Since 2012, the RAPID + TCT Exhibitor Innovation Award has been recognizing the most innovative new products or services exhibited at SME's RAPID + TCT event that are judged to have the greatest potential impact on the industry. Finalists are 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 is notified and presented with the award during the second day of RAPID + TCT.
Digital Alloys have presented a completely new and innovative method for printing net-shape metal parts. The “Joule Printing” technology is extraordinarily fast, uses welding wire feedstock, and produces dense parts from a variety of metals. These characteristics suggest that this technology is poised to directly address the critical economic and throughput barriers seen in metal AM.
MELD Manufacturing holds more than a dozen patents for the MELD technology, a truly novel and innovative process for metal manufacturing. Traditional processes melt metal, introducing weakness and other issues. MELD makes the material malleable without melting, offering stronger, better-quality parts.
Impossible Objects is a science-driven company pioneering advancements in the additive manufacturing and composites manufacturing industries. Based on years of research and development, its composite-based additive manufacturing technology (CBAM) is an entirely new process that is fundamentally different from conventional additive manufacturing technologies.
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.
Afinia's new H800 3D printer has a build area 5x larger (10 x 8 x 8 inches) than the Afinia 3D H480, and includes additional enhancements such as a HEPA filtration system, fully automated leveling and height sensing, ultra-fine 100-micron print resolution and one-button, filament-reel changing.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Cincinnati Inc.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Cincinnati Inc. collaborated to prototype a very large 3D printer. This additive manufacturing machine is big enough to print furniture, a car and even a house in a very reasonable amount of time.BAAM — “Big Area Additive Manufacturing” allows you to create 3D, large-scale products in a matter of hours.
National Nanotechnology Manufacturing Center
The National Nanotechnology Manufacturing Center's patent-pending Multi Prototyping Lab is an all-in-one rapid prototyping system capable of integrating 3D printing, precision milling, drop-on-demand printing, extrusion deposition and much more in a single machine. The Multi Prototyping Lab opens additive manufacturing to far more organizations because of its lower upfront and operating costs.
Mcor Technologies Co.
Mcor launched its paper-based 3D printer, the Matrix 300 and announcing the Mcor Iris, a full-color, 3D printer, which will deliver highest-quality color with the finest resolution. The Mcor Iris joins Mcor’s family of paper 3D printers and the vision of producing high-quality, low-cost and ecofriendly 3D printing solutions.