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FESPA 2015 to Explore Opportunities of 3D Printing

fespa_3D_05_15It is no longer a secret that 3D printing is fast becoming one of print’s most talked-about technologies, both inside the industry and amongst consumers.

source: fespa.com, Written by  Rob Fletcher

During the last year, there has been plenty of media coverage dedicated to this advancing technology and the many possibilities it can offer. Glancing at some the headlines from the last 12 months, we have been presented with a host of 3D print innovations that show this evolving sector of print is advancing at an alarming rate.

Last year, we saw the creation of the world’s first 3D-printed electronic car, the Strati. Running at a top speed of 40mph, the car isn’t going to set any land-speed records, but the fact it has been put together using just 40 3D-printed parts shows just how far this innovative sector of the industry has advanced since first coming to the public eye a couple of years ago.

Meanwhile, designer Andrey Rudenko was last year able to use 3D print technology to create a small castle in his back garden. Each layer of concrete on the castle measured just 10mm high and 30mm wide, with Rudenko now set to take on the task of using 3D print to create a full-size house.

While many would describe 3D print as ‘out of this world’, NASA took this literally by installing a 3D print device on board the International Space Station. Last year, Astronaut Barry Wilmore made history by using the technology to produce the first-ever 3D-printed object in space, which came in the form of a cover panel. The object was 3D-printed on a Zero-G, a device created through a collaboration between NASA and 3D-print technology firm Made in Space.

These are just some examples of what can be achieved using 3D printing, a process that finds its roots within traditional printing. Enhancements in 3D print such as those listed here are only likely to harness more interest, not just from consumers but also those in the traditional print sector keen to take advantage of this new area of work.

FESPA 2015 will have two complementary demonstration areas during the exhibition in Cologne:

The Industrial Print Showcase at FESPA 2015 will be powered by ESMA, the leading non-profit association for specialist printing manufacturers of screen and digital print technology. The sessions will cover a range of manufacturing sectors in which print is becoming much-sought after.

Secondly, the 3D Print Showcase will be organised by 3DION, a non-profit supporting the education and learning for industries interested in 3D and other forms of additive manufacturing, will present a number of different 3D printing machines in conjunction with leading 3D equipment manufacturers including Stratysys.

Although 3D print is seen by some as a technology that is still evolving, it is becoming increasingly apparent that print companies across the global industry should be keeping track of its progress. Given the high profile names already utilising the technology in innovative ways, the Industrial Print and 3D Print Showcases at FESPA 2015 will offer attendees the chance to gain an insight into what could be one of the most profitable and exciting markets in the history of print.

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