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The 3D Printshow – what not to miss

As the UK’s largest reseller of Stratasys machines, the Laser Lines team will be on hand at the 3D Printshow at the Old Truman Brewery in London from 21st-23rd May to give you the real story behind the 3D printing headlines.

The 3D Printshow brings together key players from engineers and product designers to brands and makers to explore how 3D printing is used and create a platform for the entire 3D printing/additive manufacturing industry.

If you are coming to the Show – or even if you are not – here are our top three picks of what not to miss.

Tobias Klein: Vessels of Vanitas

Showcasing the best of 3D printed art and set to create a stir are the Vessels of Vanitas, a series of sculptural 3D printed vases and urns from Hong-Kong based German architect and Asia’s leading professor in new media art Tobias Klein.

Printed in a PolyJet blend of clear and solid materials, Tobias uses MRIs (Magnetic Resonance Images) of his own body and the space within it to create what he calls a “digital flesh” dataset for this series of 3D printed vessels.

As a Stratasys Platinum Reseller, we were delighted when Tobias agreed to let us print the first of the vessels from one of our Stratasys machines, and we will be presenting it to him at the show.

You can read more about our collaboration on The Vase in Hot Off The 3D Printer: Tobias Klein.

Pioneering cranio-maxillofacial reconstruction

Reflecting the incredible impact of 3D printing within the medical sector will be examples of the pioneering work undertaken by the UK’s largest Cranio-Maxillofacial Prosthetics Unit, based at King’s College Hospital in London.

This specialist unit uses Stratasys 3D printing technology for some of the most advanced cranial surgery cases in the UK, to efficiently and accurately correct complex deformities, for example in the reconstruction of missing facial structures, bone deformities and large cranium defects.

Dr Muhanad Hatamleh from the Cranio-Maxillofacial Prosthetics Unit will be at the show discussing all aspects of facial prosthetic construction using 3D printing, craniofacial implants and deep-buried titanium implants (skull plates), as well as the 3D printing of custom-fit biomedical implants that restore bone deformity in cranio-maxillofacial region.

3D Printed Food

Watch out, Heston Bulmenthal. Adventurous foodies can now print their own ice-cream, pasta and even chocolates.

FabLab Maastricht specialises in researching new materials for affordable 3D printers such as ceramics, biorubber, metal, glass, granulate high-engineering bioplastics and even food.

Their new By Flow foldable 3D printer has easily exchangeable printing heads so it can handle food materials, and because its printing platform is fixed and doesn’t need to be calibrated, it is suitable for printing fragile materials like porcelain or chocolate.

The printer was designed by Floris Hoff, an industrial product designer, who together with Michelin chef Wouter van Laarhoven and food designer Marijn Roovers has 3D-printed a chocolate globe with a map of the world on it, containing compartments filled with different flavours… so you can eat your way around the world.

As well as chocolate, at the Show FabLab will be demonstrating how to print plastic cooking equipment for making cookies, ravioli etc; printing plastic prototypes, for making silicone molds; and printing other foods such as gnochi, goats cheese and even caviar.

The 3D Printshow takes place from 21st-23rd May at the Old Truman Brewery, London . Come and say hello to the Laser Lines team at stand IN1.

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