More than 170 participants from 20 different countries all over the world attended EBAM 2023, the 4th International Conference on Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing, which was held from March 22 to 24, 2023 in the Kreuz+Quer, Erlangen, Germany. After the event was forced to go virtual in 2020 due to COVID-19, attendees were finally able to meet face-to-face again. The conference brought together leading experts, and senior and junior scientists from research and industry specialized in the field of electron beam-based additive manufacturing. This specialization encouraged excellent presentations and high-quality scientific discussions.
During ten sessions, the interdisciplinary exchange of views was encouraged by premium-quality keynote presentations (Book of Abstracts). A wide range of high-performance materials was focused: titanium alloys, titanium aluminides, steels, high entropy alloys, copper alloys or nickel-base superalloys. The presentations covered the whole process cycle from powder aspects to post-processing of the manufactured components. As a highlight, in-situ process monitoring using electron optics as well as new machines from different suppliers were presented. All sessions were enriched by presentations on numerical simulations promoting a better understanding of the physical effects during the process. Please find a detailed conference summary in the summer issue 2023 on page 179ff of the Metal Additive Manufacturing Journal.
The scientific interchange was encouraged by a high quality poster session. During the session, each participant had the opportunity to vote for the “Best Poster Awards”. The winners of the poster awards are Mr Lucas Varoto (Universite Grenoble Alpes, France), Ms Julia Knörlein (NMF GmbH, Germany) and Mr Yang Li (Tsinghua University, China). The conference was enriched by an enjoyable conference dinner.
In addition, attendees with impressive presentations were invited to publish a journal publication within the special issue “Progress in Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing” in Progress in Additive Manufacturing (Springer).
The organizers received much positive feedback and many participants are looking forward to EBAM 2025, where we currently plan to stay at Kreuz+Quer again.