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It’s not an exaggeration to say that, in the last few years, 3D printing has truly revolutionized the product design industry.

3D printing transforms ideas into concepts faster than any other in-house manufacturing process, allowing designers to take their ideas from their computer screens into their hands in a matter of minutes or hours.

In this article, we’ll explore the different applications of 3D printing for product design and the benefits this technology brings to the industry.

By Eric Pallarés, BCN3D, CTO

Miguel de Unamuno, philosopher and writer of the Generation of '98, and one of the most illustrious Spanish figures of the 20th century, puts in a certain essay: "Invent, then, they and we will take advantage of their inventions. Well, I trust and hope that you will be convinced, as I am, that electric light shines here as well as there where it was invented.

by Justin Kolbe, Market Strategy Head - Power & Industrial Automation, Henkel

Indisputable Advantages
There’s probably not a single manufacturing specialist who would disagree with the premise that Industry 4.0 (I4.0) brings tremendous benefit to industrial operations. At its core, I4.0 embodies the assurance of a better, more efficient production ecosystem. A network of machines and sensors that communicate seamlessly, providing real-time process feedback, enabling quick actionable solutions to problems, predicting downtime and maintenance requirements, tracking materials through production and continuously learning and reporting while working in close concert with human labor – this is I4.0 utopia.

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Constantly evolving value chains, market innovations, and cutting-edge technology developments are pushing 3D printing into the mainstream market. This type of production has surged in recent years and a growing number of businesses use 3D printing solutions, allowing them speed and flexibility while reducing costs.

VDE|DKE now offers free advice on standardization requirements which are essential for the safety of medical devices
The aim is to support non-sectoral companies in the rapid and reliable production of safe medical devices during the Covid 19 pandemic

There is a theatre play “Waiting for Godot” and that is how the current situation feels – only with the difference that we wait for the old normal. While we wait for shops, restaurants, bars, factories, gyms, swimming pools and so many others to reopen we dream of the things that we wish to do again: go on holiday, have our favourite food at table in our restaurant, go to the pools, have that missed birthday party with lots of our friends present, go to work, have these little chitchats with our colleagues, having fun at the beach, the playing fields and events to name just a few. By Sabine Slaughter


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