From 3D clothes to surgical simulators: international 3D printing exhibition in Moscow

 From 3D clothes to surgical simulators: international 3D printing exhibition in Moscow

More than 50 exhibitors from different countries, 3D printed submarines and rockets, Android 3D printer,surgical simulator presentations and speeches from European experts. Besides that, a 3D Print Awards ceremony, a 3D clothing fashion show and a printer giveaway.

That was the annual international additive technologies exhibition – 3D Print Expo – held on 13-14 of October at ECC Sokolniki.


3D Print Expo visitors participated in 3D printing workshops. They tested a MEDVR_LAP surgical simulator from MEDVR and Eidos-Innovation representatives.

Thanks to PICASO 3D and Autodesk companies, guests went through four levels of using a 3D printer: from beginner’s "Never seen it in my life" to advanced "Got a 3D printer at home".

By voting for the best 3D printed hand, visitors decided on the best quality 3D products manufacturer.

Eight companies participated in the competition:, PICASO 3D, Total Z, Harz Labs, PROTOTYP, MAESTRO, Idea-Z and MAGNUM. All participants were given a product model, consumables and assignments. As a result, the majority of votes went to the PROTOTYPE figurine and brought victory to its creators.

Guests also got to see the most unusual exhibits in the 3D Art Gallery: the octopus from Total Z, the submarine from 3dminilab and playable balalaikas!


This 3D Print Expo held the first 3D Fashion Show with works of such designers as Snezhana Paderina from New York and Irina Tosheva from Skopje. A video presentation of the LYSIS COLLECTION from the American fashion designer Alexis Walsh also took place here.

3D technologies in the field of art, fashion and design on the Dimension Link media platform and the Palmette Art project presentation were another topic for discussion.

Exhibition also hosted the fifth annual awards ceremony for additive industry leaders, 3D Print Awards, determining the winners:

  • Brand of the Year: IMPRINTA;
  • Best national manufacturer of 3D printers: Magnum 3D;
  • Best Innovative Company of the Year: Ten.MedPrint;
  • Best Development of the Year: Picaso;
  • Most popular consumables manufacturer: REC;
  • Best company in 3D scanning: Thor3D;
  • Newcomer of the Year: Raise3D;
  • Startup of the Year: Harz Labs.

Attendees had a chance to win a 3D printer – Hercules Strong by IMPRINTA. It went to Maxim Frolov, who answered correctly most questions in the additive technology quiz.


An industry B2B conference with 19 speakers took place within 3D Print Expo.

It was opened by a local deputy Alexander Smetanov. He noted that the parliament is actively working on the legislation for developing 3D technologies and increasing the number of technology centers.

The Arkon LLC CEO Boris Kozlov said that techno-economic examination is necessary to ensure effective 3D printing introduction into various industries.

Roman Gorbatov, an orthopedic traumatologist, head of the Additive Technologies Laboratory at the Federal State Budgetary Institution - Volga District Federal Medical Research Center, Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, talked about 3D printing in healthcare. He showed individual orthoses, titanium implants, hybrid endoprostheses, orthopedic insoles, mock-ups for training and pre-operational planning and also gave examples of 3D printing in pharmacology and veterinary medicine.

The latest developments were shown by foreign speakers: Valentin Stolz from Germany, James Smith from Belgium and Ishihara Tadao from South Korea.

Alexey Nikulin from Autodesk, Oleg Chizh from Siemens and Konstantin Chernov from Bosch Rexroth talked about the application of 3D printing at their enterprises.

Anton Bolshakov, OSTEC Marketing Director, presented results of the study of industrial additive technologies perception, conducted together with the event organizer Smile-Expo company. It turned out that 79% of respondents printed car spare parts and household appliances themselves. The product quality received 3.7 points and the biggest difficulty was low speed.

Smile-Expo deeply appreciates all the guests and exhibitors, and is already working on 3D Print Expo 2018,looking forward to see you again!

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