13th of June 2012: additive manufacturing to assist in innovation
A day to review the integration of additive manufacturing in the product lifecycle management, a production technique which is a manufacturing process assisting in product and service innovation and reduction of the production costs and marketing time of new products.
Additive manufacturing techniques, previously referred to as “rapid prototyping” (the field for which they were intended over the past two decades), now cover the whole product life cycle: design, communication and validation of designs, industrialisation, production and product maintenance.
The development of technologies, materials and manufacturing capacities has also expanded the field of application of additive manufacturing. Today, all sectors of activity are turning to additive manufacturing in order to innovate: new (multifunction) products, new economic concepts (from a unique object to customized mass production), etc.
This conference will be led by the AFPR’s Intelligence Commission under the guidance of Professor Alain Bernard, Vice-President of the AFPR, a specialist in rapid product development and manufacturing.
It will include:
- an overview of technologies, materials and their applications,
- examples of innovations in which additive manufacturing has played a predominant role,
- examples of use of additive manufacturing in fields as varied as aviation, consumer goods, medicine, culture, architecture and luxury products.
Target audiences: This conference is intended for anyone whose company has Innovation at the heart of its strategy, whatever the sector of activity. There is no need to be a manufacturing specialist: an enterprising spirit is all that is required to discover how additive manufacturing can contribute to innovation.