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June 13, 2012 | Categories: America Makes News
With the U.S. government considering additive manufacturing as a transformational technology, five federal agencies – the Department of Defense, Department of Commerce, Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration – are investing $45 million toward the newly created National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII). With the recent establishment of NAMII headquarters in Youngstown, Ohio, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) has decided that its additive manufacturing event, RAPID, will be held in Pittsburgh, Pa., on June 10–13, 2013, to leverage the collaboration and innovation that will be the cornerstone of the new institute. RAPID is North America’s definitive additive manufacturing event and the longest running industry forum for promoting the advancements and latest technology developments that combine 3D imaging with additive processes and 3D printing. Holding the RAPID event in Pittsburgh will build on the momentum of founding NAMII in the “Tech Belt” region of Northeast Ohio, Western Pennsylvania, and Northern West Virginia. It will also further elevate awareness surrounding additive manufacturing technologies and create increased spending on jobs, training, and equipment not only in this region, but also on a national level. Additionally, unprecedented media exposure and industry focus is expected at RAPID 2013 as additive manufacturing, 3D imaging, and 3D printing jump into mainstream manufacturing. Exhibiting at RAPID 2013 will showcase your company’s products and innovations, gain exposure in the industry, and build relationships that lead to future sales. If your company offers equipment, materials, software or services that can help manufacturers design and develop new products – you need to exhibit at RAPID 2013! Join NAMII in supporting RAPID – Additive Manufacturing Solutions – 2013. To register or for more information, visitrapid.sme.org today! About NAMII NAMII is a public-private partnership with member organizations from industry, academia, government, and workforce development resources all collaborating with a singular, shared vision to transition additive manufacturing technology to the mainstream U.S. manufacturing sector. Based in Youngstown, Ohio, NAMII is the pilot institute for the newly established National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI). NAMII is managed by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM). For additional information, visit www.namii.org.