16th International Wohlers Conference looks at the truth behind the Additive Manufacturing supply chain

November 4, 2014

The 16th Annual International Wohlers Conference is scheduled to take place during Euromold, Frankfurt, Germany, on November 27, 2014. The popular event will this year include a focus on the Additive Manufacturing supply chain.


Peter Sander, Vice President and Manager,

Emerging Technologies & Concepts Airbus

Operations GmbH, will present a keynote at

the conference

It is claimed that the current Additive Manufacturing (AM) supply chain is not as evolved as it may seem, being underdeveloped and in some cases almost non-existent. The conference organisers state that this immaturity could present opportunities, as well as major challenges for companies hoping to adopt AM for series production.

Another serious consideration, stated the organisers, is post-processing, such as the removal of support material and heat treatment which requires special processes and expertise, and can be time-consuming and labour-intensive.  Companies are also questioning whether the necessary design tools and designers are available to drive the use of AM for production applications. It is claimed that without fresh thinking, better software tools, and the use of automation to reduce labour, companies may find it difficult to justify the use AM for series production.

The event will highlight how individuals and organisations around the world will be impacted by the quickly evolving Additive Manufacturing and 3D printing supply chain. Presentations include:

Keynote: Opportunities and Challenges for Future Industrial Production

Peter Sander, Vice President and Manager, Emerging Technologies & Concepts Airbus Operations GmbH Hamburg, Germany

The Impact of Recent Developments in AM

Terry Wohlers, Principal Consultant and President Wohlers Associates, Inc., USA

Implications of AM on the Supply Chain and Vice Versa

Dr Olaf Rehme, Project Manager for Additive Manufacturing Corporate Technology, Research & Technology Center, Siemens AG, Germany

HP’s Digitization Journey in Print Manufacturing: Lessons for 3D Printing

J Scott Schiller, Worldwide Director, HP 3D Printing Graphics Solutions Business, Hewlett-Packard Company, Spain

The Industrialization of Metal Powders

John E Barnes, Director of High Performance Metal Technologies CSIRO, Australia

Current AM Production and Near Term Evolution

Paolo Gennaro, Additive Manufacturing Sales Director AvioAero, Italy

The AM Supply Chain in China

Dr Xiaoshu Xu, CEO and Technical Director Hunan Farsoon High-tech Co., Ltd, China

Printing the Future of Optics

Richard van de Vrie, President and CEO LUXeXceL Group, Netherlands

The Realities of Direct Metal Printing

Dr Ing Jonas Van Vaerenbergh, Operations Manager, Direct Metal Printing 3D Systems – LayerWise, Belgium

Business-to-Consumer Supply Chains in 3D Printing

Tim Caffrey, Senior Consultant Wohlers Associates, Inc.,USA



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