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Inside 3D Printing/METAV in Düsseldorf Lives Up to Promises of a Solid Market

by • February 23, 2016 • No Comments

inside3dprinting-dus07The initially Inside 3D Printing show of the year is bound to set the stage and the general way that the 3D printing and AM sectors can take for the remainder of 2016. Judging by Inside 3D Printing Düsseldorf, that is now bringing place together with the METAV Metalworking Technologies show, there is a few stable growth ahead — that is a benefit for any industry and for 3D printing in particular.

Dozens of high level talks cover practical 3D printing applications inside the industrial workflow. Just of each leading company took up a stand at the Inside 3D Printing pavilion, that functioned as the AM Section of METAV. The initially impression is that, while AM companies yet represent a minority compared to high-end metalworking technologies, this difference is getting additional compact.

inside3dprinting-dus65-SLM Solutions 4 laserOne other aspect that is becoming clearer is that metal 3D printing and high-end plastic 3D printing companies are beginning to know that they require to take the 3D printing industry on their shoulders and that the availability of low-cost technologies is an advantage for them as well. Due to the synergies with METAV, the Inside 3D Printing show was in addition quite much focused on metal. For those who missed Formfollowing last November, this was a excellent accident to see a few of the top new technologies up close.

Meanwhile, the conference lets show visitors hear directly of the folks who work on these technologies what the following holds in their Digital Factory 4.0 visions. These went of Additive Industries and Concept Lasers’ fully automated factory visions, to SLM Solutions’ quadruple laser SLM 500hl system. Arcam and EOS in addition intervened, as did representatives of sat any timeal 3D printing services, materials developers and actually adopters such as BMW.

inside3dprinting-dus01The initially booth that seems when bringing the escalator down to the show floor is 3D Systems’. The German branch of the American company showed off many of its products and primarily its newest ProX 500 System. The machine’s door was left wide open to emphadimensions the fact that 3DS offers a fully open materials system. This means that its metal machine adopters can use any material with full assist of the machine’s developer.

Concept Laser picked up Inside 3D Printing show’s award for its Meltpool Monitoring system. We can in addition exclusively assume that 2015 has been a record year for the company (the official results can be disclosed soon), in anticipation of the XLine 2000 full release. This time the 3D printing device on the show flow was the MLab, the tinyest one that the company manufactures. It is in addition one of the many low-cost on the market, perfect for anyone that is just getting started in metal 3D printing.

This thought of (additional) accessible metal 3D printing was created actually clearer during the presentation by SLM Solutions. When talking of the powerful quadruple laser SLM 500hl, Dieter Schwarze, Head Additive Processes, showed a video in that the machine was 3D printing its own parts, recalling the thought of RepRap 3D printing. The differences are, of course, huge, yet the thought that a metal 3D printing device can now manufacture many of its parts is a powerful one.

inside3dprinting-dus51Renishaw brought its newest top of the line system, the RenAM 500 (500 stands for the 500 Watt ytterbium laser) to the show, while Trumpf was present with its new tiny dimensions system, the TruPrint 1000. One additional aspect that is quite promising of metal 3D printing is the fact that laser cladding/directed energy deposition 3D printing device developers now want in.

inside3dprinting-dus39-trumpfWe mean giants like Trumpf itself as well as DMG Mori and, now, the IBARMIA ADD+PROCESS hybrid system for laser cladding and machining. Even Hoganas, that has created its business on additive production of incredibly exact and tiny metal components, is now working to expand its 3D printing dimensions capabilities, not so much for larger parts but in order to print many additional tiny parts in one system.

A number of German and Swiss 3D printing and product development services were in addition present on the exhibition floor. Some, like Lazer Zentrum Nord, are may aleager eyeing the possibility of evolving into full metal 3D printing factories (the Bionic Production project). That’s due in part to the increased availability of software such as Altair (present with a stand at the show) that manufacture development and production of trabecular and topologically optimized structures simpler and additional intuitive than at any time to implement.

inside3dprinting-dus28-formlabsWhilst metal was dominant (we are in Germany, after all), plastic 3D printing device developers in addition played an significant role. Howat any time the industry has come to the point where there has been a drastic selection and just those who are additional solid can compete. These include Formlabs, whose business has been booming in Europe since opening the Berlin HQ, and of course Stratasys, that was present through a few of its German distributors, which include, of course, Alphacam.

After the roller coaster of the past couple of years, the industry as a whole is starting to take take its final shape and thus gaining stability. Only the strongest survive and a lot of big companies are getting eager to get into the mix, in many various sectors of making. If this is the premise, and so it’s a great adequate reason not to miss the following Inside 3D Printing bringing place in São Paulo, Brazil, April 4th and 5th, or in New York City April 10th through 12th. Do you remember 3DPrint.com readers can save 10% off registration by via discount code ‘3DPRINT’.