METAV 2014: “Rapid.Area”to showcase the entire process chain for generative production


Rapid.Tech goes METAV from 11th bis 15th March 2014

Frankfurt am Main/Erfurt, 04 December 2013. – The cooperation between the VDW (German Machine Tool Builders’ Association) and the fair organisers Erfurt is being exceptionally well received by Rapid.Tech’s exhibitors.

“It’s the right decision at the right time”, explains Ralf Schumacher, who heads the “Medical Additive Manufacturing” laboratory at theNorth-West Switzerland University of Applied Science,and is a member of Rapid.Tech’s newly found-edadvisory council for progressing Rapid.Tech and METAV as crucial competence centres in this field. Michael Eichmann, Managing Director of the Hessian companyRTC Rapid Technologies GmbH,sees the alliance as doubly beneficial: “Messe Erfurt’s involvement in the METAV addresses new visitor groupings, and renders new customer contacts accessible to the exhibitors. At the same time, the opportunities opened up by generative production processes will be adopted more widely in the mechanical engineering sector, thus enabling synergies to be identified.”

Directly adjoining the METAV Special Show“Metal meets Medical”, which will be supplemented by the Erfurt-based Rapid.Techto include a segment on generative processes, the “Rapid.Area”, as another building block in the alli-ance, provides an initial overview of the opportunities opened up by generative production for trade visitors and first-time users alike. Here, prominent Rapid.Tech exhibitors will be showcasing the entire process chain involvedin generative production –from the initial design work all the way through to the finished product. At the same time, leading vendorswill be providing insights into semi-professional and consumer-focused use of 3D printing.

The VDW (German Machine Tool Builders’ Association), Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and the trade fair organisers Messe Erfurt GmbH are entering into a long-term partnership in the field of generative production, agreeing a strategic alliance aimed at intermeshing step by step the trade fair projects of the two partners involved, METAV (VDW) plus Rapid.Tech and FabCon 3.D (Erfurt). The background here is the adoption of generative manufacturing technologies in mass production operations. The new trade fair alliance will already be celebrating its premiere at METAV 2014. Under the motto of “Rapid.Tech goes METAV”, Messe Erfurt will be participat-ing in a special show at the METAV on medical technology. In 2015, the VDW will be supporting Messe Erfurt for Rapid.Tech by organising a special show on the subject of medical technology in Erfurt. From 2016 onwards, in a biennial rhythm, Rapid.Tech and FabCon 3.D. will be inte-grated into the METAV as autonomous brands with an exhibition, a specialist congress and a user conference.

METAV 2014 in Düsseldorf
The next METAV will be held in Düsseldorf from 11 to 15 March 2014. In the even-numbered years, it is now firmly established as an important technology window showcasing the entire spectrum of production technology for manufacturers and customers from all over Europe. The METAV showcases the entire spectrum of production technology, focusing primarily on machine tools, manufacturing systems, high-precision tools, automated materials flows, computer technology, industrial electronics, and accessories. The target group for the METAV’s visitors includes all branches of industry that machine metal, particularly machinery and plant manufac-turers, the automotive industry and its component suppliers, the aerospace sector, the electrical engineering industry, energy and medical technology, plus metalworking and the craft sector. At the last METAV in 2012, around 700 exhibitors from 26 different countries showcased their products, their manufacturing solutions and their service capabilities. They attracted around 40,700 experts from more than 30 different nations.

New at METAV 2014: in conjunction withMesse Erfurt, the METAV’s organiser VDW will for the first time be addressing the issue of generative production in medical technology under the aegis of the special show “Metal meets Medical”.

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