SME announces call for speakers for 2013 RAPID event.

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SME announced its call for presentation abstracts for the RAPID Additive Manufacturing Solutions Conference and Exposition to be held June 10-13, 2013. Speakers are invited to present latest trends, advanced applications, and case studies in subject areas such as 3D imaging/printing, additive layer technologies, concept modeling, direct digital manufacturing, forensic anthropology, mold making, and reverse engineering. Deadline to submit abstracts is December 17, 2012.

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Society of Manufacturing Engineers Announces Call for Speakers for 2013 RAPID Additive Manufacturing Solutions Event

Speakers Invited to Present the Latest Trends, Advanced Applications and Case Studies for Additive Manufacturing and 3D Imaging

DEARBORN, Mich.,  — The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) announced its call for presentation abstracts for the RAPID Additive Manufacturing Solutions Conference and Exposition to be held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Penn., June 10-13, 2013.

“Known worldwide as a must-attend event, RAPID is the place to share your innovative research, case study or application with a high-level, influential audience focused on AM,” said SME Business Development Manager Gary Mikola. “We’re creating a powerful lineup of presentations featuring some of the most acclaimed international speakers in this industry.”

Additive manufacturing (AM), often referred to as 3D printing, is a new way of making products and components from digital models and will have implications across a wide range of manufacturing industries.  Located just 40 minutes from the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII), RAPID will include cutting-edge AM and 3D imaging technologies and the institute’s ongoing effort to help revitalize the American manufacturing sector. SME is heavily involved in technology transition and dissemination, and the education and training of practitioners through the institute. 

The deadline to submit abstracts is December 17, 2012. Submissions will be reviewed by the technical advisors of SME’s Rapid Technologies & Additive Manufacturing (RTAM) Community. Presentations will inform attendees and contribute to a comprehensive collection of research, case studies and application notes in subject areas such as:

3D Imaging Applications

3D Printing

Additive Layer Technologies

Additive Metal Processes

Aerospace & Automotive

Artwork, Fashion and Jewelry

Casting Applications

Competitive Analysis

Concept Modeling

Consumer Products Applications

Design Considerations

Direct Digital Manufacturing

Economic & Business Considerations

Electronics Applications

Engineering Analysis

Fabrication and Assembly

Forensic Anthropology

Industrial Design / Design Considerations


Natural Science Applications

New Applications & Technology

Non-Contact Imaging Technology

Mass Customization & Personalization

Materials: Plastics, Metals & Composites

Medical & Dental Applications

Mold Making

Rapid & Vacuum Casting

Reverse Engineering

Reverse Modeling

Secondary Processes, Finishing & Plating

Tooling Analysis

Transportation Applications

Important Deadlines:

Abstracts – December 17, 2012

Notification of abstract acceptance – February 15, 2013

Conference speakers who present formal technical papers that demonstrate technical merit and advanced uses of rapid technologies influential to the additive manufacturing industry will be considered for the Dick Aubin Distinguished Paper Award. All speakers are entitled to the benefits of special registration and full credentials.

“We can’t wait to announce our presentation selection, so please get your abstracts in,” Mikola added.


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About RAPID:

RAPID Additive Manufacturing Solutions Event is North America's definitive conference and exposition 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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