Spotlight On 3D Printing at K 2016

During K 2013, Arburg captured everyone’s attention with its novel Freeformer machine for additive manufacturing. We’ll find out soon what will be the next showstopper, but in the meantime, here’s a preview of some cool and innovative 3D printing technologies that you’ll see in Dusseldorf.

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During K 2013, Arburg captured everyone’s attention with its novel Freeformer machine for additive manufacturing. We’ll find out soon what will be the next showstopper, but in the meantime, here’s a preview of some cool and innovative 3D printing technologies that you’ll see at K. See you in Dusseldorf!

 

3D fab+print
Be sure to check out the 3D fab+print presentations, which are organized and managed by MMesse Düsseldorf North America in cooperation with its partner KCI Publishing BV. In-depth presentations and discussions about the topic will be held in two half-day conferences to take place on October 20 and October 25 from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm.

 

The 3D fab+print Summits will further focus on developments in materials as well as on the different methods used in the processes of additive manufacturing, including best practices, scenarios, market potentials and costs. Contributions by manufacturers as Stratasys, Inc., Arburg GmbH & Co KG, Proto Labs, Inc. and EnvisionTec, as well as by experts from the fields of research and science, will ensure a wide variety of perspectives. Each of the 30-minute presentations will be structured as short talks, followed by question-and-answer sessions.

 

FabBus
You also have to check out the “Wolfgang’” FabBus parked in front of Hall 3 during K 2016. As part of EU funding project, the double-decker bus was converted into a mobile laboratory by GoetheLab of the Aachen University of Applied Sciences (see picture at bottom).

 

“Wolfgang” will bring the latest scientific findings in the field of additive manufacturing straight from the laboratory to the exhibition center, making the technology understandable and accessible. The FabBus' lower deck is designed as a showroom with exhibits and components manufactured using all the usual methods of additive manufacturing. The upper deck features eight workplaces with CAD computers and 3D printers for visitors to design and print their own objects.

 

Some highlights from exhibitors:
At this year’s K-Show, Stratasys (Hall 4/C55) will showcase how companies like Unilever, HASCO, Berker and many more are enjoying savings in both cost and time across their manufacturing operations by incorporating Stratasys technology into their injection molding process.

 

In addition, the recently-launched J750 3D Printer—the world’s only 3D printer to produce full color, multi-material prototypes and parts in a single 3D print—will demonstrate  the capability to quickly and cost-effectively produce molds in ABS.

 

Wacker will showcase a reported “world’s first” at K 2016: the first industrial 3D printer for silicones (see picture at top). The high-tech device—called ACEO Imagine Series K—will be in operation in Hall 6/A10 throughout the entire tradeshow. Up to now, there is no mature 3D printing technology available for silicones. Wacker believes this process marks a milestone in additive manufacturing.

 

A new development collaboration between Airbus Group Innovations, LSS Laser Sinter Service and Lehmann&Voss&Co. has been launched to bring ThermoMELT, a new 3D printing process developed by Airbus Group Innovations. This technology is said to reduce the cost of producing with high performance polymers, and allow new high performance polymers to be used, by lowering required sintering temperatures. German service bureau Rauch CNC will also join this collaboration as a partner for testing ThermoMELT and to ensure it fulfills market requirements.

 

ThermoMELT allows the production of parts using high performance materials in slightly modified commercial SLS machines that are already in the market. These modifications will provide better thermal and laser control to the system. Furthermore, ThermoMELT also significantly reduces the thermal aging effects during the manufacturing process, increasing recyclability and reducing costs compared to standard additive layer manufacturing techniques.  

 

This collaboration will bring the ThermoMELT process to a commercial level allowing the use of high-performance materials in additive manufacturing. Lehmann&Voss&Co. will present insights of the THERMOMELT process in Hall 8A/G33.

 

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