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Flanders pioneers with 3D printing collaboration project

Thirty companies and research centers from Flanders are joining forces on an ambitious 3D printing project called ‘Family of the Future’. The aim is to showcase different 3D printing technologies and demonstrate how different sectors can use them to their benefit. 

Thirty companies and research centers from Flanders are joining forces on an ambitious 3D printing project called ‘Family of the Future’.

Exhibiting the wide range of possibilities

Under ‘Family of the Future’, the participating companies and research centers are working on three virtual persons that consist of more than ninety 3D-printed components, showing how each of those parts can be deployed in the context of the family – but also the ‘factory’ – of the future. A wide range of techniques will be on display: from printed electronics to components in metal and ceramic materials. The project is being managed by the cluster association for 3D printing in Flanders, Flam3D.

“We want to inspire companies by demonstrating these technologies in a recognizable setting,” explains Pieter Machtelinckx, communications manager at Flam3D. “We hope that visitors will come up with their own ideas and learn something new about 3D printing.”

Strong network with close ties

Flanders has always been particularly active in high value-added, high-quality products and services. When it comes to innovation in 3D printing, Flanders shows that it’s among the world’s top players even beyond the technical level: such an intensive cooperation between companies and research institutions of this scale has never been seen before in any sector. By bundling their expertise, all these different organizations emphasize one of the unique advantages of Flanders

The cream of the crop comes together

Family of the Future is a joint project by thirty of the leading companies and research institutions active in the 3D printing industry in Flanders: 3iD, AMT-Titastar, Aqtor!, Arteveldehogeschool, CADskills, Centexbel, DeltaRocket, DSM Somos, ESMA, Formando, GC Europe, Howest, KU Leuven, LCV, Materialise, Raytech, Renishaw, Ricoh, RS Print, Seido Systems, Sirris, Tenco DDM, Thomas More, Twikit, UC Leuven-Limburg, UGent, UHasselt, Velleman, VUB and Vives.

Reported by
Belga
21 November 2017

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