As of 2017, SME and TCT, EPPM's big sister magazine, will be joining forces to produce the annual RAPID additive manufacturing event in the US.
Both organisations are pooling nearly 30 years of industry intelligence about the development, adoption and applications of additive manufacturing, therefore the new RAPID + TCT format aims to make a greater impact on the US manufacturing industry.
COO of Rapid News, which owns TCT, Duncan Wood stated: "This partnership with SME fits with our mission of accelerating 3D technology adoption worldwide. RAPID is the leading 3D manufacturing show in the US and we are delighted to be able to add our experience, ideas and media power to the fantastic team at SME."
Director of Events and Industry Strategy at SME Debbie Holton added: "RAPID has developed significantly in the last five years and still we recognise that even more 3D manufacturing knowledge and expertise is needed now. By combining the resources of SME with TCT’s trusted and respected global brand and media reach, we will create an even stronger event that has a greater national impact on manufacturing, helping companies compete with these high tech tools in a quickly changing market."
SME has been producing RAPID for 26 years as an additive manufacturing conference and trade show and has experienced significant growth in recent years, while TCT magazine has been reporting on the 3D printing world for over two decades. The technology has enabled manufacturers to reduce time to market, optimise designs for strength and lightweighting, improve efficiency, reduce waste, slash emissions and cut costs, while enabling never-before-possible designs to be realised as prototypes and end-use parts. RAPID + TCT aims to bring these benefits to even more manufacturers in the US and worldwide.
Visitors to RAPID 2016 at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida, will be able to learn more at the show next month, which runs from May 16th-19th 2016.