Start your RAPID + TCT experience off right with the annual Kick-off. Find out about the latest trends and innovations in the additive manufacturing industry, including can’t miss products and technologies at RAPID + TCT 2017. The SME/Additive Manufacturing Community awards will also be announced.


RAPID + TCT Kick-off

Monday, May 8 | 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm


SME/Additive Manufacturing Community Awards

Dick Aubin Distinguished Paper Award
The paper selected for the Dick Aubin Distinguished Paper Award describes an innovative application of rapid prototyping processes and techniques. The authors will be recognized for their contribution of ideas and information to the rapid technology and additive manufacturing industry.


Direct Digital Competition Award
This year, the Digital Manufacturing Competition challenged student designers to figure out how to help us get around better. More specifically, contestants were challenged to consider how our inherent human physical mobility and/or performance may be restored, enhanced or given new capabilities whether on land, in/on the sea, in the air or in space. Contestant submissions could address needs in the areas of personal transportation, sporting goods or medical appliances/physical therapy devices — or something unique, entirely new and/or novel.


Industry Achievement Award
Established in 2008 by SME’s Additive Manufacturing Community, the Industry Achievement Award was developed to recognize an individual, team or company for outstanding accomplishments that have had significant impact within the additive manufacturing industry or in any industry through the application of additive manufacturing technologies. As the name suggests, the award recognizes achievements that have been implemented or deployed in a commercial/industrial environment rather than research investigative work.


State of America Makes
America Makes is the nation’s first Manufacturing Innovation Institute and is part of Manufacturing USA. America Makes is currently in its fifth year of existence and is dedicated to the advancement of Additive Manufacturing. From project calls that are advancing technology, to road mapping activities bringing the industry together, to workforce development initiatives, America Makes has many exciting things to present from their first five years.

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Rob Gorham
Director of Operations
America Makes


What’s New: Roundup of the Latest 3D Printing and 3D Scanning Products

Catch up on all of the new products in 3D printing and 3D scanning. With what seems to be weekly announcements of new and improved solutions, it can be a challenge to stay on top of it all. In this fast-paced review of what’s new since RAPID 2016, Todd Grimm will offer highlights so that you know what you need to see at RAPID + TCT 2017.

Todd Grimm
Todd Grimm
T. A. Grimm & Associates, Inc


2016 RAPID Kick-off Videos

What’s New: Roundup of the Latest 3D Printing and 3D Scanning Products

Todd Grimm, T. A. Grimm & Associates


The Role of a Public-Private Partnership in Advancing Additive Manufacturing

Ed Morris, America Makes


Keynote Panel: Transition to Production

Moderator: Thomas R. Kurfess PhD FSME PE, Georgia Institute of Technology. Panelists: Kevin Creehan, America Makes; Leo Christodoulou PhD, The Boeing Company; Barbara Negroe, GE Corporate Supply Chain & Operations