RAPID 2013

Speaker Information

Once again, welcome to the RAPID 2013 Conference! You have an important role in this world-class industry program and we look forward to your participation.

Event Registration

As a presenter, we are pleased to provide full conference registration, including:

  • The Conference Kickoff and RTAM: 20 for 20 session on Monday afternoon
  • Conference registration with lunch vouchers on Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Keynote presentations
  • Daily admission to the exposition


You do not need to register. We will pre-register you and then you will have the option to add workshops, tours, and the Opening Reception at the Andy Warhol Museum on Monday evening.


Hotel Accommodations

SME has negotiated a discounted room rate of $169 per night through May 17, 2013 for RAPID 2013 attendees and exhibitors at the Omni William Penn Hotel. Reservations made after May 17 are subject to availability and SME’s discounted room rates cannot be guaranteed. Reservations are subject to the hotel’s individual credit card, deposit and cancellation policies.


Omni William Penn Hotel
530 William Penn Place
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Tel: +1 412.281.7100
Fax: +1 412.553.5252

Be sure to visit the Hotel Accommodations page for more details.

Technical Paper – deadline April 15

Sharing your experience and insights in a written technical paper helps archive manufacturing knowledge for use by practitioners and researchers. The SME archive contains more than 18,000 fully searchable research and case-study papers, which are available as free downloads to SME members and are distributed worldwide through databases and content licenses.


Authoring a written technical paper is a personal point of pride and gains recognition for your organization's technology advancements. Five (5) certification credits are available for authoring a published technical paper, with three (3) additional certification credits given for presenting a technical paper.

While a formal technical paper is not a requirement of your participation, it is a great way to gain recognition in the industry.

Click here for an author guide and details.

Dick Aubin Distinguished Paper Award – deadline April 15

All technical papers received by the April 15 deadline will be considered for the Dick Aubin Distinguished Paper Award. This award seeks to recognize those who present a technical paper that features a successful and innovative application of RP technology in manufacturing. The winning paper will be selected based on 1) Technical merit, 2) Impact on the RP industry, and 3) Overall relevance and paper quality. To qualify for consideration your paper must be received by April 15 (abstracts with outlines or presentation notes do not qualify).


A review committee comprised of members of the RTAM Community will determine the award winner. Only papers accepted for presentation at SME's RAPID Conference & Exposition, with a completed/signed reprint form, will be considered for the award. PowerPoint presentations are not eligible.

The Dick Aubin Award consists of:

  • A $1,000 check to principal author
  • A personalized recognition award to principal author of winning paper
  • Paper certificates to coauthors of winning paper
  • Recognition letter to employer of principal author
  • Recognition letter to newspaper/technical publication designated by principal author
  • Press release announcing award recipient
  • Award summary article posted on various RTAM Web pages (with photo of winner)
  • Paper disseminated through SME's tech paper database


Your Presentation – Due May 20

As a selected speaker, you have agreed to provide SME with a copy of your presentation for inclusion in the event proceedings. Your presentation is due May 20. Again this year, we are using Conference Harvester™ for presentation submission and other tasks regarding your participation. You are already registered in the system and a separate email will be sent with details on completing your tasks.


Presentation Format

We will provide laptops on-site for your use. Bring your presentation with you, including all videos, etc., on a jump drive. When you check-in in the speaker ready room, your presentation will be pre-loaded before your session begins. All speakers will have internet access during their presentation.


All of the laptops that we provide will be loaded with Windows XP, Office 2007, and have all other standard Microsoft programs present as well. Anyone using a PowerPoint presentation with videos, who is comfortable imbedding that video in their presentation, should do so. The most important part is that the separate video file be present either way. Whether a video is imbedded or running separate, the original video files need to be provided. We will provide QuickTime and Windows Media Player for running videos. If you use a Mac vs. PC, make sure to provide Microsoft Office compatible presentations.

If you have any questions regarding your presentation, please contact Annemarie Kalergis at akalergis@sme.org.