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

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.

Interview

Finding those innovation opportunities that can transform our business and make people happy!
– Solar panel to generate power
– Offline Spotify lists
Short term: anything related to data analytics (incl IoT)
Longer term: enhanced workforce by robots, cognitive computing, and AI. And of course 3D printing.
I don’t believe in doom scenarios. Technology will enhance our work to enable us to focus on those activities in which humans excel compared to robots. 3D printing allows us to optimize inventories and to improve process equipment to become more energy efficient.
The biggest limitation for 3D printing is conventional thinking in engineering.
To get an insight in how a company like Shell looks at digital technologies (and in particular 3D printing) and how we identify those areas that drive business value. People will also learn what we choose NOT to do.

About 3D Printing Design & Engineering Conference
The 3D Printing Design & Engineering Conference will take place on April 17, 2018, at Brightlands Chemelot Campus. At the same location, the 3D Printing Materials Conference on April 17 and the 4D Printing & Meta Materials Conference on April 18 take place.

The following topics will be covered during the conference:

  • 3D design & 3D engineering tools / Visualisation tools
  • Value Engineering / Virtual Engineering
  • Topology Optimization
  • Validation
  • IP, liability, legal and technical issues
  • Reverse engineering
  • Postprocessing / AMES (Additive Manufacturing Execution Systems) / (MES (Manufacturing Execution Systems)
  • Blockchain

Who should attend?
Any person who is involved in developing products using 3D printing, from designer to engineer, from researcher to 3D printer manufacturer and from material manufacturer to software developer. We invite you to visit the website to find out why you should attend the full day conference.

Day 1: April 17, 2018 Day 2: April 18, 2018
3D Printing Materials Conference 3D Printing Design & Engineering Conference 4D Printing & Meta Materials  Conference
Polymers (New materials)
Application of polymers in 3D Printing (from standard to high quality / high risk)
Multi material 3D Printing
3D design & 3D engineering tools / Visualisation tools
Value Engineering / Virtual Engineering
Topology Optimization
Reverse engineering
Postprocessing / AMES (Additive Manufacturing Execution Systems) / (MES (Manufacturing Execution Systems)
Blockchain
4D Printing from idea to full functionality
Smart materials
Applications & opportunities for designing and engineering
New materials for shoes and wearables
Applications in robotics
New type of sensors.

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