The 3D Printing Summit 2017, held at Kulturbrauerei Berlin, brought together more than 150 participants to discuss a wide range of issues surrounding 3D printing. The high-powered programme focussed on “Applications of 3D Printing” – i.e. how this technology is being applied by user industries.
The programme was launched by Achim Berg, the chairman of Bitkom e.V., who emphasised the key role played by additive manufacturing: “3D printing will be more disruptive than autonomous driving”.
In his keynote address, All3DP’s Mathias Plica showed how 3D printing is currently making its way into the mainstream. Before dividing up to attend three parallel programmes, all the participants once again focused on Stage One: a high-powered panel consisting of Christoph Lindner (HP), Marco Kormann (adidas), Florian Reichle (trinckle) and Frank Lamack (T-Systems) discussed the status quo in a debate entitled “Mass Customization with 3D Printing – Still a Vision or Reality”. “adidas will increase the number of 3D printed sneakers significantly”, Marco Kormann told while wearing a pair himself.
In the afternoon, presentations given by Autodesk and RAMLAB, Dassault Systèmes, BigRep with Audi and HBK Braunschweig, GEFERTEC, Deutsche Bahn, 3YOURMIND and TÜV Süd offered exciting new insights from the user industries themselves. At the same time, HP held two well-attended workshops about the Multijet Fusion Platform. In another workshop, Osborne Clarke discussed the legal aspects of 3D printing with participants. The programme was further enhanced by a start-up pitch, during which the up-and-coming and in some cases international companies 3dTrust, Additive Works, Bioprinting, Cellbricks, Cubicure, Cytosurge, Innovo 3D and RUHRSOURCE presented their businesses.
The Exhibition Area was the scene of some spectacular exhibits demonstrating practical 3D printing products. During the intervals in the programme, participants were drawn to the live demos put on by Autodesk and HP, Dassault Systèmes and BigRep, as well as by GEFERTEC.
At the end of the day, Florian Loeffl of the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) shared the stage with his four-legged companion, the robot Bert. ”What we are aiming at in 3D printing is precision”, said Loeffl.
Once the last official item on the programme was over, the attendees of the 3D Printing Summit 2017 got together over a leisurely beer to compare notes and to network, while the start-ups had the opportunity to present their solutions in live demos.