Oct 4, 2017 | By David

The awkwardly named but impeccably organized IN(3D)USTRY, Europe’s largest industrial 3D printing trade show, is taking place this week at Barcelona’s Fira Gran Via Venue, and 3ders is there to share what it has to offer with you. Subtitled ‘From Needs to Solutions’, the expo covers everything that an industrial 3D printing enthusiast might want to see, with companies and organizations involved in healthcare, automobiles, aerospace, and many other sectors all demonstrating their products and services.

A total of 54 different exhibitors are in attendance, with 44 expert speakers sharing their wisdom on the state of the 3D printing world and where it might be headed in the future. According to the show's director, Miquel Serrano, ''the second edition of IN(3D)USTRY From Needs to Solutions is aiming to be the meeting point for identifying the challenges posed by companies and the solutions offered by all the players within these sectors, from printer manufacturers to software developers and the creators of robots, amongst others.''

One of the most anticipated talks was from Norberto Martin, Director of Additive Manufacturing at Barcelona-based car manufacturing giant, Seat. Another big name is Jonathan Meyer, Director of the Additive Manufacturing program at Airbus. He will be explaining the company’s 3D printing strategy, which has seen the technology used to produce hundreds of parts for various applications in its aircraft.

Hoping to keep the momentum going for its still relatively new 3D printing ventures, HP has a strong presence at the show this year. On display are contributions that it has made to various companies and projects, including major motorcycle and car manufacturers as well as niche services providing customized toys or personalized footwear. The company’s Jet Fusion 3D printing solution is being demonstrated live to attendees at regular intervals, with a detailed explanation of the numerous innovations HP has brought to the table with this machine, from the laser head to the material management system.

The expo is also playing host to representatives from Stratasys, 3D Solutions, Adidas and the European Space Agency, amongst others. While they might be the conference’s main draws, IN(3D)USTRY isn’t just a showcase for the established members of the 3D printing community. There are also a whole host of smaller or more novel projects that should hopefully get the attention they deserve.

Organized in collaboration with the event and the Barcelona-based Noumena design collective, ‘Reshape 2017: Programmable Skins’ is a competition that has brought together digital manufacturing pioneers from all over the world. Reshape organizes contests like these and also functions as an online collaborative platform and marketplace. In search of the best examples of cutting-edge wearable technology, Reshape eventually narrowed this year’s selection down to ten entries. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, and the contest will be judged by a panel that includes Simone Cesano from Adidas and Paul Sohi, product designer at Autodesk.

Also in the field of innovative wearables, venerable Japanese optics manufacturer Hoya will be showing off its recent foray into 3D printed eyewear at the show. A range of examples of the Yuniku range of highly personalized 3D printed spectacle frames is available to try on, and the Yuniku design software and workflow is also being demonstrated to those interested in what the future holds for the visually impaired and image-conscious alike.

Keep checking 3ders over the next couple of days, and we’ll keep you up to date with all the most interesting news from what’s shaping up to be one of the 3D printing events of the year.



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