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RAPID + TCT is known for being the destination for 3-D manufacturing solutions, and this year the conference and expo's focus was on
"accelerating 3-D manufacturing" throughout various markets.
tronics Engineering Department at the University of Waterloo
and an advisor to SME's Additive Manufacturing Community.
"The impact of his research, development and application of
groundbreaking technologies just cannot be overstated. We're
proud to recognize him with this award."
This year's Dick Aubin Distinguished Paper Award went
to "Liquid Metal 3-D Printing: A Magnetohydrodynamic Approach," by Swati Chandran Thirumangalath, Scott Vader and
Zachary Vader of Getzville, N.Y.-based Vader Systems. "The
paper describes a method where metal is influenced by heat
and magnetic fields to essentially generate drop-on-demand,
molten-metal printing using MagnetoJet technology based on
Magnetohydrodynamics," SME says.
Since 2008, SME's Direct Digital Manufacturing Tech Group
also has held an annual student competition for the high school
and college levels. This year, the Digital Manufacturing Challenge was won by the team from Virginia Tech: Jacob Fallon,
Camden Chatham, Andrew Cohen and Eric Gilmer, and their
faculty advisor Christopher Williams, Ph.D.
"The Virginia Tech team created a customized golf grip to
facilitate proper swings and allow players to practice without
a professional's supervision," SME says. "The grips are custom
fit using clay, which is scanned to create a 3D-CAD model. Using additive manufacturing, the CAD model is directly manufactured into a set of grips." mt
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Created for users and suppliers, the 2017 event was a key destination for those who provide technology and for those who
needed to understand, explore and adopt 3-D printing, additive
manufacturing, 3-D scanning, CAD/CAE, metrology and inspection technologies. This is the first year that SME and The TCT
Group partnered to produce the RAPID + TCT event.
One of the event's major features was the Additive Manufacturing Community Awards. SME's Additive Manufacturing Community produces technical content for SME
programs and other industry events on advanced additive
manufacturing technologies and processes that allow the development, testing, and manufacture of new products faster
and more cost-effectively.
This year, the community recognized Dieter Schwarze,
Ph.D., of SLM Solutions GmbH with the 2017 Industry Achievement Award because of his significant and continued impact
on additive manufacturing through development of processes
and technology applied in industry. In 1989, Schwarze began
his research and development work on additive manufacturing
and its commercialization. He is one of the primary inventors
of selective laser melting. Schwarze holds several patents and
previously studied physics at the University of Paderborn.
"Dr. Schwarze has been instrumental in the development
and expansion of global additive manufacturing," says Mihaela
Vlasea, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Mechanical and Mecha-
the 2017 rapid + tct event recognized veterans in the additive industry,
as well as those who continue to develop innovations and students who are
beginning their careers in the market