Quo Vadis Additive Manufacturing?

At the Formnext 2021 (Nov 16-19 in Frankfurt, Germany), ModuleWorks spoke with Andreas Saar, former Vice President of Manufacturing Engineering Solutions at Siemens, about the advances and challenges in additive manufacturing.

The increasing demand to manufacture complex geometries and structures for higher performance, better functionality and greater usability of print products, the need for ecologically sustainable manufacturing and seamless individualisation possibilities are just some examples of the rising attraction of additive manufacturing (AM). While 3D printing had already started in the 1980s, it took several decades until the potential of additive manufacturing processes was established in industrial production and the technology became a major mode of production for large enterprises.

Andreas Saar has experienced and followed different manufacturing trends during his more than 35 years in the industry and shares his insights and predictions on where the industry is heading.

After graduating in Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration at the Technical University of Darmstadt in 1982, Andreas Saar started working at UNC, an early developer of CAM software for the machinery, mold and die market. He continued his career as the Director of CAM Development at EDS Unigraphics. In 1998, Andreas Saar took over the Digital Manufacturing product development for Unigraphics Solution and later Siemens PLM in the USA, eventually becoming Vice President of Engineering Solutions. 
While working at Siemens, he represented the company as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Commonwealth Center of Advanced Manufacturing. During his last 6 years at Siemens, he initiated and was responsible for the company-wide Additive Manufacturing Program. Currently, Saar is the Senior Advisor/board member for several additive manufacturing companies such as Evolve Additive Solutions and others.

Read more here https://www.moduleworks.com/quo-vadis-additive-manufacturing/


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