The third edition of IN(3D)USTRY is taking shape and the event, organised by Fira de Barcelona, already has the confirmed presence of high level representatives from companies which are successfully applying 3D printing. These companies, linked to five thematic areas (aeronautics, automotive, retail, health and mobility), will share how they are applying this innovative technology in their day to day work. The event, which this year incorporates new sectors, such as advanced manufacturing, moulds and dies, plastic converters and new materials, will include around thirty speakers and some 50 exhibiting companies.
Amongst the companies which will be taking part in the third edition of IN(3D)USTRY, from 16 to 18 October in Palau 8 at the Montjuïc Fira de Barcelona Exhibition Centre, the presence of companies who are leaders in their sectors is noteworthy, these include companies such as Siemens, Lufthansa Technik, the maintenance division of the German aeronautics company, as well as the British pharmaceutical industry multinational, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).
Therefore, within the framework of IN(3D)USTRY, Siemens will share its strategy for building a global business of additive manufacturing services for the aerospace and automotive industries, among other sectors, through the forthcoming opening of a 3D printing centre in Worcester, in which they have invested 30 million euros. In this way, they will demonstrate their advances as users of this technology and also as providers of software and solutions for the automation of 3D printing.
For their part, Lufthansa will be represented by their maintenance division, Lufthansa Technik, one of the first companies to use a laser sintering technique, which permits rapid printing of metallic objects in layers. The company will provide details of 3D.aero, the company which they have set up with Pepperl+Fuchs with the aim of digitalising maintenance workshops in the aerospace industry.
Another of the sectors which will have particular weight at this third edition of IN(3D)USTRY will be the healthcare industry, one of the biggest backers of 3D printing. Among the participating companies, the presence of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) must be highlighted. They will reveal details their project to introduce the production of 100% personalised medications using additive manufacturing, pills with the precise required dosage, in accordance with each patient’s biological and clinical parameters, in order to improve effectiveness and reduce over-medication.
This year the IN(3D)USTRY programme looks beyond 3D and incorporates new industry sectors, which up to now had not been represented at the fair. It will include a competition between start-ups from the health sector, the AYRI11 industrial robotics congress, with 20 companies offering around one hundred conferences and mini courses, Transplast, the subcontracting fair aimed at plastic converter companies which offer high-quality services and solutions to large national and international companies, the fourth edition of the Reshape awards which focus on “wearable” technology and digital manufacturing, as well as an exhibition area with some fifty exhibiting companies.