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The Truth Behind the Additive Manufacturing Supply Chain
16th Annual International Wohlers Conference
Date and Time: Thursday, November 27, 2014, 09:30 – 17:00 (9:30 am – 5:00 pm)
Location: Frequenz 2, Hall 11, Exhibition Center Frankfurt/Main, Germany
Organizer: DEMAT GmbH
Chairman: Terry Wohlers, Wohlers Associates, Inc.
Conference Language: English
- Full day: €300 + VAT (exhibitor), €390 + VAT (non-exhibitor)
- Half day: €160 + VAT (exhibitor), half day €220 + VAT (non-exhibitor)
Program: available beginning of september
More Information: Contact Verena Frenkler at 49 69 27 40 03 30, verena.frenkler(at)demat(dot)com, or fax 49 69 27 40 03 40.
The current additive manufacturing (AM) supply chain is not as evolved as it may seem. It is underdeveloped, and in some cases, almost non-existent. This immaturity could present major challenges for companies hoping to adopt AM for series production. The demand for quality materials, machines, and certified suppliers could exceed the supply. Another serious consideration is post-processing, such as the removal of support material and heat treatment, which is time-consuming and labor-intensive. Some also question whether the necessary design tools and designers are available to drive the use of AM for production applications. Without fresh thinking, better software tools, and the use of automation to reduce the labor, companies may find it difficult to justify the use AM. As organizations dig deeper into all that it takes to produce quality parts by AM, they will find that the technology is merely one step in a sequence that can include nearly every process under the sun.