Hannover Messe, the annual industrial fair taking place in Germany has opened today and there are a number of 3D printing presentations to look out for among the 6,500 exhibitors.
The fair takes place at the Hannover Exhibition Grounds beginning 24th April and ending this week on 28th April. The main theme of this year’s event is Industry 4.0 and factory digitalization.
EOS’ digital factory
German company EOS are exhibiting their industrial 3D printing offerings in the’Digital Factory’ section. At the event, EOS will present polymer-based 3D printing with their P 396 machine and their array of digital manufacturing solutions.
Dr. Adrian Keppler, CMO at EOS, explains how EOS’ technology “is already changing the way companies design and manufacture products.” Dr. Keppler also stated that,
In the context of Industry 4.0, industrial 3D printing is set to play a key role in developing the digitalized, intelligent factory of the future. At the same time, the technology gives companies greater flexibility and agility in adapting to ever changing market conditions.
Announcements from Hannover Messe have already begun with SAP launching their Digital Manufacturing application today. The software intends to advance industrial 3D printing as part of a digital manufacturing system.
While German institute, Fraunhofer will be present in Hannover showcasing their latest software solution, “Go Beyond 4.0”. The simulation software intends to facilitate 3D printing by testing proposed objects prior to printing. The product fits the bill for addressing industry 4.0 as it can automatically find defects with a 3D printable object.
Elsewhere at the fair, manufacturing company Siemens presented German Chancellor, Angela Merkel with a 3D printed selfie upon her visit to their stall on the opening day.
Concept Laser, another German metal 3D printing company, is also present at the event with Regional Sales Manager Karsten Edelmann scheduled to give a talk about the added value of additive manufacturing.
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Featured image shows the Hannover Exhibition Grounds. Photo via Flickr userArmy45.