RAPID + TCT 2021: North America's Largest Additive Manufacturing Event Returns To Chicago For 30th Installment

RAPID + TCT 2021 features groundbreaking product announcements and 250 hands-on exhibits showcasing real-world AM solutions from the industry's most respected experts and industry leaders.

September 13-15 marks the reconvening of the additive manufacturing (AM) industry's most innovative and influential community, as RAPID + TCT returns to McCormick Place in Chicago. The event, produced by SME and the Rapid News Group, is North America's largest and most influential AM event. RAPID + TCT offers a massive collection of 3D-printing technologies, knowledge and insights from the industry's leading innovators, and the strongest and most-connected community in additive manufacturing. SME Executive Director & CEO Robert Willig made the announcement.

"While AM has been evolving for more than 30 years, the dynamic growth it has experienced continues to prove the value and unlimited potential for manufacturers. Looking back over the past year and a half, the world saw firsthand how this nimble technology created solutions that immediately impacted human lives," said Willig. "Every manufacturing sector can leverage AM technology to improve efficiency, lower cost and innovate more quickly; what happens at RAPID + TCT will influence the entire industry for years to come."

RAPID + TCT 2021 features groundbreaking product announcements and 250 hands-on exhibits showcasing real-world AM solutions from the industry's most respected experts and industry leaders.

The conference is focused on three prevalent themes centered around evaluation, adoption and optimization of AM, 3D scanning and related technologies. A comprehensive education lineup includes programming dedicated to Medical AM, three visionary keynotes, 11 thought leadership panels and interactive presentations from 150 industry leaders on the latest processes, applications, materials and research.

For the first time ever, event organizers are launching the RAPID + TCT LIVE! digital experience and event app, where attendees can participate remotely and access exclusive networking and digital content from speakers and exhibitors before, during and after the event.

Reinforcing AM's potential impact on all of manufacturing, RAPID + TCT attendees can also take advantage of complimentary access to the FABTECH exposition, the largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event in North America. FABTECH will also be held at McCormick Place and runs September 13-16. This year's event features the 3D/Additive Manufacturing Pavilion with a new Presentation Showcase providing even more insights from industry-leading companies on the latest AM technologies.

SME's AM Technical Community Leadership Committee is heavily involved in the planning of RAPID + TCT. The community promotes and showcases innovative technologies and works closely with industry and academia to take manufacturing to a new level through their adoption. The community provides access to experts, conference presentations, industry news, videos and webinars to keep attendees on the leading edge of development — and prepare them for what's next. The committee also recognizes excellence in leadership in additive manufacturing through their prestigious AM Industry Achievement Award, which will also be presented at the event.

Emerging technologies such as AM are enabling manufacturers to reduce time to market, produce stronger and lighter parts, improve efficiency, reduce waste, cost and emissions, and create products and geometries that could not be created before. As manufacturers become more aware of the real benefits of using advanced manufacturing, they will be encouraged to adopt new technologies — ultimately improving their ability to compete on the global stage.

To learn more about the event, please visit rapid3devent.com.


For more than 30 years, SME and the RAPID has defined the crucial role of additive manufacturing and empowered the establishment of an industry that continues to conceive, test, improve and manufacture new products at a faster, more cost-efficient pace. In 2017, the two industry leaders in 3D technology events, SME and The TCT Group, partnered to produce the annual RAPID + TCT event. For users and suppliers alike, the event is the premier destination for those who provide technology and for those who need to understand, explore and adopt 3D printing, additive manufacturing, 3D scanning, CAD/CAE, metrology and inspection technologies. For more information, visit rapid3devent.com, follow @RAPID_Event on Twitter or on LinkedIn.

About SME

SME connects manufacturing professionals, academia and communities, sharing knowledge and resources to build inspired, educated and prosperous manufacturers and enterprises. With nearly 90 years of experience and expertise in events, media, membership, training and development, and also through the SME Education Foundation, SME is committed to promoting manufacturing technology, developing a skilled workforce and attracting future generations to advance manufacturing. Learn more at SME.org, follow @SME_MFG on Twitter or facebook.com/SMEmfg.

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