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Additive Manufacture: A New Field for Industry to Explore

03/07/2018 |<img src=' http://www.ik4.es/upload/noticias/img/jornada_fabricacion_aditiva.jpg' data-link=""' /> One of the main advantages of additive manufacture is allowing for complex part geometry which, up to now, was impossible using any other high-precision technology. This advanced technique based on digital and materials technologies enables custom designing and the creation of new forms and sizes, while also allowing for shorter production times and production cost savings.

In this context, the IK4 Technological Alliance participated in the conference, “Additive Manufacture: Discover its benefits and impact on your company”, held last 7 March at the Scientific and Technological Park of Gipuzkoa.

The session, organised by the SPRI Group, the Gipuzkoa Chamber of Commerce, the Basque Government and the Regional Council of Gipuzkoa, featured a programme of presentations and debates with the participation of different experts from the fields of research and industrial engineering, consultancy and manufacture.

IK4 gave its views through a presentation by IK4-LORTEK researcher, Pedro Álvarez, entitled “Additive Manufacture in the Disruptive Context of Industrial Digitisation: Opportunities and Threats”.

The expert focused on how additive manufacturing technologies allow for working in a totally digital environment, handling all processing stages from design up to final product testing.

 “This possibility presents a series of opportunities related to distributed manufacture, the creation of new business models based on an advanced service offer over digital platforms, and new concepts of co-creation and co-innovation”, Álvarez affirmed during his talk, presenting specific examples of the benefits additive manufacturing brings, achieved in the framework of the European AMable Project.

The speakers dealt with fields such as the new production model posed by additive manufacture and underscored its possibilities for optimising materials, customising design and shortening production times, although they also pointed out that higher levels of maturity are required in order to fully transform industry.

The seminar took place in the framework of the sixth edition of the programme, "Technological Gipuzkoa", which holds three sessions yearly to deal with different subjects relating to the implantation of information and communication technologies in businesses.

 

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