SME has announced that nominations are now open for four Additive Manufacturing awards. The association is also inviting nominations for its AM Pitchfest, which is scheduled to take place at RAPID + TCT 2024, June 25-27, 2024, Los Angeles, California, USA. The deadline for award nominations is April 5, 2024.
“Awards such as these not only celebrate individual or team technical accomplishments, but they also serve to inspire others in Additive Manufacturing to continuously improve their performance, often transforming their knowledge and gaining a new perspective on their profession,” stated Stacey DelVecchio, chair of SME’s AM Technical Community Leadership Committee. “We honour these groundbreaking achievements in AM to boost the quality, productivity, and competitiveness of manufacturing, not only in the US but also globally.”
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The four awards are as follows:
- AM Industry Achievement Award: Established in 2008, the AM Industry Achievement Award recognises an individual or team for outstanding accomplishments that significantly impact the application of AM in any industry. This award is intended to recognise achievements that have been implemented or deployed in a commercial or industrial environment, as opposed to research or investigative work. The scope and scale of benefits realised, as well as the potential future impact their work will have on the industry, are key differentiators.
- The Aubin AM Case Study Award: This award looks to recognise innovations in the application of AM technologies. The award recognises outstanding use cases of AM adoption and implementation and provides inspiration to others in their journey of AM application.
- The Digital Manufacturing Challenge: This award is designed to inspire the next generation of engineers. It challenges them to rethink the ways of designing, creating, and utilising infrastructure-level systems that implement engineering design and manufacturing solutions to strengthen infrastructure. The focus is on responding, mitigating, and preventing disruptive and devastating events while envisioning an optimistic view of healthy, robust, sustainable, smart, agile, and peaceful communities. The Digital Manufacturing Challenge Award has three categories for 2023: high school, undergraduate, and graduate teams.
- The AM Startup Technology Award: This award recognises young companies that have developed new AM technology or applications that solve existing problems or use unique approaches.
The AM Pitchfest showcases the latest in AM technology and innovation to a panel of industry leaders, media, and the AM community. The competition is open to entrepreneurs, startups, and academic spinoffs bringing emerging technology, products, and applications to the market. Finalists will be selected to ‘pitch’ present with each allowed a five-minute presentation followed by one minute of Q&A by the judges.
All of the awards celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of individuals, teams, and companies that have had a significant impact on commercialising AM. They represent more than two decades of SME recognition of notable, innovative leadership in the Additive Manufacturing sector.