Review DDMC 2018

Great Turnout for DDMC 2018

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From left to right: Martin Schäfer (member of the Scientific Committee), Irina Smolina (recipient of Best Poster Award), Andreas Bauereiss (recipient of Best Paper Award), Wouter Gerber (member of the Scientific Committee), Bernhard Müller (Conference Chair)

The 4th Fraunhofer Direct Digital Manufacturing Conference was held March 14-15 in Berlin. The six keynotes, 58 oral and 12 poster presentations in 17 sessions brought the 160 participants ahead of the game on all aspects of additive manufacturing, including pre- (software, powder) and post-processing (automation, hybridization).

A real highlight was the international character of the conference and the representation of all stakeholders in additive manufacturing. Over 25 different countries were represented and almost equal numbers of industry and academia participated, leading to new synergies that gave the conference floor networking and social program an extra buzz, with everyone leaving the conference with new enthusiasm, inspiration and contacts in this exciting field. A special highlight was the conference dinner at the Two Buddhas restaurant, which proved a perfect opportunity to catch up with colleagues in a more relaxed atmosphere.

Our congratulations go to the winners of the Best Paper Award (Andreas Bauereiss et al. for their paper on “Simulation Aided Material Development for Selective Beam Melting Processes”) and Best Poster Award (Irina Smolina and her colleagues from the Wroclaw University of Science & Technology, Poland, for their work on “New Horizons of Mechanical Properties of Heat-treated CoCrMo-6RE Produced by Selective Laser Melting”) – well done, everybody!

Special thanks go out to all those who helped make the DDMC conference such a success, including the keynote speakers, presenters, session chairs, committee members, sponsors and our tireless organizing team.