【DE】The mixture does it – Erfurt becomes the “center of 3D printing” again  


  1. Rapid.Tech 3D loads from the 17th to the 19th May to Erfurt


From 17th to 19th In May 2022, Erfurt will again become the center of 3D printing. Numerous providers and users of additive manufacturing (AM), according to the technical term for industrial 3D printing, have the date for the already 18. Rapid.Tech 3D in their calendar.


3D printing applications from A for car to Z for toothbrush


Around 100 exhibitors and more than 80 speakers will present the latest solutions for additive manufacturing on these three days. They come from Germany, Austria, France, Poland, Sweden, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands and the USA and present applications across many industries – from A for car to Z for toothbrush. Among others, leading companies such as Airbus, BASF, KTM, Porsche, Procter & Gamble or Trumpf are included. Companies and research institutions from Central Germany also show their achievements in this area, including 3Faktur from Jena, Asiga from Erfurt, Portec from Zella-Mehlis or the TITK from Rudolstadt.


“The mixture of corporations and medium-sized companies, providers and users as well as exhibition, congress and networks is the character of the oldest German congress fair for industrial 3D printing. The intensive contact, the direct exchange between the developers and manufacturers of 3D printing systems, the service providers for parts production and the demanders of these services is a trademark of our event. After the pandemic-related cancellation in 2020 and the purely digital Rapid.Tech 3D 2021, the desire for live encounters is now particularly great, says Michael Kynast, Managing Director of Messe Erfurt GmbH.


Speakers from Airbus, Porsche & Co. won for key lectures


Highlights of each day are the keynotes of the Rapid.Tech 3D Congress. The Advisory Board was able to win well-known speakers for these key lectures. Falk Heilfort from Porsche shows how the sports car manufacturer uses AM to ignite the turbo towards e-mobility. Frank Rethmann from Airbus reports on 3D printed series parts for aircraft. Fabian Gafner from the Swiss company Sauber, known from Formula 1, shows, among other things, how the broken transmission of a 70-year-old Ferrari could be sustainably renewed thanks to 3D printing. Klaus Eimann from Procter & Gamble talks about the role of additive manufacturing, e.g. B. plays in the production of toothbrushes.


The topics are deepened in the various specialist forums. In the Forum Automobile & Mobility, not only the car is on the agenda. Speakers, including from Siemens, show the use of 3D printing in rail vehicle technology or in the production of e-bikes. Technology plays a key role in medical, dental & orthopedic technology. In the forum of the same name, medical, material and production experts report e.g. B. about the production of patient-specific implants directly at the place of treatment. How building can become both more economical and ecological by means of 3D printing is discussed in the Forum AM in Construction & Architecture. The use of AM in aerospace, including mini-missiles that bring satellites into space, is on the agenda in the Aviation Forum. Other forums such as design, software & processes, tool, model & mold making as well as news from AM deal with new and further developments of automation, digitization and quality assurance in the additive processes.


The forums from the science sector offer a look into the 3D printing of the future. In addition to researchers from universities between Hamburg and Munich, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is once again represented with its own session in Erfurt.


Forum Education: 3D printing belongs in the classroom


The Education Forum is dedicated to the professionals of the future. In order for Germany to maintain its lead in the field of additive manufacturing, 3D printing already belongs in the classroom, the chairmen of the advisory board of Rapid.Tech 3D, Michael Eichmann from the AM machine manufacturer Stratasys and Prof. Dr. Gerd Witt from the University of Duisburg-Essen, convinced. Already in 2019, they organized the first Education Forum in Erfurt with other partners. With the 2022 event, they want to further raise awareness of the topic and discuss ways in which the transfer of knowledge on 3D printing finds its way into the curricula of general and vocational schools.


This concern is also served by the event of Medien LB upstream of the public forum. The company creates innovative interactive tools such as digital learning tools for school lessons and thus addresses the approximately 600 media centers in Germany. In these centers, teachers can borrow digital media for school lessons free of charge. They will also receive training on the use of learning materials there. Exclusively for the employees of the media centers, Medien LB organizes a training course in Erfurt on the use of digital tools in the classroom.


Exhibitors from start-ups to large corporations


The variety of applications of 3D printing is also reflected in the exhibition stands of Rapid.Tech 3D. The technology group Trumpf shows how copper can be processed additively better, a topic that is of great importance for electromobility, among other things. The Freiburg-based company Glassomer specializes in the 3D printing of glass. “The possibility of printing high-purity glass objects such as micro-optics, micro-chips or decorative designs is not yet known to many. That’s why we use Rapid.Tech 3D to show the associated advantages directly on the object. The live presence is important, because many only believe that you can print glass when they have seen the quartz glass parts and figures made in this way in their clarity and beauty,” Thomas Fujimoto, Sales Manager of Glassomer, knows from experience. The team has a special experience with Erfurt. In 2019, Glassomer won the Start-up Award awarded by Rapid.Tech 3D.


The 1A Technologies UG from Hartmannsdorf near Chemnitz celebrates its trade fair premiere in Erfurt. Founded in 2020, the company is launching components for industrial 3D printing. The focus is on the SEAM extrusion unit (Screw Extrusion Additive Manufacturing) for plastic 3D printing. Compared to conventional processes, it scores with the processing of cost-effective standard granules as well as a high, yet precisely controllable material discharge. “We use Rapid.Tech 3D to further introduce ourselves and present the advantages of SEAM. We see applications from furniture production to the automotive industry to agricultural technology, but also a wide range in mold making for laminating and clamping devices,” informs founder Marcus Witt.


The other 100 exhibitors include well-known AM companies such as alphacam and FIT from Germany, Freemelt from Sweden or Nano Dimension from the USA.


Final of the international 3D Pioneers Challenge again in Erfurt


Rapid.Tech 3D is also a strategically important venue for the 3D Pioneers Challenge. For the seventh time, the finalists will present themselves in Erfurt for this internationally important design and innovation competition for 3D printing and new technologies. In 2022, projects from 27 countries from five continents were submitted. Prices with a total value of around 150,000 euros await the best ideas. The main prize money of 35,000 euros is provided by the Thuringian Ministry of Economics, Science and Digital Society.


Purchase tickets conveniently online


The ticket shop of Rapid.Tech 3D is already open. Tickets for a one-, two-day or three-day visit can be conveniently booked online at: https://www.rapidtech-3d.de/ticket/


More information about the entire event at: www.rapidtech-3d.com


Detailed information on the program of the Rapid.Tech 3D Congress can be found at the following link: www.rapidtech-3d.de/besucher/kongressprogramm/


Detailed information about the exhibitors can be found here: https://www.rapidtech-3d.de/aussteller/ausstellerliste-2022/



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