TCT Group partners, SME, the producers of the additive manufacturing showcase RAPID + TCT, have today announced the postponement of the 2020 exposition and conference to April 2021 in Chicago, due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Below is the full statement from SME.
After ongoing consultation with our community partners and extensive efforts to identify viable alternatives to present the event this year, SME has decided to postpone RAPID + TCT to April 2021 at McCormick Place in Chicago.
SME takes great pride in producing RAPID + TCT — but we are also very aware that it belongs to the additive manufacturing community, and we are its caretakers. We understand the importance RAPID + TCT plays in the business of its many stakeholders, and the outpouring of support and commitment for presenting this event in 2020 as we’ve reached out to our exhibitors and speakers has been overwhelming.
We have continued to work to identify options for presenting the event at some point in 2020, but despite these considerable endeavours, we were forced to make a difficult choice. Given the volatile nature of the COVID-19 pandemic’s length and severity in the United States, we recognised that there were no 2020 options that would both work operationally and assure the safety of the additive manufacturing community.
Such a decision is not made lightly, but our main priority will always be the health, safety and wellness of exhibitors, speakers, attendees, media, and employees.
SME has served the manufacturing industry for almost 90 years – and for three decades we have played a key role convening leaders in AM to accelerate the adoption and support the advancement of the technology. From producing the first AM industry-focused event in 1990, partnering with ASTM to establish the F42 Standards Committee in 2009, and collaborating with America Makes to develop an additive certification program in 2018, SME has and will continue to be devoted to the success of this industry by partnering with like-minded organisations.
We are already working to ensure that RAPID + TCT 2021 is the most comprehensive and best edition ever. Thank you for your patience, your understanding, and your commitment to RAPID + TCT and the additive manufacturing community.