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Call for Speakers

We are no longer accepting abstracts. If you submitted an abstract you will receive notification of your acceptance status by February 1, 2014.


Additive Manufacturing is in the Spotlight

3D printing is gaining greater attention! Trade and business publications have picked up on it and have run numerous articles about how additive manufacturing (AM) is revolutionizing manufacturing. This has spurred an international interest in AM, 3D printing and 3D scanning in manufacturing and other industries. There’s no better time than now to share your innovative research, case study or application with an audience razor focused on AM. Become a RAPID 2014 Speaker!

RAPID and SME/RTAM play a vital role defining additive manufacturing. RAPID is known worldwide as a must-attend event. RAPID 2014 is the place manufacturers and product designers come to learn the basics as well as explore the newest technologies and materials in additive manufacturing in combination with 3D scanning.

Present to a High-Level, Influential Audience in a Growth Industry

  • 48% are Business Owners, Corporate Executives/Managers or Product Designers
  • 77% influence equipment purchase decisions in their organization
  • 76% visit RAPID to evaluate additive manufacturing technologies and 50% to evaluate 3D scanning


Exposure, Recognition, and Free Stuff!

Become a speaker to share your knowledge and contribute to a dynamic conference focused on red-hot additive manufacturing and 3D scanning.



  • Professional exposure as an AM and/or 3D scanning industry leader
  • Network and meet industry peers
  • Position your company for growth
  • Market yourself and your organization
  • Introduction to new customers and industries in heartland of USA manufacturing and throughout the U.S., Canada and several countries around the world



  • Impart solutions to manufacturing professionals
  • Contribute to the manufacturing profession
  • Development of the manufacturing workforce
  • Enter the Dick Aubin Distinguished Paper Award competition



  • All speakers receive Complimentary admission to the RAPID 2014 Exposition, Keynotes, and all conference sessions
  • Complimentary tickets for the Networking Reception
  • First Priority for Tours


RAPID Comes Home to Detroit

For nearly 25 years, RAPID has traveled the country to connect, educate and advance individuals and businesses interested in the opportunities presented by additive manufacturing. In 2014, RAPID returns to its roots in the Motor City – a world-class industrial hub and the heart of manufacturing’s renaissance.

By speaking at RAPID 2014, your message will be delivered to an audience specifically focused on innovative applications of additive manufacturing and how it can be used to revitalize manufacturing in the U.S. Share your expertise and gain national recognition as an industry and thought leader.

Presentation Format Options:

25-minute individual presentation
25-minute case study


Abstracts should address research, case studies and/or applications in any of the following areas:

  • Additive Layer Technologies
  • 3D Imaging / Scanning
  • 3D Printing
  • Reverse Engineering
  • Reverse Modeling
  • Concept Modeling
  • Additive Metal Processes
  • Materials used including Plastics, Metals & Composites
  • Rapid & Vacuum Casting
  • Economical & Business Considerations
  • Secondary Processes including Finishing & Plating
  • Design Considerations
  • Fabrication & Assembly
  • . . . and more

Focus Industries:

  • 3D Imaging / Scanning
  • Additive Manufacturing Applications
  • Additive Manufacturing Research
  • Applications for Transportation
  • Automated Post Finishing of Additive Manufacturing Parts
  • Casting
  • Creative Uses for Art
  • Design Considerations for Additive Manufacturing
  • Developing the Additive Manufacturing Workforce
  • Direct Write Printed Materials / Electronics
  • Economical & Business Considerations
  • Final Part Production
  • Innovative Applications
  • Materials
  • Medical and Dental Applications
  • Quality and Inspection
  • Secondary Processes

Dick Aubin Distinguished Paper Award

The Dick Aubin Distinguished Paper Award seeks to recognize those who present a technical paper that features a successful and innovative application of rapid technologies and additive manufacturing. The paper will be selected based on 1) Technical merit, 2) Impact on the rapid technologies and additive manufacturing industry 3) Overall relevance and paper quality.

To qualify for consideration:

  1. Your paper must be selected for presentation at the conference
  2. Your full paper must be received by April 21, 2014 (abstracts with outlines or presentation notes do not qualify)
  3. You must authorize SME to publish the paper as part of its technical paper database.

For more information on the Dick Aubin Distinguished Paper Award, visit

Abstract Review

Presentations will be reviewed by technical advisors of the RAPID 2014 Conference who are members of the Rapid Technologies & Additive Manufacturing (RTAM) Community of SME. Abstracts selected will contribute to a comprehensive overview of the various components within additive manufacturing and 3D scanning technologies and their application to specific industries.


How to Submit an Abstract

Submit your presentation ideas by completing the Call for Speakers Form including a 100-200 word description of your topic. Please select the appropriate topics, related job functions, and experience level to help us find the appropriate place for your presentation in the program.


If You’re Chosen as a Speaker

To make the most of your participation, and to provide attendees with the best conference experience, we will ask you to provide us with additional information. Forms and materials with their deadlines will be posted on this website in the near future.


*Source for all statistics: RAPID 2013 Registration Data

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