Erfurt clearly key for the 3D printing sector


Visitor and exhibitor surveys encourage Rapid.Tech + FabCon 3.D organisers to further extend conference and trade show 16th conference to take place from 25 to 27 June 2019

Visitors and exhibitors are united in their opinion of Rapid.Tech + FabCon 3.D: if you’re involved in the 3D printing sector, or want to be, the Erfurt conference and trade show for additive technologies is key. And with 89 percent of exhibitors and 86 percent of visitors saying they were either satisfied or very satisfied with 2018’s 15th anniversary event, the latest conference was, as always, a clear success for all involved. 

The almost 5,000 international visitors from 27 countries who attended in 2018 praised above all the event’s innovative and open atmosphere and the quality of the exhibitors. “All of the big players from the 3D printing sector are here” and “You can identify emerging trends and find suppliers” were just two of the responses to the visitor questionnaire. The range of exhibitors was rated as very good to good, and all of the trade forums at the Rapid.Tech Specialist Conference received a good or very good rating. Almost half of the visitors said they used Rapid.Tech + FabCon 3.D to expand their knowledge, compare notes and discover new and innovative products. 97.5 percent said they would recommend the event. 

The 208 exhibitors from 14 countries who attended Erfurt in 2018 also gave the conference and trade show very good reviews. They agreed that visitor knowledge of the field had once again increased, and were generally satisfied with the target groups they reached. They gave the organisers top marks for organisation and support, as reflected in comments such as “Super team: flexible, helpful and always available”. Messe Erfurt itself also rated very highly for its transport links and general infrastructure.

“We are delighted with these opinions and reviews; they act as an incentive for us to keep the event up to date and to continually adapt the concept to the needs of exhibitors and visitors. In 2019, we will be introducing new exhibition and conference topics and optimised networking opportunities to create a unique trio of events”, said Michael Kynast, CEO of Messe Erfurt GmbH. The practical exhibition and user-oriented specialist conference with world class keynote speakers and forums will remain at the heart of the event, but a new third pillar will be added in the form of additional networking opportunities. In addition to their stands, exhibitors will have the added option of presenting their latest products and services in short slots at the “News & Innovation Studio”. 

Companies and other institutions wishing to exhibit their technologies and products at Rapid.Tech + FabCon 3.D in Erfurt from 25 to 27 June 2019 have until 30 November 2018 to take advantage of early bird pricing offers for stand bookings.

The specialist conference programme will include three new topics in 2019, bringing it to a total of 13 sector-specific forums. The new topics will be Plastic, Software & Processes, and Standards & Occupational Safety. “These new additions respond to the latest innovations and trends in the sector. They will help the event address all aspects of additive manufacturing and provide an ideal platform for industry experts to exchange information and opinions. Established favourites such as Automotive Industry, Medicine, Aviation and Contract Additive Manufacturing will also be back next year”, adds Michael Kynast.

International researchers, users and experts in the 3D printing sector have until 11 January 2019 to submit their applications. In the AM Science and Design forums, speakers will again be given the option of having their talks peer reviewed. Talks for these forums will be subject to a scientific quality assurance process (double-blind review of the abstract and unabridged version) before being accepted into the programme. Submissions must therefore be received by 19 November 2018 and be accompanied by a compelling abstract.

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