Accolades for Rapid.Tech specialist Programme


“Science TÜV” guarantees top quality

The Rapid.Tech conference and trade fair is one of the most important information events in Europe in the field of additive technologies. On 10 and 11 June 2015, Erfurt is expected to host 160 exhibitors from seven countries and around 4,000 participants from 20 countries. The conference programme covers hot topics and boasts 80 top presenters, with the User Conference for New Technologies, the Design Engineers Day and the Fraunhofer Additive Manufacturing Alliance Forum (GENERATIV) as well as specialist forums for tools, aerospace and medical technology. At the centre of the optimised conference structure for 2015 is the newly developed specialist forum “Science” (Wissenschaft) with five international keynote speakers. This is in addition to the “Vision 3D” forum for thought leaders. Over the two days, well-known scientists will present their latest findings and approaches in the field of additive manufacturing.

Top quality guaranteed
The presentations for the two-day “Science” forum will, for the first time, be subject to a scientific quality assurance procedure (double-blind review). The scientific committee responsible for this is composed of Germany’s additive research elite: Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. (Doctor of Engineering) Gerd Witt, Faculty of Manufacturing Technology, University of Duisburg-Essen; Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dietmar Drummer, Faculty of Plastics Technology, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg; Prof. Dr.-Ing. Claus Emmelmann, Institute for Laser and Plant Systems Technology, Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg, Laser Zentrum Nord GmbH; Prof. Dr. rer. nat. (Doctor of Natural Sciences) Reinhart Poprawe, Faculty of Laser Technology, RWTH Aachen University, Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology; Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Zäh, Institute for Machine Tools and Industrial Management, Technical University of Munich; Prof. Dr.-Ing. Detmar Zimmer, Faculty of Design and Drive Technology, University of Paderborn.
“This ‘Science TÜV’ guarantees the top-level performance of the conference while enhancing the reputation of the presenters at the same time”, explained Wieland Kniffka, CEO of Messe Erfurt.

Kniffka also announced an extensive cooperation with the publishing company Springer-Verlag. The leading international science publisher is currently developing a high-quality trade journal for research and development in additive technologies, entitled “Progress in Additive Manufacturing”. A special section “Rapid.Tech 2015”, set to appear in one of the first issues in early 2016, will provide a complete description of the presentations for the specialist forum “Science”. However, all other presenters in the specialist programme can also submit their presentations, which will then be reviewed for publication by the journal’s editorial board.