3D printing is allowing industries and companies all around the world to reimagine how they are making functional prototypes, jigs, fixtures, tools, molds, end use parts and much more. One industry that holds some of the greatest potential is transportation and spare part production. With 3D printing, companies can shorten lead times, decrease the weight of parts, and in addition, reduce the costs associated with large, and often times obsolete inventories.
Deutsche Bahn, one of the largest transport companies in the world, recognized the importance of 3D printing early on and took action. Hear from Deutsche Bahn's Head of Additive Manufacturing, Stefanie Brickwede, on how Deutsche Bahn is going additive, the challenges, and why they began this journey for printed on demand spare parts. Plus we will hear from BigRep CEO, Stephan Beyer, PhD, on how BigRep's new technology will set a new standard in additive manufacturing.
- Discover how and why Deutsche Bahn is using additive to make spare parts
- Understand the challenges for 3D printing spare parts
- Explore where the industry is headed for 3D printed spare parts
- Learn about the 3D printing technology that will drive spare part production forward
Stefanie works for Deutsche Bahn and manages the project to introduce 3D printing within the corporate structure at the interface between procurement and maintenance. Until now more than 3,000 parts have already been printed of various materials. Stefanie passionately built up an international network, Mobility goes Additive, for additive manufacturing in mobility and logistics to support other companies to implement 3D printing for series production and to leverage this technology. The network has more than 60 member companies from various branches.
Stephan Beyer, PhD, is co-founder and CEO of BigRep GmbH, a global leader of large-scale 3D printers. Beyer initially served as the German company's CFO, and since its 2014 founding, he has been a driving force behind the company's strategic development, partnerships with global enterprises and global expansion into North America and Asia.
Prior to joining BigRep, Beyer held various executive positions in venture capital and finance, serving as Investment Director at Ventegis Capital AG and Managing Director at ECO Investors Germany Management. Beyer has served on several boards and was chairman of the board for AUPEU prior to an acquisition by Panasonic Automotive. An expert in both finance and technology, Beyer obtained a Masters in Engineering and PhD in Finance from the Technical University of Berlin.