D printing fair for semi-professional users and prosumers, will be held in parallel with the event.


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