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SMM 2018: 3D printing revolutionizing maritime sector

First ever 3D printing show at SMM 2018

A first, special show on 3D printing will be held at the world’s leading maritime trade fair SMM (September 4-7, 2018) in Hamburg. Around 2,200 exhibitors and 50,000 visitors from all continents are expected at the leading industry event worldwide. The maritime industry is now focusing on 3D printing. Whether propellers, components or even an entire ship: all these can be 3D printed in future. Although the process is still in the early stages, experts believe this technology will change the global flow of goods and will open up entirely new opportunities for shipping.

Growth market with great potential

The potential of 3D printing
is particularly evident when it comes to the punctual supply of spare parts all over the world. The U.S. market research company International Data Corporation expects annual sales growth of “15 per cent” in the 3D printing industry: The Maritime Cluster Northern Germany (MCN) is partnering the special 3D printing show.

Live demonstration on exhibition grounds

At the “Maritime 3D Printing Show Show Area @ SMM” in Hall B6, exhibitors will present 3D printing. Visitors can meet experts and experience the additive production processes with different materials live. “The components are no longer geometrically designed by casting, drilling or milling, but are built up in layers,” said Professor Claus Emmelmann, head of the Fraunhofer Institute for “Additive Production Technologies IAPT”: “This also allows constructions of any complexity previously unimaginable,” he added. Weight reductions of up to 80 per cent are possible. Companies in tough competition could thus save construction and material costs and drastically shorten the construction time of components.

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