SME’s Additive Manufacturing Industry Awards celebrate innovation, skills and leadership
The awards were presented by SME’s AM Technical Community Steering Committee and Direct Digital Manufacturing Advisory Team. They produce content for the organization’s programs and other industry events about advanced AM technologies and processes that enable the development, testing and manufacturing of new products faster and more cost effectively. The Additive Manufacturing Industry Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of individuals, teams and companies that have a significant impact on the commercialization of AM.
SME’s AM Technical Community Steering Committee predates the formation of RAPID+ TCT. It was originally formed in 1992 by the Rapid Prototyping Association (RPA), which joined the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) a year later to become the Rapid Prototyping Association of SME (RPA/SME). It was later renamed SME’s Rapid Technologies & Additive Manufacturing Community Advisors before becoming what it is today. His responsibility has always been to advise the organization on AM initiatives, activities, policy and strategy.
Because of this mantra, the three awards, which are traditionally given to RAPID+TCT, focus on applying AM technology to production, not just research and development. This year’s Additive Manufacturing Community Awards include the following:
AM Industry Achievement Award
The AM Industry Achievement Award, established in 2008, was created to recognize an individual or team for outstanding achievement that has had a significant impact on the application of AM in any industry. The award recognizes achievements that have been implemented or deployed in a commercial/industrial environment rather than research work. Winners are selected considering the scope and scale of the benefits realized and the potential future impact their work will have on the industry. The 2022 recipient is:
Name: Slade Gardnerdoctorate
Title: President and Founder
Trade Affiliation: Big Metal Additive
Dr. Gardner is recognized for his contributions over a distinguished career in advancing industrial metal additive manufacturing and for his recent work on large-scale metal hybrid AM. Throughout his career, he has invented, developed and transformed materials, equipment and processes for a host of large additive manufacturing capabilities.
Aubin AM Case Study Award
The “Aubin AM Case Study Award” aims to reward innovations in the application of AM technologies. The purpose of this award is to recognize outstanding use cases of AM adoption and implementation and to inspire others on their AM application journey. Winners for their topic, “Laying the Foundation for 3D Printed Industrial Parts in Oil and Gas Applications”, the winners are:
- IMI critical engineering
Digital Manufacturing Challenge
The Digital Manufacturing Challenge 2022 is a call to action to inspire the next generation of engineers. They are challenged to rethink ways to design, build and use infrastructure-level systems that deploy engineering design and manufacturing solutions to strengthen infrastructure in response, mitigation and/or the prevention of such disruptive and devastating events and to envision an optimistic vision of healthy, robust, sustainable, intelligent, agile and peaceful communities. Winners for their subject, “Hybrid Wire-Arc Additive Manufacturing of Topology Optimized Aviation Components”, the winners of Virginia Tech are:
- Daniel Chirvasuta
- Nathanael High
- Matthew Martin
- T.Benjamin Nguyen
- Omkar Shinde
- Nicolas Tomanelli
Pedagogical advisors included Christopher Williamsdoctoral student and doctoral student Sam Pratwith the assistance of an industry advisor Dan BraleyCAM-T, Associate Technical Fellow & Additive Manufacturing Technical Focal of Boeing Global Services.
For more than 30 years, SME and RAPID have defined the crucial role of additive manufacturing and enabled the establishment of an industry that continues to design, test, improve and manufacture new products at a faster and more profitable pace. In 2017, the two industry leaders in 3D technology events, SME and The TCT Group, partnered to produce the annual RAPID+TCT event. For users and suppliers, the event is the premier destination for those who provide technology and for those who need to understand, explore and adopt technologies in 3D printing, additive manufacturing, 3D scanning , CAD/CAE, metrology and inspection. For more information, visit rapid3devent.com, to follow @RAPID_Event on Twitter or on LinkedIn.
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