SME to Honor RAPID 2012 Exhibitor with 'Exhibitor Innovation' and 'Best in Show' Awards

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) will honor RAPID 2012 exhibitors with 'Exhibitor Innovation' and 'Best in Show' awards, this May in Atlanta. The exposition, opened to industry professionals and to the public, is expected to draw visitors from around the world.

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of this manufacturing event, an 'Exhibitor Innovation' award will be presented to the RAPID 2012 exhibitor who introduces a product or service with significant technology innovation for the industry that improves business operations and manufacturing. Entries will be judged by members of the SME Rapid Technologies & Additive Manufacturing (RTAM) community. Judges will visit with finalists on the show floor prior to awarding the winning entry. Exhibitors must submit entries online before April 30 for consideration.

"The RAPID exposition is known for unveiling ground-breaking 3D imaging and additive manufacturing technologies to the industry," said SME's 2012 RTAM president David Leigh. "Many businesses choose to debut their products and services at RAPID, and we're excited to introduce a new award to recognize and honor the exhibitor who demonstrates the most innovative use of technology."

In addition to the 'Exhibitor Innovation' award, a "Best in Show' award will be determined by the popular vote of RAPID attendees and is intended to recognize the most interactive, visually appealing and engaging exhibit. Business professionals and students are encouraged to attend the exposition and vote.

Both awards were designed by renowned sculptor Bathsheba Grossman whose work has appeared in the New York Times, the London Times, Wired, Discover and Make magazines. Awards will be presented to winning entries during a networking reception on May 24.

The RAPID 2012 exposition will inspire attendees with special events such as the 3D printing fashion show, the contemporary art gallery, the Bright Minds mentor program and the announcement of several competition winners including The Edge Factor Show's Reality Redesigned - a student-focused design contest and online reality show awarding more than $20,000 in cash prizes at RAPID 2012.

"RAPID is the longest running industry forum for advancing 3D imaging and 3D printing technologies," said SME business development manager Gary Mikola. "The event provides a unique opportunity for businesses to gain exposure in the growing additive manufacturing industry while helping to accelerate adoption by the global manufacturing community."

Exposition admission is free to conference attendees and traditionally draws hundreds of design and manufacturing engineers who tour the exposition to evaluate and source new equipment.

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