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3D Printing Contest Opens

Some objects printed by local firmsSome objects printed by local firms

Tehran will host the first Iran 3D Printing Contest from April 30 to May 3.

The Vice-Presidency for Science and Technology has organized the event that opened at the International Conference Center, Mehr News Agency reported.

According to the report, 17 Iranian firms are displaying 3D printing technologies. From the various 3D printing techniques, Iranian firms are only using two, DLP and FDM.

In DLP projectors, the image is created by microscopically small mirrors laid out in a matrix on a semiconductor chip, known as a digital micro-mirror device (DMD). These mirrors are so small that DMD pixel pitch may be 5.4 micrometers or less. The pixel pitch makes this method ideal for academic work.

On the other hand, fused deposition modeling (FDM) is an additive manufacturing technology commonly used for modeling, prototyping, and production applications.

The printers will be tested by officials with the vice president’s office and academia. The best printer will be introduced on the last day of the event.

On the sidelines of the contest, other projects of firms dealing in 3D printing will be introduced. The event is trying to link 3D printing businesses with potential investors and clients.

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