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RAPID + TCT 2023: North America’s Largest Additive Manufacturing Event Returning to Chicago

By: via Business Wire

Registration is now open to attend the most influential 3D printing event in North America, featuring hundreds of industry-leading exhibitors and keynote presentations.

RAPID + TCT 2023, North America's largest and most influential additive manufacturing event, is returning to Chicago’s McCormick Place May 2-4, 2023. Registration is now open to attend the premier destination for technology providers and industry leaders worldwide. RAPID + TCT offers a massive collection of 3D printing technologies and insights from experts providing next-level solutions to real-world challenges.

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Robert "Bob" Willig, Executive Director and CEO, SME (Photo: Business Wire)

Robert "Bob" Willig, Executive Director and CEO, SME (Photo: Business Wire)

The three-day event is produced by SME and Rapid News Publications and will feature hundreds of exhibitors showcasing the latest and greatest tech innovations across a swath of industries.

“The exponential growth of Additive Manufacturing continues to disrupt the status quo and unlock potential for manufacturers across the world,” said Robert Willig, SME executive director and CEO. “RAPID + TCT has set the stage to showcase innovation, share ideas, and network with industry movers and shakers for more than 30 years, and together we’re forging the future of AM and beyond. Whether you’re a student or an industry professional with decades of experience, the RAPID + TCT community provides insights and opportunities for players of any size in the AM industry. We’re excited to return to the Windy City, which boasts an incredibly large manufacturing sector, and we’re looking forward to another successful event.”

Each day of RAPID + TCT features a keynote presentation along with dozens of thought-leadership panels and interactive presentations from experts and innovators covering AM trends across industries including healthcare, aerospace, defense, automotive, design for additive manufacturing, economics, R&D, supply chains, metrology and more. Topics range from tips on getting started with large-format 3D printing in consumer-goods industries to the impact of micro 3D printing on prototyping and designs in healthcare.

“The additive manufacturing industry continues to progress at pace, with ever more innovation in the new applications we are seeing. RAPID + TCT is the place to see this innovation firsthand, whether it is presented on the extensive exhibition floor or through the stories told by experts in the conference,” said Duncan Wood, CEO, Rapid News Publications Ltd. “We are looking forward to another successful edition of the most-influential additive manufacturing event in North America!”

To learn more about what RAPID + TCT 2023 has to offer, visit and keep up to date with all things AM by following us @RAPID_Event on Twitter and LinkedIn.

About RAPID + TCT 2023

For more than 30 years, SME and RAPID have defined the crucial role of additive manufacturing and empowered the establishment of an industry that continues to conceive, test, improve, and manufacture new products at a faster, more cost-efficient pace. In 2017, the two industry leaders in 3D technology events, SME and The TCT Group partnered to produce the annual RAPID + TCT event. For users and suppliers alike, the event is the premier destination for those who provide technology and for those who need to understand, explore and adopt 3D printing, additive manufacturing, 3D scanning, CAD/CAE metrology, and inspection technologies.

About SME

SME believes in the power of technology and the innovation of people to advance our nation and solve the world’s greatest problems. For 90 years, SME has led the manufacturing ecosystem to elevate manufacturers, academia, professionals, and the communities in which they operate. We help build the bridge from today to the future by developing the next generation of manufacturing talent and informing industry on technology advances that can propel their operations into excellence. Learn more at, follow @SME_MFG on Twitter, or

About Rapid News Publications Ltd & The TCT Group

Rapid News Publications Ltd, the owner of the TCT Group, has been a leading authority in additive manufacturing, 3D printing, design, and engineering technology for more than 30 years. A rich mix of live events and an all-encompassing media portfolio enables TCT to deliver business-critical intelligence, connecting the additive community across Europe, North America, and Asia. The TCT Group ( is owned by Rapid News Publications Ltd ( a member of the AEO (Association of Event Organizers) and BPA Worldwide.

NOTE TO EDITORS: High-resolution images of Bob Willig and Duncan Wood are available from SME.


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