The rapidly growing 3D printing materials palette 

The 4th edition of the 3D Printing Materials Conference, focused on Polymers, took place on February 02, 2017, at Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen, The Netherlands. At the same location, on February 01, the 4D Printing & Meta Materials Conference was held.

The conferences brought together over 150 attendees, who gathered to discuss the most disruptive applications of 3D printing and latest developments and applications in the field. They were not purely academic conferences, but innovative events bringing together brilliant minds and discoveries.

Speakers from Shapeways, Ultimaker, Hewlett-Packard, Chemson Pacific/Australia, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, e-Xstream engineering, Promolding, Wageningen University, DSM Research, Pollen AM, NextDent and ACTA talked about the topics in focus.

The titles of the presentations included: 3D-printable PVC; Materials for fused filament fabrication; Materials for HP Multijet Fusion Technology; 3D Printing and the Circular market; Will it print?; How will digital manufacturing change the consumer market and what is needed?; Additive manufacturing simulation solution as enabler for confident lightweight automotive design

Find more about the 2017 program. A photo impression of the event can be found here.

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Fast-facts about 3D Printing Materials

3D printing is hot and has emerged as manufacturing technology with a thousand uses spread across a very diverse user base. The ongoing development of new materials does not only have impact on the quality of the 3D printed end product, it opens new markets and it has a positive influence on the price level of the used materials.

Fine-tuning materials. The roads to success in the 3D printing sector will depend on fine-tuning materials to the needs of each application. This fine-tuning process will involve the type and the quality, strength and costs of materials, but also the selection of marketing channels and for example packaging of the end product.

Since each user group and each application needs its own materials set, the market has huge potential: it seems that hardly a day goes by without new materials being added to the 3D printing palette. But simultaneously, it raises many associated questions: which developments can be expected in the near future? Which markets will be influenced on short term? How can materials be produced cost-efficiently?

Who should attend? Any person who is involved in developing products for 3D printing, from designer to engineer, from researcher to 3D printer manufacturer and from material manufacturer to material reseller.

Recommended. 82% of the attendees of the third edition would recommend the conference to colleagues or business relations.

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