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Additive Manufacturing European Conference
June 23, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, is identified as one of the major disrupting technologies of the 21st century. As application areas 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. The world’s economic powers are competing for leadership in such ground-breaking technologies that will define the future of industry and help improve living standards for the society. Nevertheless, there are still various technical barriers to overcome before additive manufacturing (AM) technologies can be fully operationalized in industrial production.
With this technology come numerous questions. This conference will focus on how the full-scale industrialisation of AM could be achieved in a rapid and cost-effective manner, and how this process could help create the highest value for the economy and society. Expert speakers will stimulate a public debate geared at exploring the multiple dimensions of AM. How can AM contribute to a competitive and sustainable economy together with the creation of highly skilled jobs? How is Europe positioned in the global technology race? What are European capabilities in research, innovation and production? What are the standardisation and regulatory needs? What kind of investments and policies are needed? What role can the EU, national government and regional authorities play in this respect? What is the impact of AM on the machine tools sector?