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Made In Space CEO to Headline Keynote Speakers at SME’s 25th Annual RAPID Conference & Exposition

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Creator of first 3D printer to operate in space joined by additive and medical industry influencers, Terry Wohlers and William Warren, PhD

(DEARBORN, Mich., Jan. 20, 2015) – The 2015 RAPID Conference & Exposition, produced by SME, will showcase three keynote presentations focused on emerging 3D printing and scanning technologies within the aerospace, medical and overall additive manufacturing industries. Aaron Kemmer, chief executive officer and co-founder of Made In Space, will kick things off on Tuesday, May 19 as he addresses the latest in aerospace manufacturing and how his company is evolving in-space travel with its Zero-G 3D Printer, which recently became the first 3D printer deployed on the International Space Station.   

“By creating additive manufacturing tools and technologies for in-space use, the aerospace industry can expand on learning new ways to accelerate space development,” said Kemmer. “At RAPID 2015, I’m excited to present how we’ve advanced our initial vision for the aerospace industry, what we hope to achieve in the coming years and generally connect with likeminded individuals who are all working toward the same goals.”

Joining Kemmer as keynote presenters are William Warren, PhD, who helped initiate the field of bioprinting as a program manager at DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), and industry influencer Terry Wohlers, principal consultant and president, Wohlers Associates Inc.

“The current state of additive manufacturing, and the potential for future applications, continues to gain interest and momentum from the general public and across many industrial sectors,” said Wohlers. “RAPID is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2015, which provides all of us with an opportunity to step back and reflect on where our industry has been and what advances we should expect in the coming years.”

In addition to the keynote presentations, registration is now open for SME’s 2015 RAPID Conference & Exposition. Register for the conference by Jan. 31, and receive last year’s conference pricing for a savings of more than 10 percent. Keynote presentations are complimentary for all conference and exposition attendees. To secure your spot at this year’s show, visit https://www.xpressreg.net/register/rapd065/start.asp.

SME’s 2015 RAPID Conference & Exposition will be held at Long Beach Convention Center, in Long Beach, Calif. The conference kicks off with workshops and presentations on Monday, May 18 and ends on Thursday, May 21.

For more information, visit rapid3devent.com. Follow RAPID on Twitter @RAPID_Event, like on Facebook and follow on Google+.

About RAPID
For 25 years, the RAPID Conference & Exposition, produced by SME, has defined the crucial role of additive manufacturing and empowered the establishment of an industry that continues to conceive, test, improve and manufacture new products at a faster, more cost-efficient pace. As the leader and authority figure in additive manufacturing, RAPID attracts buyers, sellers and end-users of design, prototyping, tooling and direct digital technologies to a world-class event for discovery, innovation and networking. For more information, please visit rapid3devent.com.

About SME
SME connects all those who are passionate about making things that improve our world. As a nonprofit organization, SME has served practitioners, companies, educators, government and communities across the manufacturing spectrum for more than 80 years. Through its strategic areas of events, media, membership, training and development, and the SME Education Foundation, SME is uniquely dedicated to the advancement of manufacturing by addressing both knowledge and skills needed for the industry. Follow @SME_MFG on Twitter or facebook.com/SMEmfg.

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