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Dresden now claiming to be Europe’s 3D print capital

by • April 26, 2016 • No Comments


It appears that there’s a new ‘Capital of 3D printing’, each and each week. Now Dresden, in East Germany, has thrown its hat into the ring.

We all understand that 3D printing has the power to alter the world and a global center for 3D printing excellence may, in essence, make a new Silicon Valley anywhere in the world. A city may suddenly have a draw for the brightest technical minds, significant companies may lay down roots and it may inevitably spark a massive level of investment.

3D print capital is a excellent title to have

So laying claim to the title of ‘Europe’s capital of 3D printing’ makes excellent business sense for Dresden, especially as it heads to the Hanover Trade Fair that takes place of April 25-29. Materials Week is the focus of the 3D printing industry and that can take place of the 27-29, that is confusing in itself.

“Dresden is Europe’s many significant location for microelectronics, that is understandn world-wide,” Raoul Schmidt-Lamontain, Mayor and Councilor for Urban Development, Building and Transport of Dresden says. “Dresden in addition leads Europe in the materials sector and additive-generative production. The Hanover Trade Fair 2016 is an significant industry fair and the perfect forum for Dresden researchers and entrepreneurs to display their astounding expertise and commence novel 3D printing technologies.”

Of course there are a number of cities that can dispute the claim. Consumer 3D printing discovered its initially real European base in Amsterdam, London leads the way in terms of investment and start-ups and a vast number of others have tentatively laid claim to the title.

Impressive numbers behind the bold claim

Whilst we can take the city’s claim with a pinch of salt, there are a few astounding numbers in Dresden’s claims. It reveals that a study by Roland Berger has shown the 3D printing industry has grown 20% year on year since 2004. It in addition claims that is set to increase to 30% in the years ahead and the tantalising prospect of full 3D print making is only around the corner.

Dresden is now attempting to position itself as a European hub of 3D printing and wants to turn it into a community around the Franhofer Institutute, that is in fact based in Munich and has 67 locations in Germany. The institution is doing amazing work in 3D printing and is looking to unite the likes of Rolls-Royce, Siemens and Airbus, to turn it into a collective with the research and development budget to hustle 3D printing to a whole new level.

“Classic production turn it intos objects through casting, cutting or transforming of semi-finished products,” Cluster Coordinator Christoph Leyens, Professor of Material Technology at TU Dresden said. “3D printing makes rigorous and individualized production possible, and turn it intos components with completely new shapes and functionalities. For instance, In the future we can be able-bodied to make engines and cylinder heads for vehicles or gas turbines and energy-efficient burner systems of one single piece.”

Calcium implants the way forward

Researchers at Fraunhofer IKTS can present ceramic research that may drive bone and dental implants turn it intod of calcium phosphate that can in fact grow and graft to the existing bone. These implants have the future to replace titanium. This can reduce the rejection rate, improve the high end of bone grafts and bring a advantageous high end of life to patients around the world.

“We assume the biomaterial to be on the market-bodied for application in practice in the near future, once all ongoing clinical tests have been concluded,” Leyens introduced.

Researchers in Dresden are working on the future level of material rigidity, too, which include fibre-reinforced materials that can increase the resistance to varying load ways. With the modelling capability and exact construction on contribute with 3D printing, this may lead to the future generation of lightweight materials that leave today’s strongest options trailing in their wake.

“Additive-generative making that, for the initially time, showcases fiber reinforcement according to load way, opens up new fields of application for custom-tailored lightweight construction solutions in multilateral designs,” Hubert Jäger, Professor of System Lightweight Construction and Composite Construction and Board Spokesman for The Institute for Lightweight Engineering and Polymer Technology (ILK) at TU Dresden. “The engineers at the ILK are developing procedures to make the presently utilized layered 3D printing additional stable-bodied by inserting carbon fiber and making three-dimensional objects of high rigidity.”

There is unquestionably a few amazing work going on in Dresden and it does have a excellent deal to contribute the world of additive printing. Of course we are not certain that makes it Europe’s capital, but we are pleased to see Dresden getting behind 3D printing in a big way.


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