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ManuFUTURE Vision 2030 envisions Future Manufacturing as a key driver for growth and sustainability, by exploiting current trends, challenges and opportunities, influencing the development of all manufacturing sectors. This document is a contribution for political, economic, ecological and social orientation from a European perspective.

The manufacturing sector is of vital importance for Europe to foster economic growth and job creation and has a pivotal role to play in prompting investment and innovation, in particular as a vehicle for the introduction of radical innovations. The ongoing digitalisation of industry and the integration of new technologies are examples of the manufacturing enabling role and the European leading capabilities.

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Next AM-Platform meeting will be heldin Lübeck (Germany) at SLM Solutions. Please find a draft agenda below. Presentation abstracts can be checked here. The meeting is free of charge and all of you that wourl like to join us there pelase send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Space is limited.






Welcome by SLM Solutions and AM-platform

Dieter Schwarze & Martin


AM-Platform: a growing community

Martin Schaefer-SIEMENS & Paula Queipo-IDONIAL


SAM:  Blueprint of AM skills in Europe

Eurico Assuncao-EWF


Standardisation: update of current activities

Klas Boivie - SINTEF


SLM latest developments and case study: Large-scale application for AM

Dieter Schwarze & Lukas Pankiewicz -SLM solutions


Networking Coffee break


AM progress on sectors


AM for the railway sector

Gefertec (tbc)


Accelerating AM aerospace component production

Harald Egner –MTC


AM for Energy sector

Luc Aixala- CEA


Binder jetting of industrial precision components in high volumes

 Hans Kimblad- DIGITAL METAL

AM & the value chain segments


Conditioning of powders for additive manufacturing

Adriaan Spierings-INSPIRE


Metrology in Additive Manufacture

Prof. Mick Morris- AMBER Research Center


Networking Lunch


Application of machine learning techniques in additive manufacturing: trends and challenges

Ivanna Baturynska-NTNU


SLM cooling channels' surface finishing by AFM Nathalie Maillol-IPC


Ceramic-Metal composites by micro laser cladding

 Enrico Forlin-MBN


Lab tour


AOB and summary



End of the meeting

A new flagship project on Additive Manufacturing skills

Skills Strategy in Additive Manufacturing Project (SAM) will tackle the current European need of developing an effective system to identify and anticipate the right skills for Additive Manufacturing

Technology is evolving at a much faster pace than the development of the workers` skills to use it. Most of the current initiatives and projects that focus on skills shortages are developing skills for existing needs and shortages, meaning that industry is already demanding personnel with those competences. Looking at a bigger picture, it means that there is no strategical approach to skills in Additive Manufacturing and that the current methodology to answer to skills needs is based on reaction instead of prediction and planning. Adding to this, the time between identification of the skills needs and shortages and the capability of deploying qualification/training modules to address them is not aligned with the industry requirements, since in most cases it takes about 1-2 years to create the required professional profile/qualification or competence unit/training module and to have it deployed.

The Wohlers Report 2018 on 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing states that the overall additive manufacturing industry grew 21% in 2017 as the industry expanded by more than €1 thousand million. According to Ernst & Young, the demand for AM and related services has increased in the last years and is expected that in 2020 the market volume reaches €10 thousand million.

As Europe seeks to retain its leading position in industrial competitiveness, there is an urgent need to establish a platform for Additive Manufacturing (AM) skills at European, National and Regional levels.

To meet this challenge the project Sector Skills Strategy in Additive Manufacturing (SAM) started in January 2019. The initiative will tackle the current European need for developing an effective system to identify and anticipate the right skills for the Additive Manufacturing (AM) sector demands in response to the increasing labour market needs, thus, contributing for the smart, sustainable and inclusive growth of the AM sector.

 To address the challenges described above the SAM project intends to:

  •  Build a sector skills strategy in AM;
  • Assess and anticipate skills (gaps and shortages) in AM;

  • Support with data the AM European Qualification System and foster wideness of its scope;

  • (Re) design professional profiles according to the industry requirements;

  • Develop specific relevant qualifications to be delivered for the AM Sector;

  • Increase the attractiveness of the sector to young people, whilst promoting gender balance;

  • Strengthen education-research-industry partnerships and encourage creativity “in companies and relevant educational and scientific institutions”;

  • Track students, trainees and job seekers and promote match making between job offer and search.

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