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Event Overview:

Entering its 25th year, RAPID is your destination for learning, networking, and growing your business in 3D manufacturing.

Attendee Information:

For 25 years, the RAPID Conference has been the industry-leading forum for the presentation and discussion of the latest developments, trends and techniques specific to additive manufacturing, rapid technologies, 3D printing and 3D scanning. You’ll hear and meet leaders and thinkers that are applying the technologies in manufacturing for transportation, medical, dental, casting, and more.

Learn about cutting edge applications of these technologies:

  • Revolutionize your product design
  • Reduce time to market
  • Create prototypes in a fraction of the time of traditional methods
  • Cut costs
  • Eliminate tooling
  • Manufacture functional demonstration parts
  • Produce low volume end-user parts and components


The RAPID Exposition is a visual, creativity-inspiring, hands-on learning playground. The RAPID show floor offers a variety of solutions for additive manufacturing, 3D printing, 3D imaging/scanning, DDM, and rapid prototyping. It will include OEMs, service bureaus, and related technology consultants and partners – the vendors your business needs to know to advance in the additive manufacturing industry.

No longer an “emerging technology,” additive manufacturing is leading industry innovation. From design to prototype production parts, vision becomes reality at RAPID, North America’s longest-running additive manufacturing and 3D imaging/scanning exposition.

Connect with “What’s Next”

Explore the possibilities by visiting the RAPID Innovation Connections on the show floor. Universities, research facilities, and start-ups will be there sharing what is being done to improve, expand, and accelerate additive manufacturing.

Exhibitor Information:

RAPID is now entering its 25th year as North America’s Definitive Additive Manufacturing event. As technology becomes more focused on additive manufacturing, 3D printing, and 3D scanning, RAPID continues to showcase the newest technologies, innovations, and applications across multiple industries. Everyone wants to know what’s coming next—how will 3D printing revolutionize manufacturing? With increased interest in these technologies, exhibiting at RAPID will elevate your business profile.

Companies exhibit at RAPID every year because they know they are going to get their return on investment. When you exhibit at RAPID you:

  • Build your prospect list and service your current customers—all at the same event
  • Connect with decision-makers from diverse industries
  • Reach buyers razor-focused on 3D manufacturing technologies

If your business is involved in any of these technologies, you don’t want to miss the opportunity to promote your products and services at RAPID 2015:

Additive/Rapid Manufacturing

3D Printing

Direct Digital Manufacturing

Direct Metal Deposition

Direct Metal Fabrication

Direct Metal Laser Sintering

Direct Metal Tooling

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)

Model Making

Prototyping & Engineering Services

Rapid Manufacturing

Rapid Prototyping

Rapid Tooling

Selective Laser Melting

Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)

Service Bureaus

Solid Modeling

Stereolithography (SLA)

3D Scanning/Imaging




Quality Control


Reverse Engineering

Reverse Modeling

Software, Supplies, & Services

Mold & Mold Making

Compression Molding

Injection Molding Equipment

Mold, Tool, & Die Design

Moldmaking Services


Finite Element Analysis

Inspection Systems & Equipment

Measuring and Control Technology

Measuring Tools and Equipment

Manufacturing Processes & Support




Electron Beam Manufacturing

Finishing & Coating

Freeform Fabrication

Investment Casting

Laser Cutting

Laser Melting

Machining/Prototype/Short Run

Part Design

Pattern Making

Service Bureaus Materials






Innovation Connections Exhibit Opportunities

Special pricing is available to qualifying universities, research facilities, and start-ups. Innovation Connections will be a highlighted show feature, attracting a diverse group of innovation seekers including investors and more.

As an Innovation Connections exhibitor at RAPID, you will:

Be a RAPID 2015 exhibitor with all the benefits of a 25-year focused event

Listed in the online directory with ALL of your selected product categories and as a RAPID 2015 exhibitor

Receive a 50% discount on space with decorator package (standard decorator package with carpet, electrical, 6’ draped table, two chairs, waste basket and standard ID sign) pricing

Highlighted in Innovation Connections promotions

Eligible to participate in the Innovation Auditions

About SME:

SME is an organization for individuals, students, educators and companies involved in all facets of manufacturing. Founded in 1932, it is dedicated to advancing and educating the manufacturing industry. This is accomplished through a variety of tactics and outlets including events, media, membership, training and development, and an education foundation. SME focuses its efforts on several areas of manufacturing: aerospace and defense, energy, medical and motorized vehicles.

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Conference/Event Dates: 05/18/2015 - 05/21/2015
Conference/Event Hours: Mon, 8:30am-4pm; Tues & Wed, 8:30am-4pm; Thurs, 8:30am-noon
Expo/Exhibit Dates: 05/19/2015 - 05/21/2015
Expo/Exhibit Hours: Tues, 10am-6pm; Wed, 10am-5pm; Thurs, 10am-2pm
Classification: B2B
Primary Industry: Technology
Other Industries: Manufacturing, Technology
Estimated Attendance: 3,500
Previous Attendance: 3,445
Cost to Attend:
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: RAPID Attendees:
82% of RAPID attendees influence equipment purchases in their organization
68% of RAPID attendees are business owners, corporate executives, managers, or product designers
37% of RAPID attendees have equipment budgets that exceed $200,000

Job Functions:
Product Design & R&D 30%
Owner/Company Management/Corporate Executive 24%
Sales & Marketing 11%
Manufacturing Engineering Management 9%
Other 8%
Manufacturing Engineering Department 8%
Manufacturing Production Management 5%
Manufacturing Production Department 2%
Control Engineering/Automation 1%
Quality Assurance & Control 1%
Purchasing 1%
Venue: Long Beach Convention Center
Venue Phone: (562) 436-3636
Venue Type: Indoor - Convention Center
Official Conference Hotel:Hyatt Regency Long Beach
Conference Hotel URL:
Number of Exhibitors:153 (Previous Year)
Event Square Footage:24,400 (2014)
Exhibit Floorplan:Click Here
Show Owner:SME
Prospectus PDF:Download Exhibitor Prospectus PDF
Sponsorship: Yes
Sponsorship Details: RAPID Sponsorships give you the opportunity to reach a broad cross-section of decision makers with your marketing message. The RAPID audience influences buying decisions and represents several growth industries, including aerospace, defense, industrial machinery, and more. With an RAPID sponsorship package, you will build brand awareness, increase industry exposure, and drive traffic to your exhibit.

Booth Size Booth Cost   Available Amenities
Booth Space without Decorator Package $30 per sq. ft.   Electricity: Yes - Unknown Price
Booth Space with Decorator Package $33.50 per sq. ft.   Water: n/a
  Generator: n/a
  Marketing Vehicles Allowed: Yes
Other Booth Sizes Available: n/a

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