April 23-26, 2018 | Fort Worth Convention Center | Fort Worth, TX | Exhibits April 24-26

Call for Speakers

Speak at North America’s Most Influential Additive Manufacturing Conference

Submit your abstract by September 29, 2017




The RAPID + TCT Conference is where thousands of manufacturing professionals come to learn about the newest technologies, materials, and applications in additive manufacturing, 3D scanning, CAD/CAE, metrology and inspection, and related technologies. There is no better place to share your innovative research, case study, or application. Become a RAPID + TCT 2018 speaker and influence the future of 3D technologies at one of the most respected additive manufacturing conferences in the world.


Presentation Format Options

RAPID + TCT will be offering two different presentation formats. You will have the option to select the presentation type(s) that you are interested in when submitting your abstract. All presentations should be technical and focus on providing “how-to” information for the audience.


Present to a High-Level, Influential Audience in a Growth Industry


Exposure, Recognition, and Complimentary Benefits

All speakers accepted to present at the conference will have the opportunity to share their knowledge and contribute to an industry-leading conference focused on exciting additive manufacturing technologies.





Abstracts should address research, case studies and/or applications in any of the following areas:

View RAPID + TCT 2017 Conference Presentations


Dick Aubin Distinguished Paper Award

The Dick Aubin Distinguished Paper Award seeks to recognize those who present a technical paper that features a successful and innovative application of rapid technologies and additive manufacturing. The paper will be selected based on 1) Technical merit 2) Impact on the rapid technologies and additive manufacturing industry 3) Overall relevance and paper quality.

To qualify for consideration:

  1. Your paper must be selected for presentation at the conference
  2. Your full paper must be received two months prior to the RAPID + TCT Conference (abstracts with outlines or presentation notes do not qualify)
  3. You must authorize SME to publish the paper as part of its technical paper database.

For more information on the Dick Aubin Distinguished Paper Award, visit www.sme.org/aubinaward.


Abstract Review

Presentations will be reviewed by the RAPID + TCT 2018 Conference Advisor Group. Abstracts selected will contribute to a comprehensive overview of the various components within additive manufacturing and 3D scanning technologies and their application to specific industries. Commercial abstracts and sales pitches will be disqualified.


How to Submit an Abstract

Submit your presentation ideas by completing the Call for Speakers Form, including a 150-250 word description of your topic. Please select the appropriate topics, related job functions, and experience level to help us find the appropriate place for your presentation in the program.

Source for all statistics: RAPID + TCT 2017 Registration Data