5 - 7 June 2018
Rapid.Tech + FabCon 3.D
International Trade Show + Conference for Additive Manufacturing

Get out of the most of your press pass


206 exhibitors from Europe and overseas, from all stages of the Additive Manufacturing process, will be coming together from 20 to 22 June 2017 at the Erfurt trade show site – an indication of the growing importance of Rapid.Tech and FabCon 3.D.

This year, market and technology leaders such as 3D Systems, Concept Laser, Stratasys and Trumpf Laser- und Systemtechnik will be exhibiting at Rapid.Tech alongside renowned research institutions, Start-Ups and networks. Exhibitors will be coming from Germany, Italy, Poland, Russia, Canada and the USA, among other countries. Over the three days of the conference, researchers, developers and end users from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the USA, the Netherlands, Israel and Turkey will be providing insights into the latest research findings, applications and technical developments in Additive Manufacturing. With high-profile keynotes speakers such as Charles W. Hull, the inventor of 3D Printing, and other well-known experts, plus more than 90 presentations, Rapid.Tech is providing a comprehensive platform for beginners and experts, researchers and users to exchange their ideas.

The international 3D Printing community is set to meet up at the 3D Printing Conference at FabCon 3.D, bringing together creative Start-Ups, prominent players and hobbyists. Exhibitors in Hall 2 include manufacturers of 3D printers, suppliers of filament and 3D scanners and 3D Printing service companies. The event is aimed at interested amateurs on the one hand, and creative sectors and semi-professional users, such as designers, artists, architects, fashion designers and modellers, on the other.

The accreditation process can be completed online, via an email to presse(at)messe-erfurt.de or onsite at the Press Centre.

We’d love to see you in Erfurt – the following press events may be of interest to you:

Tuesday 20 June 2017

Opening of Rapid.Tech 2017
Venue: CongressCenter Erfurt, Carl Zeiss Room
Keynote speaker: Charles W. Hull, 3D Systems

10:00 – 12:00
Start-Up Pitch
(participants: Xioneer Systems GmbH, URBANALPS AG, CellCore 3D, Additive Elements GmbH, Die Schuhleister GmbH & Co. KG, KREATIZE GmbH, Taktiles Design, 3BOTS 3D Engineering GmbH)
Venue: FabCon 3.D stage, 3D Printing Conference, Hall 2

11:00 – 13:00
Press conference
Keynote speakers Charles W. Hull, 3D Systems / State Secretary Georg Maier, Ministry of Economics, Science and Digital Society / Michael Kynast, MD of Messe Erfurt, with press tour to follow
Venue: CongressCenter Erfurt, Adam Ries Room

16:20 – 17:00
Start-Up Award Ceremony
Venue: FabCon 3.D stage, 3D Printing Conference, Hall 2


Wednesday 21 June 2017

09:30 – 09:35
Opening of Rapid.Tech 2017 – Day 2
Keynote speaker: Christoph Hansen & Steffen Schrodt, Sauber Aerodynamik AG
Venue: CongressCenter Erfurt, Carl Zeiss Room

13:00 – 13:20
FabCon 3.D Keynote – Janne Kyttanen
Venue: FabCon stage, Hall 2


Thursday 22 June 2017

09:15 – 09:30
Thuringian Engineering Day
, greeting by Minister Tiefensee
Venue: CongressCenter, Reichart Room

09:30 – 09:35
Opening of Rapid.Tech 2017 – Day 3
Keynote speaker: Sean Keith, GE Additive
Venue: CongressCenter Erfurt, Carl Zeiss Room

11:00 - 12:30
Panel discussion
Venue: FabCon stage, Hall 2
Moderation:  Andreas Fritsch, Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk
- Prof. Dr. Rainer Gebhardt, FH Aachen, Dekan Fachbereich Maschinenbau
- Prof. Dr. Thomas Seul, Präsident VDWF/  FH Schmalkalden
- Prof. Dr. Gerd Witt, Universität Duisburg-Essen, Vorsitzender des Fachbeirates der Rapid.Tech + FabCon 3.D
- Ulli Klenk, Siemens AG - Head of Product Management & Sales
- Hans Keller, Aesculap AG

A petition to integrate additive technologies into educational programmes in schools, universities and professional training will be handed to representatives of the federal government during the panel discussion. Workshops introducing additive technologies will also be held in partnership with Aachen University of Applied Sciences.

You can download the complete Rapid.Tech programme here.
The complete presentation programme at FabCon 3.D is here.

We look forward to seeing you.

Please note:  
Access to the press centre is via the main entrance. The press centre is behind the ticket Office and to the right in Room E.13 and is signposted.

Messe Erfurt GmbH
Isabell Schoepe
Gothaer Strasse 34
99094 Erfurt, Germany,
Phone +49 (0) 361 400-1350

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