Aussie 3D expo attracts Kiwi company
An expo featuring 3D technology displays and industry speakers in the North Queensland capital of Townsville drew a crowd of around 100 visitors and 15 exhibitors representing manufacturing, mining, defence, medical and further education.
As Australia’s only 3D printing expo, the event on 1 May built on the previous year’s show giving delegates, speakers and exhibitors, the opportunity for exposure and networking to industry contacts and potential markets.
John Hacking of 3D Printing Expo, organiser of the annual event, says the display that attracted the most interest was a handheld 3D scanner from Delta Office.
“The firm also showed the conversion of MRI images to professional design industries, also attended.
He told visitors that companies are no longer tied to large corporations, and if they have a better idea to make a gadget, they can do it with a 3D printer.
“Three-D printing is set to have massive implications for manufacturing as intricate objects can be custom made without human intervention,” he says.
“Designs can be tweaked for a very low cost and less material is wasted in the process.
“So far, 3D printers have been made for fighter jet parts, cars, spaceships, and are used in education, medical and dental sectors.”
Hacking says no date has yet been set for its next 3D expo. For more information see: http://3dprintinexpo.org