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2023 Event Overview

For more than 30 years, RAPID + TCT has 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. The two industry leaders in 3D-technology events, SME and Rapid News Publications, teamed up to produce the annual RAPID + TCT event, which took place May 2-4, 2023 in Chicago, IL.

Known worldwide as North America’s most important and largest additive manufacturing event, RAPID + TCT provides everything you need to know about the latest 3D-technologies, all under one roof. It is where you will witness groundbreaking product announcements, experience hands-on exhibits, learn real-world additive manufacturing solutions from the industry’s most respected experts and network with thousands of industry peers. At the RAPID + TCT conference, over 100 industry leaders go beyond the hype to bring you real-world solutions to advance your manufacturing processes.

Meet our Industry Partners!

The following organizations are critical to the future success of the additive manufacturing industry and we are thrilled that they have joined this collaborative effort that aims to foster industry standardization, thought leadership and growth.





RAPID + TCT 2023

May 2-4, 2023
McCormick Place — West Building
Chicago, IL

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Event Hours

Tuesday, May 2: 9am - 5pm
Wednesday, May 3: 9am – 5pm
Thursday, May 4: 9am – 3pm

Exhibit Hall Hours

Tuesday, May 2: 10am - 5pm
Wednesday, May 3: 10am – 5pm
Thursday, May 4: 10am – 3pm

About SME and Rapid News Publications

The two leaders in additive manufacturing, SME and owner of the TCT Group, Rapid News Publications, joined forces in 2016 to produce the RAPID + TCT event, combining decades of 3D-technology insights and experience.

SME is the definitive industry source for 3D-technology knowledge, experience, education, and connections. With a community of over 200,000 people, we are fully committed to the advancement and increased adoption of additive manufacturing technology. We also attract students to exciting careers in manufacturing through contests, design challenges, and dynamic hands-on experiences.

SME’s Additive Manufacturing Community provides access to experts, connecting you to the world-class knowledge that is advancing the manufacturing industry. Technical papers, conference presentations, industry news, videos and webinars keep you on the leading edge of development while preparing you for what’s next. Our certifications and training courses empower you to take that next step in your career. And our events give you access to the connections and knowledge you need to create your additive manufacturing success story.

No matter where you are on your journey in additive manufacturing – simply exploring the possibilities, designing new innovations or facing the challenges of scaling up production, SME is your resource every step of the way.

RAPID + TCT Event Advisors

RAPID +TCT Event Advisors are pivotal in assisting SME and TCT with developing and implementing the RAPID + TCT event. This advisory team represents a broad base of the AM industry to help us build a world-class event and conference that educates and inspires all participants, no matter the stage of their career or the size of their business.

The RAPID + TCT Event Advisors provide input on industry trends, technological advances and the future of AM. They also recommend industry thought leaders to present in various areas of the event.

Meet the Event Advisors

Membership Has Its Advantages

SME members can connect with peers, gain knowledge related to manufacturing technology and trends, solve problems and participate in leadership opportunities. Plus, with an All-Access pass to RAPID + TCT, you’ll receive a free 1-year membership! Enjoy all the benefits of membership, including a monthly subscription to our highly respected Manufacturing Engineering magazine, customized research assistance, local chapter engagement, online networking, and discounts on conferences and trade shows, and more.