Discover AM Application Trends, Tracks Shaping the Industry

RAPID + TCT 2019 offers an educational networking and growth opportunity for professionals in the additive manufacturing sector, with conference tracks, workshops and presentations for AM novices through experts.


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Additive Manufacturing (AM) is a sector that is growing exponentially each year. It can be hard to keep up with all of the new 3D printing technology, materials and applications in AM. RAPID + TCT provides an ideal space to evolve with the sector, whether your company is already using 3D printing technology effectively or you are diving into AM for the first time.

The RAPID + TCT conference—the longest-running additive manufacturing conference in North America—has been bringing together key players in additive manufacturing each year since its inception in 1990. Produced by SME, this year’s conference takes place May 20-23 at the Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan.

The 2019 conference program brings together over 150 sector experts to speak on the latest processes, applications, materials and research in additive manufacturing. Hear from influential AM leaders about how 3D technologies can cut costs, reduce time to market, produce stronger and lighter parts, improve efficiency, create complex geometries and solve many other challenges. The 110+ scheduled presentations are each labeled novice, intermediate or expert, allowing you to maximize your time spent at the show and customize a schedule that fits your needs.

Here are a few RAPID + TCT conference program highlights:

Emerging AM Processes

Whether you are a novice or an expert in AM, it is always important to know the up-and-coming technology that could aid (or compete with) your company. Discover new and emerging additive manufacturing processes shaping the future. Find the presentations on new and emerging AM processes here.

Additive Manufacturing for Automotive

You don’t want to miss out on the automotive presentations, new to the conference this year. Learn how major automotive manufacturers and suppliers are changing the way they plan for tooling and end-product applications by adopting AM to fit the needs of the evolving sector. View the automotive presentation schedule here.

Medical/Biomedical Applications

Among the fastest growing application areas of additive manufacturing, medical and biomedical applications will be covered by both presentations and workshops at the conference. RAPID + TCT’s Medical Manufacturing Innovations Program (MMI) will once again expand the medical focus at the 2019 RAPID + TCT conference. Find the medical presentation schedule here.

Notable Users, Applications and Research

One of the main benefits of attending RAPID + TCT is the opportunity to network and hear from major manufacturers and power users in the additive manufacturing sphere. Learn how manufacturers such as Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and GE Additive are using AM to develop and implement production ready parts. And hear about the exciting research taking place at NASA, the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Oakridge Research National Laboratory and the University of Delaware.

Go online and check out the RAPID + TCT 2019 conference schedule and get a conference pass to be able to network with other AM professionals, go to workshops, visit companies on the show floor, listen to presentations and gather knowledge on the latest technologies in the additive sphere.


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