TOUCHPOINT 3D fab+print AT K 2016

A special feature at K 2016, The Worldąs No. 1 Trade Fair for Plastics and Rubber, will be the touchpoint 3D fab+print special show to give visitors the opportunity to explore the possibilities and limits of additive manufacturing.

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The presentation is organized and managed by Messe Düsseldorf in cooperation with its partner KCI Publishing BV ­ a leading knowledge, communications and information company based in the Netherlands. touchpoint 3D fab+print will be a central meeting place for technology providers and users, exhibitors and visitors, visionaries and practitioners to exchange ideas and drive this trend-setting topic forward. K 2016 will take place from October 19 - 26, 2016 at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany.

In-depth presentations and discussions about the 3D topic will be held in two half-day conferences to take place on October 20 and October 25 from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm. The 3D fab+print Summits, also organized by KCI Publishing BV, will further focus on developments in materials as well as on the different methods used in the processes of additive manufacturing, including best practices, application scenarios, market potentials and costs. Contributions by such leading manufacturers as Stratasys, Arburg, Proto Labs and EnvisionTec as well as by experts from the fields of research and science will ensure a wide variety of perspectives. Each of the 30-minute presentations will be structured as short talks, followed by question-and-answer sessions. The presentations on October 20 will be hosted by Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Gerd Witt from the University of Duisburg-Essen, Chair of Manufacturing Technology. On the first day of K 2016 (October 19), a short presentation entitled łAdditive Manufacturing for Individualizing Series Products˛ will be held in Hall 6 during the theme day focusing on Industry 4.0 within the special show łPlastics Shape the Future˛.

Additive manufacturing will be available to see, touch and try out on the łWolfgangą˛ FabBus parked in front of Hall 3 during K 2016. As part of EU funding project, the double-decker bus was converted into a mobile laboratory by GoetheLab of the Aachen University of Applied Sciences. łWolfgang˛ will bring the latest scientific findings in the field of additive manufacturing straight from the laboratory to the exhibition center, making the technology understandable and accessible. The FabBus' lower deck is designed as a showroom with exhibits and components manufactured using all the usual methods of additive manufacturing. The upper deck features eight workplaces with CAD computers and 3D printers for visitors to design and print their own objects.

Many of the K 2016 exhibitors will also showcase interesting innovations in the field of additive manufacturing. They will be listed in a special brochure to guide visitors to their stands.

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