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April 6, 2012 - In celebration of the 20th anniversary of RAPID 2012 manufacturing event, "Exhibitor Innovation" award will be presented to the exhibitor who introduces a product or service with significant technology innovation that improves business operations and manufacturing. Also, "Best in Show" award will be determined by popular vote of RAPID attendees and is intended to recognize the most interactive, visually appealing, and engaging exhibit.

Society of Manufacturing Engineers to Honor RAPID 2012 Exhibitors with 'Exhibitor Innovation' and 'Best in Show' Awards in Atlanta


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Press release date: April 4, 2012

RAPID 2012 exhibitors expected to 'WOW' attendees and judges with innovation and impressive displays of 3D imaging, 3D printing and additive manufacturing technologies.

DEARBORN, Mich., - The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) will honor RAPID 2012 exhibitors with 'Exhibitor Innovation' and 'Best in Show' awards, this May in Atlanta. The exposition, opened to industry professionals and to the public, is expected to draw visitors from around the world.

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of this manufacturing event, an 'Exhibitor Innovation' award will be presented to the RAPID 2012 exhibitor who introduces a product or service with significant technology innovation for the industry that improves business operations and manufacturing. Entries will be judged by members of the SME Rapid Technologies & Additive Manufacturing (RTAM) community. Judges will visit with finalists on the show floor prior to awarding the winning entry. Exhibitors must submit entries online before April 30 for consideration.

"The RAPID exposition is known for unveiling ground-breaking 3D imaging and additive manufacturing technologies to the industry," said SME's 2012 RTAM president David Leigh. "Many businesses choose to debut their products and services at RAPID, and we're excited to introduce a new award to recognize and honor the exhibitor who demonstrates the most innovative use of technology."

In addition to the 'Exhibitor Innovation' award, a "Best in Show' award will be determined by the popular vote of RAPID attendees and is intended to recognize the most interactive, visually appealing and engaging exhibit. Business professionals and students are encouraged to attend the exposition and vote.

Both awards were designed by renowned sculptor Bathsheba Grossman whose work has appeared in the New York Times, the London Times, Wired, Discover and Make magazines. Awards will be presented to winning entries during a networking reception on May 24.

Some 75+ organizations will exhibit at RAPID 2012 including:
o 3D Systems
o Advanced RP
o American Foundry Society
o American Precision Prototyping
o Applied Technology Integration
o Arcam AB
o Armstrong Mold Corp
o BJB Enterprises
o C.Ideas
o Capture 3D
o CGI 3D Scanning
o Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology
o Creaform 3D
o Delcam
o Delta Micro Factory Corp
o Desktop Engineering
o Direct Dimensions
o DSM Somos EMS
o envisionTEC
o EOS of North America
o eQuality Tech ExOne
o Faro Technologies
o Geomagic
o Harvest Technologies
o Hexagon Metrology
o Innovative Polymers
o Innovmetric Software
o InTech Industries
o Invest Cast
o Jesse Garant & Associates
o Konica Minolta Sensing
o Manufacturing Engineering Media
o Materialise USA
o Mcor Technologies
o Medical Modeling
o Morris Technologies
o Motorola Solutions
o netfabb GmbH
o Nikon Metrology
o North Star Imaging
o Objet Geometries
o Product Development Solutions
o Rapid Product Development Group (RPDG)
o Rapidform
o Renishaw
o RePliForm
o Robotic Solutions
o Roland DGA
o Saguenay Foundry
o SensAble Technologies
o ShapeGrabber
o Silicones
o SLM Solutions GmbH
o Society of Manufacturing Engineers
o Solid Concepts
o Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing & Technology
o Steinbichler Vision Systems
o Stratasys
o TCT Magazine
o Tebis America Technique
o VacuCoat Technologies
o Vista Technologies
o Wenzel America
o WTWH Media
o View RAPID 2012 Floor Plan Online

The RAPID 2012 exposition will inspire attendees with special events such as the 3D printing fashion show, the contemporary art gallery, the Bright Minds mentor program and the announcement of several competition winners including The Edge Factor Show's Reality Redesigned - a student-focused design contest and online reality show awarding more than $20,000 in cash prizes at RAPID 2012.

"RAPID is the longest running industry forum for advancing 3D imaging and 3D printing technologies," said SME business development manager Gary Mikola. "The event provides a unique opportunity for businesses to gain exposure in the growing additive manufacturing industry while helping to accelerate adoption by the global manufacturing community."

To reserve RAPID 2012 exhibit space, contact SME Events at 800.733.3976, Ext. 3159 or exposales@sme.org. Exposition admission is free to conference attendees and traditionally draws hundreds of design and manufacturing engineers who tour the exposition to evaluate and source new equipment.

For more information, please visit: www.sme.org/rapid.

About RAPID:
RAPID is North America's definitive additive manufacturing conference and exposition. The event brings buyers, sellers and end-users of design, prototyping, tooling and direct manufacturing technologies together in an environment that facilitates networking and business interaction. Attendees can evaluate the latest materials and machinery, compare processes, talk to industry experts and make valuable contacts. Exhibitors can meet new customers, discuss projects face-to-face and generate sales. For more information, please visit sme.org/rapid.

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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