Rapid.Tech 2017 will take place in Erfurt, Germany, June 20-22, 2017, and, according to the organisers, is aiming to achieve new records following its most successful show to date in 2016. With over 200 exhibitors and an international conference programme featuring more than 90 presentations, the event has established itself as one of the leading European venues for the Additive Manufacturing industry.
Companies such as 3D Systems, Concept Laser, Stratasys and Trumpf will exhibit at Rapid.Tech alongside a number of well-regarded research facilities, start-ups and networks from around the world. Over the three days of the conference, researchers, developers and end users will provide insights into the latest research findings, applications and technical developments in Additive Manufacturing.
A keynote presentation on the first day of the conference from 3D Systems’ Chuck Hull will give participants a first-hand view of how innovation arises and how AM can be further digitised and automated. The second day will open with a keynote by Christoph Hansen and Steffen Schrodt of Sauber Aerodynamik on the use of Additive Manufacturing in Formula 1 and the resultant potential for the serial production of components and devices. On the third day, Sean Keith of GE Additive will present the ways in which aviation is driving forward the AM revolution in the sector.
Eleven trade forums will take a closer look at the keynote themes. On June 20 the forums will discuss current sector developments and key technologies in medical technology, electronic engineering, design, additive contract manufacturing and tool, mould and fixture making. On June 21 the forum topic will be trends in and prospects for AM in the automotive industry and on June 22 the focus will shift to aviation applications.
The event will run in parallel with FabCon 3.D., a three day exhibition showcasing current developments and products for the consumer sector. This exhibition serves as a meeting place for the international AM community, bringing together creative start-ups, prominent players and hobbyists.