advanced-manufacturingHosted by Advanced Manufacturing Media, the RAPID + TCT Technology LaunchPad is a showcase around the latest must-see technologies, applications and new product announcements. Located in the Show Floor Theater, the event will feature several 15-minute, technically-oriented presentations to divulge what’s new with some of the hottest companies in additive. Each presentation will be followed by an interactive Q&A session with both attendees and media. Following the presentations, the event will transition into a short networking opportunity (with beverages and snacks) where all attendees can interact and personally ask questions of the presenters.


Digital Connection for the Additive Manufacturing Revolution

Shane Fox, CEO & Vishal Singh, CTO, Link3D

Tuesday, May 9 | 3:30 pm

Digital and manufacturing have never been linked so closely until the Industrial Revolution 4.0 started to boom.  This talk will cover the main issues within digital manufacturing and the key solutions needed to bridge the gap between digital and manufacturing.


Materialise Presentation


Tuesday, May 9 | 4:00 pm


Low Cost Metal AM-Unlock the Potential

Matt Petros PhD, CEO, 3DEO

Tuesday, May 9 | 4:30 pm

Technology showcase of 3DEO’s novel, patent-pending Intelligent Layering® technology that unlocks the potential of metal AM by drastically reducing part cost while still achieving tight tolerances and an impressive surface finish.


Integration Of The AM Value Chain

Florian Mauerer, BU Head Of Additive Manufacturing, Oerlikon

Wednesday, May 10 | 3:30 pm

From atomization to assembly, Oerlikon provides independent and integrated AM solutions at any industrial level. We help you reduce product development times and production costs, shorten your supply chain and increase the reliability, performance and sustainability profile of your manufactured products. We partner with you across the entire additive manufacturing value chain. We drive the industrial transformation.


The Evolution Of Additive Manufacturing At Pitt

Howard Kuhn PhD, Adjunct Professor Of Industrial Engineering

Wednesday, May 10 | 4:00 pm

From the first desktop 3D printers to the most advanced metal systems in the world today, additive manufacturing research at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering has evolved tremendously over the past decade. Interdisciplinary research across all departments – from bioengineering and medicine to materials science and harsh enviornments – has impacted the breadth and depth of its programs. This has greatly influenced Pitt’s collaborations with industry and government, including significant funding from America Makes, NASA, NETL, NSF and RAMP. Dr. Kuhn will walk attendees through Pitt’s AM history and its plans for the future.


Building An Additive Manufacturing Cluster In Northeast Ohio

Barb Ewing, COO & Tim Fahey, VP of Industry & Innovation, Northeast Ohio Additive Manufacturing Cluster / YBI / Team NEO

Wednesday, May 10 | 4:30 pm

As home to America Makes, NE Ohio is well positioned to be a focal point for AM activities in the Midwest.  By leveraging the AM focus of higher education institutes in the larger region, as well as the 2,700 small to medium manufacturers, the region can accelerate supply chain development, technology transition, entrepreneurship and commercialization and workforce development in the industry.


Digital Manufacturing for the Foundry Industry – Small Businesses and Up

Howard Rhett, Technical Lead/Applications, Viridis3D and EnvisionTEC

Thursday, May 11 | 11:30 am

The RAM 123 is the fastest, most flexible robotic 3D printing platform in the foundry industry. Using a patent-pending technology, a proprietary print head attached to a robotic arm uses exclusive binder jetting technology to print sand molds and cores for the foundry industry. This disruptive technology brings a new way of production to foundries —due to the system’s speed castings can be poured when and where you need them, at about one-third the cost of competing technologies.


Agile Design Powered By Full-Cloud Cad

Darren Henry, VP Of Product Marketing, Onshape

Thursday, May 11 | 12:00 pm

Manufacturers worldwide are embracing Agile Design processes to drive more speed and innovation. Agile Design emphasizes rapid iteration, collaboration, and flexibility over the rigidity and sequential processes of the past. In this presentation, Jon Hirschtick, founder and CEO of Onshape, will discuss how full-cloud CAD uniquely supports Agile Design and highlight how leading manufacturers are using real-time deployment, real-time data management, and real-time analytics to significantly speed up their time to market.