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EuroMold International Conference Focuses on The Future of Additive Manufacturing

FORT COLLINS, COLORADO, USA, September 21, 2009—DEMAT GmbH (Frankfurt, Germany) and Wohlers Associates, Inc. have announced the 11th annual international conference to be held at EuroMold 2009 in Frankfurt, Germany. This year's conference, titled The Future of Additive Manufacturing, is on Friday, December 4 at EuroMold 2009. The EuroMold trade fair is December 2-4 at the Exhibition Center Frankfurt.

In the past, this conference has covered the latest developments and trends in rapid product development and additive manufacturing (AM). This year's conference will address how companies in aerospace, defense, medicine, dentistry, and other industries are applying AM systems to the production of high-quality parts and products. It will also discuss custom consumer products made by AM that are available for purchase from multiple sources. The future of applying AM to the manufacture of production-quality parts is the central theme of the event.

The conference will feature nine speakers from Belgium, England, Germany, the Netherlands, South Africa, and the USA. Together, these individuals represent vast knowledge, insight, and experience in additive manufacturing. All of them have been asked to share what they see as the opportunities, challenges, and lessons learned in applying AM technology. Attendees will learn when it makes sense to consider AM for part production and when conventional manufacturing methods are better suited.

"EuroMold is believed to be the largest and most important event worldwide on additive manufacturing technology, so discussing its future is fitting and timely," said Dr. Eberhard Döring, chief executive at DEMAT. "The annual international Wohlers conference has become the perfect compliment to the trade fair, which includes the top AM system and material manufacturers and service providers. Forecasting the future of additive manufacturing has become an important subject among product development and manufacturing organizations,” Döring stated.

Last year, 1,523 exhibitors from 38 countries and 58,842 engineers, managers, and executives from 87 countries used EuroMold as a place to meet and conduct business. Those in attendance represented a wide range of industries, including automotive, consumer electronics, medical, aerospace, packaging, household appliances, furniture, sporting goods, and toys.

DEMAT organizes some of the most successful trade fairs in Europe. For more information on EuroMold and the December 4 conference, visit Wohlers Associates is an independent consulting firm that provides technical, marketing, and strategic advice on the new developments and trends in rapid product development and additive manufacturing. For more information, visit


The December 4, 2009 international conference at EuroMold will feature the following topics and speakers:

Welcome Address
Dr. Eberhard Döring, Chief Executive 
DEMAT GmbH (Germany)

Laser Sintering: Experiences, Challenges, and Prospects
Mr. Jürgen Blöcher, Managing Partner
FKM Sintertechnik GmbH (Germany)

Reconfigurable and Flexible Production using AM
Prof. Deon de Beer, Executive Director: Technology Transfer and Innovation
Vaal University of Technology (South Africa)

Using AM for Part Production at Melotte
Mr. Mario Fleurinck, CEO
Melotte (Belgium)

New Opportunities in Metal Part Production
Dr. Peter Mercelis, Managing Director
LayerWise NV (Belgium)

Custom Surgical Implants Using AM
Dr. Jules Poukens, MD DMD, Surgeon and Senior Researcher
University Hospital Maastricht (The Netherlands)

Custom Implants, Fixation, and Medical Devices
Dr. Stephen Rouse, D.D.S., Director of 3D Medical Applications Center
Walter Reed Army Medical Center (USA)

Additive Metals Manufacturing: Successes, Failures, Opportunities
Mr. Curt Taylor, President
Rapid Quality Manufacturing, Inc. (USA)

Additive Manufacturing: What’s the Problem?
Mr. Graham Tromans, Manager of Additive Manufacturing Knowledge Hub
Loughborough University (England)

The Future of Manufacturing
Mr. Terry Wohlers, Principal Consultant and President
Wohlers Associates, Inc. (USA)