Rapid.Tech 2013: Expert Forum Dental Technology – Teething Solutions


CAD/CAM and Rapid Prototyping in Tooth Technology

On 14th and 15th May 2013 the gates of the Erfurt Rapid.Tech open for the 10th time. Beginners and experts offer the congress exhibition, through the close interconnection between expert-led lectures and exhibition presentations, a comprehensive theoretical and practical scientific exchange on all aspects of Additive Manufacturing. At the same time the expert forum “CAD/CAM and Rapid Prototyping in Dental Technology” is dedicated to special developments and applications in dental technology. The newest results will be presented as well as trends and other possibilities. For the Jubilee Exhibition the organisers expect around 60 exhibitors, over 400 congress attendees and more than 650 trade fair visitors.

Since 2004 Rapid.Tech has developed into a leading venue for the rapidly developing cross-sector technology Additive Manufacturing (AM). “CAD/CAM and Rapid Prototyping allow for ever more fields of application in dental technology. After bridges and crowns, there come also prosthetic scaffolding, braces and even full prostheses that are generatively produced. At the same time, the development of bio-compatible materials continues”, reports Antonius Köster, CEO of Antonius Köster GmbH and responsible for the Program of the Dental Technology Forum. PD Dr. med. Horatiu Rotaru, (University Clinic Cluj-Napoca; Romania) shows how enormous advances are made possible in face implants through Generative Manufacturing in his key note speech lecture “Face Implants – from classic metal and animal skulls to modern 3D tailor made individual implants”. The first lecture at the Dental Technology Forum informs about the advantages that specific technologies bring to patients. Classic tooth casting belongs to the past – both presentations offer answers to this statement by highlighting how cast-free practice can be approached. One of the lectures focuses on 3D printing of prosthetics using bio-compatible materials and is also on the program of the two day event: “The road from analogue to digital tooth arch impression “ will offer a completely new impression concept for listeners. “Metal Free Tooth Implants that are not for the allergic!” - under this title the second day begins with a lecture about which materials stand centrally in this field as well as focussing on the method of their production. One of the highlights of the Dental Technology Forum is certainly the lecture on the advances in 3D-Shaping Technology in dentistry, in that the possibilities and the manufacturing process will be presented. With the perspective of representing virtual occlusion in chewing motion, a lecture for the world of CAD/CAM shows the resulting optimisation of the treatment with such technology. The potential that this information offers for the implementation of the perfectly fitting product is the focus of the last lecture at this year’s Dental Technology forum. Rapid.Tech 2013 – all Aspects of Additive Manufacturing Alongside the expert forum “CAD/CAM and Rapid Prototyping in Dental Technology” the Rapid.Tech 2013 expert forums will show the application of AM in Aviation, medical and dental technology as well as offering a user-based conference, the Designer Day and the forum of the Fraunhofer-Alliance for Generative Manufacture. “Additive Manufacturing has left the arena of being purely a developmental tool behind it. Generative Manufacture will be used more often and in more industries as a manufacturing tool”, reports Professor Andreas Gebhardt, expert advisor of Rapid.Tech. Accordingly the congress exhibition focusses not only on the technological aspects of Additive Manufacturing. Themed at this year’s exhibition are also aspects such as reproducibility, monitoring and safety of the build quality as well as legal issues. FabCon 3.D: The Platform for Fabber, Maker and 3D-Printers Parallel to the Rapid.Tech on the 14th and 15th May 2013 the FabCon 3.D will also be premiering at the Erfurt Exhibition Center. The convention will provide the up-to-date hype about “Fabbers“, “Makers” and 3D-Printers with an appropriate platform in the German language room. The visitors can expect, alongside a creative workshop and a lecture program a comprehensive exhibition, as well as an evening get-together. Around 25 exhibitors – from commercial 3D-Printer manufacturers to the operation of hacker spaces – will present the most recent trends and achievements in this billion dollar market. Further information about Rapid.Tech and about FabCon 3.D as well as the full program of the “CAD/CAM and Rapid Prototyping in Dental Technology” can be found at www.rapidtech.de.