INDUSTRY 2019, what novelties in the 3D printing industry?
During the last week of October, INDUSTRY From Needs To Solutions celebrated its 4th edition in Barcelona. In this new edition of the fair, various AM actors and speakers spoke about the evolution of additive manufacturing in the last few years, notably through IN(3D)TALKS. Fifteen sessions were held on five industry-related sectors: automotive, aeronautics, industry, health (with its Helthio day) and the retail sector.
Within the aeronautics panel, Manuel Aliprandi, Materials and Process Engineer at Ruag Aerospace, revealed the details of the first 3D printed piece that will travel to the Moon, a landing gear of the SpaceIL mission. On the same panel, we saw Paolo Calza, Design and Technology Director of Avio Aero, the division of General Electric that specializes in the manufacture of aircraft engine components using AM technology. As for the automotive industry, David Magnusson, head of the additive manufacturing division at Volvo Trucks, shared the benefits of prototyping for the Swedish brand.
On the second day, the fair was dedicated to additive manufacturing in the health sector – Helthio day. The day began with a presentation of a wide range of 3D printing applications in different Catalan hospitals, several speakers were featured, such as Tamer Mohamed or Axel Guenther, both spoke about the evolution of bioprinting and the current opportunities for these technologies. Other keynote speakers during IN(3D)TALKS included Virgilio García, Director of the Global Research Program led by ArcelorMittal, the world’s leading steel production company, who participated in the panel on the introduction of metal additive fabrication in different industries.
This year, just like previous years, the INDUSTRY Arena was present, it’s the exhibition stage in which various actors of the industry show the current possibilities of 3D printing technologies, by showcasing pieces created using additive manufacturing. There were about twenty companies related to the 3D industry – the company Multi3Dprint presented the BigRep machine for example, and BCN3D announced its collaboration with the footwear brand CAMPER.
One of the most outstanding novelties was the inclusion of the 3D Factory Incubator, the first incubator specializing on 3D printing in Europe, presented 14 projects that have joined the incubator since its opening in March of this year. We saw companies such as 3YOURMIND and its 3D software, different additive manufacturing services, and even the presentation of a 3D printed saxophone.
INDUSTRY 2019 included four events: the first MAX congress on advanced manufacturing, the Barcelona Cybersecurity Congress on cybersecurity and Ayri11 on automation and robotics.
Find out more about the 2020 edition of Industry From Needs to Solutions on its official website HERE, and don’t miss some of the industry exponents on our Live Tour during INDUSTRY 2019.
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