RAPID + TCT 2018: 3D Printing Materials News from Roboze and EnvisionTEC

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Roboze One + 400

The RAPID + TCT event is getting started today in Fort Worth, Texas, and 3DPrint.com is continuing to bring you the latest news from the showroom floor. We’ve been sharing announcements with you left and right ahead of the show, and now we’re bringing you two more.

Global chemical company SABIC, headquartered in Saudi Arabia, introduced several new materials at formnext in November, including its LEXAN EXL AMHI240F polycarbonate copolymer filament for FFF 3D printing. Now, Italian 3D printing company Roboze has announced that it will be adding this unique filament to its offering, particularly for the industrial Roboze One + 400 3D printer.

Roboze, a leader in functional prototypes produced in industrial materials like PEEK, CarbonPA, and ULTEM AM9085F, manufactures 3D printers that can handle high-performance, high temperature polymers, like SABIC’s LEXAN EXL AMHI240F.

“We are pleased to have Roboze offer LEXAN EXL AMHI240F filament on their printer platform,” said Keith Cox, Senior Business Leader, Additive Manufacturing, SABIC. “Our vision of helping the additive manufacturing industry to expand the use of engineering materials in end use applications aligns well with the capability of Roboze to deliver high quality printers for use in industrial environments.”

EXL filament ductility test

SABIC’s polycarbonate copolymer, available in black, was developed specifically for demanding applications in industries such as aerospace, automotive, and consumer, with characteristics like high impact resistance and ductility at extremely low temperatures.

The material has a heat deflection temperature of 140°C, which is higher than that of typical ABS filaments. It can deliver up to four times better notched Izod impact at room temperature than standard polycarbonates and, depending on print orientation, up to three times higher at -30°C.

LEXAN EXL AMHI240F filament, which will be added to Roboze’s offering later this year, is perfect for applications that need better flame performance than standard polycarbonate materials can offer, thanks to its compliance with UL94 V-0 flammability standard at 3.0 mm in flat (XY) and on-edge (XZ) orientations.

“The new SABIC polycarbonate filament is extraordinary! The results of the first tests have given us enormous satisfaction, and will allow us to further expand the range of high performance materials of our machines,” said Alessio Lorusso, Founder and CEO of Roboze. “We are looking forward to working together with such an innovative company as SABIC. This relationship will not only inspire our technicians, but the entire Roboze organization as well. When experience and know-how come together everybody wins.”

By working with SABIC, Roboze is showing how committed it is to choosing the most advanced materials available in terms of chemical, mechanical, and thermal properties. LEXAN EXL AMHI240F filament will increase, according to Roboze, “the versatility of its materials dedicated to metal replacement like PEEK and Carbon PEEK.”

If you’re at RAPID this week, stop by the Roboze booth #2539 to see excellent samples of finished parts that were 3D printed using the new LEXAN EXL AMHI240F filament.

3D printer manufacturer EnvisionTEC, which is sponsoring the Medical Manufacturing Innovations conference at RAPID, is also introducing new materials this week, and will be showcasing its new medical-grade (MG) biomaterials, which can be used for applications in bone regeneration, biosensor housing, drug release, and wound repair.

The new liquid silicone rubber and biodegradable PCL polyester materials, now available for purchase, make 3D printed implants safe for human use, as they’ve been manufactured with the highest possible purity for use with the company’s 3D-Bioplotter models – the Starter, Developer, and Manufacturer.

EnvisionTEC CEO Al Siblani said, “These new materials show that EnvisionTEC continues to work closely with our customers and partners to develop materials that can be easily used on our highly accurate and reliable 3D-Bioplotter.”

The 3D-Bioplotter is EnvisionTEC’s only open-source materials 3D printer, which gives medical researchers and manufacturers the flexibility to develop their own materials for research or specific patients.

Users have been 3D printing materials like hydrogels, silicones, and thermoplastics on the 3D-Bioplotter for over 15 years to advance research, but the demand for standard 3D printing materials to use with the popular bioprinter has been increasing. With the addition of MG materials to its existing portfolio of Technical Grade (TG) and Research Grade (RG), EnvisionTEC now offers three grades of materials with different levels of cost and purity.

Upon request, FDF Master Files are available for the company’s two new in-vivo MG materials: UV Silicone 60A MG and HT PCL MG.

The biocompatible liquid silicone rubber material is bio-inert, transparent, and non-biodegradable, cured with a UV light for a Shore A hardness of 60. It’s sold by the kilogram, and has been approved for short-term use in the body – 29 days or less only. UV Silicone 60A MG can also be mixed with pigments, and applications for the material include biosensor housings, microfluidics, prototyping, and wound dressing.

Biodegradable thermoplastic polyester HT PCL MG is processed at high temperatures, and is suitable for both short- and long-term use in the body. The material, available in both 1 kg and 100 g packages, will be offered in two molecular weights – 80 kDa and 120 kDa – that affect degradation time, flexibility, and stiffness. Applications for this material include hybrid scaffolds, drug release, and cartilage and bone regeneration. Customers can also quickly and easily switch between 365 nm and 405 nm light sources when using these materials.

EnvisionTEC’s new UV Silicone 60A MG, shown here, is a ready-to-print liquid silicone appropriate for microfluidics, wound dressings and more. The company also launched a biodegradable PCL polyester for use with its 3D-Bioplotter printers.

EnvisionTEC will be displaying demonstration parts that were 3D printed with its two new MG materials at booth #1304 this week. Additionally, the 3D-Bioplotter also has a new feature option, and offers its photo curing head with another wavelength.

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3D Printing News Briefs: April 17, 2018

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For today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, we’re covering some business news, followed up with material news and stories of 3D printing applications in the medical, aerospace, and defense fields. Norman Noble has added 3D printing capabilities to its workflow for the first time, while Evonik is opening a research hub in Singapore and the Dubai Health Authority is building an innovation center. Sciaky has installed its first EBAM system in Japan, and Adaptive3D has a major 3D printing material launch planned for RAPID + TCT next week. CIVCO Radiotherapy and Adaptiiv are working together to bring more personalized medical devices to market, Russia is using 3D printing and topology optimization to manufacture aerospace engines, and Navy personnel and Marines got together to test the 3D printing functionality aboard the Military Sealift Command’s USNS Sacagawea.

Norman Noble’s 3D Printing Capabilities

Family-owned and -operated Norman Noble, Inc., based in Ohio and a top worldwide contract manufacturer of next-generation medical implants, has announced that it now has additive manufacturing capabilities for the first time. The company will use its new capability to serve many customer needs, such as manufacturing aerospace and commercial parts, designing shape-setting fixtures for nitinol-based rapid prototypes, and prototype-to-production manufacturing for next-gen medical implant designs. Norman Noble, which also purchased a Computerized Tomography Inspection System to support its 3D printing capabilities, can now 3D print its customers’ conceptual products, scan them, and send over a virtual part and full metrology data within minutes.

“Given our long history of developing internal laser cutting and laser welding systems, I strongly believe we have the laser experience and expertise that can be leveraged and applied to the metallic laser sintering printing process. We plan to take the current 3D printing capabilities to another level – including finer finishes, finer feature detail, and new materials not currently commercially available,” said Chris Noble, CEO and Vice President at Norman Noble. “Combined with our new CT scanner that instantly provides complete external and internal metrology data of our 3D printed products to our customers, we are going to work hard to provide a service that will surpass our competition.”

Evonik Opens First Research Hub in Singapore

Clockwise from bottom left: Dr. Beh Swan Gin, Economic Development Board of Singapore; Dr. Claus Rettig, Evonik Resource Efficiency GmbH; Dr. Gerd Loehden, Evonik Resource Efficiency GmbH; Mr. Peter Meinshausen, Evonik Asia Pacific South; Dr. Ulrich Kuesthardt, Evonik Industries AG; Dr. Ulrich Sante, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Singapore; Dr. Harald Schwager, Evonik Industries AG.

Evonik has opened its first research hub in Singapore, with the intention of expanding the internationalization of its research in the areas of functional surfaces and additive manufacturing. The R&D hub, for resource efficiency topics, will also host the company’s tissue engineering project, led by its strategic innovation unit Creavis. Singapore is noted as the ideal location for the hub to drive innovation for the company’s Resource Efficiency segment, as it combines quick reaction times from local administration and experienced, qualified researchers from top science faculties. Evonik will continue to expand its collaborations with public and private research institutions and organizations with this new research hub, and has already formed a partnership with Nanyang Technological University to develop novel technologies in additive manufacturing for industrial applications.

Harald Schwager, Deputy Chairman of the Board for Evonik Industries, said during the opening ceremony for the research hub, “Innovation is an integral part of our growth strategy. We are actively pursuing new opportunities to boost our international R&D activities and the opening of this research hub is a significant contribution to these efforts. By focusing on promising research areas for the future this hub will strengthen our position as a global leader in specialty chemicals.”

Dubai Health Authority Building Innovation Center

In order to promote public-private collaboration in healthcare innovation and offer supporting entities a permanent base of operations, the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) is building a new innovation center behind Rashid Hospital, which will implement advanced technologies like artificial intelligence and 3D printing. The first meeting for the innovation center took place last week, and several private sector companies, along with the DHA, were given a tour of the under-construction center so they could provide their input. DHA Director-General and Chairman of the Board Humaid Al Qutami said that it’s necessary to create an environment that’s “conducive to innovation,” as the healthcare sector affects everyone, which is why the DHA is working to build the best model for year-round innovation.

“In line with the vision of our leaders and DHA health strategy 2016-2021, innovation in healthcare is an important pillar of our strategy. For us innovation means the ability to harness new technologies, to implement newer methods of healthcare delivery and management in order to provide patients with improved healthcare and make their lives better,” said Dr. Mohammad Al Redha, Director of the Department of Organisational Transformation at DHA.

“At the end of the day, patient-centered care is our priority and improving their lives and providing them with happiness is our primary focus. Thus, for us, innovation is the vehicle that will revolutionize healthcare and directly lead to patient well-being and happiness.”

Sciaky Installs First EBAM 110 In Japan

A Sciaky EBAM 110 metal 3D printing system with dual wirefeed configuration.

Metal 3D printing solutions provider Sciaky, Inc. has delivered its Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing (EBAM) system to the Global Research & Innovative Technology (GRIT) facility of Hitachi Metals, Ltd. in Japan, making it the first of several planned installations to the Asia-Pacific region over the next several months. The EBAM 110 system that Hitatchi Metals purchased includes a dual wirefeed configuration, which will allow the company to combine two different metal alloys into a single melt pool, managed with independent program control, to make custom alloy ingots or parts. This also gives customers the option to alternate between different wire gauges for gross deposition features (thick wire) and finer features (thin wire).

“Hitachi Metals is pleased to launch its new metal wire additive manufacturing (AM) technology with the procurement of Sciaky’s EBAM 110 metal 3D printing system at our GRIT facility. We look forward to developing new materials and applications with this highly innovative process,” said Yasuhiko Ohtsubo, 3DAM Development Manager of GRIT at Hitachi Metals, Ltd.

Adaptive3D Launching World’s Highest-Strain 3D Printable Polymer at RAPID + TCT

At next week’s RAPID + TCT, held in Texas, additive manufacturing polymer resin supplier Adaptive3D Technologies will be launching what it describes as the highest-strain 3D printable photopolymer in the world. Adaptive3D partnered with several other Fortune 500 companies to develop a proprietary chemistry for photocurable resins that allow for unprecedented strain capacity, which can then lead to more durable 3D printed parts made with tougher materials. The company’s material has a strain of 450%, which is 115% higher than its nearest competitor.

“We believe that material performance is the key that is going to unlock the true potential of Additive Manufacturing,” said Kial Gramley, VP Sales & Marketing for Adaptive3D. “We focus on tough materials that combine strength with high elongation and, as a material supplier, we do not lock our customers into any platform like most companies in this space; we just compete on performance.”

Adaptive3D is launching its first products, including the highest elongation 3D printable photopolymer, at booth #2529 at RAPID + TCT.

CIVCO Radiotherapy Teams Up with Adaptiiv

Global patient-centric radiotherapy solutions provider CIVCO Radiotherapy is working with 3D radiation therapy platform Adaptiiv (formerly 3D Bolus) to introduce more personalized, 3D printed medical devices. Both companies have a mission of improving worldwide patient outcomes in radiotherapy, and their new initiative aligns perfectly. As part of the collaboration, CIVCO will distribute Adaptiiv software applications as a turn-key solution that enables the 3D printing of patient-specific simple or modulated thickness bolus and high dose rate (HDR) surface brachytherapy applicators. This directly integrates with existing treatment planning systems, so planning software can calculate the overall treatment plan.

“Adaptiiv’s solutions truly align with our mission of improving patient outcomes worldwide,” said Nat Geissel, President of CIVCO Radiotherapy. “The ability to utilize images from the treatment planning system and provide customized three-dimensional bolus and applicators is yet another way we are involved in improving the quality and efficiency of care as well as the patient experience.”

3D Printing and Topology Optimization for Aerospace Engines

ODK-Saturn, a 3D printing experimental facility of the United Engine Corporation in Russia and a member of Rostec, has plans to use 3D printing and topology optimization in the design and integration of advanced Russian gas turbine engines that will be certified after 2019, such as the high-powered PD-35 engine. This ‘bionic design’ will ensure that engines are the required strength, while also allowing for a reduction in weight, as 3D printing can be used to manufacture unconventional and complex structures that other forms of manufacturing cannot produce. Using these two kinds of technology in the design have also reduced the number of supporting structures by half.

Denis Fedoseyev, Deputy Chief Engineer at ODK-Saturn, said, “In many cases of topology optimization, additive technologies are the only solution for production of complex-profile parts.”

AM Functionality Tested Aboard Military Sealift Command’s USNS Sacagawea 

A 3D printed ratchet sits on a LulzBot TAZ 6 aboard the USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE 2) in support of an AM test phase. [Image: US Navy, Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christopher A. Veloicaza]

This month, US Marines from the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade (MEB) and Marine Wing Communications Squadron (MWCS) 18, together with personnel from Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), tested the 3D printing function aboard the Military Sealift Command’s USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE 2) to see if the AM capabilities were properly supported. Aboard Sacagawea, a dry cargo/ammunition ship that’s part of Maritime Prepositioning Ship Squadron Three (MPSRON 3), the embarked team successfully demonstrated the on-board 3D printer’s ability to respond to shipboard maintenance issues and requests, and also simulated the 3D printing of parts aboard the ship for shore-side requests.

“The intent behind embarking 3D printers aboard ships is to provide Sailors and Marines with the training and tools necessary to empower them and address everyday problems. Embarked additive manufacturing equipment is meant to solve the needs of Sailors and Marines by enabling war-fighter innovation and adding a tool that can help with maintenance and repair of components and systems that suffer from long lead-times and part obsolescence,” said Nathan Desloover, an engineer with the additive manufacturing project office, NSWC Carderock Division.

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World news

Shanghai has installed a set of 3D printed bus shelters, believed to be the world’s first, to serve a bus route in suburban Jinshan district

New bus shelters, built by a Shanghai company, feature a closed-loop design that looks like a rectangular frame, and which is 16ft 7in long, 4.ft 9in wide and 8ft 8in high. Placed along a country road in Fengjing town, the futuristic structures that come with original ink marks left on the surfaces, are believed to be the world’s first produced by 3D printers, says 3ders.org, a global news organisation dedicated to providing the latest news, trends and analysis in the 3D printing industry.

“All the printing materials are from recycled and classified industrial waste or tailings,” said Wang Aijuan, who is responsible for the 3D bus stop project at WinSun Construction Technologies. “The printing process is environmentally friendly, because such new technology does not produce additional waste.”

The company, which has been working on the development of 3D printing technology for the construction industry and related products for more than a decade, says 3D printing technology can save up to 60pc of building materials and 50 to 80pc of manpower, which greatly improves work efficiency and helps reduce costs.

Many industries and fields in China have embraced 3D printing technology for its high efficiency and ecological benefits

“Normally it takes several days to build a bus stop, and traffic is blocked during the construction,” Ms Wang said. “However, it takes no more than an hour to set up a 3D bus stop at the side of the road, after printing and transport.”

“In addition, the 3D printed structures are five times stronger than those built in traditional ways,” she said.

The 3-D bus stop project has been launched as a pilot programme to demonstrate the practicality of this application for the potential 3D printing of future bus shelters, Ms Wang said. The company plans to promote the idea nationally and even globally, incorporating more functionality into the bus shelters, such as chairs, garbage cans and a small table.

Many industries and fields in China have embraced 3D printing technology for its high efficiency and ecological benefits. The value of output from the country’s 3D printing industry is expected to reach $7.68 billion (£5.47 billion), or one-third of the global market, by 2020, the China Industry Information Institute says.

As a specialist in 3D printed buildings, WinSun has attracted many headlines for its various 3D printed structures, such as 10 single-storey houses in Shanghai, a standalone villa in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, and 19 local government office buildings in Dubai.

This article was originally produced and published by China Daily. View the original article at www.chinadaily.com.cn

3D Printing News Briefs: January 30, 2018

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As January comes to a close, we’ve got all the latest 3D printing news wrapped up for you in one location with today’s edition of 3D Printing News Briefs. Rize announces a new partnership with Eye2Eye, and Arcam AB is no longer on the stock exchange. Aerosint discusses the benefits of its multi-powder deposition technology, while recent research details how 3D printing technology was used in a novel application for EEG. Xometry plans to compare subtractive and additive manufacturing at the upcoming SOLIDWORKS World, Hackaday has a new 3D printing contest, and a 3D Printing Day event will be hosted in Berlin next month.

Rize Partners with Eye2Eye

Rize One

Boston 3D printing company Rize Inc. has announced a partnership with Singapore-based Eye2Eye, which provides 3D printing and optical technology solutions to multiple sectors and helps customers speed up their design process by assisting them with digitizing and migrating to 3D production. Thanks to the partnership, Rize will be expanding sales of its sustainable Augmented Polymer Deposition technology to the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region for the first time. Eye2Eye will demonstrate the hybrid Rize One 3D printer at next week’s Inside 3D Printing Singapore conference and expo.

“We welcome Eye2Eye to our fast-growing community of partners. I am delighted that our first partner in APAC is located in Singapore, given my long-standing relationship with that great country,” said Rize President and CEO Andy Kalambi. “I spent a lot of time in Singapore and was privileged to see the growth of key companies there, such as SAP, MatrixOne and Dassault Systèmes. With Eye2Eye, Rize has become a truly global company, with partners now located throughout APAC, Europe and North America.”

Arcam AB Delisted From Stock Exchange

In 2016, GE announced its intention to acquire Swedish metal additive manufacturing provider Arcam, well-known for its innovative Electron Beam Melting (EBM) technology, in a public cash offer. GE completed its purchase of 76.15% of controlling shares of Arcam in December 2016, and recently surpassed 90% ownership of Arcam AB shares, which, in accordance with the Swedish Companies Act, allowed for the initiation of the compulsory buy-out of the remaining shares by GE.

Today, the GE Additive company has officially delisted from the Nasdaq Stockholm exchange. Arcam’s delisting will allow for a “more fulsome integration with GE,” according to the release, and the last full day of trading of Arcam stock was on January 26, 2018.

Aerosint’s Multi-Powder Deposition Could Transform Industrial 3D Printing

Aerosint patterning process diagram and examples showing carbon-black colored PEEK powder (black) co-deposited with aluminum oxide powder (white).

Belgium-based startup Aerosint, founded in 2016, introduced its patent-pending powder bed 3D printing process to the world in 2017. The company has a fundamentally different approach to multi-material powder deposition, in that it selectively deposits powder material from a rotating drum that passes over a build area, rather than using several complex actuated nozzles; two drums are used to achieve multi-powder deposition in a line-by-line technique at rates of up to 200 mm per second. The process is also less sensitive to powder characteristics than techniques which use pipettes.

Dr. Kevin Eckes, an American biomedical engineering PhD working as an R&D engineer at Aerosint, explains in a Medium post that in order to introduce new opportunities in a competitive market, the 3D printing world needs to rethink the approach in powder fusion-based additive manufacturing.

“The maturation of multi-powder deposition techniques, whether pipette-based, drum-based, or otherwise, will no doubt open up a sea of opportunities for manufacturers,” Dr. Eckes wrote. “In addition to the benefits of powder waste reduction, material cost savings, and reduction of post-processing time, we see several areas of opportunity that can only be realized on an industrial scale using a multi-powder approach.”

To learn more about these areas of opportunity, and multi-powder deposition in general, check out the full post. Aerosint will also be releasing more perspectives about the benefits and applications of multi-powder deposition in the future.

3D Printing Used in Novel Application for EEG

A team of researchers from Vanderbilt University recently published a paper in the Journal of Neurosurgery, titled “Stereotactic EEG via multiple single-path omnidirectional trajectories within a single platform: institutional experience with a novel technique,” that describes a novel technique for stereotactic electroencephalography (SEEG) in patients with suspected epileptic foci refractory that used 3D printing. SEEG is being used more often to interrogate cortical, multifocal, and subcortical foci, and the researchers used their novel technology to insert 137 electrodes in 15 patients suffering from focal epilepsy. Results were favorable, and there were no clinical complications; in addition, the types of prohibitive up-front costs typically associated with other SEEG technologies would not occur here.

According to the paper, “In the authors’ technique, standard epilepsy evaluation and neuroimaging are used to create a hypothesis-driven SEEG plan, which informs the 3D printing of a novel single-path, multiple-trajectory, omnidirectional platform. Following skull-anchor platform fixation, electrodes are sequentially inserted according to the preoperative plan. The authors describe their surgical experience and technique based on a review of all cases, adult and pediatric, in which patients underwent invasive epilepsy monitoring via SEEG during an 18-month period at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Platform and anatomical variables influencing localization error were evaluated using multivariate linear regression.”

Xometry to Compare Additive and Subtractive Manufacturing at SWW18

Next week, SOLIDWORKS World 2018 will be held in Los Angeles, and Xometry, one of the top online marketplaces for custom manufactured parts, will be attending the event. The company’s instant quoting platform provides feedback and prices for your parts in several additive and subtractive processes, though once they’re optimized, it can’t tell you which type you should use. At SWW18, Xometry’s Director of Applications Engineering, Greg Paulsen, will be offering an expert comparison between the two at the third Additive Manufacturing Symposium session.

At Paulsen’s session, titled “Additive vs Subtractive Manufacturing and Subtractive for Additive,” he will discuss how both methods are able to create precise parts, but that they each have different considerations and benefits to consider before you decide. After the session, you can stop by Xometry’s booth #223 in the SWW Partner Pavilion to see its instant quoting platform for yourself, along with its Add-In for SOLIDWORKS, meet team members to discuss your parts, pick up manufacturing toolkits and SLS Xometry/SOLIDWORKS-branded spinners, and enter a raffle for the chance to win $500 in parts. You can learn more about SWW2018 here; 3DPrint.com readers can register for a special discounted rate using the code SWW18PRINT3D.

Hackaday Hosting New 3D Printing Contest

From now until February 20th, 12 PM PST, Hackaday is holding a new 3D printing contest, called “Repairs You Can Print.” Hackaday wants to see the best repair jobs participants have completed using 3D printed jigs, parts, and tools, and the top 20 projects will receive $100 in Tindie credit. Tell the story of how you used 3D printing technology to repair something as a new project on Hackaday.io. Once it’s published, click the “Submit project to…” menu to enter it. All projects must be open source, and a Prusa i3 Mk3 3D printer, plus the Multimaterial Upgrade, will be awarded to the winners of the Best Student Entry and the Best Organization Entry. Students must be able to prove that they are currently enrolled in school, while the Organization Prize is reserved for social or educational organizations, like FIRST Robotics Club; don’t forget to specify in your project that you want to be considered for one of these special prizes.

“People often show off trinkets, toys, and baubles that they print, while forgetting to share the real work horse projects: repairs that get the job done. Have you ever printed a replacement part, improved an existing part to provide better functionality, or designed a tool or jig that made a tough repair a snap? We want to hear about it and we have some sweet prizes for those who show off the coolest repair jobs,” the contest description states.

3D Printing Day Hosted in Berlin

Next month in Germany, 3YOURMIND and the 3D-Printing Network are working with the Technical University of Berlin’s Center for Intellectual Property to host a 3D Printing Day in Berlin, in order to connect 3D printing specialists and industry partners. Representatives from startups and global corporations alike will attend the event to show how 3D printing technology can change logistics and production, such as German railway company Deutsche Bahn. Key speakers include Iris Bröse, Project Manager 3D Printing from Bitkom, who will present on the political pathways and hurdles Germany and the EU will have to tackle in the future, and Stephan Kühr, 3YOURMIND’s CEO, who will discuss his company’s experience in defining the Agile Factory of the Future.

“It is important to keep cultivating the innovative spirit that brought significant (economic/industrial) growth in the region, and for us specifically, the grounds to start revolutionizing manufacturing worldwide,” said Kühr. “I have enough evidence to believe that Industrial 3D Printing will play a key role in this process, and it is a topic worthy to be addressed from several approaches.”

Berlin’s 3D Printing Day will take place at 10 AM on February 13, 2018, with a networking event at 7 that evening; visit the 3D Printing Day website for registration and further details.

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