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Overview:

The Authority on 3D: Scanning, Printing, and Additive Manufacturing

RAPID was developed by SME members who wanted an annual forum to learn and share additive manufacturing knowledge and best practices and buy and sell related equipment and services. They envisioned a community of like-minded professionals to which they could belong and with whom they could grow their skills, opportunities and businesses.

RAPID grew with them. The first RAPID conference, held in 1990, had more than 100 attendees; by the third year it grew to over 700 attendees and included exhibits. In 2013, RAPID had over 2,500 attendees from over 20 countries – the largest event to date. RAPID – much like additive manufacturing/3D printing and 3D scanning – has advanced over time.

RAPID may not draw the biggest crowd but it draws the RIGHT crowd. The event’s size keeps it nimble and focused – able to add and improve content, shift locations, be the authority on additive and 3D manufacturing technologies. People attend RAPID year after year because they know they are going to get what they need and more than they expected.

RAPID connects, educates, advances.

And it’s been that way for nearly 25 years.

Join us in 2014 and experience the additive evolution.

About SME:

SME connects all those who are passionate about making things that improve our world. As a nonprofit organization, SME has served practitioners, companies, educators, government and communities across the manufacturing spectrum for more than 80 years. Through its strategic areas of events, media, membership, training and development, and the SME Education Foundation, SME shares knowledge to advance manufacturing.

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There may be many networking opportunities at the Rapid 2014. Find out more in the event details below.

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Website: http://rapid.sme.org/2014/public/enter.aspx...
Conference/Event Dates: 06/09/2014 - 06/12/2014
Expo/Exhibit Dates: 06/10/2014 - 06/12/2014
Expo/Exhibit Hours: Tues & Wed, 10am-5pm; Thurs, 10am-1pm
Classification: B2B
Primary Industry: Technology
Other Industries: Engineering, Manufacturing, Technology
Estimated Attendance: 2,500
Previous Attendance: 2,502
Audience: For twenty years RAPID has been North America's event dedicated to the success of additive manufacturing and 3D imaging users, technology builders and service providers. You'll meet experienced users looking to upgrade their capabilities, as well
as curious investigators just starting to explore the benefits of these game-changing technologies.
Notes: Job Functions:
Product Design and R & D.......25%
Owner/Company Management/
Corporate Executive................23%
Other.....................................13%
Sales & Marketing..................12%
Manufacturing Engineering
Department..............................7%
Manufacturing Engineering
Management............................6%
Manufacturing Production
Management............................3%
Educator/Instructor...................3%
Student ..................................2%
Artists.....................................1%
Control Engineering/
Automation..............................1%
Maker......................................1%
Manufacturing Production
Department..............................1%
Purchasing...............................1%
Quality Assurance & Control.......1%

ATTENDEES; PRIMARY TYPE OF BUSINESS
Industries from Aerospace and Medical to Art and Jewelry are using additive manufacturing technologies in unique and innovative ways.
Aircraft/Aerospace.............................12%
Architecture........................................1%
Arts/Jewelry.........................................2%
Automotive.........................................5%
Consulting/Engineering.........................7%
Consumer Goods..................................6%
Electronics/Computers.........................4%
Entertainment/Animation......................1%
Fabricated Metal/Stampings.................3%
Government/Military.............................3%
Industrial & Commercial
Machinery...........................................7%
Medical/Dental..................................11%
Other Manufacturing..........................21%
Other Transportation............................1%
Plastic Products..................................5%
Research & Development....................10%
Sporting Goods....................................1%
Venue: Cobo Center
Venue Phone: (313) 877-8777
Venue Type: Indoor - Convention Center
Number of Exhibitors:101 (Previous Year)
Event Square Footage:15,700 (2013)
Exhibit Floorplan:Click Here
Show Owner:Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)
Sponsorship: Yes

Booth Size Booth Cost   Available Amenities
Exhibit Space $27 per sq. ft.   Electricity: Yes - Unknown Price
  Water: n/a
  Generator: n/a
  Marketing Vehicles Allowed: Yes
Other Booth Sizes Available: n/a

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