3D Print Conference Kyiv, 2016

3D Print Conference Kyiv, 2016

Highlights from the event

Staying on track with my professional development, I visited the 3D Print Conference (Kyiv, Ukraine, September 16).

Last time I came to a local 3D Print Confrerence conference was a year ago. And I should say that by now I have learnt a lot more about the technologies, innovations and trends (thanks, the University of Illinois!). So, Ukrainian projects, start-ups and the local market were of main interest for me.

Once more, the venue consisted of four main zones. Apart from the exhibition, there was a 3D printing and 3D scanning workshop. The conference hall hosted the presentations, and my child spent time in the kids’ workshop zone.

The organisers assure that the third Conference welcomed more guests and exhibiting companies. But it seems to me that by now it somewhat lacks the level and drive it deserves. I hope we will see alternatives and new formats offered by Ukrainian and European expo companies.

This year, the presentation program included 10 talks with some last-minute changes. Some of them were quite inspiring.

3D Printing for Development in Ukraine

Brennan Purtzer, the Founder of Blue Continent Eco-Trade Alliance, is currently volunteering for the US Peace Corps in Ivano-Frankivsk, Western Ukraine.

To his opinion, 3D printing for development can have a much more important impact on society that creating art or jewellery pieces. 3D technologies are already being used for the development of Africa, Philippines, Pakistan, etc.

Brennan relies on his experiences with Micronesia, one of the most isolated regions. The supply chain there is long, slow, and expensive. And the national GPD depends on import to a great extent.

Brennan Purtzer 3D Printing for Development of Ukraine

Here 3D printing could shorten the supply chain offering limited on-island production. Among other benefit are better-paying jobs, technical training, better import and export balance. Moreover, the reduced shipping volume means positive environmental impact. With 3D printing, small communities can use recycled plastics to build new items they need.

According to Brennan Purtzer, the same process could be used in Ukraine. But the best solutions for Ukraine are the ones we have yet to invent to solve specific, local issues.

Brennan is planning to open a 3D print learning centre in Kalush near Ivano-Frankivsk. A nation-wide network might follow later.

Printed houses: autonomous and self-learning

Maxim Gerbut, founder and CEO of Ukrainian PassivDom, presented an interesting concept of a printed modular PassivHause.

The startup claims to have created the world’s warmest passive houses. The structure is carbon and glass fibre combined with patented warm windows. An extremely low heat loss makes self-sufficiency easy and cost-effective to implement.

PassivDom. 3D Print Conference Kyiv, 2016

Basic structures, including walls, roofing, and basement platform, are produced with 3D printing by “7D” robotic arms. The dimensions of a basic transportable PassivDom module are 4 m x 9 m (12 tonnes). If case you need a larger building, you are free to combine two modules.

Unlike concrete 3D printing, the original houses are promising full off-grid autonomy. It seems like you do not need any traditional heating system even for cold regions. The thermal characteristics allow using 20 times less energy than usual. Obviously, they outperform the new energy efficiency standards that come into effect in 2030 in the USA and Europe.


The modular houses use solar panels and batteries to produce energy and store it. Even with heavy clouding, the energy supply is enough to keep self-efficiency for up to two weeks. All house appliances are integrated into the Internet of Things. A self-learning system monitors the quality of air inside. Actually, you can control the house from anywhere with the help of your smartphone.

Made in Ukraine: high-quality 3D printing filament

Oleg Kireev, a representative of Extrusion in Motion, told about methods of quality control and testing of ABS and PLA filaments.

A pioneer Ukrainian manufacturer of 3D filament produces excellent-quality materials for 3D printers. Launched in 2016, the manufacturing site is equipped with advanced quality measurement systems and production lines. For their 3D filament, the company exports 100% fresh raw materials from North America.

EIM has already tested its 3D filament in German laboratories. The results were good enough to launch the export of the product made in Ukraine to the market of Germany. Currently, EIM is undergoing certification procedures to comply with the TÜV and European RoHS directive 2002/95/EC.

The R&D department continues to develop new materials in close cooperation with leading suppliers of 3D printers and 3D scanners. Wood, metal, carbon filaments, Flex, and rubber are currently at work. ‘Run by engineers for engineers’, EIM is also planning to offer 3D printing and 3D scanning services, measurement systems, industrial 3D printing technologies, and recycling.

Extrusin in Motion. 3D Print Conference Kyiv, 2016

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Just after the 3D Print Conference in Kyiv, Kwambio announced the launch of its first European 3D printing factory based in Ukraine. The company is ready to compete with Materialise and Shapeways using its own ceramic powder (80 colours!).

“Our goal is to offer high-quality products at affordable prices. Thanks to our incredible team and a perfect eco-friendly location in Ukraine, Kwambio cuts prices and lead time in half,” said Vlad Usov, CEO and co-founder of Kwambio.

Kwambio processes online and third-party orders accepting all kinds of sketches. Your product will be ready from scratch in just two weeks. The price is $0.07 for one cubic centimetre.

Kwambio 3D printing factory

3D Printing Shifting the Balance of Power

3D Printing: Shifting the Balance of Power

5 disruptions that can change global economy and society

Recently, I took a Coursera course on marketing in a digital world as a part of my CPD plan. Many ideas and start-ups presented there were completely new to me and looked fascinating.

The course also covered the role of 3D printing in disrupting current marketing models, as 3D printers are a good example of a new digital marketing tool.

Companies like Apple, Netflix, Google create both new products and new business models. Their disruptive innovation is radically changing traditional business practices. New emerging digital tools also have tremendous implications the way products are distributed and placed into the market.

Firm-centered approach to marketing is starting to break down due to the rise of smartphones, online technologies, and 3D printing. In this new digital marketing environment, we are moving from firm-created products and brands to co-created products and brands.

Blurring the dividing line between the physical and the digital, 3D printing, also called additive manufacturing, has been around for over 30 years. However, in the last five years both the size of the printers as well as their cost have dramatically shrunk. As a result, the technology is rapidly spreading and becoming democratized and available to consumers.

A wide variety of materials that can be 3D printed includes plastics, metals, ceramics, food, and even glass, depending on the printer type and technology. Experts say you can 3D print almost any hard material that can be softened or any soft material that can be hardened.

3D printing is a way to a new industrial revolution and dramatic changes in the economy. It may spread over the entire value chain on a global scale, from operation, logistics, manufacturing to marketing, sales, and after-services. Some of you may already own or actually use 3D printed products without knowing it.

I decided to summarize things I love most about 3D printing, one of my main translation specialties. Below is a short description of five transformations you should begin preparing for. 3D printing is going to change your life, too.

1 New manufacturing strategies

As of 2011, the direct manufacture of finished products represented only about 25 percent of the additive manufacturing market. 3D printers were used mainly for prototyping. Now industries are moving from prototyping to the actual printing of final finished products.

With current 35 percent annual growth rate, the market of additive manufacturing and rapid prototyping is one the manufacturing industry’s fastest-growing segments. 3D printing facilitates new product solutions, which would be inconceivable with conventional methods.

Today the aerospace industry (12.0% of global AMRP market), the automotive industry (19.5%), medical/dental technology (15.1%), and other sectors focus strategically on 3D printing as the manufacturing strategy of the future and an embodiment of “Industry 4.0” approach.

Airbus A350 is flying with 3D printed parts. GE has already opened a mass additive manufacturing facility to produce the fuel nozzles for LEAP jet engines. American Local Motors best known for its $100,000 off-road Rally Fighter crowdsourced vehicle recently introduced the world’s first 3D printed car. German Mapal offers a QTD-series insert drills manufactured using additive laser melting.

3D Prnting_New technologies


2 New designs and mass customization

3D printing is changing the way things are developed and designed. This paradigm shift means that lightweight designs, new integrated functions or bionic structural elements will become a crucial part of engineering.

Additive solutions offer diverse potential, which you cannot achieve (at least satisfactorily) with conventional machining strategies. Two directions are possible here. One is to redesign existing products, which have been built conventionally until now. The second is to manufacture new products developed specifically for the opportunities that 3D printing offers as early as the design phase.

B2C manufacturers and retailers are beginning to realize the potential of 3D printing. Nike is now 3D printing its football shoes. Designers say 3D printing going to change the world of fashion in a way similar to how Lycra entered the fashion industry in the ’80s, radically evolving how clothes were made and how garments behave.

With 3D printing, consumers can customize their designs. Once you start thinking digital products rather than physical ones, new possibilities emerge. Unlike conventional goods that are difficult and expensive to customize, digital products are much cheaper and easier to change. Digitization of goods opens a way to satisfy a broader range of customer preferences.

3D Printing_New Designs


3 New distribution models and shifted profits

3D printers can alter distribution models just as the Internet has altered music, text, and video consumption. Just like iTunes replaced physical music stores, the 3D printer has the potential to disrupt logistics and sells of physical goods.

All 3D printed objects start with a digital model. And once an object is digital, it can be easily stored, transported, and modified. Decentralized production networks mean new business models and regional strategies are possible. The company can post digital files of its products or parts of its products on its website for direct downloading (like Nokia tried) or posting these files on a digital 3D printing retailer.

To be able to print locally will save shipping costs and shipping time. For some industries, that means huge competitive advantages. Spare parts can be manufactured on demand at decentralized locations. If a component fails, it will be reproduced directly on-site.

Pioneers of additive manufacturing underline the possibility to return the value created by production from low-wage countries to traditional development and industrial locations in Europe or the USA.

3D Printing_New Distribution Models


4 Medical innovations and bioprinting

3D printing is making rapid progress in the medical and dental fields. Today, most hearing aids and dental implants are 3D printed in the US. 3D printing has enabled the creation of high-dose pills: you can customize and control the speed and strength of delivered dosage reliably.

Companies are inventing new business models, opening digital print centers for additive dental prostheses. Compared to traditional dental laboratories, digital manufacturing is extremely cost-efficient (at least half the price) and offer enormous benefits in terms of quality. 3D printing is also being used to create affordable prosthetics, light and durable.

Bone reconstruction technologies with the help of three-dimensional structures are being developed. Such structures are open for the tuning of chemical and mechanical properties while copying the outer form of the required bone.

A number of startups are actually exploring 3D printing as a way to create human skin and organs. We are not so close to a mass replacement of body parts yet, but a company called Organovo is already 3D printing liver and kidney tissues.

3D Printing _Bioprinting


5 Power of making democratized with 3D printing

During the course, some academic insights about the topic of 3D printing were mentioned. Researchers at Michigan Tech University conducted an interesting experiment published in Metronics journal in 2013. In order to determine how much money 3D printing could save, they printed common household objects instead of buying them.

They downloaded twenty digital designs from thingiverse.com and printed them on a low-cost desktop 3D printer: an iPhone doc, a showerhead, a paper towel holder, etc. The printing cost in terms of both energy and materials was less than $20. In comparison, it would have cost them at least $300 to buy them from a store.

The study at the University of Illinois showed a stark difference between groups making common 3D printed objects and buying them from the shop. Students who printed objects exhibited higher levels of loyalty, they felt a closer connection with these objects and were willing to pay almost 50% more for them.

Desktop 3D printers are going to democratize the power of making and to give consumers more control over the things they consume.

3D Printing_Power of making democratized


#IPD15 PrintNOW

International Print Day 2015

Let’s make print trend the planet: #IPD15

On October 14, 2015, the global on-line print community declared its love for print in 24 hours of open global knowledge sharing through social media using the hashtag #IPD15.

Additionally, the official event hashtag #PrintNOW was designated for all print professionals to share examples of print on social media including Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, YouTube.

Final stats:

  • 6PM ET 10/13/15 – 8PM ET 10/14/15
  • 793 Tweets
  • delivered to 27.062.860 timelines
  • with 1,362 contributors

I made two lists of popular and interesting tweets: my favourite ones, which I consider the most relevant, and top tweets according to topsy.com this year again.

My favourite tweets #IPD15

1. @FPMailingLandC
10 Creative DirectMail Examples: ow.ly/ThMmu

2. 3DPrintBoard
3DPrinting Will Play a Central Role in the 2016 Met Gala: bit.ly/1hNAfPZ

3DPrinting in the 2016 Met Gala

3. @IntPrintDay
Digital books stagnant while printed books are lovely and shareable. Here’s why: http://bit.ly/1M6B8eJ

4. @MASienicki
Did You Know…Fascinating Printing Facts for #IPD15: ow.ly/TnT9G 

Did you know… Johannes Gutenberg died a poor man? He was sued by his wealthy business partners in 1455 and lost the lawsuit, which resulted in the iconic printer being forced to give up his printing business and, ultimately, into financial ruin, before his death in 1468.

5. @magscanada
5 key themes in this year’s review of magazine media innovations.

magazine media innovations

6. @MACtac_Graphics
Trend: Customizing our world through wide format printing lnkd.in/dyXsVZ4 

Customizing our world through wide format printing


7. @Foilco 
Foil print, Overprint and Emboss! We love print. Happy International Print Day!

Happy International Print Day!


8. @MarketingUK
Disney brings characters to life in AR colouring book: bit.ly/1LsnRRJ

Disney brings characters to life


9. @DeadTreeEdition
A Kick in the Listicles: 7 Reasons Digital Media Are Inferior to Print http://bit.ly/1Mqv2Gq

10. @Go2RIS
Some more Printing humor!

Some more Printing humor!

And even more popular #IPD15 tweets according to topsy.com

Which do people prefer to read: print or digital communications? chooseprint.org/FAQ.html

US Forest Area & Net Volume of Trees has grown.

US Forest Area & Net Volume of Trees has grown.

Print is MEMORABLE. Pass it on.


Print ads can be just as interactive as digital: bit.ly/5printa2

Why print is essential to your marketing strategy: bit.ly/L7bnCD

Some great print and folding for the origami posters in the Restaurant tonight. Perfect for @IntPrintDay

Some great print and folding for the origami posters in the Restaurant tonight. Perfect for @IntPrintDay

All Printerverse panels and events from GraphExpo up on YouTube http://ow.ly/SAeCf. 21 sessions to feed your brain!

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If you are interested in print and printing technologies, here is the next date for you to mark.

October 19, 2016: 24 hours of open global knowledge sharing through social media! #IPD16

3D Print Conference in Kyiv

3D Print Conference in Kyiv

Highlights from the event

After waiting for quite some time for an interesting industry event related to digital technologies and printing, I finally managed to do it — I’ve attended the 3D Print Conference in Kyiv, held on September, 10th.

Needless to say, it was exciting. Everyone who had a chance to learn more about advanced technologies and innovations knows how inspiring they can be.

The event hosted several zones: an exhibition where technology dealers and service providers presented hardware, software, and printed samples; workshops for everyone interested in hands-on aspects of 3D printing and 3D scanning; a conference hall for presentations; a 3D+Robo Kids zone where the youngest attendees studied the basics of 3D modeling and robo design.

Conference speakers unveiled their personal business stories, experience, and knowledge in order to teach, motivate and engage their audience. The interest was strongly backed by the 4x annual growth of the 3D print market in Ukraine, according to Mares Shamzhi, the conference manager.

The presentation program included 12 talks divided into 3 sessions. Here are few of the things said that, to my opinion, were really inspiring and motivating:

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Darya Kireeva from Materialise, a Belgium-based company that has been playing a large role in additive manufacturing for the past 25 years, was the first to describe the current state and emerging trends in 3D printing technologies.

From selective laser sintering (SLS), its widest range of materials covering wood and titan, to stereolithography (SLA) offering largest models and supporting transparent resin, to fused deposition modeling (FDM), the most well-known and popular 3D printing method, every technology has its certain limitations and strong points taken into account when you choose a 3D system for your project.

The presentation covered interesting case studies and models currently manufactured by Materialise from different materials. Among them, Darya mentioned a mind-blowing Spider Dress 2.0 equipped with an Intel Edison chip that reads biosignals to defend the wearer’s personal space.

spider dress materialise

Additional questions showed that people are not yet fully aware of functional potential available with new technologies. Somebody asked what it would cost to produce an Ikea-like lamp using 3D printing.

Obviously, the lamp will be unique. This approach, however, fails to exploit the inherent advantages of the process not limited to ‘one of its kind.’ To take full advantage of additive manufacturing, you need to rethink production design making it more cost-effective and enhancing performance parameters. The new geometric freedom is another unique advantage of 3D printing.

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The largest 3D printers installed at Materialise can produce components 2 meters in height. But if you need an entry-level home 3D printer you can as well make your own customized system. Alexander Novakovskyy from 3DP company says a 3D printer cobbled together from whatever parts you can find may cost you only $500 if you know where to buy the components. From choosing a RepRap or RepStrap strategy for your 3D printer to finding the best-suited print head, every step is achievable. But get ready to be on short terms with G-code, an ‘official language’ of 3D printers.

3D Print Conference in Kyiv

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Eugene Kozhukhovskyy, Managing Partner of SmartPrint, thinks that Ukraine has a good global market potential for 3D printing with the SMB sector entering massive technology adaptation.

For Ukraine and former CIS countries, spare parts are the most demanded 3D components now. But your customers may be located globally if you find the right way to reach out to them.

According to Kozhukhovskyy, an average price claimed by print services providers at 3D Hubs (local 3D printing services and 3D printing) is 0.98 euro per 1 gram for Europe and only 0.19 euro per 1 gram for Ukraine.

At present, twenty 3D printers are available in Kyiv via 3D Hubs service (30 in Ukraine). However, if you plan to enter the segment, do not sell you services but rather try to solve your clients’ problems, he says.

In September, SmartPrint initiated a charity project offering free 3D printed prosthetics for children without arms and/or hands. The feedback shows that the interest is huge, so the company is open for charity cooperation with other 3D print service providers.

Charity Project 3D printing

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Medical startup ARanEd founded by Andrey Maranov, a medical student from Kyiv, suggests a holistic approach to human skeleton research using 3D printing and augmented reality.

Project participants scan human bones to make accurate 3D printed copies as real human samples are prohibited for medical students now. They claim that their representations are attractively priced and their quality meets strict demands of both students and doctors (the skeleton will cost you about $400).

Maranov’s second project is a mobile application to scan and to visualize the real structure of human body with the help of AU technologies.

In 2015, the startup has already become a winner of PioneersKyiv festival, a part of Europe’s major startup and investor conference, and was presented successfully at Thiel Summit in Saint Francisco, June 2015.

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Alexander Nam, Head of Software & Hardware Development at EnvisionTEC, told about 3D printing of scaffolds for bioengineering enabling the production of functional living implants out of cells obtained from cell culture.

In contrast to conventional rapid prototyping systems, mainly focused on melt processing, the 3D-Bioplotter by EnvisionTEC can apply a much larger variety of synthetic as well as natural materials, including aqueous solutions and pastes, to fabricate scaffolds for tissue engineering.

Today, dental clinics and laboratories are already facing a digital upheaval. Bone reconstruction technologies with the help of three-dimensional structures are being developed. The next step will be organ transplantation.

Only in the US, an average of 22 people dies each day waiting for transplants that can’t take place because of the shortage of donated organs. The gap between the demand and available organs continues to widen. 3D printed kidneys could potentially save thousands of lives.

It’s still a long way to fully functional tissue engineering. According to Alexander, one may expect a 3D printed liver in about 15 years and a 3D printed heart in 25 years.

Alexander Nam, 3D Print Conference in Kyiv

International Print Day 2014

International Print Day 2014

Let’s make Print trend the world

On October 8, 2014, the global on-line print community shared info about print using the hashtag #IPD14: International Print Day 2014.

It was the first global on-line print and integrated marketing event delivered through social media.

Final stats:

6PM ET 10/7/14 – 8PM ET 10/8/14

  • 8,683 Tweets
  • delivered to 23,023,968 timelines
  • with 1,271 contributors

The participants were encouraged to provide information to the global print and integrated marketing community through 24-hr open knowledge sharing and answer one question in 10 words or less: Why Print?

After looking through #IPD14 tweets I decided to make two lists of most popular and valuable tweets: my favourite ones, which I consider the most relevant, and top tweets according to topsy.com (unfortunately, the service iss no longer available). Hope you will find something useful here if you’ve missed the online event (like me). And be sure to check the hashtag yourself!

My favourite tweets #IPD14

Why print? Because a hospital visit can become a space voyage



10 Excellent Ways to Celebrate International Print Day http://bit.ly/1vVUkap 

This is kinda epic. One of our biggest building wraps.


Print has one of the least-expensive cost per impression in marketing: http://ow.ly/CqU0W


Getting the chop! instagram.com/p/t5ddioiK_o (Make sure your audio is on!)

On #IPD14 – get the facts! Print is big, print is GREEN, and print is neccessary!


Final print post today! History of the first printed Christmas card


Perfect for #IPD14! Print books are still outselling ebooks http://huff.to/1vIFaDv 

It’s International Print Day! Here’s a little print humour for you 😉


And even more popular #IPD14 tweets from topsy.com

Want something creative to do for #IPD14? Here’s 113 ‘magic hands’ folding videos = folded inspiration! tinyurl.com/lukc39r

All About That Ink

STOP THE PRESSES! We just found out it’s International Print Day! Just kidding, don’t stop the presses.


An absolutely awesome post from our ‘live’ twitter-Facebook wall.


Print and Paper Have a Great Environment Story! ow.ly/Csw2w

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If you are interested in printing and printing technologies, here is the next date for you to mark.

October 14, 2015: 24 hours of open global knowledge sharing through social media! #IPD15