“3WAY OPEN HOUSE 2022” IS DONE AND DUSTED!

We would like to thank all the visitors participating at “3WAY Open House 2022”! We are glad that the event was carried out successfully. We believe that we presented potential solutions for the visitors’ business clearly enough and that they got some extra knowledge or widened their horizons during the lectures. We are definitely looking forward to organizing the such event again in 2023!

3WAY Open House

On Friday, 11th of November, our second “3WAY Open House” took place. After the successful implementation in 2019, this time we took some steps forward and offered participants even higher quality content in the lectures.

HOW DID THE “3WAY OPEN HOUSE” TAKE PLACE?

Our participants were treated to fragrant coffee and delicious croissants when entering the event. When most of us were all gathered together, our CEO had a short presentation about the 3WAY company. At 3WAY, we deal with everything related to the most modern 3D technology – 3D printers, 3D scanners, and CAD/CAM software.

3WAY - platinasta odličnost

Almost all 3D printers and 3D scanners, which we have exhibited as DEMO units, could be seen on the side of the hall during the breaks and after the end. This year we wanted to do a “real” Open House so we brought actually everything that is otherwise in our offices.

3WAY - 3D printerji

In addition to sales, the demand for services is also on the rise, which sets 3WAY apart from the competition. Anyone can be involved in sales, but at 3WAY, we stand behind our products and offer training and customer support even after their purchase. The knowledge and experience of our experts prove themselves, especially regarding the services, where they efficiently find a solution for every demand. We do our best to be as fast as possible, but at the same time accurate and consistent. The most important is that the products leave our hands impeccably done. All in all, 3WAY certainly stands out from the competition in terms of knowledge and integrated services.

3WAY ekipa

EKIPA

3WAY ekipa

hyperMILL CAM SOFTWARE

In terms of professional lectures, the visitors could initially improve or gather their knowledge listening the “hyperMILL & Additive Manufacturing” lecture, which was led by our Lovro. At 3WAY, we stand behind the hyperMILL CAM software from the very beginning, as we believe that it is the best CAM software on the market, especially in 5-axis milling.

3WAY Open House - hyperMILL CAM programska oprema
3WAY Open House - hyperMILL

NIELS STENZEL – SHINING3D

Later on, a lecture by our guest from Germany, Niels Stenzel from Shining3D, took place. He presented the Shining3D company, their position in the market, and their vision for the future. Besides many innovations, he presented all their products and areas of application.

3WAY Open House - shining3D

The cherry on top of the cream was his presentation of 3D scanning on a very interesting object – a formula. It was brought on the stage just for our visitors by those who stand behind this top botch product – the students of the  Superior Engineering team. To scan the formula, he used an extremely sophisticated scanner, the FreeScan Trak. Using that 3D scanner, he was able to capture a decent part of the formula in less than a minute.

3WAY Open House - 3D skeniranje
3WAY Open House - superior engineering
3WAY Open House - 3D skeniranje
3WAY Open House - superior engineering

REVERSE ENGINEERING AND QUALITY CONTROL

After a short coffee break, Peter started with a lecture about reverse engineering and quality control. He presented what is possible to be done with the data obtained by 3D scanning.

3WAY Open House - vzvratni inženiring
3WAY Open House - kontrola kakovosti

Reverse engineering is the process of recreating a model from the obtained data. From the real piece, we get a CAD model that can be used for reproduction or other purposes. On the other hand, quality control is a kind of verification of the finished piece, which may deviate from our ideal model drawn in the CAD program after production. In addition to the theoretical presentation, Peter also made a practical demonstration of quality control in the Control X program. With his ingenuity, he quickly determined the surfaces, parameters, and tolerances. Later on, the program itself produced a measurement report that showed all the required information.

3WAY Open House - 3D skeniranje
3WAY Open House - kontrola kakovosti

THE BIGGEST SURPRISE AT THE “3WAY OPEN HOUSE” – REVEALING THE AVATAR

 

Just before the lunch break, the most interesting touch of the day was scheduled. We have revealed the Avatar! That’s right, a 3D-printed sculpture of the Avatar, which is almost as tall as the “real” Avatar. Because of practical reasons, we made “only” 270 centimeters tall statue, instead of a three-meter one, as it would be too tall to place it in our offices. Of course, all participants could take a photo with the Avatar and get a great memory with the first “real” Avatar in Slovenia.

3WAY Open House - Avatar
3WAY Open House - Avatar

Some quick facts:

  • 72 kg of PLA filament was used
  • It consists of 55 pieces
  • It took 1460 hours of 3D printing
  • The subsequent work took us approx. 200 hours

We devoted a little more than four months to the project of creating Avatar, which was sometimes very demanding besides the ongoing projects. We will dedicate special news to this project, so all the manufacturing secrets will still remain a secret. All in all, we are certainly happy and excited about the final product after the disclosure. All the hard work is paid off with this kind of masterpiece, and you may soon see it somewhere else, as in our offices, where now it is playing the role of a “security guard” at the entrance. Exact this Avatar will be shown in December at Cineplexx in the second part of the Avatar – “The Way of Water”.

3WAY Open House - Avatar

HAO YANG – INTAMSYS

After revealing the Avatar, it was time for a lunch break. We took enough time for all participants to eat in peace. Later on, our second guest, Hao Yang from Intamsys, continued with his lecture. He presented the company and the FFF 3D printing technology. Like us, he also pointed out that Intamsys is focused on the production of high-quality industrial 3D printers. Among others, we had both Intamsys 3D printers exhibited – Funmat Pro 410 and Funmat HT.

3WAY Open House - Intamsys
3WAY Open House - Intamsys
3WAY Open House - Intamsys

E-PLUS-3D AND METAL 3D PRINTING

Zadnje tematsko predavanje je bilo na temo 3D printanja kovine, ki ga je vodil naš Robert. Na tem področju sodelujemo s podjetjem E-Plus-3D, ki za tržišče izdeluje zmogljive 3D printerje na kovinski prah. Poleg prodaje teh velikih strojev, tudi mi preizkušamo nekaj povsem novega, in sicer 3D printanje kovine na FFF 3D printerju. Zahvaljujoč posebnemu LABS Gen 2 experimental ekstruderju na 3D printerju MakerBot Method X je možno printanje BASF materiala, ki vsebuje 80% kovinskega prahu in 20% polimera. Po 3D printanju je kos potrebno poslati še na sintranje, da se iz sestave izloči plastika. Seveda se slednji pri tem nekoliko skrči, zato nas okoli tega čaka še nekaj testiranja. Vsekakor pa smo navdušeni, da je dandanes možno tudi kaj takega!

The last lecture was about metal 3D printing, which was held by Robert. In this area, we cooperate with the E-Plus-3D, which manufactures powerful 3D printers based on metal powder. In addition to selling these large machines, we are also trying something completely new – metal 3D printing on the FFF 3D printer. Thanks to the special LABS Gen 2 experimental extruder on the MakerBot Method X 3D printer, it is possible to print BASF material, which contains 80% metal powder and 20% polymer. After 3D printing, the piece must be sintered to remove polymer from the structure. Of course, the model will shrink, so we have to do some more testing. Nevertheless, we are excited that something like this is possible these days!

 

3WAY Open House - Intamsys
3WAY Open House - E-Plus-3D
3WAY Open House - E-Plus-3D

GIVEAWAY

For the “grand finale”, we also performed a giveaway live on the LCD screen. We didn’t skimp on prizes this time, as we awarded our visitors with 10 reels of PLA filament, Mayku FormBox, FlashForge Adventurer 3, and Shining3D Einstar to the participants. The FormBox is a desktop vacuum forming machine, the Adventurer 3 is our entry-level 3D printer, and the Einstar is the latest 3D scanner. Some of the visitors left our event not only with more knowledge but also with practical rewards for creating in the 3D world.

In the end, some of the visitors soon left, but we took some time with the others to have a nice chat. We consider this year’s “3WAY Open House” to be very successful. We are certainly aware that we can always do better, and we believe that it will be easier for us to organize such an event each time in the future, which is why we guarantee you an ever higher level of them.

3WAY Open House - E-Plus-3D

MEDIA AT “3WAY OPEN HOUSE”

Our media partners, “Računalniške novice” and “IRT 3000” magazines were also with us. You will also be able to read something about our event there. On this occasion, we invite you to read all the innovations of various technologies in many fields in these two media every month.

 

3WAY Open House - Računalniške Novice
3WAY Open House - IRT 3000

See you at “3WAY Open House 2023”!