On June 24th Margot Segers and Richard Janssen hosted the first Brightlands Materials Center digital event for a selected group of SME companies. Like many events this year, the Next Level 3D Print Workshop was originally planned as a face-to-face event at the Brightlands Chemelot Campus, but was converted into an online interactive workshop. They presented three technologies that were developed in our Additive Manufacturing program, and which have shown promising results on lab scale:
- improvement of strength in z-direction by means of B-Right technology: reducing anisotropic performance;
- reinforcement of 3D printed components and products with continuous fibers: additive manufacturing of custom-designed composites;
- self-sensing in 3D printed parts based on continuous carbon fibers: enabling measuring use dynamics, damage and structural health of the products.
The participating SME companies were invited to take advantage of these technologies in an early phase and support further developments in directions that are industrially relevant.
Although an online workshop has a dynamic of its own and requires some organizational adaptation, it was a successful and inspiring afternoon with a range of new ideas and concrete applications being identified. These will now be followed-up together with the interested parties to concretize the potential opportunity and set up cross value chain collaborations.
If you want to participate in our next workshop or would like to know more about the technologies don’t hesitate to reach out to Richard Janssen, Richard.Janssen@brightlandsmc.com