EuroMold 2013, held Dec. 3-6 in Frankfurt, Germany, was considered highly successful, having hosted 58,673 visitors and 1,056 exhibitors from 83 countries, numbers that far exceeded those from last year’s event. A varied selection of exhibits, forums, special exhibitions and conferences drew a positive response.
Taking from its motto “from design to prototype to series,” the trade fair presented an integrated view of the entire process chain for industrial product development, organizers say. Exhibitors presented the latest technology developments from various branches of industry, and numerous promotions and highlights were presented for visitors. The partner country of Italy, for example, scored praise for its exhibitors as well as for its culinary specialties. EuroMold visitors also were enthusiastic about the e-mobility test course and the joint DigiFabb exhibition stand that showcased 3D printing technology.
Special topics such as lightweight construction, hybrid technology and hydroforming were explored in detail, along with the topics of thermoforming, and turning and milling technology. “Theme parks” were presented for the jewellery industry and dental technology, as well as development and simulation processes. There were also special exhibitions on rotational moulds as well as VDI/NCG guidelines for evaluating the production quality of machine tools. Hall 11.0 featured numerous exhibitors from the field of additive manufacturing and 3D printing technology. The international Terry Wohlers Conference on the topic of “Business and Investment Opportunities in Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing” was also very well attended.
Editor PickSlideshow: Additive Manufacturing Technology at Euromold 2013
A noticeable shift at the show this year was greater emphasis on 3D printing for production applications. This year’s show also saw established makers of conventional manufacturing equipment exhibiting their own new additive manufacturing machines.