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International EuroMold Conference Features Design Innovation from Additive Manufacturing

FORT COLLINS, COLORADO, USA, October 6, 2011—DEMAT GmbH (Frankfurt, Germany) and Wohlers Associates, Inc. have announced the 13th Annual International Wohlers Conference to be held at EuroMold 2011 in Frankfurt, Germany. This year's conference, titled Design Innovation from Additive Manufacturing, takes place on Thursday, December 1. The EuroMold trade fair is November 29 – December 2 at the Exhibition Center Frankfurt.

Past conferences have brought into focus trends and major developments in rapid product development, additive manufacturing (AM), and 3D printing. This year's event will concentrate on how AM is allowing people to unlock ideas and produce designs that were impossible to manufacture in the past. Many of the parts and assemblies being developed are unprecedented. AM is allowing designers and engineers to reduce the number of parts that would otherwise go into a product, as well as cut inventory, assembly, labor, maintenance, material, weight, and carbon emissions.

"Innovations in design are inspiring others to use AM to create products that were before unimaginable," said Dr. Eberhard Döring, CEO of DEMAT. This work is expected to lead to a staggering amount of design innovation in the future. "What we have seen thus far is exciting, but it's only the tip of the iceberg," Döring stated.

The conference features nine carefully-selected speakers from Belgium, England, Germany, South Africa, and the USA. Together, these individuals represent an impressive amount of knowledge and experience in product development and additive manufacturing. With design innovation believed to be at an all-time high, due to advances in AM technology, the speakers are expected to reveal some mind-blowing concepts that bear little resemblance to designs from the past.

Last year, 1,384 exhibitors from 38 countries and 55,301 designers, engineers, managers, and executives from 86 countries participated in EuroMold. Those in attendance represented a wide range of industries, including automotive, consumer electronics, medical, aerospace, packaging, household appliances, furniture, sporting goods, and toys.

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 1, 2011 conference will feature the following topics and speakers:

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

Keynote: Atoms Are the New Bits
Dr. Ping Fu, CEO
Geomagic, Inc. (USA)

Light Weight and Complex Part Design
Dr. Ian Halliday, CEO
3T RPD Ltd. (UK)

Design Innovation Capabilities and New AM Material Opportunities at EADS
Mr. Frank Palm, Senior Expert, Welded Structures & Processes
EADS (Germany)

AM’s Impact on Design: A Veteran’s Perspective
Mr. David Leigh, President
Harvest Technologies (USA)

Collaborative Standards Development: ASTM International Committee F42 and ISO TC
Mr. Pat Picariello, Director of Developmental Operations
ASTM International (USA)

Design Innovation with AM Starts at the Idea Phase
Dr. Eric Klemp, Commercial Director
Direct Manufacturing Research Center (Germany)

AM Inspired Design
Prof. Deon de Beer, Executive Director, Technology Transfer & Innovation
Vaal University of Technology (South Africa)

Revolutionizing Design through Additive Manufacturing
Mr. Wim Michiels, Executive Vice President
Materialise NV (Belgium)

Providing Added Value through Additive Manufacturing
Dr. Lionel Theodore Dean, Creative Director
FutureFactories (UK)

The Future of Design Innovation with AM
Mr. Terry Wohlers, Principal Consultant and President
Wohlers Associates, Inc. (USA)