CREAT3D showcasing desktop 3D printing at W14 Exhibition
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 | Sabina Gonzalez-George
We are getting ready to showcase desktop 3D printing and handheld 3D scanning at W14 Exhibition, the furniture and joinery show, at the NEC this October.
W14, running from 5-8 October 2014, is a fantastic show designed around the furniture and joinery industries, bundling together designers, craftsmen and manufacturers with such an array of inventive, inspiring and ingenuous new products and processes. We are looking forward to be able to bring 3D printing into the discussions.
The use of desktop 3D printers is not about replacing existing manufacturing processes and craftsmen but about enhancing the product design process. The process can be used to create individual components, customized elements and one of a kind and distinct pieces. Some companies and designers have already begun using 3D printers (desktop and commercial based) in their designs and production. For example, Dutch designer Dirk van der Kooij used a desktop 3D printer in the development of prototypes for his exhibition of the Doen I Materiaalprijs at the Van Abbemuseum.
Handheld 3D scanners, such as the new Fuel3D SCANIFY scanner and the Sense scanner can also be used in combination with 3D printers but also standalone in the design process. The Fuel3D scanner is particularly great at detail, ideal for combining unusual textures into furniture design. Whereas the Sense 3D scanner is good for capturing general shapes of medium to larger sized objects.
At W14, in the 3D printing feature on stand 6A238, will be a variety of products including 3D printers with extra tall build capacity such as the Leapfrog Creatr XL – creating even further possibilities. Also on display will be the Ultimaker 2 which is capable of printing in exotic materials such as bronzeFill, WoodFill and XT.
If you would like free tickets to the show, drop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and address. Tickets are on a first come, first serve basis with a limit of 2 tickets per person.
We are looking forward to meeting designers, craftsmen and manufacturers of all shapes and sizes and chatting about 3D printing and 3D scanning!
Visit CREAT3D on stand 6A238.