If there are still any questions about the possible applications of 3D printing and additive manufacturing within industrial processes and production they will likely be answered at the upcoming 3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing – Industrial Applications Global Summit 2013, scheduled for November 19th and 20th at ExCel London, by the Royal Victoria Dock in London’s Docklands.
The first summit on 3D printing to be organized by London Business Conferences, focuses on the business benefits and requirements of industrial 3D printing and it is also posed to be one of the largest, with speakers that include senior representatives from a wide variety of industries, including – but not limited to – Defense, Automotive, Motorsport, Electronics, Sports Equipment, Medical and Biomedical.
As much as we love them, and love to talk about them, this is not about desktop 3D printers: it is about how the entire global industrial production paradigm is shifting toward a more sustainable and efficient type of manufacturing. Satellites, aeroplanes, military fighters and defense systems built by British giants such as BAE and EADS are based on some of the most advanced technologies known. The two companies’ senior representatives, Rainer Rauh, VP of Global Innovation Network at EADS, and Stephen Morgan, Group Leader, Advanced Technology Center at BAE Systems, will discuss what is possible today through 3D printing and what will be possible in the near future, how equipment and materials costs (for both metals and plastics) are affecting industry growth and what the potential of additive manufacturing is for true mass production.
They will not, by far, offer the only contribution: Lorenzo Lorenzi from GE, Dan Johns from GKN Aerospace and Curtis Carson from Airbus, along with representatives from IBM, Renault, Bayer Material Science and Dyson will talk about the 3D printing technologies that are receiving the most attention in their fields of work in terms of investment and research, and discuss the challenges of designing for additive manufacturing and the means to protect intellectual properties.
Attendance prices reflect the level of the business the summit encompasses: an All-Access pass for the two days of the conference and workshops cost £1,348 but it’s looking more and more like a small price to pay to be at the forefront of the next industrial revolution.