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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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SAM revolutionizes 3D printing for custom-made medical products

Swiss firm Spectroplast showcases patented technology at Rapid.Tech 3D – a stage for innovative start-ups in the Medical, Dental & Orthopaedic Technology forum

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3D printing enables sustainable manufacturing of intelligent interiors for transport in factory of the future

Rapid.Tech 3D to present new AM developments and applications in the aerospace industry

“3D printing truly proves its superiority when it comes to the sustainable manufacture of intelligent products,” says Bernhard Randerath, who is convinced of the disruptive potential of this key technology. The aeronautical engineering expert has over 30 years' experience in the industry, including as a manager at Lufthansa, Airbus and Etihad. It was under his leadership that Etihad became the first airline to be certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency to use additively manufactured parts. As CEO of the newly established German Emirati-Institute – Technologies 4.0 (GEI), he is overseeing promising collaborations on technology between Germany and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), with projects on aviation and AM applications playing a pioneering role. He will be speaking about these projects at the Rapid.Tech 3D specialist conference in Erfurt, and delivering a keynote address to open the third day of the conference on 19 May 2022.

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Not just for motorcycles: 3D printed components with serial production quality

KTM uses unique Genera expertise for holistic additive processes ‒ both companies to showcase themselves at Rapid.Tech 3D 2022

Austrian start-up Genera grabs the attention of the AM world. Its stereolithography system (DLP) enables reliable and reproducible printing and finishing of components in a holistic process. The parts are available for immediate use. This level of performance has also impressed Europe’s largest motorcycle manufacturer KTM. At the 2022 Rapid.Tech 3D specialist conference in Erfurt, the two companies will be giving insights into their collaboration. This will also mark Genera’s début as an exhibitor at Germany’s oldest AM conference fair, showcasing its systems expertise.

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