As North America’s most influential additive manufacturing event, Rapid + TCT 2019 exists on its own playing field when it comes to heavy-hitting announcements, power lunches, impactful keynotes, and all-around industry influence.

Held this year at the Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan during May 20-23, over 400 3D technology providers alone will make up the exhibition hall—with over 6,000 attendees, 110 conference presentations, and more than a handful of workshops, keynotes, and networking receptions all covering the latest in additive technology applications.

“RAPID + TCT is always on the forefront of technology and way ahead of any other conference I go to. If I could only do one conference a year, this would be it.” – Michael Kraabel, Bolin

If you’re attending this year, here are five unique experiences that should top your list of things to do:

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1) Attend Four (!!) Keynotes

Keynotes set the tone of each day with experts in their field sharing their latest and greatest use of additive technologies. This year’s keynote topics include:

  • Bringing innovation to head protection with customized, digital design innovation and additive manufacturing.
  • The new digital revolution reshaping the logic of competition, work, and manufacturing.
  • Leveraging design capabilities for the production of devices that make healthcare better.
  • Shaping new ways for smart automotive production using additive manufacturing
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2) Attend an Open House Tour

On May 22nd, attendees who register will have the opportunity to tour the Detroit-area facility of one of four highly innovative companies to see firsthand how the company is utilizing additive and advanced manufacturing in their operations. This year’s factory tours include Jabil and Trumpf, among others.

3) Visit the GM Solution Center

The GM Solution Center features a variety of 3D experiences for event attendees. Visitors will get hands-on with opportunities in design, 3D printing, materials testing, and more while learning how these methods are being applied to end-use applications.

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4) Attend the RAPID+TCT Technology LaunchPad

The RAPID + TCT Technology LaunchPad is a showcase around the latest must-see technologies, applications, and new product announcements. Featuring several 15-minute, technically-oriented presentations, each presentation will be followed by an interactive Q&A session and networking sessions to learn more.

5) Experience Detroit!

From its roots in automotive manufacturing to modern-day research and development, Detroit is currently undergoing a massive shift in regrowth and urban development. From a slew of new restaurants to shopping and factory tours, there’s never been a better time to get out and explore this mecca of American manufacturing.

Feature image via 3D Hubs


Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.