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While the 3D Printing industry has strongly focused on the first two steps of 3D Printing: Design and 3D Print, the third step, Post-processing, has been overlooked. Post-processing encompasses all of the actions that are performed after parts are removed from a 3D printer. There are two categories of post-processing:

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Primary
This includes the mandatory steps that must be performed on all parts to make them suitable for use in any application. The steps vary by technology but generally include cleaning and support structure removal.

Secondary
This includes actions to improve the aesthetics or function of the part. Most commonly, secondary post process includes sanding, filling, priming and painting. However, it can also include machining or plating, for example.

Post-processing operations may be manual, semi-automated or automated, and they can be either serial or batch processes.

There is no one technology that suits all 3D printing post processing applications, since the type of 3D printer, the 3D printing technology, the applied material type and the Level of labor (manual, semi-automated or automated have) have serious impact.

The post-processing phase has impact on the following parameters within and for an organisation:

  • Time
  • Facilities
  • Cost
  • Quality
  • Staffing
  • Safety

The conference is part of a two-day event that covers the whole 3d printing / AM value chain from design to end product with four dedicated conferences:

April 16 April 17
3D Printing Materials Conference

Focus topics:

  • Polymers (New materials)
  • Metals
  • Multi material
3D Printing Post-Processing Conference

Focus topics:

  • Various aspects related to the often overlooked third step in 3D printing: post-processing. The talks will cover issues, solutions and future trends.
3D Printing Design & Engineering Conference

Focus topics:

  • 3D design & 3D engineering tools / Visualisation tools
  • Value Engineering / Virtual Engineering
  • Topology Optimization
  • Validation
  • IP, liability, legal and technical issues
  • Reverse engineering
  • Postprocessing / AMES (Additive Manufacturing Execution Systems) / (MES (Manufacturing Execution Systems)
  • Blockchain
AM Integrated Factory Conference

Focus topics:

  • Use of Hybrid manufacturing (systems where additive and subtractive manufacturing are combined in the same machine)
  • Implemention of AM systems as part of an end-to-end production workflow ( including: material handling systems, multiple additive manufacturing systems, part handling systems, part cleaning systems)
  • Implementation of AM systems in the ‘traditional’ production processes
And forward looking into the future: 4D Printing & Meta Materials Conference, April 17