Aussie 3D expo at­tracts Kiwi com­pany

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - 3D TECHNOLOGY -

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://3dprint­in­

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