Drupa is the big every three year gathering of the global print industry. The event with 17 halls of the Messe Dusseldorf will welcome this year over 300,000 visitors till the 10th of June 2016. Among the 5 key trends going on this year, two are influenced by 3D Printing, namely Intersectional integration and 3D me – It seems pretty clear to the print industry that some of the best future opportunities lie at the intersection of traditionally siloed industry segments. This year exhibitors are working hard to demonstrate that integrating these segments like 3D printing with product packaging or functional printing on new, previously unprintable substrates can create compelling new opportunities. Fancy having a 3D printed model of yourself to sit on your desk? If so, you can get one of these at the show. Much like virtual reality (VR) at mobile industry events, 3D printing is the stand candy at Drupa.
This year there are 23 companies displaying their 3D Printing innovation at the show. Among them, Massivit and HP were showing for the first time their 3D Printers.
Massivit 3D: in display for the first time outside Israel
We covered in details the Massivit 3D printer earlier this year. In these two videos you will learn more about the machine and from the company.
HP Jet Fusion 3D Printer: on display for the first time
HP Product Manager Xavier Llorens explains how the HP Jet Fusion 3D Printer is working:
Based on internal testing and simulation, HP Jet Fusion 3D printing solution average printing time is up to 10 times faster than FDM & SLS printer solutions from $100,000 USD to $300,000 USD on market as of April 2016. Testing variables: Part Quantity -1 full bucket of parts from HP Jet Fusion 3D at 20% of packing density vs same number of parts on above-mentioned competitive devices; Part size: 30g; Layer thickness: 0.1mm/0.004 inches. Fast Cooling is enabled by HP Jet Fusion 3D Processing Station with Fast Cooling, available in 2017. HP Jet Fusion 3D Processing Station with Fast Cooling accelerates parts cooling time vs recommended manufacturer time of SLS printer solutions from $100,000 USD to $300,000 USD, as tested in April 2016. FDM not applicable.
Based on internal testing and public data, HP Jet Fusion 3D printing solution average printing cost-per-part is half the cost of comparable FDM & SLS printer solutions from $100,000 USD to $300,000 USD on market as of April 2016.
Certainly, we can expect a bigger presence from the likes of Canon, Ricoh, Xerox,… at the next Drupa show in 3 years.