3D printing pioneers set to return to Erfurt


Preparations for 16th edition of Rapid.Tech + FabCon 3.D well underway

For Carl Fruth, early summer has since 2004 been inextricably linked with the Thuringian state capital of Erfurt. The founder and CEO of the FIT Additive Manufacturing Group, based in Lupburg, Bavaria, is not only one of the trailblazers of industrial additive manufacturing, but has also been a key player in the Erfurt-based Rapid.Tech + FabCon 3.D trade fair since the very beginning. This year, he and other FIT staff will once again be returning to the Thuringian capital as exhibitors and speakers at the 16th international trade fair and conference on additive technologies, which is set to run from 25 to 27 June 2019. As a member of the advisory board, Fruth also plays an active role in raising the profile of the event, which has in recent years established itself as an outstanding platform with a broad international reach for the 3D technology sector.

At the 15th anniversary event in 2018, Messe Erfurt took the opportunity to thank Fruth and 14 other international 3D printing pioneers for their dedication to the event with a fittingly 3D-printed trophy – the “Urgestein” or “Founding Fathers” award. Fruth was very proud to receive the honour: “The whole additive manufacturing family gets together at Rapid.Tech. One thing I particularly love about the event is that every year, it acts as a magnet for new talent and promising ideas. The very fact that they present a “Founding Fathers” award shows just how vibrant this sector is.”

The other award recipients, many of whom are once again helping to shape the 2019 event, were also delighted to receive the award. They are: Stratasys founder Scott Crump, Frank Herzog from the now GE-owned Concept Laser, Dr Hans Langer of EOS, Wilfried Vancraen of Materialise, Dieter Schwarze of SLM Solutions, Andreas Berkau of citim, Martin Schäfer of Siemens, Klaus Müller-Lohmeier of Festo, Prof Andreas Gebhardt of FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences, Dr Wilhelm Meiners from the Fraunhofer ILT, Klaus Eßer, formerly of DTM and 3D Systems, Thomas K. Pflug, formerly of NC-Gesellschaft, Prof Gideon Levy, formerly of inspire and – last but not least – Michael Eichmann of Stratasys and Prof Gerd Witt of the University of Duisburg-Essen, who have jointly chaired the Rapid.Tech + FabCon 3.D advisory board for many years.

“We are delighted that from the very beginning, we were able to draw on the expertise of so many renowned experts from industry and research, and that they continue to work with us to develop this unique combination of trade fair and conference for the additive manufacturing sector”, said Michael Kynast, CEO of Messe Erfurt GmbH.

Preparations for Rapid.Tech + FabCon 3.D 2019 are already well underway. Early bird prices are still available, and companies and institutions wishing to present their technologies and products to an expert audience at the trade show can take advantage of these if they book their booth by 30 November 2018.

Scientists, developers, designers and users are also being called on to present their latest findings, innovations, and examples of how the technology is being applied, at the specialist conference. Registration for talks at the AM Science and Design forums (scientifically reviewed presentations) is open until 19 November 2018, and for all other forums until 11 January 2019.

More information: http://www.rapidtech-fabcon.com/

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