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Keynotes and Conference for RAPID 2013 Announced by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers

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DEARBORN, Mich., April 25, 2013 – Keynote presentations and conference tracks at the 2013 RAPID Conference and Exposition will explore existing and future applications of additive manufacturing, 3D printing and 3D imaging and their potential to transform manufacturing, according to the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). RAPID will be held June 10-13, 2013, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Penn.

“We’re bringing together many of the leading users of additive manufacturing to share their experiences and vision of the future,” said SME Business Development Manager Gary Mikola. “Our goal is to give attendees practical applications to improve their manufacturing operations, as well as a glimpse of what’s next for this exciting technology.”

Additive manufacturing (AM), often referred to as 3D printing, is a new way of making products and components from digital models and will have implications across a wide range of manufacturing industries. Located just 40 minutes from the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII), RAPID will include cutting-edge AM and 3D imaging technologies and the institute’s ongoing effort to help revitalize the American manufacturing sector. SME is heavily involved in technology transition and dissemination, and the education and training of practitioners through the institute.

Keynote presentations, listed below, are open to all registered attendees.

Fusing Interaction and Physical World, presented by Dr. Ivan Poupyrev, director of Interaction Group, Disney Research, on Monday, June 10. The opening keynote is followed by 20 for 20, a presentation by SME’s Rapid Technologies & Additive Manufacturing (RTAM) Community, which details innovations in additive manufacturing that have changed the industry over the last 20 years. Monday evening, attendees are invited to a reception at the Andy Warhol Museum, sponsored by Materialise, where they will experience “Factory 2.0,” a 2D/3D interactive stereolithography installation curated by Murray Moss.

The Future of Additive Manufacturing and Introduction to NAMII, presented by Dr. Sarah Blank, acting secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce and Edward Morris, director, NAMII, on Tuesday, June 11. The session will be followed by NAMII Overview Roadmap, presented by Rob Gorham, deputy director of technology for NAMII.

Additive Manufacturing: State of the Industry, presented by Terry Wohlers, president, Wohlers Associates, on Wednesday, June 12.

The RAPID Conference has been the industry-leading forum for more than 20 years. The conference features dozens of presentations and discussions of the latest developments, trends and techniques specific to additive manufacturing, rapid technologies, 3D printing and 3D imaging across a variety of industries. Visit the RAPID website at sme.org/rapid to register.

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About RAPID.RAPID Additive Manufacturing Solutions Event is North America's definitive conference and exposition featuring 3D printing and 3D imaging - technologies. For more than twenty years, RAPID has been recognized internationally among industry experts and analysts for its unrivaled display of software, systems, materials and machinery. RAPID attracts buyers, sellers and end-users of design, prototyping, tooling and direct digital technologies to a world-class additive manufacturing event for discovery, innovation and networking. RAPID is produced by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers with leadership and guidance from its Rapid Technologies & Additive Manufacturing (RTAM) Community. For more information, please visit sme.org/rapid.

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.

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