Packed House at MTAiQ for 3D Printing Roadshow

More than 60 representatives from a range of industry sectors came to the MTAiQ Innovation Hub in June to attend a showcase event on 3D Printing and manufacturing.

Organised by Iain Gilmour, CEO of 3D printing services company 3D Space Labs (3DSL), the event was designed to give an overview of the business opportunities offered by 3D printing and focused on the 3D printing systems and services available through 3DSL and Markforged, the world’s premier 3D printer manufacturer.

On hand to talk about the advantages and opportunities that 3D printing offers was Mr Gilmour, Richard Elving, Sales Manager Asia Pacific for Markforged, and Nathan Luu, CEO of NXG3N Robotics whose Pegasus flying car project has made extensive use of 3D printing and the services of 3DSL to produce many components and drone scale models.

Attendees were able to get to grips with several samples printed from materials such as nylon, carbon fibre and metal, and 3DSL had one of its Markforged Desktop Series printers on hand for demonstration purposes. Highlighted during Mr Elving’s presentation was the Markforged Metal X,a new and relatively affordable metal printer available through 3DSL.

3D printing is rapidly becoming recognised as a viable and cost-effective way for businesses to quickly prototype, test and manufacture components, and the technology is being used across sectors as diverse as the automotive and health industries.

As the technology becomes more refined and more widely used, and more people recognise the incredible financial savings that can be made through 3D printing over traditional machining techniques, the interest from the wider business community has begun to grow and Mr Gilmour said there was no shortage of enquiries at the MTAiQ event about the advantages the tech offers and the quality of the Markforged printers.

“The Markforged is an incredible machine and being able to touch and test the printed parts is always an eye-opener, and a clear demonstration of the quality and strength of the parts that can be produced by 3D printing,” he said.

“It’s important to get these samples and machines in front of people and a number of them contacted me afterwards who want to be involved in some capacity. Their questions ranged from asking about our printing services and costs to the possibility of generating an online virtual library of spare parts.”

The MTAiQ showcase event will be just the start of such events for Mr Gilmour and 3DSL, and plans are now in the offing for similar events to be held across Queensland.
To find out more, you can visit the 3DSL website at www.3dsl.com.au

6 Jul 2018