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SME brings RAPID 3D printing show to Canada in September

Additive manufacturing and 3D printing technologies will be features at AMExpo show.


On the floor at the RAPID conference and Expo in the US. Photo: SME

On the floor at the RAPID Conference and Expo in the US.
Photo: SME

TORONTO — With growing interest in 3D printing and additive manufacturing, SME is bringing the RAPID conference and expo to Canada in September as part of the AMExpo Show (Advanced Manufacturing Expo).

RAPID, launched in 1994 by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), has served the global marketplace, and will be held in Detroit June 9-12, but it will also enter the Canadian market in response to industry demand.

The market for additive manufacturing and 3D printing is expected to double by 2015, said Nick Samain, SME Group Manager. “Some people are calling 3D printing technologies the Third Industrial Revolution, the biggest thing since the internet. Forecasts show that 3D printers will increasingly be used to directly manufacture production parts and finished goods.”

A report by industry consulting firm Wohlers Associates notes the 3D printing industry took 20 years to reach $1 billion, but generated its second $1 billion five years later. The firm expects it to reach $4 billion in 2015 and forecasts the sale of 3D-printing products and services will approach $6 billion worldwide by 2017. By 2021, it expects sales to reach $10.8 billion.

The RAPID Canada conference and exhibition will be presented as a pavilion during the Sept. 23-24 AMExpo at The International Centre in Mississauga, Ont.

It will target both users and novices looking to enter the 3D printing market and feature model making, compression and injection moulding, moulds, tool and die design, CAD/CAE/CAM, castings, and pattern making.

Additive manufacturing technology is used for both prototyping and distributed manufacturing with applications in architecture, construction, industrial design, automotive, aerospace, military, engineering, civil engineering, dental and medical industries, biotech (human tissue replacement), fashion, footwear, jewellery, eyewear, education, geographic information systems, food and many other fields.

“Most manufacturing companies today use 3D printing to create prototypes,” Samain said. “The new technologies are essential for manufacturers to cut costs and speed up production processes compared to traditional prototype manufacturing practices. Further, they simplify legacy parts production and, coupled with advanced materials, they enable novel designs.”

AMExpo, which features advanced manufacturing technologies, will also feature the Medical Manufacturing Innovations (MMI) Series for manufacturers involved in medical device manufacturing processes and technologies.

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