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AM and 3D Printing Industry Readies for Rapid.Tech and FabCon 3.D Shows

Leading experts from around the world and international market leaders gather at Rapid.Tech specialist conference and accompanying trade show. Startup competition and Pioneers Challenge to enrich FabCon3.D 2017 event.

Additive Manufacturing (AM) is moving rapidly from niche prototyping towards mass production, achieving market penetration in almost every sector from aerospace to medical technology. This is demonstrated by the approximately 200 exhibitors and more than 90 experts with whom Rapid.Tech is aiming to achieve new records from 20 to 22 June 2017 at Messe Erfurt.

“Together with FabCon 3.D, this event has established itself as the leading European venue for Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing. An international perspective, a high concentration of market leaders and an equally high-calibre and visionary specialist conference with prominent keynote speakers focused on practical applications will set the tone for our three days in June,” says Michael Kynast, CEO of Messe Erfurt GmbH.

Market and technology leaders such as 3D Systems, Concept Laser, Stratasys and Trumpf Laser- und Systemtechnik will be exhibiting at Rapid.Tech alongside renowned research facilities, Start-Ups and networks. Exhibitors will be coming from Germany, Italy, Poland, Russia, Canada and the USA among others.

Over the three days of the conference, researchers, developers and end users from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the USA, the Netherlands, Israel and Turkey will be providing insights into the latest research findings, applications and technical developments in Additive Manufacturing. In his keynote speech on the first day of the conference, Charles W. Hull, the inventor of 3D Printing, will give participants a first-hand view of how innovation arises and how

Additive Manufacturing (AM) can be further digitised and automated using Figure 4 technology. The second day with open with akeynote by Christoph Hansen and Steffen Schrodt of Sauber Aerodynamik on the use of Additive Manufacturing in Formula 1 racing and the resultant potential for the serial production of components and devices. On the third day, Sean Keith of GE Additive will present the ways in which this technology leader in 3D Printing in aviation is driving forward the AM revolution in the sector.

Eleven Trade Forums will take a closer look at the keynote themes. On the agenda for 20 June are current sector developments and key technologies in medical technology, electronic engineering, design, Additive Contract Manufacturing and tool, mould and fixture making. Trends in, and prospects for, 3D Printing will be the topics of discussion in the Trade Forums Automotive Industry and 3D Metal Printing on 21 June and the Trade Forum Aviation on 22 June.

The Rapid.Tech Users Conference on 21 and 22 June will focus on practice, addressing the integration of Additive Manufacturing into existing products and processes, its combination with conventional technologies and workplace safety issues. The Trade Forum AM Science, also held on both days, will present the latest scientific findings on AM, including from the innovative field of 3D Bioprinting on how living algae cells can be 3D-printed. The three-day specialist conference will conclude on 22 June with discussions in the Forum of the Fraunhofer Additive Manufacturing Alliance on developments in multi-material processing, Additive Manufacturing of large-format components and new principles for robot-based production.

While Rapid.Tech focuses on industrial applications, FabCon 3.D, the 3D Printing Conference which runs in parallel, serves as a meeting place for the international 3D Printing community, bringing together creative Start-Ups, prominent players and hobbyists.

The Start-Up Award at the Rapid.Tech + FabCon 3.D trade shows has become one of Germany’s leading competitions for up-andcoming companies in the 3D Printing sector. Selected Start-Ups will have the chance to meet with sector experts in Erfurt. They will be given time to pitch their innovative ideas and concepts, and to impress investors with their business models.

Eight Start-Up Award finalists will be selected to present their projects to a world-class jury of experts from development, industry and finance. The best Start-Up will then be crowned Start-Up of the Year and take home € 3,000 in prize money. All of the finalists will also have their projects displayed in the

Start-Up Area at Rapid.Tech + FabCon 3.D from 20 – 22 June 2017. And the three top entries will be awarded a free exhibition stand at the 2018 trade show.

Last year’s winner, Krakow-based Sinterit, recently received investment from FIT AG. The manufacturer of the Lisa desktop SLS 3D printer will be bringing its machine back to Erfurt this year. The company’s co-founder, Konrad Glowacki, and CEO of Messe Erfurt GmbH, Michael Kynast, see the award as an excellent opportunity for young companies. “The Award opened up new opportunities for us and showed us that we are on the path to global success,” says Glowacki.

In 2016, 4,500 trade visitors and conference attendees from 19 countries, and 176 exhibitors  from 17 countries, travelled to Erfurt for Rapid.Tech + FabCon 3.D. Both the trade show and the conference therefore set new records in 2016.

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