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Technical Communities

Additive Manufacturing Community

SME's Additive Manufacturing Community focuses on the technologies and processes that help conceive, test, improve and manufacture new products to bring them to market faster and most cost-effectively.


Showcase the innovative technologies represented by our technical groups to promote and accelerate adoption within the global manufacturing community.


Be the ultimate resource for elevating global manufacturing to a new level through the use of the innovative technologies represented by the Additive Manufacturing Community's tech groups.


Members of SME's Additive Manufacturing Community will participate by networking and will use various communication methods to develop, deliver and promote educational products, services, training, standardization of materials and member benefits. Ongoing collaboration with industry and academia will enhance the effectiveness of communicating with and educating the manufacturing industry regarding rapid technologies.

Community Advisors

The SME AM Community Technical Community advisors serve as the primary resource for guidance to SME and its members on additive manufacturing (AM) technologies, including materials, processes, industrial base, and workforce. The primary responsibility of the SME AM Advisory Committee is to advise SME on initiatives, activities, policy, and strategy related to AM.

The role of the SME AM Community Advisors is to provide timely and expert guidance to SME on AM activities, initiatives, and content to best serve the AM community. The AM Advisors also serve as “faces of the industry” for SME. The advisors represent various stakeholders within the technical community. Click on the button below to view the current list of advisors.

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Community Driven Awards and Competitions

SME Awards

RAPID + TCT Exhibitor Innovation Award

Presented to a RAPID exhibitor that introduces a product or service with significant technology innovation for the industry, which improves business operations and manufacturing.
Digital Manufacturing Challenge

Digital Manufacturing Challenge

This annual competition invites student designers to use their imagination to arrive at an innovative design, which exploits the geometric capabilities of direct digital manufacturing (DDM) to the fullest. Entries are welcome from college/university students and high school students; both categories are judged separately. Winners are recognized at SME's annual RAPID + TCT event.
SME Awards

People's Choice Award

The People’s Choice award is intended to recognize the winning exhibit for being interactive, technically and aesthetically impressive, and visually appealing and engaging. RAPID + TCT attendees will be able to vote for their favorite booth at the event.
SME Awards

Industry Achievement Award

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 additive manufacturing technologies.
SME Awards

Dick Aubin Distinguished Paper Award

The paper selected for the Dick Aubin Distinguished Paper Award, which is awarded by SME's Additive Manufacturing Community and sponsored by the Rochester Institute of Technology, will describe an innovative application of additive manufacturing processes and techniques.