LightCon 2023

After the successful premiere in June last year, the international lightweight community will meet again in Hannover for LightCon from 13 to 14 June 2023.

For our members of Mobility Goes Additive, Deutsche Messe offers a 10% discount on the current participation price. Take advantage of this offer and book, for example, a complete package consisting of stand space, stand construction and various services with the WorkLoft with 9 / 18 or 24 m² from 4,635 euros (instead of 5,150 euros). For further details, please visit our website at

LightCon: Call for Papers

Especially in these times, innovations and thoughts of the future are what keep us going!
The new international trade fair for lightweight construction solutions “LightCon”, organized by Deutsche Messe with Composites United as the technology sponsor, will for the first time in 2021 showcase the latest trends and solutions in the field of lightweight construction, spanning all materials, technologies and sectors of industry.

Again we are happy to be part of this promising sector of Additive Manufacturing, our Managing Director Stefanie Brickwede together with Dr. Gunnar Merz from Composites United e.V. heads the Advisory Board of the LightCon 2021.

In an interview, Stefanie informed us, why she supports this trade fair: “Lightcon has the great task of providing information about innovative materials and new manufacturing technologies to enable new applications. To this end, experts will provide information on the latest trends and real implemented applications can be experienced on site. Especially in small and medium-sized companies, the possibilities are often not sufficiently explored yet. Get inspired by other companies at LightCon!”

The Advisory Board is convinced that lightweight construction solutions are indispensable for achieving climate targets and a sustainable economy. “Sustainability Needs Lightweight Design” is therefore the motto of LightCon 2021 and focuses on four key topics: material solutions, manufacturing innovations, sustainable lightweight engineering and design, and applications and use cases. The deadline for submitting presentations on these topics is December 10.

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Technology Transfer Programme for Lightweighting – Funding opportunities for additive manufacturing

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Lightweighting is a holistic design philosophy. It aims to save weight, material and energy while also ensuring, and even improving, the performance and efficiency of components and complete systems. This is achieved through load reduction and a switch to new construction materials. By reducing mass and the amount of material needed, and by using the right lightweight design, components’ carbon footprint can be significantly reduced before, during and after operation. The brand-new shapes and designs developed for lightweight designs, which are often based on those in nature, are difficult if not impossible to realise using conventional manufacturing processes. In order to advance lightweighting as a key enabling technology, it is therefore crucial to use new construction technologies such as additive manufacturing, and to develop these further. Lightweighting and additive manufacturing are thus two technologies that complement each other extremely well.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Lightweighting is flagged up as a game-changing technology in Germany’s Coalition Agreement for the 19th legislative period, as well as in its Sustainability Strategy and 2030 Industrial Strategy. In order to actively promote lightweight construction, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy has set up a programme called the Technology Transfer Programme for Lightweighting (German abbreviation: TTP LB). The programme aims to establish lightweighting as a driver of innovation for sustainable business, and to make an important contribution to achieving the Federal Government’s climate targets. Funding of around 300 million euros is being made available for this purpose between 2020 and 2030.
The funding provided by the Federal Government is being used to support new technological developments, construction techniques and the use of new materials, projects focusing on resource efficiency and substitution, standardisation issues and demonstration projects with the overarching goal of reducing carbon emissions. In particular, the programme’s first funding line seeks to promote innovative design principles and technologies, such as additive manufacturing, as drivers and enablers of sustainable lightweighting. The focus is on optimising and automating lightweighting production processes (especially in additive manufacturing) in order to raise sustainability throughout the entire life cycle of the products.
Under the Technology Transfer Programme for Lightweighting, funding line 3 ‘Resource efficiency and substitution’ also offers plenty of scope for additive manufacturing projects. It aims to promote projects in which, for example, additive manufacturing processes are used to replace resource-intensive materials with more resource-efficient and lighter materials, and components can be produced directly on site. This reduces both time and carbon emissions as it eliminates the need for transport.
The Technology Transfer Programme for Lightweighting was successfully launched in April 2020 despite the considerable restrictions in place due to the coronavirus pandemic. Outlines for some 180 projects, for which over 60% funding is being provided by industry, were submitted by the first deadline (April 2020). These covered innovations that can be applied across a broad variety of different industries – from the automotive sector, to aerospace, through to medicine and construction. Full applications are now currently under way for about 60 of these projects. The next funding deadlines for innovative additive manufacturing processes for sustainable lightweighting are 1 October 2020 and 1 April 2021.

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Corona Portal lists manufacturers of protective equipment and tools to combat COVID-19

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Corona Portal lists manufacturers of protective equipment and tools to combat COVID-19

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]Clinical facilities are now mostly safe again with personal protective equipment and medical devices – but with every easing of the restrictions, further potential infection spots are also breaking up. New needs arise in particular with the new start in schools, nurseries day-care centres the reopening of hospitality establishments.

On the initiative of the Berlin Senate and in cooperation with the State of Brandenburg, the Berlin-Brandenburg Healthcare Industry Cluster has launched a Corona Portal.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”VISIT THE CORONA PORTAL” style=”outline-custom” outline_custom_color=”#666666″ outline_custom_hover_background=”#666666″ outline_custom_hover_text=”#ffffff” link=”||target:%20_blank|”][vc_empty_space][vc_row_inner equal_height=”yes” content_placement=”middle”][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”4191″ img_size=”1200 x 800″ image_hovers=”false”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Sorted by the categories disinfectants, FFP2/FFP3 masks, medical mouth-nose protection, non-wovens, face shields and others, producers as well as manufacturers of semi-finished products can be listed there. The offer applies to all companies based in Berlin or Brandenburg.

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Call for formnext Start-up Challenge 2020


Call for formnext Start-up Challenge 2020

The Start-up Challenge has been a key pillar of Europe’s largest trade fair for 3D printing and additive manufacturing, the formnext, for many years. Now it’s time for a new edition!

Since 29. June 2020, innovative and young start-ups may apply for the formnext Start-up Challenge. Not only will they be supported with a free admission. It rather offers numerous pioneers a unique platform to present themselves and their concepts to a number of investors, the press and the relevant market or to find their own professional entry into our fascinating industry.

At the latest since the corona pandemic with its far-reaching consequences for economic, but also social and private life, the topic of sustainability has become more important than ever. In this challenging time, additive manufacturing has often been able to set out one or two rays of hope.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”3801″ img_size=”768 x 432″][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]This makes it all the more important to underline the importance of sustainability in 3D printing and to motivate those who are enthusiastic about sustainable approaches to our society, but also to our planet Earth this year: be it innovative technology or application concepts, a newly calibrated corporate philosophy or a fresh look at the value chain.

The assessments are based on the 17 goals of the United Nations for sustainable development. Environmental concerns (e.g. green energy and resource conservation) and social aspects (e.g. education and equality) play a central role.

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The State of 3D Printing 2020


The State of 3D Printing Report: 2020

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Every year, Sculpteo, one of the world’s leading online 3D printing service providers, presents a report on “The State of 3D Printing” – just recently the sixth edition was published for the year 2020.
The report is based on detailed questionnaires completed by global additive manufacturing users as well as customers and partners to determine the status quo of the industry.

What topics are covered in the report?

As a major international player in the 3D printing industry, it is important for both Sculpteo and our network to identify trends, to strengthen the market and to convince new companies of the benefits of this technology.
In order to facilitate access to the technology or to provide established companies with a baseline for new strategies, a pool of data was compiled to provide the basis for the report.

The survey in particular examined the following points:

  • Who exactly uses 3D printing technology?
  • What is 3D printing used for exactly?
  • How is the technology being perceived at present?
  • What business model makes sense for a 3D printing company?
  • Who are the industry’s power users?
  • What are the significant global differences?
  • What has changed over the last six years?

Key findings of the report

After six years, a clear development in the application areas of additive manufacturing technology can be recognized. 3d printing is generally recognised as a very future-oriented process. More and more companies are getting involved in the industry, more and larger investments are being made in the technology.
In essence, Sculpteo’s report captures four key findings:

  • Standstill is the Achilles’ heel of 3d printing.
  • 3d printing has a reputation for being very costly.
  • 3d printing is mainly established in specific manufacturing industries.
  • 3d printing is increasingly being perceived as a production technology rather than merely a prototyping method.

Moreover, it outlines four clearly identifiable development areas for 3D printing: materials, sustainability, technological progress and cost-effectiveness.

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TÜV Rheinland provides fast-track certification process for face shields


TÜV Rheinland provides fast-track certification process for face shields

Thanks to TÜV Rheinland DIN CERTCO, a new fast-track certification procedure for face shields is now available. Hence, the certification process can be successfully completed within a few weeks.

[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”3253″ img_size=”1000 x 750″][vc_column_text]Whereas the regular procedures with an approximate five to nine weeks processing time allow valid certificates for five years, the shortened procedure only takes around ten days processing time and provides an approval certificate for one year.

For further information please visit

3D printing cures capacity bottlenecks: free software trial licenses


The Corona pandemic hit many sectors unprepared. Demand and supply reassembled: whilst demand for standard components dropped, the demand in other sectors increased rapidly. Given that situation, many companies discovered the strengths of additive manufacturing allowing to manufacture parts locally, quickly and flexibly.
But how can such developments be best supported?

[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”2704″ img_size=”1000 x 535″][vc_column_text]For users who want to implement or increase additive manufacturing now, our network is ready with many enthusiastic members from various businesses.

Right now, our member CT CoreTechnologie GmbH offers one-month test licenses of its software 4D_Additive free of charge. Candidates interested will not only receive a license for the comprehensive software suite, but also a 45-minute web tutorial. Special questions and exercises can then be discussed individually.

If you are interested in a test license of 4D_Additive,
please make your request here.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”2710″ img_size=”400 x 500″ onclick=”custom_link” img_link_target=”_blank” link=”″][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]For anyone who wants to gain a deeper insight into what changes in their business are important for the successful introduction of 3D printing, we recommend our guide “AM Change Management – From Hype to Implementation”. In a well-structured 8-step plan, the Change Management working group led by Oliver Cynamon outlined the route to AM and gave valuable tips on how to avoid mistakes.
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CORONAVIRUS: Your 3D printing expertise is needed – Urgent request from the European Commission

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3D Printing fights Corona


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We are going to share all information made available to us regarding concrete needs plus define the necessary framework conditions and requirements for materials.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”3D Printing fights Corona Website” style=”outline-custom” outline_custom_color=”#2b79ac” outline_custom_hover_background=”#2b79ac” outline_custom_hover_text=”#ffffff” size=”lg” link=”|||”][vc_empty_space height=”64px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

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Dear 3D printing community,


we were completely overwhelmed by the great amount of feedback to support the recent request raised by the European Commission (to help to overcome the Corona crisis). Over 250 companies from all industries including automotive and sportswear have replied to offer support, materials and capacities in fighting the Corona virus.

Thank you for that!


All proposals are currently being reviewed and validated by the European Commission to who – with the support of the VDI – those have been forwarded to during the last days and hours. It is intended that upon specific demand the European Commission is going to contact the relevant companies directly.

However, we currently witness that there seems to be a delay in responding or shortage. This is why we decided to move on and use the positive energy to bundle forces in good sense.

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Companies/persons with 3D printing capabilities

We are very pleased that you have volunteered to help fighting Corona with your business potential. Time is now key to counteract the spread of the Corona virus as quickly as possible. Condensed information providing an overview will help manufacturers identifying potential partners for different applications in a fast way.

To support this, we kindly ask you to specify the technologies, materials and ideas available for implementation in the following table:[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”Open Form” style=”outline-custom” outline_custom_color=”#666666″ outline_custom_hover_background=”#666666″ outline_custom_hover_text=”#ffffff” link=”|||”][vc_column_text]A similar form is available for clinics and customers who need solutions. This will enable us to match-make more efficiently and shorten long screening processes. Please note that it is not obligatory to fill your data. Also, please decide for yourself what information you would like to disclose.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

Companies/institutions in need for a 3D printed product or part:

Our 3D printing community is ready to support and to fight the spread of the Corona virus. We thank you for reaching out and the trust you have placed in us.

In order to being able to quickly implement solutions, we need some basic background details to make matches with relevant partners – please fill your data here:[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”Open Form” style=”outline-custom” outline_custom_color=”#666666″ outline_custom_hover_background=”#666666″ outline_custom_hover_text=”#ffffff” link=”|||”][vc_column_text]The more information we have, the easier it will be for us to find the right provider. Moreover, we are also happy to assist with finding solutions if the ideas are not yet as specific.

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+ + + U P D A T E + + + 20 March 2020 + + +

Dear 3D printing community,

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we were totally overwhelmed by the huge offer of help that was made on our last mail two days ago.

Over 190 companies from all industries including automotive and sportswear have signed up to offer support, materials and capacity in the fight against the corona virus. 

The post referred to a recent request from the European Commission. The Commission is currently evaluating the offers and is approaching the companies that have contacted the vdi directly separately. Apparently there seems to be a bottleneck in the number of contacts.

We would like to go a step further and use the positive energy to bundle capacities in a sensible way.

To this end, we have decided to use our Medical goes Additive working group meeting planned for next week specifically as a 3D printing pandemic task force. We are thus opening the virtual working group meetings next week to non-members as well.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]At the same time, we are approaching the companies that have contacted us directly to request structured information. Our goal is to be able to offer a bundling function of the incredibly committed 3D printing industry, which can be accessed by pandemic working groups or medical technology departments of hospitals at regional and central level.

We are currently in contact with relevant suppliers in the medical technology sector to identify any support needs. We are also networking with higher-level pandemic task forces in order to be able to match supply and demand in a coordinated manner.

Our preferred channels of communication will be our website and LinkedIn, which we will use for regular information. We would like to thank you once again for your dedicated, generous and above all quick feedback!

You are great!


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Your 3D printing expertise is needed – Urgent request from the European Commission

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Currently, masks and ventilators for respiratory equipment are urgently needed to combat the corona crisis.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”2499″ img_size=”600 × 416″][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner equal_height=”yes” content_placement=”middle”][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

Here 3D printing can help!

The European Commission has called for printed components to be made available. We have compiled all the information available to us here. The German coordination is carried out by the vdi, to which we will forward your requests.
As this is also an open source file, it also offers help for self-help.

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3D Pioneers Challenge 2020


International Design-competition for additive manufacturing

[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner equal_height=”yes” content_placement=”middle”][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Already for the fifth time the unique 3D Pioneers Challenge, as the platform for pioneers in 3D printing, covers a range of verticals and is aimed at designers who are breaking new ground in the field of 3D printing, taking into account the complete value-added system of additive technologies and understand the key trends of the industry.

With Messe Erfurt and Rapid.Tech 3D,
3DPC seeks to uncover the specialists from around the world who are thinking outside the box and…
pushing boundaries.

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Verticals 2020

Design, Digital, Architecture, Material, FashionTech, MedTech, Mobility, Sustainability, Electronics