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Final Agenda | SWII - Additive Manufacturing 2017

Venue: EPFL Microcity, Rue de la Maladiere 71b Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Moderators:  Jenny Lundgren, Head of Communications, Swedish Incubators & Science Parks & Ulf Borbos, Project Manager, Swedish Incubators & Science Parks


Welcome notes

Mr. Alain Barbal, Director of the Office for Economic Promotion - Neuchâtel Economic Development (3min)

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

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

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

EUREKA – Doing Business by Technology (10min)
Dr. Friederike Rass, International Cooperation in Research and Innovation, Swiss State Secretariat of Education, Research and Innovation SERI


EPFL Micro-Manufacturing Science and Engineering Center M2C (15min)
Mr. Yves Bellouard, Professor, Head of Galatea Laboratory, Director of the Doctoral Program Advanced Manufacturing, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
Synopsis: The M2C aims at addressing critical scientific and technological challenges, ranging from fundamental to applied research, for the future of manufacturing. Focused on micro-manufacturing, high precision 3D freeform material processing and high-integrity microstructures, it brings together a wide range of laboratories from EPFL, CSEM, HE-Arc and UniNE, all having research activities and interests related to the future of manufacturing and its impact for society. The M2C provides a platform to catalyse interactions between these labs and industrial partners.

Industrialisation of Additive Manufacturing in Sweden (10min) Dr. Seyed Hosseini and Dr. Annika Strondl, Managers Additive Manufacturing and Powder Materials, Swerea
Synopsis: Additive manufacturing (AM) is a focus area for Swerea with testbed facilities and expertise within metals, technical ceramics, sandprinting of moulds, composits and large polymer constructions. As a research institute Swerea works in close collaboration with industry and academia to speed up the industrialisation of AM in Sweden. Swerea’s network in Sweden is based on its member companies and also hosting The Swedish Arena for Additive Manufacturing of Metals and LIGHTer - a Swedish multi-sectorial lightweight arena. Swerea now looks for Swiss collaboration partners to find new synergies.


AM at Saab (15min)
Dr. Göran Backlund, Director Business Development & Strategy, Saab Dynamics AB and Responsible for AM Activities within the Saab Group
Synopsis: Several Business Areas within the Saab Group have for years been exploring possibilities with AM for metals. Metal components in missiles, underwater systems and airframe & airborne systems are tested, and some are in the process of qualification for production with AM. Saab is a member of a national Swedish industrial initiative and will increase the efforts to create new values in the product portfolio through AM applications. For the Swedish industrial initiative it is of importance to find possible Swiss collaboration partners that can add knowledge, in particular in the defence and aerospace businesses.

Status of the Sandvik Additive Manufacturing Center (15min)
Dr. Mikael Schuisky, Operating Manager Additive Manufacturing Center, Sandvik Machining Solutions AB
Synopsis: Sandvik has in the last 3 years invested in an Additive Manufacturing Center in Sandviken, Sweden. A general overview of the achievements so far will be given when it comes to powder materials for AM, powder bed fusion, binder jetting, design for AM and post process. Sandvik will continue develop AM processes for internal Sandvik products such as future advanced tools for machining as well as opening up new offeringa to customers. Sandvik will develop new additive material processes based on Sandvik specific alloys. The company is looking for partners which have advanced applications in which AM can be an alternative production method. Also Sandvik would like to strengthen its relationships with research partners which can help & complement Sandvik to speed up the development of new AM processes.

Industrialization of Additive Manufacturing(15min)
Dr. Vladimir Navrotsky, Chief Technology Officer, Siemens, Service Power Generation Distributed Generation and Oil & Gas
Synopsis: Additive Manufacturing is a disruptive technology enabling a revolution in the area of repair and manufacturing. The whole AM chain (powder, AM process parameters, material properties, design for AM, digital chain, manufacturing, post processing) should be addressed in order to speed up the development and industrialization of this technology. Successful, quick and wide AM Industrialization could be achieved only in close collaboration between Industry (driven by use cases), academia (technology, processes, education), startups (quick implementation) and strong government support.

Digital Metal® Additive Manufacturing of Small and Complex Metal Parts (15min)
Mr. Mats Persson, Manager Material Development, Höganäs AB
Synopsis: Metal Additive Manufacturing is developing rapidly with the aim to establish itself as a manufacturing technology. Höganäs proprietary technology Digital Metal®, binder jetting on powder bed combines high productivity with excellent surface quality and high detail level components. Adding design freedom, mass customization and short lead-time to the well-established powder metallurgy process. Collaboration with end users in component design and product development are instrumental in capturing the opportunities offered.

Challenges and Achievements of AM at Atlas Copco Rock Drills AB (15min)
Dr. Sima Valizadeh, Empowering Innovation Manager, Atlas Copco Rock Drills AB
Synopsis: The use of additive manufacturing has increased significantly lately. Freedom of design is often mentioned when talking about additive manufacturing. It facilities the customization of strong light-weight products and allow for innovations that create new design opportunities of that were not possible with traditional manufacturing techniques.


New Technology Enabling New Space (15min)
Mr. Franck Mouriaux, General Manager Structures, RUAG Switzerland AG
Synopsis: Space is facing a paradigm shift that applies not only to launchers but also to satellites, becoming truly commercial and competitive.Performance must be increased significantly while costs and lead time must be dramatically reduced by several orders of magnitude. Additive manufacturing is the technology that enables new spacecraft designs and architectures combined with an agile development process.

Additive Manufacturing – quo vadis (15min)
Prof. Dr. Hans Gut, Senior Vice President, Managing Director, MAN Diesel & Turbo Schweiz AG
Synopsis: During the past decades, additive manufacturing techniques made big steps forward into industrial applications and in our daily life. But the challenge is to use the “right” technology for the “right” application. How to choose and what do we see next on this interesting field?

Additive technologies throughout the product lifecycle (15min)
Dr. Christopher Ganz, Group Vice President Service R&D, ABB
Synopsis: Additive technologies are applied in various stages of a product lifecycle. Today, their flexibility at the cost of production scalability suggests their use in rapid prototyping and product design. More and more, they find applications in mass manufacturing, particularly in applications with small lot sizes. But also in after-sales service applications late in the product lifecycle, additive technologies find their use.

Additive Manufacturing – Opportunities in the Value Chain (15min)
Dr. Maxim Konter, Chief Engineer Materials & Processing, GE Power
Synopsis: Additive Manufacturing is one of the game changers regarding future of manufacturing industries. Most of manufacturing companies are developing and investing in this area. GE has made a multi-billion investments in acquisitions and internal growth of Additive, building practically a fully integrated value chain from production equipment to end-usage. At the same time, large scale and broad application of additive create very interesting opportunities for external collaboration, both for business and academia - such as additive design software, bionic design principles, quality standards and inspection norms, common materials’ characterization.


Swissto12 - Mr. Pierre Micheli, Head of Business
Development 3d Metprint - Mr. Erling Svensson, CEO
Mirrakoi - Mr. Daniel Schmitter, CEO
Permanova - Mr. Håkan Grubb, CEO
3D Precision - Mr. Dominique Beuchat, CEO

Ortoma - Mr. Matts Andersson, CEO
Precicast - Mr. Giuseppe Facchini, CEO
Creamelt - Mr. Florian Gschwend, CEO
VBN Components - Mr. Ulrik Beste, CTO
Irpd - Mr. Martin Stöckli, Board Member

Exmet - Mr. Mattias Unosson, CEO
ABCD Technologies - Mr. Giacomo Benvenuti, CEO
Bofors Bruk - Mr. Christer Åslund, CEO
HILDERBRAND & Cie SA - Mr. Walter Niedermann, CEO
AIM Sweden - Mr. Göran Elovsson, CEO

Prodartis - Mr. Ralf Schindel, CEO
Arcam - Mr. Stefan Thundal, Product Manager
Smart Composites - Mr. Martin Eichenhofer, CEO


Material- and Powder Solutions for Powder-Based Additive Manufacturing (10min)
Mr. Eduard Hryha, Professor, Department of Industrial and Materials Science, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg
Synopsis: The powder as raw material constitutes an important strategy in metal AM where number of available materials at the current state-of-the-art is limited. The research focus of the Competence Centre for Additive Manufacturing – Metal (CAM2) is focused on the development of tailored materials and robust powder-based manufacturing processes. Within these areas we search for MNEs, SMEs and academia as collaboration partners.

Alloy Design for Additive Manufacturing (10 min)
Dr. Christian Leinenbach, Head Alloy Design for Advanced Processing Technologies, EMPA
Synopsis: The very special consolidation conditions during metal AM with multiple heating and cooling at high rates rates may lead to complex microstructuresand defetcs in the bulk alloy. A major research goal is to understand the material behavior during AM and to optimize the materials with regard to AM process rather than only trying to optimize the processing parameters for a given material. Within these areas we search for MNEs, SMEs and academia as collaboration partners.

Additive Manufacturing Future – Research topics (10min)
Prof. Dr. Konrad Wegener, Head of Institute of Machine Tools and Manufacturing, ETH Zürich, Inspire AG
Synopsis: AM as young technology provides high potential and requires research in all directions: design for AM, materials and their behavior in the process, new machines, process development and quality management, and finally embedding in industrial process chains are topics, covered by research of inspire in AM technology. Inspire seeks collaboration with SMEs in this brilliant field.


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

The one-to-one matchmaking meetings will take place in the rooms below: 

  • Meeting Room 1 (MC B1 303) – tables 1 to 12
  • Meeting Room 2 (MC B1 273) – tables 13 to 20

Networking, drinks and finger food.
Address: Hôtel DuPeyrou, Avenue DuPeyrou 1, 2000 Neuchâtel

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

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