More flexibility and individuality, less weight and waste – 3D printing technology is gaining ground in many industry sectors.
More and more additively manufactured components and products are now being produced in series. In the meantime, the versatility and flexibility of 3D printing makes it suitable for highly demanding applications in nearly all industry sectors. And there’s hardly a sector that wouldn’t benefit from the technology of additive manufacturing: machinery and equipment manufacturing, the automotive industry, aviation and aerospace, the consumer goods industry, dentistry and medical technology, the bus and railway industry and the fields of art, design and fashion.
For example where toolmaking and the fabrication of fixtures are concerned, 3D-printed components can be replaced in just a few hours instead of several days. With 3D-printed functional prototypes, design engineers and developers can evaluate designs and test functions much more quickly than with conventional methods. This results in significantly shorter time-to-market. Organic components with complex geometries can be produced quickly and cost-effectively by means of 3D printing. On the whole, 3D printing has many advantages where setup time is concerned. Individually adapted components can be produced very quickly. Reduced material usage and the avoidance of waste in component production must also be stressed in this regard. High-performance materials and composites make it possible to achieve greatest possible load-bearing capacity and minimal product weight, thus opening up additional new opportunities for lightweight design and energy efficiency.
3D printing will be presented as a thematic highlight in hall 1 at Motek/Bondexpo 2021. Suppliers of 3D printers for industrial use, material suppliers for 3D printing and job shops for 3D printed parts and assemblies will present their solutions and services here.
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