89 lectures lay foundation for "Materials and Additives Manufacturing" success

The "Materials and Additives Manufacturing" symposium , held as a web conference from May 13th – 15th, 2020, provided multiple valuable insights for all participants. On the one hand, the scientific transfer of knowledge continues and will be promoted even in the era of COVID-19, and on the other hand, the successful technical feasibility of a multi-strand event via the Internet.


The Federal Association "Society for Resource Efficiency and Additive Technologies" (GRAT), whose president Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gerd Witt joint coordination with the programme committee, was responsible for mapping out a plan in terms of content during the three-day event.

A total of 172 participants logged in for the conference via the video conference platform provided by the German Materials Society (DGM) to be presented with exciting lectures on a wide range of topics.

- Development of processes and equipment for additive production
- Process chains with additive processes
- Additive manufactured components for production engineering
- Simulation of additive manufacturing processes
- Powder development for the additive production
- Microstructure design/graded materials
- Mechanical properties and damage in additive manufactured components
- Biobased materials for additive manufacturing
- Functional integration and added value through AM
- Refractory & high temperature applications for resource efficiency and sustainable AM structures

During the three-day event a total of 89 lectures were being held, of which the three detailed impulse lectures with in-depth content stood out in particular.

- Dr. Frank Götzke
          o 3D printing - When the spark flew

- Prof. Dr. Franz Haas
          o AM 2025 - Where is the journey in additive manufacturing going with the new "SAT-3D" and "SLEDM" processes

- Professor Dr.-Ing. Harald Kloft
          o Additive manufacturing as key technology for a resource-efficient construction industry


A poster session was also held as part of the "Materials and Additives Manufacturing" conference, where 15 contributions were presented and awarded prizes at the very end of the event.

1st place:
Mr. Stefan Pilz
"Selective laser melting of ß-Ti-Nb alloys for bone implants"

2nd place:
Mr. Steffen Savior
"Nanomodified aluminium powders for additive manufacturing, supported by dynamic differential calorimetry"

3rd place:
Mrs Carolin Fischer
"Microstereolithography with non-cytotoxic resins for cell culture surfaces"


The discussion panel scheduled for the second day of the conference, which brought together representatives from science and business from their respective home office, proved to be a social and immensely interesting highlight. Led by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Katrin Wudy (TU Munich) and Dr. Andreas Zeller (Epos srl) a lively exchange of opinions and professional knowledge of the experts present took place, which provided tons of food for thought and future processes within the topic area of "Materials and Additive Manufacturing".