RAPID 2016 will be held from May 17th - 19th in Orlanda, FL. This ManufacturingTomorrow.com Special Tradeshow report aims to bring you news, articles and products from this years event.

Special Tradeshow Coverage for RAPID 2016

Brandon Hetherington for | ManufacturingTomorrow.com


ManufacturingTomorrow.com - Special Tradeshow Coverage of RAPID 2016 in Orlando, FL.

Entering its 26th year, SME’s RAPID event plays a vital role in defining additive manufacturing. As the leader and authority figure in 3D technologies, RAPID attracts buyers, sellers, and end-users of design, prototyping, tooling, and direct digital technologies to the preeminent event for discovery, innovation, and networking.

The RAPID conference is known worldwide as the unrivaled authority on 3D knowledge and expertise. The world’s foremost additive manufacturing experts speak on groundbreaking processes, applications, materials, and research in additive manufacturing.

The RAPID show floor is a visual, creativity-inspiring, hands-on learning playground. The exposition includes OEMs, service bureaus, and related technology consultants and partners.


Visit the RAPID 2016 2016 Website.


This article will assist you in finding what you are interested in at RAPID 2016.


At RAPID 2016:

Keynote Presentations:  The RAPID keynote presentations will leave you inspired and eager to explore the wealth of information available at the event. RAPID 2016 will feature keynotes from industry experts focused on digital manufacturing, 4D printing in medical, and the future of additive manufacturing. 

Exhibit Hall Floor:  200+ exhibitors.  Click here for the exhibitor list:

Workshops:  Choose from eight workshops covering concepts that will open your eyes to new manufacturing possibilities and advance your understanding of 3D printing, scanning, and additive manufacturing. This year’s workshops feature experts in metal additive manufacturing, casting, medical 3D printing, 3D scanning, and business implementation.

Additive Manufacturing Certificate Prorgram:  SME, in cooperation with the Milwaukee School of Engineering and America Makes, has established a team of advisors who have strategically defined the additive manufacturing body of knowledge. This body of knowledge will serve as the basis for the Additive Manufacturing Certificate Program, which includes a review course and an exam.

Here are some must sees for attendees of this years RAPID.

RAPID Kickoff:  Start your RAPID experience off right with the annual RAPID kick-off. Todd Grimm will provide a can’t-miss roundup of the latest products in 3D printing and 3D scanning. Next, hear about how America Makes is accelerating the use of additive manufacturing in the United States. Monday, May 16, 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm.

Contemporary Art Gallery:  Introduced in 2010, the Contemporary Art Gallery highlights the innovative new approach to art creation and production that’s made possible by additive manufacturing, 3D printing, 3D imaging, and digital sculpture. This high-speed, on-demand medium allows the impossible to be possible from the finite barriers of reproduction for a single artist to the unlimited reproductions of artists’ works. At RAPID 2016, artists familiar with design software and additive manufacturing processes have the opportunity to display their work to an appreciative audience.

3D Playground:  The 3D Playground will introduce visitors to a variety of 3D-enabled solutions. You’ll have the opportunity to: Participate in 3D printed hovercraft races:   Contestants will race against the clock to successfully navigate a 3D printed hovercraft through the obstacle course. 

RAPID Puzzle Challenge:  Each year the RAPID Puzzle Challenge helps attendees explore the different additive manufacturing technologies and materials represented on the show floor. You’ll have the opportunity to collect the pieces of a puzzle and assemble them into a complete design. The design will be 3D printed by RAPID 2016 exhibitors.  

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News from RAPID 2016: Updated regularly so check back for more as the show approaches - Send us your news releases

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