Key Takeaways from the Additive Manufacturing European Conference Released

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Co-hosted by members of the European Parliament, AMEC focused on the challenges of AM deployment and skills training.

Organizers of the Additive Manufacturing European Conference (AMEC) have released conclusions from the 2017 conference. Held June 7, 2017, the event had a theme of "Boosting the competitiveness of the European industry by supporting the adoption of additive manufacturing.” 

Co-hosted by the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) Brando Benifei (S&D, IT), Anthea McIntyre (ECR, UK) and Cora van Nieuwenhuizen (ALDE, NL), the conference was divided into two panels, one on the challenges for the industrial deployment of AM and one on skills for the sector. High-level industrialists and European Commission officials joined the MEPs in the discussions, moderated by Bernhard Langefeld, partner at Roland Berger and Onno Ponfoort, practice leader 3D printing at Berenschot Consulting.

Takeaways from the conference include:

  • The need to integrate AM into the existing production environments as a complementary technology to conventional industrial processes.
  • The need to streamline standardization and certification efforts.
  • The role of a joint approach to tackle the disconnection between education and workforce.
  • The value of re-training existing workers.
  • A need to invest in software solutions and expertise to maintain competitiveness.
  • The impact of EU R&D funding on a long-term to strategic European sector like AM.

Download a PDF of the key takeaways here.

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