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Community kick-off event of the 3DOP European AM consortium during Formnext 2023

Date: Tuesday November 7 2023
Location: Formnext in Frankfurt am Main


33 European Additive Manufacturing parties have merged skills, budget and expertise with one common goal: to turn AM into a scalable, high-volume production method. The implementation of the ambitious project, known as “Optimization of Production by 3D-Printing” (or 3DoP in short) started on January 1st, 2023. FormNext is the venue-of-choice to launch the project and invite the industry to join and benefit from the projects’ proceedings and outcomes.

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State of play of the 3DOP work packages

The 3-year European project unites a consortium of 33 tech-parties and an even larger community throughout the continent. The integral and joint approach is to make AM scalable and a production method suitable for high-volume production. As several end-users are part of the consortium, there will be a strong focus on productivity of the manufacturing print process. This includes the integration of the post-production workflow and factory automation - needed for industrialization - from the very start. These productivity enhancements will be applied to metal printing, printing of molds with the integration of electronics, and the automation of AM-factories, service-bureaus and dental clinics.  

Besides investments for specific innovations, major resources have been reserved for new project development with the industry. As such, it will become the stepping stone to a community of dedicated partners with a joint strategy to bring AM to high volume production. 

For whom?

  • 3DOP participants
  • Potential customers
  • Supply chain and technology partners who have an interest in the topic(s)
  • Other stakeholders who might benefit from the results of the 3DOP project




15:00 - 15:05                        

Introduction 3DOP European AM consortium by Frank van Tuijl (project leader from Brainport Development)

15:05 - 15:15

Work package 2 by Gerald van Santen (CEO at Addcat)
"Efficient and sustainable 3D metal printing for air purification"

15:15 - 15:25

Work package 4 by Marta Sanz (COO at Phibo)
"Automated dedicated AM production line for affordable 3D printed dental implants and aligners"

15:25 - 15:35

Work package 5 by Stefan Rink (CEO at AM-Flow)
"Automated production line for high-mix @ high-volume polymer and metal 3D printed parts"

15:35 - 15:45

Work package 6 by Stefano Menegazzi (Innovation project manager at HIT - Hub Innovazione Trentino)
"Opportunities for SME’ to engage with 3DOP though demonstration, value chain building, follow-up project creation"

15:45 - 17:00

Networking drinks & bites

Subject to changes.

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