Leartiker presents its 3D printing strategy at the Fakuma international trade fair

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

At the German trade fair, the Leartiker research team presented a new service to offer industrial companies access to low-cost 3D printing, through an alliance with Basque company Tumaker. The service includes not only machinery but also training and specific materials.

Between 14 and 18 October, the Leartiker team was at the Fakuma international trade fair for plastics processing, as part of its strategy to internationalise its services and products. In addition to its traditional development lines, at the event Leartiker Polymer R&D presented its new partnership established with Basque 3D printer company Tumaker.

The purpose of this collaboration is to adapt the printers created by Tumaker, designed mainly for individual or household use, for industrial applications. To do this, they offer a complete service to industrial companies, that includes both machinery – the 3D printer, as well as a training process to adapt this technology to the needs of the company and the specific materials required, depending on its activity. “Almost 80% of industrial parts can be made with this printer, at 10% of the cost compared to industrial machinery”, explains José Javier Egurrola, Manager de Leartiker Polymer R&D, “in the partnership, Tumaker works on the design of the printer and we work on the raw material for manufacturing parts”.

According to the team of researchers, the service aroused the interest of attendees at the German trade fair, which focuses mainly on plastic transformation processes and occupied 12 halls and attracted more than 1,700 exhibitors this year. Leartiker is a team of researchers devoted to research, technological development and innovation focusing on two lines of specialisation, in Polymer R&D and Food Technology, located in the Markina-Xemein innovation pole and a member of the Basque Science and Technology Network

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