An exhibition to analyse the relationship between innovation and imitation in design.

Between 7 and 9 March 2017, RapidPro, the trade fair for additive manufacturing, will again take place in Veldhoven (The Netherlands). The theme of the congress will be ‘From design to manufacturing'. Leading organisations and speakers will be there to present the latest innovations in the field. Sirris will also be there with its own stand.

The third edition of the VOM Network event will take place on 22 November. Its 'Raise your Game' theme will deal with how SMEs can improve their competitiveness in the world of tomorrow. Sirris will also be giving a presentation.

Are the applications for additive manufacturing limited to making products in short production runs, such as spare parts, or do technological developments allow the scope of applications to be greatly expanded? And when would it be financially attractive for a company to adopt 3D printing? In response to questions like these from manufacturing companies, Innovatiecentrum has joined with its partners, including Sirris, to organise a series of sessions in which the potential for companies will be set out.

New technology enables new business activities. This claim is borne out by the growing number of digital entrepreneurs (or 'digiproneurs') who use digital technology – like 3D printing – to develop tangible innovations. This is not an easy step to take for start-ups, whose main fears concern the costs and time involved.

For some time now, digital entrepreneurs have been ruling the roost, offering ingenious apps, software packages and online services. But today, we are seeing a new generation emerge in this digital world: so-called ‘digiproneurs’ who are taking things a step further by using digital means to develop tangible physical products quickly and efficiently. What's the catalyst? 3D printing!

Additive manufacturing has established itself in a growing number of sectors, and could contribute significant added value to maintenance too – the technology is constantly evolving and new opportunities are opening up every day.

RapidPro 2016 takes place in Veldhoven in the Netherlands between 1 and 3 March. The entire chain from design to manufacturing will be represented. Leading organisations and speakers will be presenting the latest innovations from their specialist areas. Sirris also has a stand and will be giving two lectures.