3D printing

Are you itching to do something with 3D printing and looking for ideas or partners? Do you want to implement a new business idea and are you wondering how your product can be manufactured? Sirris recently launched a service aimed at start-ups wanting success with these innovative technologies.

Tanguy de Haan, Lawyer, NautaDutilh Brussels, offers an insight into what a shape mark is, the grounds for refusal of this type of brand distinction and the scope of protective measures it can offer.

The Sirris OWI Lab and department on additive manufacturing are standard values in their industry and quite proud of it too. The fact that not only Sirris considers the combination of both specialist fields a promising development can be derived from an article about 3D printing in Windpower Monthly, where Sirris was given the opportunity to say something.

An exhibition to analyse the relationship between innovation and imitation in design.

Between 7 and 9 March 2017, RapidPro, the trade fair for additive manufacturing, will again take place in Veldhoven (The Netherlands). The theme of the congress will be ‘From design to manufacturing'. Leading organisations and speakers will be there to present the latest innovations in the field. Sirris will also be there with its own stand.

The third edition of the VOM Network event will take place on 22 November. Its 'Raise your Game' theme will deal with how SMEs can improve their competitiveness in the world of tomorrow. Sirris will also be giving a presentation.

Are the applications for additive manufacturing limited to making products in short production runs, such as spare parts, or do technological developments allow the scope of applications to be greatly expanded? And when would it be financially attractive for a company to adopt 3D printing? In response to questions like these from manufacturing companies, Innovatiecentrum has joined with its partners, including Sirris, to organise a series of sessions in which the potential for companies will be set out.

New technology enables new business activities. This claim is borne out by the growing number of digital entrepreneurs (or 'digiproneurs') who use digital technology – like 3D printing – to develop tangible innovations. This is not an easy step to take for start-ups, whose main fears concern the costs and time involved.

For some time now, digital entrepreneurs have been ruling the roost, offering ingenious apps, software packages and online services. But today, we are seeing a new generation emerge in this digital world: so-called ‘digiproneurs’ who are taking things a step further by using digital means to develop tangible physical products quickly and efficiently. What's the catalyst? 3D printing!

Additive manufacturing has established itself in a growing number of sectors, and could contribute significant added value to maintenance too – the technology is constantly evolving and new opportunities are opening up every day.