In just a couple of short months, it will be time for RAPID + TCT 2020, taking place in sunny Anaheim, California from April 20-23. The globally renowned conference, held every year in the spring, is the largest, longest-running, and by far most important additive-manufacturing event in North America. RAPID + TCT is co-hosted by nonprofit organization SME, which works to support the manufacturing industry, including 3D printing, and Rapid News Publications, a media group operating trade shows and publishing magazines focused on additive manufacturing. RAPID + TCT serves as a combined effort to support the additive
manufacturing industry and gives participants opportunities to network with each other and learn more about advanced-manufacturing technologies.
“RAPID + TCT has been produced by SME since its inception nearly 30 years ago as an additive-manufacturing conference and exposition. The two leaders in additive manufacturing, SME and owner of the TCT Group, Rapid News Publications, joined forces in 2016 to produce the RAPID + TCT event, combining decades of 3D-technology insights and experience,” the RAPID + TCT 2020 website states.
“SME is the definitive industry source for 3D-technology knowledge, experience, education, and connections. With a community of over 200,000 people, we are fully committed to the advancement and increased adoption of additive-manufacturing technology.”
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the event, which promises to be better than ever, and everyone who’s anyone in the AM world should be there. The schedule for the RAPID + TCT 2020 conference was just announced, and as always, this will be an event you won’t want to miss. With more than 110 technical presentations scheduled, the conference will bring together over 150 industry experts who will present and speak about the AM industry’s latest applications, materials, processes and research.
The keynote speakers this year will be Jordan Noone, the co-founder and CTO of Relativity Space; Anthony Atala, MD, the W. Boyce professor and chair of the Department of Urology of the Wake Forest School of Medicine and the G. Link professor and director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine; and Jonathan Brill, global futurist and product innovation executive for HP.
New at this year’s RAPID + TCT is a dedicated aerospace and defense conference track, which will teach attendees how the major suppliers and manufacturers in this constantly changing industry are evolving how they plan for end-product and tooling applications through the use of additive manufacturing.
Sessions for the defense industry will be held on April 22 and include: