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Student Contests, Events & Programs

This page is dedicated to events, competitions and other exciting opportunities available to SME student chapters, as well as high school students. Please click on the links below for a complete description, including registration information.

HOUSTEX logo   HOUSTEX 3D Printing Student Competition
This bi-annual competition encourages students to be familiar with engineering design and ideation. Entries are welcome from students in high schools, community colleges/vocational institutes, or universities. Winners are recognized at SME's bi-annual HOUSTEX event.

Submissions Due: January 15, 2019
Manufacturing Poster Challenge   AeroDef Manufacturing Poster Challenge and Display
Poster abstracts are accepted from undergraduate students, graduate students and industry research professionals (under 35). Poster contributions are solicited to review recent developments, driven by both fundamental research and technology, industry demonstrations of new applications or techniques, upcoming research challenges, future directions and novel approaches in the field. Winners are recognized at SME's annual AeroDef Manufacturing event.

Submissions Due: March 4, 2019
Digital Manufacturing Challenge   Digital Manufacturing Challenge
This annual competition invites student designers to use their imagination to arrive at an innovative design, which exploits the geometric capabilities of direct digital manufacturing (DDM) to the fullest. Entries are welcome from college/university students and high school students; both categories are judged separately. Winners are recognized at SME's annual RAPID + TCT event.

Submissions Due: March 4, 2019

RAPID + TCT logo   RAPID + TCT Manufacturing Poster Challenge
SME's RAPID + TCT Manufacturing Poster Challenge is designed to foster interest and provide the additive manufacturing engineering community with new perspectives and innovative ideas. Entries are welcome from undergraduate and graduate students. Winners are recognized at SME's annual RAPID + TCT event.

Submissions Due: March 4, 2019

ASEE-SME Student Makers Competition   ASEE/SME Competition for Student Makers
Judges from industry and academia will select outstanding entries in the categories of innovation, commercial potential and humanitarian service. In addition, a best technical paper submission will be recognized with a Best Paper Award. To be considered, teams MUST include a demonstration. There is no limit on the specific topic or discipline of the demonstration. Teams are encouraged to provide enough detail so that others can reproduce their work. Winners will be recognized at ASEE's Annual Meeting. 
FIRST logo   FIRST (For Inspiration & Recognition of Science & Technology)
is a partnership among students, educators, mentors and industry working together to build a workforce suited to fill careers in high-tech fields and advanced manufacturing careers. SME professional chapters and members support FIRST Robotics team youth outreach at the local levels through chapter or member engagement. Opportunities to promote FIRST robotics team success can be made through the SME chapter network.
NAMRC   NAMRC Student Research Presentation Contest
The annual North American Manufacturing Research Conference (NAMRC) hosts a Student Research Presentation Contest to recognize students' contributions to NAMRC. Encouraging young talents to pursue a career in manufacturing research is of vital importance to the long-term goals of the manufacturing community.
Ripple3D Logo   Rippl3D
Rippl3D’s mission is to create and deploy innovative and affordable tools that enable anyone, but especially youth, to have meaningful experiences that help them identify their interest and grow their knowledge and wisdom related to engineering and manufacturing. 
SkillsUSA Logo   SkillsUSA Additive Manufacturing Contest
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure the U.S. has a skilled workforce. It is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations. SME created the Additive Manufacturing Contest for SkillsUSA with the main objective to attract more students to careers in manufacturing through an emerging technology, and to advance an increasingly relevant technology as more companies are looking for workers to hire with skills in this technology. 

If you have any questions on the competitions/programs listed above, please contact SME Membership at 800.733.4763 or email