Germany - In the industry, 3D printing is seen to be offering important advantages and showing possibilities that seem to have no limits.
3D printing is developing continuously as a generic term for various processes with which three-dimensional bodies can be created from powders, resins or molten plastics solely based on a data model. Research and development has made great leaps forward in recent years. Last year images of a 3D-printed heart went around the world, which caused a sensation and the possibilities seem to almost have no limits.
Meanwhile in the industry, it is state-of-the-art to print prototypes, small series or even spare parts directly and to dispense with costly injection moulding tool altogether. 3D printing does offer important advantages. The components can be designed and produced in a functional, visually appealing, extremely light and economically interesting way. And, to use this potential, it is essential for the user to keep abreast with the latest, which possibly brings a decisive advantage over the “market companion”.
The fourth edition of the 3D printing Symposium for plastics processing at the Lüdenscheid Plastics Institute will be held 1-2 April. Presentations by well-known speakers will provide a comprehensive overview of current innovations and developments in modern manufacturing systems and their possible applications. Reports on the experiences of already successful and established users will round off the programme.