Artists, Product Designers, Printing Gurus, Game Developers, Manufacturing
Engineers Will Converge at RAPID 2010/3D IMAGING Conference/Expo, May
18-20 in LA
Additive Manufacturing Technology Now Being Used in Hundreds of Fields
Dearborn, MI (Vocus) February 24, 2010 -- Technology that enables surgeons to make custom-fitted brain plates
in a hospital setting, car enthusiasts to produce obsolete missing parts in their own garage, athletic trainers to
fabricate boots that fit the special needs of a competitive skier and movie studios to create imaginary worlds
inhabited by new forms of life was once the purview of science fiction. Today, these kinds of applications can be
seen at RAPID 2010 and 3D IMAGING Conference and Exposition, a multi-day event organized by the Society
of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), May 18–20 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, Calif.
Making its West Coast debut, RAPID 2010 will bring manufacturing professionals, designers and even artists
together to view, explore and discuss new innovations in 3D scanning and rapid prototyping technology. Exhibits,
keynotes and presentations will illustrate applications in aerospace and defense; automotive; arts and
entertainment, including games; medicine; and sports and recreation. Buyers and end-users of design, prototyping,
tooling and direct manufacturing equipment will get a chance to compare processes, talk to industry experts and
participate in more than 70 technical presentations. A few examples:
o Medical presentations will explore uses of additive manufacturing for organ replacement, prosthetics, spinal
injuries and even eye lenses.
o The Arts and Entertainment track will show how additive manufacturing can create special effects for
movies, produce new types of sculptures and develop video games for education.
o In the Aerospace and Defense track, speakers will discuss rapid prototyping for airplane parts.
o Presentations in the automotive/motor vehicle session will cover the technology’s application for machining