SME Announces New Manager of Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing

SME is pleased to announce the addition of Kevin Ayers as industry manager of additive manufacturing and 3D printing. In this newly created role, Ayers will develop and manage all SME activities associated with additive manufacturing.

“Around the world, additive manufacturing is changing the way companies design and manufacture products,” said Debbie Holton, SME managing director of industry strategy and events. “With the addition of Kevin to SME, we’ll be able to even better serve the additive manufacturing and 3D printing industry, as he brings a wealth of knowledge and will be able to identify even more opportunities where SME can lend its expertise and resources.”

Ayers joins SME after 30 years with the FBI in its manufacturing lab, and has been an active member and volunteer leader with SME’s Rapid Technologies & Additive Manufacturing Community, as well as SME’s RAPID event. He will also serve on the Governance Board of America Makes and is active in the Additive Manufacturing Users Group.

Additive manufacturing is not a new area for SME; for nearly 25 years, SME’s RAPID event has been the authority on 3D printing. The event was developed by SME members who wanted an annual forum to learn and share additive manufacturing knowledge and best practices, and buy and sell related equipment and services. These members built a community of like-minded professional with whom they have grown their skills, developed their network and advanced their businesses.

In addition, to validate the knowledge of those working in additive manufacturing, SME, in cooperation with the Milwaukee School of Engineering and America Makes, have strategically defined the additive manufacturing body of knowledge with a review course and exam. This serves as the basis for the Additive Manufacturing Certificate Program, which is offered at several SME events, including RAPID. The 2014 RAPID event is slated for June 9 to 12 in Detroit.

SME connects all those who are passionate about making things that improve our world. As a nonprofit organization, SME has served practitioners, companies, educators, government and communities across the manufacturing spectrum for more than 80 years. Through its strategic areas of events, media, membership, training and development, and the SME Education Foundation, SME is uniquely dedicated to advancing manufacturing by addressing both knowledge and skill needs for industry.

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