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January 30, 2013 - SME seeks submissions for Contemporary Art Gallery at RAPID Conference and Exposition, which will be held in Pittsburgh, PA from June 10–13, 2013. Contemporary Art Gallery recognizes artists who use additive manufacturing, 3D printing, or 3D imaging technologies to create works of art. Submission deadline is March 4, and selected artists will receive publicity and promotion via press releases, printed show directory listings, RAPID Contemporary Art eGallery, and social media marketing.

Society of Manufacturing Engineers Issues Call for Entries to Contemporary Art Gallery at RAPID 2013

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1 SME Dr., P.O. Box 930
Dearborn, MI, 48121

Press release date: January 24, 2013

Artists Invited to Submit Work Created with Trendsetting New Process

DEARBORN, Mich. – The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) is seeking submissions for artwork that will be displayed in the Contemporary Art Gallery during the RAPID Conference and Exposition to be held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Penn., June 10-13, 2013.

The Contemporary Art Gallery will recognize artists who use additive manufacturing, 3D printing or 3D imaging technologies to create works of art. The new process allows for the creation of artwork with the most complex patterns and geometrical shapes.

“RAPID presents artists familiar with design software and additive manufacturing processes the opportunity to display their work to an appreciative audience, while providing traditional artists the opportunity to explore this new medium and participate in the 3D printing industry,” said Gary Mikola , SME business development manager.

How 3D printing / additive manufacturing art medium works:

Artists create digital models of their work with CAD software. The CAD files are converted into a 3D printable STL file format. The STL file is transferred to a 3D printing / additive manufacturing machine. The machine outputs different materials onto a platform, building cross sections one layer at a time. Each layer corresponds with the virtual cross section of the artists’ CAD file to create the final work of art.

Deadline to submit entries for the Contemporary Art Gallery is March 4.

There are two ways artists can participate. Those that have existing works created using additive technologies can submit a photo image of their art. Alternatively, artists can submit new designs in JPG file format for review and consideration to be printed. Submissions will be juried by event advisors for selection and display. All artwork must be durable and stable for display on a 2-foot-square surface pedestal.

Artwork will be prominently displayed on the RAPID show floor. Artists will receive publicity and promotion in the form of press releases, listings in the printed show directory, online visibility in the RAPID Contemporary Art eGallery and social media marketing.

“Art can inspire product designers to think outside their comfort zone to produce new industrial and consumer products,” Mikola added.

More than 50 works of art have been displayed since SME introduced the Contemporary Art Gallery at RAPID 2010.

To receive the latest up-to-the-minute SME news, subscribe to RSS. Follow @RAPID_Event on Twitter, Circle Rapid Conference & Exposition on Google+ and Like RAPID Additive Manufacturing Solutions Conference and Exposition on Facebook to receive conference updates.

About RAPID Conference and Exposition:
RAPID Conference and Exposition is North America's definitive event featuring 3D imaging and 3D printing technologies. For more than twenty years, RAPID has been recognized internationally among industry experts and analysts for its unrivaled display of software, systems, materials and machinery. RAPID attracts buyers, sellers and end-users of design, prototyping, tooling and direct digital technologies to a world-class additive manufacturing event for discovery, innovation and networking. RAPID is produced by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers with leadership and guidance from its Rapid Technologies & Additive Manufacturing (RTAM) Community. For more information, please visit

About SME:
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) is the premier source for manufacturing knowledge, education and networking. Through its many programs, events, activities and online training division, Tooling U, SME connects manufacturing practitioners to each other, to the latest technologies and to the most up-to-date manufacturing processes. SME has members around the world and is supported by a network of chapters and technical communities. A 501(c)3 organization, SME is a leader in manufacturing workforce development issues, working with industry, academic and government partners to support the current and future skilled workforce.
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