The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has spelled the biggest economic disaster in Europe since World War II. A crisis that, like then, requires an ambitious international economic plan to be overcome. After the war, the American economic manna arrived under the name of his mentor, the Marshall Plan. This time, European infrastructure and productive systems are not destroyed. Therefore, it is Europe itself that has to remedy its situation.
Hence the Recovery Plan for Europe under the NextGenerationEU initiative. A plan aimed at the complete transformation of European production systems. A transformation not only aimed at reactivating the economy, but also aimed at achieving a greener, more digital Europe with a strong resilient character.
Digital transformation. Towards a circular and ecological economy
The Recovery Plan for Europe focuses its action on the comprehensive modernization of the economy. A modernization that emerged through research and innovation promoted by European companies and institutions. The objective is clear, to put Europe back at the head of the world economy by promoting a transition based on respect for the environment.
The circular economy is presented as the central axis of the recovery. A system based on the reuse and recycling of waste, which serves as a model against climate change and the optimization of natural resources. An eminently ecological economy that allows us to pass on a better planet to the next generation.
This requires a comprehensive digital transformation of the economy. An orderly, coordinated and general process. A process that allows us to go from traditional to digital processes without losing the social commitment that the European Union has had since its inception. A commitment that does not leave aside any sector, respecting biodiversity and gender equality as pillars of a well-being state.
European sources programs: funds for economic recovery
The European Union’s commitment is focused on drawing up coordinated development programs. Some of these programs are already known for their permanence in time. Others, however, have been specially developed for this action.
In this way, NextGenerationEU is articulated around the so-called European Recovery and Resilience Mechanism with the aim of achieving a more sustainable and resilient economic environment. In addition, a new initiative called Recovery Assintence for Cohesion and the Territories of Europe (REACT-EU) appears to contri
bute to the ecological and digital transformation of the economy. Finally, NextGenerationUE will be supported by other additional programs such as Horizon 2020, InvestEU, Rural Development or the Just Transition Fund (JTF).
In total, NEXTGenerationEU will allocate 750,000 million euros to achieve all these objectives. Objectives that connect perfectly with the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution or Industry 4.0.
3D printing: digital transformation of the production model
If the so-called Industry 4.0 stands out in something, it is precisely in the digital transformation of the production model. A transformation in which virtualization and the interconnectivity of all processes is a basic element. And it is in this framework of digital transformation where 3D printers are positioned as key elements of the first level
3D printing is the efficient production system by definition. An additive manufacturing that does not waste waste. A productive method that is based on virtual models designed by computer. 3D printers allow the customization of each part produced without additional costs, or wasted intermediate resources (for example: molds).
In a Recovery Plan like the one articulated by the European Union, 3D printers necessarily have to be the leader of the transformation of the economy. Investing in this technology is one of the key tools in any process of recovery of the productive fabric, cost savings, respect for the environment and optimization of natural resources.
We are facing the opportunity to stop the productive relocation that has affected the Old Continent in recent decades. An occasion that we cannot afford to miss.
3D printing of pellets: circular economy at the service of new opportunities
In a process of digital transformation and ecological transition such as the one we are dealing with, recycling, the use of biodegradable elements or raw materials whose obtaining does not imply a reduction in the environment are the foundations on which any project has to be built . The new building of the European economy must revolve around self-sufficiency with a goal of internal economic cohesion, with the integration of the social and environmental values of the Europa project.
Tumaker’s range of pellet 3D printers are a clear example of this new economy. Equipment that can work with materials developed by the user. Materials that come from industrial recycling or even from the development of new formulations. The use of pellets as a 3D printing material allows giving new life to disused materials and developing new applications with raw materials discarded by industrial development but which have very important economic-social elements.
Thanks to specific research programs and the use of these pellet printers, applications of recycled materials or materials obtained from coffee residues, agricultural waste or abandoned fishing nets have already been discovered.
Technology “Made in Europe”
The Recovery Plan for Europe tries to focus a series of Assistance Programs so that innovation and research help us to be the power that leads the global economic transformation. In order to achieve this objective, the initial basis of any project should be based on technological solutions created and developed in Europe.
IT3D Group bets to the European product. For this reason, both the development and manufacture of Tumaker are carried out in Spain. Thanks to this, we have the advantage of giving a quick response to market needs. Response with specific solutions such as the NX Pro DUAL 3D printer with two independent heads, the Pellet 3D Printer or the DUAL printer with a modular double head which is scheduled to appear in early 2021. A disruptive 3D printer in which the user can combine filament heads with pellet heads.
This confidence in the possibilities of R&D done in Europe is confirmed with the NovaSpider line. A machine thought and developed by a world-renowned technology center, CIC Nanogune (Bilbao-Spain) and whose manufacture is carried out in the Nadetech plant in Navarra (Spain). This machine is the only one that combines 3D FDM printing, Electrospinning and Melt Electrospinning to obtain nanofibers. A gear focused to the field of research in new materials, as well as in the fields of biomedicine, optics, aerospace, …
IT3D Group at the service of recovery
In conlusion, at IT3D Group we have specific differential products. 3D printers that can serve as efficient instruments when developing the various projects that are supported by European Sources Programs.
Ask us and, together, we will find the best solution for your project.