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 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.

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.


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2017 National Contest Guidelines

To access the contest guidelines and technical standards for the 2017 Additive Manufacturing contest, please click here. To download the stl files to print your own ramp used at the 2017 National SkillsUSA Additive Manufacturing Contest, please click here. There you will find some of the winning designs from the 2017 contest.

Past Contest Guidelines

Employment opportunities for creative individuals are growing while industry adopts additive manufacturing methods. Challenges were designed to manage and maximize build time and material usage and to show the benefits of additive manufacturing and instant redesign capabilities. 2016 | 2015


2017 Interest Form

I am interested in learning more about the 2017 Additive Manufacturing Contest for SkillsUSA. More

2018 State Contest Resources

This information is intended to help states with contest ideas for the state-level additive manufacturing contests for SkillsUSA. More

Medalists & Photo Album

View winners and photos from 2016 and 2015.

2015 Survey Results

To better understand the strength and opportunities available, SME surveyed those who participated in some way in the 2015 SkillsUSA state contests. More