The role of Technology Centres in Overcoming Challenges to Additive Manufacturing Adoption 

19 September, 11.00am-12.15pm (CET)


Additive Manufacturing (AM) has brought a revolution in the way products are designed, manufactured, and distributed to different end users (automotive, aerospace, engineering, architecture, electronic, healthcare etc).

The AM sector has yet to achieve its full potential due to different challenges lack of skilled personnel, difficulty in the scalability of parts, volume of production, reliability of material etc.

Technology centers can help companies solve many of these issues. Services and projects (from the training of the workforce to certification of the printing quality),  developed by technology centers can help companies approachAM for the first time and solve some of the toughest challenges to the adoption of this technology.

This event focused on:

  • Technology centers’ solutions to the challenges that hamper the market uptake of AM
  • Ongoing project or initiatives that are working to strengthen the AM business case


Greta Becker

Communications – LZH Hannover – Niedersachsen ADDITIV

Greta Becker, MSSc, studied International Communication at Jönköping University in Sweden. From 2018 to 2021, she worked in the corporate communications department of an international supplier in the automotive industry. Since the beginning of 2022, she has been working at the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. for the project Niedersachsen ADDITIV in the communications team. 

Rob Heylen

Senior Research Engineer & Project Leader, Flanders Make

Rob Heylen is a senior research engineer and project leader at Flanders Make. He received his PhD in Physics at KU Leuven in 2008. At Flanders Make, he has been contributing to R&D projects related to sensing, vision and machine learning. He is also working on activities related to quality assurance for the additive manufacturing processes.

Alfredo Suarez 

Project Manager, Tecnalia & Technical Manager, Addilan

Dipl. Eng. Alfredo Suarez is working for Tecnalia as a researcher since 2007, in the advanced manufacturing department, and he has specialized in conventional and non-conventional manufacturing technologies including additive manufacturing technologies where he has focused on developing high deposition technology for metal applications. Nowadays he is the responsible of the technology related to Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing technology at Tecnalia. 

Dr. Aleš Hančič 

Managing Director, TECOS

Dr. Aleš Hančič (m) is the Director of the TECOS Slovenian Tool and Die Development Centre, a development, research and prototype centre dedicated to development and implementation of new production technologies. The centre is one of front bearer of AM technologies in Slovenia focused on industrial application of 3D printing. They develop cutting edge processing technologies and materials in the field of  IND 4.0, biomaterials and circular economy. TECOS also acts as cluster of Slovenian processing and tooling industry and a VET institution.

**This event was organised in collaboration with VI 3DP Pilot.**

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