With several standing-room-only conference presentations on 3D printing materials, UV LED, UV technology for touch displays, food packaging, disinfection and UV inkjet, uv.eb WEST 2017 Materials + Manufacturing Summit was a definite success. Held February 27 through March 1 at the Embassy Suites San Francisco Airport Waterfront in San Francisco, California, the event marks the largest such gathering ever in Northern California, with more than 300 attendees and 50 exhibitors.
Formlabs’ Maximilian Zieringer helped keynote the 3D printing session with a presentation on “Material Science: Advancing the Future of Digital Manufacturing and 3D Printing,” while Jake Hundley, HRL Laboratories, discussed “Process-Microstructure Relationships in Additively Manufactured Photopolymer-Derived Ceramics.”
The role that UV (ultraviolet) and EB (electron beam) technologies are playing in food packaging and disinfection was presented in depth, with Connie Williams, Mars Chocolate NA, offering a review of “Mars and the Food Safety Modernization Act.” A session on Next-Generation UV Inkjet Technology included talks on new materials and enabling low migration, with a special presentation by Matt Hirsch of Lumii, an MIT start-up company, on “Lumii Light Field 3D Prints: A New Dimension for UV Printers.”
A special session on UV Materials for Displays: Touch + Beyond included a review of the soaring automotive touch display market, as well as new materials and processes for fabrication. The event wrapped up with a series of presentations on the application, materials, equipment and measurement advancements that are enabling the fast-emerging implementation of UV LEDs.
The event was presented by RadTech, the nonprofit trade association dedicated to the advancement of UV/EB technologies.