FIFDM: 3D Printing with Continuous Fiber Reinforcement – Presented by Jens Schlimbach, The Institute for Composite Materials (IVW)

FIFDM: 3D Printing with Continuous Fiber Reinforcement – Presented by Jens Schlimbach, The Institute for Composite Materials (IVW), at the 3rd edition of 4D Printing & Meta Materials Conference, which takes place on 18 April 2018 at Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen, The Netherlands.

The presentation shows practical examples of research into the application of 3D printing technologies with continuous fiber reinforcement – the 4th dimension. The FIFDM process is a technology developed at the Institut für Verbundwerkstoffe at Technical University of Kaiserslautern, Germany. Research combines disciplines including design, material science and manufacturing know-how like robotics and 3D printing. The technology opens new possibilities like free placement or load-specific orientation of the fibers overcoming the limitation of in-plane layup. Methods and materials used will be discussed, along with future expectations and implications of smart materials and 3D printing within creative design potential.


What drives you?

Find novel solutions, make things better, disrupt constraining routines, teamwork

What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?

Hybrid production methods and integral man/machine/IT-environments (3D/4D-printing is part of this)

What kind of impact do you expect them to have?

Distributed work environments, less transport of goods, world wide access to resources for increasing market participants, individualization

What are the barriers that might stand in the way?

Deficient education systems, difficult resource allocation, interest motives, despotism, popolistic politicians

About Jens Schlimbach
Dr. Schlimbach studied at the University of Kaiserslautern Industrial Engineering and Management, specializing in Mechanical Engineering, and graduated in 2001.

Subsequently, he joined the Institute for Composite Materials (IVW) as a researcher in the group of Prof. Dr. Mitschang and worked in the field of processing technology. He specialized in the area of “thermoplastic tape placement” and as a cross sectional topic in “cost calculation for FRP”

In 2006, he received his PhD-Degree for his dissertation “economical process analysis and model integration for cost calculation of fiber reinforced plastics” at the Technical University Kaiserslautern.

Already during his student time, Dr. Schlimbach was working as a consultant for various industries, and collected as lecturer first experiences. Since 2006, Dr. Schlimbach offers consultancy services for the composite industry within the sectors aerospace and automotive.

In 2007 he founded the European subsidiary of the technology company Quickstep Holdings Ltd., the Quickstep GmbH, and became the Managing Director. Since 2009, Dr. Schlimbach additionally lead Quickstep’s R&D department globally, as the “Vice President Engineering and Development”.

In addition, Dr. Schlimbach became involved in academia by co-supervising theses, holding seminars and lectures in the field of out-of-autoclave technologies at the Technical University Munich, as well as writing publications and book chapters within this field.

Since May 2016, Dr. Schlimbach is the Deputy Research Director of the department “Manufacturing Science”.

About Institut für Verbundwerkstoffe GmbH/ The Institute for Composite Materials (IVW)
The Institute for Composite Materials (IVW) is a nonprofit organization. It develops new composite applications in various joint ventures with industrial customers and within funded research programs. New materials, advanced composite design schemes, and manufacturing processes are investigated and – once the necessary fundamentals are understood – engineered for applications and tailored to meet individual product requirements (“mission oriented research”). Besides this, new ideas and concepts internally generated are constituent elements of the research work and advanced developments (“intrinsic research”). The knowledge gained through R&D is transferred: into industrial applications, the education of engineers, and into new spin-off companies.

4D Printing ConferenceAbout the 4D Printing & Meta Materials Conference
The 3rd edition of the 4D Printing & Meta Materials Conference will take place on April 18, 2018, at Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen, The Netherlands. At the same location, on April 17, 2018, the 3D Printing Materials Conference and the 3D Printing Design & Engineering Conference will be held.

Making and utilizing new materials to improve our life is a defining feature of mankind. We moved on from the stone age, to the bronze age, to the age of silicon and plastic. Now we are at the edge of a new episode, where technological breakthroughs allow us to create, investigate and dream of a total new range of structured forms of matter.

Two fields emerge strongly:

  1. 4D Printing offers a streamlined path from idea to full functionality.
  2. Mechanical metamaterials are structured materials with mechanical properties defined by their structure rather than their composition.

These are highly promising disciplines which develop in a synergistic manner, and which aim at creating entirely new forms of matter, which will lead to applications that have not yet been conceived.

The 4D Printing & Meta Materials Conference will not only cover the academic results but will show how designers and engineers will see future applications and new markets.

Who should attend? Engineers; Designers; Material researchers; Material producers; Academics; anyone who sees potential in 4D Printing and Meta Materials

Day 1: April 17, 2018 Day 2: April 18, 2018
3D Printing Materials Conference 3D Printing Design & Engineering Conference 4D Printing & Meta Materials Farming Conference
Polymers (New materials)
Application of polymers in 3D Printing (from standard to high quality / high risk)
Multi material 3D Printing
3D design & 3D engineering tools / Visualisation tools
Value Engineering / Virtual Engineering
Topology Optimization
Reverse engineering
Postprocessing / AMES (Additive Manufacturing Execution Systems) / (MES (Manufacturing Execution Systems)
4D Printing from idea to full functionality
Smart materials
Applications & opportunities for designing and engineering
New materials for shoes and wearables
Applications in robotics
New type of sensors.

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