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Additive Manufacturing for the Plastic Industry

Conference, 11 November, 2015 at Confederation of Danish Industry, H.C. Andersens Boulevard 18, København

Additive Manufacturing (AM) is revolutionizing established production frameworks at all levels and scales in the manufacturing industry:
  • AM enables the rapid and continuous manufacturing of prototypes to shorten the product development cycle of mass produced products.
  • AM is employed for the direct production of small batches of high added value components.
  • AM is also a powerful key enabling technology for the manufacturing of production tools, as in the production of injection moulds with conformal cooling.

In all cases, external as well as internal complex free-form geometries that could not be manufacturing by traditional subtracting (i.e. machining) or shaping (i.e. forming) technologies can now be produced by AM.

This can be achieved in a variety of materials ranging from metals to plastics, and at different scales from the meter-down to the micrometer-scale.

The latest updates in Additive Manufacturing will be presented at the conference.
The sessions include topics such as AM current status of the industry, AM technology and standardization, AM machines, applications of AM in industrial production and materials for AM.


Exhibitors: Blueprinter, Arburg, Dye Mansion, RepRap.me, Signcom Denmark, Damvig Development A/S, Davinci Development and Protech Danmark ApS.

List of participants

8:00 - 8:30
Registrering and breakfast
8:30 - 9:00
Welcome and introduction
Guido Tosello, Associate Professor, DTU Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark

Chaired by Ebbe Helt Poulsen, R&D Engineer, Radiometer Medical (DK)

9:00- 10:00

Graham Tromans

How is 3D Printing affecting Industry now and in the Future
Graham Tromans, AM Consultant, G. P. Tromans Associates (UK)

We are currently witnessing a global phenomenon in the form of 3D Printing or as it is otherwise known, Additive Manufacturing.
We are seeing a wide range of industries from Aerospace to Automotive and from Medical to the Film industry applying these technologies to their design and development programmes, and in some cases to final production components.
This presentation is aimed at showing why we should be looking seriously at these technologies and where the technologies are having a significant effect, also try to give an insight into where we are going in the future.

Graham Tromans has been involved in 3D Printing for 25 years. He is Principal Industry Consultant and President of G. P. Tromans Associates.

10:00 - 10:30

Frits Fenestra

Manufacturing Trends & Standardization for Additive Manufacturing
Frits Feenstra, Coordinator of SASAM, TNO (NL)

While talking about the upcoming manufacturing trends and standardization for Additive Manufacturing, it is important to have these questions in mind:
  • What are the trends in future manufacturing?
  • What will the factory of the future look like?
  • Which products will be manufactured?
  • What is the important role of Additive Manufacturing in this?
  • Which challenges are to be met?
Besides technical topics, the presentation will emphasize the standardization advancements for Additive Manufacturing.

Frits Fenestra is senior project manager at TNO. He has successfully led several international plus MEUR projects and is coordinator of the European Additive Manufacturing platform (www.AM-Platform.com). Furthermore he is RTD partner for the NL Topsector HTSM Printing roadmap team, member of the ISO/TC 261 team on standardisation for Additive Manufacturing. Frits is the technology broker for AM with 20 years hands on experience in (AM) materials and processing.

10:30 - 11:00

NETWORKING and Coffee Break

Chaired by Guido Tosello, Associate Professor, DTU Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark

11:00 - 11:30

Torben B. Lange
Functional prototypes by Blueprinter
Torben B. Lange, CTO, Blueprinter (DK)

Blueprinter has developed a 3D printer using their patented Selective Heat Sintering technology (SHS). The  printed parts are accurate high quality 3D models, and due to the advantages with a powder based technology it is possible to print even very complex geometries. Blueprinter has customers within several segments including industrial design, medical, universities and engineering. The presentation will focus on applications and case stories for how a Blueprinter is used to print functional prototypes. 

Torben B. Lange has since 2011 been the CTO of Blueprinter, and in this role responsible for RD and manufacturing. Torben has for the last 10 years worked with venture capital backed high tech startups, and before that several years of experience from large companies including Coloplast and Colgate.
11:30 - 12:00

Michael Thiel

Additive Manufacturing on the Microscale
Dr. Michael Thiel, Co-founder and CSO, Nanoscribe (DE)

In the last decade, additive manufacturing based on multiphoton polymerization has set new benchmarks for the three-dimensional (3D) microfabrication. Due to its sub-micrometer spatial resolution, this technique allows for a broad variety of application fields including microoptics, microfluidics, MEMS, optical interconnects, medical instruments, biomimetic and many more.

Our mission is to provide these microprinting solutions to academia and, more recently, also to industry's early adopters.

Dr. Michael Thiel earned his doctorate at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and is the co-founder and CSO of Nanoscribe. His focus lies on the development of technical innovations in research and development.

12:00 - 12:30

Additive Manufacturing by Arburg Freeformer
Dr. Didier von Zeppelin, Arburg (DE)

ARBURG developed the freeformer and a new process for the industrial additive manufacturing of plastic items in order to efficiently produce one-off parts and small-volume batches.

The patented ARBURG Plastic Freeforming (APF) process uses qualified standard granulates as a basis for the production of parts in high quality without the use of a mould. This offers processors new possibilities and potential.

The additive manufacturing expert Dr. Didier von Zeppelin holds a PhD in 3D Printing (3DP). As Manager of Additive Manufacturing, he is the contact person for all technical customer issues in Europe ranging from the specifications of the freeformer to the production of benchmark parts.

12:30 - 13:30



Chaired by Erik Haustrup Müller, CEO, Futation and Rasmus Grusgaard, Innovation Consultant, The Danish Plastics Federation

13:30 - 14:00


Mould and Die optimization by additive manufactured conformal cooling
Carlo Hüsken, Design Manager, Renishaw GmbH LBC Engineering (DE)

Based on 11 years of experience in additive manufacturing of conformal cooling for moulds and die-casting, this talk gives a general overview of the opportunities of conformal cooling.

The attendees will be presented with concrete examples on manufacturing, design and simulation of comformal cooling solutions, combined with some theoretical basics of cooling and flow.

Carlo Hüsken holds an engineering degree and has 22 years of experience in design, project management and technical sales in mouldmaking in the plastic industry. As Design Manager at Renishaw GmbH LBC Engineering, he is specialised in design and simulation and training of conformal cooling solutions.

14:00 - 14:30

Felix Ewald
Laser sintering and the impact on future manufacturing
Felix Ewald, CEO, DyeMansion (DE)

Felix Ewald will talk about the opportunities and challenges when building a factory of the future with laser sinter technology.

Laser sintering is the first 3D printing technology with the potential to influence the production of consumer products in the future.

What’s the status quo of the technology? Which limitations do we face? How will the technology develop in the next 5 years? The startup DyeMansion is engaged in post processing solutions for 3d printing and has developed a coloring system for laser sintered plastic parts.

Felix Ewald has a degree in business information systems in Munich. He is the co-founder and CEO of DyeMansion GmbH.

14:30 - 15:00

NETWORKING and Coffee Break
15:00 - 15:30


AM and 3D print - from prototyping to manufacturing
Niels Stissing Jensen, R&D Engineer, and Tom Mortensen, M.Sc. AUC (AAU), R&D Mechanical Engineer, Both from Teledyne RESON A/S (DK)

5 years of experience with the daily use of 3D printing in Teledyne RESON has led from 3D-printed prototype and tooling components to the use of 3D-printed components in small-scale series manufacturing.

The process began when comparing the costs of machined components with those of 3D-printed components, which in some cases revealed the potential for massive cost reductions.

Further down the road, critical components have been designed specifically for the purpose of using 3D printing in manufacturing.

Niels Stissing Jensen has 12 years ofexperience in working with mechanical development of underwater acoustic equipment. As a long-time development engineer at Teledyne RESON, Niels Stissing has specialist knowledge of small-scale series manufacturing with various materials in the field between mechanical, acoustical and electrical properties.

Tom Mortensen has more than 20 years of experience with sensor design and mechanical development in relation to underwater acoustic equipment and applications. As a senior sensor specialist at Teledyne RESON, Tom Mortensen has specialist knowledge of underwater acoustics, sensor and transducer design, materials and their use in a marine environment.

15:30 - 16:00

Lars Kannegaard
3D printed moulds for injection moulding
Lars Kannegaard, Senior product engineer, GRUNDFOS (DK)

Experiences by manufacturing of 3D - printed tooling inserts (in plastic) for injection moulding?
  • Why do we do this?
  • How do we continue?
Lars Kannegaard is Senior Product Engineer and technical responsible for design of mechanical responsible for design of mechanical parts for mechatronics and incapsulation of electronics.

16:00 - 16:30

Kenneth Weiss
Multicolor and multimaterial FFF printing for consumers with the Diamond Hotend
Kenneth Weiss, Founder and CEO, RepRap.Me (DK)

The quality of low cost 3D printers has increased dramatically over the last few years. It is now possible for ordinary consumers to buy or build a low cost 3D printer that rivals professional FDM 3D printers in print quality at a fraction of the price. By becoming more widely accessible, this technology is fueling innovation and boosting the overall technological development.

With the Diamond Hotend, we are revolutionizing the FFF 3D printer technology by making it possible to print in multiple colors and materials though the same extruder nozzle. The Diamond Hotend is a low cost solution that can be retro fitted on most FFF 3D printers on the market.

Kenneth Weiss is an entrepreneur by heart. He has an Industrial Technician education from LEGO and 13 years of experience with production and development.

16:30 - 16:45

Summary and concluding remarks
Guido Tosello, Associate Professor, DTU Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark

Seminar Concept:
Guido Tosello, Erik Haustrup Müller and Rasmus Grusgaard in cooperation with the steering group of Polymers, ATV-SEMAPP.

Arranged and promoted by:
ATV-SEMAPP in cooperation with IDA Mechanical, IDA Polymer, IDA Materialeteknologi and The Danish Plastics Federation.

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Time and place:
Wednesday 11th November 2015,
Confederation of Danish Industry, H.C. Andersens Boulevard 18, Copenhagen V.

Registration fee:
Members of ATV-SEMAPP or other promoting organizations :  DKK: 2.050,-
Other:  DKK: 2.575,-
The price is reduced with DKK 200 by registration before 31st October 2015 (not for B.Sc. and M.Sc. students)
Price for Ph.D. students at ATV-SEMAPP-member institutions: DKK: 975,-
Price for B.Sc. and M.Sc.-student members: DKK 200,- (membership of students is free of charge).
The price includes participant fee, coffee and lunch as well as seminar material.
Prices are excl. Danish VAT. Information on membership here.

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