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Industrializing “additive manufacturing” for a competitive and sustainable economy

At the “Additive Manufacturing European Conference” organized by CECIMO, the European Association of the Machine Tool industries, at the European Parliament in Brussels on 23 June, high level representatives from industry, academia, EU institutions, think tanks and standardisation organisations discussed how to achieve the full-scale industrialisation of additive manufacturing (AM) in a rapid and cost-effective manner whilst generating the highest value for society.

Industrializing “additive manufacturing” for a competitive  and sustainable economy
Industrializing “additive manufacturing” for a competitive
and sustainable economy

The Conference confirmed that AM creates perspectives in terms of technology, markets and economic development, as well as sustainability. The design freedom brought by AM stretches the imagination of designers and engineers to develop highly functional products which respond to complex customer needs. Moreover, layer-by-layer production generates unprecedented savings on material and energy usage, making AM a blueprint for sustainable and competitive manufacturing.
Jean Camille Uring, CECIMO President said: “Additive manufacturing can satisfy Europe’s appetite for innovation and can boost the added value of industrial production. AM is still a relatively young technology which needs to be further developed so that its full potential can be unleashed. Europe has to move fast amidst global competition to turn AM into a mainstream technology that serves multiple sectors.”
Reinhard Bütikofer, Member of the European Parliament, hosting the conference stated: “Europe is in dire need of new economic dynamism. Additive manufacturing offers great potential for disruptive innovation. It can boost industrial competitiveness and, at the same time, deliver significant material and energy efficiency gains. We need an ambitious EU industrial policy that taps into new technologies and industrial trends to promote competitiveness and sustainability”.
It was recognised that AM is an integral part of the digitisation trend in manufacturing. AM allows to convert digital data into products whilst disrupting existing production processes and supply chains. Supply chains are shifted to the virtual environment and the storage requirements are reduced to the hardware necessary to store files. By promoting mass-customization and on demand-production nearby customers, AM can become a key driver of Europe’s reindustrialisation.
At the conference, strong emphasis was put on the impact of AM on the society. Although industrial AM applications find their way across sectors such as automotive and energy, the aerospace and medical sectors appear to be the two main early adopters. Lightweight construction of air vehicles allows saving thousands of tons of emissions every year. AM drives efficient production of customized prosthetics and implants, providing a better quality of life to hundreds of thousands of people at reduced costs.
Filip Geerts, CECIMO Director General: “Additive Manufacturing is moving fast towards becoming a mainstream technology. However there are challenges and obstacles on the way to its industrialization that should be cleared and to that end, adequate government policy must play a role in technology development and market uptake. With the know-how, skilled workforce and resources, Europe has the potential of becoming a global center of excellence in AM”
Commenting on the outcome of the event, Clara de la Torre, Director for Key Enabling Technologies, at DG Research of the European Commission, stated: “Only in the 7th Framework Programme (2007-2013), €160 million in EU funding was granted to more than 60 successful projects on additive manufacturing technologies. In the first year of the Horizon 2020 Programme, in 2014, nine AM projects and actions were selected to benefit from more than €17 million in EU funding.”
Industrial and research stakeholders attending the event underlined that the continuation of EU funding is essential to overcome current technical limitations to AM. It will also bring the technology closer to series production which will unlock its full economic potential.
The strongest message that came out of the Conference was a call to the EU to adopt a “European strategy for Additive Manufacturing” which bridges complementary capabilities and resources across Member States. It was highlighted that such a strategy should look beyond research funding so as to accelerate the market uptake of AM, including standardisation, finance, awareness raising, skills, IPR, liability as well qualification and certification procedures.
Mr. Geerts concluded: “Europe does not have the luxury to lag behind competitors in disruptive technologies which transform the economy. It has to aim at global leadership. We hope that the new EU Industrial Policy Roadmap and the Digital Single Market Strategy will give the necessary attention to AM”.


Plastpol 2015: Arburg presents extensive plastic parts production range

At the Plastpol 2015, to be held from 26 to 29 May in Kielce, Poland, Arburg will present a wide spectrum of plastic parts production – from the manufacture of one-off parts through to the mass production of medical technology items.

With an energy-optimised hydraulic Allrounder 420 C Golden Edition, Arburg will produce toy buggies at the Plastpol 2015.
With an energy-optimised hydraulic Allrounder 420 C Golden Edition, Arburg will produce toy buggies at the Plastpol 2015.

“The Polish economic trend is extremely stable and, accordingly, our assessment of our customers’ willingness to invest is optimistic,” says Dr. Slawomir Sniady, Managing Director of the Arburg subsidiary in Poland. “There’s a particular interest in increasing production efficiency as well as in the competitive production of plastic parts at minimum unit costs. This is precisely what we offer with our wide product range of modular Allrounder injection moulding machines and our reliable service. As a highlight this year, we will also be presenting the Freeformer, which operates without a mould and uses standard granulates to produce functional components as one-off parts or in small batches”.
Freeformer additively processes two components
With the Freeformer, fully functional plastic parts can be additively manufactured from standard granulate using the patented “Arburg Plastic Freeforming” process based on 3D CAD data, without the need for a mould. As with injection moulding, the granulate is initially melted in a plasticising cylinder. Plastic droplets are applied layer-by-layer onto a moving part carrier via the nozzle of a stationary discharge unit, using high-frequency piezo technology at a specified duty cycle of 60 to 200 Hertz.
The second discharge unit can be used for an additional component, for example to produce a part in different colours, with special tactile qualities, or as a hard/soft combination. At the Plastpol 2015, a Freeformer will combine a standard ABS material with a special support material to produce a key fob featuring a ball joint. The supporting structures are simply removed later in a water bath.

Hybrid Allrounder produces syringe barrels
With the manufacture of syringe barrels featuring a thread, Arburg will demonstrate how disposable items can be produced in high quality and large volumes. Using a mould from Tim Plastik, Turkey, a hybrid Allrounder 520 H with a clamping force of 1,500 kN will produce eight 20 ml syringe barrels from PP in a cycle time of around eleven seconds. The part weight is around 7 grams. Sophisticated temperature control technology is used in order to meet the stringent part tolerance requirements. Before the mould is opened, an unscrewing unit is used to perform so-called Luer Lock thread demoulding.

Hidrive series: combination of electric and hydraulic machine technology
The hybrid Allrounder Hidrive series machines are characterised by high productivity, short cycle times and high energy efficiency and are therefore predestined for high-performance applications. The speed and precision associated with electric technology are combined with hydraulic power and dynamics for uncompromising production performance. This is further enhanced by performance-optimised hydraulic accumulator technology. Allrounder H machines bear the Arburg “e²” energy efficiency label as an indication of their energy-optimised operation.

Toy buggy in a single injection moulding cycle
Using a toy buggy as an example, Arburg will demonstrate the high-quality, automated and cost-effective manufacture of standard products. This exhibit demonstrates the performance of the proven hydraulic Golden Edition machine series. An Allrounder 420 C Golden Edition with a clamping force of 1,000 kN will produce all the components in a single step using a 1+1+2-cavity family mould. The cycle time is around 30 seconds.
After the injection moulding process, a Multilift Select robotic system then removes the sprue as well as the four individual components (roof, chassis and two axles with wheels) and joins them together on the assembly table to produce the finished buggy.
The exhibited machine will feature the Arburg productivity package. This package includes the Arburg energy saving system (AES) with variable-speed pump drive and water-cooled drive motor. Here, operation with two control pumps, which enable simultaneous machine movements, is rendered even more cost-effective. Advantages of the productivity package include a reduction in energy requirement by up to 20 percent, five percent shorter dry cycle times and minimised emissions.

Cost-effective entry into automated production
The Multilift Select is the entry-level model of the Arburg linear robotic systems. It features servo-electric drive axes and is fully integrated in the Selogica machine control system. For the operator, this means: only one data set, a familiar approach during programming and perfect synchronisation of robotic system and machine. Moreover, the Multilift Select is extremely simple to program thanks to the teach-in function.

Additive Manufacturing European Conference

CECIMO, the European Association of the Machine Tool industries, is organizing the first “Additive Manufacturing European Conference” at the European Parliament in Brussels (Belgium) on 23 June 2015, where representatives from additive manufacturing (AM) companies, EU institutions, think tanks and the machine tools sector will discuss how the full-scale industrialisation of AM could be achieved in a rapid and cost-effective manner, and how this disruptive technology could help create the highest value for the economy and society. The event is hosted by Reinhard Bütikofer, Member of the European Parliament

Industrializing “additive manufacturing” for a competitive  and sustainable economy
Industrializing “additive manufacturing” for a competitive
and sustainable economy

The speakers’ session will tackle AM from the perspective of technology, markets, economic development and sustainability. Among the confirmed speakers are, Jean-Camille Uring, Executive board member – FIVES Group and CECIMO President, Bernhard Langefeld, Principal – Roland Berger Strategy Consultants (Germany), Ezio Basso, Managing Director – Prima Industrie (Italy), Benjiamin Denayer, Senior Business Developer Additive Manufacturing, Sirris – Research Institute (Belgium) and Pat Picariello, Director, Developmental Operations – ASTM International (USA).
During the session that follows, panellists will look into business and regulatory framework conditions in Europe and their impact on the development of AM. The discussion will focus on the role government, industry, academia and the research community in AM development and opportunities provided by pan-European initiatives.
Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, is identified as one of the major disrupting technologies of the 21st century. It offers a great potential to enable design freedom and the development of complex free-form structures, the efficient and accelerated production of customized products, and the minimisation of material waste. As application fields rapidly expand from prototyping towards direct parts production, its transformative impact is being revealed in all areas of manufacturing: product design, production, supply chain organization, services and skills. CECIMO is the point of reference in the area of metallic based additive manufacturing for EU policy-makers. It aims at ensuring that EU policies and regulations create the right framework conditions for the development of AM and contribute to boosting the competitiveness of the European industry as a whole.
For more information and to register: www.cecimo.eu/site/am-european-conference
Participation is free but places are limited.

Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies Ltd. wins First-Ever International Additive Manufacturing Award

After considering a slate of leading-edge innovations in additive manufacturing from top global users and system suppliers, the jury for the inaugural International Additive Manufacturing Award (IAMA) has selected Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies Ltd., of the United Kingdom and Plano, Texas, as its winning submission. The award was presented on March 6, 2015, during a reception at The MFG (Manufacturing for Growth) Meeting in Orlando, Fla.


Hybrid Manufacturing’s submission is a hybrid kit innovation that can be integrated into any CNC machine to allow for metal deposition (via laser cladding), finishing and inspection of parts on a single machine. The hybrid methodology integrates directed energy deposition into multiaxis CNC machine, using a tool changer to change between processes.

“Hybrid technology is exciting because it offers a new way to adopt additive manufacturing – as an upgrade to a CNC machine tool. Adding tool-changeable deposition heads to an existing CNC machine enables 3D printing of metal, without the need to buy a separate machine,” said Dr Jason Jones, Co-Founder and CEO of Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies. “This significantly reduces costs and provides an intuitive adoption path for CNC operators. The combination of additive with machining offers new capabilities, including in-process finishing, that cannot be delivered by either technology independently.”

“As a team, we are very excited to win the inaugural IAMA,” Jones said. “We are grateful for the exposure it brings to hybrid processing generally, and specifically to the seven years of foundational innovations that we have led in this area. We express our thanks to all those who contributed to the award.”

Dr Jones will have the pleasure to make a presentation at the Additive Manufacturing European Conference to be held Tuesday 6 October 2015 during EMO Milano 2015. EMO is the undisputed leading exhibition of the machine tool sector. It is a true point of reference in promoting the contact between the demand and the offer of manufacturing systems, irrespective of sector trends

The IAMA is the result of a partnership between AMT-The Association for Manufacturing Technology and VDW-Verein Deutscher Werkzeugmaschinenfabriken (German Machine Tool Builders’ Association). AMT and VDW, with media support from Gardner Business Media and VDI Nachrichten and sponsored by the European Machine Tool Association CECIMO, first announced the annual IAMA at IMTS-The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2014 in Chicago, Il.

LPKF Presents 2D and 3D Prototyping

Innovative prototyping solutions at embedded world
From the idea to the close-to-production prototype in just one day – for PCBs and 3D MID components. LPKF focuses on in-house prototyping processes at its Stand 507 in Hall 1. Systems and processes for the manufacture of three-dimensional molded interconnect devices utilizing the LDS process will be presented (LDS paint, ProtoLaser 3D and instant metallization).

The LPKF ProtoMat D104 also creates ultra-fine structures without etching chemicals.
The LPKF ProtoMat D104 also creates ultra-fine structures without etching chemicals.

LPKF will showcase its ProtoMat D104 top model circuit board plotter for the manufacture of PCB prototypes that eliminates the need for environmentally harmful etching chemicals. These systems mill conductor tracks from a fully coated substrate and simultaneously implement drilling tasks. Along with its mechanical tools, the ProtoMat D104 features an additional laser, which allows high-precision geometries to be realized and is used to create ultra-fine conductor structures.
Solutions for through-hole plating, assembly and reflow soldering will also be presented. And most importantly: seasoned prototyping experts will be available at the LPKF stand for your questions.


About LPKF

LPKF Laser & Electronics AG manufactures machines and laser systems used in electronics fabrication, medical technology, the automotive sector, and the production of solar cells. Around 20 percent of the workforce is engaged in research and development.

Laser & Electronics AG
Osteriede 7
D-30827 Garbsen


Fakuma 2014: Arburg highly satisfied with outcome of trade fair

The Fakuma 2014 went exceptionally well for Arburg. The Lossburg-based machine manufacturer was the only exhibitor to present the entire spectrum from additive manufacturing to injection moulding. The main focus was on the next step in the production efficiency strategy: the cost-effective production of plastic parts – from one-off parts, multiple-variant small and medium batches, through to mass-produced items.

ARBURG_37862-01 Messestand Fakuma 2014

“The trade fair in Friedrichshafen has traditionally been an excellent platform for high-quality discussions, intensive exchanges of ideas and good business. The exhibition stand was extremely well frequented throughout, and we received numerous specific enquiries,” says Michael Hehl, Managing Partner and Spokesperson for the Arburg Management Team, summing up the trade fair. “With eleven exhibits on our own stand and a further eight on partner stands, we presented numerous technical innovations, exciting processes and pioneering applications, positioning ourselves as the trendsetter of the industry.”

High level of interest in additive manufacturing
Particular interest was generated by the Arburg Plastic Freeforming (AKF) technology with the Freeformer, the German sales launch of which took place at the Fakuma. The ability to process standard granulates using an additive technique, and to build up the desired plastic part layer-by-layer from tiny droplets using 3D CAD data is unique.  Using the production of a pair of office scissors as an example, Arburg offered a clear demonstration of the flexible customisation of plastic products under the Industry 4.0 heading by combining injection moulding and additive manufacturing.

Positive expectations for 2015
For the entire industry, the Fakuma 2014 was an important trend indicator of the coming months. The positive response and positive mood among visitors – including many international guests – at Europe’s major trade fair of 2014, has given Arburg a positive outlook on the year to come.

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EuroMold presents the concept for the 2014 edition

EuroMold, the specialist trade fair for moldmaking and tooling, design and application development, will take place from 25 – 28 November 2014 in exhibition halls 8, 9 and 11 in Frankfurt am Main.
This year the trade fair is again expecting more than 1,000 exhibitors, along with an increase in international representation, with around 40 countries represented. Traditionally, the majority of the companies are moldmakers and tool manufacturers. Furthermore, there is already a high level of return bookings by former exhibitors, as well as new bookings from first-time exhibitors. The number of first-time exhibitors, currently standing at 88 exhibitors from 19 different countries, emphasises the high international quality of EuroMold 2014.

New synergies
In 2014, EuroMold will have a new hall structure, which will also spatially reflect the synergies between the fields of moldmaking & tool production and additive manufacturing in Hall 8.0. It is here that the “Stark im Formenbau mit Generativer Fertigung” (Strength in moldmaking with additive manufacturing) theme park will take place, at which various machine manufacturers and tool producers will demonstrate the possibilities offered by additive manufacturing for the more efficient manufacture of tools, with the help of practical examples. The connection between “lightweight construction and moldmaking” will be demonstrated in detail in a special exhibition. The CAE Forum, which deals with computer-aided engineering, considerably enhances the area of design and engineering. This is an ideal presentation platform, in particular for the increasing number of engineering service provider exhibitors.

A rich programme
This year the range of information will be extended to include new special exhibitions, conferences, workshops, seminars and forums. For example, one innovation will be the EuroMold 3D-School, which will demonstrate the possibilities of 3D printing to students. With the support of a printer manufacturer, a classroom will be installed in the trade fair hall in which students will receive classes.




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