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SME Announces the 2016 Winners of the SkillsUSA Additive Manufacturing Competition

by • July 6, 2016 • No Comments

3dp_SkillsUSA_LogoMichigan-based high end making innovation industry organization SME has revealed the winners of their 2016 SkillsUSA student Additive Manufacturing Competition. This was the 2nd year which SME held their additive making contest, and they were joined by their co-sponsor 3D printing innovation company Stratasys in presenting the winning teams with prizes and medals. This was the 2nd year which SME brought the event to the 52nd yearly SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. This year the conference was held in Louisville, Kentucky of June 21st to the 23rd. The student teams were evaluated based on their technical knowledge and ability at via additive making/3D printing innovation.

3dp_SkillsUSA_sme_logo3D printing is quickly becoming one of the many desirable and useful abilitys for students who can soon be new to the labor force to have. Companies in industries as diverse as construction, industrial making and product create are looking for a workforce which is effortless and acquainted with additive making/3D printing. SME brought their additive making contest to SkillsUSA to attract students and young individuals to the emerging 3D printing industry and to encourage them to learn new and relevant abilitys. The competition was createed to assist members acquire a greater knowledge of 3D printing applications and how to apply which knowledge to product development and problem solving.

Prizes comes with SME scholarships and a MakerBot Mini 3D Printer.

Prizes comes with SME scholarships and a MakerBot Mini 3D Printer.

By partnering with Stratasys, the participating students were given invaluable hands-on experience with the latest 3D printing innovation and 3D software. This year a total of 22 student teams took part in the SkillsUSA Additive Manufacturing Competition. By the end of the conference 6 teams were awarded gold, silver and bronze medals for featuring knowledge and experience with the use of digital and additive making innovation and processes. The winners attained prizes which ranged of SME Education Foundation scholarships to a MakerBot Mini 3D printing device, a 3D mouse, and a SolidWorks 3D CAD software box.

“The winners of this year’s Additive Manufacturing competition represent a few of the most and brightest at their schools. Additive making/3D printing is expanding quickly, and the demand for ability in this field continues to outpace the availability of the workforce. Capturing the attention of high school students is key to securing a abilityed workforce,” said the CEO of SME, Jeff Krause.

Gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded for both high school teams and college teams. The Gold Medal winning team for the high school aged students were Christopher Dagher and Justin Heck of the Payette River Technical Academy in Emmett, Idaho. The Silver Medal winners were Tommy Tran and Adolfo Diaz of Hastings High School in Hastings, Nebraska. And the Bronze Medal was awarded to Corey Daly and Joao Vitor Garcia of Assabet Valley Regional Tech High School in Marlborough, Massachusetts.

The participating students of the 2nd yearly SME SkillsUSA Student Additive Manufacturing Competition

The participating students of the 2nd yearly SME SkillsUSA Student Additive Manufacturing Competition

The Gold Medal winning team for the college aged students were Kevin L Barger and Michael T McMahon of Sheridan College-Sheridan in Sheridan, Wyoming. The Silver Medal winners were Collin Goddes and Kyle Brakke of Calhoun Community College in Decatur, Alabama. And the Bronze Medal was awarded to John Welborn and Joshua Branch of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.

The SkillsUSA Additive Manufacturing competition included a written knowledge exam as well as two separate create challenges created to test every student’s general belief of additive making innovation. All of the participating teams were asked to create a trading pin and a catapult which may require to be 3D printed on-site during the conference. The students were evaluated on how closely they followed the contest specifications, which include 3D print time, the dimensions of the printed item, and the amount of material utilized. The teams in addition took part in a challenge to test the accuracy and distance of their catapult creates. The final results of their project, their creates and their engineering notebooks were all evaluated by the panel of tremendous judges, who selected the winners. Discuss additional in the SME Winners Receive Scholarships, 3D Printers, More forum over at 3DPB.com.

Co-sponsor Stratasys provided the innovation and software.

Co-sponsor Stratasys provided the innovation and software.