SME Calls for Abstracts for RAPID, 3D IMAGING conferences.

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SME is calling for presentation abstracts for RAPID 2012 and 3D IMAGING Conference and Exposition, which will be held in Atlanta, GA from May 22-25, 2012. Events will reveal, for presentation and discussion, latest developments, trends, and techniques specific to additive manufacturing and 3D imaging. SME's Business Development Manager Gary Mikola said "Submission for presentations and case studies at all levels are welcome." Deadline to submit abstracts is October 28, 2011.

Original Press Release:

SME Announces Call for Speakers for RAPID Conference

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 2012 and 3D IMAGING Conference and Exposition to be held in Atlanta, May 22-25, 2012.

The RAPID 2012 and 3D IMAGING events will reveal the latest developments, trends and techniques specific to additive manufacturing and 3D imaging at the industry's largest forum for presentation and discussion.

"RAPID continues to be the source for expert information and advanced applications of rapid technologies," said Society of Manufacturing Engineers Business Development Manager Gary Mikola. "Submission for presentations and case studies at all levels are welcome, and we especially encourage papers that share knowledge and expertise vital to users of additive manufacturing, 3D printing and 3D imaging technologies.

The deadline to submit abstracts is October 28, 2011. 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 and Automotive
Artwork, Fashion and Jewelry
Casting Applications
Competitive Analysis
Concept Modeling
Consumer Products Applications
Direct Digital Manufacturing
Economic and Business Considerations
Electronics Applications
Engineering Analysis

Forensic Anthropology
Industrial Design / Design Considerations
Natural Science Applications
New Applications & Technology
Non-Contact Imaging Technology
Mass Customization & Personalization
Materials, Rapid & Vacuum Casting
Medical and Dental Applications
Mold Making
Reverse Engineering
Secondary Processes, Finishing and Plating
Tooling Analysis
Transportation Applications

Important Deadlines

Abstracts - October 28, 2011
Notification of abstract acceptance - December 1, 2011
Submission of final papers - April 12, 2012

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.

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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

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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