TWI arc additive manufacturing expert, Adrian Addison flew out to Germany for this year’s Schweissen and Schneiden fair in Dusseldorf at the end of September. The four yearly event, which ran from 25-29 September, included a vast array of equipment and consumable manufacturers spread across nine separate halls.
While he was only in Dusseldorf for two days, the fair gave Adrian the opportunity to connect with a number of manufacturers and complete some important work related to future projects.
Firstly, Adrian was able to identify a new cost-effective plasma arc welding power source from a supplier he met at the fair, while also building an important new contact in the industry.
Adrian’s second objective was to locate welding consumable manufacturers who could provide wire for use on a new ‘feedstock for additive manufacturing’ Joint Industry Project (JIP). Having spent an afternoon arranging to meet various suppliers, Adrian was able to secure the required interest, meaning that the JIP is now preparing to launch.
Aside from these two objectives, Adrian was also able to meet with a number of existing Member companies as well as making several new contacts. This included meeting with Fronius, who have agreed to provide TWI a newly developed piece of equipment for use in an important project.
With the plasma arc power source, additive manufacturing feedstock, and Fronius’ new equipment all secured, it is clear that Adrian had a productive two days in Germany.
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