Boosting productivity with 3D printing design tools for engineers – Presented by Alkaios Bournias Varotsis, 3D Hubs

Alkaios Bournias Varotsis

Boosting productivity with 3D printing design tools for engineers – Presented by Alkaios Bournias Varotsis, 3D Hubs, at the 3D Printing Design & Engineering Conference, on April 17, 2018, at Brightlands Chemelot Campus, Geleen, The Netherlands.

The 3D printing landscape is changing rapidly! How can an organization keep up with the developments in the technology and integrate 3D printing effectively in the product design cycle? In this presentation, you will learn about the tools we have recently developed to educate engineers and designers on 3D printing, help them find the right material for their application and check their models before they send them to print.

About Alkaios Bournias Varotsis
I studied mechanical engineering at the National Technical University of Athens, Greece and I did my Ph.D. in Additive Manufacturing at Loughborough University, UK before I joined 3D Hubs as the Technical Marketing Engineer. At my current position, I am responsible for all technical content published on the platform and I have the mission of educating designers and engineers about 3D printing and help them get the most out of the technology. Continue reading “Boosting productivity with 3D printing design tools for engineers – Presented by Alkaios Bournias Varotsis, 3D Hubs”

Advanced simulation to leverage the true Additive Manufacturing potential – Presented by Olivier Lieater, e-Xtream engineering

Olivier Lietaer

Advanced simulation to leverage the true Additive Manufacturing potential – Presented by Olivier Lieater, e-Xtream engineering, at the 3D Printing Design & Engineering Conference, on April 17, 2018, at Brightlands Chemelot Campus, Geleen, The Netherlands.

Additive Manufacturing of polymers is transitioning from rapid prototyping to a true industrial production technique. While it brings valuable opportunities to the industry, such as drastically decreasing the time-to-market of new products or enabling lightweight, multi-material and multi-functional designs, it also comes with a series of challenges for the engineers. The reliability of the mechanical properties of the final part still has some uncertainty and is not fully supported by standard engineering tools. Dimensional accuracy is not always met and cannot be predicted prior to printing.

To support this transition, the engineering workflow which is daily applied for traditional manufacturing processes needs to be replicated and adapted to the additive manufacturing. A holistic simulation approach for additive manufacturing of plastics and composites is proposed, covering material engineering, process simulation and structural engineering of both SLS and FDM. The multiscale material modeling techniques – which are essential to handle the several scales involved in Additive Manufacturing – will be presented and discussed.

The very strong influence of the manufacturing on the material and global component behavior is illustrated in industrial applications and the validity of this integrative approach is demonstrated in several applications, including warpage predictions, the computation of the effective mechanical response of lattices and as-printed part performance simulations (stiffness, strength, …) as a function of the material and the printing process parameters such as toolpath.

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Why does 3D printing matter to Shell? – Presented by Patrick de Winter, Royal Dutch Shell

patrick de winter

Why does 3D printing matter to Shell? – Presented by Patrick de Winter, Royal Dutch Shell plc, at the 3D Printing Design & Engineering Conference, on April 17, 2018, at Brightlands Chemelot Campus, Geleen, The Netherlands.

What is the value of 3D printing to a company like Shell, what challenges do we see and how do we overcome these? Shell started with 3DP printing in 2011 and since then expanded the capability. In this presentation you will learn where we see value for this technology and how we overcome the challenges.

About Patrick de Winter
Patrick has been working for Shell since 1999 in various IT roles. The last 4 years he’s been part of Shell’s digital innovation team. He is responsible for spotting opportunities for emerging technologies into Shell and bring these ideas to life. He is the lead for 3D printing and also leads the community of Design Thinking practitioners across the company. Patrick has a background in mechanical engineering and business administration.

About Royal Dutch Shell plc
Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemical companies with an average of 92,000 employees in more than 70 countries. We use advanced technologies and take an innovative approach to help build a sustainable energy future. Continue reading “Why does 3D printing matter to Shell? – Presented by Patrick de Winter, Royal Dutch Shell”