After a brutal 2014 and 2015, 3D printing industry leader 3D Systems has been recently getting back to their roots by focusing more on their large stable of industrial 3D printer options. After exiting the desktop market entirely, the company has been setting themselves up as the place to go for industrial 3D printing applications. So far the shift in priorities has produced a fair amount of buzz: they have seen their stock price start to recover from record lows, and actually managed to finish off last year with a bright financial forecast.
This week 3D Systems is announcing that they will be taking part in the largest US delegation to ever be part of Germany’s Hannover Messe industrial fair. As the world’s largest, and dating back to post WWII one of the oldest, industrial technology trade fairs, Hannover Messe is one of the most important yearly events for industrial and manufacturing technology and equipment. For the first time in history the United States is set to be a Partner Country, which will allow almost 400 US-based businesses and organizations to take a featured spot at the massive event. The large delegation will offer US industry an unprecedented opportunity to put their products and services in front of hundreds of thousands of business leaders from all over the world.
“We are proud to have some of America’s most innovative and forward thinking companies joining the U.S. delegation at this year’s fair. The U.S. business community and the Department of Commerce have a clear message for the world: the United States is open for business. We will demonstrate and deliver on that message at the 2016 Hannover Messe,” said Penny Pritzker, the United States Secretary of Commerce.
To make sure that everything goes off without a hitch, the man himself, President Barack Obama, will be on hand to participate in this year’s event, called “Integrated Industry-Discover Solutions”. Also in attendance will be Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of 3D Systems Chuck Hull, who also invented Stereolithography (SLA), which was the very first 3D printing process. Hull will be on hand to participate in the Regional Clusters seminar taking place on the first day of Hannover Messe 2016. The “Clusters in the EU and USA: Opportunities for Collaboration and Growth,” will explore new methods of promoting global development and commercialization of high-tech industries.
“It is an honor for us to be part of the U.S. delegation to Hannover. We are excited to showcase our ecosystem of 3D technology alongside other world-class American businesses, and to share our dedication to manufacturing excellence and innovation with a global audience,” said 3D Systems’ Vice President of Alliances and Partnerships, Neal Orringer.
3D Systems will be exhibiting from the USA Digital Factory Pavilion in Hall 6 at Stand K01, where they are set to feature two of their most advanced industrial 3D printing options. They will be showcasing their production-grade ProJet 6000 SLA 3D printer, which has material options available that match or exceed the properties of most traditional plastic materials. Parts printed on the ProJet 6000 offer high temperature resistance, superior tensile strength and strong impact resistance. It is also capable of producing parts using USP Class VI capable materials for medical, biocompatible or dental applications.
They will also be showing off their ProX DMP 200 Direct metal 3D printing technology that is capable of printing fully dense metal parts capable of being printed with thin walls, an excellent surface finish and fine detail resolution. The ProX is a powder-based 3D printer that uses a laser to fuse the object together one fine layer at a time. The technology allows for the production of virtually any geometry that would be impossible using traditional manufacturing technologies, regardless of how complex. The technology has obvious applications within the aerospace, automotive and healthcare industries.
Additionally, the 3D Systems booth will be showing off video demonstrations of their latest Stereolithography development, their ultra-fast Figure 4 technology. You can see some video of the process here:
Every year more than 200,000 business leaders from over seventy countries head to Hannover, Germany for the Hannover Messe industrial fair. Regular visitors include investors, buyers, distributors, resellers and of course government officials looking to draw manufacturing to their countries. This year Hannover Messe will take place on April 25th until the 29th. The Clusters in the EU and USA panel featuring Chuck Hall will take place in Hall 2 on the 1st floor in Rooms 02.01.12 and 02.01.13, at 2:45 PM. You can learn more about Hannover Messe and this year’s agenda over on their website. Thinking about attending? Discuss in the 3DS to Highlight 3D Printers at Hannover Messe forum over at 3DPB.com.