Overview lecture forums

The following lecture forums will be offered in the Rapid.Tech specialist conference 2019:

Forum AM Science (with scientific review)
Already for the fifth time, there will be a purely scientific session within the Rapid.Tech conference 2019 as a completion of the common sessions. This conference with a scientific quality assurance (double-blind review of abstract and paper) will inform about new knowledge and scientific Progress within the German-speaking area and takes into consideration all issues of the additive manufacturing process chain.

Forum Design (with scientific Review)
Additive Manufacturing allows designers and developers to think in a new way about the design processes. At the same time new competences are required. Ideas and design approaches that have been impossible so far are feasible now. In this forum designers and development engineers receive inspirations and approaches how to use these fascinating possibilities offered by using AM while designing components and thereby integrating new functions. This is not only essential for design aspects but also for calculation methods and the associated software support. It will be assumed that the basic processes of AM are known.

Scientific review: The lectures of the Forum AM Science and Design that have been accepted to the conference programme will be assessed by a scientific review committee (double-blind review of abstract and paper). The precondition for this is the submission of the lecture with a meaningful abstract of 200 words by 19 November 2018 at the latest and the preparation of a full abstract of at least ten pages after acceptance of the lecture (Deadline: February 2019).

Forum 3D Printed Electronics & Functions
The focus of the Forum 3D Printed Electronics & Functions is placed on the expansion of additive manufacturing for products by integrating additional functions like i.e. electronics, sensors, light or energy supply. AM can process and combine different materials at the same time. In the meantime, conductive materials and methods are used which make it possible to print micro batteries, light sources, light guides or electronic circuits directly into or on the surface of devices. Presentations of case studies from the entertainment electronics, medical technology, instrumentation technology, Transport industry, telecommunication infrastructure or other intelligent products are sought.

Forum Contract Additive Manufacturing
Additive manufacturing technologies offer a wide range of possibilities. The development of own production capacity right from the start is not necessary in all cases and a make-or-buy decision has to be made. This forum shows strategies to evaluate the right application for the own demands as well as alternatively how to identify the correct contract manufacturer. The topics quality assurance and post-processing will also be discussed. Furthermore, OEMs have the opportunity to present their experiences with contract manufacturers or vice versa concerning current production case studies – to ensure that participants receive a lot of “best-practice” examples.

Forum Automotive Industry
For this forum we are looking for presentations that demonstrate where additive manufacturing is already used in the automotive industry and how this sector of industry will be changing in the future due to AM. On the basis of current case studies, this forum is supposed to address the entire automobile process
chain in development, manufacturing and life cycle and can as well reflect the manufacturing of prototypes and pre-series parts, series production parts or spare parts on demand by AM as AM-supported
tooling in terms of molds and dies for automotive mass production. Also logistics specialists are invited to talk about how AM can change warehousing in the automotive sector. Motorsports applications are as welcome as applications for alternative drive concepts (e-mobility). Besides representatives of automotive OEMs, automotive suppliers are as well invited to present as research institutions that focus on applied research for the automotive sector.

Forum Aviation
The application of additively manufactured components is common in the aerospace industry by now,
especially before the background of lightweight construction. The Forum Aviation will focus on technologies
and applications of additive manufacturing processes within the civil and military aerospace sector. Features of relevant technologies will be discussed in detail. On the basis of practical examples for the production of technically demanding plastic and metal components for small-series production the relevance and the customer’s benefit will be shown. Here, also the production of spare parts plays an important role. Furthermore, this forum is dealing with the current challenges in the aviation industry from quality assurance to qualification of suppliers with all relevant aspects.

Forum Plastics
Plastic 3D printing offers numerous advantages and huge potential for users, so much so that increasing
numbers of end products are being manufactured in various plastics. This growth is especially visible
in the mobility and medical technology sectors, but it can also be seen in many others, too. Materials
developers and equipment manufacturers are constantly presenting new materials that open up new
directions, thus expanding the range of applications for plastics even further.
This forum is intended to provide an insight into current developments in 3D printing with plastics. Users
will be able to learn more about selecting suitable materials and processes, enabling them to resolve the
issues they encounter in practice and to harness the potential of plastic 3D printing.

Forum on Law
Additive manufacturing is at the brink of industrialisation and mass production. Taking into account the
complexity of the technology, various aspects of the production process need to be examined on a legal
basis. For the Forum on Law, we are looking for practically-relevant contributions focusing on legal
aspects within the process of additive manufacturing. A special focus will be on the issue of who owns
the rights to data and end products of a production process. Further, another issue of interest will be
the suitability of materials and quality assurance along the value chain. In the context of Industry 4.0,
a secure exchange of information, the subject Chain of Trust and digital licence management are becoming
more and more important. Thus, process assurance raises various legal issues. Additionally, the
importance of rules and standards within the process of additive manufacturing might be a subject to
be examined.

Forum Medical, Dental & Orthopaedic Technology
Additive manufacturing was able to change a lot in medical and clinical applications. For example,
additive manufactured individual bone implants, or jigs for bone correction and tools for customized
dental solutions are state-of-the-art. Nevertheless, there are constantly new applications regarding
the individual patient care. Among others a lot has been achieved in the orthopaedic technology in the
past years so that first promising additive manufactured products like foot splints or leg prostheses are
on the market today. The forum deals with these trends and addresses especially this digital and software
aided penetration of established market segments of medical technology which creates new
product groups and business models.

Forum Metal
The usage of additive manufacturing for producing ready-to-use end products made from metal is already
common in the aerospace industry or medical technology. Nevertheless, an exorbitant increase of the use
of additive manufacturing technologies is expected in the next years, not only in the named industries but
especially in the fields of automotive industry, tool making and further industry sectors. In this forum we
are looking for lectures helping designers, engineers and decision makers from different sectors to identify
the most suitable manufacturing process as well as the matching metal material. Furthermore, this
forum shall give the participants a closer understanding of the advantages and potentials when using 3D
metal printing.

Forum Software & Processes
The integration of AM into industrial manufacturing processes is proceeding apace. As it does so, it is
important to consider factors such as the form of data transfer between the individual process steps and
systems involved. And to ensure that the incoming data is managed appropriately. This is leading to an
expansion of the PLM landscape. In a world of global, distributed manufacturing, traditional customer-supplier relationships are being replaced by value creation networks. New challenges are arising in areas
such as the distributed production of printed components for replacement parts, particularly for security-
critical products, both in terms of documenting the manufacturing process and of determining whether
a part is an original or a bootleg copy. Managing data throughout a component’s entire life cycle is therefore particularly important in additive manufacturing. This forum aims to highlight innovative software
solutions that integrate such data into company processes and the entire life cycle of the product.

Forum Standardization & EHS
Additive manufacturing technologies increasingly gain significance as production technologies. Besides technological challenges, the availability of standards and guidelines has to be ensured in order to enable further industrial adoption. In addition, EHS (Environment health and safety) is a must-have for these young production technologies and therefore addressed by both national and international committees. The Forum Standardization and EHS aims at both providing a comprehensive overview on worldwide standardization activities in the broad field of additive manufacturing. Furthermore, technology users are invited to provide insights to how standards helped them shape their business in the field of additive manufacturing.

Forum Tool, Mould & Jig Construction
In this forum participants will learn everything about relevant technologies, new materials and applications in tool and mould making. This includes not only simulation of 3D printed tools and close-to-contour cooling but also Additive Manufacturing of embossing and cutting tools. High pressure die casting has great potential, which is also relevant for this forum as well as further progresses in the already established field of additive manufactured injection moulding tools. The possibilities and limits of different AM processes for the production of the named parts as well as the entry of these processes in series production will be shown. Moreover, examples will be considered that show the usage of the high design freedom of 3D printing when manufacturing fixtures which can help to optimize work processes. Presentations about business models, quality assurance, studies about the development of 3D printing in mould making as well as post-processing of additive manufactured parts with traditional methods are also sought.

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