The 11th Rapid.Tech in Erfurt, held on 14 and 15 May 2014, served to further expand the fair’s position as one of the leading international meeting points for additive manufacturing. Around 3,500 visitors from 20 countries caught up on the latest developments, trends and applications in the field during the two-day event. There were plenty of opportunities for this, with over 78 exhibitors in addition to 60 talks by renowned presenters from academia, research and industry. They all made one thing clear: additive manufacturing is a key technology of the next industrial revolution – and in some industries, this has already begun. The second Fab.Con 3D, Germany’s only professional consumer fair for 3D printing, was held to coincide with Rapid.Tech, running from 15 to 17 May.