3D printing up close – innovation, vision and best practices

3D fab+print touchpoint for drupa 2016

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3D printing allows for complete customization and is the key to highly flexible production, making it very attractive for promotional items and personalized products

3D printing is one of the technologies that everyone in the print community is talking about. Additive production processes are on the minds of users in the design and packaging industries, machine and plant construction, aerospace, automotive construction and dental and medical technology the world over. So futuristic 3D printing has an important role to play at drupa 2016. “drupa’s realignment is shifting the focus towards innovation in the sector and providing a special platform for pioneering interdisciplinary technologies like 3D printing,” says Sabine Geldermann, director of drupa. Numerous ‘traditional’ exhibitors like HP, Leapfrog, Mimaki, Roland, Ricoh, Xerox and TU Chemnitz are already looking into this technology and will be presenting exciting solutions. First movers like Stratasys and Massivit 3D Printing will also be attending drupa 2016.

“It was important for us to pick up and focus on this topical issue. The potential of 3D printing in many vertical markets shouldn’t be underestimated. In particular, spare parts for mechanical engineering or packaging design offer huge opportunities for machine builders, users and also print providers,” continues Geldermann. The 3D fab+print touchpoint in Hall 7A reflects this diversity. This special show will present the very latest state-of-theart technology as well as vision and exciting best-practice cases. Technology providers and customers, exhibitors and visitors, visionaries and real-life users can meet here and drive this exciting topic forward. KCI Publishing BV a knowledge and communication company based in the Netherlands has been tasked with organizing the 3D fab+print touchpoint.

The Additive Manufacturing in the VDMA work group, a VDMA initiative, will also contribute to drupa 2016 with a series of presentations in the 3D fab+print touchpoint along with its own activities. “3D printing is very appealing and exciting for the consumer market. It allows for complete customization and is the key to highly flexible production, making 3D printing very attractive for promotional items and personalized products. 3D printing is also ideal for producing small batches of tools, for finishing, for example,” explains Rainer Gebhardt, project manager of the Additive Manufacturing work group. And last but not least, 3D printing is also featured in the drupa innovation park – in the ‘Innovations in Printing Technologies’ area.

In 2024, we are looking at full recovery and growth-led investment in Indian printing

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. It created the category of privately owned B2B print magazines in the country. And by its diversification in packaging, (Packaging South Asia), food processing and packaging (IndiFoodBev) and health and medical supply chain and packaging (HealthTekPak), and its community activities in training, research, and conferences (Ipp Services, Training and Research) the organization continues to create platforms that demonstrate the need for quality information, data, technology insights and events.

India is a large and tough terrain and while its book publishing and commercial printing industry have recovered and are increasingly embracing digital print, the Indian newspaper industry continues to recover its credibility and circulation. The signage industry is also recovering and new technologies and audiences such as digital 3D additive printing, digital textiles, and industrial printing are coming onto our pages. Diversification is a fact of life for our readers and like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

India is one of the fastest growing economies in nominal and real terms – in a region poised for the highest change in year to year expenditure in printing equipment and consumables. Our 2024 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock – to emphasize your visibility and relevance to your customers and turn potential markets into conversations.

– Naresh Khanna

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