The annual drupa tradeshow is in full swing in Dusseldorf, Germany, as you read this, and one thing that’s been standing out is the many new inkjet production-printing systems being shown from the likes of HP Inc., EFI, Kodak, and Xerox. What’s particularly interesting, and as we’ve seen before, is the diverse applications inkjet printing is being used for:
One thing all of this printing has in common thing is that it’s hard to see packaging, home décor, or signage every going away – unlike in first-world countries, where office printing is gradually declining as it’s being replaced by digital communication. Plus, unlike offset printing, inkjet imaging is ideal for the combination of digital pre-press and short-run personalized printing, with no ventilation systems required for heat, ozone ,or solvent fumes. And, for many wishing to get into professional, commercial, and production digital printing, inkjet can be an affordable entry-point.
Another theme at drupa was of course 3D printing. For instance, below is a life-size sculpture exhibited at Drupa that was produced by a Massivit 3D Printing Technologies super-size 3D printer:
Among vendors showcasing 3D printers and software at drupa are Massivit, XYZ Printing (showing a “Memjet-powered” 3D printer), HP Inc., Roland DG, Elitron IPM, Ceradrop, Nippon Synthetic Chemical Industry, and the Koehler Group.