The Business Impact of Additive Manufacturing: Conference at Euromold Frankfurt

Additive manufacturing explained I have been invited to keynote the "12th Annual International Wohlers Conference: The Business Impact of Additive Manufacturing", taking place on Friday,  December 3rd, 2010, 09:30 – 17:00, at Frankfurt/Main, Germany, as part of the EUROMOLD Trade Fair.

Additive fabrication (AF) refers to a group of technologies used for building products from 3D computer-aided design (CAD) data, medical scans, or data from 3D scanning systems. Unlike CNC machines, which are subtractive in nature, AF systems join together liquid, powder, or sheet materials to form parts that may be impossible to fabricate by any other method.

Additive manufacturing (also: rapid manufacturing, fabbing, 3D-Printing, laser sintering) is a key enabler of mass customization. Recent developments have shifted this technology from prototype state to a full-scale manufacturing technology. Hence, today developments in additive manufacturing (AM) are influencing strategic decisions in aerospace, defense, medical, dental, automotive, motor sports, consumer, and other industries.

The idea of this conference is to provide an overview how AM technology is presenting vast opportunities for product development and manufacturing around the world. Speakers comment on the business impact of AM and how recent activities and trends are fostering ideas that were unthinkable in the past. The conference is organized and chaired by AM guru Terry Wohlers.

Full conference program here.

Registration Form here:

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About the Author:

Frank T. Piller is a Co-Director of the MIT Smart Customization Group at the MIT Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, and a chair professor of management at the Technology & Innovation Management Group of RWTH Aachen University, Germany, one of Europe’s leading institutes of technology. Before entering his recent position in Aachen, he worked at the MIT Sloan School of Management (2004-2007) and has been an associate professor of management at TUM Business School, Technische Universitaet Muenchen. Frequently quoted in The New York Times, The Economist, and Business Week, amongst others, Frank is regarded as one of the leading experts on strategies for customer-centric value creation, like mass customization, personalization, and innovation co-creation. His recent analysis of the crowdsourcing business model “Threadless” (co-authored with Susumu Ogawa), an innovative crowdsourcing business model in the fashion industry, has been elected as one of the Top-20 articles in MIT Sloan Management Review.