RAPID Exhibitor Innovation Award Winners 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. 2019 Digital AlloysBurlington, Massachusetts 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. 2018 MELD ManufacturingChristiansburg, Virginia 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. 2017 Impossible ObjectsNorthbrook, Illinois 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. 2016 Essentium Station, TexasEssentium 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. 2015 AfiniaChanhassen, Minnesota 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. 2014 Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Cincinnati Inc.Harrison, OhioOak 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. 2013 National Nanotechnology Manufacturing CenterSwainsboro, Georgia 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. 2012 Mcor Technologies Co. Louth, Ireland 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.