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.