October 10-11, 2018, Munich, Germany – Dr. Xu Xiaoshu, founder of Farsoon Technologies, joined the “Value Chain” Panel discussion at the 2nd Munich Technology Conference (MTC) on Additive Manufacturing which took place in Technical University of Munich. Being the only speaker representing Asia’s additive manufacturing industry, Dr. Xu delivered a speech centered around Farsoon’s corporate philosophy of “Open for Industry”, and shared with the influential leaders from industries and academies his unique insight on the key to AM industrialization.
Image Courtesy of Oerlikon AM
This year over 1000 users and experts from additive industry chain joined the two-day conference and workshop. Various topics were covered, including technology trends, eco-system, business models, as well as opportunities and challenges of the AM industrialization. An additional focus was put on the development trends in aerospace, automotive, medical, power and energy industries and the advanced application challenges in these industries as they look to adapt additive manufacturing in design and production.
The main focus of this year’s MTC is – “Industrialization of Additive Manufacturing”. Responding to this topic, Dr. Xu arranged his speech “Open for Industry” in 3 sections: Trends of additive manufacturing technology, future integration of additive technology into true manufacturing, and introducing the current landscape of the AM market in China.
Dr. Xu Xiaoshu at Panel Discussion of “Value Chain”, Image Courtesy of Oerlikon AM
Dr. Xu believes that large-scale manufacturing is a trend for the additive industry, and to achieve it, two major goals have to be achieved: cost reduction and process stability. Traditional manufacturing has already achieved streamlined mass production through the existing matured technology, equipment, and standards. While a relatively new technology in terms of series production, additive manufacturing gives freedom of design, the capability to rapidly test complex parts with no cost for tooling, and also reduces the cost of production for small batch production. These attributes make 3D printing a powerful addition to traditional manufacturing, and a valuable sector in the complete industry chain. However, in order to meet the goals of cost and stability for industrialization, AM technology still has a long road ahead of it.
The challenges of higher speed, better process control and qualified materials require the cooperation of the whole AM ecosystem.
“It is exciting that at this conference, we have seen that production cost and integration of automation have become a major point of discussion for additive manufacturing,” Dr. Xu said, “The development of AM technologies has shown the advantages of high productivity and reduced cost for functional products. The industrialization of additive manufacturing is our common goal, it is not out of reach. It is becoming a reality through our combined efforts.”
Another topic brought up by Dr. Xu is concerning the needs of standards and verification in the AM industry. With the development of AM technology and increasing application, the technical specifications and processing methods of AM parts need to be verified by product in each industry. Additive manufacturing now has a solid foot hold in a number of highlighted industries, including aerospace and medical. These demanding industries require the highest standards of the material traceability, test procedures, etc. Dr. Xu stated, “Only by the establishment of industrial standards will we increase the acceptance of AM technology, which will keep promoting the technical and business development at a global scale.”
When questioned about the key for driving AM technology towards true manufacturing, Dr. Xu stated that, “Open for industry” is the only way to go. Farsoon Technologies was founded with the clear vision and core commitment to creating an open platform system which will give the users the freedom to innovate and expand the envelope of sintering technology for the world. It is our core belief that only by having an open system and finding new, better, and more cost-effective materials the AM industry can continue its rapid growth. And only by a truly open system, AM technology is able to fully integrate with the traditional manufacturing for a complete industry eco system. Dr. Xu’s unique insight was well received by the panel discussion members and audience at the conference. A major topic of discussion was the global role of China in manufacturing and the maturity of the implementation of additive manufacturing. It appears to be consensus that the world economy needs China also in additive manufacturing and the global collaboration in the whole ecosystem shall be extended.
[ Video of MTC Interview] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoQVLqNrjgY
The 2nd Munich Technology Conference (MTC) on Additive Manufacturing took place on October 10-11. Representatives from industry, science and research fields met at the Technical University of Munich to exchange on experiences and successes with the technology during the two-day conference. For more information, please visit: https://munichtechconference.com/#!index.php