Rapid.Tech 2012: Aviation trade forum looks into the future


Newcomers and experts will meet for the ninth time from 8 to 9 May at the Rapid.Tech congress exhibition in Erfurt to discuss or to become acquainted with the latest results, trends and applications of generative manufacturing technology. The exhibition management is once again expecting about 1,200 participants and 60 exhibitors. Since 2004 Rapid.Tech has evolved as a leading venue for the cross-sectional technology – additive manufacturing (AM) – which is rapidly developing in many sectors.

AM on the road to new worlds: Aviation 2012 trade forum

“Production directly from the CAD file by means of additive manufacturing processes can lead to products which are not only lighter, but they also have a substantially higher functionality. In particular, the design can be implemented in a load-capable manner so that material is only where forces also have an effect – an unbeatable advantage of additive manufacturing”, says Dr. Eric Klemp, leader of the Aviation trade forum. Peter Hoffmann from Boeing will open the programme this year. In the keynote session he will introduce the company’s aerospace business strategy and illustrate the role of additive manufacturing in an innovative industry. The following lectures of the two-day event will present many other new approaches. Dr. Dieter Schwarze (SLM Solutions GmbH) will explain new technological and economic advantages for small batch production through selective laser melting. This involves the introduction of a new dual beam technology with which the machine’s performance is substantially enhanced through the laser’s increase in performance and melting effect.

Markus Oeding (Stükerjürgen Aerospace Composites GmbH & Co. KG) will address the topic of qualification and certification, which is becoming increasingly important for the aerospace industry. In his lecture he will cover the requirements with regard to the qualification of FDM parts from a practical point of view. Based on the evaluation of already implemented and current space programmes, Jürgen K. von der Lippe (vdlconsult / GoSpace) will deal with the – future – possibilities of embedding AM in the concepts of spare parts supply “on the way to Mars”. Marina Wall (Heinz Nixdorf Institute) will also address the future of additive manufacturing. Opportunities and risks for the utilisation of additive manufacturing processes will be ascertained, ideas for future products developed and requirements for direct manufacturing will be derived on the basis of future scenarios.

Develop business models with additive manufacturing

The keynote speaker at this year’s Rapid.Tech, Dr. Phil Reeves (Econolyst Ltd.), sets an important theme at the very beginning that will accompany the speakers and visitors through the entire congress with his lecture entitled “The business drivers to additive manufacturing – stimulating technology adoption”. It concerns the analysis of “market pull” and “technology push”, and their interactions under the influence of overriding economic, social and ecological factors. Professor Dr. Andreas Gebhardt, Rapid.Tech expert consultant: “The development of rapid prototyping into additive manufacturing has already prospered quite widely in technical terms. Now it concerns bringing the process into the markets and developing suitable business markets for this purpose.”

Rapid.Tech 2012: Information, impulses, innovations

Since 2004 Rapid.Tech has focused on the trend towards manufacturing end products. It has recognised and accompanied the evolution towards additive manufacturing at an early stage. Rapid.Tech 2012 also informs horizontally and vertically: on the one hand, the possibilities of AM in selected industries will be scrutinised in the Aviation, Medical Technology and Dental Technology trade forums. On the other hand, it deals with the entire manufacturing process, starting from strategies and including design, materials as well as machinery. Thinking outside one’s own box has proven successful for many participants in past years: because important, sometimes decisive impulses for the further development in applications and for solving specific problems are particularly gained in the exchange with other special fields. Rapid.Tech 2012 provides unique opportunities for discussion with and among each other through the combination of trade fair and conferences.

What you should bring along: the Pre-Session on 7 May in Erfurt

The cross-sectional technology AM is still new territory for many, not least because of its rapid development in recent years. In order to facilitate access for newcomers and to bring them to a level of knowledge with “insiders”, an overview event will be held at the Exhibition Centre Erfurt on the day before the Rapid.Tech: the necessary fundamentals of additive manufacturing will be clearly conveyed in models and components in two 2-hour sessions. The basic knowledge conveyed in this connection enables participants to rapidly filter out the innovations from the lectures and the trade fair.

Further information, the programme of events and registration documents are available for download at www.rapidtech.de.

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