Society of Manufacturing Engineers Announces Call for Speakers for RAPID 2012

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) announced its call for presentation abstracts for the RAPID 2012 and 3D IMAGING Conference and Exposition to be held in Atlanta May 22-25, 2012.

The RAPID 2012 and 3D IMAGING events will reveal the latest developments, trends and techniques specific to additive manufacturing and 3D imaging at the industry's largest forum for presentation and discussion.

"RAPID continues to be the source for expert information and advanced applications of rapid technologies," said Society of Manufacturing Engineers Business Development Manager Gary Mikola. "Submission for presentations and case studies at all levels are welcome, and we especially encourage papers that share knowledge and expertise vital to users of additive manufacturing, 3D printing and 3D imaging technologies."

The deadline to submit abstracts is October 28, 2011. Submissions will be reviewed by the technical advisors of SME's Rapid Technologies & Additive Manufacturing (RTAM) Community. Presentations will inform attendees and contribute to a comprehensive collection of research, case studies and application notes in subject areas such as:

•    3D Imaging Applications
•    3D Printing
•    Additive Layer Technologies
•    Additive Metal Processes
•    Aerospace & Automotive
•    Artwork, Fashion and Jewelry
•    Casting Applications
•    Competitive Analysis
•    Concept Modeling
•    Consumer Products Applications
•    Direct Digital Manufacturing
•    Economic & Business Considerations
•    Electronics Applications
•    Engineering Analysis
•    Forensic Anthropology
•    Industrial Design / Design Considerations
•    Packaging
•    Natural Science Applications
•    New Applications & Technology
•    Non-Contact Imaging Technology
•    Mass Customization & Personalization
•    Materials, Rapid & Vacuum Casting
•    Medical & Dental Applications
•    Mold Making
•    Reverse Engineering
•    Secondary Processes, Finishing & Plating
•    Tooling Analysis
•    Transportation Applications

Important Deadlines:

•    Abstracts - October 28, 2011
•    Notification of abstract acceptance - December 1, 2011
•    Submission of final papers - April 12, 2012

Conference speakers who present formal technical papers that demonstrate technical merit and advanced uses of rapid technologies influential to the additive manufacturing industry will be considered for the Dick Aubin Distinguished Paper Award. All speakers are entitled to the benefits of special registration and full credentials.

RAPID is North America's definitive additive manufacturing conference and exposition. The event brings buyers, sellers and end-users of design, prototyping, tooling and direct manufacturing technologies together in an environment that facilitates networking and business interaction. Attendees can evaluate the latest materials and machinery, compare processes, talk to industry experts and make valuable contacts. Exhibitors can meet new customers, discuss projects face-to-face and generate sales.

For more information, visit: www.sme.org/rapid

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