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For more than 86 years, SME has worked to support and advance the manufacturing industry. Let us help you excel through these offerings from our six core industry focuses.
Forming & Fabrication

Forming & Fabrication

SME is the industry’s leading resource on metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing. We help produce North America’s largest event for these industries, FABTECH. Learn more about it.

Smart Manufacturing

Smart Manufacturing

SME is advancing manufacturing’s future with Smart Manufacturing events, webinars, podcasts and our Smart Manufacturing magazine. Stay smart with SME.

Quality, Measurement & Inspection

Quality, Measurement & Inspection

Manufacturing is changing, and so are measurement, inspection, and quality control. Stay up-to-date with SME.



Tooling U-SME has helped industry leaders like Mazak Corporation, Sandvik, and many others meet their workforce needs. Explore machining, tooling and equipment courses.

Additive Manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing

SME is the industry’s top resource on additive manufacturing – offering certification in fundamentals, publishing the latest developments, and producing the industry’s top event, RAPID + TCT. Connect with the additive industry at RAPID + TCT 2019.



From digital to medical, SME provides you with up-to-date information on automation technologies. Stay ahead of the curve by reading the latest news in automation.


Why you should join SME

SME is a community of manufacturing professionals, educators, and students who create the things that make the world a better place to live, work and play. Membership in SME gives you access to workforce training and certification, mentorship programs, jobs, the industry’s top publications and events, networking opportunities, and more. Further your career and take advantage of these numerous opportunities by joining SME.


"SME was an essential part of my social and professional development as a student. I will definitely continue my membership as I transition into a professional industry."
-Elvis Bonilla, Postsecondary Student member

Latest News & Tech Trends

Industries Still Struggle With Automation, Consulting Company Says

Various industries are still struggling with automation despite long-standing efforts, consulting McKinsey & Co. said in a report. Read More

SME, Arconic Foundation Release 2018 Manufacturing Compensation Report

SME, in partnership with Arconic Foundation and the SME Education Foundation have released the 2018 Manufacturing Compensation Report. The report offers a comprehensive look at salaries, bonuses and other compensation for both hourly and salaried manufacturing employees. Read More

Humans of Manufacturing: Gifts From Kenya

Businessman Greg Burns was looking forward to his retirement. He’d been searching for a small ranch in the northern part of Nevada, hopefully someplace with an airstrip for his small plane. He was thinking about selling his manufacturing companies, so he could enjoy the fruits of his many years in business. And then he went to Kenya. Read More

Expert Opinions: GDPR: A Rick Oppedisano AI Love Story

The 2013 film “Her” took us to a not-too-distant future where vital elements of the human condition—love, hate, acceptance—are quickly built or destroyed by artificial intelligence (AI). Read More

New Tooling U-SME Workforce Report Shows Not Enough Being Done to Address Manufacturing Workforce Challenges

The new Industry Pulse report highlights the most pressing training and development pain points manufacturers encounter today, and the challenges they will face in the next three years. Read More

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SME Stands For Manufacturing

For nearly a century, SME has supported manufacturing and solved its challenges – advancing technology development and implementation, training the manufacturing workforce, inspiring the next generation of innovators, and promoting the importance of manufacturing to global economies, communities, and workers.