Metal printing has reached maturity. Machines are now being deployed in production units - and they are faster, larger and less expensive. So how can you make the most of the opportunities they offer? Sirris can help you.

With the support of Sirris ASCO optimised an existing component of an airplane wing for production via 3D printing. The result is a component which does not only combine several functionalities but which is also 30 percent lighter and, therefore, cost-saving. The buy-to-fly ratio was also reduced from 17 to 1.5.

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.