RapidPro 2016 with the 'from design to manufacturing' congress

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.

RapidPro has become one of the most important trade fairs in Benelux focusing on prototyping, (low volume) production and production development. One of the most significant technologies used in prototyping and production to be discussed at RapidPro will be 3D printing, although other technologies are also widely represented.

The event is given in two parts.

The industry can indulge itself at RapidPro Industrial. This is the place where visitors can find state of the art knowledge, or carry out research before investing in ideas or equipment, thanks to the combination of trade fair and congress that includes both national and international speakers. The exhibitors will be exhibiting a comprehensive range of high quality equipment, basic materials, software and services. This includes industrial 'additive manufacturing machinery' and professional equipment for scanning, measuring and digitalising. Metals, plastics and technical ceramics will all be explained in detail. Product developers and high-tech service providers will be offering their services for products and product development. Various knowledge institutions, including Sirris on stand 44, will be presenting their concepts.

Sirris' central theme is 'design for AM', being the culmination of many conversations and meetings with industry, from which it has become abundantly clear that this is where the starting point lies. A number of examples of our latest 'designs for AM' will be shown on the stand, and both lectures will be covering the same subject. On 2 March, Simon Vermeir, Additive Manufacturing Engineer at Sirris, will be presenting 'Topological optimisation: findings from practice' - on 3 March, Stijn Lambrechts, from Business Development and Innovation at Sirris, will be talking about design for additive manufacturing.

RapidPro Professional is the place to visit for professionals working from home, including (industrial) designers and young entrepreneurs. Exhibitors will include various suppliers of 3D printers, materials and software, who all aim specifically at this target group. Lectures and workshops will be held to help this group find out even more about 3D printing.

The programme and all the necessary practical information is available on the website for the event.