3D printing has arrived in SMEs

The additive manufacturing method is becoming increasingly popular in practical industrial application. It is quickly becoming a genuine addition to conventional methods. 3D printing particularly comes to the fore when complex components need to be manufactured cost-effectively in small quantities. This makes the technology especially interesting for small and medium-sized enterprises.

The event was hosted by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce (CIC) Middle Lower Rhine and interest was huge: around 60 visitors attended the “3D printing in industrial practice” event in the Alfred Pierburg Auditorium at the Pierburg GmbH headquarters in Neuss to find out about the opportunities, challenges and practical applications of additive manufacturing. A series of presentations was complemented by separate workshops that allowed participants to expand their knowledge and hold technical conversations. 

“As the host of the event, we were focussed on giving interested parties a comprehensive overview of this still quite young technology”, explained the head of our corporate development department Benedikt Szukala, “because, besides the numerous benefits that additive manufacturing offers, it still poses a range of challenges for many designers. It requires a willingness to try new ideas and to take account of method-specific features.” Or, in other words, to be able to exploit the potential of the method, the upstream and downstream phases of the printing must be integrated and considered in the process. “More than just 3D printing” was also the title of the presentation held by our sales manager Ralf Dahmen, who presented the specific value creation phases from the design through to 3D printing and mechanical post-processing with their associated optimisation potentials. 

After the event, SOLIDTEQ gave visitors a chance to see for themselves that we offer more than “just” 3D printing with a visit to the production area: besides the additive manufacturing systems, customers have access to a range of options for mechanised post-processing and quality assurance.

 

Picture: Source: CIC Middle Lower Rhine

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