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SME Announces RAPID 2016 Keynoters

The SME has detailed the main speakers of its annual RAPID event. The additive manufacturing show will run from May 16 to 19 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

On Monday, the conference starts with a keynote  on the opportunities and challenges in progressing additive manufacturing to full part production. The discussion will feature Kevin Creehan, director of Technology Transition, America Makes – National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII), National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM); Leo Christodoulou, PhD, director, Engineering Structures and Materials Technology, chief engineer, materials and manufacturing technology, The Boeing Company; and Barbara Negroe, ‎advanced manufacturing initiatives – additive manufacturing, GE Corporate Supply Chain & Operations.

Tuesday looks at the future of manufacturing. Stephen Nigro, president of 3D printing, HP Inc., will take part in Tuesday’s presentation discussing additive manufacturing and how 3D technologies impact the “Factory of the Future.” Joining him in the discussion will be John Vickers, principal technologist, space technology mission directorate, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and Dean Bartles, chief manufacturing officer and executive director, Digital Manufacturing & Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), UI LABS.

The event will also have key presentations on 4D printing in medicine and an industry overview from Terry Wohlers.

For more information, visit SME.


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