DEMAT GmbH of Frankfurt, Germany, and Wohlers Associates Inc. of Fort Collins, Colorado, are offering another international conference in conjunction with the EuroMold trade fair. This year’s conference, entitled Future Industrial Applications of Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing,will take place Friday, December 2, in the Exhibition Centre Frankfurt.
The theme of the conference is a forward look at additive fabrication technologies in mainstream and emerging industries. Nine speakers will consider which methods and systems are proving most beneficial now and will discuss what the future seems to hold.
Additive processes in applications such as rapid prototyping are becoming increasingly popular in a growing range of industries, according to Wohlers Associates, an industry and market analysis firm. Pioneered in the automotive and aerospace industry around 15 years ago, the technology next was put to work in handheld electronic, power tools, footwear, sporting goods, and other applications. Lately, medical and dental device, architectural, jewelry, and microsystem firms have benefited from previously unthinkable applications of additive techniques.
“This conference, now in its seventh year, is one of the most important events at EuroMold,” said Diana Schnabel and Dr. Eberhard Döring, chief executives at DEMAT, which organizes EuroMold, in a joint statement. The Global Alliance of Rapid Prototyping Associations, a nonprofit organization cofounded by Wohlers in 1998, has endorsed the conference and is participating in it.
World-class speakers addressing a variety of topics involving additive fabrication techniques in rapid prototyping and rapid manufacturing will be Martin Augsburg of BMW Group (Germany), Andy Christensen of Medical Modeling LLC (USA), John Hammond of Airbus (UK), Charles Overy of LGM (USA), Dr. Stephen Schmitt of Dental Implant Technologies (USA), Roger Spielman of Solid Concepts (USA), Ms. Lena Thorsson of Particular AB (Sweden), Graham Tromans of Loughborough University (UK), and Terry Wohlers of Wohlers Associates.