Future AM a seminar

Future of AM – seminar

22 August, 2018

The Swedish Arena for Additive Manufacturing in Metals arranged, together with CAM2, Center for Additive Manufacturing – Metals, a seminar to look into the future of AM. The main focus of the day has been to see where the industry is heading in the eyes of the various machine suppliers, both domestic and international. The main question was; what is the main focus for the respective supplier.

The seminar took place at Chalmers University in Gothenburg and hosted 140 participants, mainly form the industry, but also presence form the research community.

The day was initiated with a session on PBF-EB where Arcam started to give lookout on their newly products, and what the new capabilities are. Information was also given on the upcoming features that they are now pursuing. This talk was followed by Freemelt whose presentation started with a history lesson. Freemelt also presented their open source approach to the AM community. TO end off the PBF-EB session, the international company JEOL presented the results from a Japanese national project intended to develop a PBF-EB manufacturing equipment.

The PBF-EB session was followed by two talks about DED and hybrid-AM with DED technology. BeaM shared information on their equipment and their five axis approach to manufacture complex parts with blown powder DED. DMG MORI afterwards gave talk on their hybrid solutions, where the same machine can be used for both additive and subtractive manufacturing as well as coating.

Further EOS had a representative from their materials’ development facility in Finland. The talk focused on systems EOS has implemented in their machines to monitor the process environment and printed part. After the talk on SLM, the jump was made to Desktop Metal, the US company that are offering two types of technologies for metal-AM; a FDM based approach and one binder jetting based technology. The binder jetting session continued with a talk from Digital Metal that among others presented their new upcoming materials for their technology.

A new jump back to SLM was then made when Exmet presented their thoughts on how to tailor new alloys for SLM. For Exmet the focus is of amorphous metals, or so called glass metals. The complex material topic continued with a talk from KTH, which focused an approach to high entropy which will be explored in an ongoing Vinnova project. The day finally ended of with a talk from addLEAP, a Swedish startup with a completely new technology for metal-AM, although with some similarities to FDM.