The leading international network for Additive Manufacturing in mobility and logistics
Our aims for Additive Manufacturing
Coming along with industry 4.0 companies and research institutes have to face the challenges while the iron is hot. Shorter cycles of innovation, complex products, increasing variety and higher customer requirements as well as growing cost pressure demand economically meaningful solutions. Additive manufacturing is an important driver for structural change to industry 4.0. Compared to conventional industrial manufacturing processes 3D-printing technology enables the production of highly complex geometries and the integration of functionalities. The optimization of processes, shorter time-to-market with resources and the option to meet individual customer needs are the most convincing arguments for using this technology. But the process chain of additive manufacturing is quite complex. Expertise from different disciplines is necessary.
The network Mobility goes Additive meets the many challenges by bundling the potentials as the central platform. Furthermore it supports the members competence development. An important target is the joint development of innovative products and information transfer to increase the shared knowledge. The identification of new businesses, building profitable relationships and exploration of new international markets help to expand the competition of the members.
We are the international leading network for Additive Manufacturing in the mobility and logistics branch. One of our focal points is on rapid manufacturing of spare parts.
Why a network?
3D printing is experiencing high attention and is known as the key technology of industry 4.0. But “to buy a printer and simply start to produce” as a strategy mostly fails.
Why? Printing machines for professional use require high investments and extensive knowledge of the user. Additionally legal framework has to be clarified before printing.
Companies starting additive manufacturing have to go through a long learning curve. We want to contribute to accelerate and offer contacts to experienced companies. Particularly interesting is the optimization of the supply chain by demand-orientated provision of spare parts. Against this backdrop rapid manufacturing of spare parts is one of the main objectives of our network.
Main objectives of the network
Mobility goes Additive e.V.
The network mobility goes additive (registered association) aims to support the serial production of parts by 3D-printing. This means to be able to realize and ensure the same quality level over long periods and using different machines.
Therefore technological and procedural solutions are needed as well as trained specialists, a digital supply chain and legal framework.
We focus on the production of (safety-relevant) spare parts whose approval procedure shall be standardized consistently. Specifically the following topics are advanced:
- approval of safety-relevant parts
- derived definition of standards
- warranty law, product safety and liability
Lead: Maximilian Kunkel (Siemens)
Next meeting: tbd
Soft-Skill / Education / Know-How
The 3D-printing sector is growing so fast in the moment and in future that well trained staff is not available in the amount needed. Furthermore the design for additive manufacturing is specific and fits other needs than the previous construction rules. Our activities include the following work packages:
- education & training
- course of study 3D-printing / additive manufacturing
- identify printable parts systematically
Lead: Olaf Steinmeier (Fraunhofer IAPT)
Next meeting: August 8.
Digital Supply Chain
Production costs in conventional and additive manufacturing cannot easily be compared. Additive manufacturing pays on taking all factors of total cost of ownership und the need of enhanced efficiency. Thats why we advance the following topics:
- total Costs of Ownership Model
- industrialization of assets / efficient use
- reduction of materialcosts by fair purchase-prices / transfer in a procurement cooperation
Lead: Steffen Kuhn (EOS)
Next meeting: tbd
Establishing a new production technology also brings with it challenges and questions that are primarily oriented towards current social issues. In the case of what appears to be a very energy-intensive manufacturing method, this naturally includes the question of the sustainability of the process.
- life Cycle Assessment of printed parts
- exhaust emission
- service life extensions
Lead: Gero Corman (Volkswagen Group)
Next meeting: tbd
Printing of (spare) parts involve clarifications of legal frameworks. Especially if a company sends print jobs within the company or externally around the world. International warranty law covered by contracts has to be set. We would like to support the legal framework with following topics:
- legal significance of technical norms
- contract design
- process landscape Additive Manufacturing with regard to legal frameworks
Lead: Dr. Andreas Leupold (Leupold Legal)
Next meeting: tbd
IT / Blockchain
Additive manufacturing goes hand in hand with IT processes like no other manufacturing technology. A CAD model is the basis of every print, force flow simulations are the prerequisite for (bionic) optimization of components. But no one can do without the right software when it comes to individualization, process optimization and security. In the network we would like to bring together the know-how of various IT areas and thus work together on even better solutions.
- CAD processes
- Process analysis for the optimization of AM processes in companies
- Blockchain solutions for more data securit
With the help of successful change management, we want to inspire companies for additive manufacturing and ensure that a introduction of the technology is successful for the benefit of the company. With its work, the working group wants to put the employees at the centre of the ideas behind the introduction of AM, promote new ways of thinking with the help of own experiences of successes and failures and thus lead to a fast and efficient use of the technology.
- Develop a guide for the successful introduction of AM in a company
- Giving members direct feedback to improve current topics and projects in-house
- How should one deal with possible fears of the technology and exaggerated expectations of this technology?
- How can / should this procedure be anchored in the organisation?
Lead: Oliver Cynamon (FIT AG)