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North American Manufacturing Research Institution of SME

The purpose of NAMRI | SME is to advance manufacturing knowledge and innovations through research and development.


The North American Manufacturing Research Institution of SME (NAMRI | SME) brings together researchers from leading companies, government laboratories, academic institutions and industrial think tanks located around the world for the advancement of the scientific foundation of discrete-parts manufacturing.

The work of NAMRI | SME spans refining fundamental manufacturing technologies, developing new additive, subtractive and material deformation capabilities, as well as encompassing smart manufacturing that integrates modeling, simulation, monitoring and control systems. These efforts are offered in a framework that addresses education, human-centric manufacturing, and sustainability. 

NAMRC 50 – Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence

NAMRI | SME’s annual conference, the North American Manufacturing Research Conference (NAMRC), is a prominent international forum for the presentation and discussion of technical innovations and manufacturing research.

NAMRI/SME Resource Center

NAMRI | SME Resources

Stay up to date on items of interest to NAMRI | SME members including the Board of Directors, Scientific Committee, Past Presidents, Peer-Reviewed Journals, and News.

Blue Sky Competition Call for Papers

The fourth annual NSF Manufacturing Blue Sky Competition, funded by the National Science Foundation and SME David Dornfeld Manufacturing Vision Award, will be held during NAMRC 48. Abstracts should be submitted by April 1, 2023.

Awards & Challenges

SME Awards

SME Journal Awards

New in 2018, the awards recognize outstanding associate editors and high performing reviewers in each of our three Journals. Their critical review and oversight is crucial in further promoting the interdisciplinary formative research that contributes to the progress in manufacturing techniques, models, processes and systems.
SME Awards

NAMRI | SME Founders Lecture

These awards honor individuals who served on the NAMRC Scientific Committee and the members who founded NAMRI | SME as well as other distinguished contributors to manufacturing who have been actively involved with NAMRC.
SME Awards

NAMRC Student Research Presentation Award

As part of the annual North American Manufacturing Research Conference (NAMRC), a Student Research Presentation Award is presented in recognition of students' contributions to the conference.
SME Awards

NAMRI | SME Outstanding Lifetime Service Award

This award honors distinguished members for their long-term dedication and contributions to NAMRI | SME.
Blue Sky

Blue Sky Competition

The goal of this annual competition is to influence the future of manufacturing research and education in the United States through new visionary ideas of the future.
SME Technical Community

Aubin AM Case Study Award

The Aubin AM Case Study Award looks to recognize innovative case studies using AM technologies. The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding use cases of AM adoption and implementation and to provide inspiration to others in their journey of AM application. The case study must include components that are printed and tested but they do not need to be in production. Nominations from a customer in conjunction with a machine supplier, software supplier or material supplier are preferred.
SME Awards

David Dornfeld Manufacturing Vision Award

This award recognizes outstanding vision and leadership within the manufacturing community.
SME Awards

NAMRC | SME Outstanding Paper Award

Each year this award recognizes both the engineering value and industrial relevance of a published NAMRC paper.
SME Awards

S.M. Wu Research Implementation Award

This award recognizes individuals for outstanding original research, which, when implemented, has had a significant commercial and/or societal impact.
Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award

Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award

Recognizes innovators, age 35 and younger, in both academia and industry for exceptional accomplishments, such as technical publications, patents or technical-professional leadership. Nominations Due: Aug. 1
RAMP Competition

RAMP Competition

This competition focuses on the modeling of manufacturing processes for system-level sustainability assessment.