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SkillsUSA Additive Manufacturing Competition

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SME, in partnership with Stratasys, created the SkillsUSA Additive Manufacturing Competition to attract students to the new, exciting, emerging technologies and tools involved in this market. The competition helps contestants better understand additive manufacturing applications and provides them with hands-on experience using the latest 3D printing technology and software.

Since establishing the program over five years ago, the SkillsUSA Additive Manufacturing Competition has grown from 13 participating teams in 2015 to nearly 50 competitors in 2019.

Each year, the challenge changes, allowing participants to experience first-hand what manufacturing professionals can deal with on the job. The focus of each contest ranges from designing objects that help streamline processes within the manufacturing factory setting to solving real-life medical problems.

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Most Recent & Past Challenges

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2020 Competition Canceled

Due to the ongoing uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic, the SkillsUSA organization has canceled all in-person events at its 2020 National Leadership and Skills Conference; this cancellation includes the Additive Manufacturing Competition.

2019 Robotic EOAT

2019 Robotic EOAT

SME and Stratasys partnered with FANUC for the 2019 challenge, which involved the design, fabrication, and application an end of arm tool (EOAT) in a simulated real-life manufacturing robotics scenario.
2018 Adaptive Device

2018 Adaptive Device

For the 2018 Additive Manufacturing Competition, students were challenged to solve a real-life medical problem for a veteran who endured a traumatic thumb amputation on his left hand.

SkillsUSA Additive Manufacturing Competition 2019

SME and Stratasys partnered with FANUC for the 2019 challenge, which involved the design, fabrication, and application an end of arm tool (EOAT) in a simulated real-life manufacturing robotics scenario.

SkillsUSA Additive Manufacturing Competition Over The Years

Additional Resources From SME

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Membership and Scholarships

In addition to professional and corporate level membership opportunities, SME offers student and educator memberships at the high school and post-secondary levels.

The SME Education Foundation awards hundreds of scholarships every year to high school seniors, undergraduates and post-graduate students pursuing a career in manufacturing or engineering.

SME Membership BenefitsScholarship Opportunities

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Additive Manufacturing at SME

SME provides many Additive Manufacturing resources from events to training to media. Whatever your area of interest, you can find a options to support your additive/3D Printing needs.