Additive Manufacturing

Some of you may know that earlier this year I took on an additional role as editor of Disruptive, a website and eNewsletter dealing with additive manufacturing, which is the more industrial end of 3D printing. So this week I’m in Amsterdam for the Additive Manufacturing Europe show, hosted by Tarsus, the publisher behind Disruptive.

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Lisa Milburn, managing director of the additive manufacturing group at Tarsus, is in overall charge of organising the event. She started off the conference program by introducing Tarsus and laying out the reasons behind the show, saying: “Tarsus are very interested in markets and industries that are in the stage of growth and clearly additive manufacturing is one of those areas.”

The show is a combination of conferences, workshops and exhibition stands. It’s been fairly busy, especially considering that it’s the first of these shows and that it’s aimed at a business audience, which means that people are less likely to drop by on the off-chance.

Wasp_DC24788The exhibitors are a good mix of machinery and materials suppliers. There are a couple of new products. Wasp, for example, showed off a new Delta 3MT, which features a 1×1 metre build area and an extruder that takes pellets. This makes it cheaper to run, and allows you to mix in other materials, like nylon or hemp to achieve different textured effects.

There are also plenty of applications being demonstrated. British company Eventuri, for example, brought a car to the Ultimaker stand to show how they had used 3D printing to develop more efficient air intake systems.

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The conference events have been well attended, with a good range of questions from the floor. Equally the product demonstrations have attracted a good crowd, with most vendors reporting that the visitors know what they are looking for.

You can find more details of the show itself at amshow-europe.com and most of my writing on the event is on the Disruptive website.


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