Our friends at Machines-3D, a leading French 3D printing and 3D scanning hardware reseller, held their third annual Machinarium event this year. We were delighted to be able to attend Machinarium 3 and have the opportunity to do a presentation about 3D printing trends in 2018.
3D printer manufacturers present recent releases
Various 3D printer and 3D scanner manufacturers attended the event, including Zortrax, Photocentric, INTAMSYS, and Shining 3D. The perfect meet-n-greet occasion.
Zortrax Inkspire: polished Polish machines
The Inkspire SLA 3D printer was announced only a few weeks ago and it was exciting to see it live. Zortrax brought some sample dental and jewelry 3D prints with them – the quality was super fine.
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Photocentric Liquid Crystal: the High-Res 2 and the Pro
Last year, we reviewed the Photocentric LC HR and were a bit disappointed with the results. When we saw the sample prints from their newest 3D printers though (LC HR 2, LC Maximus), we were genuinely impressed!
SprintRay still running in the dental 3D printer race
US brand SprintRay has been in the resin 3D printer market for a few years now, and they keep on improving their 3D printers (the MoonRay S and MoonRay D). The level of detail they provide is quite amazing.
A peek at PEEK 3D printing with INTAMSYS
There was a lot of talk about resin, but China-based INTAMSYS made the trip to cheer on high-temperature extrusion. The INTAMSYS FUNMAT HT was effortlessly creating industrial parts out of PEEK, a growingly popular engineering thermoplastic.
3D scanning and 3D printing: real-life use cases
Dental industry fill-in
Shining 3D live-streamed a dental 3D scan from China with their brand new Intra-Oral dental 3D scanner. In seconds, the test subject’s dentition appeared on Shining 3D’s computer screen. Visits to the dentist should now be less scary and more appealing to the geeks in us!
Old school versus new school
Two school directors, one in charge of a middle school and the other of a post-grad design school, provided insight into how 3D printing is enriching teaching methods. It’s heartwarming to hear about kids’ growing appetite for learning thanks to 3D printers.
Machines-3D demos its construction 3D printer
Many people braved the cold, northern weather to get a chance to see Machines-3D’s house 3D printer do a live demo. Although it was just a small sample, it was quite impressive to see such a big spider-like machine so smoothly spitting out a cement mix.
Shortly after the demo, Machines-3D announced that they’re planning to 3D print their new headquarters by 2020! It’s a spectacular feat to take on and we can’t wait to visit the finished building.
It’s clear that the 3D printer and 3D scanner market has moved away from targeting consumers and the focus is now on professional users and applications. It really appears to be paying off for both sides: new customer segments for brands, and more affordable solutions for professionals and SMEs.