Materials – Midterm Meeting 2021

On April 13 & 14 2021 our mobility working group Materials that now consists of 68 member companies got together virtually for their annual Midterm Meeting, the first of two meetings a year where the whole working group is brought to the table.

130 participants from those member companies were updated on the current status and future plans of the individual focus groups by Dr. Tina Schlingmann, Head of the Working Group and the leaders of the six focus groups, Bart Engendahl (Chromatic 3D Materials), Benjamin Haas (SLM Solutions), Joanna Marguier (Covestro), Giulitta Bertoli (ÖBB), Simon Treiber (Berger S2B), Maximilian Stöckle (Big Rep) & Markus Schneider (GKN Sinter Metals).

All all focus group made great progress and gained important insights:

  • Market Needs has compared the conventional with the additive manufacturing method on the basis of an actually produced and thoroughly tested model component with some astonishing results. You can find the results in our members area.
  • Elastomers were initiators of a materials compass that has now been launched on From now on, users of additive manufacturing processes can get a quick overview of existing materials and their properties and save a lot of time and money.
  • High Performance Polymers joined forces last year with the RAILiability working group, that serves as a safe haven for a lively exchange of ideas for eight European railroads. Together, the two groups are working on tackling the issues surrounding flame-retardant polymers step by step and can already report the first partial successes.
  • Metals is, thanks in great part to our new member BAM, busy with the follow-up to the Round Robin Test on AlSi10Mg and is working on new topics around the printing of copper and steel.
  • Testing Methods has established a large database with the same name on the WeBoostAM platform, which will as a next step and with the help of the Medical Materials working group also include medical standards.
  • Technical Standards first generated a big picture overview of all activities in the area of testing. From this, a WAAM task force emerged.

It is impressive to see how far this working group has come since its foundation almost 3 years ago (we celebrate the birthday officially on July 09) and the network would like to thank each and every participant for their active and result-oriented work.

Dr. Tina Schlingmann, who will start a new job at our member company EOS on May 01, will remain head of the MATERIALS working group and is looking forward to further productive meetings with the members.


Additive Inspirations #7

On May 20 from 4 until 5 pm we would like to invite you to the next Additive Inspirations Session, this time with a mobility topic. Henri De Chassey, Brakes & Safety Process Engineering / Methods Manager at Faiveley Transport – a Wabtec company will be our guests, presenting 3D printing, a technology pillar at Wabtec.

Henri De Chassey is a mechanical engineer, working in the railway industry since 2011 and has for the past 5 years been dealing with additive manufacturing projects. Since 2021 he also manages/followes all 3D printing projects (OE & CS) for Wabtec Transit, supporting their customers and production sites, from requests to the drawings validation, production and parts validation steps.

We are looking forward to hearing his input on the topics of Wabtec, the Railway industry and 3DPrinting/Additive manufacturing as well as SLM and Binderjet.


What is an Additive Inspirations Session?

Due to Corona, digital technologies are in greater demand than ever before: aviation and automotive markets have suffered severely from the crisis, new jobs for 3D printing machines have to be identified to fill capacities, while operators try to compensate for supply bottlenecks with 3D printing. Additive Manufacturing is in search of new impulses for its market.

As a virtual teaser to the MGA Annual Meeting 2020, we started a new online webinar series to keep our network connected. In exciting presentations, we highlighted recent practical examples and gave impulses as to the segments in which Additive Manufacturing can apply and expand its potential.

In 2021 we have restarted this program and already welcomed Prof. Dr. Jens Kurreck of the Technische Universität Berlin in a session on The Veggie Way: 3d printing prevents animal testing and Bruno Knychalla, Managing Director of Additive Tectonics GmbH, in a session about Radically innovative construction – buildings powered by Rocket Science.

Missed a session? You can find them in our Members Area!