Great Spirit at the Annual Meeting 2017

on 16.11.2017 our Annu­al Mee­ting took place in the beau­ti­ful Hou­se of Logistics (Holm) in Frank­furt am Main and what can we say — our expec­ta­ti­ons were excee­ded. More than 100 par­ti­ci­pants, inclu­ding experts and inte­rested par­ties from a wide varie­ty of com­pa­nies, insti­tu­ti­ons and rese­arch insti­tu­tes, dis­cus­sed and exch­an­ged views on the topic of 3D prin­ting of spa­re parts. New con­tacts and con­cre­te pro­jects for the com­ing year are not the only things we were able to take away from our Annu­al Mee­ting.

At the gene­ral mee­ting, we streng­the­ned our net­work and stra­te­gi­cal­ly pre­pa­red it for the com­ing mon­ths. In addi­ti­on, we have dis­cus­sed and adop­ted chan­ges to the arti­cles of asso­cia­ti­on, which have been cer­ti­fied by a nota­ry on site and are now avail­ab­le for appro­val by the regis­ter of asso­cia­ti­ons. Nume­rous lec­tures pro­vi­ded new insights into the diver­se world of AM app­li­ca­ti­ons in the future of mobi­li­ty and logistics. We heard key­notes from the Volks­wa­gen Group about “Digi­tal Dis­rup­ti­on: How digi­tiza­ti­on will chan­ge the addi­ti­ve manu­fac­tu­ring world”, about the Air­bus approach of clean sheet design and the seam­less digi­tal chain of Sie­mens Mobi­li­ty Ser­vice. In coope­ra­ti­on with the Roy­al Nether­lands Navy, Ulti­ma­ker repor­ted on an inte­res­ting approach of the so-cal­led “home­co­mers” and Scho­cke­möh­le Logistics reports on the view of a medi­um-sized logistics company:“Are you still dri­ving or are you alre­ady prin­ting?”.

After­wards. the­re were insights into the results of our active net­work working groups “Digi­tal Sup­ply Chain”,“Education” and “Cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­on”. The sur­pri­sin­gly varied results from only one year of work in the working group were pre­sen­ted and dis­cus­sed in dep­th with the mem­bers.

A round of real experts (Knorr Brem­se, Audi, DB and Sie­mens) have dis­cus­sed con­tro­ver­si­al­ly the future of the AM and the oppor­tu­nities and bar­ri­ers to iden­ti­fy­ing sui­ta­ble com­pon­ents. In a short but very inten­si­ve break-out ses­si­on we were able to defi­ne new focal points for working in the net­work. In 2018, the four new focal topics Chan­ge Manage­ment, Envi­ron­men­tal Sustai­na­bi­li­ty and Infor­ma­ti­on Tech­no­lo­gy Frame­work Con­di­ti­ons as well as Cleans­heet Design will be laun­ched as working groups wit­hin the net­work in addi­ti­on to our well-known key topics. More infor­ma­ti­on is avail­ab­le in our news­let­ter.

And we had a sur­pri­se for Peter San­der, well-known in the AM indus­try. The mem­bers of the net­work have cho­sen Peter San­der as the first hono­ra­ry mem­ber of the net­work and hono­red his out­stan­ding com­mit­ment to 3D prin­ting tech­no­lo­gy with an Out­stan­ding Achie­ve­ment Award.


So our event was hope­ful­ly a star­ting point for very pro­duc­tive work and solid results, which we will dis­cuss toge­ther at the next Annu­al Mee­ting in 2018.

And of cour­se, we cele­bra­ted the first suc­cess­ful year exten­si­ve­ly. An excel­lent DJ has hea­ted up the dan­cing mania until 2 o’ clock in the morning.

All pic­tures and pre­sen­ta­ti­ons from the event can be found in the down­load area. Click on the but­ton to get the­re direct­ly. You have recei­ved the pass­word by e-mail. Other­wi­se, plea­se send a request to