While Christmas is almost upon us meaning turkey, presents and family time, it also means we are closer to CES which happens at the very beginning of the new year. In order to build up the excitement, here is a preview to 3D printing at CES and a round-up of some of the companies from the 3D printing industry that will be at the event in Las Vegas between 5th-8th January.
Italian company DWS will be present at CES having unveiled their impressive prints at Formnext and their large-scale model of Amatrice earlier this year, which preserved the Italian Town after it was tragically struck by an earthquake. Expect high resolution professional 3D printers at their purpose built enclosed booth with 30 designers showcasing more impressive prints.
Essentium Materials are a company focusing on improving materials through their use of natural resources in poorer countries and we expect Essentium to be previewing their first 3D printer at CES. The Essentium EM1 is the name they’ve given it and has ‘patent-pending microwave technology‘ which is ‘transforming additive manufacturing‘ according to their website.
Israeli company Nano Dimension will be at CES in January showcasing their circuit board printing capabilities and will demonstrate the DragonFly 2020™ 3D Printer in Booth 51032 in the Israel Tech PavilionLink. New this year, Nano Dimensions will show off more 3D printed circuit parts including antennas and more intricate devices.
Nano Dimension were featured in Sliced recently having announcing one of the first shipments of the Dragonfly to the U.S, specifically ‘one of the largest defense companies in the world‘.
Bill McInnis – Reebok
The man behind Reebok’s 3D printing shoe manufacturing, the Liquid Factory, Bill McInnis will be speaking at CES and most likely about the future of 3D printing in shoe manufacturing with his talk titled ‘Next-generation Footwear Manufacturing’. This year we saw big shoe brands such as Adidas, Nike and of course Reebok embrace 3D printing in their shoe manufacturing and moving into the new year this trend will likely increase with Adidas only recently selling a 3D printed runner. We covered 3D printing’s involvement with shoe manufacturing back in November with an update on the use of 3D printing in the industry.
Other notable mentions – ZMorph and Conference talks
Other companies to be showcasing their 3D printing technology include Polish company ZMorph whom 3DPI recently interviewed CEO and founder Przemek Jaworski. Brian McLean of Laika Studios will be talking at the conference, presumably about the use of 3D printing in the film industry following the success of their 3D printed stop-motion movie Kubo and the Two Strings. Local Motors will be represented by Alex Fiechter who will give a talk ‘From Economy of Scale to Economy of Scope: How 3D printing will bring vehicle customization to the masses’ following announcements this year of their 3D printed car and drone combo.
Finally, Greg Morris of General Electric’s 3D printing division GE Additive will discuss additive manufacturing ‘Disruptive Manufacturing using Additive Technologies’ following General Electric’s whirlwind 2016.
Featured image of a CES poster advertising the event. Image via CES on Twitter.