The functional printing consists of manufacturing , via printing, products with new functionalities. To do so, traditional technologies of printing are used (offset, rotogravure, screen printing…) with advanced materials such as conductive, bioactive and thermochromic inks.
This way products with high added value are obtained with multiple applications, at low cost, massively produced and with reduced environmental impact, such as circuits, alarms, antennas, smart packaging and labels, biological and electrochemical test kits etc.
3D printing (additive printing) consists of manufacturing components from a 3D model without using moulds neither tools, via deposition of material layers. Some of the advantages that offers this technology are reproducing any imaginable geometry, offering an inmediate response to changeable needs of market and meeting the growing demand of differentiation and personalization of products.Additive manufacturing has applications in medicine ( medical implants, anatomical models…), moulds and matrixes, aeronautics and automotion, architecture and and topography (layouts) and education (models).