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The 3D printer for fiberglass debuts at Seatec 2018: a revolution!

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At Seatec on Thursday 5 April at 2 pm, within the framework of Seatec Academy, a multi-thematic training workshop dedicated to the nautical sector,the 3D printer in fiberglass will be presented by + LAB, with the reports of the doctors Gabriele Natale and Michele Tonizzo


3D printing is driving a revolution across many industries and a wide range of applications, including markets that until a few years ago would not even be considered appropriate for 3D printing. In 2016, almost 500,000 3D printers were sold worldwide. And the forecast is that in 2019 they can grow to over 5 million.

So far the materials used for 3D printing were plastic wires produced from corn starch.

+ LAB, the first 3D printing laboratory of the Polytechnic of Milan, based at the Department of Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Engineering "Giulio Natta", directed by Professor Marinella Levi, has developed a printer that uses fiberglass thread and resin.

"With the 3D printing you can start to produce details of boats, and then we will make the hulls in 3D, with these new technologies able to print in fiberglass" declared Marinella Levi. "Apparently, everyone says that 3D printing is slower than traditional injection molding processes – concluded Levi –But if we compare 3D printing with lamination, we are faster and moreover we do not need the mold".

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