The leading international network for Industrial Additive Manufacturing
Mobility goes Additive e.V.
3D printing is currently attracting a lot of attention and is considered one of the key technologies of Industry 4.0. But the strategy “let’s buy a printer and start producing” usually proves not to be the best.
Why? Machines for professional applications require high investments and extensive knowledge of users and operators and serve specific needs. In addition, the legal framework must be clarified before printing is possible.
Companies entering Additive Manufacturing often go through the same learning curve. Here we want to contribute to acceleration and arrange contacts to experienced companies. Of special interest is the optimisation of the supply chain through the production of spare parts in line with requirements. In this context, rapid manufacturing of spare parts is a focus of our network activities.
Compared to conventional manufacturing processes in industrial use, 3D printing technology enables the production of individual parts from batch size 1 with highly complex geometries and thus also an extension by new functions. The optimization of processes, shorter time to market, lower material and resource consumption and the option of being able to specifically meet individual customer requirements are important arguments for the use of this key technology, as are the re-production of parts that are no longer available and thus the solution to obsolescence problems. At the same time, the process chain of additive manufacturing processes is very complex. Special knowledge from a wide variety of disciplines is therefore required.
The Mobility goes Additives network meets these challenges by acting as a central platform bundling the value creation potential along the process chain and promoting the mutual development of its members’ competencies. An important goal is the joint development of innovative products and thus the targeted transfer of know-how and information. The identification of new business fields, the establishment of profitable business contacts and the opening of new international markets contribute to increasing the competitiveness of the members and serve as a contact partner for public and political institutions.