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


Meetings, exhibits, networks – not on the screen, but live on site. The oldest German congress fair Rapid.Tech 3D invites from the 17th to the 19th. May 2022 already on the 18th. times to Erfurt – and is the first live AM event this year. The highlight is once again a top-class congress with more than 80 speakers, which offers plenty of space for direct information gain and exchange of experience. In addition, the approximately 100 exhibitors show the latest Additive Manufacturing (AM) applications and invite you to network in the exhibition hall together with the 3D Pioneers Challenge, the 3D Printing Conference and the workshop area. Speakers and exhibitors come from Germany, Austria, France, Poland, Sweden, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands and the USA


Keynotes and panel discussion from Airbus to Porsche


The opening greeting to the congress is given by the State Secretary for Research, Innovation and Economic Development Dr. Katja Böhler. Highlights of each day of the event are the keynotes. The key lectures on the 17th May are all about mobility. 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.


Afterwards, the three speakers discuss with Christian Reinhardt from BASF, Prof. Dr. Johannes Henrich Schleifenbaum from RWTH Aachen University and Christoph Hauck from toolcraft on how to help AM achieve a broad market breakthrough faster. The moderator of the panel discussion is Bernhard Langefeld from Roland Berger.


Christoph Hauck opens the second day of the congress with a keynote on AM certifications. It addresses the benefits, but also the effort required for this. Daniel Büning from the Innovation Studio nFrontier illustrates how the integration of additive and digital technologies drives innovation. Klaus Eimann from the consumer goods group Procter & Gamble talks about the effects of AM technologies for hybrid concepts and in the maintenance of machines and tools.


Bernhard Randerath from the German-Emirati Institute will give the opening keynote on the third and last day. It shows the status and prospects for the “factory of the future”, in which intelligent interiors for many mobility applications are sustainably produced with AM. In the final keynote, Alexander Oster from Autodesk introduces an open source software system with the Machine Control Framework. This allows various hardware components to be quickly and easily integrated into a finished SLM system, which immediately generates metal and plastic components in productive quality.


In addition to the on-site presentation in the Congress Center of Messe Erfurt, the keynotes and the panel discussion as well as the specialist forums Automobile & Mobility, Design, Tool, Model & Mold Making and Aviation can also be followed via German-English live stream.


Specialist forums on the 17th May 2022: AM in Mobility, Medicine and Education


Mobility, medical and educational topics around AM will be available in the specialist forums on the 17th. May on the agenda. How additive technologies are now used from passenger car production to the production of e-bikes, motorcycles and trains, among other things, illuminate Speakers from BMW, Continental, GKN, KTM, Trumpf and Urwahn in the Forum Automobil & Mobility. New innovative materials for individual 3D-printed medical applications, the production of patient-specific implants directly at the treatment site using AM as well as realistic training of operations on 3D-printed models are the main contents of the Forum Medical, Dental and Orthopedic Technology. The participants discuss in the Education Forum that the transfer of knowledge about 3D printing must already begin in the classroom and belongs in the curricula of general and vocational schools.


Specialist forums on the 18th May 2022: AM in construction, design, research, processes as well as in tool and mold making


The new Forum Design deals with the effects of collective work without borders in thinking and acting for innovative product developments from architecture to consumer goods. The forum of the same name goes into more detailed information on the status and perspectives of AM in construction & architecture.


For example, researchers at Chemnitz University of Technology report on projects that combine additive and conventional technology for the production of light precast concrete parts. Scientists from the Swedish University of Lund give an insight into the future of 3D-printed architecture. The most universal AM process for metals focuses on the Forum of the Fraunhofer Competence Field Additive Manufacturing and shows the potential of powder bed-based laser melting, among other things, in applications for the mobility sector as well as pharmaceutical and food technology.


How do you ensure safe, reproducible and traceable processes throughout the AM chain – procedures for this are addressed in particular by the forums Software & Processes as well as tool, model & mold making. Digital drilling plays a leading role in AM quality management. The company Additive Marking shows how continuous traceability in additive series production is achieved with production accompanying samples.


In the toolmaking forum, the rubber and plastic processor Späh shows, among other things, how he is expanding its range of services with HP’s Multi Jet Fusion process. A lecture by DMG Mori comes directly from user practice. The machine tool manufacturer explains why it is worthwhile to manufacture machine components additively.


Specialist forums on the 19th May 2022: AM in aviation and science as well as news from AM


Additive manufacturing can clearly play to its advantages in aerospace. Safety is the top priority. The extent to which the AM industry has progressed on the way to the turnkey certification of components will be a focus of the Aviation Forum. Examples from industrial practice include Speakers from the Aviation AM Centre, FIT and MTU Aero Engines. In space travel, a new market opens up for satellite systems needed for real-time data processing. AM production potential is offered by the small rockets that bring the systems into space. This is reported by a lecture by Rocket Factory.


In particular, the organizers of the Forum Wissenschaft have put current research on laser sintering, metallic 3D printing and post-processing on the agenda. The focus is generally on optimizations of the overall process. Linde deals, among other things, with the interaction between process gases and process by-products. Studies to reduce by-products are presented.


In the forum “News from AM” the industrial degree of use of new applications of materials and processes is shown using practical examples. Among other things, Rosswag demonstrates how qualified materials for metallic 3D printing become quickly available and thus eliminate an AM needle tube. A complex of topics is dedicated to the DED (Direct Energy Deposition) procedures. Speakers from Oscar PLT, Ponticon, Metrom and pro-beam talk about the process design in the interaction of laser and wire, laser and powder, wire and arc as well as wire and electron beam, among other things.


AM variety of applications at the exhibition stands


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.


Cost-effective printing with SEAM


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 Swiss company Spectroplast, which is revolutionizing 3D printing for tailor-made medical products with the SAM (Silicone Additive Manufacturing) process, will present its on-demand services with 3D silicone printing for other industrial sectors at Rapid.Tech 3D. “Erfurt is known for its focus on AM users. This is what makes the event attractive to us,” says Spectroplast founder and CEO Dr. Manuel Schaffner.


Genera shows further developments of its DLP system


Genera’s stereolithography system (DLP) enables the safe reproducible printing and post-processing of components in a holistic process. The company launched the market in 2020. In Erfurt, it will present other products, such as an automation cell for 24-hour operation of the system and a compact combined all-in-one system for printing, washing and post-exposure. “This should be particularly interesting for smaller companies and research institutions,” says Managing Director Dr. Stadlmann and adds: “We are looking forward to interesting discussions at our premiere in Erfurt. Maybe one or the other project can already be initiated. We can also contribute a lot to the topic of material selection.” Genera has built up a large portfolio of materials with partners such as Henkel, BASF and Evonik that are qualified for the DLP process.


Interaction of days, exhibits and networks appeals to


The SPÄH group of companies from Baden-Württemberg is also at Rapid.Tech 3D for the first time. It is one of the leading specialists in rubber and plastic processing in Europe. In addition to established processes such as punching, lasering, turning and milling or water jet cutting, the company has expanded its technology portfolio with 3D printing. “The market is increasingly demanding industrial AM series production. We are ready for this,” emphasizes Bernd Rath, Coordinator Additive Manufacturing. Späh produces high-quality parts made of polyamide (PA 12) and polypropylene for a wide variety of applications using the MJF process. “We want to draw attention to our AM competencies in Erfurt, gain new contacts or maintain existing ones. The interaction of trade fair, conference and networks appeals to us,” adds Bernd Rath. SPÄH is also represented at the congress with a lecture. Ralf Fischer, also coordinator of additive manufacturing, talks about the production of MJF applications for fluid systems and capital goods in the Forum Tool, Model and Mold Making.


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


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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