Christian Kehrer

Thomas Van Glabeke

Project Lead


Applying large scale 3D printing and digital twin technologies to the factory floor

There is a growing desire for even more customization to improve performance and efficiency in the dynamic industry of robotics and factory automation. MX3D and Altair demonstrate how to apply large-scale 3D metal printing to customize manufacturing equipment and increase productivity.

Showcasing the use of digital twin technology to drive system understanding for better design, higher operational efficiency and reduced implementation risks attendees will learn:

  • How to identify high-value parts and value drivers for additive manufacturing
  • How to get started with large scale 3D metal printing
  • How virtual development methods help to realize complex individual products of batch size 1 and make them profitable
  • How to combine real-world data based on human knowledge and experience with physics based simulation
  • How to identify and optimize parameters with main impact on the manufacturing process and system’s performance
  • How digital twin technology might influence existing business models

About Christian Kehrer

Christian Kehrer studied mechanical engineering in the field of automotive engineering at the TU Dresden. After his graduation he started working on system simulation in the area of energy-related vehicle evaluation at the BMW Group. In 2009 he moved to (ESI) ITI GmbH as key account manager for automotive and later head of sales for system simulation solutions. Since June 2017 Kehrer is business development manager for system simulation and related applications at Altair Engineering.

About Thomas Van Glabeke

Thomas Van Glabeke has a MS in Design Engineering from Ghent University. He worked as a Project Manager at Joris Laarman Lab, exploring state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques and software technologies. Currently, he works as a R&D Engineer and Business Developer for MX3D, a large-scale 3D metal printing company. Thomas has a great passion for additive manufacturing and showcasing it’s capabilities through various projects such as the MX3D Robot Arm and MX3D’s Arc Bike II.