3D fab+print: additive manufacturing at the K 2016

Hardly any technology is currently attracting so much attention as additive manufacturing, which is also called generative manufacturing or 3D printing. Additive manufacturing processes are causing a stir among users in the design and packaging, aerospace and automotive industries as well as in the fields of dental and medical technology and machines and plant engineering. The processes promise great freedom of design and allow individual components to be manufactured with highly complex geometries and internal structures. A presentation at the K 2013 made many plastics processors aware of the opportunities presented by the direct additive manufacturing of plastic parts with thermoplastics. The technologies have matured to such an extent that they are now sometimes being used to complement or even replace conventional production processes, particularly in view of increasingly fast-changing consumer tastes and trends as well as in view of the new challenges that the industry is facing in regard to the individualisation of plastic products. Messe Düsseldorf established the 3D fab+print brand three years ago to focus especially on this topic of the future. The K 2016 fair will represent comprehensive opportunities for visitors to explore the possibilities and limits of additive manufacturing.

The 3D fab+print touchpoint in Hall 4 will be the central location for information about these topics. This presentation is being organised and manned by Messe Düsseldorf in cooperation with its partner, KCI Publishing BV – a leading knowledge, communications and information company based in the Netherlands. Technology providers and users, exhibitors and visitors, visionaries and practitioners may meet here to swap notes and drive this trend-setting topic forward.

Furthermore, in-depth presentations and discussions about this topic are to be staged in two half-day conferences to take place on Thursday, 20 October, and Tuesday, 25 October, from 9.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. respectively. The 3D fab+print Summits, also organised 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 be ensuring that the topics will be competently illuminated from all sides. Each of the 30-minute presentations will be structured as short talks, which will be followed by question-and-answer sessions. The presentations on Thursday, 20 October, will be hosted by Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Gerd Witt from the University of Duisburg-Essen, Chair of Manufacturing Technology.

On the K 2016’s opening day on 19 October, a short presentation entitled, ‘Additive Manufacturing for Individualising Series Products’ is going to be given in Hall 6 during the theme day focusing on Industry 4.0 within the special show entitled, ‘Plastics Shape the Future’.

Additive manufacturing will be available to see, touch and try out on the ‘Wolfgang’ FabBus that will be parked in front of Hall 3 throughout the fair. The former double-decker bus from Berlin was converted within the framework of a EU funding project into a mobile laboratory by GoetheLab of the Aachen University of Applied Sciences. ‘Wolfgang’ will be bringing the latest scientific findings in the field of additive manufacturing straight from the laboratory to the exhibition centre and making the technology understandable and accessible. The FabBus’ lower deck is fitted out as a showroom with exhibits and components manufactured using all the usual methods of additive manufacturing. Its top deck is home to eight workplaces with their own CAD computers and 3D printers where visitors will be able to design their own objects, print them in 3D and take them home with them.

Last but not least, many exhibitors at the K 2016 will be presenting many other interesting innovations in the field of additive manufacturing. Messe Düsseldorf will be introducing these exhibitors in a special brochure to provide a direct overview for all interested visitors.


Moulding Expo and ISTMA to cooperate

imageThe Moulding Expo, the trade fair for tool, pattern and mould making, will take place from 30 May to 2 June 2017 at the Stuttgart trade fairgrounds and by now 150 exhibitors already registered for the event.
A (ISTMA) announced the admission of Messe Stuttgart into the ISTMA Global Partner Programme. Moulding Expo, which took place for the first time in May 2015, will benefit from the international network of ISTMA, with 19 national Associations and over 8000 companies from Argentina to Portugal and South Africa.
The cooperation with Moulding Expo, according to ISTMA, has great potential for the tool construction industry. “Our industry plays a central role for the design, engineering and development of new products in the most diverse sectors, for example aerospace, automotive, medical devices and the packaging industry,” says Manuel Oliveira, Secretary General of the ISTMA. “We are convinced that the cooperation between ISTMA and Moulding Expo will contribute to our sector coming even more into the public focus.”
For more information on Moulding Expo, click HERE.

K 2016: Print@home tickets available

e-Tickets for K 2016 from 19 to 26 October are available online HERE.
The eTicket offers dual benefits, as it saves time and money. Visitors can purchase their tickets online, print them out on their own printers or download them as codes, and then travel free of charge to the trade fair by bus and rail. The eTicket is also much cheaper than tickets bought on site. The 1-day ticket thus costs EUR 49, while the price over the counter in Düsseldorf is EUR 65. The 3-day ticket can be had for EUR 108 online, and for EUR 135 over the counter.
Anyone still looking for accommodation during K 2016 is well advised to make use of the services of Düsseldorf Marketing & Tourismus GmbH (DMT). This subsidiary of the city has the best overview of the hotels and private rooms available in Düsseldorf and environs during the world’s No. 1 trade fair for the plastics and rubber industry and will help you make your booking. Incidentally, the pressure in the hotel sector has eased further. Within Düsseldorf’s boundaries alone, some 1,000 new hotel beds have been created in the last few years, and in the neighbouring cities. DMT has put together its entire package of services for K 2016 online, available HERE.


At K 2016, over 3,000 international exhibitors will be presenting their latest developments in the areas of machinery and equipment for the plastics and rubber industry, raw materials and auxiliaries, and semi-finished products, technical parts and reinforced plastics. Some 200,000 trade visitors from all over the world are expected at the trade fair.

K 2016 with full space

imageThe demand for stand space at K 2016 has climbed yet again. More than 3,000 companies will be exhibiting at K 2016, to be staged from 19 to 26 October. Despite the space limit, all companies that registered by 31st May and whose exhibits meet the K 2016 nomenclature will be allocated a stand, in some cases with less exhibition area.

"Right now, companies throughout the industry are already working hard to make sure they present themselves in the best light when the date comes around in October 2016. And “in the best light” stands for “with interesting innovations”, says Mr. Werner M. Dornscheidt, President and CEO of Messe Düsseldorf – "Another unique feature of K is its high degree of internationalism, both on the exhibitor and on the visitor side. This guarantees that trade visitors will find world-class products and services in every area covered"

Besides the focus on materials and machines, topics like resource efficiency, lightweight construction, new materials and Industry 4.0, and even the controversial marine litter, will be addressed in panel discussions.

Plastics Recycling Expo (PRE) 2015

Now in its second edition, Plastics Recycling Expo (PRE) will take place from 16 to 17th June in Telford, UK, featuring an exhibition and conference specifically for plastics recycling professionals. image
This two day exhibition and strategic conference will provide an opportunity to network with a broad cross section of the industry and to meet decision makers from the public and private sector. The event will unite specialists from design/manufacturing, brand owners from the packaging, automotive, medical and consumer goods sectors and those already involved in plastics recycling (waste management companies, local authorities, government and plastic collection, recycling and reuse companies) to conduct business and discuss the future of plastics recycling. For more information about PRE, just click HERE.

CHINAPLAS with new topics

As Asia’s No. 1 and the world’s No. 2 plastics and rubber trade fair, CHINAPLAS 2015, being held on 20-23 May, 2015 at China Import & Export Fair Complex, Pazhou, Guangzhou, China, will bring in an array of concurrent events at the fairground to help industry professionals to stay close with the market trends. This year, CHINAPLAS will spotlight three events – namely "Design X Innovation", " Industrial Automation – Robot Parade & Smart Production" and "Medical Plastics Conference".


‘Design x Innovation’ , organized by Adsale (CHINAPLAS) and BASF,  will demonstrate how plastics with creative design can provide sustainable and innovative solutions and help solve real customer problems. The event will showcase well-designed industrial products made of BASF advanced materials including auto parts, building materials, consumer goods, apparels and housewares. Open Forum on the topic of "Design & Innovation" will also be held and chaired by internationally revered engineering and product designers to share their award-winning works and experiences. "Design x Innovation" will be at two spots of the fairground respectively, at booth A21 in Hall 13.2 and at Viewing Deck outside Hall 9.3 in Zone B.

The ‘Industrial Automation Zone’ will be set up at Hall 4.2 at CHINAPLAS 2015 to feature tools and technologies such as robotics, automation systems and peripherals, remote control systems, drives, sensors, arm tooling and software, etc. The Zone rallies market leaders from all over the world such as top robot makers, ABB and Wittmann Battenfeld, automation technology leaders Honeywell and Rockwell from the US, Siemens from Germany, Mitsubishi Electrics and Shini from Japan and Taiwan respectively. "Robots Parade and Smart Production", a live demonstration of robotics and fully automated production lines, will be held at the fairground.

The Medical Plastics Conference, on 21-22 May, 2015, will present hot topics in the medical plastics field such as the latest developments in the global and regional markets, the special requirements for polymer production, additives use, molding technologies, post-processing and medicine packaging, with a view to unlocking future business potential for market players. Leading materials and technologies providers, influential associations and research units will unveil their breakthroughs, analyze the market trends and share their experience on product designs. Healthcare brands will also share their success stories over product development.  

In addition to the concurrent events highlighted above, there will also be over 50 sessions of technical seminars being held during the exhibition period.

CHINAPLAS 2015 will feature more than 3,100 exhibitors from 40 countries and regions, unveiling the latest plastics and rubber technologies and services across 15 product theme zones that will occupy 26 exhibition halls at China Import & Export Fair Complex, Pazhou, Guangzhou, PR China. 13 countries and regions including Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Korea, Switzerland, the UK, USA, PR China and Taiwan will participate in international pavilions.

The entry tickets have two types, namely one-day pass (RMB 30) and all days pass (RMB 50). Admission is free of charge on the last day of the fair on 23 May, 2015, Saturday. Visitors who successfully pre-registered HERE before 11 March will enjoy free admission and receive visitor badge in advance.  For more information, just click HERE.

Strong Portuguese presence at 19th EuroMold

image_thumb[7]The 19th EuroMold, World Fair for Moldmaking and Tooling, Design and Application Development, will take place from 27 to 30 November, in Frankfurt/Main (Germany).  The show expects about 1,500 exhibitors from 45 countries and approximately 60,000 trade visitors. With an area of 75,000 m², this year’s highlights will be the partner country Austria, theme presentation “Jewellery industry” as well as high-class conferences and forums. The Portuguese Engineering and Tooling industry is well represented by 21 exhibiting companies: DRT, Engenhotec, E&T, FastRotator, Fozmoldes, GECO, Heto, JDD, Moldoeste, Moldoplástico, Moliporex, PMM, PMPM, Retratideia, Ribermold, Santos & Schulz, Tecmolde, Tecnifreza, Tecnimoplas, TJ Moldes and Wuhan Industries.

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