Rapid Manufacturing and 3D Imaging are still in demand.
Press Release Summary:
June 19, 2009 - Even in tough economic times, two recent events still managed to draw more than 1,300 attendees from around U.S. Attendees filled exhibit hall and conference sessions at SME's RAPID 2009 Conference and Exposition and 3D IMAGING Conference. Feedback indicates that attendees found solutions, ideas, and contacts at this year's events and, according to survey results, there was a high level of satisfaction with conferences, keynote speakers, exhibitors, and networking reception.
Original Press Release
Even in Tough Economic Times, Demand is Strong for New Rapid Manufacturing and 3D Imaging Technologies
Press release date: June 17, 2009
While much of the conference and exposition were devoted to keeping today's manufacturing professionals up-to-date on new technologies, RAPID's annual Bright Minds Mentor Program continues to inspire the next generation of engineers. For the past six years, the program has paired hundreds of high school students with manufacturing professionals to encourage greater interest in engineering and advanced manufacturing. This year, more than 45 students from various Chicago-area high schools and vocational schools participated in the program. They began their day with presentations from noted rapid technologies expert Terry Wohlers of Wohlers Associates. Later, the students were exposed to the entire process of direct digital manufacturing (DDM), from reverse engineering to CAD design to rapid manufacturing. Thanks to the support of Stratasys and Z Corporation, some qualified students and their schools were given the opportunity to work on donated machines, while all students went home with design software generously donated by SolidWorks. The next generation of engineers also included college students who participated in the annual design for direct digital manufacturing or DDM Competition. Coordinated and judged by the RTAM's DDM Tech Group, students from the Georgia Institute of Technology submitted the winning design - a customized golf club with integrated sensors. All of the winning designs were built as DDM parts and then put on display during the event. "We're confident the attendees, exhibitors, sponsors and students left the event with valuable information and resources, contacts and, above all, enthusiasm for technologies that can set them up for success when the economy recovers," adds Grimm. RAPID 2010 Conference & Exposition and 3D IMAGING Conference
For the first time, the RAPID Conference & Exposition and 3D IMAGING Conference will be held on the West Coast as part of a strategy to attract new audiences and expand the market. The 2010 event will target applications of the technology in aerospace/defense, entertainment (films and gaming) and sports equipment. Nearly all the 2009 exhibitors plan to exhibit at next year's event scheduled May 18-20, 2010, in Anaheim, Calif., and anticipate there will be many more new prospects. About SME:
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.