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Posted on August 21, 2018 by Chris Clare

Discovering the latest innovations at 3D Printing USA 2018

The IDTechEx Show! presents 3D Printing USA 2018 in Santa Clara on November 14 & 15, which offers the opportunity for key innovators and end users across several verticals to share their insights and expertise in the leading edge of additive manufacturing. IDTechEx forecasts the total market value of 3D printers, materials and services will be $22 billion by 2028.
 
The two-day conference track commences with keynote speakers include Dr Bryony Core from IDTechEx, whose unparalleled market insights into 3D Printing will empower businesses to fully leverage this exciting technology as the market evolves over the next 10 years. BASF will follow with a roadmap of what to expect in the forthcoming few years from this pivotal materials company. Ultimaker, experts in prosumer and professional thermoplastic extrusion, will demonstrate the production possibilities with their range of printers. The much-discussed start-up BigRep will showcase their innovative technology which can be used to speed up polymer printing.
 
3D printing of electronics has emerged as a discrete section of the overall 3D printing market, but the range of technologies available to facilitate this application are already considerably diverse. From printing prototype circuit boards for educational purposes with significantly lower lead times, to high volume production of 3D printed conformal antennae, the practical applications of this exciting new technology are myriad. Presentations from market leaders such as Voltera, Botfactory, TeamNEO, Neotech and ChemCubed, this session will highlight the future applications that are in the pipeline.
 
Metal additive manufacturing will see rapid growth over the next ten years; the latest trends and innovations are covered in a session dedicated to this technology. Carpenter Technology will expand upon their line of metal powders for 3D printing, a key concern facing end users today. Velo3D will discuss how their technology is pushing the boundaries of what is possible with 3D metal printing. Startup Z3DLab will provide insight into their new titanium powders especially suited for medical applications. Finally, Star Rapid will share their insights on how to avoid the common pitfalls encountered when applying 3D metal printing to real world manufacturing processes.
 
3D printing with plastics has the most diverse customer base of any printing process, ranging from hobbyists, to prosumers and industrial end users, and the 3D Printing conference reflects this diversity.
 
Voxel8 caught the world's attention a few years ago for their multimaterial printer capabilities; they join the IDTechEx Show! to illustrate how they are enabling digital elastomer printing thanks to this technological capability. Maastricht University will outline how they are adapting industry technologies for academic research to further biomedical applications of thermoplastic extrusion. Forecast3D will evaluate how HP's MultiJet Fusion compares to other 3D printers with real-world examples. The Shap3D Centre continues to push the boundaries of what is possible with 3D printing by bringing together industry experts with academics. VisionMiner will highlight how to print in engineering-grade thermoplastics on open-materials systems.
 
3D Printing of composites is perceived as a crucial future iteration for many forms of 3D Printing and for the first time the IDTechEx Show! 2018 is hosting a session dedicated to this class of materials. The enhanced functionality achieved with the use of an additive has already seen some significant projects including a fully 3D Printed car and parts being prepared for space flight. This inaugural session includes talks given from many of the companies pioneering this technology including Markforged, Arevo, Continuous Composites and Impossible Objects. The material feedstocks can be varied and talks from Vartega and Project Egg will showcase their advancements along with some key emerging applications.
 
In our 2nd year of covering 3D printing in the medical sector, we have 5 speakers lined up to bring the audience up to date on the myriad of opportunities of 3D printing in this area. Anatomics will speak on how they have been using 3D printing in advancing surgical tools and implants, with an emphasis on the materials used at the bone-implant interface. From the bioprinting/tissue engineering world, Advanced Solutions will speak on how their unique 6-axis robot arm can print both additive and contour structures and can interface directly with other biofabrication equipment to automate the entire workflow. Moving to applications outside of the body, we have Sutrue who will present on how their "multi-typing" approach can reduce costs, time, and waste in the development of medical device prototypes. The session is rounded out by Dr Nabeel Cajee, who will speak on the topic of digital dentistry, and Medicalip, who will present on an AI-based digital workflow system for operating efficient medical 3D printing in clinical fields.
 
Of course, rapid innovation within 3D Printing is further facilitated through enabling technologies. Computational design industry stalwarts, Dassault Systèmes will demonstrate how their 3DEXPERIENCE platform provides a digital thread from design to production, specifically addressing concerns common to metal 3D printing. Cytosurge AG will present their FluidFM printer, capable of printing metals with submicron resolution. Tempo Industries will showcase how they are utilising thermoplastic extrusion to produce final LED lighting components. Finally, Huafeng will highlight their range of graphene/GO doped 3D printed coatings for textile applications.
 
3D Printing USA will take place in Santa Clara on November 14 & 15. Attendees will gain a comprehensive understanding of the state-of-the-art in 3D Printing. End-users from a range of applications will report on their experiences and desired improvements. Register by August 24 for a 25% attendee discount - visit www.3dprintingusa.tech External Link.
Learn more at the next leading event on the topic: 3D Printing Europe 2019 External Link on 10 - 11 Apr 2019 at Estrel Convention Center, Berlin, Germany hosted by IDTechEx.
Chris Clare

Authored By: Chris Clare

Event Director

Posted on: August 21st 2018