TCT Show + Personalize 2016 is just two short days away and the 3D printing news from exhibitors continues to pour in. Despite being situated at the NEC - slap bang in the middle of the UK - you’d be mistaken for thinking this is a regional show; machine manufacturers from the USA, materials specialists from China and software developers from Hungary are amongst the returning crowd.
There’s also a host of TCT first-timers exhibiting at the show and a significant chunk of them are, like Philip II of Spain’s Armada before them, making the trip from the Iberian Peninsula to the UK hoping to conquer a significant slice of British Trade (though one would imagine they’ll find it a lot easier to fly into Birmingham Airport – conveniently situated next-door to the NEC - as opposed to navigating the Channel).
Here’s a list of some known and not-so-well-known Spanish names you need to check out at the show.
Ok, Ok! So they’re not strictly Spanish but it would be remiss to leave HP out of a list of España-based 3D printing companies. The 3D printing arm and production facility is based in Barcelona and the multi-national takes great pride in its Catalonian residence.
HP is debuting its MultiJet 3D Printing technology in the UK with the biggest stand in the history of TCT Show (over twice the size of anything we've ever had). Some of team TCT are currently overseeing its construction, it’ll be difficult to miss but for prosperity it is stand E48.
2. Dynamical Tools
A new name to many, based just outside Zaragoza, Dynamical Tools launched its DT 600 machine less than a year ago. Although the company is fresh-faced the team behind the machine boast years of 3D printing experience, the DT 600 itself is a whopping 3D printer capable of printing in a host of materials. Dynamical Tools boast that the machine and its dual head is one of the most versatile and reliable machine on the market, capable of printing two parts in different high-strength materials, like PEEK and Nylon, at the same time.
Having seen the printer in the flesh in its native Spain some months ago I can attest that its industrial like build will appeal to the knowledgeable TCT visitors, find them on stand B19.
3. Nexeo Solutions 3D
If Dynamic Tools’ machine specialises in the ability to print high-quality materials then you’re going to need some high-quality materials. Enter Nexeo Solutions 3D, another Barcelona-based 3D printing company whose 3D printing filament is made for industry by a company who understand industry. The parent company Nexeo Solutions is one of the world’s leading chemical and plastic distribution firms with a turnover of $3.9 billion and over 2,450 employees. To produce high-quality 3D printing material for extrusion-based machines, Nexeo have partnered with DSM of Somos fame and are after industrial applications. Check out the samples on stand J25.
4. Smart Materials 3D
Whereas Nexeo concentrate on two very specific types of filaments for industry, Smart Materials 3D have a much broader church including a range of colours and diameter filaments in PLA, ABS, PTE, PVA, Nylon etc. The latest development is Smartfil Support, a support material engineered as a step change from regular PVA. Whereas PVA tends only to adhere to ABS and is hugely effected by moisture in the environment the HIPS-based Smartfil Support sticks to a range of materials, doesn’t lose its properties in humidity and it dissolves in limonene three times faster. Check it out on stand K27.
Ignacio Garcia started Recreus’s journey back in 2010 when he became frustrated by the current filament market and built a filament extruder in the garage of his parents’ house. The result was FILAFLEX, a TPE based polyurethane that has exceptional 3D printing properties, and since its creation in 2013 the company has gone from strength to strength launching several materials, hot-ends and there are even plans to launch a machine. Head over to stand F36 to see Recreus's latest developments.