When I first began my term in January and wrote my initial SME Speaks, there was still a great deal of activity surrounding Tooling U, the approval/purchase of the association management software (AMS), and preparation for the new knowledge delivery system—all of which are bringing SME to the forefront of technology, not behind it. Obviously, all of this change is still taking place, but now there’s much more to add to the mix.
After returning from a highly successful 2011 SME Annual Conference, June 5–7 in Seattle, I am happy to report that not only was attendance up, but more importantly, our reach has extended even further. At the conference, nine different countries and 38 states were represented, and 64 new members were in attendance—even students from Boston University traveled to Seattle for the conference. This diversity was also well represented in our International Honor awardees, one of whom was from Germany, and our 2011 Honorary Member, Professor Lord Sushantha Kumar Bhattacharyya, who resides in the UK. The fact that so many people were willing to travel so far to attend the conference is truly a testament to how dedicated our members are to the Society. This type of dedication was also evident with our Seattle No. 39 chapter, which put a substantial amount of time and effort into making this year’s Annual Conference such a success.
While SME continues to broaden its horizons, as your 2011 SME president I carry on my outreach on behalf of the Society. In May, for example, I had the pleasure of traveling to Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, with Mark Tomlinson, SME executive director/CEO, and Debbie Holton, SME director, North American events and industry strategy, to meet with the Australian Manufacturing Technology Institute Limited (AMTIL), one of SME’s longstanding alliance partners. Along with AMTIL, SME members from Australia and New Zealand chapters were in attendance. The purpose of this meeting was mainly to nurture our partnership, but, at the same time, we also discussed possible future endeavors and membership in both Australia and New Zealand. We were also fortunate enough to be able to attend AMTIL’s annual AUSTECH Expo, which is an advanced precision manufacturing and machine tool exhibition.
As those of us in the Australian continent carry on our work, so do many of our members in Asia. In April SME received a visit from Masahiko Mori, PhD, FSME. Dr. Mori, president of Mori Seiki Co., is currently the chapter chair of Tokyo No. 180. While at SME Headquarters, he provided an overview of the chapter’s activities, and discussed ways in which both the chapter and SME can increase membership and engagement in Japan; membership growth, as we all know, is a universal issue for many of our chapters. Throughout the years, the Tokyo chapter has done an exemplary job of accrediting many individuals in Japan as certified manufacturing technologists (CMfgT) and certified manufacturing engineers (CMfgE). This wonderful work by the chapter is proof that credentialing is not limited to a geographic area, because all manufacturing professionals want to be successful in their chosen fields, and clearly SME and its chapters want to do more in the area of professional development.
Every chapter obviously has its own methods to engage members. While the Tokyo chapter is using certification, another, such as Manila No. 165, is using an upcoming conference to educate and inform its members. I was asked to be a presenter at the chapter’s Green Manufacturing Conference being held August 17–18 in Pasay City, Philippines. I am looking forward to speaking on this important subject and to meeting many of our members in Manila.
As I continue my travels on behalf of the Society, please be aware that SME is still on target with its brand strategy. In March, I communicated to all SME members that the Society had engaged RiechesBaird, a nationally recognized leader in brand strategy and brand development. RiechesBaird is working closely with the SME Brand Task Force through the various stages of this effort. The consultants were also on hand at the SME Annual Conference to give a branding presentation to members during the SME Leaders Breakfast on Sunday, June 5. Later that day, RiechesBaird gave an update to the SME Board of Directors on its progress to date. By now, many of you have probably been asked your opinion and given your feedback on SME and its overall brand identity—the feedback we receive from our members and customers is crucial for the future growth of the Society. There is much work to be done, but all of us are working hard to ensure a bright, successful future for SME. I know as individuals we all have the right to pick and choose which organizations we belong to and work with, so thank you for choosing SME. ME
Scholar Wins $70,000
Jesse Paschall IV is the recipient of this year’s $70,000 SME Education Foundation Family Scholarship. For many years, Paschall has enjoyed building and designing. He has used Autodesk Inventor to create and design three-dimensional models of machines and mechanical devices. Some of these creations include a diesel engine, steam locomotive valve gear, and a Peterbilt truck. Paschall owns two CNC machines, a router, and a vertical milling machine, which he uses to manufacture small items and parts. In June, Paschall graduated magna cum laude from East Grand Rapids High School in Grand Rapids, MI. In the fall, he will attend North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC) to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering. Paschall is the grandson of 2002 SME President Marcus Crotts, FSME, CMfgE, PE.
Awards Abound at RAPID 2011
Each year, SME’s Rapid Technologies & Additive Manufacturing Community gives out several awards during the Society’s annual RAPID Conference & Exposition to individuals and students who are making a significant industry impact in additive manufacturing through their written work, application of the technologies, and overall design creativity. This year, two individuals from academia, Jan T. Sehrt, Dr.-Ing., and Gerd Witt, Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil., from the University of Duisburg-Essen (Duisburg and Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany), received the RTAM/SME Dick Aubin Distinguished Paper Award for their paper, "Part Management by Direct Integration of RFID Tags into Beam Melted Parts." Winning authors are recognized for their contribution of ideas and information to the rapid technology and additive manufacturing industry. In this paper, feasibility studies for producing smart parts by the direct integration of RFID tags into beam-melted parts underneath the surface was investigated.
In addition to the Aubin Award, the community also honored Wilfried Vancraen, managing director of Materialise NV, with the RTAM/SME Industry Achievement Award. This 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 additive manufacturing technologies. Vancraen has been developing breakthroughs in the medical and industrial applications of additive manufacturing at Materialise for more than 20 years. In 2010, he undertook two initiatives: the launch of the i.materialise website, which allows consumers to express themselves by turning their ideas into 3-D reality, and the creation of the Additive Manufacturing Branding Initiative (AMBI), which unites the additive manufacturing industry with the intention of growing the market rather than fighting for market share.
To help spark the creative minds of students, and empower them to become future additive manufacturing professionals, the annual Design for Direct Digital Manufacturing Competition, which is sponsored by the RTAM’s Direct Digital Manufacturing Tech Group, was also held. This year’s winners, Adam McLaughlin, Jordan Tye, Lisabet Sizer, and Mark Damplo, from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, won first place for their "Custom Forearm Crutch Handgrip with Integrated iPod Controller and Flashlight." First-place winners received a complimentary pass to RAPID 2011, a $300 travel stipend, a personalized award, and a complimentary one-year SME student membership.
This article was first published in the August 2011 edition of Manufacturing Engineering magazine. Click here for PDF.