Spot on: Ecological Sustainability in Additive Manufacturing


Spot on: Ecological Sustainability in Additive Manufacturing

The ecological sustainability of additive manufacturing is increasingly being questioned.

Many parameters play a role here. For example, the energy input in the construction process, material issues, changed flows of goods, and also the reduced ecological rucksack due to extended life cycles by means of longer availability of spare parts. These topics are now being dealt with by the small working group on Ecological Sustainability.

Two points in time will be considered. The current status-quo and the ideal world in 2040, when according to a study 50% of all parts are printable worldwide. Once the target picture has been defined, larger expert groups will involve more members in the following step. A master’s thesis is to be awarded in order to provide a comprehensive overview of the current research situation, among other things.


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New Members April 2020

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We are pleased to welcome two new members to the network.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”3271″ img_size=”720 x 213″ onclick=”custom_link” img_link_target=”_blank” link=””][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]­Solidline AG provides support from development to production and manufacturing and thereby offers ideal conditions for efficient and quality assurance processes. From the industry-specific software solutions SOLIDWORKS, SolidCAM, CAMWorks and Virtual Reality to special CAD hardware for users, professional 3D printing, tailor-made IT services and software development, real customer added value is thus achieved.
­[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”2880″ img_size=”420 x 236″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]AM Solutions, a brand of the Rösler Group, brings in an experience of more than 80 years of surface finishing for nearly every industry and application. Over that time, they worked and still work together within different associations, working groups and research projects worldwirde to improve surface finishing permanently. Consequently, AM Solutions is familiar with all the different industry requirements, e.g. for aerospace, medical applications.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

A complete overview of our network members can be found here.


MGA Medical | Next working group meetings in March 2020


Open for members and non-members!

It’s on to the next round!
End of March we will hold our next meetings of the MGA Medical working groups. We are confident you will enjoy insightful and enthusiastic meetings featuring plenty of time for discussions and B2B socializing.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

Materials & Use Cases

24 March 2020 from 10.00 a.m. until 4 p.m.

As a result of numerous thematic overlaps, we are going to hold a joint meeting for this time. Given the fact that MGA Medical is a user-oriented network, we encouraged experts to share their specific use cases with us. We look forward to the presentations of new exciting and inspiring practical projects from

    • Dr. Benjamin Braun (Managing Director, Space Structures) and
    • Elena Fadeeva (Baker Hughes).



25 March 2020 from 11.00 a.m. until 4.00 p.m.

After our successful workshop in December 2019 concrete activities are now tackled. Within this meeting we are going to create a decision tree for the classification guidelines for AM Medtech applications.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”2381″ img_size=”800 x 1067″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Location for both events:
office of MGA Medical – Mobility goes Additive e.V.
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Participation for MGA members: free of charge,
Participation for non-members: EUR 50.00 (plus VAT).
To participate please kindly RSVP via email to Dr. Cora Lüders-Theuerkauf by 16 March 2020.

We hope to see you there.
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3rd European Summit “Women in AM” 2020


Raise your voice – show your AM passion!

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The success story continues – for the 3rd time, the European summit “Women in AM” initiated by MGA will take place in Berlin on 10 March 2020.

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Confirmed speakers:
Jennifer Coyne (Wabtec GE Additive), Sylvia Monsheimer (Evonik), Laura L. Ely (The Barnes Group Advisors).
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New Members January 2020

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We are pleased to welcome four new members to the network, who will start the new year with us, and we will briefly introduce all four companies to you.

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Lucchini RS (LRS) is a steel manufacturing Group which offers a diversified range of high-tech products and services and operates globally. The group’s core business is identified with two divisions: manufacturing of high-end railway components and manufacturing of forging and casting to drawings.

LRS would like to increase the knowledge in AM, understand the real need of the railway market and what goals and experiences the other companies already achieved and will contribute their broad knowledge to the network as well as capability to test in metallurgical and R&D laboratories.

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Ottobock stands for high-quality and technologically outstanding products and services in medical technology. The goal of giving mobility back to people with disabilities and protecting functions that have been preserved covers the entire product world of the company. Ottobock now brings its many years of experience in additive manufacturing to the work of our division Medical goes Additive.

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NS, (Nederlandse Spoorwegen) as the main public transporter in the Netherlands transports 1.3 million passengers every day.

As an innovating company in mobility, NS expects participating in Mobility Goes Additive will help in their goals to keep maintaining the trains in a more reliable and sustainable way.

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At PTB in Berlin and Braunschweig, time comes from atomic clocks, lengths are measured far into the nano-world, scientists do research on fundamental questions concerning the physical units, and the employees in the laboratories calibrate measuring instruments, meeting the most demanding requirements. Therefore, the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (german Federal Institute of Physics and Technology ) is among the top names in metrology worldwide. As Germany’s national metrology institute, PTB is Germany’s highest authority when it comes to correct and reliable measurements. It is the supreme technical authority of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and employs a total of approx. 1900 staff members at its two sites.


A complete overview of our network members can be found here.


Network News 11/2019


We have already had the first snow flakes in Berlin – Christmas season is on it’s way!

A complex calendar month lies behind us!

Our first TechJourney to Israel surprised us very positively and gave many impressions and impulses for our further activities. Once more we also made contact with the European Commission at the meeting of the European Expert Group on eProcurement (EXEP) and were visitors, speakers and exhibitors at MEDICA, formnext and Construction Equipment Forum 2019.
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Just boarded – new MGA members

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­Four new members have joined our network forces – we welcome…

Expertants GmbH is a consulting company and accelerator for startups. For its consulting business in the medical sector, prototypes and products are printed by service providers.

Baker Hughes is one of the world’s leading oil service companies. Formed in 1987 the company is today headquartered in Houston, Texas (USA) and now looking into printing new parts and obsolete spare parts for their enterprise system.

AMFG offers the leading workflow automation software for additive manufacturing. The platform is an end-to-end workflow solution in the industry that integrates machine learning technology to enable streamlined, automated manufacturing processes.

The University of Derby is a public university offering over 300 bachelor level courses and are going to share current developments in additive manufacturing with other educational institutions.
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formnext 2019 – an MGA team review

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Together with the state Berlin-Brandenburg and Berlin Partner for Business and Technology we exhibited at the formnext 2019 in Frankfurt/M.

In hall 11.1 we showcased exhibits from our network members and presented our plans and current status of the IAM Hub Berlin which is making good progress.

Those who came to see us we thank you for your visit and the great talks we had.
In our eyes, this year’s formnext 2019 had two main focuses:
DED machines and new machine manufacturers as well as solutions for better post-processing. We felt things have become much more professional and one can see that now the industry is evolving from ideas to true industry character.
More and more users have filled the halls of the trade fair with clear signals and buying intentions. As a result, being a niche player is becoming less and less of a problem. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Network News 10/2019


It’s peak season for business!

October 2019 has been a busy month and November 2019 will continue with a highlight: Europe’s leading fair for Additive Manufacturing, the formnext, in Frankfurt/Main, Germany – we assume you are all getting ready for it?

Most of us fortunately have been given an hour extra this month – so no excuses for not being able to read our newsletter! Continue reading and find out about the latest updates from the MGA network.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

We are growing: new team members joined in October 2019

­Two new faces have joined the MGA team in October 2019.

Susann Mühler has ten years of experience in organisational development and HR administration. She will assist the management in a lot of central aspects relevant for the MGA office to operate.

Jonas Przybilla holds a bachelor degree in MedTech. After a practical year as a project engineer in South Germany he now returned for his master studies in Life Science Engineering to Berlin. Jonas will support our Network Manager for MGA Medical Dr. Cora Lüders-Theuerkauf to enforce the building up of our Medical division.
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Network News 09/2019


Change of scene – introducing the MGA network

­Don’t switch off, you’re in the right place!
Some might have missed it, some might have already discovered – Mobility goes Additive has a new design and look & feel!

In line with the launch of a new network division for medical AM applications the old Mobility goes Additive design had to be revised. Now, in accordance with the approval of our network members from this year’s General Assembly to add a medical section, we have now published our new Corporate Design after a long redesign phase.
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Network News 08/2019


Dear members

­in ten days it’s finally time again: our 4th Annual General Meeting and the MGA Annual Meeting 2019 will open their doors on 16 and 17 September 2019.

We now ask all those who have not registered yet to sign up as soon as possible in order to secure one of the coveted seats. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]

New members

­Svenska Kullagerfabriken (AB SKF) is a Swedish group with a wide range of products and services in the fields of rolling bearings, seals, lubrication, mechatronics and related services.

Quintus Technologies wants to be in the forefront of high-pressure processing technology. The focus on metal forming presses as well as hot and cold isostatic presses enables to play a leadership role in discovering and manufacturing innovative applications for many industries.
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Network News 07/2019


Dear members

­after relaxing holidays, we now have zeroed in on the preparation of our Annual Meeting 2019 on 16 and 17 September. For all who haven’t booked a ticket yet, it’s worth planning soon! Despite the time of fairs in Berlin we were able to organize for reasonable hotel contingents, retrievable at the hotels until mid of August!
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New members

The Chromatic 3D Materials team includes material specialists. In Minnesota, USA, they develop the technology for printing with thermosets, a broad class of materials such as polyurethanes, silicones and epoxies. brings together promising start-ups and companies with projects in the field of digital technology. The company is working in coordination with its major customers from the Russian railway industry. ­
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­Annual Meeting 2019 – Speaker announcements ­

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­We are proud to share more highlights from the conference agenda of our Annual Meeting 2019 (16 and 17 September 2019) with you today:

  • Keynote by Philip Moslener of GE Transportation on printing spareparts for rail.
  • André Bialoscek from Bombardier Transportation is going to present use cases for suburban trains in the Mobility stream.
  • Carsten Mönicke (ottobock.) and Dr. Franziska Fuchs (EOS) explain their cooperation in improving orthopaedic aids in the Medical stream.

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AM for the environment – World Overshoot Day ­

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Earth Overshoot Day on 29 July marked the point in time in the year when mankind used up nature’s resource budget for an entire year. This means that we are currently using nature 1.75 times faster than the planet’s ecosystems can regenerate. This endangers the future security of our resources.

Additive manufacturing heavily contributes to making production more eco-friendly.

  • Minimization of the use of raw materials and waste during the production process due to material placement only where necessary
  • Reduction of energy consumption and emissions through the ability to update, repair and remanufacture (life cycle optimization) as well as lightweight construction
  • Recycling of materials (especially metal powder)
  • Environmental benefits for the supply chain through on-demand manufacturing and production near to the distribution location

Two examples of projects implemented in member companies:

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