Discover the potential of digital manufacturing with 2D and 4D printing

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)

In digital printing, where products are made or coated by way of additive manufacturing, the layer to be applied, or the product to be made, is fully defined beforehand digitally, right down to pixel or voxel level. This means that every product can be unique. 

During the seminar on 4 October, which goes hand in hand with the 'Potential of fused deposition modelling (3D printing) in the textile and plastics processing sector' project (FDM4TP), a whole range of opportunities and many recent developments surrounding digital printing will be discussed: 

2D printing on textiles has come a long way over the last couple of decades with important contributions made through research done at University College Ghent (HoGent) and Centexbel. These specifically involve throwing light on the preliminary and follow-up processes on the substratum that is required in the making of high quality prints.

This will be followed up by some technological presentations for the digital application of textures and relief (2.5D printing). 

By way of a guided tour through the additive manufacturing laboratories at Sirris it will be possible to obtain a concise picture of current 3D printing technologies. 

FDM (fused deposition modelling) is perhaps the best known 3D printing technology, primarily because of the cheaper hobby printers available in the market. The FDM4TP research project is examining the possibilities for applying this technology to textiles and to existing plastic products. Some of the results will be presented. 

There is much discussion about 4D printing these days, which is a term that can have a wide range of overtones. It is mostly about 3D printed products, although there is just that little bit extra, whereby we can safely talk about going beyond the third dimension. 

Finally curved-layer-FDM-printing will be discussed. This is a technology that uses 5-axis machines for printing in layers that are not level. Therefore the term 5D printing. This technology offers extra possibilities and is currently being researched in the FDM4TP project. 

These ground-breaking technologies offer many possibilities for numerous sectors within textile and plastics finishing: engineering (textile machines), textile refining, textile processing, manufacturers and processors of plastic products, manufacturers and service providers in the 3D printing trade, designers, automation engineers, etc.

In order to find out more about additive manufacturing technologies, there will also be a tour through the Sirris laboratories.

Does the programme interest you, or would you like to participate in the seminar? Then why not take a look at our agenda!