Rapid.Tech 3D to bring together additive manufacturing pioneers again in Erfurt from 4 to 6 May 2021


Rapid.Tech 3D to bring together additive manufacturing pioneers again in Erfurt from 4 to 6 May 2021 – with a new mix of live and digital formats – first exhibitors have already registered

(Erfurt, 19 October 2020). After taking an enforced break in 2020 due to the coronavirus, the Rapid.Tech 3D Advisory Board and Messe Erfurt are in the starting blocks for Rapid.Tech 3D 2021. For the first time, Germany’s longest?standing additive manufacturing (AM) conference will take place from 4 to 6 May next year as a hybrid event with live and digital formats. “We are preparing Rapid.Tech 3D 2021 in the knowledge that it will be different from the 16 events that have gone before it. Our highest priority in all our activities is the health and safety of all those involved. We have drawn up a comprehensive package of hygiene measures. Our famous triad of conference, exhibition and networking will be joined by a new triad: health, safety and confidence,” explains Michael Kynast, CEO of Messe Erfurt GmbH.

The event’s centrepiece, the Rapid.Tech 3D specialist conference, will be hosted both live at the location and online on digital platforms. Messe Erfurt’s flexible venues can be adapted to suit the number of participants, thus ensuring that the conference can take place safely on-site. For the first time, there will also be the option to follow all the sessions of the three?day conference online and interact with the speakers. In addition, the conference has a new structure. The opening day (4 May 2021) will be devoted to AM and sustainability, with keynote addresses, panel discussions and the new Design Forum. All visitors attending the trade exhibition on 4 May will be able to take part in the first day of the conference programme free of charge. On the following two days (5/6 May 2021), scientists and experts will report on the latest sector?specific findings in industrial 3D printing.

The physical presence of exhibitors at the Rapid.Tech 3D exhibition is an essential element of the event, and the first businesses from central and southern Germany have already registered. “We sense that, after months of video conferences and webinars, the AM community is keener than ever to exchange ideas with existing and potential partners face to face, and wants to showcase and discuss new developments and services. This is only possible at an in-person event. We are therefore creating a safe environment for the exhibition in the face of the coronavirus outbreak and a safe framework for exhibitors, visitors and conference participants to network, and for people to understand, see and experience AM,” said the Joint Chairs of the Rapid.Tech 3D Advisory Board, Michael Eichmann of Stratasys and Professor Gerd Witt of the University of Duisburg?Essen outside a board meeting.

The pandemic has resulted in another significant boost for additive manufacturing. Scarcely any other industry has responded as quickly and innovatively to the coronavirus crisis as the AM sector. It was the first to offer solutions for the healthcare sector, soon after shortages were reported. In industry, too, 3D printing has proved to be a means to bridge temporary gaps in supply chains and minimise the risks of global sourcing. Moving production closer to customers also means shorter transport routes and lower pollutant emissions, thereby contributing to sustainable economic activity. These issues are increasingly the focus of Rapid.Tech 3D, and 2021 will see the presentation of solutions for efficient and sustainable applications of AM.