It was almost a month ago now when we travelled to Frankfurt, Germany for the world’s biggest 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing conference and exposition – Formnext 2019. And wow, what a whirlwind event that was! It was held across 4 enormous exhibition halls – we walked almost 30km in 3 days at the conference! It was simply massive and we maybe only managed to see ⅓ of it in our time there. We saw new 3D printers and technologies, met with suppliers and learned where this industry is headed.

Checking out the new 3D printers at Formnext 2019

We want to share our Top 5 highlights and encourage anyone in the 3D printing world to find a way to attend in 2020!

I asked our Sales Director, Ziggy Fareed, what his top 5 highlights were from Formnext; here are his answers….

1) Xkelet

Xkelet is taking 3D printing in the medical field to the next level with their slick software solutions for creating 3D models of casts and immobilization devices. In under 15 minutes they scanned a patient’s arm (with a tablet) and their software created a perfect 3D model of a custom-fit cast for the patient. With an SLA printer they could print that cast in under 30 minutes, or with an FDM printer (like Ultimaker), they could produce the cast in a few hours. 

This company is driving production of quality, custom-made immobilization tools for the medical world, changing the way doctors and hospitals care for patients and most importantly getting patients the care they need in as little time as possible. All for a competitive price!)

Get in touch with us to learn more about deploying this technology in your African practice or hospital. 

2) Meltio – New 3D printer

Meltio is causing major disruption in the metal 3D printing world after releasing their new 3D printer that is affordable, prints faster and opens the door for metal 3D printing to smaller businesses and organizations. Their “unique and patented 3E Metal Deposition Technology offers the only deposition head in the market capable of building fully dense parts from wire and powder simultaneously, without changing the nozzle.” 

We had already heard about this product launch, but it was super exciting to see the printer in person. We can see opportunities for industries across Kenya and Africa to use this printer for casting, rapid tooling, welding & cutting, machining, thermal dynamic applications and more! 

Contact us to learn more!

3) All the new Filament & Material options

The world of materials has expanded over the last few years with endless options on the market. Thus we had a chance to check out other brands and of course meet with our own suppliers – Ultimaker, BASF and Copper3D. Of course, we remain committed to only selling high quality filament that we have thoroughly tested ourselves, but we are also open to exploring how we can serve our market needs better. 

What’s your 3D printing filament or material need? What would you like us to stock?

  • More colours?
  • Other types of plastic?
  • Different brands?
  • More sizes?
  • Let us know!
Kuunda with new filament Copper3D
Kuunda 3D with Daniel from Copper3D

4) HP 3D Printing Solutions

As you can imagine, HP had an enormous booth showing off their 3D printers and capabilities. Their machines are large, industrial machines, that are changing the way manufacturer’s create. The popular Multi Jet Fusion technology allows users to “Transform part properties voxel by voxel enabling a future of limitless applications, materials, and colors. Imagine a future where we can produce ‘smart parts’ with embedded electronics and integrated traceability and intelligence.”

5) The Whole Shebang

Finally, the whole experience of being at such a big additive manufacturing show made the trip well worth it. It’s incredible to see how fast it’s moving and how quickly it’s advancing. The whole ecosystem is well developed with not only 3D printers and machines on display, but all the support services to go around that (scanning technology, measuring technologies, materials, training, etc.) We enjoyed seeing firsthand how complex designs are now made in such a simple way. 

If you have questions about additive manufacturing or 3D printing, and how it can help your organization, get in touch. We are here to help!


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