RAPID + TCT 2019 has officially begun! With so much happening at the event, we’re assembling the top takeaways from each day. Below you will find key takeaways from Day 1 of RAPID + TCT 2019.
From companies announcing groundbreaking new additive manufacturing technologies, to keynote presentations from industry leaders in 3D printing and much more, here is a recap of day one at RAPID + TCT 2019.
RAPID + TCT 2019 Opening Event
After a day filled with additive manufacturing workshops led by industry leaders, attendees gathered for the RAPID + TCT 2019 opening event, hosted by SME’s Additive Manufacturing (AM) Technical Community advisors.
Here are a few highlights from this year’s opening event:
Keynote Presentation | Carbon and Riddell
Erika Berg of Carbon and Vittorio Bologna of Riddell delivered the opening keynote presentation at RAPID + TCT 2019. The two companies collaborated to create Riddell’s new Diamond helmet, which features a 3D printed lattice liner developed using Carbon’s proprietary Digital Light Synthesis™ technology.
During their keynote, the pair explained the technology that went into making the Diamond platform possible and highlighted the product development journey between Carbon and Riddell that led to their impressive new helmet.
What’s New at RAPID + TCT 2019
After Erika and Vittorio’s keynote, former AM Technical Community Chair Todd Grimm took the stage to explain some of the top new products in 3D printing and scanning and gave attendees a better sense of what they need to see at the conference.
Here is a breakdown of companies exhibiting new technologies at RAPID + TCT 2019, including their booth location so you can discover these solutions firsthand:
Hardware — Non-Metals
- Dyze Design | Typhoon / Pulsar | Booth #2231
- E3D | ToolChanger | Booth #231
- BigRep | STUDIO G2 / PRO / EDGE | Booth #503
- Essentium | HSE 180-S | Booth #1617
- Roboze | One+ 400 Xtreme | Booth #1665
- RIZE | XRIZE | Booth #408
- MakerBot | Method | Booth #317
- Stratasys | V650 Flex | Booth #1203
- Sisma | EVERES Zero & Uno | Booth #1945
- Nexa3D | NXE 400 | Booth #2117
- Formlabs | Form 3 & Form 3L | Booth #817
- Carbon | L1 & M2D | Booth #731
- Origin | Unnamed Programmable Photopolymerization | Booth #2153
Powder Bed Fusion
- NXT Factory | QLS-350 | Booth #2117
- Sintratec | Sintratec S2 | Booth #1753
- EOS | Integra P 400 | Booth #1027
- Farsoon | FLIGHT Technology | Booth #1264
- HP | Jet Fusion 5200 | Booth #1241
Hardware — Metals
- ExOne | X1 25PRO | Booth #917
Directed Energy Deposition
- Formalloy | Alloy Development Feeder | Booth #441
- Optomec | 860 Hybrid CA | Booth #517
- Spee3D | WarpSPEED | Booth #1941
Powder Bed Fusion
- Aurora Labs | RMP1 / MCP | Booth #1703
- Additive Industries | DMLA | Booth #703
- SLM Solutions | SLM 290 Production Series | Booth #1003
- Rapidia | Rapidia Systems | Booth #533
- Digital Alloys | Joule Printing | Booth #1373
- Fabrisonic | SonicLayer 1200 | Booth #216
- ParaMatters | CogniCAD 2.1 | Booth #2117
- Link3D | Shape Nesting | Booth #1749
- Dyndrite | Additive Toolkit | Booth #2003
- Teton Simulation | Intelligent Slicing Automation | Booth #357
- CGTech | Vericut Additive | Booth #430
- Velo3D | Flow | Booth #253
- AlphaSTAR | GENOA 3DP | Booth #116
- Siemens PLM | AM Process Simulation | Booth #1403
- 3DQUE | QPoD / QSuite | Booth #1765
- 3Degrees | TRACE | Booth #1573
- Valuechain | DNAam | Booth #1658
- Sigma Labs | PrintRite 5.0 | Booth #1953
- 3YOURMIND | Agile MES / Part Identifier | Booth #753
- Bluestreak | Bright AMES | Booth #1772
- PostProcess Technologies | FORTI | Booth #1633
- AMT | PostProMini / PostPro Color | Booth #656
- Creaform | HandySCAN BLACK | Booth #820
- Artec | Leo / Micro | Booth #440
- InnovMetric | PolyWorks Collaborative Suite | Booth #440
SME/Additive Manufacturing Community Awards
Also part of the opening event was a ceremony honoring the winners of our 2019 SME/Additive Manufacturing Community Awards. Awards were given in three categories:
Digital Manufacturing Challenge Award
Student designers and engineers are challenged to go beyond the classroom or laboratory and showcase their technical and commercial talents by demonstrating new and creative ways additive manufacturing can add value.
For this year’s challenge, cross-functional teams were challenged to leverage the design freedom inherent in additive manufacturing in order to simplify or integrate features and functions while simultaneously reducing size, weight and increasing the efficiency of a thermal management system, process or device.
2019 Winner | University of Waterloo, for their project titled, “The Copper Cooler: Heat Sink for CPUs”
- Accepted by:
- Lisa Brock
- Gitanjali Shanbhang
2019 Co-Runner Up | Ohio State University, for their project titled, “Customized Phone Case Designed for Thermal Efficiency”
2019 Co-Runner Up | University of Waterloo, for their project titled, “Topology Optimized Wind Turbine Blades Using Sustainable Biomaterials
- Accepted by:
- PhD student and team leader, Alexander Martinez-Marchese
- PhD student, Sagar Patel
- PhD student, Pablo Enrique
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 author was recognized for their contribution of ideas and information to the rapid technology and additive manufacturing industry.
2019 Winner | Michael Chang, Ph.D. candidate in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and research assistant at the University of Florida, for his paper, “Fast Robotic Soft Matter 3D Printing for Neurosurgical Phantoms Fabrication: Proof of Concept”.
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.
2019 Winner | Professor Emanuel “Ely” Sachs, Co-Founder & Co-CTO of Desktop Metal, and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT
Upon receiving his award, Prof. Sachs gave a speech of thanks and appreciation—offering valuable advice for those in the industry and regaling the audience with stories from his career in 3D printing, including obtaining a patent for three-dimensional printing techniques dating back to April 1993.
Congratulations to this year’s winners!
RAPID + TCT 2019 Opening Reception
After the opening ceremony, RAPID + TCT 2019 attendees enjoyed the opportunity to network over drinks and hors d’oeuvres, while a DJ played popular Motown hits ranging from Diana Ross and the Supremes to the Jackson 5 and more.