Contemporary technology Additive Manufacturing at METAV 2018

| Author / Editor: Ahlam Rais / Lina Klass

This year, METAV, the international exhibition for metalworking technologies, is offering its visitors four areas, each dedicated to a special theme. One of the areas, for example, will be the ‘Additive Manufacturing Area.’

The entire bandwidth of additive processes, materials and service offers for 3D printing can be seen at the Additive Manufacturing Area.
The entire bandwidth of additive processes, materials and service offers for 3D printing can be seen at the Additive Manufacturing Area.
(Source: Messe Düsseldorf, Constanze Tillmann)

Additive manufacturing has seen tremendous growth in recent years. The contemporary technique has proved beneficial for the industrial manufacturing sector as now they can create products that are complex in design. Additive manufacturing also called as ‘3D printing’ is used across diverse sectors such as automobiles, aerospace and medicine.

Industry players have termed ‘Additive Manufacturing’ as the next big phenomenon in the manufacturing sector. However, there are a few who are worried that the new technology will replace the traditional way of working. However, industry experts state that additive manufacturing will complement, provide an extension to traditional metalworking and enhance productivity. Today, the industry makes use of hybrid machines, i.e. production technology that combines additive with machining manufacturing.

Benefits of Additive Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing has now established its place in factories. The modern technique has its own strengths such as the produced parts are light in weight, it is a cost effective procedure, provides quick solutions for design and concept validation due to which wastage is minimised in the final product, and proves useful to create products with complex or intricate geometries which cannot be produced with traditional methods. However, additive manufacturing is feasible for batch production and not mass production.

Additive Manufacturing Area at METAV

This year, METAV, the International exhibition for metalworking technologies, is focusing on offering four dedicated areas to its visitors and one of them includes the ‘Additive Manufacturing Area.’ The remaining three areas are ‘Quality’, ‘Moulding’ and ‘Medical’. Organised by the German Machine Tool Builders’ Association (VDW), the event is scheduled to be held from February 20–24, 2018 at the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre in Germany. METAV 2018 is one such event where the latest happenings of this technology can be explored.

The ‘Additive Manufacturing Area’ of the exhibition does not consider itself to be a self-contained area, but rather an extension of traditional metalworking. The entire bandwidth of additive processes, materials and service offers for 3D printing can be seen here. In an overall view of the fair, the interrelationship with other production steps of metalworking becomes clear, above all with CAD (computer-aided design) and simulation, post-processing, production measurement technology and quality assurance.

Acknowledging the growing importance of additive manufacturing for production technology in the industry, METAV 2018 has also planned a B2B (Business-to-Business) conference called ‘Inside 3D Printing’ at the exhibition.

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