This is the third year in a row that Sascha Peters is presenting new materials and innovations at Subcontractor InnoDex. They include a chair made of sound-conveying carbon fibre, 3D printed products made of biodegradable plastic, and exciting materials based on algae.
In other words, it is no surprise that this year’s exhibition is entitled Materials Revolution.
“It is important that Elmia Subcontractor has an inspirational arena like InnoDex,” Peters says. “Designers and design engineers are constantly looking for innovations and this is where they come to find out what’s new.
“Otherwise it’s really hard for them to know what innovative new products are out there and it is impracticable to visit masses of companies to find out. That’s why it’s good that Elmia Subcontractor offers this opportunity at a single location.”
Peters is the founder and owner of Haute Innovation in Berlin. His areas of expertise are production development, innovations, engineering design and industrial design. In the three years he has been presenting innovations at InnoDex the focus has shifted from industrial applications to design and innovative materials. He has noticed that interest in exciting and creative innovations is continually increasing.
“That’s true – more and more of our visitors want to see even more innovations,” he says.
InnoDex is also featuring the world’s biggest 3D printer available on the market. It is made by a German company in Berlin and can be seen in full operation. 3D printing – or additive manufacturing – is no longer the future, Peters says, it’s a technology that can be used here and now.
“The market for direct production is still very small but that will definitely change as the quality improves. There are figures that predict it will increase by 30 percent per year,” Peters says.