Technological boost for the future


Trade fair for rapid technology opens in Erfurt

"Solve the problems of today and overcome the challenges of tomorrow," this is how Professor Dr.- Ing Jürgen Gausemeier from the Heinz Nixdorf Institute, University of Paderborn, describes the task of strategic product and technology planning. As the keynote speaker, he opened the eighth Rapid.Tech - Trade Fair and Users Conference for Rapid Technology in Erfurt.

For two days, the world in the Messezentrum revolved around Additive Manufacturing (AM). Manufacturing quicker and better products, and combining individuality with efficiency - these are the objectives of AM. In the meantime, the trade fair is addressing more and more industries. Thus, from 24 to 25 May 2011, the organisers also targeted the areas of dental and medical technology as well as aeronautical technology. With the premiere of the expert forum on aviation, the conference range of this trade fair was extended to include a very sustainable segment. "The complete process chain from the research to the material manufacturer and system suppliers to the end product users is presented and discussed here", reports Johann Fuchsgruber, managing director of Messe Erfurt.

Meeting point fabberhouse

Parallel to the trade fair, the Stiftung für Technologie, Innovation und Forschung Thüringen (STIFT) [Foundation for Technology, Innovation and Research Thüringen] and the Messe Erfurt have also initiated the STUDENT DESIGN AWARD for Rapid Manufacturing (SDA), of which the prize is 6000 Euros. For the fifth time, this competition provides stimuli for the generative industry because all winning works will be manufactured by renowned companies. Lighting designer Simon Brünner will hand over the prizes. All winning works will also be on display during the trade fair, as will the innovative products and services from numerous exhibitors. The service from the company alphacam GmbH "fabberhouse - 3D printing for everybody" is amongst the innovations being presented. Data records can be independently converted to work data for printers simply and cost-effectively at the fabberhouse terminal at the company headquarters in Schorndorf or in currently more than 200 schools, universities and institutes. The result is high quality, stable components made from ABS plastic. For independent designers, architects and engineering offices, but also for school pupils, students and individuals, who are able to operate 3D CAD systems, this service opens up completely new opportunities.

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