As we’ve so many times reported in the past – and in our dedicated Construction 3D Printing section – this unique segment of additive manufacturing is booming and represents one of the most significant revenue opportunities for AM on a global scale. In order to promote the use of additive manufacturing in the construction industry as well, Formnext and the Technical University (TU) Darmstadt have agreed on a joint venture. This means that in the next few years the construction industry will become a stronger theme of the leading international trade fair for additive manufacturing and the next generation of industrial production.
At the same time, Formnext is getting involved as a sponsor of the Built Environment – Additive Manufacturing Symposium (BE-AM) launched by TU Darmstadt, which brings together key players from the construction industry and architecture on a regular basis and concerns itself extensively with the additive development in this sector.
Additive manufacturing is still a relatively new topic in the construction industry, although even here there are numerous innovative approaches and application concepts. “Through the cooperation with TU Darmstadt we want to make an important contribution so that even in the construction industry the innovative potential of additive manufacturing can be made more widely usable”, said Sascha F. Wenzler, director of the Formnext division at the trade fair organizer Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH.
Professors Oliver Tessmann and Ulrich Knaack from TU Darmstadt have, for some years, already been concerned with the topic of additive manufacturing in this environment and are currently working on numerous projects, some of which are researching into different manufacturing methods and the use of different materials. Three years ago, the two professors launched the BE-AM Symposium which is taking place in Darmstadt on October 12 this year.
“Our aim is to promote additive activities in the construction industry, strengthening their structure and concentration”, says Professor Knaack, from the Institute for Structural Mechanics and Design, ISM+D. “We are also pleased that, through the collaboration with Formnext, we will gain even better contact with the other sectors of industry in which additive manufacturing is making an impact.”