Products optimisation by Additive Manufacturing Technologies

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Last June 14th -16th, 2016 RapidTech, the International Trade Show & Conference for Additive Manufacturing was held. It was assisted by 4.343 trade visitors (13% more than previous edition) and conference participants. 17 countries and 176 companies represented.

The partner of the iBUS consortium UPB participated with an exhibition and a conference on “Products optimisation through additive manufacturing”, including the iBUS project. Within the exhibition, the iBUS flyer has been displayed to the trade visitors.

Thomas Reiher, researcher at UPB University on product optimisation and additive manufacturing, highlighted the way the iBUS outputs will provide an actual opportunity for products optimisation and personalisation. He emphasised the fact that iBUS products will be designed by home-based users at home. Thus, they will be able to achieve customised toys that fit their exact requirements and meet the restrictive European requirements on toys safety. He also boosts the 120 attendants to join the iBUS special interest group (SIG).

This is important for the toys manufacturers to participate within the iBUS, as it will allow them to deploy a parallel business model, previously set, for the production of customised toys with additive manufacturing (AM) and hybrid (conventional-AM) technologies.

Previously to this event, UPB made a related presentation on the “Benefits and legal challenges in 3D-printing” at the Dupra touchpoint 3D fab & print, which was attended by near 100 people, and a workshop at the Plastic Materials Network for the plastic industry (Kunststoffland NRW), participated by 70 attendants.