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Society of Manufacturing Engineers Issues Call for Entries to 3D Printing Fashion Show at RAPID 2012

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From Pocket Protectors to the Hottest 3D Printer-Created Fashions, Designers Are Invited to Submit Designs by February 28, 2012

DEARBORN, Mich., February 17, 2012 — The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) is seeking entries to the inaugural 3D Printing Fashion Show to be held during the RAPID 2012 Conference and Exposition, May 22-25 in Atlanta.

The 3D Printing Fashion Show will recognize designers who create articles of clothing, shoes, accessories and jewelry with computer-aided design (CAD) software and 3D printers. Growing in popularity, additive technologies have been used for two decades by engineers in many industries to prototype parts for automotive, aerospace, medical devices and consumer products. Recently, 3D printing has been used to manufacture anything from automobile components to medical implants to fashion sunglasses.

“Attendees will be impressed by the innovative way fashion and manufacturing will come together as models donned in 3D printed items walk the runway,” said Gary Mikola, SME business development manager. “We’re pleased to offer aspiring designers a chance to gain recognition in their field while experiencing this unique opportunity to participate in the 3D printing industry.”

The deadline to submit entries for the 3D Printing Fashion Show is February 28. Designs must be created in CAD and cannot exceed 9” x 9” x 9” in size. Entries must be submitted as a JPG image and emailed to by 11:59pm EST.Designers will be notified of selection by March 5 and requested to submit a stereolithography STL file, a file format used for rapid prototyping and computer-aided manufacturing.

“We are very excited to produce a fashion show with SME and look forward to amazing the crowd with the 3D printed fashions at RAPID 2012,” said Jamie Milas marketing manager at Materialise.

Materialise is partnering with SME to produce the 3D Printing Fashion Show. The first place design entry will be 3D printed and presented to the designer.

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About RAPID:
RAPID is North America's definitive additive manufacturing conference and exposition. The event brings buyers, sellers and end-users of design, prototyping, tooling and direct manufacturing technologies together in an environment that facilitates networking and business interaction. Attendees can evaluate the latest materials and machinery, compare processes, talk to industry experts and make valuable contacts. Exhibitors can meet new customers, discuss projects face-to-face and generate sales. For more information, please visit

About SME:
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) is the premier source for manufacturing knowledge, education and networking. Through its many programs, events, activities and online training division, Tooling U, SME connects manufacturing practitioners to each other, to the latest technologies and to the most up-to-date manufacturing processes. SME has members around the world and is supported by a network of chapters and technical communities. A 501(c)3 organization, SME is a leader in manufacturing workforce development issues, working with industry, academic and government partners to support the current and future skilled workforce.

About Materialise:
With its headquarters in Leuven, Belgium, and branches worldwide, Materialise has been playing an active role in the field of additive manufacturing since 1990. In addition to having the largest capacity of rapid prototyping equipment in Europe, Materialise also enjoys a stellar reputation as a provider of innovative software solutions. They have used their experience and expertise to create a better and healthier world through their involvement in rapid industrial and medical prototyping, and by providing bio-medical and clinical solutions such as medical image processing and surgical simulations. The advantages of additive manufacturing have been used by Materialise to develop unique solutions that make a world of difference for its many customers with their prototyping, production, and medical needs. These customers range from large companies in the automotive, consumer electronics, and consumables sectors; to famous hospitals, research institutes, and clinicians; to individual consumers interested in bringing their own unique creations to life through i.materialise or who want to purchase a celebrated .MGX design. 





Media Contacts:

Nadra Angerman
Angerman Communications Group 
Tel: 206.334.2644  

Jamie Milas
Tel 734.259.6672 


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