Euromold, Frankfurt 2013

Euromold, Frankfurt 2013

Yes, Euromold ended a week ago, but hell, it has been a busy week since then. The twentieth anniversary of Euromold was interesting and crowded (58.673 visitors!!).  Hence the feedback we received was pretty overwhelming! The Delta Tower is a beautiful machine and we did some beautiful print jobs (mainly babes, pirates and owls on a hypecask  ).  Apparently so beautiful, that many got nicked or have been given to charming visitors at our booth.

We were situated in the DigiFabb area, an area especially for startups from the 3D printing scene. We were pretty lucky having such great neighbours!

There was Kühling and Kühling, two very likeable guys from Kiel, who demonstrated their impressive RepRap Industrial ABS printer, made from ABS parts printed on their first prototype. With a heated chamber, water cooling and two printheads, this is definitely “not a toy” like their poster stated. If you want to print ABS seriously, look no further than K&K!

Then our beloved friends from colorFabb, who promoted their filament, especially the new and shiny XT and the brandnew woodfill wood/pla composite (similar to Kai Partys Laywood, but on spools – perfect for large prints!). If you like their filament, you should definitely have a look at (or check out) learn.colorfabb.com to profit from their findings. 3d printing master Gijs  will publish a series of tutorials on how to make the most out of their ever expanding range of filaments on your printer (right now they are testing on an Ultimaker, Makerbot and Delta Tower, but will expand their printer range for trials).

And right next to us, was Leapfrog, a 3D printer manufacturer from Netherlands, who demonstrated some nice dual extrusion results with their Creatr, but also had some entertaining comical effects (see Gallery for details).

On the other end of the area was Formlabs 1, iGo3D and Felix printers. At the far end there was Fabmaker. They had a “concept” of their printer, which was not working yet but looked already pretty neat, let’s see what they can come up with. Fabmaker also organized the Seminar “Vision 3D Druck”, where Flo and Stephan were invited to give a talk (while everyone else basically promoted their product, we were naive enough to look at the serious side of 3D printing in the future and presented with the title “saving the planet one print at a time – die wahre Wertschöpfung des 3D-Drucks”, see end of this post for details).

The Digifabb area was just outside Hall 11, in which the big players of rapid prototyping were located, like EOS, Stratasys, etc. But there were also some hidden gems:

There was the radically new approach to 3D-Printing: The Arburg Freefomer. It even has its own class of additive manufacturing technique – ARBURG Plastic Freeforming (AKF)… it operates directly from standard granulates and shoots small droplets of molten plastic instead of a stream of filament (as in FDM). And it doesn’t move its printhead, but simply moves the whole print on a robotarm… so no support material required if you simply defy gravity  For more info have a look at this blogs gallery and on their website.

Another piece of awesomeness was the Asiga Pico. Easy to use DLP/SLA machine with astonishing prints and for an affordable price. We spend quite some time at their booth, having a great chat with their wonderful team. Don´t miss the gallery for some detail shots of their prints.

Next to all the business around our Delta Tower, there was another highlight the world has been waiting for  …
yes! Florian’s book was released to the public… finally!!!

We sold all of the first 150 copies directly at the Euromold and Florian proudly gave away hand signed books to some of the great people mentioned in the book, like Carl Fruth, mastermind and CEO behind the FIT GmbH (netfabb, sintermask and fabbster). Or Alexander Hafner, CEO of HAFNER’S BÜRO – MakerBot Distributor Central and East Europe. Who already gave feedback about the book: “Ich finde Du hast nichts ausgelassen was für das Thema wichtig ist, wirklich dadurch auch ein sehr gutes Preis / Leistungsverhältnis” (in English: “I think you haven´t missed anything which is important for the topic, this makes it a really great price/performance ratio”).
I´m sure Florian will tell you more about the book soon, but for anyone who wants to know more about it, don´t miss book.hypecask.com (being finalised right now) or get the book right away.

and finally… the gallery! (give it some time to load and click on it for more viewing pleasure)

and finally… the gallery! (give it some time to load and click on it for more larger pictures and descriptions)

“Save the planet – one print at a time! Die wahre Wertschöpfung des 3D-Drucks”

Here are the slides for the talk and a summary (right now only in German)

Summary in German language

Das Thema der Expertenrunde war “Zukunftsvision 3D Druck”, wir widmeten uns in diesem Vortrag der Schattenseite der vermeintlich nächsten industriellen Revolution. Denn durch die vielen neuen Möglichkeiten die der 3D Druck mit sich bringt und durch kontinuierlich sinkende finanzielle und technische Einstiegshürden ermöglichen wir es einer immer größere Zahl an Nutzern durch diese Technologie Kunststoffprodukte zu erschaffen. Dies birgt bei all den positiven Seiten auch gravierende Umweltproblematiken. Das Ziel desVortrags mit dem Titel “Save the planet – one print at a time! Die wahre Wertschöpfung des 3D-Drucks”, war zum Einen das Publikum auf diese aufmerksam zu machen und Lösungsansätze aufzuzeigen und zum anderen die Vision einer Wertschöpfung durch 3D Druck zu vermitteln, die über das eigentliche Anwendungsgebiet weit hinausgeht. Denn als Ausgangsmaterial für den 3D Druck werden derzeit noch hauptsächlich eigens dafür hergestellte Öl-basierte Kunststoffe (vorrangig ABS und Polyamid) verwendet. Hier muss in Zukunft ein Umstieg auf Kunststoffe aus nachwachsenden Ressourcen geschehen (z.B. PLA, PET). Auch darf der 3D Druck nicht dazu beitragen die jetzt schon endlosen Müllberge zu vergrößern. Hier muss ganz klar bei der Aufklärung der nächsten Generation angesetzt werden, als Beispiel im Vortrag ist das Perpetual Plastics Project von Better Future Factory dargestellt. Des Weiteren muss dem Nutzer die Möglichkeit gegeben werden selbst zu recyclen (am Beispiel des FIlastruders). Weit darüber hinaus geht aber der Wertschöpfungsgedanke in der gesamten Kette am Beispiel der Ethical Filament Foundation. Durch die Einführung eines Siegels, ähnlich dem des Fair Trades, soll es dem Nutzer möglich sein, gezielt Filament zu kaufen, das aus ethischer und umweltgerechter Herstellung stammt. Das Siegel darf ein Filament nur tragen, solange es aus vollständig recycltem Kunststoff ist, der von Müllsammlern zu fairen Preisen gekauft wurde.

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