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Live and in person once again – the hotly anticipated Rapid.Tech 3D

In addition to the specialist conference and the exhibition, innovative formats such as the workshop and consulting area also await

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The stage is set for the first live AM event in 2022

18th Rapid.Tech 3D invites you to Erfurt from 17 to 19 May

Conference, trade fair, networking opportunity – not on your screen, but live and on the spot. Germany’s longest-standing conference and trade show, Rapid.Tech 3D, invites you to Erfurt for the 18th time from 17 to 19 May 2022. It will be the first in-person AM event this year. Once again, the highlight is a high-calibre specialist conference with over 80 speakers, offering plenty of space to share knowledge and experiences first-hand. Plus, around 100 exhibitors will showcase the latest AM applications. Together with the 3D Pioneers Challenge, the 3D Printing Conference and the workshop area, this will present another excellent opportunity for networking in the exhibition halls. Speakers and exhibitors will come from Germany, Austria, France, Poland, Sweden, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands and the USA.

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“3D printing belongs in the classroom”

Message from the Education forum at Rapid.Tech 3D: The development of additive manufacturing (AM) skills must be integrated into the school curriculum.

Additive manufacturing plays an existential role for a high-tech country like Germany. “In order for us to maintain our lead when it comes to working with this key technology and to make the best use of the opportunities it offers, more is needed than just the industry and its researchers. We need to start working with additive manufacturing much earlier and begin teaching students about it, as well as giving them hands-on experience in schools. 3D printing belongs in the classroom. We are using Rapid.Tech 3D as an opportunity to raise public awareness of AM in education in a dedicated forum at the specialist conference to demonstrate ways for it to be integrated into the curricula,” emphasises Michael Eichmann, chairman of the specialist advisory board.

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The most universal additive manufacturing (AM) process for metals in focus

The Fraunhofer Competence Field for Additive Manufacturing will once again be present at Rapid.Tech 3D with its own trade forum and will focus on the potential of Laser Powder Bed Fusion (LPBF).

Once again, the Fraunhofer Competence Field for Additive Manufacturing is using Rapid.Tech 3D in Erfurt to present the latest research results in its own trade forum. “At the event on 18 May 2022, we will be focusing on Laser Powder Bed Fusion (LPBF), the most universal and industrially widespread additive manufacturing process for metals. Out of a total of seven lectures, five will highlight current developments and the potential of this technology from various perspectives,” says Dr Bernhard Müller, spokesperson for the Competence Field for Additive Manufacturing.

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“AM is a vital instrument in the technology orchestra”

The integration of the eight emerging technologies for effective product innovation will be a focus for the second day of Rapid.Tech 3D on 18 May 2022

Daniel Büning has a special connection with Erfurt. Back in 2013 he came to Rapid.Tech 3D to talk about the opportunities in architecture presented by 3D printing. “My link with Erfurt dates back to one of my first ever professional lectures. Now I’m delighted to be back, with many new experiences under my belt and a much wider perspective on additive manufacturing,” says the CEO and co-founder of the nFrontier innovation studio in Berlin. Daniel Büning is one of eight keynote speakers at this year’s Rapid.Tech 3D. His lecture on 18 May will focus on the core idea behind nFrontier – the development of impactful product innovations through the integration of the eight 'essential' emerging technologies: AM, virtual reality, robotics, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, generative design, the Internet of Things and 5G. “We’re bringing these technologies together under one roof, which is enabling us to develop higher quality products more quickly. This allows us to achieve things that weren’t previously possible. 3D printing on its own is not a panacea, but when it interacts with other technologies in the 'orchestra' it becomes a vital instrument,” clarifies Daniel Büning.

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