4/9/2018 | 1 MINUTE READ

Rapid + TCT Expands with Two New 3D Printing Events

SME and Rapid News Publications are introducing two new 3D printing-focused events: RAPID + TCT West and the RAPID + TCT Executive Strategy Summit.


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SME and Rapid News Publications Ltd. (owner of the TCT Group), have announced two new  events under the Rapid + TCT banner. The new events—Rapid + TCT West and the Rapid + TCT Executive Strategy Summit—will leverage the two organizations’ collective industry knowledge and global networks to drive even greater development and adoption of key design-to-manufacturing technologies across all industries, the organizers say.

Rapid + TCT West is an organic extension of the Rapid + TCT brand and will take place on the West Coast annually, allowing the original Rapid + TCT event to cater to the larger U.S. market. The first edition of Rapid + TCT West will take place in Santa Clara, California, October 9-10, 2019.

The Rapid + TCT Executive Strategy Summit, taking place in Palm Desert, California, October 17-18, 2018, will host executive leaders who want to learn more about the real-world challenges and impacts that technologies can have on manufacturing today. The Rapid + TCT Summit will help guide investment decisions, provide insight into maximizing ROI and keep executives on the same page as their workforce, organizers say.

“As additive manufacturing technology continues to grow in capability and importance, it’s our responsibility to reach manufacturers and share our knowledge and understanding of how to fully leverage this technology,” say sDebbie Holton, vice president of Events and Industry Strategy at SME. “We’re proud to be bringing two new opportunities to the U.S. that influence unique audiences including decision makers and end-users. Our partners at TCT share our mission of building awareness and expertise in additive manufacturing, and we’re excited about expanding our partnership and building on our teamwork.”

“This is a strategically important and exciting move for both of our organizations,” says Duncan Wood, chief executive, Rapid News Publications Ltd. “Our relationship with SME is built on a shared vision, which is why it works so well. The combination of our two teams working on Rapid + TCT has delivered superb results, and we’re delighted to be expanding our combined efforts into these two new events. Having heard so many engineers lament the lack of support and understanding for new technology adoption from executive leadership, we felt it was time to address these concerns, opening more opportunities for our clients, and of course helping our readers and visitors inside their organizations.”