3D printing has been touted as being a manufacturing cure-all for a whole host of different applications. The reality is very different, but this doesn’t stop the onslaught of news articles proclaiming 3D printing to be the answer. Here’s a roundup of the weird and wonderful world of 3D printing in 2019.

Massivit 3D Printing Technologies, the leading provider of large format 3D printing solutions, and STREETFIGHTER LA, renowned producers of high-quality wide body kits and auto parts, will showcase ground-breaking, rapid prototyping capabilities for large parts with the launch of the STREETHUNTER DESIGNS 2020 Supra MK5 Wide Body Kit at SEMA 2019. The new kit will be unveiled at the MagnaFlow booth at SEMA 2019, the world’s premier automotive specialty products trade event, taking place November 5-8th at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Mimaki Europe announces that it will demonstrate its colour expertise in 3D printing at Formnext (19 – 22 November, Frankfurt, Germany). Visitors looking for photorealistic prototypes or models can see a broad range of applications produced by Mimaki’s 3DUJ-553 full-colour 3D printer, capable of faithfully replicating more than 10 million colours, in Hall 12.1, Stand B99.

Innovative, luxury fashion house, Emporio Armani, has taken its billboard advertising to new heights with the use of large format 3D printing.

The CREATE Education Project helps to bring cutting edge technologies, used in many industries throughout the world into education. To do this, CREATE Education provides 3D printing technology, hardware, software, training and consumables in combination with free resources and open-source platforms to empower teachers and in turn, enables students to develop a skill set which will form part of many 21st Century careers.

Mimaki USA, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutters, was honored with the prestigious SGIA Product of the Year Award in two categories. The Mimaki JFX200-2513 EX UV-LED flatbed printer won in the UV/Latex Flatbed (under $100,000) category, and the Mimaki 3DUJ-553 full color 3D printer won in the 3D Printer category. The awards were announced by the Specialty Graphic and Imaging Association (SGIA) ahead of its annual PRINTING United show scheduled for October 23-25 in Dallas.

Continuing to push the boundaries of 3D-printed realism, Stratasys (NASDAQ: SSYS) today unveiled the next-generation of its powerful, full-color, multi-material PolyJet™ solution – the J850™ 3D Printer. The J850 boosts speed and productivity for designers and engineers with greater material capacity and faster printing while continuing the J-series’ reputation for extremely high print quality and reduced time to market. Compared to traditional modeling, the J850 can shorten the overall modeling time by up to 50 percent at significantly lower cost.

Best-selling manga and comic series of all time, One Piece, has marked its 20th anniversary with an exhibition featuring 24 huge 3D printed replicas of its leading characters which have been produced on a Massivit 3D printer.

Eindhoven based 3D printing company, Marketiger, is unique in the Netherlands. It focuses entirely on printing full-colour 3D objects, including figurines (statuettes) and maquettes and does this exclusively with the Mimaki 3DUJ-553. Founder, Maikel de Wit, sees Mimaki as a reliable partner that enables his company to face the future with confidence.

The universe of possibilities that 3D printing opens is as unbeatable as the imagination itself. To capture this idea, here at Adaequo we have presented our new service in the best possible scenario: the Fabra Observatory of Barcelona, ​​headquarters of the magnificent Mailhat refracting telescope.

3D printing is no longer the manufacture of the future; it is the manufacture of now. But with so many technology innovations – from Artificial Intelligence to Augmented Reality – competing for investment, how do you make the business case for 3D?

In a market where precision is everything and even a millimetre of detail can make the difference, Weerg only relies on top-of-the-line technologies to expand its production department, including in terms of finishing.

Massivit 3D Printing Technologies, the leading provider of large format 3D printing solutions, will demonstrate new realms in large format 3D printing at Printing United 2019 in Dallas, USA from October 23-25 at booth 3404. The company will showcase its recently launched Massivit 1800 Pro 3D Printer unveil the world’s first fire-retardant photo polymeric 3D printing gel, and release new software aimed at dramatically simplifying the 3D printing-file preparation process for Massivit 3D machines.

Have you noticed how many cars on the road are advertising something? Fleet graphics are everywhere. Even small businesses are turning to car wrapping. The graphics could be amazing; however, the messages might get lost on roads that are becoming increasingly more saturated with other moving messages. 3D printing can be the gamechanger for fleet graphics, promotional vehicles, and more important, for your business.

Weerg pushes the accelerator and sets a new record. Just over three months after the launch of the new HP Jet Fusion 5210 series, the Italian e-commerce company that offers CNC and 3D machining, has acquired 6 3D industrial printers, 3 of those were already operating at the Gardigiano headquarters. “This is, at present day* the largest single order ever placed at EMEA level”, - confirms with pride Davide Ferrulli, Country Lead 3D Printing HP Italia. - “A record that we are pleased to share with a unique company like Weerg, with which we have been actively collaborating since its entry into additive manufacturing”.

Brands and retailers are looking for that magic and that wow factor that will captivate consumers and entice them to step in the door.

Xaar (LON: XAR), A world leader in industrial inkjet technology, announces that Stratasys (NASDAQ: SSYS), has entered into an agreement to purchase shares of Xaar 3D Ltd that will increase Stratasys’s stake in Xaar 3D from 15 to 45 percent, with Xaar plc, through its fully owned subsidiary, Xaar 3D Holdings, having the remaining 55 percent. In addition, the agreement includes an option for Stratasys to acquire the remaining shares of Xaar 3D. The transaction is subject to Xaar plc shareholder approval.

At Luxepack 2019, Mimaki will demonstrate how luxury brands can combine first-class packaging with smarter, more sustainable choices.

After a couple of years away, the Diversification Zone returns to The Print Show this year, with the idea of highlighting expansion opportunities to visitors at the NEC.

With industrial mass production touted as the next big thing, accurate colour simulation, achieved using the Mimaki 3DUJ-553, will be the key to its success.

Get set to re-imagine the future of print, featuring Mimaki’s brand new JFX200-2513 EX, at FESPA Africa 2019.

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