This week in Pittsburg, PA, one of the longest-running and most respected conventions in additive manufacturing (AM) is welcoming thousands to a showcase of the industry’s biggest players. RAPID + TCT 2017 is an additive manufacturing event that highlights discovery and innovation in 3D printing, 3D scanning, CAD/CAE, metrology and inspection technologies.
With so many veterans and new innovators in the 3D printing space at RAPID + TCT, there is a great opportunity to recognize the amazing past and present contributors of our industry. Every year, awards are presented in four categories to recognize these advanced manufacturing visionaries: The Industry Achievement Award, the RAPID + TCT Exhibitor Innovation Award, the People’s Choice at RAPID + TCT Award and the Dick Aubin Distinguished Paper Award.
Naturally, one of the biggest additive manufacturing shows in the business needs 3D printed trophies! For years, Stratasys Direct Manufacturing has worked with RAPID to create the intricately designed trophies for three of the awards given to the best of the bunch.
Designed by artist Bathsheba Grossman, the trophies are awarded in the following categories:
Established in 2008 by SME’s AM Community, the Industry Achievement award was developed to recognize an individual, team or company for outstanding accomplishments that have had significant impact within the additive manufacturing industry or in any industry through the application of AM technology. The award recognizes achievements that have been implemented or deployed in a commercial/industrial environment rather than research investigative work. Winners are selected with consideration for the scope and scale of benefits realized and the potential future impact their work will have on the industry.
The Exhibitor Innovation award recognizes the most innovative new products or services exhibited at RAPID + TCT that are judged to have the greatest impact on the industry.
The People’s Choice at RAPID + TCT is determined by popular vote of RAPID + TCT attendees during the event. It recognizes the most interactive, technically and aesthetically impressive, and visually appealing and engaging exhibit.
The trophy toppers needed a process that could support the complicated geometries with strong production-quality material in order to ensure long life of the awards. We utilized Laser Sintering with Nylon 12 GF material. To add metallic quality and increase durability, the trophy toppers were expertly plated by RePliForm Inc.
Visiting RAPID + TCT this week? Stop by our booth #728 to see the latest in advanced manufacturing solutions and learn more about our on-demand production capabilities.