Start To Print metal

Looking back on a successful ‘Start to Print’ event in Werkendam

On 24 May, Flam3D travelled to the headquarters of brand-new member PolyProducts in Werkendam (NL) for a new edition of Start to Print for metal. The purpose of the information evening? To present the range, possibilities and challenges of metal printing to the visitors. After a general introduction to 3D printing by Flam3D, the story of 3D metal printing was further introduced by means of some fascinating cases, presented by four enthusiastic Flam3D members: Buhlmann NV, Metal Technics 3D, Guaranteed and Materialise. The evening was supported and documented by 54U Media.

What metal printing technologies exist? What are the pros and cons of the various technologies? These are just two of the many questions that were asked during the information event on metal printing. We can therefore look back on a successful event where, in addition to providing useful information, several contacts were made, which is exactly what Flam3D aims to do with its information evenings.

In one evening the attendees got an overview of Additive Manufacturing in metal. The evening started with a short introduction of the host company by general manager, Michiel de Bruijcker, followed by a general and technical explanation to 3D printing by Flam3D director Kris Binon. After that, the attendees were given more concrete insight into when it does and does not make sense to start metal printing, based on various concrete business cases.

The conclusion of the information evening? As a first step, finding the business case is very important. It is complex, but worth the effort. “Companies often dive straight into the technology, but actually we should start with the application,” explained Daniel Hoogstraate of Materialise. One of the visitors also noted that “fear or unfamiliarity with metal printing sometimes stops companies from getting started”. This immediately puts its finger on the reason why Flam3D organises such information evenings: “Such information evenings help companies gain insights, gather the right information and contacts to see whether or not they should take the plunge,” explains Fran Dendooven, marketing and communications manager at Flam3D.

After all the presentations, there was plenty of time for networking with a bite to eat and a drink. The ideal opportunity to get to know the established players better and to go deeper into one’s own potential business case. Would you like to be present at the next event? Keep an eye on our event page.

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