Finally people are realizing that 3D printing is more than just a machine – Daphne Laméris, Shapeways

Finally people are realizing that 3D printing is more than just a machine – Daphne Laméris, Shapeways

Daphne Laméris is Product Development Engineer at Shapeways. She will speak about Post-processing of SLS nylon materials during the 3D Printing Materials Conference, on April 17, 2018, at Brightlands Chemelot Campus, Geleen, The Netherlands. 

What drives you?

I got into 3D printing because having an idea in your head and the actual physical product in your hands only a few days or weeks later, is simply amazing. My goal is to make the realization of ideas easier and the product better.

What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?

Materials available for 3D printing are getting more functional with better properties. This increases the possible applications for 3D printing in both consumer and industrial environments. The industry as a whole is also more maturing. Finally people are realizing that 3D printing is more than just a machine, but also involves pre- and -post-production as well as quality control.

What kind of impact do you expect them to have?

These developments are reducing the barriers to use 3D printing on a larger scale. It increases the reliability of the products and the range of applications.

What are the barriers that might stand in the way?

There are still many barriers. One of them is quality control. There is no perfect way to measure quality of unique models on a mass production scale.

What do you hope people to learn from your presentation?

What the current limitations are of SLS nylon in going from prints to products, and how some of those issues can be overcome.