27th Leoben Plastics Colloquium: Print & Coat

Last week, it was that time again: the Polymer Competence Center Leoben GmbH (PCCL) and the Department of Plastics Technology [Kunststofftechnik] at the University of Leoben hosted the 27th Leoben Plastics Colloquium. The slogan of this year’s colloquium was “Print & Coat”. Numerous national and international experts from business and science came together to discuss potential and future trends in this area.

The application possibilities of plastics are almost inexhaustible, so they are also proving their potential in the field of additive manufacturing and coating technology. Additive or generative manufacturing has been an indispensable, cost-effective and flexible process in prototype and model production for several years. New methods, materials and functions open up many new perspectives in the most diverse branches of industry. The same applies to coating technology: whether for decorative or functional reasons, in the form of paints, lacquers or inks, plastics play a decisive role in innovation and progress. This year’s Leoben Plastics Colloquium, jointly organised by Polymer Competence Center Leoben GmbH (PCCL) and the Department of Plastics Technology, was dedicated to these two research areas.

The colloquium was officially opened by the Rector of the University of Leoben, Prof. Wilfried Eichlseder, and the Vice Mayor of Leoben, Maximilian Jäger. In their speeches, they emphasised the importance of Leoben as a research location and underlined the outstanding position of plastics technology in Leoben. Following the opening, approximately 200 participants enjoyed an exciting two-day conference programme, with presentations by renowned representatives from industry and research. The presentations provided information on new trends and future developments in additive manufacturing, presented new materials for 3D printing and innovative concepts for smart application techniques, highlighted the design and functionality of printed components and demonstrated the characterisation of surfaces and coatings. In addition to contributions from renowned scientists, experts from relevant companies, such as LSS Laser Sinter-Service, Profaktor, e-Xstream Engineering, Payer Medical, Cubicure, Helios TBLUS, Adler Lacke, O.K. + Partner, HAGE Sondermaschinenbau, Krüss and Thermo Fischer were also invited to give specialist lectures.

Eröffnung des 27. Leobener Kunststoffkolloquiums „Print&Coat“; © PCCL