What is Additive Manufacturing?
Commonly known as 3D printing – a definition which applies more to the consumers’ market related printers than to industrial applications – additive manufacturing (AM) is the official industry standard term for all applications of the technology. It is defined as the “technology that applies the additive shaping principle and thereby builds physical 3D geometries by successive addition of material.”
AM introduces new business models based on localized production, mass customization and production and product/service diversification.
AM pushes the boundaries of parts’ design, allowing for the creation of parts with an optimized distribution of material, resulting in a better performance than conventional ones.
AM is an enabler of the circular economy. Material used is often recycled. AM also minimizes manufacturing footprint by reducing the need to ship finished goods to the delivery venue. Finally, AM makes lighter and more durable than conventional technologies, thereby helping to curb emissions in mobility sectors.
AM shortens time-to-market, reducing the time from concept to production
CECIMO engagement on AM:
Additive Manufacturing is an integral part of the metalworking scope of CECIMO.
To support and promote AM in Europe, we diversify our range of actions.
CECIMO ensures that AM is a top priority at the European and International level and that European regulators maintain a favourable policy framework for the growth of this technology in our region. Currently, CECIMO monitors and acts upon:
Intellectual property rights and liability
Trade deals and dual-use export control
CECIMO is involved in several EU projects. We cooperate with businesses, research centres, associations, universities, in areas of strategic importance for the competitiveness and the further development of additive manufacturing, such as skills and new technology ideas.
CECIMO engagement towards additive manufacturing is mirrored by its vast network of actors. We have a CECIMO AM Committee and CECIMO AM Working Group that is joined by key AM market leaders. If you want to be part of CECIMO network for Additive Manufacturing, contact us!
Every year in the European Parliament we organise AMEC, the Additive Manufacturing European Conference.
At EMO, we run the International Conference for Additive Manufacturing (ICAM).
CECIMO is also a regular guest speaker in strategic gatherings and conferences for the AM industry.