The beginning of all things is still an idea. But implementation from a digital draft through computer-aided data models to prototypes and end models is also gaining in dynamism. Since generative manufacturing systems emerged in Europe 16 years ago, prototypes have been conquering the design agencies of major manufacturers, in particular in the automobile, domestic appliance and consumer electronics industries. Where only a few universal machines were in operation back in 1990, more than 50 different highly-specialised systems meanwhile manufacture small ranges of components of good or very good quality. And it has become increasingly important to be aware of the methods, their advantages and disadvantages as well as development trends in order to follow and evaluate them. Only this way can optimum applications be filtered out of the constantly changing range of offers. And this is exactly the goal pursued by users and potential users meeting every year at the Rapid.Tech in Erfurt.
Generative manufacturing methods guarantee competitive advantages.
The swift, inexpensive and individual manufacture of models, prototypes, tools and end products based on computer-aided data models is an innovative area with economic potential for all sectors. From 22 to 23 May 2007, the entire range of technologies, innovations and trends can be experienced live at Erfurt Exhibition Centre. Apart from the practical trade fair, the Rapid.Tech also offers a forum for users, service-providers, manufacturers and scientists in the form of the User Conference and Technical Designer Day where experts can view their opinions, present their developments or discuss approaches to solutions.
For the very first time, a competition is to be staged for students and graduates of design colleges. The design prize aims at promoting preoccupation with generative manufacturing methods as well as focussing on the perspectives they offer.
As an international alignment has already become apparent in the direction of Eastern Europe, Poland is the partner country for the next Rapid.Tech. Apart from speakers, members of the Technical Advisory Board such as Holger Löffler, Director of Dryer Design at BSH Bosch and Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH, will be reporting on rapid technology in practice in our neighbouring country.
Vision becomes reality
Important theme blocks at this the 4th Rapid.Tech will be taken up by the automotive and medical technology sectors. Furthermore, it will be shown that the visions harboured by children who construct their own computer fantasy figures and components with the help of the Internet and manufacture them in special copy shops have meanwhile become reality.