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Final Agenda | SWII - Additive Manufacturing & Lightweight Technologies 2018

Venue: Empa Dübendorf, Ueberlandstrasse 129, 8600 Dübendorf / Switzerland
Moderator: Mr. Ulf Borbos, Project Manager, Triple Steelix & Swedish Incubator & Science parks
Mr. Mikael Melitshenko, Project Manager, Alfred Nobel Science Park


Welcome Note

Dr. Lars Sommerhäuser, Head of Advanced Manufacturing, Empa (3min)

H.E. Magnus Hartog-Holm, Ambassador of Sweden to Switzerland & Liechtenstein (5min)

Dr. Joakim Appelquist, Deputy Director General & Director of International Cooperation, Vinnova – Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems (3min)

Ambassador Mauro Moruzzi, Head of International Relations Division, Swiss State Secretariat of Education, Research and Innovation (5min)

Swiss-Swedish Innovation Initiative
Ms. Maja Zoric, Senior Project Manager, Business Sweden (5min)

EUREKA-Eurostars: Boost Innovation Across Borders Ms. Colette John-Grant, National Project Coordinator, Swiss State Secretariat of Education, Research and Innovation SERI (10min)


From Research to Innovation through Collaboration (15min) Prof. Dr. Gian-Luca Bona, CEO Empa
Synopsis: Empa's goal is to kick-start innovation through its material science and technology research. Our scientists have built up competences in synthesis of novel super-alloys and powders for 3-D printing as well as in-line process control and modelling of the additive manufacturing processes. We are collaborating with industrial partners through our platform in the coating competence center and the advanced manufacturing initiative.

Chalmers’ Centre for Additive Manufacturing – Metal (CAM2) (5min) Professor Eduard Hryha, Director of CAM2, Chalmers University of Technology
Synopsis: Centre for Additive Manufacturing – Metal (CAM2) is coordinated by Chalmers and involves 5 research and 25 industrial partners (16 large enterprises and 9 SMEs) in Sweden. The mission of the CAM2 is to further revolutionise the metal powder-based AM technology to address key research questions and take lead in AM of high-quality components for number of end-user sectors. Sweden has a strong position in metal powder production with 20-25% of the world production, and consequently a strong knowledge and resource base to increase choice and quality of powder materials for AM.

Lighter Sweden (5min)
Ms. Cecilia Ramberg, Manager LIGHTer, Swerea IVF
Synopsis: LIGHTer is a leading multi-sectorial lightweight arena, that effectively creates competitiveness on behalf of Swedish industry. LIGHTer leads the Swedish Strategic Innovation Programme Lightweight. We coordinate activities in research, development, technology and competence development within lightweight technology in Sweden. We provide research student training, networks, forums and meeting places. LIGHTer has a strong international strategy that includes SWII.

The Carbon Composites Schweiz Network (5min)
Mr. Stève Mérillat, Managing Director, Carbon Composites Schweiz
Synopsis: The association Carbon Composites Schweiz is the Swiss regional department of Carbon Composites e.V. and focuses on the promotion of the application of high-performance fibre composite technology in Switzerland, offering various services, such as project support, working groups and public events, market access, education and training, presence at trade fairs and international trade missions to its members and other companies and research institutes.


Accelerating AM applications at Saab (15min)
Dr. Göran Backlund, Director Business Development & Strategy, Saab Dynamics AB & Responsible for AM activities within the Saab Group. Synopsis: Saab is increasing its effort in finding AM applications in missiles, underwater systems and airframe & airborne systems. Some applications are determined for AM production. Saab is boosting the effort by being a co-owner of the national Swedish industrial initiative – AMEXCI – created to find new values in the product portfolio through AM applications. We are interested in finding Swiss collaboration partners that can add knowledge, in particular in the defence and aerospace businesses.

Industrialisation of AM Technologies Empowered by Collaboration at Siemens (SIT) (15min)
Dr. Vladimir Navrotsky, CTO, Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery AB Synopsis: Siemens SIT is focusing on acceleration of AM technology industrialisation at Energy sector and O&G Industry. Building extended and representative field experience, further commercialisation of SLM and extension of other AM technologies for different applications are the cornerstones of Siemens AM Strategy. Collaboration with AM equipment suppliers, powder suppliers, end users of AM and Universities is a part of Siemens approach in AM development and industrialisation.

Additive by Sandvik; Plan it, Print it – Perfect it (15min)
Mr. Mikael Schuisky, VP R&D and Operations Sandvik Additive Manufacturing, Sandvik Machining Solutions AB Synopsis: With 150 years in the metal industry, few understand the additive manufacturing value chain like Sandvik. As metallurgists, world leading powder producers, post processing and metal cutting experts, Sandvik has well-established expertise across the entire additive manufacturing value chain – offering advisory- and manufacturing services. Today, Sandvik Additive is developing components for industrial use. Sandvik is continuously looking for competences throughout the whole AM value chain such as fundamental material properties, DfAM, in-line process control, automations processes but Sandvik is also looking for collaboration with end users.

Development and Customisation of Metal Powder for Additive Manufacturing with Höganäs AB (15min)
Mr. Sigurd Berg, Manager Additive Manufacturing R&D, Höganäs AB
Synopsis: Höganäs AB as a global leader in the manufacture of metal powder is expanding its portfolio to meet the growing demands of Additive Manufacturing technologies. In doing so, the need to improve understanding of complex additive manufacturing processes and components is a necessity in combination with a thorough understanding of metals processing existing from over 200 years of Höganäs history. Through collaborations with entities from all parts of the value chain from universities and institutes to component manufacturers, Höganäs aims to further drive the AM technologies towards standardisation and commercialisation.

Rationalising AM Post Processing by Utilising High Pressure Heat Treatment (15min)
Mr. Peter Henning, Business Unit Director - Responsible for Isostatic Pressing Equipment, Quintus Technologies AB Synopsis: Quintus Technologies is heavily involved in the development of hot isostatic pressing and heat treatment technology and equipment to improve productivity and product quality of metal AM materials and components. Focus areas include application testing, evaluation and qualification of post treatment of critical IGT, aeronautical and medical components and materials. Ideal collaboration partners are OEMs, component producers and academia in the aerospace, medical and energy sectors.

Uddeholm Strategy: Right Alloy for the Right Application (15min)
Mr. Kenneth Åsvik, Business Developer AM, Uddeholm AB
Synopsis: As the AM technology is maturing it is time to start using material grades that are suitable for the application, not just processable with the technology, which has been the case so far. Uddeholm’s business strategy is to deliver the best tool and die solution for the specific application and that is also valid for its AM products, where Uddeholm wants to bring value by offering the best material solution for each application. So with focus on material properties and post processing and from the basis of tool steel, Ud-deholm is looking for partners to develop AM solutions, preferable on the higher TRL-level so that they are close to implementation.


AM – From Components to Product (15min)
Mr. Ralf Usinger, Manager Innovation & Industrialisation, RUAG Space, RUAG Schweiz AG
Synopsis: AM is used in the aerospace industry but its utilization is still very much limited to small components in the frame of experimental application and research initiatives. The impact in performance and development cycle time has been demonstrated but it remains marginal at system level. To get the full benefit, AM must now be used at higher system level for major components within the primary load path but implications are significant and challenges remain.

Additive Manufacturing Activities in ABB (15min)
Mr. Jacim Jacimovic, Senior Scientist, ABB Group
Synopsis: Additive manufacturing in ABB is used as a tool to produce products that will better respond to customer needs. In this presentation, ABB will show, how the additive manufacturing work is structured and give three examples on ongoing projects: 1. for spare parts, 2. functional products, and 3. new technology development.

Mass Reduction for Mass Production – High Performance Composites for the Automotive Industry (15min)
Dr. Rainer Koeniger, Senior R&D Manager, Industrial Composites R&D, Dow Europe GmbH
Synopsis: The use of fiber reinforced composites in the industrial market spans a wide range of applications and processes, for which Dow provides a variety of tailored matrix resin systems. As an example, this presentation will highlight the recent advances in compo-sites for the automotive industry and illustrate how resin processing and physical proper-ties have contributed to high-volume and robust manufacturing of structural composite components. Apart from composite manufacturers, Dow is interested in finding new collaboration partners such as equipment-, service-, and raw material suppliers that can further enable the use of high-volume, high-performance composites.

Additive Manufacturing Process Chain by Oerlikon AM – From Powder to Functional Part (15min)
Dr. Blanka Szost, Head of R&D Centre of Competence Additive Manufacturing, Oerlikon AM
Synopsis: Additive Manufacturing (AM) has many dirty secrets, which are often kept in the box. Oerlikon looks at the entire process chain and deconstructs its variables. It takes the AM process limitations out of the box and solves them gradually along the AM process chain. Starting from powder design, through process and post process tune to meet the functional part requirements. One of Oerlikon's key interests is AM dedicated powder and component production for lighter, stiffer and better performing components.

Turning Mass Manufacturing of Metal Applications with Selective Laser Melting Into a Reality (15min)
Mr. Hannes Gostner, Director Research & Development, EOS & Mr. Håkan Pfeiffer, Executive VP Manufacturing, AM Ventures.
Synopsis: Many large-scale metal applications could clearly benefit from the Selective Laser Melting technology. Still, to make this a reality, each step in the value chain needs to be efficient. EOS and AM Ventures have engaged along that path, collaborating with end users, technology suppliers and research institutes to make it happen. Despite evident progresses, some gaps still remain to be filled.


Quality Assurance in Additive Manufacturing (3min)
Dr. Daniel Galsterer, CTO & Head of industrial Computed Tomography, Qualitech AG
Synopsis: Qualitech AG as the swiss leading service provider for material testing and analyses offers its high quality support through the complete process chain in Additive Manufacturing. From chemical composition and size of the powder particles to a digital reproduction and failure analysis of the final part, we care about quality. Qualitech is interested in supporting AM industry with its services and in participating in a lively exchange of knowledge.

ICME Development of Novel Alloys for AM Using the Materials by Design™ Methodology (3min)
Dr. Ida Berglund, Materials Design Engineer, QuesTek Europe AB
Synopsis: QuesTek computationally designs, develops and deploys novel property-tailored alloys for a variety of industries such as aerospace, automotive and energy. Via Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) and the proprietary Materials by Design™ methodology, QuesTek has successfully designed new, ultra high performance materials faster and more cost-effectively than traditional methods. QuesTek are seeking manufacturers or end-users that see a need for novel or improved alloys tailored to AM processing who want to work together to develop and bring to market never before conceived alloys.

Ensuring Quality in AM at ProtoShape (3min)
Dr. Felix Reinert, CEO, ProtoShape
Synopsis: Active in metal AM since 2012 as a service provider, ProtoShape currently emphasizes its activities for maintaining high AM part quality for aerospace applications by validating the Ti64 process in a research project from powder to inspection. Pro-toShape is interested in expanding its number of long-term collaborations with custom-ers for example to enhance geometrical build tolerance, to integrate lightweight design, to reduce post-machining operations or to generate material data.

Open Source Metal 3D Printing for Materials R&D (3min)
Mr. Patrik Ohldin, Managing Director, Freemelt AB
Synopsis: The majority of future 3D printing applications require materials, which are not yet developed for AM. The commercial printers use only a handful of different materials and are not designed to develop new ones. This lack of available materials severely limits the technology’s ability to reach new applications. To resolve this Freemelt has developed an open source electron beam metal 3D printer, optimized for materials R&D. We are interested in finding collaboration partners who want to develop existing and new alloys for / with AM.

Boosting the Full Potential of Composites in Complex Components (3min)
Mr. Benedikt Borchert, Sales Manager, Bionic Composite Technologies AG (BIONTEC)
Synopsis: BIONTEC is a technology-driven company having developed a unique automated manufacturing method for composite components. BIONTECs proprietary process offers two main advantages over state-of-the-art composite production: increased lightweight potential and high-volume production capabilities. With deep know-how in design and manufacturing of complex components BIONTEC is actively seeking new applications for serial production in all industry sectors.

Gravity: A Novel System that Lowers the Barriers to Entry for High Strength Polymer Additive Manufacturing (3min)
Mr. Robert Kniola, Founder & CEO, Wematter
Synopsis: Wematter has developed a system comprising of a powder based polymer 3D-printer for additive manufacturing of complex parts with high strength components in mind. It is a cloud connected 3D-printer with patented powder handling systems that take care of unused powder directly inside the machine. With proprietory algo-rithms and cloud connected AI-software you can work faster with components that can replace aluminum.

Simulate Before You Print (3min)
Dr. Manfred Maurer, Simulation Engineer, CADFEM (Suisse) AG
Synopsis: In order to improve part design and manufacturing success in the metal additive manufacturing process, numerical simulation is an important tool. It can provide valuable insight into the highly complex print process on multiple scales, from microstructure predictions to macro part distortions, thus helping material scientists, designers and process engineers to realise a better product. CADFEM (Suisse) AG offers its expertise in the field of numerical simulation for interested parties to leverage the benefits of AM simulation technologies.

Robotised LMD-w for Higher Deposition Rates and Larger Build Volumes (3min)
Mr. Arash Moini, R&D Manager, Permanova Lasersystem AB
Synopsis: LMD-w technology combines the generic rewards of AM with the speed & cost advantages that wire-based techniques possess over powder-based methods and enables higher deposition rates, larger build volume and a potential to combine processes, components and materials. Permanova Lasersystem has extensive experience from design and installation of robotised laser-based production equipment, including systems for Laser Metal Deposition with Wire. Key to the next step in the development of the LMD-w technology is industrial partnership for R&D activities and/or pre-studies with a clear intention of having an industrial solution in place within 2-3 years.

Continuous Fibre Reinforced Thermoplastics for Additive Manufacturing (3min)
Dr. Anatole Gilliot, CEO, Suprem SA
Synopsis: Suprem is developing and manufacturing continuous fibre reinforced thermoplastic materials. Suprem’s products are tailored to customer needs and dedicated to insitu consolidation with automated processes.

Finecut: Non-Thermal Precision Machining Opportunities (3min)
Dr. Christian Öjmertz, Chief Technology Officer and Founder of Finepart Sweden AB.
Synopsis: Finepart offers the Finecut machine tool. It’s high-definition cutting beam utilizes particle erosion for material removal, enabling non-thermal precision cutting for virtually all materials and material combinations. Finepart is interested in collaboration with partners with high precision cutting applications in advanced materials.

Composite Fastening Elements for Applications in Space- and Aerospace-structures (3min)
Mr. Albert-Maria Vodermayer, Portfolio Manager Industry, icotec ag
Synopsis: Reduction of weight, fuel consumption and noise are still main issues in the aircraft business. icotec ag, develops and manufactures innovative composite fastening elements with the world-wide unique injection molding CFM (Composite Flow Molding) process. It enables the industrial production of continuous fiber reinforced fastening elements. Such fastening elements are having a low density and therefore higher specific mechanical properties compared to metal fasteners, which leads to weight and noise reduction. Isotec is looking for a collaboration with an OEM in Space and/or Aerospace industry in component design and product development.

Moving to Industrial Scale Additive Manufacturing (3min)
Mr. Stefan Thundal, COO, AIM Sweden
AIM Sweden are specialists in metal AM focusing on Electron Beam Melting and is offering both design for AM (DfAM) and manufacturing services. AIM is involved in several business initiatives now quickly moving to serial production in industrial scale. AIM is actively looking for collaboration partners interested in exploring AM as an answer to industrial challenges. Collaboration partners could also be companies offering complementary processes to AM.

Simulation Driven Engineering Approach for the Development of Lightweight Products (3min)
Mr. Timothy Habermacher, Partner, Radiate Engineering & Design GmbH
Synopsis: Radiate Engineering & Design is a vertically-integrated expert in composite materials, product development, leading edge engineering and innovation acceleration. Radiate develops lightweight products from scratch, engages in mass production, designs and optimizes single components or functions and closes the gap to valuable innovation. Radiates approach is simulation driven and therefore always one step ahead.

AM + CFRP for Cost-Efficient Ultra-Lightweight Structures (3min)
Dr. Markus Zogg, Head Composite Structures, Inspire AG
Synopsis: The combination of advanced composites for the major load paths with additive manufactured metal or plastic elements for load introductions and/or complex cores leads to novel extremely lightweight structures. Integral designs with a high structural complexity but low number of elements, can be manufactured with simple tooling in a cost-efficient way. Inspire is interested in finding industrial collaboration partners to further develop the AM + CFRP technology and to realise outstanding lightweight structures.


AM Activities at Chalmers University (10min)
Professor Lars Nyborg, Head of Powder and Surface Technology Group and co-director of CAM2, Chalmers University of Technology
Synopsis: Powder and Surface Technology Group at Chalmers University of Technology is the host for the Centre for Additive Manufacturing – Metal (CAM2) as well as ~15 national and international research projects in the area of powder based metal additive manufacturing. Chalmers is also coordinator of the MANUELA project (Additive Manufacturing Using Metal Pilot Line), initiated during previous SWII initiative. Research group combines the theoretical knowledge and research experience in powder technology and metal-based additive manufacturing together with advanced surface characterization (e.g. XPS, AES, etc.) to develop new engineering materials and manufacturing processes.)

The new 3D LSP hybrid process with 3D control of residual stresses and microstructures (10min)
Professor Roland Logé, Head of Thermomechanical Metallurgy Lab, PX Group Chair, EPFL
Synopsis: 3D LSP is a combination of the standard Selective Laser Melting (SLM) process with Laser Shock Peening (LSP). It is shown that by applying LSP periodically during SLM building, residual stresses can be improved, leading to a significant increase of fatigue life compared to standard 2D LSP treatments. The same strategy is used for reducing SLM induced cracking, and for the 3D control of hardness and grain size.

AM Activities at Linköping University (LiU) (10min)
Professor Johan Ölvander, Machine Design, Linköping University
Synopsis: The AM activity at Linköping University spans across both the fundamental and applied research. The research activity is focused on design, structural and topology optimisation, development and characterisation of next generation multifunctional AM materials and to study the performance of AM materials used in demanding applications within, for example, gas turbine industries. The majority of our research activities are conducted in collaboration with industrial partners and encompass a broad range of sectors including aerospace, energy, design, medicine and electronics. Much of our work is conducted across multiple divisions of the University and externally, both in Sweden and internationally (e.g. EU, Clean Sky 2). LiU also provides interdisciplinary access to major research laboratory equipment and instruments covering both mechanical testing, design, simulation and characterisation.

Introduction to collaboration opportunities with the ETH Domain (10min)
Dr. Lars Sommerhäuser, Head of Advanced Manufacturing, Empa
Synopsis: The ETH Domain has defined advanced manufacturing as one of its three strategic focus areas (SFA) and launched the SFA Advanced Manufacturing to fund research projects and capacity build-up in this field. In addition, the ETH Domain promotes an initiative to establish a network of technology transfer centers in Switzerland. The mission is to close the gap between the research on a lab scale and the production in an industrial scale. In the presentation, you will learn how science and industry can collaborate in these programs and initiatives.

Additive Manufacturing on Different Length Scales and High-Performance Composite Engineering (10min)
Professor Per Magnus Kristiansen, Head of the Institute of Polymer Nanotechnology (INKA), FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, School of Engineering Windisch (CH)
Synopsis: FHNW conducts applied R&D together with industry partners in the fields of additive manufacturing and high-performance composites. Target applications cover a wide range of industries from civil and aerospace engineering, automotive, medical and pharma, consumer goods and micro-optics, thus covering vastly different length scales and a variety of materials. Development of materials, processes and equipment are likewise in focus as AM-suited part design and post-processing of AM parts. FHNW is interested in finding collaboration partners, who are willing to jointly expand the knowledge in these fields and develop new exciting applications in the field of AM and lightweight.

IWK Institute for Materials Technology and Plastics Processing is looking for Industry and Academic Partners for Joint Applied Research Projects (10min)
Prof. Dr. Gion A. Barandun, Composite group lead, IWK/HSR
Synopsis: IWK is an institute of the University of Applied Sciences Rapperswil (HSR), and looking for applied research projects together with industry and academia. Current topics and ideas include novel fiber reinforced composites, e.g. based on renewable materials or thermoplastic matrices, material and process development/optimisation for additive manufacturing based on plastics, including compounding and extrusion of bio-plastics. For all research areas, IWK is looking for cooperation partners for potential applications, material suppliers and partners for commercialisation.


Each time slots is 20 Minutes, all meetings are booked online


Networking, drinks and finger food.

Contact person:
Ms. Viktoria Pletikos, Consultant,
Business Sweden Switzerland

Direct phone: +48 532 401 657
E-Mail: viktoria.pletikos@business-sweden.se