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

Anticipation is high among the 100 or so exhibitors and over 80 conference speakers who will be presenting new developments and applications in additive manufacturing (AM) at Rapid.Tech 3D next week. At long last, attendees can engage with clients, partners and interested parties in person, share specialist knowledge, and take home ideas for their next projects – something many people have been waiting for.

The Rapid.Tech 3D advisory board, led by Stratasys Manager Michael Eichmann and Prof. Gerd Witt from the University of Duisburg-Essen, as well as the Messe Erfurt team, headed by CEO Michael Kynast, have come up with a programme that meets all these expectations. It covers an impressive array of topics in many different fields, from the accelerated development of 3D printing prompted by the pandemic, to niche applications, through to facilitators of efficient serial processes.

The high-calibre keynotes of the Rapid.Tech 3D specialist conference are once again proof of the prestigious event. Experts from Airbus, Autodesk, the German-Emirati Institute, nFrontier, Porsche, Procter & Gamble, Sauber and Toolcraft introduce current projects and look at AM trends in their respective companies and industries. Topics are discussed in depth in the trade forums, AM in Construction Engineering & Architecture, Automotive & Mobility, Design, Aviation, Medical, Dental & Orthopaedic Technology, News From AM, Software & Processes as well as Tool, Model and Mould Making. The Science forum offers a peek into the future of AM, as does the forum for the Fraunhofer competence field, Additive Manufacturing. How 3D printing is gaining a foothold in the classroom will be explored in the Education forum.

In the exhibition foyer, companies, research facilities and networks showcase new developments in materials, machines and processes concerning the use of 3D printing in machine and tool manufacture, medical technology, mobility applications, and sport and leisure, as well as other fields. Exhibitors include renowned firms such as alphacam, Farsoon Europe, FIT, Fraunhofer, Freemelt, Intamsys, Kaut-Bullinger, Nano Dimension, Oechsler, Stratasys and Trumpf, alongside young tech start-ups such as 1A Technologies, Genera, Glassomer and Spectroplast.

Special network formats once again form part of exhibition proceedings. At the 3D Printing Conference, the main focus is on applications from practice, for practice. Visitors to the workshop and advice zone can learn specifically about the numerous processes in the additive chain, as well as the requirements for a safe and successful use of AM. This special service, equally suitable for those new to AM and those more well-versed in the technology, has been designed by the members and partners of Building 3D e. V., a network of medium-sized companies and research facilities working in AM for Central Germany.

Rapid.Tech 3D 2022 is once again a strategically important venue for the 3D Pioneers Challenge. For the seventh time, the finalists of this internationally important design and innovation competition for 3D printing and new technologies will showcase themselves in Erfurt. This year, projects have been submitted from 27 countries across five continents. A grand total of around EUR 150,000 in prize money will be distributed among the best ideas. The main cash prize of EUR 35,000 will be awarded by Thuringia’s Ministry for Economic Affairs, Science and Digital Society.

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