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3D Printing Conference RAPID 2016 Features Insights from NASA, HP and more

Published on 2016-05-18. Author : SpecialChem

The following release includes a complete guide to what you can expect from the RAPID 2016 conference line-up taking to the stage in Orlando.

SME's RAPID Conference & Exposition is hosted at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, from May 16-19. RAPID features keynotes from the industry's foremost additive manufacturing experts, who speaks on groundbreaking processes, applications, materials, and research in additive manufacturing. The conversations focuses on digital manufacturing, 4D printing in medical, and the future of additive manufacturing (3D printing).

RAPID Conference & Exposition
Fig. 1: RAPID Conference & Exposition

Transition to Production (Monday, May 16)

RAPID kicked off on Monday with a special keynote presentation about the opportunities and challenges in progressing additive manufacturing technology to full part production. The discussion featured Kevin Creehan, director of technology transition, America Makes – National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII), National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM), Leo Christodoulou, PhD, director, engineering structures and materials technology, chief engineer, materials and manufacturing technology, The Boeing Company, and Barbara Negroe, ‎advanced manufacturing initiatives – additive manufacturing, GE Corporate Supply Chain & Operations.

Participants heard how manufacturers are working to facilitate their transition from prototypes and to larger production volumes. The presentation helped professionals understand how repeatable and reliable processes, standards development and a qualified workforce play a role.

Factory of the Future (Tuesday, May 17)

Stephen Nigro, president of 3D printing, HP Inc., took part in Tuesday's presentation discussing additive manufacturing and how 3D technologies impact the "Factory of the Future." Joining him in the discussion was John Vickers, principal technologist, space technology mission directorate, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and Dean Bartles, chief manufacturing officer and executive director, Digital Manufacturing & Design Innovation Institute (DMDI), UI LABS.

The discussion delved deep into how 3D technologies and additive manufacturing are uniquely positioned for the digital factory. The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) provides a new opportunity for devices to make their own decisions and to create digital twin parts that operate in the virtual realm.

4D Printing in Medicine (Wednesday, May 18)

Additive manufacturing is increasingly being used in the production of medical devices, particularly for static applications in orthopedics and orthodontics. On Wednesday, RAPID attendees can join Robert Morrison, MD, resident, otolaryngology - head & neck surgery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and Scott Hollister, PhD, professor of biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, as they discuss how thoughtful device design and biomaterial selection allows production of medical devices that change with growing anatomy, also referred to as "4D printing". Morrison and Hollister explores the usage of 4D printing to produce patient-specific additively manufactured implants for children with disorders of the windpipe.

What's next for additive manufacturing? (Thursday, May 19)

Another highlight this year is Thursday's keynote, "The Future of Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing" with Terry Wohlers, FSME, principal consultant and president, Wohlers Associates, Inc. Wohlers is a principal author of Wohlers Report, a yearly publication that provides data of critical importance to product developers, manufacturers, service providers, investors, researchers, and educators in the additive manufacturing industry. He will discuss astounding changes in the industry and share why current trends will help to expand the underdeveloped supply chain, resulting in many new jobs, opportunities, and challenges worldwide.

"Once again, I am thrilled to be a part of this year's RAPID event," said Wohlers. "As additive manufacturing continues to evolve and gain traction for production applications, RAPID gives us a great opportunity to explore ways of further advancing this exciting industry."


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.

Source: RAPID

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