Recap: Advanced Engineering 2017, Birmingham

Recap: Advanced Engineering 2017, Birmingham

  • Written by David Roberson
    Nov 10, 2017
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    / Events

Ultimaker continued a busy season of shows and events last week, returning to Birmingham, UK, for Advanced Engineering. The show is the UK's largest annual gathering of advanced engineering professionals, so it was a fantastic opportunity to talk to them about the benefits of using 3D printing in their work.

The Ultimaker stand at the two-day exhibition featured our 3D printers, materials, and software products, as well as a number of industrial use cases.

We were delighted to be joined on the stand by representatives from investment casting experts Sylatech, who brought along an aluminum bronze cast yacht propellor and its 3D printed prototype to explain their design and manufacturing process.

Sylatech uses the Ultimaker to prototype sample parts for their customers, so they can test their designs before investing in any costly tooling for the investment casting.

3D printing for engineers

It was exciting to meet engineers, designers, innovators, and managers from some of the world’s biggest engineering companies as well as many small and medium-sized enterprises. As the show had less of a 3D printing focus than many others we attend, there was a huge diversity in the types of applications we were able to discuss with delegates – from aerospace engineering to product design.

Following its award win at September’s TCT Show, our 3D printing case from Volkswagen Autoeuropa again attracted a great deal of interest on our stand. Many visitors looking at our 3D printed examples were impressed with the ability of the 3D printed parts to stand up to daily use on a busy production line.

Along with Sylatech and Volkswagen Autoeuropa, architectural firm MATT Architecture also featured. As ever, we are very grateful to all our customers who take time to share their inspiring success stories about using Ultimaker 3D printers!

We would also like to thank our dedicated UK partners 3DGBIRE, our community, and everyone who dropped by at the show.

Next stops, Frankfurt and Las Vegas!

No time to rest – we are already getting ready for Formnext in Frankfurt, Germany next week (14-17 November). While Ultimaker North America is heading to sunny Las Vegas for Autodesk University. If you’re going to either, we hope to see you there!