The Society of Manufacturing Engineers is a serious technical group, so I was not prepared for the amount of cool crowdsourcing that took center stage at RAPID.
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers RAPID conference opened with 3 keynotes that reiterated the United States Government’s support of all manufacturing and additive manufacturing in particular.
Getting to test drive two personal 3D Printers is a lot of fun and I was lucky enough to be given two demo units: the Afinia H479 and the 3D Systems 2nd Generation Cube.
Although the news is filled with stories about cool new products and designs utilizing 3D Printing technology, it’s manufacturing applications that are propelling the business side of the industry.
An afternoon panel discussion at the Inside 3D Printing Conference in New York tackled the practical business questions of 3D Printing.
Speakers at the inaugural “Inside 3D Printing Conference and Exhibition” discuss reality of the state of digital manufacturing.
With close to perfect scores from all three judges, Belgian artist Nick Ervinck’s 3D printed sculpture RACHT was named Best in Show for the Bits to Its 3D Printed Art Show.
Rugged, reliable, easy to use, plug and play. That’s what a 3D Printer has to provide if it’s going to be in someone’s living room or schoolhouse.
If you were wondering what exactly the Additive Manufacturing Institute mentioned by President Obama does, they’ve just funded new R&D projects.