The RAPID + TCT conference is known worldwide as North America’s most influential additive manufacturing conference. At the 2021 conference, over 100 experts will speak on the latest processes, applications, materials and research in additive manufacturing, 3D scanning, and related technologies.
You’ll hear real world examples of how industry leaders are implementing additive manufacturing and review case studies on how the technology is transforming traditional manufacturing. Explore innovative solutions, network with peers, and discover new applications to help plan and execute your additive manufacturing strategy.
The conference will feature novice, intermediate and expert-level presentations, allowing you to maximize your time at RAPID + TCT and customize a schedule that fits your needs. If you want to position your company for success in additive manufacturing, then you need to attend the RAPID + TCT conference. While we are working on the 2021 conference schedule, feel free to browse the 2020 schedule below.
Hear from the industry’s brightest minds on how additive manufacturing can provide many benefits:
- Reduce time to market
- Revolutionize your product design
- Reduce tooling costs and lead time
- Create stronger, lighter, and more complex parts
- Reduce material costs and waste
- Produce low- and mid-volume end-user parts and components
- Produce and distribute parts on-demand
- Simplify your supply chain
What’s Included with Your Full Conference Pass
- 3 days of conference presentations
- 3 networking receptions
- Lunch on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
- Full conference proceedings
- Industry-focused daily keynote presentations
- Access to the exhibits and all exhibit floor activities
RAPID + TCT Conference Advisors
Ted Anderson is the Industrialization Leader for GE Additive. His team is focused on helping customers get their additive manufacturing applications to production. Prior to joining GE Additive, he spent 5 years with GE Aviation and was involved in the LEAP fuel nozzle, the GE9X TiAl blade, the 50% printed tech demonstration engine, the Catalyst turboprop engine and various R&D projects. He is also a certifying agent at GE for the laser and electron beam technologies and a special process auditor. Previous to joining GE, he worked as a contractor at NASA’s MSFC managing the Rapid Prototyping Lab working on a wide variety of R&D programs on multiple additive manufacturing platforms. Prior to being a contractor to NASA, he was the second Arcam employee in North America working field service and applications for the EBM technology. Ted holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisonsin – Platteville, a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech and an M.B.A from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He received his Additive Manufacturing Certification from SME in 2013 at the RAPID conference in Pittsburgh. He is a 2017 AMUG DINO award recipient and has lead the aerospace, transportation and DoD track for AMUG since 2015.
Kevin Ayers is a graduate of the University of Illinois, College of Engineering. He has worked as a design and manufacturing engineer for over 31 years with the FBI. Most of that time. He has been directly involved in what is now called additive manufacturing. The FBI was one of the first organizations to use 3D printing technology as end use parts building tens of thousands of parts going back to the early nineties. During that time, Mr. Ayers has been involved as an advisor for the Society of Manufacturing engineers and the AMUG receiving the Dino Award in 2003. In 2014, Mr. Ayers retired from the FBI and worked for SME as the Industry Manager over Additive Manufacturing Industry and as a consulting editor for Advanced Manufacturing Media. In 2017, Mr. Ayers joined Danfoss Power Solutions as an Additive Manufacturing and currently works there involved in AM in metals, polymers, composites, sand, design, and training.
Rex Brown is a principal mechanical engineer working in the advanced technology development department at the Department of Energy’s National Security Campus, managed by Honeywell. He has been actively involved with additive manufacturing since 1992, serving on ASTM’s Committee F42 on Additive Manufacturing Technologies, the NCMS Rare Parts Team, and SME’s Direct Digital Manufacturing Tech Group. Brown’s focus over the years includes stereolithography, fuse deposition modeling, and 3D printing for rapid prototyping. His present work is in research and production application of metals additive manufacturing.
Zayna Connor, ZMC Consulting, Inc., is an independent consultant. She is active in the AFS committee activities, AFS consortium research projects, ASTM Additive Manufacturing committee and American Society of Materials, Past Chair of the Technical Books Committee. Zayna received her BS in Metallurgical Engineering from Missouri S&T and her PhD in Materials Science & Engineering from Northwestern University. Her dissertation on the quantitative analysis of fatigue cracks in riveted joints using scanning acoustic microscopy was under the direction of Prof. Morris Fine. She is a National Science Foundation Fellow and an Amelia Earhart fellow. Zayna has spent more than 30 years working in materials, castings, forgings extrusions and rolled products. She has helped develop casting suppliers in China, Poland, Turkey, Italy, US, Mexico, England, and Canada. She was the R&D manager for non-heat treat alloys at Alcan Rolled Products. She has helped on the supplier side to solve customer problems and on the customer side to help solve supplier problems.
Dr. Denis Cormier is the Earl W. Brinkman Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology where he also serves as director of the Additive Manufacturing and Multifunctional Printing (AMPrint) Center. He has worked in the area of additive manufacturing for 20 years with a specific focus on aerospace materials and applications of metal additive manufacturing. Most recently, his research has focused on multi-material functional printing processes and materials.
Vesna Cota is an additive manufacturing design and development specialist for Tyco Electronics Canada. Cota launched her personal endeavor of teaching additive manufacturing technologies as a feature speaker at NRC-IRAP in the industrial design and technology forum in 1998, and continued sharing through speaking, writing, presentations and workshops. She has taught additive manufacturing courses for the Magna Inc. Management Training Program and the Industrial Research Development Institute Product Development Program, among others. Cota is passionate about propagating the awareness of additive manufacturing technologies and their proper applications. As an executive officer of Toronto Chapter 26, she organized a year-long additive manufacturing program in 1998-99, for which SME honored her with its President’s Award. In 2005, Cota became an SME master-level Additive Manufacturing Certificate holder. She received her degree in architecture from the University of Zagreb. She has been an RTAM member since 1995.
Carl K. Dekker serves as the President of Met-L-Flo Inc., a growing service center for additive manufacturing in Sugar Grove, IL. He has been actively involved in research and product development using current technologies and innovative methods. Dekker has provided training and installations at Abbott Laboratories, Delphi, Motorola and numerous other locations. His work has been published in industry journals including Prototyping Technology, Rapid Prototyping Report, Time Compression Technologies, and the Wohlers Report (2003-8,13-14). A past chair of SME’s Additive Manufacturing Community, Dekker is the current chair of ASTM’s Committee F42 on Additive Manufacturing Technologies and the current chair of SME’s Direct Digital Manufacturing Tech Group. Dekker teaches the Rapid Technologies and Additive Manufacturing Technologies Certificate Programs and also remains active in the Bright Minds Program as a member and former co-chair. He holds a Master Certificate in Rapid Prototyping and is a proud recipient of the SLA Dinosaur Award.
Abbey Delaney joined BigRep in 2018, bringing more than 15 years of marketing experience and more than 6 years in additive. Now as the Marketing Manager for North America, Abbey is responsible for creating marketing strategy, developing partner marketing programs, overseeing tradeshows, implementing lead gen campaigns and growing the brand. Prior to joining BigRep, Abbey was with Materialise as the marketing manager and also has experience in the automotive and commercial truck market, managing projects from data analysis and market research to graphic design and corporate branding. Abbey holds a Bachelors and Master of Arts degree from Saginaw Valley State University.
Boris Fritz is an adjunct Professor at University of Southern California, in the department of Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering, as well as at Loyola Marymount University in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He is currently teaching courses in Additive Manufacturing since 2015. He is also a Team Member of the Bubble Base of NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge for Deep Space Exploration. He retired from Northrop Grumman Aerospace, formerly working in the Additive Mfg Technology & Development Department & in charge of the Rapid Manufacturing Lab for 22 years until October, 2013. In 2003 he was Chair of SME’s Additive Manufacturing Community as well as chair of the RAPID conference. He has three patents & has published numerous research papers on 3D Printing since 1991. He also founded and chaired the Nanomanufacturing Tech Group of SME, as well as having been on SME’s Manufacturing Enterprise Council. In 1998 he received the Outstanding Engineering Achievement Merit Award of the Engineers’ Council of California.
Charles Gilman has been working in Additive Manufacturing for 25 years. Prior to his current role, Mr. Gilman held positions with GE Global Research’s Model-Based Manufacturing Laboratory, the US Air Force Manufacturing Technology Directorate, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and STEP Tools, Inc. Mr. Gilman’s technical interests also include Computational Geometry, Model-Based Manufacturing, and Smart Manufacturing.
Pedro A. Gonzalez joined Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems in 2011 as a Manufacturing Engineer within the Advanced Manufacturing & Technology group. Mr. Gonzalez identifies, develops, and validates manufacturing processes/procedures for Additive Manufacturing (AM) relative to production and prototype programs; provides solutions for a variety of technical problems. He is also fully competent in understanding AM design and applying them to engineering requirements. He has been involved in the industry, both Additive Manufacturing and Subtractive Rapid Prototyping for over 11 years. Mr. Gonzalez is currently leading or involved with multiple Contract Research and Development and Independent Research and Development programs focused on development and implementation of AM technologies for air and space vehicles. Mr. Gonzalez is currently an advisor on America Makes AM Roadmap Advisory Group.
Todd Grimm is 25-year veteran of the additive manufacturing/3D printing industry. From his work as a consultant, writer, author, speaker, editor and advisor, he was named as one of The TCT Magazine’s 20 most influential in the additive manufacturing (AM) industry. Todd is president of T. A. Grimm & Associates, an additive manufacturing consulting and communications company. He sits on the board of directors of ARC Group Worldwide (NASDAQ: ARCW). He is also a columnist for The TCT Magazine and author of User’s Guide to Rapid Prototyping. Todd currently serves on the board of the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) as its AM industry advisor, is a founding advisor for the 3D Printing Association, and an advisor for the RAPID + TCT conference. He has also served as chairman of SME’s Additive Manufacturing community.
Dr. Edward D. Herderick is a recognized leader in the commercialization of manufacturing technologies. He currently serves as the Director of Additive at The Ohio State University Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence. He previously was the Global Sales Leader for GE Inspection Technologies and also served as the Additive Technologies Leader for GE Corporate Supply Chain and Operations. Earlier, he was Director of R&D at additive startup rp+m and was Director of the Additive Manufacturing Consortium operated by the Edison Welding Institute. The guiding thread in his career has been industrialization and implementation of complex materials intensive manufacturing methods including additive manufacturing, coatings, joining, and inspection techniques.
A materials scientist by training, he received his PhD in MSE from The Ohio State University. Dr. Herderick currently serves as the Industrial Editor for the Journal of the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society, a TMS Foundation Board Trustee, and has testified before the US House of Representatives on the impact of additive manufacturing of metals.
Mr. Larry (LJ) R. Holmes, Jr. is the Assistant Director of the newly formed Delaware Digital Design and Manufacturing Institute (3DMI) at the University of Delaware. The mission of this academic institute is to create an interdisciplinary forum for bringing materials, processing and manufacturing together by digital design and additive manufacturing. Mr. Holmes left federal service in 2018 after 15 years at the US Army Research Laboratory (ARL). His final posting at ARL was the Director of Research Partnerships and Communication for the ARL Center for Agile Materials Manufacturing Science (CAMMS). He was also the Lead for ARLs Hybrid Manufacturing research portfolio, including the management of materials and manufacturing science programs related to multi-material processing technologies for functional/multi-functional devices. Mr. Holmes has held the responsibility of Principal Investigator for Additive Manufacturing materials and technology development within the Manufacturing Science and Technology Branch (MSTB) at ARL, as well as the Lead for lab operations for the Micro-Compositronics and Rapid Operations (MiCRO) laboratory within the Composites and Hybrid Materials Branch (CHMB) at ARL. Mr. Holmes earned his BS in Aerospace Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2002, and earned his MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2009. He is currently enrolled in the Mechanical Engineering PhD program at the University of Texas at El Paso. Mr. Holmes is the founder of the Army Additive Manufacturing Community of Practice, a founding member of the APG inter-agency Additive Manufacturing Working Group, has been a Government advisor on several DoD funded programs, both nationally and internationally. Mr. Holmes manages facilities and teams that create material and manufacturing solutions that are changing the landscape of the DoD manufacturing industrial base while also educating manufacturing engineers of the future.
Sheku Kamara is the Dean of Applied Research at Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) and oversees the activities of the Applied Technology CenterTM (ATC). The ATC uses MSOE faculty, staff and student expertise to solve technological problems confronting business and industry. He has been involved with additive manufacturing since 1996 and was director of the Rapid Prototyping Consortium at MSOE. Kamara holds the RTAM Master Level Certificate on additive manufacturing from SME and was named a Laser Sintering DINO (Distinguished INnovator Operator Award) from the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG), for his contributions to the technology and industry. Kamara has served as a technical advisor to the RAPID conference since 2004 and is a past chair of the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG).
David Leigh, Chief Operating Officer, EOS North America, oversees the development of a new, high-level engineering service division in North America. In his role, David leads a team of additive manufacturing experts with a focus on enhancing engineering services as well as further advancing EOS’ R&D capabilities. Most notably, he supports commercialization of the Integra P 400, EOS North America’s polymer platform designed to meet demand for 3D printing serial production in the North American market. Prior to EOS, David served as president and CEO of Vulcan Labs, a technology start-up and spin-off of Stratasys, Inc. focused on process and materials development in the production applications of powder bed fusion, which was acquired by EOS NA in December 2018. David brings more than 30 years of experience in the AM industry, starting at industry pioneer DTM, a pioneer in selective laser sintering, and eventually co-founding Harvest Technologies, a leading selective laser sintering company now known as Stratasys Direct Manufacturing. Following the acquisition, David served as Senior Vice President of Emerging Technologies at Stratasys before transitioning into his role at Vulcan Labs and subsequently EOS. In addition to a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, David also holds a Master of Science in Engineering and a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from his alma mater. In his free time, David is actively involved in his community and his profession, serving on multiple boards.
Brian Levy is a design engineer with Joe Gibbs Racing, a NASCAR Sprint Cup team, and has been involved with additive manufacturing technologies since attending Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for his BSME degree. In addition to overseeing all of Joe Gibbs Racing’s additive manufacturing resources, which includes both FDM and PolyJet systems, Brian is also continuously working on developing applications of the technology to improve the designs of various parts and subsystems on the car. Brian has been featured in and has assisted with numerous case studies, articles, and white papers on additive manufacturing. This is Brian’s fourth consecutive year serving as a technical advisor for the RAPID + TCT conference.
Michael Nikodinovski is a Mechanical Engineer and the AM Technical Lead at the U.S. ARMY – Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC) – Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC), located in Warren, MI. He holds a B.S & M.S in Mechanical Engineering from Lawrence Technological University. Mr. Nikodinovski works in the fields of manufacturing engineering, providing support for the broad GVSC mission. Michael’s core research is on AM, with a focus on sustainment reduction related technologies. He serves as one of GVSC’s AM Subject Matter Expert and is founding member of the Army’s AM Community of Practice. Along with his colleagues throughout CCDC, Michael is tasked with growing the Army’s AM competency and transition the technology to the warfighter.
Michael Raphael founded Direct Dimensions, Inc. (DDI) in 1995 as an engineering company to provide a “one-stop shop” for 3D technical services, product representation, sales, and support for all types of 3D scanning, imaging, and measurement solutions. Over the past 20 years, DDI has expanded significantly to use the most comprehensive array of 3D scanning technologies and digital modeling solutions for the widest range of applications and industries. Today Direct Dimensions employs over 25 technical and professional staff and performs hundreds of 3D scanning and modeling projects every year using widest variety of 3D solutions with special emphasis on high accuracy 3D scanning solutions. Michael graduated from Virginia Tech with BS degree in Engineering Science and Mechanics in 1985, followed by a Masters of Engineering Administration from George Washington University in 1990.
Brandon Ribic was named Technology Director of America Makes on October 1, 2019. Driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM), America Makes is the national accelerator for AM and the first of eight Manufacturing Innovation Institutes (MIIs) established and managed by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) as public-private partnerships. America Makes is also a member of the Manufacturing USA® (MFG USA) network, which seeks to secure U.S. global leadership in advanced manufacturing. Previously, Dr. Ribic served as a Joining Engineer within the Rolls-Royce Corporation Materials Technology Center. In this capacity, Dr. Ribic led the Materials Technology Center efforts in additive manufacturing (AM) process modeling and in-situ process monitoring. Specifically, he has spent more than six years researching and developing welding and AM processes for various titanium and nickel superalloy gas turbine engine components. Dr. Ribic has led and participated in multiple Metals Affordability Initiative projects focused on AM of nickel superalloys during the last three years. He also successfully developed, qualified, and productionized (TRL 7) the first ever CMSX-4 AM repair for Rolls-Royce. Additionally, Dr. Ribic represented Rolls-Royce on the America Makes Governance Board and was co-chair of the America Makes Roadmap Advisory Group (RMAG), a committee whose goal is to collaborate with the America Makes Technology Director and provide a holistic perspective, representing multiple industries, applications, and customers for the maturation and implementation of the National Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing Roadmap and Investment Strategy. Prior to joining Rolls-Royce, Dr. Ribic served as Plant Metallurgist and Quality Assurance Manager at McConway & Torley, LLC, a Trinity Industries, Inc. company. Brandon earned his doctoral degree in Materials Science and Engineering in 2011 from the Pennsylvania State University under the advisement of Prof. T. DebRoy. Dr. Ribic has several patents pending in the area of laser AM. He is also a member of the American Welding Society (AWS) Graduate Fellowship, co-chair of the AWS High Energy Beam Welding and Cutting committee, and chair of the AWS Laser Hybrid Welding subcommittee.
Thomas has been with FCA, LLC for more than 30 years, with 24 years as supervisor – vehicle engineering development, rapid prototyping development, wood, plastic, CNC, and carbon fiber shops. He has over 30 years of experience in automotive design and engineering and more than 24 years of experience in rapid prototyping. Along with publishing numerous articles in the field of rapid prototyping, rapid tooling, and photoelastic stress analysis using stereolithography, he has been a presenter/speaker at several technical conferences. Thomas’s affiliation with SME includes 25 years on the advisory committee for RAPID; co-chair of the Bright Minds Mentor Program; board of advisors, Additive Manufacturing Community; and, AUTOFACT advisory committee. He is currently holds the master level certificate for rapid prototyping. He also serves as an executive board member for the Additive Manufacturing Users Group for over 25 years. In 2007, Thomas was voted by his industry peers as one of the Top 25 Most Influential People in Rapid Product Development and Rapid Manufacturing by TCT Magazine (UK).
Brennon White incorporates additive manufacturing into regular workflows as an Additive Manufacturing Applications engineer for General Motors. His previous position at Johnson Controls Automotive focused on researching all aspects of additive manufacturing from the technology economics to all forms of processes and materials. Since 2011 he has been focused on using additive manufacturing to reduce development cycle times, and developing additive technologies for future manufacturing needs. He holds a BSME from the University of Illinois and more than ten patents featuring product designs and manufacturing processes.