Joe Jancsurak Joe Jancsurak
Associate Editor

Make Plans Now for rapid + tct

February 3, 2020

Anaheim, CA, promises to be the focus of the additive manufacturing (AM) world, April 21-23, when more than 6000 industry professionals gather for North America’s largest AM conference and exhibition: RAPID + TCT.

Why the accolades? For starters, a range of presentations for novices and experts alike—more than 100—and daily keynote presentations provide unparalleled opportunities for attendees to soak up all they can on the latest process advancements, materials, applications and research. In addition, 12 opening-day workshops focus on such topics as 3D scanning, reverse engineering, metal part fabrication, regulatory and quality system considerations, optimizing value chains, and more. 

Then there are the exhibitors—more than 400—highlighting myriad printers, software solutions, advanced materials, technologies and services. For more, visit, and please be sure to visit 3D Metal Printing at Booth 1338.


Multitrack programs each day provide attendees with ample opportunities to learn from the experts. On Tuesday, April 21, tracks include Business & Economic Considerations, featuring a panel discussion with speakers from General Motors, GE Additive and Virginia Tech. Other Tuesday tracks: Printed Electronics; Applied Academic Research; Material Development & Characterization-Metals; Medical Additive Manufacturing; Foundry Processes and Applications; 3D Imaging & Scanning/CT Scanning; AM Applications; Process Monitoring, Control & Qualification; and New & Emerging Additive Manufacturing Processes (Metals).

The event wraps up on Thursday, April 23, with these tracks: Design Concepts & Applications; Agile and Deployable Manufacturing; AM in the Aerospace Industry; and Facilities & Operations.

Areas of Innovation


For more information on RAPID+TCT events, exhibitors and conference sessions, and to register, visit

Anaheim (CA) Convention Center

Show Hours
Tuesday, April 21, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Wednesday, April 22, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Thursday, April 23, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

New this year: an area devoted to 3D medical innovations. From end-use surgical devices and personalized implants to bone scaffolds and functioning organ replacements—medical remains one of the most dynamic market segments for 3D printing. The medical area provides a showcase of medical applications and a location where attendees can talk with others in this manufacturing space. In addition, attendees can search the show guide for such exhibitors, distinguished with a Medical Additive Manufacturing logo. 

Another area of innovation, the Smart Manufacturing Hub, continues to be a crowd pleaser as the smart manufacturing movement continues strong. This area on the show floor highlights the latest in automation, advanced materials, 3D printing, the Industrial Internet of Things, 3D scanning and more. Technical presentations from smart technology providers provide insight on recent developments. Presentations are complimentary for all RAPID + TCT attendees.

Meanwhile, the SME Zone Theater located on the show floor features AM leaders discussing where AM is headed next when it comes to aerospace, automotive, medical, materials and more. Moreover, if you are seeking answers and solutions to questions and challenges, then experts at the SME Knowledge Bar await you.

Finally, allow yourself to be inspired by the 3D Art Gallery, also in the SME Zone. This special area highlights innovative 3D printing applications created by artists from across the nation. The gallery highlights artists’ creative approaches and their works, made possible by 3D printing, 3D imaging and digital sculpturing. 3DMP


See also: SME Headquarters



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