3D Printing Lightweight Designs

Compiled by:
Dr Bryony Core, Technology Analyst, IDTechEx
Dr Richard Collins, Senior Technology Analyst, IDTechEx


This forum will arm you with the latest knowledge of designing and manufacturing lightweight designs with 3D printing. Learn what is currently available and gain insights into trends and analysis with IDTechEx analyst led sessions. External speakers will highlight key processes, providing an expert focus on some of the most impactful technologies available. Specifically, the forum will cover:

Introduction to lightweighting with 3D printing: materials and industry trends

Lightweighting is a process enabled with 3D printing and is being rapidly adopted across multiple industries.

This forum will cover the following:

  • Introduction to lightweighting with additive manufacturing
  • Materials for lightweighting
  • Design solutions for lightweighting
  • Trends and analysis of lightweighting for the aerospace and defence industry
  • Trends and analysis of lightweighting for the automotive industry

This forum will cover the key materials and software solutions to enable lightweighting, key suppliers, costs, performance specifications and limitations, and the impact of disruptive technologies.

This forum will finish with an hour long guided tour of the Autodesk Boston facilities.

For those attending.

  • The PDF files of the presentations will be available to download from this website after the sessions are ended.


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Forum 2 / Agenda

May 8 / Afternoon

Please join IDTechEx Analysts for lunch and networking from 1:00pm-2:00pm


  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
  • Lunch, networking and registration
    for the afternoon session
  • 2:00pm - 2:30pm

Introduction to Lightweighting in Additive Manufacturing

Compiled by Dr Bryony Core, Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

  • Introduction to lightweighting in additive manufacturing
  • Designing and manufacturing lightweight components
  • 2:30pm - 3:00pm

Materials for Lightweighting: Technology advancements and market outlook

Compiled by Dr Richard Collins, Senior Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

  • Composites (polymer, ceramic, and metal matrices)
  • Lightweight metals and alloys (aluminium, magnesium, metal foams, MMCs)
  • Advanced porous materials
  • 3:00pm - 3:30pm

Guest speaker (tbc)

  • 3:30pm - 4:00pm
  • Networking break
  • 4:00pm - 4:45pm

Lightweighting in the aerospace & automotive industries

Compiled by Dr Richard Collins, Senior Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

  • Material opportunities and restraints for adoption in the transportation sector
  • Key players and case studies
  • 4:45pm - 5:00pm

Conclusions and questions

Compiled by Dr Richard Collins, Senior Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

  • Market drivers and restraints
  • 5:00pm-6:00pm
  • Tour of Autodesk Facilities
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Timings and the agenda are subject to change

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