For the first time, the legal aspects of additive manufacturing will have their own platform


The new Law forum will début on 5 June at Rapid.Tech and FabCon 3.D

(Erfurt, 8 May 2018). As additive manufacturing becomes more established in industrial practice, the legal aspects of the digital process chain are growing in importance. “We know that there is a great need for information in this area and have therefore decided to set up a separate forum on legal issues for Rapid.Tech and FabCon 3.D. The new format will début on 5 June 2018,” reports Michael Kynast, CEO of Messe Erfurt GmbH.

The fair has succeeded in securing the services of Marco Müller-ter Jung, an acknowledged expert in the field, to oversee the content of the forum. A partner and specialist lawyer for IT law in international law firm DWF, Müller-ter Jung is actively involved with legal issues relating to the development of innovative technologies, including as Vice-Chair of the VDI specialist committee on the legal aspects of additive manufacturing. “This committee undertakes in-depth analysis with engineers and technicians to identify legal issues for this complex process chain. It is important to raise awareness of this area, because the legal aspects can often be overlooked in the course of the hectic pace of day-to-day work. Protection and security issues should not only play a role in the finished product, but be present right from the very beginning of the process, in the printing data,” stresses Marco Müller-ter Jung.

This is why the presentations will focus on the legal issues arising from the digitalisation of production. Who owns the design data? How can it be ensured that data conversion and transmission processes are secure and do not result in changes in the product to be printed? Who is liable for errors? The intention of the forum is to discuss and find answers to these questions. Further topics for discussion will be standards and quality assurance, the insurability of risks in additive manufacturing, and commercial and intellectual property rights versus the freedom to manufacture spare parts. Speakers will include lawyers, technical experts, technology providers, insurance experts and scientists.

The Law forum is part of the Rapid.Tech + FabCon 3.D international trade fair and conference for additive technologies, which will take place from 5 to 7 June 2018 at Messe Erfurt. The event is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year. It has been held in Erfurt since 2004, and is a pioneer of 3D printing technologies at international level. Its comprehensive conference programme, the only one of its kind, also includes the Users Conference and AM Science forum being held on 6 and 7 June respectively. New this year, held across both days, will be the Medical, Dental and Orthopaedic Technology forum. The Contract Additive Manufacturing; Design; Tool, Mould and Fixture Making and Automotive Industry forums will take place on 5 June. The 3D-Printed Electronics & Functionality and 3D Metal Printing forums will follow on 6 June, with the Aviation forum on 7 June closing the three-day long fair.

The 3D printing community will once again come together on all three days for the 3D Printing Conference. As well as discussing current issues and technical innovations, speakers will give behind-the-scenes insights into their research and development activities and selected competitions. Talks will cover everything from start-up financing to digital fabrication to education. Messe Erfurt is also once again looking for the most innovative company founders for its Start-Up Award and the best design ideas for its 3D Pioneers Challenge.

More than 200 exhibitors will be presenting the latest developments, products and services in additive manufacturing at the trade fair, which is sold out.

In 2017, 4,800 (2016: 4,500) trade visitors and conference participants, and 207 exhibitors (2016: 176) from 13 countries attended Rapid.Tech + FabCon 3.D in Erfurt.


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