“Lowering the barrier: design & engineering for everyone” – Presented by Ruud van den Muijzenberg, Shapeways

3D designing currently still is a time consuming process which often requires complex and expensive software. We realized most people don’t have the knowledge of, or don’t have the access to these tools. How can you enable those consumers to make unique products that fit better in their lives than mass manufacturing can deliver?

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“Generative design for additive manufacturing” – Presented by Mathijs de Schipper, TNO

Designing smart structures and utilizing the full potential of additive manufacturing requires a new design approach. Using algorithms complex structures can be generated with for example varying thickness resulting a range of material hardness. I will show you my approach towards designing an insole with multiple material properties using Grasshopper.

Working with new materials sometimes requires more control over your printing process. Instead of slicing a 3D object resulting in a file for your printer you can also directly design the toolpath for your printer. For 3D foodprinting we use this approach to create complex textured food. Using a generative design approach you can directly go from design to printing.

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“Topological optimization: findings from practice” – Presented by Simon Vermeir, Sirris

Additive manufacturing is more and more used to produce functional end-parts.

However, success is no guarantee because during the production-technology-switch to AM, the design is not always adapted. However this is crucial to gain from the AM-benefits. A new approach of product design made its entry.

Topological optimization is an inspiring way to achieve lightweight parts which still fulfill all the mechanical requirements. Findings from practice are explained.

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“Connected Adaptive Production – From design to final parts” – Presented by Kristian Arntz, ACAM Aachen Center for Additive Manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing becomes an industrial technology nowadays. What started as a rapid prototyping technology then became a media and hobby manufacturers hype finally approaches the factories of the world. While processes, material availability and productivity are getting adult, a crucial lack remains unsolved: realizing integrated IT infrastructures in order to bring together conventional and additive manufacturing. It is not only a question of data formats that has to be solved – it is about connected, adaptive process chains which are needed in future facilities. The presentation will showcase actual developments and applications of Industrie 4.0 following the idea of “Connected, Adaptive Production”.

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“IP and liability: who cares?!” – Presented by Ernst-Jan Louwers, Louwers IP|Technology Advocaten

Ernst-Jan Louwers will guide you through legal swamps of 3D printing and additive manufacturing. To enable businesses and platforms to operate responsibly, he will share practical tips on intellectual property, new forms of licensing in open design, consequences of changing supply chains, warranty and liability issues. His key message will be: “Be aware of pitfalls but don’t let legal challenges scare you off.”

In addition, he will present the services of the recently established 3D Clearing House foundation.

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“Metal AM Design Rules, what every mechanical design engineer should know!” – Presented by Thomas Bossuyt, Metal Technics 3D

A metal 3D printer is just like a CNC milling machine – a tool that executes what it is instructed to do. Thus, the only step in the process affecting the quality of the final printed product is the design and the engineering. Therefore it is extremely important to understand and respect the technologies limitations while making a design. The presentation will highlight the design rules for metal AM and more important, the reason behind it. This is the only way to fully understand and utilize the different design rules in the right way.

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