Generative production gains momentum


Design king Christopher E. Bangle presents award in Erfurt

In the morning, the trade fair Rapid.Tech started its sixth and most successful edition, with 59 exhibitors and around 300 conference attendees. Johann Fuchsgruber, CEO of Messe Erfurt AG, said happily: “The dynamism with which generative production processes are developing and becoming established is impressive. This trend is also having a positive effect on the convention”.

Rapid.Tech is aimed at machine developers, designers and users of generative processes. The combination of trade fair, user convention and designer’s day allows a practical and interdisciplinary exchange of knowledge. As well as new machines, material innovations and application trends are also presented, for the ever faster realisation of increasingly high-quality and individual products. For the first time, the Central-German Plastics Day - organised by Polymermat e.V. - and the convention “CAD/CAM and Rapid Prototyping in Dental Technology“ will be taking place in the framework of the fair. Especially in dental technology, these production processes have shown positive development, from which all those involved can benefit, thanks to the accompanying savings in materials and time. Rapid.Tech is once again also offering advantages for design students. Several colleges and the London designer Linoel T Dean will be presenting themselves on site. With the Student Design Award for Rapid Manufacturing – initiated by the Foundation for Technology, Innovation and Research Thuringia (STIFT) - and the BMW Group GINA Design Award, the organisers and participants are also providing visionary impetus and ideas for the entire industry. The winners will be presented with their awards this evening and the winning works will still be on show in the Congress Centre until tomorrow. Design king Christopher E. Bangle is expected in Erfurt as the speaker for the prize-giving. “He is responsible for the car design of the BMW brand. His presence shows that Rapid.Tech is finding acceptance in the designer world“, concludes Prof. Dr. Andreas Gebhardt from Aachen University of Applied Sciences.