For years now, the market for additive manufacturing and 3D printing has seen very positive development. Growth rates of 30 percent on average have allowed many new producers of plant systems and materials to enter the market. After the plastics sector benefited from developments in the consumer sector, revenue from metal printing alone grew by 41.9 percent in 2018 (Wohlers Report 2018).
Various industries believe that a breakthrough in additive manufacturing series production is imminent. Besides medical technology and the aviation industry, more and more 3D-printed components are becoming known, especially in the automotive sector and spare parts logistics. Companies such as Deutsche Bahn, Porsche and Mercedes have started to shift their spare parts logistics for older vehicles to additive manufacturing. These developments are showcased with demonstrator projects in the area of construction and the furniture industry. In the DIY market as well as specialty stores and online retail, additive manufacturing is also leading to new business models.
Together with HAUTE INNOVATION, Koelnmesse is taking advantage of these changes in the market to highlight the potential of the different additive manufacturing processes. A special area featuring 60 to 70 exhibits has been set up to illustrate and explain the possibilities, qualities and application potential of 3D printing for producing components directly and supplying DIY stores with spare parts.
A list of all exhibitors can be found at: www.eisenwarenmesse.com/3D