Medical Innovation Series, Workforce Development Programs Added to RAPID 2013, the Premiere Additive Manufacturing Event

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The 2013 RAPID Conference and Exposition will feature a Medical Manufacturing Innovations Series.

The 2013 RAPID Conference and Exposition will feature a Medical Manufacturing Innovations Series and panel discussion on developing an additive manufacturing workforce, in addition to keynote speakers and nearly 100 exhibitors, according to the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME).

“Among the most exciting potentials of 3D printing is creating medical devices and procedures to improve the quality of life for patients, all of which will be discussed during our Medical Manufacturing Innovations presentations,” said SME Business Development Manager Gary Mikola about RAPID, which will be held June 10 – 13, 2013, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Penn.

“We’ve also added a panel with academics and other experts to discuss strategies to attract students to manufacturing early in their education and to get them on an additive manufacturing track in their post-secondary years,” he added.

Additive manufacturing (AM), often referred to as 3D printing, uses data obtained through 3D imaging as a roadmap to make products. Located just 40 minutes from the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII), RAPID will include cutting-edge AM and 3D imaging technologies and the institute’s ongoing effort to help revitalize the American manufacturing sector. SME is heavily involved in technology transition and dissemination, and the education and training of practitioners through the institute. The following exposition events are open to RAPID registered attendees.

The Medical Manufacturing Innovation Series (MMI) takes place on Tuesday, June 11, and Wednesday, June 12. Approximately 20 medical devices will be on display and attending companies include Baxter Healthcare, Becton Dickinson, Boston Scientific, Medtronic, and St. Jude Medical. MMI is free of charge for all registered attendees and will be live streamed on YouTube.

MMI includes presentations on Two Photon Lithography for the Three-dimensional Micro-fabrication of Extracellular Environments; Virtual Surgical Planning: Models and Tools to Remove Malignant Mandible Tumor; Patient-specific Aortic Valves for Pre-operative Planning; Metallic Bone Scaffolds; and Enabling Next Generation Design and Manufacturing of Advanced Robotics through Additive Manufacturing.

Additional learning opportunities include the Medical and Dental Applications conference session, featuring presentations by Dr. Jules Poukens, the surgeon who transplanted a 3D-printed jawbone into an 83-year-old woman, and speakers from Walter Reed National Medical Center, MIT Media Lab, Materialise, Robert Morris University, Case Western Reserve University, and Medical Modeling LLC.

The special presentation on workforce development will take place on Tuesday, June 11, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. The discussions will focus on Design, Research, and Education for Additive Manufacturing; Promoting Careers in Manufacturing: Opportunity in High Schools - Sustaining a Qualified Manufacturing Workforce; and Re-Thinking the Definition of Workforce.

Admission to keynote speakers is open to all registered attendees. They include “Fusing Interaction and Physical World,” presented by Dr. Ivan Poupyrev, director of Interaction Group, Disney Research, on Monday, June 10, from 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.; “The Future of Additive Manufacturing and Introduction to National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII),” a joint presentation by Brett Lambert, deputy assistant secretary for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy, U.S. Department of Defense, Michael F. Molnar, chief manufacturing officer, National Institute of Standards, and Edward Morris, director, NAMII, on Tuesday, June 11, from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.; and “Additive Manufacturing: State of the Industry,” presented by Terry Wohlers, president, Wohlers Associates.

The RAPID Conference has been the industry-leading forum for more than 20 years. The conference features dozens of presentations and discussions of the latest developments, trends and techniques specific to additive manufacturing, rapid technologies, 3D printing and 3D imaging across a variety of industries. Visit the RAPID website at to register.

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About RAPID:
RAPID Conference and Exposition is North America's definitive event featuring 3D printing and 3D imaging technologies. For more than 20 years, RAPID has been recognized internationally among industry experts and analysts for its unrivaled display of software, systems, materials and machinery. RAPID attracts buyers, sellers and end-users of design, prototyping, tooling and direct digital technologies to a world-class additive manufacturing event for discovery, innovation and networking. RAPID is produced by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers with leadership and guidance from its Rapid Technologies & Additive Manufacturing (RTAM) Community. For more information, please visit

About SME.
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) is the premier source for manufacturing knowledge, education and networking. Through its many programs, events, activities and online training division, Tooling U, SME connects manufacturing practitioners to each other, to the latest technologies and to the most up-to-date manufacturing processes. SME has members around the world and is supported by a network of chapters and technical communities. A 501(c)3 organization, SME is a leader in manufacturing workforce development issues, working with industry, academic and government partners to support the current and future skilled workforce.

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