Additive Manufacturing at EMO 2017
EMO is the world’s largest metalworking tradeshow. The show is held every odd-numbered year, most recently last month in Hannover, Germany. And this year, additive manufacturing was both hard and easy to find at the show.
It was hard to find because the show is enormous, consisting of 2,200 exhibitors covering 152,000 square meters of exhibit space within 16 separate halls spread across the Hannover fairgrounds. Additive had its own hall at the show, but it shared that space with other technologies because there are not yet enough additive exhibitors to completely command the space.
Then again, additive was also easy to find at the show. In addition to companies supplying additive technology as their core focus, so many other exhibitors supported, provided or actively employed additive as part of their offerings that it seemed I kept on stumbling upon examples of AM advancing.
The photos above offer a sample—some of the additive manufacturing technologies and applications found at EMO this year.
Separating 3D printing from high-temperature processing is part of how the company’s Metal X realizes a price less than established metal AM equipment.
Bringing safety to the forefront helps to mitigate the risk of additive technology within a manufacturing environment.
A bracket redesign has a lot to say about the successful application of metal AM. One of the takeaways: Support structures are worth the effort!