The 2013 RAPID Conference took place in Pittsburgh.
The 2013 RAPID Conference took place in Pittsburgh.

“Exhibitors said this was the best event they’ve ever attended, expressing an incredible level of enthusiasm about new and existing applications for 3D printing and additive manufacturing,” said Gary Mikola, SME business development manager.

The event, which took place in Pittsburgh from 10-13 June, included more than 100 exhibitors across a variety of industries and a technical conference that attracted more than 900 attendees.

Highlights included workshops on the fundamentals of additive manufacturing, 3D modelling and 3D scanning, RTV mould-making and polyurethane casting, and metal parts used in additive technologies. There was a  presentation by Rob Gorham, deputy director of technology for NAMII, who explained the institute’s plans to achieve its mission to transition additive manufacturing to the mainstream of American manufacturing.

Wednesday’s keynote speech, “The State of the Industry,” explained how China is making strategic investments to be the world leader in additive manufacturing in three years.

The 2014 RAPID Conference and Exposition will be held 9-12 June at Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan.

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