The fifth annual Advanced Manufacturing Technology Conference (AMTC) is scheduled to take place at the Technical University of Munich from October 11–12. Over sixty speakers from Asia, Europe and the United States will gather to discuss the successful integration of Additive Manufacturing into industrial processes, as well as other industry news.
The AMTC will include keynote speeches from Arno Held of AM Ventures and Helmut Schönenberger of UnternehmerTUM, who will report on current trends among international AM startups. In a roundtable discussion, representatives from Kinexon, Seurat and Kumovis will discuss how startups can become more resilient in the face of challenging times. At the end of the day, six startups will give brief presentations on innovative ideas, including solutions for Additive Manufacturing powders made from recycled materials, next-generation wire alloys for large-scale metal AM and a new manufacturing method that uses microwaves as an energy source, reportedly making it possible to build significantly faster and cheaper than with traditional laser melting processes. One of the brief presentations will introduce a software platform for data-based quality assurance founded on the principle of digital twinning to help avoid time-consuming component measurement.
The second day of the conference will begin with a panel discussion and a welcome message from Ilse Aigner, president of the Bavarian State Parliament. This will be followed by a signing ceremony for an MoU between Siemens, Audi, MTU, EOS, Linde, GE Additive and Oerlikon, as well as the TUM. The signing of this document marks the final step to the founding of the Bavarian AM Cluster. The association operating under this moniker will seek to overcome technical and economic challenges along the entire AM value chain through interdisciplinary cooperation between private enterprises and the scientific world.
With a trend study to be released at the same time as the conference, futurologist Kai Gondlach will provide insights on the direction in which the markets relevant to AM are headed and which global trends will likely create new demand for Additive Manufacturing in the future.
Opportunities for cross-border cooperation include a blue-ribbon panel discussion – participants including Francisco Betti of the World Economic Forum, Lionel Lim of the Singapore Economic Development Board, Nicholas Deliyanakis of the EU Commission and Kimberly Gibson of America Makes – which will talk about trends in international markets relevant to Additive Manufacturing and explore issues of cross- border cooperation in the further development of industrial AM.
The conference will be topped off by an in-depth look at actual uses of Additive Manufacturing, including ten ‘blueprint cases’ which demonstrate successful industrial use of Additive Manufacturing on three continents. Examples include Singapore’s SembCorb Marine, which uses metal AM in the maintenance of ships, taking advantage of the speed of quickly built spare parts, and ST Engineering, which uses AM to make special structural components for aircraft.
Deep Blue Space, which additively manufactures components for rocket propulsion, will describe a case from China. European examples include a project by Fraunhofer Institute IGCV with Siemens Healthineers and other partners who have re-engineered the Additive Manufacturing of a complex copper heat sink along the entire production chain by using a green laser.
Oerlikon and Airbus will demonstrate the successful Additive Manufacturing and use of ultra-light antennas for satellites. Audi will present a practical example from automotive engineering, and Siemens will show how to successfully guide an AM project through internal processes. The US-based companies Eaton, Collins Aerospace and Boeing will be presenting three additional blueprint cases.
In addition to practical applications, research news will also be shared with AMTC participants. Representatives from universities and research institutes will report on ongoing projects – including two major international EU projects that deal with technical issues that are hoped to enable significant progress for Additive Manufacturing in the coming years.
The full list of speakers and panelists is available here.
Registration is open here.