By taking advantage of voxeljet's in-house customer seminars, users from a variety of industries can learn more about the functions and advantages of the industrial 3D printing method. "Even though 3D printing has now established itself in many areas, there is still a significant knowledge deficit with regard to the opportunities and limits of this innovative technology. Our customer seminars, which are held at regular intervals, offer participants in-depth insights into the world of 3D printing," emphasizes voxeljet CEO Dr. Ingo Ederer.
Two events were held in September 2015, one at voxeljet's head office in Friedberg (Bavaria), and another at the US office in Michigan. Both events elicited a considerable amount of interest and attracted participants from the automotive, aerospace, art casting as well as sand and investment casting industries. The range of issues covered at these events comprised the entire process chain of the 3D printing technology. Visitors were able to observe all of the main work steps from data preparation and different printing processes to unpacking live and were also able to apply their knowledge in workshops. This enabled them to be convinced of the significantly improved unpacking of phenol printed parts. “Our new phenol process has unique features, such as the use of raw foundry sands, the slight unpacking and the ability to re-use the non-printed powder up to 100 %”, said Dr. Ederer.
Presentations by external experts from foundries, who pass on their knowledge based on concrete practical examples, also form an integral part of the seminars. In the US, for example, the speakers discussed the advantages and disadvantages of 3D printing compared to conventional mold manufacture. The highlight of the presentation by an American foundry were impressive examples of oversize investment casting projects, which demonstrated the advantages of the voxeljet systems. For the last months we got the parts from the service center in Canton, but look forward to our first own VX1000.
"The customer seminars at our business locations provide participants with important first-hand information about 3D printing. Because of the positive response and demand, we have decided to offer these seminars several times a year, free of charge," says Dr. Ingo Ederer.