For this year's Oktoberfest, GE Additive’s Customer Experience Center in Munich wondered what would happen if you combined the annual festival with stainless steel and titanium 3D printing? The result is a pretty cool German beer stein and a happy boss.
The opening weekend of Oktoberfest, the Bavarian beer festival, has come and gone. Of course, if you haven’t bought your lederhosen yet, don’t worry, it’s not too late.
Munich’s Oktoberfest will run straight into October, with the last stein (the traditional German beer mug) being poured on the 7th of the month. Organizers expect 6 million people will be joining the fun this year.
Honoring the 185th year of the festival in their own way is GE Additive’s Customer Experience Center in Munich who posed the question: “What happens when you combine stainless steel, titanium, 3D printing and Oktoberfest?”
They answered the question in a fun two-minute video, which shows how much sturdier a 3D printed titanium stein is when compared to an easily-breakable glass.
In the video, Matthew Beaumont is the unfortunate beer-drinker who drops his stein. But, as head of the Munich CEC, he can simply walk into the office and 3D print himself an alternative.
The video shows the AddWorks team at GE Additive working on a new and improved stein design, which is still in the same, much-loved shape of a German beer glass. This time, it’s not quite so breakable and is complete with a much sturdier beer mat too.
The re-engineered glass and mat are printed using a titanium and stainless steel additive manufacturing process. With his new stein in hand, Beaumont can go back to enjoying his newspaper and beer without worrying he could break the glass.
Beaumont’s Oktoberfest experience certainly looks very different to that of the partiers currently in Munich…
Check out GE Additive’s video below and find out more about the Munich Customer Experience Center on its website.
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