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The Future is Here: 3D-Printers at the 2014 Hardware Fair

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Many branches of industry are now taking a careful look at the promise held out by the new generation of 3D-printers. Some observers assert that these tools will soon be able to produce virtually anything. But what are the exact capabilities of this revolutionary technology; and will it result in the emergence of new business models? Visitors to this year’s International Hardware Fair in Cologne will be able to see technology in operation for themself. There will be live demonstrations of several types of 3D printer in Passage 4/5, where their manufacturers will explain possible applications.

Visitors interested in the technology will have an opportunity to ask questions and discuss the possibilities with the experts present, to exchange views and network with others in this fast-moving segment. Mr Shervin Shahsavari Amiri will  give an introductory presentation entitled: ‘3D Printing – Success factors and obstacles for DIY 2.0’.  His address will cover the basic theory, history and available technologies. His presentation will have an eye to future uses and potential applications; also current and possible future obstacles, industrial and non-industrial uses – both for the hardware industries and elsewhere. The presentation will be given on 9 March from 15:00 to 16:00.

The Cologne International Hardware Fair will also have special displays of top-class craft- and innovative products. One stand will have what is believed to be the world’s largest adjustable spanner – made in top-quality hand-made chocolate. Also, the Mittelboulevard will be home to a special display of entries for in the “Eisen CSR-Award powered by BHB”. This will describe the proposals submitted to meet sustainability criteria along the entire value-added chain.

The special display “Eisen Innovation-Award powered by ZHH” will show the leading innovative entries in this competition class.

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