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Digital Textile Congress 2014

Venue: University of Ghent, Belgium
Date: 4th-5th September 2014

This conference intends to bring forward the best research, latest developments on digital technologies, including hardware, software, digital inks, printed materials and their related applications.

IndusPRINT 2014 - South Asia

Venue: Bangalore
Date: 11th October 2014

IndusPrint 2014 is the first conference in India, which is specifically focused towards industrial inkjet and printing technology.

Inkjet India 2015 - Digital Textile Printing Conference

Venue: New Delhi
Date: 26th February 2015

Inkjet Forum India is all set to organise its 5th edition of this flagship conference on Digital Textile Printing in Delhi.

Inkjet India Technical Workshop Series 2015

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This technical workshop series will provide an indepth understanding of inkjet printing technology and will provide the delegates a comprehensive educational experience.

Inkjet Forum Asia 2015 - Digital Textile Printing Conference

Venue: Asia
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We will go International with our very first ‘Inkjet Forum Asia’ conference on Digital Textile Printing in South East Asia. The details for the same will be announced shortly.

Inkjet India 2016 - Digital Textile Printing Conference

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Date: February 2016

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In its 6th year, Inkjet Forum India will organize its its flagship ‘Inkjet India’ series conference enlighten the stakeholders of this area about the flourishing trends of Digital Textile Printing.

IndusPRINT 2016 - Industrial Print Conference

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Date: October 2016

After the 1st event in Bangalore,IndusPRINT 2016 will provide the best networking opportunities for the stakeholders involved in this field of industrial inkjet and printing technology.

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Starting today, citizens of Bangalore can treat themselves to a very distinctive display of Lord Ganesha. For the first time in India, a 3D printed AshtaVinayaka idols are being displayed at M.G Road Metro Station's "Rangoli – Metro Art Centre". The display will be available for public viewing from 28th Aug to 7th Sept 2014.

Lord Ganesha is a widely worshipped deity in the Hindu pantheon. His image is found throughout India and Nepal. Ganesha is widely revered as the god of beginnings, the deva of intellect and wisdom and honoured at the start of rituals and ceremonies. Ganesha has the head of an elephant and a big belly, which make him very easy to indentify.

The project is initiated by Bangalore based Altem Technologies, a pioneer in professional 3D printers in India and a strategic vision partner of Stratasys. It was also awarded the India SME 100 Award for 2013-14 in the IT/ITES segment.

The 3D-printed Ganesha consists of 8 idols, inspired by temples in MaharashtraLike Ashtavinayaka, Siddivinayaka, Dagdusheth Halwai etc. All the idols were created exclusively through professional 3D printers, which are capable of capturing every intricate detail in the idol. The Ganesha models are created by 3D scanning the idols & then printed in Stratasys FDM (Fused Deposition Modelling) & Polyjet technology based 3D Printers.

The installation spans 6 feet in height and 5 feet in width, and is an endeavor by Altem to create awareness about the possibilities of 3D printing amongst the public.

Mr. Prasad Rodagi, Founder Director of ALTEM Technologies said, "Lord Ganesha is widely revered as the remover of obstacles, and as the god of intellect and wisdom. Being the god of beginnings, he is worshiped at the start of rituals and ceremonies. 3D Printing is a technology used right in the beginning of the engineering design cycle to overcome flaws in design & development of new products. Invariably, any product takes 3D Printed form before taking its commercial avatar. Additionally, an idol of Ganesha is one of the most intricate idols in India, which can give the viewer can excellent idea about the possibilities of 3D Printing. Hence, Lord Ganesha is being 3D Printed in this scale for the first time in the country on the occasion of Ganesha Chathurthi."

"We wanted to showcase this unique experience to tech savvy Bangaloreans & also Ganesha devotees under one roof. Enthusiasts can explore technology behind it, while devotees can get a glimpse of the 12 avatars of the deity & take a mini Ashtavinayaka pilgrimage from this art gallery!" says Mr. Srinivas Shastry, Technical Director at ALTEM Technologies.

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3D Printing Posted 2014-09-01T05:54:23-07:00

Let’s be honest, although some artists have already achieved extremely high quality outputs with FDM 3D prints, the majority of productions still lack many of the features that make low cost FDM/FFF machines (or even high cost for that matter) a feasible and acceptable choice as a means of production for aesthetically pleasing end-use items, especially the larger size ones.

This has been changing and more people are starting to see FDM/FFF as a rapidly advancing, truly versatile technology, mature enough to allow for the production of high quality furniture. For his 7 Days 7 Stools project, German designer Thorsten Franck went as far as giving a very interesting description of this evolution, by stating that FDM 3D printing is nothing but injection molding 2.0

injection 3d printed stools

While many 3D printing enthusiasts (myself included) commonly associate injection molding with a past and inefficient means of production, this clashes with a reality that says injection molded products are still qualitatively superior to 3D printed ones in most cases. The quality achieved by Franck in his work is comparable to injection molding.

monoblock3s printed stoolThis is made possible by Franck’s creative talent as well as by the materials used, which include the new XT by colorFabb, with a higher melting point which makes it ideal for end-use items. This is also possible because the adopted 3DP technology, in this case a large Delta Tower, can be pushed beyond its initial limits.

3d printed stoolsBoth Delta Tower and colorFabb were impressed by what we achieved with their products,” says Franck, and a lot of this has to do with truly understanding what the technology can offer. In a way it is injection molding. The plastic is melted and “injected” by the extruder into a “digital mold: you shape it by programming and scripting the printer.”

Designers are now starting to fully comprehend the possibilities offered by FDM/FFF platforms, which, although it remains the simplest among 3D printing technologies, it is also potentially the most scalable one, offering more possibilities and mutli-material capabilities, so more easily adaptable to the ever-changing needs of designers. Franck’s stools are printed with intricate patterns and half millimeter layers, which makes it possible to finish a job in under one day.

white 3d printed stool

“The theme 7 Days 7 Stools wants to emphasize that a designer could create a different finished piece in under a day and, possibly, an entire collection during the length of a week long exhibit,” Franck told me. “Every item is 3D printed as a single wall print, with a spiral design, which is one of the reasons it is possible to achieve this final quality. As an Industrial designer I look to production processes and FDM works so much better when the extruded line never stops”.

This could make FDM/FFF the chosen technology for the future of furniture. The “monoblock” concept is definitely taking off in seats and other design furniture items. Even Philippe Starck went as far as identifying 3D printing as the one technology that could breathe new life into design for his TOG Project, which is made of many single block items that could one day be 3D printed by FDM/FFF

pattern 3d printed stoolThe 7 Days 7 Stools collection includes the single block green and a blue stool made with colorFabb’s XT, and has very thin walled vessels that are stabilized by the foldings to make it more structurally sound. Three other stools are characterized by an inverted cone shape with a weight at the bottom, which causes them to pop right back up after being knocked down. Franck also sees 3D printing as a natural evolution of crafted work.

“The manual work is all in the 3D modeling and all the preparation that goes into it before you start 3D printing,” he says. “It is very similar to drawing, writing and other techniques from crafted production. My intention was to create beautiful objects  with FDM by exploiting the technology’s strengths.”

Hat tip to Florian.

Courtesy: www.3dprintingindustry.com

3D Printing Posted 2014-09-01T05:47:37-07:00

Xaar has further reduced its full year revenue expectations in this morning's interim results announcement on the back of the continued slowdown in construction activity in China.


Xaar's share price has fallen dramatically in the past six months

The Cambridge-based inkjet manufacturer said that demand from the ceramic tile decoration sector, which makes up the bulk of Xaar's sales, had softened as a result of the slowdown.

As a result, Xaar has reduced its full year revenue expectation for the second time in just over two months, to £115-125m, following its revenue and profits warning in June. The stock market reacted badly to the news, with Xaar's share price falling 23% to 430p in early trading (previous close: 560p).

Xaar's "exceptional year" in 2013, in which revenue leapt 55% to £134.1m, has made year-on-year comparison in 2014 a somewhat chastening experience as business has returned to more typical trading patterns.

It has also led to a correction in the firm's share price, which ballooned on the back of 2013's results. Xaar chief executive Ian Dinwoodie said: "At the back end of last year the share price - at over 20 times earnings - you could say was looking very toppy and what happens when you then have a correction is quite often it over-corrects the other way."

Revenue for the first six months of the year was £60.4m (H1 2013: £70.2m), while pre-tax profit came in at £15.3m (H1 2013: £23.4m). Net cash at 30 June 2014 was £48.1m, versus £49.4m a year earlier.

In addition to the drop in Xaar's Industrial market revenues, from £49.9m in H1 2013 to £44.1m in H1 2014, the manufacturer also reported 19% year-on-year revenue drops in both its Graphics and Packaging segments, to £6.2m and £6.7m respectively.

Dinwoodie said that the drop in Graphics revenues was "expected" as a result of its older products coming to the end of their life with the new Xaar 501 printhead not being ready to start commercial shipments yet.

However, he described the drop in Packaging revenues as "disappointing" and said that it resulted from a slowdown in the sales of digital label presses by its five primary OEM partners.

"2013 was the first year we'd started to see progress in digital labels so its disappointing to see it drop back to 2012 levels again," he added. "Our partners continue to tell us that the opportunity continues to exist and that this is just a timing issue...but the sales cycle for these digital label presses is very long."

Meanwhile, the firm has recruited a new chief technology officer in former Océ Printing Systems vice president of Printer Technology, Edmund Creutzmann, who joined the board in April 2014.

Creutzmann, who has over 30 years experience of digital printing R&D spanning LED, electrophotographic and inkjet imaging technologies, will head up Xaar's combined R&D function (including its Bulk Piezo and Thin Film Piezo or P4 products), which includes some 150 R&D engineers and is expected to invest £20m this year.

Ramon Borrell, director of R&D, has stepped down from the board to fully focus on the P4 development.

Dinwoodie said the firm was on-track in its hunt for his successor and was still targeting a handover in late Q1 to Q2 next year.

Courtesy: www.printweek.com

Industrial Printing Posted 2014-09-01T05:45:51-07:00

df3d Queen

df3d Queen

Chess is one of the older board games that still remains popular in today’s culture. It’s a game that is played by millions of people worldwide, and is far more than a simple game of skill. It pits two individuals against each other to determine which of them is the more intelligent, forward thinking person. Chess also provides quite the medieval history lesson, featuring 6 different levels of pieces; the king, queen, rooks, knights, bishops and pawns.

Not everyone knows how to play, but many of those who do, take the game quite seriously. For beginners, you can purchase a cheap chess set for around $10.00. However, those who are serious about Chess, usually like to have a nicer set, than just the generic version that you can pick up at a toy store. For them, there are many choices, ranging in price from $50 all the way up to several thousands, but the really nice ones are not all that common to find.

df3d Knight

df3d Knight

Ever since 3D printing began to become more popular, there has been a plethora of chess sets and chess pieces popping up on websites like Thingiverse, which has their own special section devoted to the popular game, as well as on Shapeways. What is so great about 3D printing is that it allows for complete customization of objects, as well as the creation of niche type Chess sets. If you want a Chess set made up of sea creatures, there is one for that. If you want a chess set featuring Pawns that sit on toilets, there is even one for that.

What if you want a really high-end 3D printed Chess set though? One that is exquisite and detailed at the same time?

Thanks to a company called df3d, there is now an answer. The company’s co-founder and director, Deepak Raj , and his team, have come up with quite the extraordinary set, which can be seen in the video below:

“Chess originated in India,” Deepak Raj told 3DPrint.com. “It was the game of the kings and is all about strategy. df3d attempts to capture this wonderful game with its Skeletal Warriors – 3D printed premium collection customized for you. It allows you to create your own army with your signature on these exquisitely crafted digital masterpieces. We looked at board games, and there weren’t any high end chess pieces available and we decided to explore that market.”

The pieces were individually designed with precision by df3d’s digital sculptor, Nachi, and the company tells us that they will customize pieces for their customers. “If someone needs customization, they can contact us and we can digitally sculpt according to their requirements,” explained Deepak.


As for the prices, they are what you would expect to pay for high-end chess pieces. They range from $110 for a soldier, up to $300 for the king. All of the pieces are printed on industrial level SLA 3D printers, that have the ability to achieve extraordinary detail on each print.

Deepack says that his company hopes to work with board game manufacturers in the future to help them create their high end game characters. It should be interesting to see how this plan turns out. What do you think about these beautiful Chess pieces? Discuss in the 3D Printed Chess Set forum thread on 3DPB.com.  Check out some more photos below.




df3d Soldier

df3d Soldier





3D Printing Posted 2014-09-01T00:13:03-07:00

Following the introduction of the ColorBooster 250 fully modular digital textile printer into Europe at FESPA Digital earlier in the year, Hollanders Printing Systems has reported an unprecedented number of orders for the new machine. As a result, the company will be extending its manufacturing capabilities to keep up with demand which has continued throughout the summer period and is set to increase towards the end of the year.

The ColorBooster CB250 is a 2.5m wide-format system that is designed to fit the market requirement for a robust, sensibly priced and versatile digital textile printer. Although its concept is new, the modular machine is based on the established reliable technology developed by the Eindhoven-based manufacturer whose early models have long proved their durability by still being in daily use even though they are now more than ten years old.

“Market trends showed us that there is demand both from first-time users and longer term textile print businesses that need a rugged 2.5m wide-format printer that has the characteristics of a high-end system but is priced sensibly,” states Jacco Aartsen Tuijn, CEO of Hollanders Printing Systems. “This makes the ColorBooster 250 ideal for anyone wanting to produce high quality, durable output onto polyesters and mixes. In addition, the modularity of the machine’s design and construction means that we can adapt it for specific production requirements, and we even offer the ColorBooster CB250 Carpet Edition for customers wanting to print direct to flooring materials.”

Although Hollanders Printing Systems now has a full order book for the ColorBooster CB250, production capabilities are being extended to handle the increased demand for this new machine. Interest following FESPA Digital 2014 has continued throughout the summer break, with initial orders being placed from companies primarily based in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

“The timing is right for the ColorBooster CB250 as general awareness of the potential for digital textile printing is really beginning to impact on the sign-making and display segments,” continues Aartsen Tuijn. “Typical customers are those who know that they want to produce greener applications and work with light-weight materials, but want to invest at a realistic pricing level. At Hollanders we have always helped businesses transfer successfully to textile production, and this new 2.5m machine now opens the doors to companies that want a solid and reliable print engine that is designed to grow with them as their needs increase.”

The ColorBooster CB250 is the latest in a series of highly efficient digital textile printing machines from Hollanders Printing Systems, and joins the ColorBooster XL 3.2m heavy-duty unit and the award-winning ColorBooster DS which prints simultaneously onto both sides of the material. Complementing these are the ColorWash and ColorFix systems that are designed to enhance the finishing process and enable users to increase their workflow efficiency.

Courtesy: www.whattheythink.com

Digital Textile Printing Posted 2014-09-01T00:11:03-07:00

After producing high-tech fiber and CO2 laser systems for such applications as marking, cutting and engraving, Fonon Technologies has announced the release of their own brand of 3D metal sintering system, 3D FUSION metal printer, and it is now available for order.

fonon fusion metal 3D printerLike other metal sintering machines, Fonon’s 3D FUSION process translates 3D CAD models into physical objects by focusing a high-powered laser to fuse metal nano powders at layer thicknesses from 10 to 100 microns.  And, as with most 3D metal printers, parts printed on the FUSION machine must be post-processed with heat treatment, surface finishing, and coating, to reach their final design specifications.

A spokesman for Fonon, Robert Hunt, said of the new machine, “We are one of the Pioneering professional laser equipment companies in the USA who stepped into additive manufacturing. We believe that our vast experience in the design and manufacture of laser tools installed at most major Fortune 500 manufacturing companies will guarantee the broader penetration of exciting 3D metal fusion into industrial space. We intend to replace the generic approach to 3D Metal prototyping and replace it with development of specialized high productivity 3D Fusion systems to fit specific applications. For example the system for Jewelry printing will be completely different from the Laser Fusion system capable of manufacturing medical contact pads or missile war heads.”

I contacted Fonon to get more details about the FUSION 3D printer, but wasn’t able to get a hold of anyone to ask them more specific details about the technology, so we’re unable to tell you about the machine’s build volume, the range of metals it can print, the price of the machine, how long it’s been in development, or how exactly it differs from other laser metal sintering machines on the market.  We’ll be sure to update you as soon as we know!

Courtesy: http://3dprintingindustry.com/

3D Printing Posted 2014-08-30T03:59:49-07:00

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