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Moritz Alkhayat, Fraunhofer ILT, Research Assistant

Moritz Alkhayat got his diploma degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2013 from the RWTH Aachen University. After his graduation, he became research assistant at the chair of Laser Technology (LLT) of the RWTH Aachen University. There he concentrates on Laser Additive Manufacturing (SLM and LMD)

Dr. Rainer Beccard, LUNOVU GmbH, Managing Director

Dr. Rainer Beccard is an experimental physicist and received his Ph.D. from the RWTH Aachen University in 1993. Between 1994 and 2013, he held various senior management positions in a semiconductor equipment company, including process and technology development, product management, sales and marketing. He has authored and co-authored numerous publications in the field of semiconductors, thin films, materials sciences, laser materials processing and high tech equipment technology, and has been granted several international patents. He is the co-founder and managing director of LUNOVU, responsible for sales, marketing and product management.

Lars Bognar, Ford-Werke GmbH, Manufacturing Planning

  • September 2009 – January 2012
    IHK [Chamber of Commerce and Industry] apprenticeship as technical draftsman
    Balcke Dürr GmbH in Ratingen
  • January 2012 – December 2013
    Balcke-Dürr GmbH in Ratingen
  • January 2014 – September 2014
    Quality Planner
    Balcke-Dürr GmbH in Ratingen
  • Since October 2014
    Manufacturing & Production Planning Engineer
    Ford-Werke GmbH in Cologne
  • Since April 2016
    Member of Ford’s global additive manufacturing team, responsible for fixture applications

Prof. Robert Ian Campbell, Loughborough University, Professor

After graduating from the Special Engineering Programme at Brunel University in 1985, Ian Campbell worked as a design engineer, first in Ford Motor Company, and later in the Rover Group. In 1989, he was appointed as a Senior Teaching Fellow for CAD/CAM at the University of Warwick. This gave him the opportunity to raise his awareness of CAD/CAM technology and practices. He remained in this position for four years, during which time, he undertook a part-time MSc degree by research. In 1993, he obtained a lectureship at the University of Nottingham and gained his PhD, again through part-time study, in 1998. He moved to Loughborough University in October 2017, where he was appointed as a senior lecturer. His current position, since April 2017, is Professor of Computer Aided Product Design at Loughborough Design School. He is currently supervising a number of research projects, mainly in the area of design interaction and 3D printing technologies. Prof Campbell is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and Editor-in-Chief of the Rapid Prototyping Journal. He is also a Visiting Professor at Vaal University of Technology in South Africa.

Gero Corman, Volkswagen AG

Gero Corman has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Engineering and Business Administration from RWTH Aachen University.
During his studies, he spent time at UC Berkeley and was a visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At MIT he conducted research in the field of energy and resource efficiency of additive manufacturing technologies.
After graduating he joined the Boston Consulting Group, where he was a core member of BCG’s Operations Center with a focus on Lean & Manufacturing consulting. Later, he became a topic expert for 3D printing.
Since the beginning of 2017, Gero Corman has been responsible for 3D printing in the Group Digitalization of the 12 automotive brands of Volkswagen AG.

Dirk Dombert, 3D Systems, VP Sales EMEA

  • 1982 – 1996 officer in the German military, including study of Economics and Business Economics at the Helmut Schmidt University in Hamburg
  • 1996 – 2015 Cimatron Group, sales manager and managing director since 2005
  • 2015 Takeover of Cimatron Group by 3D Systems, since then VP Sales EMEA

Klaus Eimann, Procter & Gamble, Section Head Laser machining & additive manufacturing

Klaus Eimann started his career in 1981 with an apprenticeship in the tool shop of the Oral-B plant in Marktheidenfeld, Germany. Since 1994 he has been the responsible operational department leader of the tool shop and laser technology. On October 1, 2016, Eimann was promoted to Technical Section Head and took over responsibility of Laser Technology & Additive Manufacturing in Oral Care Engineering. His role there includes building and expanding capability for the application of laser technology and additive manufacturing in the other business units of Procter & Gamble.

Dr. Dirk Hänsch, A. Schulman GmbH, Head of Project anhd Global Business Development NSSPC

Dirk received his diploma degree in Chemistry from the RWTH in Aachen in 1996. From 1996 to 2000 he worked at the Fraunhofer Institut for Lasertechnology leading a pan-European project and a team of engineers for the qualification of the Laser welding of plastics, preparing the groundwork for later industrial application.
He received his doctoral degree in 2001 also from the RWTH in Aachen.
Until 2010 he worked as a Technical and Business Director for a supplier of Laser welding machines for plastics, during which he received several industrial awards. Since beginning of 2011 he works for A.Schulman, a global supplier of high performance compounds and resins. He started his career as the Head of Technology & Innovation until he took over the product portfolio responsibility for the Engineering Plastics compound Business Unit in EMEA 2014.
Since mid of 2016 he become the Head of Project and Global Business Development NSSPC a Joint Venture between A.Schulman and Natpet for the production and global distribution of PP compounds.
Today he is representing A.Schulman, a supplier for customer specific plastics solutions, with product lines for custom-formulated engineering plastic compounds, colour concentrates and additives that improve the performance of plastics in a wide range of markets incl. products for additive manufacturing.

Dr. Simon Höges, GKN Sinter Metals, Director Additive Manufacturing

Simon joined GKN in 2014 as Additive Manufacturing Manager to introduce this new technology at GKN. He is now responsible for R&D for different AM technologies and he coordinates all technical aspects from GKN’s Innovation Center in Radevormwald. In addition, he is responsible for setting up the AM pilot production plant in Bonn.
After finishing his diploma in Physics at RWTH Aachen University, he started his doctoral studies at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology, focussing on the application of additive manufacturing in medicine. In 2010 Simon joined BEGO Medical, where he was responsible for R&D using additive manufacturing to produce dental crowns and bridges in individualized serial production.

PD Dr. Jürgen Jakumeit, Access e.V., Head of process simulation

After completing his PhD in Physics and subsequently an MBA in 1994, Jürgen Jakumeit was appointed group leader for semi-conductors at the Institute of Physics II of the University of Cologne. Here he achieved his professorial qualification by developing the Local Iterative Monte Carlo Method (LIMO) for the simulation of Si-MOSFETs. In 1998, Dr Jakumeit moved to the Fraunhofer Institute for Algorithms and Scientific Computing SCAI, where he built up a group for numerical process optimization and developed the commercial optimization toolbox DesParO. From 2002 to 2016, he was Head of Development Process Simulation at Access e.V. In close collaboration with CD-adapco, Dr Jakumeit developed the commercial software package for casting simulation: STAR-Cast, which is now an add-on to STAR-CCM+. Since 2017 Dr Jakumeit has been leading the business area “Process Simulation” at Access e.V.

Tobias King, voxeljet AG, Project Engineer

Tobias King joined voxeljet as project engineer in 2008. Later he assumed responsibility for the Sales and Marketing department where he contributed to expand voxeljet´s global partner network, increasing sales and brand awareness. This lead to further expansion of the service of on-demand part production as well as system sales. Since 2014 he has served as Director Marketing & Applications focusing on communication, PR as well as new markets, gathering information on new additive manufacturing applications

Jonas Koch, Rosswag GmbH, Project Engineer

After completing his apprenticeship as a precision mechanic, Jonas Koch studied mechanical engineering at the Clausthal University of Technology and already worked on additive manufacturing as part of his Master’s thesis. After completing his studies, he has been responsible for the planning, order processing, research and development at the medium-sized company Rosswag GmbH as a project engineer in the engineering division. He concentrates on implementing industrial applications as well as developing and qualifying new powder materials for additive manufacturing.

Prof. Jean-Pierre Kruth, KU Leuven, Professor

Prof. Jean-Pierre Kruth is full professor at the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium), where he is responsible for research and education in Production Engineering. His activities involve CAD/CAPP/CAM, production processes, metal cutting, sheet metal manufacturing, non-traditional machining (EDM and laser machining), additive manufacturing, reverse engineering, dimensional metrology and QC.
After receiving his PhD, he worked at the Institut Technologi Bandung, Indonesia (1979-1982) and as and engineer and CAD/CAM advisor at the Research Center of the Belgian Metalworking Industry until becoming a professor in 1987.
He is a Fellow of CIRP (International Academy for Production Engineering), a Fellow of SME (Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Dearborn, USA), a founding board member of the companies Materialise (1990), Metris (1995, now Nikon Metrology) and LayerWise (2008, now 3DS-LayerWise). He was awarded the ‘F.W. Taylor Medal’ (CIRP), the ‘Knight of the Laser Technology’ award (Erlangen, Germany), the ‘Industrial and Academic Career Award in Virtual and Rapid Prototyping’ (Leiria, Portugal) and the FAME award (Austin, USA). He is a Laureate of the US Franklin Institute (Bower Award).

Nicolai Lammert, IKV, Research Assistant

Nicolai Lammert studied mechanical engineering at the RWTH Aachen University. Since October 2013 he has been working at the Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) in Aachen. There he chairs the work group Injection Mould Technology/Additive Manufacturing.anufacturing.

Johannes Lohn, PROTIQ GmbH – A Phoenix Contact Company, Technology Manager Additive Manufacturing

  • Since 2017: Technology manager for additive manufacturing at PROTIQ GmbH – a Phoenix Contact Company
  • Since Sep. 2013: Paderborn University, Direct Manufacturing Research Center (DMRC), Chair for Particle Process Engineering, Research Assistant and PhD at the Phoenix Contact Foundation, research project: “Development and construction of a laser sintering test facility and qualification of new materials for the direct tool-less production of plastic components”
  • Panel work: VDMA Working Group, Additive Manufacturing Automation
  • August 2007 to August 2013: Benteler Automobiltechnik GmbH and Benteler Steel/Tube GmbH, Paderborn, Dual Studies M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering and training as an industrial mechanic

Dr. Fabian Neugebauer, Materialise, Research Coordinator

  • In 2009 Bachelor’s, in 2012 a Master’s in Physics at the University of Bremen
  • From 2012 to March 2017: PhD at Airbus Endowed Chair for Integrative Simulation and Engineering (ISEMP) at the University of Bremen (headed by Prof. Ploshikhin)
    • Work on numerical simulation of additive manufacturing processes of metals and polymers
    • Dissertation topic: „Material and process modelling for efficient calculation of warpage in laser sintering of semi-crystalline
      polymers“ (PhD defense on March 30, 2017)
  • In March 2017: Research Coordinator, coordinating all [funded? how? publicly??] funded and internal research projects at Materialise in Bremen, Germany.

Alina Richter, Volkswagen AG, Research Assistant

From 2010 to 2014 Alina Richter studied Production and Logistic Engineering with specialization in automotive engineering at the Technical University of Cologne. In 2015 she got her master degree in Engineering with the specialization on development management. Since 2016 she is joining a doctoral program at Volkswagen AG Group Research in Wolfsburg, Department of Materials and Manufacturing Processes. Her doctoral thesis focus on: Rrobot-supported 3d-printing of polymer structures in automotive engineering.

Marc Schrijvers, Philips Industry Consulting, Managing Consultant

Marc Schrijvers has over 20 years of experience in the international manufacturing industry. He finished his final degree of study the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung in Dusseldorf before graduating in Mechanical Engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology. After evolving from a development engineer to an executive, he has become very well-acquainted with the dynamics of today’s high tech supply chain. As a managing consultant, he’s currently involved in several manufacturing, supply chain and innovation programs for non-Philips manufacturing companies.

Dr. Gunnar Schulze, trinckle 3D GmbH, CTO

Gunnar Schulze is one of the founders of trinckle 3D, a start-up company with focus on novelsoftware solutions in the area of 3D printing. He studied physics in Tübingen, Brighton and at the Free University of Berlin, where he received his Ph.D. in 2010. Since 2012 he is busy with trinckle where he is responsible for the software product development.

George Schwalme, SKZ-KFE gGmbH, Research Coordinator

After studying electrical engineering, Georg Schwalme initially worked as a developer and then as a group leader and department head in the development department of AEG Hausgeräte AG. He later assumed responsibility as the head of a vacuum cleaner factory and took over international responsibility for factories in Hungary and Sweden. After moving to Bosch and Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH (BSH), he was responsible for three locations, in Germany, Spain and Asia, with a total of around 1000 employees. Since 2008, Mr. Schwalme has been involved in SKZ’s research and development in plastics. He heads the injection molding and additive manufacturing division by conducting research, development and further education.

Alexander Timmer, PwC Strategy& (Germany) GmbH

Alexander Timmer is a Principal at PwC Strategy& and has more than eight years experience in industry and consulting. He is a member of the Operations team.
Timmler is an expert in innovation management and advanced engineering. His special focus is on R&D strategy, organization and optimization.
He holds a PhD degree in Production Technology from RWTH Aachen University.