A New Step in Lightweighting for the Mobility Industry by Additive Manufacturing of Composites

Composites have a high mechanical strength but are still light, which is the reason they are used a lot to replace metals in mobility applications. They save weight and as such save fuel and emissions during use of the vehicles that we use to transport goods and ourselves. The upcoming and development of Continuous Fiber Additive Manufacturing technology allows the application of lightweight thermoplastic composites to be used in new and a broader range of applications. The technology allows for complex shapes and smaller series while still meeting mechanical performance. In the presentation this new technology, its potential and the work that Brightlands Materials Center is doing will be presented.

A presentation by Richard Janssen, Business Development Manager at Brightlands Materials Center.


Question 1: What drives you?
Development and implementation of new technologies that impact our future are a strong driver for me and our team. Climate change is all over the news and I hope we can contribute to finding solutions and opportunities for the industry in the exciting field of additive manufacturing.

Question 2: Why should the delegate attend your presentation?
To learn about the opportunities that continuous fiber additive manufacturing can bring. It is a very fast growing new technology that can be applied today. This is the time for first movers to create their advantage.

Question 3: What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
Additive manufacturing is in the top 10 trends of key technologies listed by consultancies for many years already. However, we should be realistic. There is still a lot of work to do for additive manufacturing to reach its full potential and that is going much more gradually than maybe initially expected. However, industry is really picking up the technology and it is a very innovative field. Therefore, I would invite everybody to keep following what’s happening and start looking at your own application opportunities.

About Richard Janssen
Worked at DSM Research and DSM Innovation Center in several roles from 2001 including new business development for biobased succinic acid in the Reverdia joint venture of DSM and the French company Roquette Freres. Joined Brightlands Materials Center in 2017 to develop market opportunities based on additive manufacturing.

About Brightlands Materials Center
Brightlands Materials Center develops innovative materials solutions for a sustainable future, with inspired talents and in collaborations with industry, academia and entrepreneurs.

We are committed to support the Green Deal ambitions of the European Union. We follow the Dutch mission-oriented innovation policy focusing especially on the energy transition and the materials transition into a circular economy. We are a proud partner of the first European Circular Hub around Chemelot in the south of the Netherlands.

We are inspired by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. In particular Goal 7 Affordable and Clean Energy, Goal 9 Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure, Goal 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities, Goal 12 Responsible Consumption and Production and Goal 13 Climate Action.

Richard Janssen is speaker at the 2021 edition of the Additive Manufacturing Climate Action Conference.

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