More international than ever before: Rapid.Tech strengthens its reputation as Europe’s top event


Advisory Board confirms trade fairs will be extended to three days from 2016

The Advisory Board for Erfurt’s 3D printing trade fairs has agreed unanimously to add an extra day to the Rapid.Tech and FabCon 3.D programmes from 2016. “Rapid.Tech is becoming an increasingly significant event, and additive technologies are spreading into more and more industries,” explained Board Chairman Michael Eichmann (RTC Rapid Technologies GmbH).

“We are also responding to a number of exhibitors who want the opportunity to present more of what they do,” added Messe Erfurt CEO Wieland Kniffka. He also confirmed that the conference and exhibition themes would be expanded, with a particular focus on areas such as education, electronics and post processing.

This year, the atmosphere at Rapid.Tech, FabCon 3.D and Erfurt Print Cocktail was more international than ever before. Together, the three trade fairs hosted 3,971 (2014: 3,500) trade visitors from 15 different countries, as well as exhibitors from nine countries and 80 speakers from eight countries.

Around 40% of the trade visitors had travelled over 300 kilometres to attend. Of the German visitors, the largest numbers came from the states of Thuringia (28%), Bavaria (20%) and North-Rhine Westphalia (10%). Trade visitors from 14 different industries were in attendance, around 75% of whom were decision-makers in their companies. The high scientific quality of the conference programme was demonstrated by the fact that 40% of the trade visitors worked in research and development.

More and more companies are using the specialist events in Erfurt as a venue for product launches. This year, Coffee Solution GmbH, one of 3D Systems’ key sales partners, presented the world’s first carbon fibre 3D printer, the Mark One. “We decided to debut this innovation at Rapid.Tech as it is truly one of the most important events for the additive manufacturing industry. Other trade fairs have smaller areas where 3D printers are exhibited, but the combined conference and trade fair makes Rapid.Tech completely unique,” explained Lisa Widmann-Gmähle, Head of Marketing at Coffee Solution.

Danish 3D printer manufacturer Blueprinter showed off the only device in the world to feature SHS (selective heat sintering) technology. “Rapid.Tech is the ideal place for us to launch our product. The event draws in a wide range of visitors, which allows us to reach both potential industrial users and important contacts within the fields of design, architecture and construction,” explained Lene Jensen, Sales and Marketing Coordinator at Blueprinter.

Thoughts on Rapid.Tech and FabCon 3.D

Marc-Emmanuel Favre, Business développement, France
“This year was the first time we had exhibited at the fair, and it was an unbelievable success. We were really impressed with the visitors – they wanted to know everything about 3D printing. We will be back again next year.”

Dipl.-Phys. Rudolf Derntl, Managing Director, Hermle Maschinenbau GmbH
“The trade fair has made a fantastic impression this year. It is making great progress as an event. We had the perfect audience, and the visitors were asking excellent questions.”

Antonius Köster, Antonius Köster GmbH & Co. KG
“It was an excellent event, the best one I’ve been to. Having both a conference and trade fair, each a top quality event in its own right, makes Rapid.Tech a fantastic concept.”

Dietmar Frank, Regional Director Central Europe, EOS GmbH
“Rapid.Tech is increasingly establishing itself as an important international trade fair for industrial 3D printing. The visitors we meet here are always well-informed and have a good understanding of the benefits of additive manufacturing. Industrial clients often approach us at Rapid.Tech with specific enquiries or applications, and we can work together with them to develop a targeted solution.”

Alexander Mühlens, Product Manager for Powered Linear Technology, igus GmbH
“FabCon 3.D is an ideal platform for us to present our products and services. We meet private and semi-professional users here, as well as representatives from large industrial companies. The atmosphere is much more casual than the industry trade fairs, which makes it easier to start up a conversation with visitors and other exhibitors.”

Anke Eßlinger, Marketing, alphacam GmbH
“We have been at Rapid.Tech every year since it launched. For us, it is one of the leading trade fairs for RP technologies.”

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