3D Production Days: The 3D model for design, production and maintenance

Mikrocentrum will bring together the entire 3D value chain in Eindhoven Klokgebouw during 3D Production Days on 22 and 23 June. The 3D model is increasingly evolving into a single source of truth in the product life cycle, from design over production to maintenance. In addition to about 70 exhibitors showing concrete solutions for working with 3D models, 45 speakers will outline the trends in 3D production.

Mikrocentrum combines four events in 3D Production Days: RapidPro, MBD Solutions Event, Virtual (R) evolution and the Smart Maintenance Congress. A real step, says Bas Verschuren, consultant at Siemens Digital Industries Software. “When you talk about a single source of truth in production, you are talking about the 3D model.” The 3D models are not only used in classic manufacturing techniques such as CNC milling or measurement, but the 3D model is also the starting point for 3D printing of virtual and augmented reality. Even in the maintenance of machines and installations, the 3D model is increasingly playing a role. “If you integrate this model into the entire chain, you can quickly go from engineering to manufacturing and service,” says Ivo van Berkel, Benelux Sales Director at Dassault Systèmes. In addition to Siemens and Dassault Systèmes, about 70 other exhibitors, including Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence and Mitutoyo Nederland, will demonstrate concrete solutions to engineers, manufacturers and maintenance managers. From software to work with model-based design in production processes to the latest 3D printing techniques. This is supported by about 45 experts from each of the four fields, who outline the trends, share the latest knowledge and explain practical applications.

Opening of the Fried Vancra and keynote by Egbert-Jan Sol

Absolute highlights of the lecture program are Fried Vancraen, CEO of Materialize, which officially opens RapidPro for the second time, and Egbert-Jan Sol, smart industry program director at TNO. The Fried Vancra will focus in particular on the role of additive manufacturing in making products and the manufacturing industry more sustainable. Egbert-Jan Sol outlines the latest developments in Industry 4.0: AAS (Asset Administration Shell). AAS is a hyperlinked data structure standard that contains all design, production, and usage information. Among other things, this provides insight into the maintenance status of machines and production installations. In the lectures during the Smart Maintenance Congress (June 22), presenters will elaborate on the role of data in maintenance.


The four events each have their own lecture program. At RapidPro (June 22 and 23), the presentation of Radu Donose stands out. He heads the Additive Manufacturing Competency Group at ASML. In its presentation, Donose explains why ASML needs new production techniques such as additive manufacturing for the next generations of lithography machines. He also gives examples of the more than 100 3D-printed parts that are already being built into ASML machines. At RapidPro, Tibor van Melsem Kocsis will give a talk on how DiManEx reduces the supply chain to a network of qualified suppliers that 3D printers share on-demand using the 3D model.

Just like two years ago, Castlab, together with partners from the foundry world at RapidPro, has also managed to attract other European railway companies in addition to NS with the digitization of warehouses. They are enthusiastic about the Tilburg start-up’s solution: to deliver replacement castings in certified quality within 10 working days, so that the roll material does not stand still for months. And without minimum order quantities leading only to unnecessary stocks. With the software developed by Castlab, an average railway infrastructure company can quickly select castings that fit into the concept. This strengthens the casting industry’s proposal, according to Koen Melis, CEO. He also sees an interest in the Castlab concept in the high-tech industry. ‘Our method gives the customer flexibility; they can continue to construct the part because they do not need an expensive shape. ‘ Innovative foundry companies, such as Aluminum Gieterij Oldenzaal, Sanders Ijzergieterij (which has two sand printers) and Melis Gieterijen, will present themselves at the fair together with the Dutch association of foundry technicians as well as the Flemish high pressure foundry specialist Pedeo High Pressure Foundry.

3D printing first

RapidPro has several firsts this year. K3D presents Meltio’s robotic metal printer, with which the print service company can 3D print large parts. QDP shows the new Carbon M3 printer for the first time in the Benelux. With the latest 3D printer from the US group, QDP can respond even better to the demand for 3D printed parts in injection molding quality. ‘If you include the tool costs, the 3D-printed part is competitive with an injection-molded part,’ says Maick Klaassen from QDP. FMI, Kiesz and Spark design & innovation have found each other in the Shapeshifters platform, where managers, project managers and designers meet for the purpose of sharing information about 3D models in the pharmaceutical industry. They present this platform in one of the lectures on RapidPro. Emphasis is also placed on new AM technology, such as the presentation by Brice Buhlmann (Buhlmann NV) on Desktop Metals binder jetting technology, which is ready for series production. Harry Kleijnen from Additive Industries presents use cases for additive manufacturing from the aerospace and automotive industries.

MBD Event: solutions for workers

3D manufacturing starts with Model Based Definition, 3D models enriched with PMI data. That’s what the MBD Solutions event (June 23) is all about. Several years after ASML announced the end of 2D drawing, workers are still struggling to roll out MBD in their company. This is due in part to the fact that the interchangeability of data between different native CAD formats remains difficult. “You get the biggest benefits if the whole chain works with the same application. Then the business case is quickly completed ‘, says Bas Verschuren from Siemens Digital Netherlands. Nevertheless, it remains important for manufacturing companies further down the chain to keep up with this trend. Look for the benefits it can offer, such as automation of programming. Henk Jörg from TFH Technical Service demonstrates the latter together with Valk Welding. In their presentation, they show how welding robots are automatically programmed using MBD.

Take the first steps with 3D models

Exhibitors such as PolyWorks, High QA, Siemens and CAD2M will show at the fair how workers can take the first steps in working with the 3D models. They have to agree to this because databases across different links in supply chains will be linked in the future. This was said by Jos Voskuil, PLM Coach and one of the speakers at the MBD Solutions Event. He talks about the connected approach: Companies throughout the value chain are connected to each other to exchange data instead of files. ‘Then we reach Industry 4.0’, says Jos Voskuil. ‘We will then move from PDM and PLM to digital platforms.’ The lecture program for MBD Solutions Event this year is even more focused on the different target groups through a separate lecture series for designers and engineers.

VR and smart maintenance

During the first day of 3D-Production Days, the lecture program will pay extra attention to virtual and augmented reality (Virtual (R) evolution) and smart, predictive maintenance (Smart Maintenance Congress). Two topics closely linked. Dave van der Windt from GPO Solutions outlines in his presentation how augmented reality can help companies deal with the shortage of technical staff. Kim Dekeyser from Itec, a research group from KU Leuven and IMEC, presents the experiences from French and British projects where VR has been used to train and educate the low-skilled. Ewout van Dort from the Dutch Army shares practical experiences even closer to home. The Armed Forces uses VR for training defense personnel. With augmented reality, machine builders and large manufacturing companies can support local mechanics and operators in their work, bringing the expertise of the specialists live to the local mechanics via the new technology. During the Smart Maintenance Conference, Jo van de Put from Koninklijke Metaalunie and Gu van Rhijn from TNO will discuss the results achieved by five smaller export companies with the use of augmented reality to support maintenance of machines and installations remotely.

predictive maintenance

Helmond toolmaker Verbi presents the first prototype of a smart injection mold that it is currently developing with partners. Arjan Vos, CEO, is convinced that the injection molding industry will change in the coming years due to trends like big data, Industry 4.0 and predictive maintenance. ‘There will be a lot more transparency in the chain. The three parties, the mold maker, the injection molder and the end user, have to work much more together. ‘ One of the highlights of the conference is the lecture by Professor Henk Akkermans, Director of the World Class Maintenance Foundation. Much is already possible with the help of artificial intelligence when it comes to predictive maintenance. However, it turns out to be difficult for companies to take the step to this. Professor Henk Akkermans takes the participants step by step to a well-functioning solution.

Free entry

3D Production Days takes place on 22 and 23 June in Klokgebouw at Strijp-S in Eindhoven and is part of 3D Delta Week. The exhibition program for the more than 70 exhibitors is the same both days; The RapidPro lectures also take place both days. The presentations for the Smart Maintenance Conference and Virtual (R) evolution are on June 22, the one for the MBD Solutions Event on June 23. The start of 3D Production Days is at 9.30 both days. Admission is free after registration via https://3dproductiondays.nl.

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