Leading Additive Manufacturing Event Returns to Detroit May 17-19

Rapid + TCT, a leading additive manufacturing conference, is returning this year to Huntington Place (formerly Cobo Hall) from May 17-19 with an event that features a collection of 3-D-printing technologies and insights from industry experts.
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Leading additive manufacturing event Rapid and TCT is returning to Detroit May 17-19. // Stock Photo
Leading additive manufacturing event Rapid and TCT is returning to Detroit May 17-19. // Stock Photo

Rapid + TCT, a leading additive manufacturing conference, is returning this year to Huntington Place (formerly Cobo Hall) from May 17-19 with an event that features a collection of 3-D-printing technologies and insights from industry experts.

“For more than 30 years, AM has experienced dynamic growth that continues to unlock unlimited potential for manufacturers,” says Robert Willig, CEO and executive director of Southfield’s SME, co-producers of the event. “RAPID + TCT has defined and established a field that conceives, tests, improves, and manufactures new products that are not only more cost-efficient, but are truly lifechanging.

“Combining decades of 3-D technology insights and experiences with the latest evolving trends in AM, Rapid + TCT is the place to be for players of any size in the AM industry. We can feel the support and excitement within the AM community from far and wide, and we’re looking forward to another successful event.”

Rapid News Publications joins SME as a co-producer of the event. SME’s entire AM community, including volunteers, is involved in the planning of Rapid + TCT. Focused on showcasing innovative technologies represented by technical groups, the community is passionate about accelerating adoption within the manufacturing industry.

Beyond offering resources like access to experts, conference presentations, and relationships with industry partners, SME’s AM community recognizes leadership and impact on the industry through the prestigious SME AM Industry Achievement Award, which will be presented at the event.

Each year, exhibitors reveal groundbreaking products, and this year will include over 300 hands-on exhibits showcasing real-world AM solutions from the industry’s leaders and peers. The conference lineup is classified around three key stages of one’s AM journey: evaluation, adoption, and optimization.

Guests will have access to an extensive lineup of programming highlighting AM applications in a variety of industries including automotive, health care, aerospace, and more. In addition, the event will open daily with a featured keynote presentation, along with thought-leadership panels and interactive presentations on AM trends, challenges, advancements, and the societal impact of 3D technologies throughout the three-day event.

Rapid + TCT 2022 will offer an immersive digital experience where attendees can participate and access exclusive digital content, livestreaming, and industry resources from speakers and exhibitors. It serves as the primary platform for gathering and connecting members of the AM community whether they are or are not on-site at the event. Content will be always available remotely throughout the event.

Taking place concurrently with Rapid + TCT 2022 will be SME’s Bright Minds program which includes a Student Summit and the AM Career Forum. The program will include a Technology Playground designed to engage high school students with 3D-printing technologies by delivering student-centric programming with demonstrations and activities from leading AM solution providers.

The AM Career Forum has two components: one level for high school students to explore different universities and another for postsecondary, graduate students, and emerging professionals to explore careers from leading AM companies.

For more information about the event, visit here.

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