Category Archives: Additive manufacturing

AM industry asks the EU to support research and education

For the third consecutive year, CECIMO organized the “Additive Manufacturing European Conference” (AMEC) on 7 June 2017 in the European Parliament in Brussels (Belgium). The event was a great success, gathering more than a hundred participants among industry leaders and policy-makers. Speakers at AMEC used this occasion to bring attention on the need of a deeper EU approach.

AMEC III was organised by CECIMO and co-hosted by Brando Benifei (S&D), Anthea McIntyre (ECR) and Cora van Nieuwenhuizen (ALDE), Members of the European Parliament. The event highlighted Europe’s outstanding know-how in the development of industrial additive manufacturing and addressed the existing challenges for its adoption in Europe.

At a time of new competitors on the international stage, the conference pointed to the EU policy-makers’ role in advancing Europe’s position in the industry. Industrialists and decision-makers on stage converged on the provision of research funding, support to standardization efforts and creation of a large pool of talents for the industry as key issues for support from the EU policy community. As Filip Geerts, CECIMO Director General, said, “it is important to have a forward-looking approach, which will serve the EU in achieving its larger goals, like industrial policy, digitization but also e.g. circular economy”.

AMEC III elaborated also the CECIMO “European Additive Manufacturing Strategy”. The document provides an overview of the policy fields that deserve priority attention of EU authorities. It collects the inputs of several experts and details recommendations to speed up the AM uptake. The Strategy is available on the website at the following link:

is the European Association representing the common interests of the Machine Tool Industries globally and at EU level. We bring together 15 National Associations of machine tool builders, which represent approximately 1300 industrial enterprises in Europe (EU + EFTA + Turkey), over 80% of which are SMEs. CECIMO covers 98% of total Machine Tool production in Europe and about 36% worldwide. It accounts for almost 150,000 employees and a turnover of nearly €24 billion in 2016. Approximately 75% of CECIMO production is shipped abroad, whereas around half of it is exported outside Europe. CECIMO assumes a key role in determining the strategic direction of the European machine tool industry and promotes the development of the sector in the fields of economy, technology and science.

Simulation Additive dans Vericut dévoilée lors de la réunion du groupe d’utilisateurs de CGTech

Les club d’utilisateur de Vericut (VUE) à Irvine était un succès avec des utilisateurs venus nombreux.  Le VUE d’Irvine a donné le coup d’envoi du  premier des 25 VUEs nord-américains où plusieurs innovations étaient ajoutées à la prochaine version de Vericut – le logiciel de simulation, de vérification et d’optimisation des machines-outils à commande numérique CN de CGTech.

Pendant cet événement orienté autour des besoins clients, des sujets multiples ont été couverts. Les participants ont été sensiblement enthousiasmés quand à la nouvelle capacité de simulation de la fabrication additive qui fera partie de prochaine version  8,1 de Vericut.

« Les applications de fabrication additive sont sans limites pour les utilisateurs» précise Gene Granata, chef de produit de Vericut. «CGTech a toujours été à la pointe de l’innovation. Ajouter cette technologie de rupture à Vericut fournit une solution unique pour satisfaire les besoins de nos clients qui tirent profit du marché en pleine croissance de la fabrication additive. »

Avec de plus en plus d’utilisateurs qui adoptent la Fabrication Additive (FA) dans leurs opérations quotidiennes, l’opportunité d’ajouter cette nouvelle capacité dans Vericut est cruciale. La nouvelle capacité de FA dans Vericut V8.1 à simuler le même code CN qui pilotera la machine de commande numérique, permettra à des sociétés d’expérimenter virtuellement les  procédés additifs combinés aux procédés traditionnels « sous tractif » d’enlèvement matière afin de déterminer les méthodes de production « hybrides » optimales. «Ceci donne à nos clients un avantage concurrentiel pour créer, personnaliser, et/ou réparer des pièces, et dans les procédés, redéfinir les technologies de production actuelles, » commente Gene  Granata.

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Au sujet de CGTech
CGTech est le leader incontesté de la technologie des logiciels de simulation, de vérification et d’optimisation de machines CN. Depuis 1988, ses produits ont atteint le rang de standard des secteurs industriels, dont l’aérospatiale, l’automobile et les transports terrestres, le moule, les produits grand public, la production d’énergie et l’industrie lourde. Aujourd’hui, avec des bureaux en Europe et en Asie, et un réseau mondial de revendeurs, les logiciels CGTech sont utilisés par des entreprises de toutes dimensions, des universités, des écoles et des organismes gouvernementaux.

New at DMG MORI: selective laser melting and the ISTOS digital start-up

At the traditional Open House at DECKEL MAHO in Pfronten DMG MORI shows a wide range of innovations. The 9,000 international trade visitors will be greeted by a display area of 8,500m2 featuring more than 80 high-tech exhibits – including 3 world premieres – and major sector highlights from the fields of automation, digitization, Additive Manufacturing and technology excellence. By a majority shareholding of 50.1% in REALIZER GmbH in Borchen, the group is strengthening its future technologies in Additive Manufacturing. With the founding of the start-up ISTOS, DMG MORI is expanding its digitization expertise.

DMG MORI is focusing on strengthening its future technologies: With selective laser melting DMG MORI is bundling the most important generative production processes for metallic materials under one roof. DMG MORI already has extensive know-how in the field of laser deposit welding with powder nozzles through Sauer GmbH. By integrating the REALIZER products, DMG MORI is gaining access to “Selective Laser Melting” (SLM). In this process, the material is applied in powder form in very thin layers and melted by laser. “This is the perfect complement to our high-tech machines in the field of Advanced Technologies. Selective laser melting in the powder bed opens up completely new areas of application for our customers,” says Christian Thönes, Chairman of the Executive Board of DMG MORI Aktiengesellschaft.

As a pioneer of the powder bed process, REALIZER has consistently developed SLM technology, elevating it to the level of mass production and now has more than 20 years’ experience in its application. In future, development and assembly will take place in Borchen and at DMG MORI in Bielefeld.

The two leading production technologies enable complex, metallic components to be produced from powder. For this purpose a wide variety of weldable materials up to and including multi-material applications can be made use of.

DMG MORI founds ISTOS for the digital production
With the founding of the start-up ISTOS, DMG MORI is expanding its digitization expertise. The new Düsseldorf-based company is developing digital production projects for DMG MORI and interested partners. The aim is to support DMG MORI’s customers and companies outside the machine tool industry in handling the digital transformation by way of fully connected production processes. For DMG MORI customers ISTOS is the connecting link from an open network across all machines to an integrated digital factory.

ISTOS stands for “Innovative Software Technologies for Open Solutions” and will sustainably shape digitization in the field of machining. The basis is provided by CELOS – the APP-based control and operations software from DMG MORI. “With ISTOS we have successfully managed to attract and gain a complete team of
15 experienced IoT experts,“ says Christian Thönes. “By ISTOS we are speeding up our digital innovation process. I am convinced that ISTOS will support us and our customers with innovative solutions for digitization.”

ISTOS will develop individual customer solutions across the group and together with DMG MORI Software Solutions GmbH will realize the digital production world. Initial results will be presented at the EMO in Hanover (18-23 September 2017).

Renishaw additive manufacturing expertise revives Hawker Typhoon

Global engineering technologies company Renishaw has helped bring a national treasure back to Gloucester. Using original 1938 drawings, the company worked with the Jet Age Museum to additively manufacture (3D print) four sets of unusual cockpit brackets for a Hawker Typhoon aircraft, built almost exclusively in the UK city during the 1940s.  


Using original drawings from 1938, Renishaw’s engineers modelled each bracket from scratch using a computer-aided design (CAD) system. After prototyping in plastic polycarbonate, the company produced the final parts using a Renishaw AM250 additive manufacturing machine, which like the original brackets were recreated in an aluminium alloy.

“Reconstructing the brackets with traditional manufacturing technologies such as CNC machining was not feasible, so we suggested using additive manufacturing,” explained Joshua Whitmore, Development Technician at Renishaw. “The design flexibility of additive manufacturing allowed us to create and produce the cockpit brackets quickly and efficiently. It was inspiring to see the latest additive manufacturing technology being used to recreate a part of history.”

The Jet Age Museum rescued the Typhoon from a scrap yard in the early 90s and has been working on the restoration project of returning the aircraft to its original home ever since.

“There are currently no working Hawker Typhoons in existence and complete aircrafts are extremely rare,” explained Trevor Davies, Typhoon Sponsor Coordinator for the Jet Age Museum.

“Renishaw has helped to bring a rare piece of heritage back to the area. We cannot put a price on what the company has done for the Typhoon, the museum and the local community. The aircraft will stand as inspiration to younger generations in the area for years to come. Without Renishaw’s additive manufacturing capabilities, we would not have been able to reproduce the brackets as authentic parts of the restoration.”

For a full case study and videos about the project, see

Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing European Conference 2016 The need for a common European strategy to ensure Europe’s leading role in AM in the future is highlighted


High-level representatives from companies, EU institutions, think tanks and other stakeholders of the machine tools sector were present at the Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing European Conference 2016, held at the European Parliament. They discussed the creation of a European strategy for additive manufacturing (AM) to support the steady, long-lasting and consistent development of this technology in Europe.

For the European Commission Peter Dröll, Director for Key Enabling Technologies DG Research and Innovation and Ronan Burgess, Head of the Photonics unit of DG Connect took the floor. They underlined the continued need for a unified approach at European level to consistently develop advanced technologies, like AM, and as such support the growth of the European industry. They also highlighted the importance of fostering digital industrial innovation in Europe.

From the industry, speakers from Siemens, Stratasys, SLM Solutions, Ultimaker, Materialise, 3D Italy and of a 3D printing project of development cooperation in Africa, CrowdforAfrica, underlined that AM offers transformative potentials and freedom from some production restrictions. It represents a “disruptive technology” that can have a positive impact on materials and energy saving, in addition to reducing supply chain cost and enhancing education and skills.

During the debate session, the panellists discussed the different topics to be included in a European AM strategy: from research to education, from IPR protection to SME development, from standardization to certification.

It becomes obvious that the current lack of coordination and multiannual planned intervention is diluting public and private investments, jeopardizing a pan-European AM-related exchange of knowledge, and exposing European AM entrepreneurs and end-users to international competitors.

New technologies like AM contribute to the competitiveness of manufacturing and must have the potential to increase sustainability both by reducing energy and materials consumption and increasing workers’ health and safety. In addition to the competitiveness and sustainability components, an overall strategy specific for AM should also include supporting access to finance, research and innovations, standardization and certification. To achieve these goals, dialogue between industrial stakeholders’ is fundamental.

The European strategy for AM should go beyond research funding to accelerate the market uptake of AM, including the development of standards, access to finance, especially for SMEs, awareness raising, skills development, IPR protection, liability regulations as well as qualification and certification procedures.

The panellists also debated on the ICT challenges faced by the European manufacturing sector. Advanced technologies allow the development of different and innovative supply chains, based on the moving of files and not only of materials, goods and people. Therefore, a strong ICT network is required in each of the 28 European Member States to allow the consistent development of AM technologies.

Filip Geerts, CECIMO Director General stated: “CECIMO recognizes that in Europe, both national governments and the European Commission have been supporting AM development, R&I investments and related private-public partnerships through direct projects and funding of R&I centres. As a result, thanks also to innovative and courageous entrepreneurs, Europe takes the lead in the production of metal AM systems globally, capitalizing on its legacy in industrial production technologies. However, there are challenges and obstacles on the way to its industrialization that should be cleared and to that end, government policy must play a role in technology development and market uptake. With its know-how, skilled workforce and resources, Europe has the potential of ensuring a global center of excellence in AM.”

CECIMO will continue to provide European decision-makers with the necessary input to design a European strategy for additive manufacturing. All stakeholders are invited to contact CECIMO to participate in the association’s AM-related activities.

Award-winning: Freeformer receives “Leonardo da Vinci” design award

Arburg received the international “Leonardo da Vinci” Award on 17 March 2016 in Parma, Italy during the MECSPE trade fair. The Italian Association of Industrial Designers AIPI (Associazione Italiana Progettisti Industriali) awarded this prize to acknowledge the design of the Freeformer, an innovative system for additive manufacturing.

The Freeformer from Arburg was the recipient of the “Leonardo da Vinci” Award from the Italian Association of Industrial Designers.

“I’m delighted to accept this coveted award on behalf of Arburg Italy. Our Freeformer is unique – both in terms of design and the numerous options that it offers to plastics processing companies for the additive manufacturing of fully-functional one-off parts and small batches,” said Managing Director Adriano Carminati at the award ceremony, which was held during the MECSPE trade fair in Parma, Italy.

International design award
Established by Italy’s AIPI association in 1981, the international “Leonardo da Vinci” Award is presented every two years to individuals and companies who have made a valuable contribution to design and technical innovation for the industry. In addition to Arburg, this year’s recipients included Italian engineer Aldo Costa, who has designed and developed 32 Formula 1 racing cars, the Helicopter Division of Finmeccanica, and cycling company Victoria.

Innovative Freeformer for additive manufacturing
In order to also achieve a high level of production efficiency during the production of small batches down to a single unit, Arburg complemented its Allrounder injection moulding machines with the Freeformer for additive manufacturing, which it introduced to the Italian market in 2015. The Freeformer uses an additive manufacturing process to produce fully-functional plastic parts from qualified standard granulates on the basis of 3D CAD data.

Convincing industrial design
In 2014, the Freeformer already received the renowned Red Dot Award for “excellent product design”. Examples of how aesthetics and functionality have been combined include an easily accessible construction chamber with pivoting glass front, simple operating options and a fold-out PC with multi-touch screen mounted on the side. The clear, soft lines of the housing are reminiscent of modern telecommunications devices and are well suited for use in a design studio or laboratory environment. The fact that the overall concept is successful in visual terms is evidenced by the positive feedback from existing and prospective customers.

Delcam adds robot for additive manufacturing research

Delcam has added an ABB robot fitted with a Fronius CMT Advanced welding head to the range of manufacturing equipment at its Birmingham site. The new unit will be used mainly for research into the programming of robots for the additive manufacturing of metals with Delcam’s PowerMILL Robot software.

The ABB robot at Delcam will be used for research into metal additive manufacturing.

Cold Metal Transfer welding was initially developed by Fronius to join materials with different properties, in particular for welding aluminium to steel. The process uses very high frequency movement of the wire to give a clean, spatter-free material transfer. It provides a stable, reproducible deposition of material that Delcam believes should have great potential in metal additive manufacturing.

The ABB robot arm offers six axes of movement, with an additional two axes, tilt and rotation, provide by the table holding the material. This additional flexibility allows parts to be oriented into the optimum position as they are being built so enabling complex shapes to be created with less need for extra support structures.

PowerMILL Robot makes it as easy to program a robot for machining as it is to program a five-axis machine tool. As a fully-associated application inside PowerMILL, users have access to all the multi-axis machining strategies within PowerMILL and can use all the system’s project management options to manage, store and retrieve data.

As well as making it possible to program robots for additive manufacturing, PowerMILL Robot can be used for tool-to-part applications, especially for machining large parts, such as composite panels that need to be trimmed, or for part-to-tool applications, such as grinding or polishing.