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The Gulf Print and Pack exhibition, which is one of the most popular ones in the Middle East region, was held this year at the Dubai World Trade Center and there were presented the latest trends and technologies in printing equipment and materials. The 3D printing, virtual design and scanning solutions, used in a variety of applications, seemed to be one of the major trends in the industry, the visitors also showing great interest in these technologies. For the moment, this type of printing is mostly used in the packaging sector for blow molding, thermoforming and vacuum forming, being used only on demand, usually for short runs of products. However, it is expected to grow significantly in the following months, since more and more companies see the commercial value of this technique and are interested in applying it in their own business.

When choosing the most suitable 3D printing solutions, there are a few things that should be taken into consideration. First of all, you should select the right technology for the products that you want to create, such as fused deposition modeling, plastic jet printing or stereo lithography. Most of the printers use spools of filaments made of different kinds of thermoplastics, in a wide range of colors. These plastics become very flexible when they are heated and get back solid and strong when they are cooled, after being modeled according to the desired design. There are also filaments available in other types of materials, such as nylon, resin, wood, stainless steel or hybrid materials, designed to be used in specific applications and with some types of equipment. Other important aspects that should be considered before purchasing a 3D printer include the build volume or print area provided, the printing speed, the layer resolution, the connectivity options and the display on the printer. Additional relevant features that can make the entire printing experience more simple and enjoyable include all in one versions with copying, printing, scanning and faxing options, versions with on board cameras for monitoring the process, which are easily accessible from any PC or mobile device, versions that can automatically recognize the material from which the filaments installed on them are made and options with great esthetic features. Finally, the price is more than sure relevant in your final decision, ranging from a few hundreds of dollars to thousands, depending on the output quality and functionalities.

If you still have not made up your mind regarding the best solutions, printing equipment and materials suppliers in Dubai can suggest options by considering all of your specifications and needs.