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K 2016













HALL 12 | BOOTH 49


ardly any technology is

currently attracting so

much attention as addi-

tive manufacturing, which is also

called generative manufacturing

or 3D printing. Additive manu-

facturing processes are causing

a stir among users in the design

and packaging, aerospace and

automotive industries as well as

in the fields of dental and medi-

cal technology and machines and

plant engineering.

The processes promise great

freedom of design and allow in-

dividual components to be manu-

factured with highly complex ge-

ometries and internal structures.

A presentation at the K 2013 made

many plastics processors aware

of the opportunities presented by

the direct additive manufacturing

of plastic parts with thermoplas-

tics. The technologies have ma-

tured to such an extent that they

are now sometimes being used to

complement or even replace con-

ventional production processes,

particularly in view of increas-

ingly fast-changing consumer

tastes and trends as well as in

view of the new challenges that

the industry is facing in regard

to the individualisation of plastic

products. Messe Düsseldorf es-

tablished the 3D fab+print brand

three years ago to focus especial-

ly on this topic of the future. The

K 2016 fair will represent compre-

hensive opportunities for visitors

to explore the possibilities and

limits of additive manufacturing.

The 3D fab+print touchpoint in

Hall 4 will be the central location


This presentation is being or-

ganised and manned by Messe

Düsseldorf in cooperation with

its partner, KCI Publishing BV

– a leading knowledge, commu-

nications and information com-

pany based in the Netherlands.

Technology providers and users,

exhibitors and visitors, visionar-

ies and practitioners may meet

here to swap notes and drive this

trend-setting topic forward.

Furthermore, in-depth presenta-

tions and discussions about this

topic are to be staged in two half-

day conferences to take place on

Thursday, 20 October, and Tues-

day, 25 October, from 9.00 a.m.

to 12.30 p.m. respectively. The 3D

fab+print Summits, also organ-

ised by KCI Publishing BV, will

further focus on developments in

materials as well as on the differ-

ent methods used in the processes

of additive manufacturing, includ-

ing best practices, application

scenarios, market potentials and

costs. Contributions by such lead-

ing manufacturers as Stratasys,

Arburg, Proto Labs and Envision-

Tec as well as by experts from the

fields of research and science will

be ensuring that the topics will

be competently illuminated from

all sides. Each of the 30-minute

presentations will be structured as

short talks, which will be followed

by question-and-answer sessions.

The presentations on Thursday, 20

October, will be hosted by Prof. Dr.-

Ing. habil. Gerd Witt from the Uni-

versity of Duisburg-Essen, Chair of

Manufacturing Technology.

On the K 2016's opening day on 19

October, a short presentation en-

titled, ‘Additive Manufacturing for

Individualising Series Products’ is

going to be given in Hall 6 during

the theme day focusing on Industry

4.0 within the special show enti-

tled, ‘Plastics Shape the Future’.

Additive manufacturing will be

available to see, touch and try out

on the ‘Wolfgang’ FabBus that

will be parked in front of Hall 3

throughout the fair. The former

double-decker bus from Berlin was

converted within the framework of

a EU funding project into a mobile

laboratory by GoetheLab of the

Aachen University of Applied Sci-

ences. ‘Wolfgang’ will be bringing

the latest scientific findings in the

field of additive manufacturing

straight from the laboratory to the

exhibition centre and making the

technology understandable and

accessible. The FabBus' lower deck

is fitted out as a showroom with

exhibits and components manufac-

tured using all the usual methods

of additive manufacturing. Its top

deck is home to eight workplaces

with their own CAD computers and

3D printers where visitors will be

able to design their own objects,

print them in 3D and take them

home with them.

Last but not least, many exhibitors

at the K 2016 will be presenting

many other interesting innovations

in the field of additive manufactur-

ing. Messe Düsseldorf will be intro-

ducing these exhibitors in a special

brochure to provide a direct over-

view for all interested visitors.

At K 2016, over 3,000 international

exhibitors will be presenting their

latest developments in the areas

of machinery and equipment for

the plastics and rubber industry,

raw materials and auxiliaries, and

semi-finished products, technical

parts and reinforced plastics. Some

200,000 trade visitors from all over

the world are expected at the trade



Messe Düsseldorf GmbH

Stockumer Kirchstraße 61

D-40474 Düsseldorf

Touchpoint 3D fab+print

at the

K 2016


information about

additive manufacturing