Show Preview: Rapid Tech 3D The all-new Rapid Tech 3D brings the latest in AM

| Updated on 04.09.2021Editor: MA Alexander Stark

Rapid Tech + Fab Con 3D is becoming Rapid Tech 3D. The trade fair for additive technologies will take place from 5 to 7 May this year under the new name.

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The new Rapid Tech aims to improve upon the legacy of the show.
The new Rapid Tech aims to improve upon the legacy of the show.
(Source: Christian Seeling (Messe Erfurt))

It is not just the name that is changing this year, Messe Erfurt is promising an enhancement of the content profile of the show to go hand in hand with these changes. “Rapid Tech 3D is the only event aimed at both users and developers of additive manufacturing. Under the banner of ‘Understanding.Seeing.Experiencing’, we will bring users and suppliers together with even greater focus,” says Michael Kynast, CEO of Messe Erfurt GmbH.

He outlines the three key elements on which this concept is based: “Firstly, this is the international specialist conference where leading scientists and industry experts share the latest sector-specific findings in industrial 3D printing. Secondly, companies and research institutions present current products and technologies at the exhibition. Often, what you’ve just heard about in one of the forums is on show and in use at the stands. And thirdly, we offer plenty of space for exchanging ideas and initiating projects through networking — in analogue form in the trade forums, at the stands and the networking evening, and in special networking corners, and digitally via matchmaking with the Rapid Tech 3D app. All in all, Rapid Tech 3D is the perfect triad of conference — exhibition — networking,” says Michael Kynast, explaining the added value for exhibitors and visitors.

Some 4,500 visitors from 27 countries travelled to Erfurt for the 2019 event to attend the specialist conference and saw for themselves the presentations by the 180 exhibitors from twelve countries. A considerable 83 % of exhibitors said they were satisfied or very satisfied with their trade fair appearance, and 76 % said they would recommend the event afterwards.

A careful examination of all the exhibits of the challenge.
A careful examination of all the exhibits of the challenge.
(Source: Christian Seeling (Messe Erfurt))

3D Pioneers Challenge 2020

The challenge seeks to uncover 3D enthusiasts, specialists, developers and lateral thinkers from universities or institutes, the industry or design and engineering offices that are thinking outside the box and pushing boundaries.

Today, 3D printing, material innovations, artificial intelligence and robotics have long since become a decisive focus of science, industry and society. Products are virtually developed and simulated. They receive an astonishing new aesthetic and efficiency in their performance. The latest developments e.g. in bioprinting, 3D printed electronics through to soft robotics or large-size construction are inspiring. Moreover pioneers are researching nanomaterials or designing shape-changing products, creating smart 4D printing.

In the sustainable and industrial design of tomorrow, interdisciplinary action and creative lateral thinking are the keys to innovation — Advanced Manufacturing. 3DPC 2020.

The platform displays every year the main trends of innovation that get spurred by additive technologies. Therfore the verticals ‘Design’, ‘Med Tech’, ‘Fashion Tech’, ‘Material’, ‘Architecture’, ‘Digital’, ‘Mobility’, ‘Sustainability’ are rounded off by ‘Electronics’, which requires not only system integration but also new materials.

The prize money of 35.000 euro will be kindly donated by the Ministry of Economics, Science and Digital Society Thuringia. This makes the 3D Pioneers Challenge one of the most highly prized design awards for innovation in the field of 3D printing.

With the ‘Special mention by Autodesk’, Autodesk gives to three winners the opportunity to join their Autodesk Technology Centers Residency program in N. America at one of their locations — San Francisco, Boston, or Toronto, to bring forward their projects using latest technologies. The winner of the ‘Best student project’ will be awarded with the Makerbot Replicator+ by Makerbot. Autodesk software licenses from Fusion 360 and Net-Fabb, the 3D Printing Handbook from 3D Hubs* and book prizes from av edition, the publishers for architecture and design, complete the range of prizes with a total value of over 40,000 euro.

The last winners of the 3D Pioneers Challenge. Who will be pushing the boundaries this year?
The last winners of the 3D Pioneers Challenge. Who will be pushing the boundaries this year?
(Source: Christian Seeling (Messe Erfurt))

“We are pleased to present the projects of the 3D Pioneers Challenge again in a special exhibition at Rapid Tech 3D and to offer a suitable presentation frame to the innovative pioneers of 3D printing. Also this year the Thuringian Ministry of Economics, Science and Digital Society as well as numerous cooperation partners will support this high-quality design competition. We are delighted that the Challenge has established itself so strongly in the additive manufacturing industry and gains reputation worldwide. We are already curious to see which interesting contributions will be submitted this year,” says Michael Kynast.

The organisers of the 3D Pioneers Challenge, Simone and Christoph Völcker of D.sign21, office for design based in Stuttgart, add: “It's fascinating how the 3DPC’s network is drawing circles already. Partners as well as the expert jury belong to the Who's Who of the industry and the attention rises: all eyes are now focused on this competition when it comes to AM. Every year we are motivated by the fact that the annual selection of the finalists presents the best concepts and ideas of the inspiring AM industry and also of the young university scene. Especially with the portentous year 2020, the focus is even more towards Advanced Manufacturing — to show the future already today at the exhibition.”

For the multi-stage jury procedure, the 3DPC has renowned and internationally recognised experts from design, application and industry on board.

The finalists' projects will be presented at a special show at Rapid Tech 3D. The 3D Pioneers Challenge award ceremony will take place during a gala evening on 6 May 2020. Afterwards, the finalists' exhibits will go on roadshow to international events for one year, for example at the German Bundestag with the partner 3D Druck Verband.

All interested parties are invited to apply with their projects by 1st March 2020. Participation is free of charge for students and young professionals. All information regarding the challenge can be found at:

* In May 2021, 3D Hubs changed its company name to Hubs

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