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AFPR and the 17th European Conference on Rapid Prototyping are celebrating their 20th anniversary!


The European Conference on Rapid Prototyping & Manufacturing has been organised since 1992 by the AFPR and the next edition of the Conference will be held on 12, 13 and 14 June 2012 at Ecole Centrale Paris.

In a rapidly changing market, where Additive Manufacturing technologies are now being used more and more for the direct manufacture of good material parts, many industry sectors are now looking to Additive Manufacturing systems and specialized service shops to quickly manufacture series of parts, custom products, and get their products to market without delay.

In this context, the capitalisation of knowledge, exchanges of experience, but also and above all, testimonials on good practice in the field of rapid product development, rapid manufacture of tools, parts, prostheses and on-demand manufacture of mass products, take on their full importance. There is a real expectation.

If you are users, specialists, researchers, this event is a unique opportunity for you to present your technological, methodological and scientific advances to a very large panel of listeners.

On the agenda for the 2012 AEPR:

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- Innovation: process, process and product

- Integration: to the digital product chain

- Industrialization: for an optimization of industrial production

- Prescribing: from single object to mass production

- Standardization: material / process

Programme for 12 June 2012: GARPA Annual Meeting

This year, AFPR is hosting the annual meeting of the international alliance of additive manufacturing associations: GARPA.

Programme of 13 June 2012: additive manufacturing at the service of innovation

A day to take stock of the integration of additive manufacturing into the product life cycle, a production technique that is a manufacturing process that accompanies product and service innovation, as well as the reduction of production costs and time to market for new products.

Additive manufacturing techniques, previously referred to as "rapid prototyping" (the field for which they were intended over the last two decades), now cover the entire product life cycle: design, communication and design validation, industrialization, production and product maintenance.

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Developments in technology, materials and manufacturing capabilities have also broadened the scope of additive manufacturing. Today, all sectors of activity are interested in additive manufacturing to innovate: new products (multifunctional), new economic concepts (from the single object to customized mass production)...

This conference will be led by the AFPR's Monitoring Commission under the direction of Prof. Alain Bernard, AFPR Vice-President, a specialist in rapid product development and manufacturing. It will include :

- an overview of technologies, materials and their applications,

- examples of innovations where additive manufacturing has played a major role,

- examples of the use of additive manufacturing in fields as varied as aeronautics, consumer goods, medical, culture, architecture, luxury products, etc.

Target Audiences This conference is aimed at all those whose innovation is at the heart of their company's strategy, whatever the sector of activity. No need to be a manufacturing specialist, only entrepreneurship counts to discover how additive manufacturing can contribute to innovation.

Program of June 14, 2012: additive manufacturing good material 

A day to discover the advances of this new technique of mass production and customised production, and to meet most of the specialists and service providers in this field.

A number of additive manufacturing techniques now make it possible to directly manufacture plastic and metal parts or optimised series tooling. But what exactly is the current state of play in terms of precision and surface quality? What materials can be processed? What are the competitive advantages compared to material removal processes? How can Additive Manufacturing be integrated into the digital product development chain? What is the impact on product or tooling design? This one-day conference will answer all your questions.

The conference will be led by experts from the AFPR Direct Manufacturing Commission under the direction of Georges Taillandier, Chairman of the AFPR, an expert in additive manufacturing and foundry. It will include :

- an inventory of machines and materials,

- the results of comparative studies,

- case studies in good material additive manufacturing

- case studies in smart tool manufacturing

Target Audiences This conference is aimed at all professionals in the mechanical and plastics industries, including manufacturers of tooling for foundry, plastics and thermoplastics, but also medical professionals.

For more details on the full program, rates and registration: http://code80.net/afpr/content/assises/2012/FR/conf_prog.htm

afprtropheeAbout AFPR : 

Since its creation in February 1992, the AFPR association has taken part in numerous information and awareness-raising initiatives. From the very first year, AFPR created the European Rapid Prototyping Conference, which has become one of the major events in the world. The last edition of the Assises was held at Ecole Centrale Paris in June 2009.

2009: Standardization of Additive Manufacturing becomes the main issue of the association.

In the continuity of the creation of the "Direct Metal Manufacturing" and "Direct Plastic Manufacturing" commissions, the "Standardization" commission brings together the members of these two commissions around a common project: the standardization of additive manufacturing. For more information and to participate in this working group, follow this link.

2005: AFPR commits to the standardisation of Direct Manufacturing.

In December 2005, several AFPR members decided to set up a working group to bring together the skills and knowledge within the association in the field of Direct Metal Fabrication. This commission brought together research centres, technology transfer centres, service companies with expertise in additive metal manufacturing and industrial companies already using this new means of manufacturing. For more information and to participate in this working group, follow this link.

2001: AFPR in the age of the Internet.

In 1995, AFPR launched Vigie Prototypage Rapide, a periodical providing information on rapid prototyping carried out with ADIT.

In 2001, the AFPR's new initiative was to use Internet technologies to increase its collective monitoring, experience-sharing and information activities among SMEs. A partnership was concluded with the company AOD, publisher of the Art-Of-Design virtual community, to develop and run a community site dedicated to reverse engineering, rapid prototyping and rapid production: RP2community. This initiative is supported by the French Ministry of Economy, Finance and Industry within the framework of the UCIP 2000 call for projects - Collective use of the Internet by SMEs. http://code80.net/afpr/accueil.htm

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