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17th January 2018, Obertshausen

Karl Mayer discusses additive manufacturing

Karl Mayer, a leading warp machinery manufacturer, has hosted a successful conference, entitled Additive manufacturing for the textile industry, held at the company’s headquarters in Obertshausen this week.

The event was organised by the Textile Research Institute Thüringen-Vogtland e.V. (TITV), in cooperation with Karl Mayer. With this meeting, the two partners have really hit the mark, according to Michael Kieren, Karl Mayer Product Manager. “We wanted to create the exchange between the two worlds, namely between the additive manufacture as a young discipline of production and the textile sector as an industrial branch with a long tradition,” he explained.

The event was organised by the Textile Research Institute Thüringen-Vogtland e.V. (TITV), in cooperation with Karl Mayer. © Karl Mayer

Together with his team, Mr Kieren organised a programme that attracted around 100 specialists from different fields to Obertshausen. The invited guests included textiles manufacturers for the automotive, sports and medical sectors, finishing professionals and yarn manufacturers, as well as experts from science and research.

The interest in the meeting exceeded all expectations, according to the manufacturer. “I am very surprised by the high response to our conference and by the wide range of different areas from which our guests come. Both aspects show the importance of this topic, and the significance of events of this kind,” said Arno Gärtner, Karl Mayer’s CEO, during the conference.

Dr Uwe Möhring, Managing Director of TITV, also expressed his satisfaction with the course of the meeting. “I think it’s great that so many people have come, and that so many different discussions arise, especially in view of the high event density at the beginning of the year. The contributions with real topics but also the size and mix of the audience encourage a successful exchange.”

The agenda included lectures held by 3D printer manufacturers, as well as by companies that have already been working with additive manufacturing methods; they talked about their experiences with various possibilities but also about still existing limitations.

Two experts presented first combinations of textile and 3D print. Besides, a service provider in this business also took the floor: Tatcraft from Frankfurt presented with Maker Space its capacities for 3D printing, wood working, water jet cutting and other technologies to experiment and explore different possibilities without major investments.

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