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Aniwaa at Machines-3D’s Machinarium 3

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.

Zortrax was present at Machinarium 3 with the Inkspire and M300 Plus.

Zortrax was present at Machinarium 3 with the Inkspire and M300 Plus.

More 3D printing from Poland with Sinterit

Sinterit showcased their two professional desktop powder 3D printers, the Lisa and the Lisa 2 Pro. We were surprised to see how big the machines were in comparison to their build volume.

A few powder 3D prints from Sinterit.

A few powder 3D prints from Sinterit.

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!

The Photocentric Liquid Crystal Max and a few resin 3D print samples.

The Photocentric Liquid Crystal Max and a few resin 3D print samples.

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.

SprintRay 3D printers are ideal for professionals in the dental industry.

SprintRay 3D printers are ideal for professionals in the dental industry.

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.

The INTAMSYS FUNMAT HT busy at 3D printing PEEK.

The INTAMSYS FUNMAT HT busy at 3D printing PEEK.

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.

Conclusion

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.