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In just two weeks, the main RAPID + TCT event will be taking place in Texas, and 3DPrint.com is looking forward to being there to hear the latest announcements and see the latest products that will be presented by the 3D printing industry. Beginning later this year, however, there will be two more RAPID + TCT branded events taking place, both in California. According to The Wohlers Report 2018, additive manufacturing is growing at a rate of approximately 25 percent per year in California alone, so the state is a logical place to hold multiple conferences.

Next year will be the first RAPID + TCT West, which will be taking place October 8-10, 2019 in Santa Clara. An organic extension of the RAPID + TCT brand, RAPID + TCT West addresses the need for coast to coast coverage of the latest additive manufacturing technologies, equipment and applications. The event will take place on the west coast annually, allowing the original RAPID + TCT event to cater to the larger US community.

“This is a strategically important and exciting move for both of our organizations,” said Duncan Wood, Chief Executive, Rapid News Publications Ltd. “Our relationship with SME is built on a shared vision, which is why it works so well. The combination of our two teams working on RAPID + TCT has delivered superb results, and we’re delighted to be expanding our combined efforts into these two new events. Having heard so many engineers lament the lack of support and understanding for new technology adoption from executive leadership, we felt it was time to address these concerns, opening more opportunities for our clients, and of course helping our readers and visitors inside their organizations.”

The goal is to reach as many people as possible in the United States and to increase awareness of additive manufacturing technology and its benefits, encouraging more companies to adopt it and other advanced manufacturing technologies and increase their competitiveness on the global stage.

This year’s event will be the RAPID + TCT Executive Strategy Summit, which will take place on October 17 and 18 in Desert Springs, California. This will be an event geared at executives who want to learn more about the real-world challenges and impacts that the latest manufacturing technologies can have on the industry today. The Summit will help guide investment decisions, provide insight into maximizing ROI and help keep executives on the same page as their workforce.

“As additive manufacturing technology continues to grow in capability and importance, it’s our responsibility to reach manufacturers and share our knowledge and understanding of how to fully leverage this technology,” said Debbie Holton, Vice President of Events and Industry Strategy at SME. “We’re proud to be bringing two new opportunities to the U.S. that influence unique audiences including decision makers and end-users. Our partners at TCT share our mission of building awareness and expertise in additive manufacturing, and we’re excited about expanding our partnership and building on our teamwork.”

These new events allow greater access to the latest technologies and information to people across the United States, from the shop floor to the boardroom. To learn more about these events, you can sign up to receive updates here.

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