For the first time a politician is being named patron of the Rapid.Tech + FabCon 3.D trade fair duo, which will be held from 20 - 22 June 2017
Parliamentary Secretary of State for Economic Affairs and Energy, Dirk Wiese (SPD), is the first politician to be named patron of the Rapid.Tech + FabCon 3.D international conference and trade fair in Erfurt. This underlines the growing importance of the event, which focuses on the latest developments in 3D Printing and its prospects in industry.
Parliamentary Secretary of State Dirk Wiese said, “3D Printing will be key to making Industry 4.0 a reality. Additive manufacturing technologies make production more flexible and help to conserve resources, particularly when it comes to manufacturing smaller batches and complex components. 3D Printing also broadens our horizons unlike almost any other technology – we can barely imagine today what we might be printing in just a few years’ time. The approach Rapid.Tech + FabCon 3.D has taken is exactly the right one. It gives industrial and scientific companies and start-ups the chance to meet and exchange knowledge and ideas about current and future applications. This analogue form of networking in turn creates a foundation for integrating 3D Printing into the smart factories of the future."
Rapid.Tech + FabCon 3.D have been consistently gaining in profile and market strength over the years. More and more international exhibitors and visitors have come to the Thuringian state capital each time the show has been held. It is now one of Europe’s largest conferences and trade fairs for the additive manufacturing technology sector. “We are very happy to have our new patron on board. This underlines the status of our trade fair duo as an international meeting place for users and developers of 3D printing technologies. We expect to break records for exhibitor and visitor numbers again this year”, says Michael Kynast, CEO of Messe Erfurt GmbH.
Rapid.Tech + FabCon 3.D have been providing an additive manufacturing event suited both to professionals from industry and science, and to creative people and start-ups from the 3D printing community, for a number of years now. In 2016, 4,500 trade visitors and conference attendees from 19 countries, and 176 exhibitors from 17 countries, travelled to Erfurt for Rapid.Tech + FabCon 3.D. And the city’s 3D printing event is set to impress yet again in 2017, with a world-class blend of expertise and technology being exchanged across a wide range of sectors in the conference’s trade forums and the latest products and solutions being presented at the accompanying trade show.