The RAPID + TCT Puzzle Challenge helps attendees explore the different additive manufacturing technologies and materials represented on the show floor. You’ll have the opportunity to collect the pieces of a puzzle and assemble them into a complete design. The design will also be 3D printed by RAPID + TCT 2017 exhibitors.

The 2017 puzzle will feature Pittsburgh’s iconic Roberto Clemente Bridge. In October 2016, SME worked with FARO Technologies, Direct Dimensions, Inc., and the NextManufacturing Center at Carnegie Mellon University to take the first-ever 3D scan of the Bridge.

FARO Technologies Inc. conducted the complete scan of the bridge resulting in a 3D point cloud. Direct Dimensions then converted the raw laser scan data into a 3D CAD model of the bridge. This digital model is now in the proper format needed to make the 3D-printed physical models for the Puzzle Challenge. Learn more.