In a previous post in this blog, we interviewed Frank Janssen about Heidelberg's digital future. With the launch of the initial technology at InPrint 2015, it seems the market has noticed and recognised the famous manufacturer for digital innovation.
The European Digital Press Association (EDP), an association of the leading European trade magazines for digital production, selected the Omnifire 250 4D printing system from Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) for the “Technical Committee Award”. The presentation took place during drupa 2016 in Düsseldorf. The jury was particularly impressed with the system’s innovative concept for realizing new business models.
“The print media industry is hungry for new business opportunities. And 4D printing technology for personalizing mass-produced items allows users to open up completely new market segments. The EDP Award is recognition of the new inspiration we are bringing to the industry with our Omnifire technology,” says Frank Janssen, General Manager 4D business at Heidelberg.
Heidelberg is planning to present the Omnifire 1000, the next generation of 4D printing for objects with a length of one meter and over, at InPrint 2016 in Milan in November. The company will be showcasing initial sample applications such as hockey sticks, motorcycle helmets, or even luggage bin covers in airplanes at its drupa stand in Hall 1.