Canadian Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing event to make Canadian debut

Industry analysts Wohlers Associates says by 2017 the 3D-printing products and services sector will be worth about $6 billion worldwide

TORONTO—Canada’s fastest-growing manufacturing sector will get a boost this fall when RAPID Canada, the country’s first comprehensive additive manufacturing/3D printing trade show and conference debuts in Toronto.

The RAPID conference and exhibition will come to Canada as a dynamic additive manufacturing / 3D printing pavilion featured from September 23-24 at The International Centre as part of Advanced Manufacturing Expo (AMExpo), which launched in 2000.

“The introduction of RAPID Canada is a direct response to market demand,” said Nick Samain, SME Group Manager, adding that the market for additive manufacturing and 3D printing is expected to double by 2015.

Samain points to a report by industry consulting firm Wohlers Associates that forecasts double-digit growth for the 3D printing market over the next several years. By 2017, Wohlers says the 3D-printing products and services sector will approach $6 billion worldwide. By 2021, it expects the industry to reach $10.8 billion.

Additive manufacturing technology is used for both prototyping and distributed manufacturing with applications in architecture, construction (AEC), industrial design, automotive, aerospace, military, engineering, civil engineering, dental and medical industries, biotech (human tissue replacement), fashion, footwear, jewelry, eyewear, education, geographic information systems, food, and many other fields.

According to SME, RAPID Canada will provide a leading platform for decision makers, design, production and quality engineers, to interact with the latest world-class technologies and gain a competitive edge. Geared towards delivering high-productivity solutions to enhance manufacturing performance, efficiency and quality, the show will also provide insight from experts on current industry challenges, best practices and trends.

AMExpo is a showcase of world class advanced manufacturing technologies. In addition to RAPID Canada, the fall 2014 event will also feature the Medical Manufacturing Innovations (MMI) Series.

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