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AM Technical Community Leadership Committee

SME's AM Technical Community Leadership Committee 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 AM Technical Community Leadership Committee 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 Technical Community Leadership Committee 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 Technical Community Leadership Committee 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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2021 Virtual AM Career Forum: Design Application Engineering

This career chat session focuses on exploring the various roles available within the AM industry, with a specific focus on design and applications engineering. In a discussion-style format, some of the additive manufacturing industry’s leading experts share their insights on where their skill sets fit into the broader AM industry and what a day in the life of an additive design engineer and an additive application engineer might look like.

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Community Driven Awards and Competitions

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

AM Industry Achievement Award

The AM 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

Aubin AM Case Study Award

The Aubin AM Case Study Award looks to recognize innovative case studies using AM technologies. The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding use cases of AM adoption and implementation and to provide inspiration to others in their journey of AM application. The case study must include components that are printed and tested but they do not need to be in production. Nominations from a customer in conjunction with a machine supplier, software supplier or material supplier are preferred.
SME Awards

RAPID + TCT 2023 Start-Up Technology Award

Have you developed a technology or application that solves an existing problem or unique approach? Does it have potential to serve a large or niche market? Tell us more!