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RAPID + TCT Exhibitor Innovation Award

RAPID Exhibitor Innovation Award

The RAPID + TCT Innovation Award recognizes the most innovative new products or services exhibited at RAPID + TCT that are judged to have the greatest potential impact on the industry. Finalists will be notified during the first day of RAPID + TCT so that they can display “RAPID + TCT Exhibitor Innovation Award Finalist” ribbons in their booths. The winning exhibitor will be notified and presented with the award during the second day of RAPID + TCT.

2016 Winner

Essentium LogoEssentium
Station, Texas

Essentium introduced a new and innovative method for welding thermoplastic interfaces of 3D-printed parts using the extreme heating response of nanoparticles. The company tackled the issue of strength in the z-direction inherent to additive manufacturing. Read More


Award Details
  • Entries may include products or services.
  • The official entry form can be filled out and submitted online.
  • Advisors for SME’s Additive Manufacturing Community will review all entry forms received and will select semi-finalists prior to RAPID + TCT.
  • Judges from SME’s Additive Manufacturing Community will visit the semifinalists during the first day of the RAPID + TCT exposition to interview the appointed company representatives and to review the entries.
  • Finalists will be notified and presented with “RAPID + TCT Exhibitor Innovation Award Finalist” ribbons by the end of the first day of RAPID.
  • A committee of judges consisting of advisors for SME’s Additive Manufacturing Community* as well as outside independent judges will convene on the second day of the event to select and announce the winning entry.

*SME’s Additive Manufacturing Community judges commit to nondisclosure and confidentiality of submitted information prior to RAPID + TCT.