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RAPID + TCT 2024 Call for Speakers is Now Open!

SME and the TCT Group are pleased to announce the Call for Speakers for the 2024 RAPID + TCT Conference

LOS ANGELES, (August 1, 2023) – SME and the TCT Group are now welcoming speaker submissions for the 2024 RAPID + TCT Conference, which takes place during North America’s largest and most influential additive manufacturing event on June 25-27, 2024 in Los Angeles, CA.

For over 30 years, the annual RAPID + TCT Conference has brought together 3D printing and AM professionals to present their latest findings, exchange innovative application ideas, and to discuss emerging industry trends and challenges.

The conference is renowned for its industry-leading educational content with a diverse line-up of AM thought leaders covering everything from the latest technology advancements and cutting-edge applications to essential business considerations and emerging research.

It is an essential event for industry newcomers and experienced additive professionals alike.


Important Dates

Submission Deadline: January 5, 2024
Conference Dates: June 25-27, 2024

Presentation Format

SME and the TCT Group is now welcoming abstracts that focus on case studies, research findings, and technical analysis.

Presentation title, abstract (maximum 300 words), speaker biography (maximum 175 words) and a high-resolution headshot photograph can be submitted via the online submission site.

Commercial and sales submissions will immediately be disqualified. Customer applications are encouraged and should be submitted by the end-user. The presentation format is 20 minutes plus 5 minutes Q&A.

Conference Submission Review Process

Conference abstracts will be reviewed and scored against the following criteria: originality, impartiality, aims of presentation, target audience, technical level and learning objectives.  

Conference abstract submissions are reviewed and vetted by RAPID + TCT Event Advisors, which is made up of the top technical experts representing the manufacturing industry, academic institutions, and government agencies. Their decision to accept or decline is final. 

While all commercial presentations will be rejected, customer applications are encouraged and should be submitted by the end user.

All submissions will be assessed against the following criteria:

RAPID + TCT's industry expert Event Advisors will have these criteria in mind when they review your abstract
  • Originality - How original or novel is the information contained in the presentation? Are there innovative applications, ground-breaking technology and cutting-edge research presented? Does the presentation challenge the status quo or accepted norms? Originality is not only in the content. You cannot have presented this paper outside of your own business anywhere else prior to RAPID + TCT 2024.
  • Impartiality - Submission should be impartial and non-commercial in nature. Sales presentations will be rejected. The RAPID + TCT Conference Delegate attends our highly technical Additive Manufacturing conference at a significant price point, so we work hard to ensure the content is non-commercial.
  • Objectives - What does the presentation seek to get across to the audience. What are the aims of the presentation? What will it address? What will be covered? Be clear on the elements you are going to present so we can make a valued judgement on the content of your presentation.
  • Audience - How many people will be interested in hearing this presentation? If you are presenting on a niche topic, that may preclude us from accepting it. Submissions that appeal to a greater audience may have a greater chance of being selected.
  • Technical Information - Our audience is highly intelligent and tech literate, if you need to delve into the technical to get your point across then please do so – depth of explanation and technical detail is highly prized by our audience.
  • Learning Objectives - Have you been clear with the audience’s learning objectives? What will the audience walk away having learned by attending your presentation?

Advantages of Speaking at RAPID + TCT:

Exposure, Recognition, and Complimentary Benefits
  • Exposure at a global event dedicated to AM and industrial 3D printing
  • Opportunity to showcase and increase the visibility of ground-breaking projects, research, and solutions
  • Establish yourself and your organization as thought leaders and experts in AM to an engaged audience of peers and prospects, with promotion of the presentation, speaker, and organization before, during, and after the show, online and through printed material
  • Complimentary conference pass
  • Networking opportunities to meet fellow speakers and conference delegates, to drive relevant business conversations and build connections with the AM community

Proposed Conference Tracks Include:

Abstracts should address research, case studies and/or applications in any of the following, but not limited to:
  • Aerospace
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Automotive
  • Healthcare
  • Defence
  • Dental
  • Energy
  • Consumer
  • Entertainment
  • Construction & Architecture
  • Marine
  • Rail
  • Economics & Justification
  • Standards & Repeatability
  • DfAM
  • 3D Scanning & Metrology
  • Post Processing
  • Materials Development
  • Process Development
  • Serial Manufacturing

About RAPID + TCT 2024

For more than 30 years, SME and RAPID have defined the crucial role of additive manufacturing and empowered the establishment of an industry that continues to conceive, test, improve, and manufacture new products at a faster, more cost-efficient pace. In 2017, the two industry leaders in 3D technology events, SME and The TCT Group, partnered to produce the annual RAPID + TCT event. For users and suppliers alike, the event is the premier destination for those who provide technology and for those who need to understand, explore and adopt 3D printing, additive manufacturing, 3D scanning, CAD/CAE metrology, and inspection technologies.

About SME

SME believes in the power of technology and the innovation of people to advance our nation and solve the world’s greatest problems. For 90 years, SME has led the manufacturing ecosystem to elevate manufacturers, academia, professionals, and the communities in which they operate. We help build the bridge from today to the future by developing the next generation of manufacturing talent and informing industry on technology advances that can propel their operations into excellence. Learn more at, follow @SME_MFG on Twitter, or

About Rapid News Publications Ltd & The TCT Group

Rapid News Publications Ltd, the owner of the TCT Group, has been a leading authority in additive manufacturing, 3D printing, design, and engineering technology for more than 30 years. A rich mix of live events and an all-encompassing media portfolio enables TCT to deliver business-critical intelligence, connecting the additive community across Europe, North America, and Asia. The TCT Group ( is owned by Rapid News Publications Ltd ( a member of the AEO (Association of Event Organizers) and BPA Worldwide.

Lu Tikrity
Conference Manager

Clayton McIntyre
Program Manager