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SME's RAPID 2011 Conference Speakers to include Smithsonian curator.

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March 21, 2011 - During RAPID 2011 Conference and Exposition, Douglas Owsley, Ph.D. and curator at the Smithsonian Institution for the National Museum of Natural History, will talk about how 3D imaging, digital reconstruction, and additive manufacturing are aiding production of museum exhibits, forensic case work, and bio-archaeological research. Event will also feature keynote session with CEOs of 4 companies that pioneered additive manufacturing who will talk about the evolution of the technology.

Hear Smithsonian Curator, Founding Fathers of Additive Manufacturing Expanding Use of 3D Printing at RAPID 2011

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Press release date: March 18, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS, - A Smithsonian curator and the CEOs of four companies who have pioneered the development of additive manufacturing, a technology that is revolutionizing how new products are created, will be featured speakers at RAPID 2011 Conference & Exposition in conjunction with the 3D Imaging event, at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis, May 23-26, 2011.

Douglas Owsley, Ph.D. and curator division head, Physical Anthropology, at the Smithsonian Institution for the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., will talk about how 3D imaging, digital reconstruction and additive manufacturing are becoming essential technologies aiding the production of museum exhibits, forensic case work and bio-archaeological research on the human skeleton.

Owsley will show how the application of scanning and additive technologies is aiding skeletal research on 17th century colonists and ancient Americans.

RAPID 2011 will also feature CEOs of four companies that pioneered additive manufacturing. They will talk about the evolution of the technology and provide their vision for the future at a keynote session, May 25, 2011. Participating will be:

Craig Crump, CEO and president, CGI
C. Martin Shuster, president, CEO and founder, Laser Design
Brad Cleveland, president and CEO, Proto Labs
Scott Crump, chief executive officer, president and chairman of the board, Stratasys

Other conference tracks will address the use of additive manufacturing and 3D printing for aerospace and defense, medical, motor vehicles, architecture, consumer products, jewelry, sculpture and other art works as well as offering information on equipment, engineering, casting and materials to use in manufacturing.

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RAPID 2011 is produced by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), the premier source for manufacturing knowledge, education and networking for engineers. 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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