America Makes to Exhibit at Rapid 2016

May 14, 2016 | Categories: America Makes News

The Institute, SME, and the Milwaukee School of Engineering University Also Offering Additive Manufacturing Certificate Program during RAPID

Youngstown, Ohio — May 14, 2016. America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute is pleased to announce its participation and exhibition at SME’s RAPID Conference & Exposition 2016, an exhilarating, hands-on learning experience featuring 3D innovation and expertise from around the world, on May 16 – 19, in Orlando, Fla.

RAPID attendees will have the opportunity to engage with more than 200 exhibitors and explore the future of the industry through interactive experiences, keynotes, and conference presentations from some of the most experienced and influential leaders in the additive manufacturing / 3D printing industry, including many members of America Makes.

Both America Makes Director Ed Morris and Deputy Director of Technology Transition, Kevin Creehan, Ph.D. will be participating in the RAPID Kick Off on Monday, May 16th. Mr. Morris will speak on “The Role of Private-Public Partnerships in Advancing Additive Manufacturing.” Dr. Creehan will serve as a panelist in a Panel Discussion, sponsored by America Makes member, Statasys, Ltd., on the topic of “Transition to Production,” detailing the opportunities and challenges that abound in progressing additive manufacturing technology to full part production.

America Makes has once again partnered with SME to bring the SME /America Makes Theater (Booth #867) to RAPID attendees, where they can explore applications of additive manufacturing in aviation, aerospace, medical, and more. The SME / America Makes Theater is also the site where many of additive manufacturing industry’s brightest leaders, many of whom are members in the Institute, will be giving presentations on metal 3D printing, standards, materials, and other hot topics throughout the RAPID exposition. Both Mr. Morris and Dr. Creehan will also speak at the Theater on Tuesday, May 17th and Wednesday, May 18th. Mr. Morris will provide an update on the Additive Standards Committee while Dr. Creehan will give a Technology Transition report.

“Each year, America Makes looks forward to participating in RAPID, the most exciting additive manufacturing event in North America,” said Scott Deutsch, Manager of Communications and Special Programs for America Makes. “For the last two years, in particular, it has been an incredible experience to collaborate with SME to bring the SME / America Makes Theater to RAPID attendees. With the additional platform provided by the Theater, together SME and America Makes are able to offer RAPID attendees another avenue for more information sharing and one-on-one engagement.”

To see the full list of speakers participating at the SME / America Makes Theater, visit

Additionally, RAPID 2016 attendees will have the opportunity to attain an Additive Manufacturing Certificate, which serves as verifiable proof of an individual’s foundational knowledge by successfully completing an exam. SME, in conjunction with America Makes and the Milwaukee School of Engineering, and a team of industry leading advisors who strategically defined the additive manufacturing body of knowledge. Registration for the Additive Manufacturing Certificate is required. A review course will be held on Monday, May 16th from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the exam will be held on Thursday, May 19th from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information or to register, visit


About America Makes

America Makes is the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. As the national accelerator for additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing (3DP), America Makes is the nation’s leading and collaborative partner in AM and 3DP technology research, discovery, creation, and innovation. Structured as a public-private partnership with member organizations from industry, academia, government, non-government agencies, and workforce and economic development resources, we are working together to innovate and accelerate AM and 3DP to increase our nation’s global manufacturing competitiveness. Based in Youngstown, Ohio, America Makes is the first institute for up to 45 manufacturing innovation institutes to follow and is driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM). For more information about America Makes, visit


The NCDMM delivers optimized manufacturing solutions that enhance the quality, affordability, maintainability, and rapid deployment of existing and yet-to-be developed defense systems. This is accomplished through collaboration with government, industry, and academic organizations to promote the implementation of best practices to key stakeholders through the development and delivery of disciplined training, advanced technologies, and methodologies. For additional information, visit the NCDMM at


For more than 25 years, the RAPID Conference & Exposition, produced by SME, has defined the crucial role of additive manufacturing and empowered the establishment of an industry that continues to conceive, test, improve and manufacture new products at a faster, more cost-efficient pace. As the leader and authority figure in additive manufacturing, RAPID attracts buyers, sellers and end-users of design, prototyping, tooling and direct digital technologies to a world-class event for discovery, innovation and networking. For more information, please visit

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