Steinbeis Engineering Day organized by the Steinbeis Foundation


Complexity | Customization | Flexibility

Review: The Steinbeis Engineering Day 2015

The increased customization of products – whether it’s cars, smartphones or apparel – is one of the driving factors behind the advent of Industry 4.0: to enable economical manufacturing for batches as small as 1. Additive production processes (3D printing) play an important role in this respect. Thanks to them, companies can produce small batches and still guarantee high quality, while keeping their technical know-how on site. These processes also speed up customer-specific product development and take customer feedback into account throughout the entire product life cycle. This is the motivating thought behind the 3rd Steinbeis Engineering Day, which took place on April 15, 2015 in Stuttgart’s Haus der Wirtschaft. The aim of the day was to investigate the effects of additive manufacturing on organizational processes, information systems and even business models.

Steinbeis has carried out a study (German) on the subject in cooperation with Stuttgart University and Aachen University of Applied Sciences, with the aim of answering the following questions:

  • Is additive manufacturing merely another new technology or do we have to redefine the complete value chain?
  • Is it possible to “print” directly from any CAD system or must specific requirements be met?
  • Will we still need manufacturing know-how in the future in order to produce products with 3D printing techniques?

As part of the Steinbeis Engineering Day, experts from industry and business attempted to answer these questions and thus viewed the topic of additive manufacturing from entirely new angles.

The next Steinbeis Engineering Day will take place on April 05, 2017.

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