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Former Microsoft Exec to keynote RAPID/3D IMAGING conference.

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October 21, 2009 - Scheduled for May 18-20, RAPID/3D IMAGING conference will include keynote by Ed Fries, a former Microsoft vice president, and his partner Dan Iosch. Ed Fries led development of Word and Excel before creating Microsoft's Xbox video game group and then founded his own 3-D company, FigurePrints. Conference and exposition will offer informative technical sessions and workshops as well as exhibits for buyers and end-users of design, prototyping, tooling, and direct manufacturing equipment.

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Former Microsoft Xbox Executive, World of WarCraft Figurine Creators to Keynote RAPID/3D IMAGING Conference in California in May

Press release date: October 13, 2009

Call for Speakers Deadline Extended DEARBORN, Mich., October 13, 2009 - Ed Fries, a former Microsoft vice president who led development of both Word and Excel before creating Microsoft's Xbox video game group and then founded his own 3-D imaging company FigurePrints, and his partner Dan Iosch, an executive with years of printing and graphics experience, will keynote the RAPID/3D IMAGING conference, May 18 - 20 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, Calif. FigurePrints uses 3-D color printing technology to bring video game characters to life. Customers include Activision Blizzard for figurines of the characters in World of WarCraft, an online MMO played by millions of gamers worldwide. Attendees at the RAPID/3D IMAGING conference, a Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) event, being held this year in California for the first time, will be able to evaluate the latest materials and machinery, compare processes, talk to industry experts and make valuable contacts. RAPID/3D IMAGING, is still accepting submissions for speakers who can illustrate the many new uses for additive manufacturing technology. The opportunity to speak has been extended for abstract review and consideration. Interested speakers can find more information at www.sme.org/rapid. RAPID/3D IMAGING, North America's definitive additive manufacturing conference and exposition, will offer informative technical sessions and workshops as well as exhibits for buyers and end-users of design, prototyping, tooling, and direct manufacturing equipment. Additive manufacturing, a rapidly expanding area, has applications being found in new industries every year. Technical sessions this year will explore use in Aerospace & Defense, Entertainment (including games), HealthCare and Sports & Recreational Equipment. Find more information on RAPID at www.sme.org/rapid. About SME:
Founded in 1932, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) is the premier source for manufacturing knowledge, education and networking. Through its many programs, events and activities, SME connects manufacturing practitioners to each other, to the latest technology and the most up-to-date processes spanning all manufacturing industries and disciplines, plus the key areas of aerospace and defense, medical device, motor vehicles, including motorsports, and oil and gas. A 501(c)3 organization, SME has members in more than 70 countries and is supported by a network of technical communities and chapters worldwide.

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