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There is now just over one month to go until the Cobo Center in downtown Detroit opens its doors on the RAPID + TCT 2019 additive manufacturing exhibition. Already, 3D Printing Industry has reviewed the schedule for this year’s event which has a strong automotive track. Since then though, various companies have started to share details about what they will be bringing to the show.
Expected to attract a crowd of around 6,000 people, RAPID + TCT 2019 will take place from May 20 – 23. Here we have some previews of upcoming exhibits from voestalpine, Optomec, DuPont, XJet, Lubrizol and Dow, including an update from show organizer SME.
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Final preparations for RAPID + TCT taking place in 2017. Photo by Michael Petch.
A new feature coming to the showfloor at RAPID + TCT 2019 is the Interactive RAPID AM Portal (iRAMP). Provided by American manufacturing association SME, iRAMP kiosks will be dotted around the hall, enabling manufacturers to identify the right 3D printing equipment for their requirements.
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More than simply a “nice feature” of the show though, feedback generated through the use of these kiosks will be used to help build a better platform for determining technical and mechanical feasibility.
In the official announcement on the search engine from SME, the association states, “An AM equipment repository with searching ability is a foundational capability for advancing AM adoption. But iRAMP’s vision extends beyond that.
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“AM adoption depends on these fundamental questions: “Can I Make It?” (technical feasibility) and “Should I Make It?” (economic feasibility)” – two question that is the core of its future development.
Lookout for signposts leading to SME iRAMP kiosks.
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Also embracing interactivity at this year’s event will be Israel metal and ceramic 3D printer developer XJet. Alongside a range of applications for the company’s Carmel machine series, XJet will also be hosting a...
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