North America’s largest industrial 3D printing event, RAPID + TCT, will return to the West Coast in 2024. It is part of SME’s commitment to bring additive manufacturing solutions to key strategic markets in the United States.
The 2024 edition will once again bring together leading industrial 3D printing manufacturers and companies from all areas of the AM ecosystem, including 3D scanning, quality assurance, software/design, post-processing and materials. The event provides a unique platform to showcase the latest innovations and technological advances, highlighting the growing importance of AM in manufacturing.
“RAPID + TCT has consistently been the nexus of innovation for the AM industry,” said Robert “Bob” Willig, executive director and CEO of SME. “Southern California is a tremendous hub for manufacturing, especially for some of its most cutting-edge sectors like aerospace and defense. Bringing this premier event back to California allows us to accelerate the awareness of the greatest advances in this technology.”
A special feature this year is the Hollywood Showcase, which highlights the industry’s interface with the entertainment and film capital of the world. This marriage of technology and creativity is designed to intrigue attendees and create new opportunities for collaboration.
The event will also bring together industry leaders to celebrate technological opportunities and explore their future. Participants include notable companies such as Bosch, FUJI CORP, General Motors, Honeywell, Medtronic, Microsoft Corp, Nike Inc, Northrop Grumman Corp, Phillips Corp, Raytheon Technologies, Tesla, The Boeing Co, Tiffany & Co and the U.S. Department of Defense.
The event will be enriched by a series of events, including the AM Community Awards and the Pitch Fest, where innovative ideas will take center stage. RAPID + TCT is dedicated to celebrating and promoting innovation across the spectrum of the additive manufacturing sector.
The RAPID + TCT 2024 conference, known as the original educational forum in the AM sector, will continue to serve as a knowledge hub. This year’s presentations are organized into eight themes: Automotive, Aerospace, Healthcare, Defense, Other Industries, Ecosystem, Materials Development and Process Development.
Presentations from industry partners such as the 3MF Consortium, Additive Manufacturing Green Trade Association, Additive Manufacturing Users Group, Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute, America Makes, ASTM International: Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence, Radiological Society of North America, Fullsight and Women in 3D Printing will enhance the event.
With the return of RAPID + TCT to the West Coast in 2024, attendees will have a unique opportunity to be part of the evolution of this rapidly growing industry, which is expected to grow 21% by 2027. By promoting trade, expanding awareness, supporting the community and increasing knowledge, RAPID + TCT will take the AM industry to the next level.