Pieter Jan Jordaens

Large components for wind turbines or aircraft for example are often expensive to produce because of their uniqueness. Increasingly larger components can be achieved with additive manufacturing, to which extra functionality can also be added. Prototyping and production are therefore simpler and cheaper.

Stephan Masselis

Digital manufacturing is more than just 3D printing. During the seminar held on 4 October, Sirris, Centexbel and the Centre for Polymer and Material Technologies (CPMT) at the University of Ghent, all partners in the FDM4TP research project, will be presenting the opportunities made available by, and recent developments in, digital printing, from 2D to 2.5D and 3D right through to 4D printing. (language = Dutch)

Ilse Evenepoel

3D printing is certainly on the up, also in the metal industry. Although the technology was initially only suitable for small production series, it has gradually become a valuable mass production process. Hyproline could be another step in this direction.

Patrick Cosemans

With additive manufacturing, better known as 3D printing, the product is built up in layers. This is why the surface is very rough. Therefore polishing and coating are required. However, the erratic shape of complex products - mainly plastic or metal - normally demand that they are finished by hand, which is a labour-intensive process. Sirris wants to bring about change here with its new coating infrastructure.