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Euromold joins forces with Wohlers

Euromold organiser Demat has announced a partnership with Wohlers Associates principal consultant and president Terry Wohlers, Dr. h.c., and his team of consultants and associates. According to Demat, this strategic relationship would help to preserve Euromold as the world’s leading exhibition on additive manufacturing and 3D printing.

Related: Formnext powered by TCT

“I am more excited than ever about Euromold’s role and influence in the development of the additive manufacturing industry,“ Wohlers commented. „The organisers are taking a comprehensive and careful view of the AM ecosystem of today and the future.”

Euromold 2015 takes place from 22 – 25 September 2015 at the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre, Germany.



Formnext powered by TCT to feature EOS‘ AM solutions

EOS, a global leader for high-end additive manufacturing (AM) solutions, has decided to showcase its AM solution portfolio in Germany in 2015 at the Formnext powered by TCT show in Frankfurt.
„Our goal was to make a well-educated decision for the future of our company and for our industry,“ Adrian Keppler, head of sales and Marketing at EOS said. „We are currently operating in a fascinating and growing market environment and see great potential ahead for the entire industry. After a thorough analysis of all possible alternatives, we feel that ‚formnext powered by TCT‘ has the biggest potential to become the leading, long-term global AM show of the future, offering the best platform we can currently think of to support further extensive market development of the entire AM industry.“

Related: Photo Gallery: Tool & Mould Expos 2015

The organiser of Formnext, Mesago Messe Frankfurt and the organiser of TCT Show + Personalize, Rapid News Publications Ltd, have recently agreed on a long-term strategic partnership.

The trade show for tool making and additive technologies/3D printing takes place in Frankfurt, Germany, from 24 – 27 November 2015. This fact is underlined by the new brand of Formnext powered by TCT.

“This partnership offers additional strength to the formnext concept, creating a very attractive, international and long-lasting trade show concept,” said Johann Thoma, CEO of Mesago Messe Frankfurt. “The benefits to the additive technologies/3D printing sector are most obvious, but the tool making sector stands to gain from the innovative partnership.”

formnext powered by TCT will take place in Hall 3, one of the most modern halls of the Frankfurt exhibition centre.

Hannover-Messe adds „Additive Manufacturing Plaza“

The overarching integration of industrial processes is entering the next round: Exhibitors at the Digital Factory trade fair (to be staged under the umbrella of Hannover-Messe 2015 in April) will demonstrate what industry needs for this next evolutionary phase, how product development and manufacturing processes will be coordinated in the future, and what the integration of information technology and automation can look like in action. The lead theme of the world’s most important trade fair for industrial technology is “Integrated Industry – Join the Network!”, and it is in this spirit that the hot topic of Industry 4.0 will be addressed.

The new Additive Manufacturing Plaza gives additive manufacturing a dedicated showcase at Digital Factory. The Plaza will put the spotlight on digital prototypes as a prerequisite for automated production. The heart of this special display is being staged in exclusive collaboration with Arburg. A group pavilion and individual stands by key players are part of the display. The focus will be on industry-capable machines as well as standard industrial materials of representative hardness and other parameters. Among the leading suppliers to appear alongside Arburg are alphacam, ExOne, Kisters and voxeljet.  According to Arburg, it is the only manufacturer to cover the entire spectrum of industrial production of high-quality plastic components, from additive manufacturing of one-off units all the way to injection moulding for mass production.

“At this special display, we are not only presenting our Freefomer and Arburg Plastic Freeforming technology, but also promising ways of using Industry 4.0 technology to deploy additive manufacturing and injection molding throughout the entire process chain,” explained Heinz Gaub, CTO, Arburg. “Along with the manufacture of functional components and small batches, we are presenting cutting-edge additive manufacturing using the Freeformer for user-specific customisation of mass-produced components made of plastic. Full integration throughout the value chain makes it possible to flexibly respond to customers’ individual wishes.”

International Symposium „Additive Manufacturing“


Germany – Additive manufacturing is promising a powerful boost in modern production engineering leaving behind some of the limitations of conventional product fabrication technologies. The symposium brings together the world leading experts in additive manufacturing and newcomers interested in this fascinating and vibrant field. Ample time for discussion and networking is making this event a great marketplace for new ideas and business in additive manufacturing.

The symposium will cover, among others, the following hot topics:

  • hardware and software solutions
  • process development
  • materials and materials systems
  • products and applications
  • market development and business fields
  • simulation, design and virtual environments
  • quality control and assurance
  • closed versus open Innovation

Program and Registration here.

When: 25 – 26 February 2015
Language: English
Where: Fraunhofer IWS, Winterbergstraße 28, 01277 Dresden, Germany

New collaborations in the UK and Switzerland

The advisory board of Rapid-Tech has decided to expand the event and to continue to make the conference program and accompanying exhibition more international, Messe Erfurt announced. Rapid-Tech has been one of Europe’s most important informative events in the field of additive manufacturing technologies for 11 years, attended by visitors from more than 20 countries.

See our January photo gallery here!

The initial focus of the internationalisation strategy will be Great Britain. Consequently, Messe Erfurt has opened its first office abroad to provide support for exhibitors and promote the event to visitors. To do this, it has partnered with renowned exhibition consultants Lincoln West, whose clients include Messe Stuttgart.

“I see great potential here for Messe Erfurt”, says Lincoln West’s managing director, Steve Lindsey. “Great Britain is one of the trailblazers when it comes to additive manufacturing. The consumer-oriented 3D printing market alone is currently estimated to be worth 3.5 billion Euros.”

Messe Erfurt’s CEO, Wieland Kniffka, also announced extensive plans for Switzerland. In September 2015, Messe Erfurt will use its trade fair platform “Rapid-Area” to bring the topic of additive technologies to the most important medical technology trade fair in Switzerland, the Swiss Medtech Expo at Messe Luzern. In return, the Swiss trade fair will organize a booth at Rapid-Tech in Erfurt.

“With this strategy, Rapid-Tech will continue to benefit from being an international hotspot for research and industrial applications”, says the chair of the advisory board, Michael Eichmann, Managing Director of RTC Rapid Technologies & Consulting GmbH.

Top companies added to the program

Rapid-Tech in Erfurt (10 and 11 June 2015) will have a new, optimised structure: New topics, visionary outlooks and insights and even more information will make the conference and trade fair more attractive to both visitors and exhibitors. Keynote presentations by market leaders such as Airbus, Microsoft, Hermle and Arburg have already been confirmed as part of the event program.

There will be a purely scientific section for the very first time. Presentations on topics such as materials and quality assurance will be at the heart of the two-day convention. The forward-thinking “Vision 3D” will also make its début. This will not only cover future concepts and wide-ranging debates, but will also present promising applications and visionary approaches for additive manufacturing by practical examples. Another new feature will be the “Tools” expert forum. This will focus on the application of additive manufacturing processes in manufacturing cutting dies and embossing tools, injection moulds and die-casting moulds. The possibilities and limitations of the various processes used to manufacture moulds and tool elements will also be discussed.

The established “Medical Technology” and “Aerospace” expert forums will provide an opportunity for intensive, expert discussion of these leading AM fields. The “New Technologies” user conference will once again feature on the agenda. For the past eleven years, it has been an important forum for people to discuss current development trends in additive manufacturing The “Design Engineers’ Day” will also return – the event that gives design engineers the opportunity to learn about the basics of layering technologies and the associate design freedom, and to gain detailed knowledge of process-specific features and limitations.

In addition, Rapid-Tech 2015 will host the Fraunhofer Additive Manufacturing Alliance forum. This will cover the practical, scientific aspect of the field and inform visitors of innovations that are still at the development stage.

In parallel to Rapid-Tech on 10 and 11 June, Messe Erfurt will also host the third Fab-Con 3D trade fair for semiprofessional users and prosumers in the field of 3D printing.

Unilever leverages 3D printing injection moulds

Stratays announced that the Italian division of international consumer goods giant, Unilever, has cut lead times for prototype parts by 40% since introducing Stratasys‘ PolyJet 3D printing technology into its manufacturing process. Utilszing 3D printed injection moulding tools, the company is now able to produce prototype parts in the final material for functional and consumer tests significantly faster than traditional tooling methods, Stratasys said.

Unilever, which owns brands such as Surf, Comfort, Hellmanns and Domestos, is using its Stratasys Objet 500 Connex multi-material 3D production system to produce injection mould tools for its household care and laundry goods divisions, with a run of around 50 units for a wide variety of prototype parts such as bottle caps and closures and toilet rim blocks.

„With Stratasys 3D printing technology, we can design and print a variety of injection molds for different parts that can undergo functional and consumer testing, all on the same day,“ explains Stefano Cademartiri, R&D, CAD and Prototyping Specialist at Unilever. „Before, we would have to wait several weeks to receive prototype parts using our traditional tooling process; not only would this lengthen lead times, it would also increase costs if iterations were required. With 3D printing we’re now able to apply design iterations to the mold within a matter of hours, enabling us to produce prototype parts in final materials such as polypropylene, 40% faster than before.“

Armed with its Stratasys Objet500 Connex ,Unilever 3D prints its injection mould tools in Digital ABS – a material renowned for its high temperature resistance and toughness, making it ideal for injection moulding applications. Cademartiri continues: „By 3D printing the injection moulds in Digital ABS, we’re able to retain the high quality associated with traditional manufactured prototypes, while also enduring the high temperatures and pressures of the injection moulding machine, at a significantly reduced cost and turnaround time.“