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From plastic to metal to chocolate

Thursday, 25 June 2015 | Posted by: Vanessa Bauersachs, European Coatings Journal

Recently, I attended the Maker Faire in Hanover, an event where innovators present their newest products and technologies. One of my highlights there was watching 3D printers in action, producing all sorts of objects from simple vases to dog statues to a bust of Kim Jong Un, which bore an almost uncanny resemblance to said North Korean. With all the more interest, I read that researchers have found a way to print structures of copper and gold, by stacking microscopically small metal droplets.

New components and devices

The usage of a wider spectrum of metals for 3D printing could open up completely entirely new possibilities. Due to their good conduct of electricity and robustness, completely different new components and devices could be made.

However, I do have to admit that I am probably equally fascinated by the 3D printer using strings of chocolate which I saw at the fair. How great would a 3D printer producing ice cream objects be? But jokes aside, from metal to other materials, huge developments seem to be ahead in the field. And 3D printing will most definitely bring about great changes, not only for the transportation industry but also to all branches involved with manufacturing. 

What effects do you think would an increasing usage of 3D printing have on the paints and coatings industry? And what innovations in the field would you like to see? The article on the use of copper and gold materials can be read here.

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