The truth Behind the Additive Manufacturing Supply Chain

DEMAT GmbH and Wohlers Associates, Inc. have announced the 16th Annual International Wohlers Conference, to be held at EuroMold 2014 in Frankfurt, Germany. This year’s conference, titled The Truth Behind the Additive Manufacturing Supply Chain, will occur on Thursday, November 27. Past conferences have focused on the most important developments and trends in rapid product development, additive manufacturing (AM), and 3D printing. The EuroMold trade fair is November 25-28 at the Exhibition Center Frankfurt. This year’s event marks the 21st anniversary of EuroMold.

Thanks to the SLS additive manufacturing (Selective Laser Sintering) technology, Ecoparts located in Rüti near Zürich can achieve functional prototypes in metal and small series of complex parts within very short deliveries.
Example of AM. Thanks to the SLS additive manufacturing (Selective Laser Sintering) technology, Ecoparts located in Rüti near Zürich can achieve functional prototypes in metal and small series of complex parts within very short deliveries.

The Wohlers conference will concentrate on the supply of AM machines, materials, and services worldwide. Over the past 24 months, AM has gripped the attention of the media, national governments, investors, and corporations around the world. Some of the biggest companies and brands are investigating AM. Adobe, Amazon, Airbus, Autodesk, Boeing, Dell, GE, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Staples, and UPS are among the companies that have made some level of commitment to the technology. Many others are evaluating it.

Additive manufacturing trends
Speakers at the conference will discuss the many opportunities and challenges associated with the present and future AM supply chain. “It is not as evolved as it may seem,” said Terry Wohlers, principal consultant and president of Wohlers Associates. “Investment is at an all-time high, and it will certainly help, but enormous hurdles must be overcome,” Wohlers explained. Dr.-Ing. Eberhard Döring, CEO of DEMAT, the company that organizes EuroMold, agrees. “The organizations that participate in EuroMold are presented with vast opportunities in additive manufacturing,” he said. “However, so much work needs to be done. EuroMold is the perfect place to discuss problems and solutions, negotiate partnerships, and initiate new projects that can make a difference,” Döring stated.

An event not to be missed
EuroMold 2014 is expected to draw more than 50,000 international visitors and 1,000+ exhibitors from over 30 countries. Among them will be 100 first-time exhibitors. Last year, designers, engineers, managers, executives, and others from 92 countries attended EuroMold.

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PS: Interested in SLS? You can read an article published on Eurotec about Ecoparts in Switzerland here.

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