K 2016 Touchpoint 3D fab+print at K 2016

Editor: Barbara Schulz

Germany – Hardly any technology is currently attracting so much attention as additive manufacturing.

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Parts made on the new EOS M 400-4. The 3D fab+print touchpoint in Hall 4 will be the central location for information about AM.
Parts made on the new EOS M 400-4. The 3D fab+print touchpoint in Hall 4 will be the central location for information about AM.
(Source: Schulz)

Additive manufacturing processes are causing a stir among users in the design and packaging, aerospace and automotive industries as well as in the fields of dental and medical technology and machines and plant engineering.

These processes promise great freedom of design and allow individual components to be manufactured with highly complex geometries and internal structures. A presentation at K 2013 made many plastics processors aware of the opportunities presented by the direct additive manufacturing of plastic parts with thermoplastics. The technologies have matured to such an extent that they are now sometimes being used to complement or even replace conventional production processes, particularly in view of increasingly fast-changing consumer tastes and trends as well as in view of the new challenges that the industry is facing in regard to the individualisation of plastic products.

Messe Düsseldorf established the 3D fab+print brand three years ago to focus especially on this topic of the future. K 2016 will be presenting comprehensive opportunities for visitors to explore the possibilities and limits of additive manufacturing.

The 3D fab+print touchpoint in Hall 4 will be the central location for information about these topics. This presentation is being organised and manned by Messe Düsseldorf in cooperation with its partner, KCI Publishing BV – a leading knowledge, communications and information company based in the Netherlands. Technology providers and users, exhibitors and visitors, visionaries and practitioners may meet here to swap notes and drive this trend-setting topic forward.

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