Show Preview Rapid.Tech + Fabcon 3D are expecting an exhibitor record

Editor: Rosemarie Stahl

Rapid.Tech + Fabcon 3D, the international trade show and conference for additive manufacturing will be taking place in Erfurt from 5 to 7 June 2018. Already, the event is on its way to break records in the number of exhibitors and reserved exhibition space.

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Individualised production: At Rapid-Tech, visitors will be able to see the latest innovations in 3D printing.
Individualised production: At Rapid-Tech, visitors will be able to see the latest innovations in 3D printing.
(Source: Christian Seeling)

By the end of February, 20 percent more exhibitors had registered a whole three months before the event, compared to the same time last year. The increase is even more evident when looking at the exhibition space reserved, which is up 30 percent compared to the space booked by February 2017.

“This growth is a clear indication that additive manufacturing is still expanding and that Erfurt is the right place to present the latest developments in this technology of the future. With the support of the leading experts from industry and research on our advisory board, we focused on this issue very early on and, thanks to our consistency and commitment, have established ourselves as the first port of call for exhibitors, visitors and conference participants since 2004.

Erfurt can quite rightly claim the title of “3D printing capital” for the three days of the show as the whole world of AM gathers here to exchange knowledge and experiences. This is also what we will achieve with the 15th edition of the show,” says Michael Kynast, CEO of Messe Erfurt, the organiser of the event.

June will show whether the growth will also be evident in visitor and participant numbers. In 2017, 4,800 trade visitors and conference participants as well as 207 exhibitors from 13 countries attended Rapid.Tech + Fabcon 3D in Erfurt, the organiser reports.

Conference programme with 3D printing user experience

Alongside the exhibitor presentations, a conference programme with high-profile keynote speeches is the key to the event’s success, Messe Erfurt reports. Inventors and users of 3D printing from different industrial sectors will provide insights into current and future developments in this field and will demonstrate the broad spectrum of applications for additive manufacturing (AM) in keynotes.

The opening speech on the first day (5 June 2018) will be given by Dr Dominik Rietzel. He runs the non-metals department at the BMW Group’s Additive Manufacturing Centre, where he is responsible for R&D activities, prototyping and series production using AM. In his presentation entitled “AM on the Road”, he will outline how the Bavarian automaker has worked and is working on making additive manufacturing processes usable in series production with the aid of a strategic road-map. The aim is not to produce “showcases”, but instead to leverage the advantages specific to this process, e.g., for tool substitution in small batches, product individualisation and/or component design customised to the processes and loads of the series.

The second day will be opened by 3D printing pioneer Scott Crump. He is the inventor of Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM), a technology now used in 90 percent of all 3D printers worldwide. Crump will present some current examples of various applications and also talk about the future direction for Stratasys and additive manufacturing in general.

On the third day, Christoph Wangenheim will address the potential of additive manufacturing for the oil and gas industry.

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