SLIDESHOW: Technology Showcase, K Show
MoldMaking Technology is heading to Dusseldorf, Germany later this month to cover the K show, an international triennial plastics and rubber event. Here is just a glimpse of what I expect to see.
The upcoming K trade fair for plastics and rubber will be held from October 19 - 26, 2016 at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany. Some 3,000 exhibitors from all continents have fully booked the floor space in the 19 halls, and about 200,000 visitors from all over the world are expected to attend.
According to event staff, "Trends shaping the North American plastics industry include growing use of advanced digital design and manufacturing software and increased automation of production. Recent developments give companies throughout the product chain more ways to optimize operations, speed products to market and increase competitiveness. Software has long played a role in product and mold design, and automation has always been a way to increase production efficiency. What is different now is that more design software incorporates high-tech features such as 3-D simulation and analysis and even virtual reality imaging. These capabilities help users develop and rapidly fine-tune the manufacturability of parts and molds before money is spent cutting steel."
This slideshow is just a sampling of the technology I expect to see.