Rapid.Tech 2021 postponed until 22 and 23 June


Event to focus on its core brand as a user-oriented specialist conference with an accompanying exhibition – Attendees can experience the event live at the venue or via the online stream – 3D Pioneers Challenge to be hosted online in 2021.

(Erfurt, 14. Januar 2021). Rapid.Tech 3D, which was scheduled to take place at the beginning of May in Erfurt, will be postponed to 22 and 23 June 2021 and held as a conference event with an accompanying exhibition. The decision to postpone was made jointly by Messe Erfurt and the advisory board. “The current infection rate and its expected continuation are making it difficult to prepare properly for the event over the coming weeks and to ensure the usual high standard of quality. In particular, it is difficult for exhibitors to commit to the event in the current situation. To take this into account, we have decided to focus on maintaining the exceptional calibre of the specialist conference and the accompanying exhibition, and to postpone the event until the early summer,” explains Michael Kynast, CEO of Messe Erfurt GmbH.

Attendees will be able to either visit the Rapid.Tech 3D specialist conference in person at the venue in the Messe Erfurt Congress Center or follow it via the online stream. The theme for Rapid.Tech 3D 2021 will be sustainability. All the planned forums and the exhibition will focus on this issue. In addition to the established sessions on AM Science; Automotive & Mobility; Aviation; Medical, Dental & Orthopaedic Technology; Software, Processes & Design; and Tool, Model & Mould Making, two new subject areas have been added to the agenda for 2021. The forum AM in Construction Engineering & Architecture addresses the advantages of generative processes for the realisation of complex forms, along with highly flexible resource-efficient and cost-effective construction. The News from AM forum will look to the future of additive manufacturing, focusing on processes and materials that surpass the technologies currently in use but are already well suited to practical application.Interested exhibitors will also have the opportunity to present their products, developments and services at the accompanying exhibition in the Congress Center.As in the previous year, the 3D Pioneers Challenge will be hosted as a virtual event. The international design competition for additive manufacturing encourages forerunners in 3D printing to present innovative new products and technologies. Once again, the prize money of 35,000 euros will be funded by the Thuringian Ministry for Economic Affairs, Science and Digital Society. The 3D Pioneers Challenge is one of the most generous design awards for innovations in 3D printing.