SME, Stratasys Announce Winners of 2022 SkillsUSA Additive Manufacturing Competition

SME, the professional association committed to advancing manufacturing and developing a skilled workforce, and global additive manufacturing leader Stratasys, announced the winners of their cosponsored 2022 Additive Manufacturing Competition, conducted as part of the 58th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference, held in Atlanta. The competition was supported this year by partners nTopology Inc. and Allegheny Education Systems.

Robert Willig is executive director and CEO of SME (PRNewsfoto/SME)

Three high school and three college teams received top honors in the additive manufacturing competition, created in 2013 by SME and Stratasys. The contest is intended to both educate high school and postsecondary students about additive manufacturing technologies and its design and to provide them with real-world, hands-on experience that they can apply to a commercial product.

“The partnership between SME and Stratasys makes perfect sense,” said Robert Willig, executive director and CEO of SME. “With our collaborative efforts, we’re changing the world one student at a time through manufacturing. The finalists competing in this year’s additive manufacturing competition blew me away. The sky is the limit for these young innovators.”

In addition to the additive manufacturing competition, all 70 students participated in a certification. The Additive Manufacturing Fundamentals Certification Exam was administered to all students free of charge and was included as a percentage of the total points for each competing team. This exam is the first and only certification validating an individual’s knowledge of industry-standard concepts in additive manufacturing, based on revisions to the Additive Manufacturing Body of Knowledge by the Additive Manufacturing Leadership Initiative (AMLI) in 2016.

Despite the challenging nature of this portion of the competition, an impressive 23 students of the 70 in attendance passed the Additive Manufacturing Fundamentals Certification Exam, and 12 students missed by only 1 point. This portion of the competition displayed the extraordinary knowledge that these students have (and continue to develop) for additive manufacturing.

“It’s really important for Stratasys to attend challenges like SkillsUSA mainly because the young kids that attend are going to be the kids in 5 to 10 years who come work at Stratasys,” said Thomas Whiting, Application Engineer at Stratasys. “The more we can do now to prepare them, the better off they’ll be – and we as a manufacturer will be – in the future.”

The competition this year challenged students to design a 3D-printed enclosure that would house three key components including a circuit board, a small motor, and a fan. Willig said the diversity of creative designs was outstanding and the innovative problem solving was on full display throughout the three-day competition. It was truly impressive to watch these young competitors collaborate, problem-solve, and work their way through difficult situations to find an ultimate solution, he added. More than 300 parts were printed during the competition, all on Stratasys 3D-Printers.

Both levels of the winning teams received gold, silver and bronze medals from SkillsUSA, as well as scholarships of $1,500, $1,000 and $500, respectively, from the SME Education Foundation. Both levels also received a one-year subscription for Tooling U-SME classes and a one-year SME membership, plus post-secondary winners received RAPID + TCT full-conference conference passes. Gold-medal-winning teams in both categories won a professional-grade Sketch 3D printer as well.

2022 winners of the SME/Stratasys SkillsUSA Additive Manufacturing Competition

High School Winners

Gold Team

Silver Team

Bronze Team

Alejandro Colon

Daniel Hulse

Keegan Phillips

Jason Todd

Martin Mendoza

Daniel Palma

West – MEC NWC

Surprise, AZ

Spokane Valley Tech

Spokane Valley, WA

Cypress Bay High School

Weston, FL

Post-Secondary Winners

Gold Team

Silver Team

Bronze Team

Sarahi Lopez

Zach Covington

Zachary Stansifer

Andrew King

Benjamin Collier

Dallin Hansen

Wayne State College

Wayne, NE

Tulsa Technology Center

Broken Arrow, OK

Utah Valley University

Orem, UT

In all, more than 6,500 career and technical education students – all SkillsUSA state contest winners – competed in 108 different hands-on trade, technical and leadership fields during the national conference.

About SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA is a nonprofit partnership of education and industry to strengthen our nation’s skilled workforce. Driven by employer demand, SkillsUSA helps students develop necessary personal and workplace skills along with technical skills grounded in academics. This SkillsUSA Framework empowers every student to succeed at work and in life, while helping to close the “skills gap” in which millions of positions go unfilled. Through SkillsUSA’s championships program and curricula, employers have long ensured schools are teaching relevant technical skills, and with SkillsUSA’s new credentialing process, they can now assess how ready potential employees are for the job. SkillsUSA has more than 360,000 annual members nationwide in high schools, colleges and middle schools, covering over 130 trade, technical and skilled service occupations, and is recognized by the U.S. departments of Education and Labor as integral to career and technical education. For more information:

About Stratasys

Stratasys is leading the global shift to additive manufacturing with innovative 3D printing solutions for industries such as aerospace, automotive, consumer products and healthcare. Through smart and connected 3D printers, polymer materials, a software ecosystem, and parts on demand, Stratasys solutions deliver competitive advantages at every stage in the product value chain. The world’s leading organizations turn to Stratasys to transform product design, bring agility to manufacturing and supply chains, and improve patient care. To learn more about Stratasys visit, the Stratasys blog, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Facebook.

About SME

SME connects manufacturing professionals, academia and communities, sharing knowledge and resources to build inspired, educated and prosperous manufacturers and enterprises. With nearly 90 years of experience and expertise in events, media, membership, training and development, and also through the SME Education Foundation, SME is committed to promoting manufacturing technology, developing a skilled workforce and attracting future generations to advance manufacturing. Learn more at, follow @SME_MFG on Twitter or