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AIRTEC 2014

November 9, 2014

Filed under: 3D printing,additive manufacturing,event — Terry Wohlers @ 04:03

Note: The following was authored by Tim Caffrey, senior consultant at Wohlers Associates.

DEMAT produces the highly-regarded EuroMold exhibition in Frankfurt, Germany year after year. The company also organizes AIRTEC, the international aerospace supply fair. Like EuroMold, AIRTEC is held in Frankfurt’s sprawling Messe Exhibition Centre. AIRTEC 2014 took place October 28–30.

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This year’s AIRTEC was the ninth, and the largest and most successful ever. The number of exhibitors was up 40% over last year, and participation from international companies increased 20%. A unique part of AIRTEC is the organization of many short business-to-business meetings. In a structure that simulates speed-dating, aerospace suppliers meet for 30 minutes with aerospace OEMs and contractors to introduce their capabilities and services. An amazing 10,000 of these B2B meetings occurred at AIRTEC, with more than 450 companies participating in them, the exhibition, and the conference sessions.

The international congress included seven sessions consisting of 240 presentations spread over three days. For the second consecutive year, Wohlers Associates chaired a session titled “Additive Manufacturing in Aerospace.” The session included presentations from Peter Sander of Airbus, Slade Gardner of Lockheed Martin, Raymond “Corky” Clinton of NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, and Ralph Resnick of America Makes. Each of these organizations is contributing to the growing applications for AM parts in airplanes, rockets, and satellites. Interesting developments are unfolding for AM in the aerospace industry, and we are grateful for the opportunity to participate in AIRTEC and the ongoing adoption of AM by aerospace organizations.