3D Printing Pioneers

For the 15th anniversary of the trade fair Rapid.Tech + FabCon 3.D, the idea was born within our international advisory board to honor the people who made their mark on our 3D printing market with heart and soul and brought the industry to where it stands today.

3D printing pioneers - our so-called "Founding Fathers" - should receive a special award for their work!

As part of the networking evening on Wednesday, 6 June 2018, the pioneers were honored and received a specially produced trophy.

We say thank you very much for the production of the trophies at:

  • Massivit
  • FIT AG
  • Stratasys GmbH
  • Canto Ing. GmbH

Congratulations and special acknowledgement for the following 3D printing pioneers!

University of Applied Sciences Aachen
  • He is an integral part of additive manufacturing
  • He used the first RP systems available on the market
  • His books and expertise are internationally recognized
  • He was the first keynote speaker of Rapid.Tech in 2004

  • He really is a man of the first hour
  • If he has something in his head, it will be implemented
  • In his office, the water bubbles from additively manufactured taps
  • His new office building is 7 storeys high on a field in Parsberg
Fraunhofer ILT
  • Everything started at the RWTH in Aachen
  • For 18 years he has been a specialist in Selective Laser Melting
  • He has melted everything in many projects
Concept Laser GmbH
  • He founded a company on a green field in 2000
  • His motivation and goals have made his powerful team very successful
  • His company and he himself has received many awards
  • And in 2016 he managed to make an excellent deal



(formerly) DTM and 3D Systems
  • If he is not a real 3D printing pioneer, who should it be?
  • Currently he is retired
  • Cars have always been his passion
  • As Managing Director, he has led the top companies in our industry
(formerly) NC-Gesellschaft
  • Already in 2005 he was a member of the Advisory Council of Rapid.Tech
  • There was no one he could not wrap around his fingers
  • Everyone liked his ferocity and his ambition to create something new
  • He probably deserves his pension and we are curious what he will do in Hamburg now
University Duisburg-Essen
  • Everyone knows him in our environment
  • His projects have been a great help in bringing AM technologies forward
  • In his free time, he likes to beat one or two rallies with his classic cars
  • Together with Michael Eichmann he is acting as the Advisory Council Chairman of Rapid.Tech + FabCon 3.D
  • He studied environmental engineering in Berlin many years ago
  • He is the "integrator" of equipment, processes and quality assurance
  • He has remained faithful to the SIEMENS Group since 1995
  • At SIEMENS, he showed how additive manufacturing can be successfully implemented there
  • Exactly 30 years ago, in 1988, he had an idea and turned it into reality in his garage
  • You do not have to say much about him because everyone knows his procedure and his company
  • He is still working on new ideas because he just cannot stop it
  • He is the founder of the FDM process
  • Michael Eichmann studied computer science at the University of Applied Sciences Dortmund and quickly focused on CAD / CAM and rapid prototyping technologies. Management positions in sales and marketing, etc. at Wiechers & Partner, ProSTEP and the Bremen Startup Workcenter led him to RTC Rapid Technologies in 2003.
  • With foresight and consistency, he has led the company as a managing partner in a market-leading position for 3D printing technologies. The company serves well-known customers from the automotive industry, industrial design, medical technology, electrical engineering, the consumer goods sector as well as teaching and research.
  • After the sale of RTC to Stratasys GmbH, Michael Eichmann is responsible for business development in Europe as Director Business Development at Stratasys.
  • Founder and owner of EOS in 1998
  • "Central industry gatherings such as the Rapid.Tech fulfill an important function - because they allow a concentrated exchange and at the same time give visitors a comprehensive overview of industrial 3D printing, its possibilites and potential. [...] "



  • founder of Materialise
(formerly) inspire AG

„Additive Manufacturing - The Revolutionary Enabling Technological Innovation Space in our Century.  […]“

SLM Solutions AG

"[...] The Rapid.Tech in Erfurt is a great performance show on which we are represented again today, just like in the years before. ... see you again next year. "

Festo AG & Co. KG

"[...] Rapid.Tech was and is a reliably recurring milestone on which one can observe the rapid progress of the industry on the one hand, but can also develop in exchange with colleagues and" benchmark "its activities. Therefore at this point a heartfelt thank you to all my companions! [...] "


"It's fascinating how 3D printing has already changed the industry. I believe we are just in the beginning of this journey. I'm so proud to be a part of this. "


Further impressions from the last year can be found on the following page: