Original Press Release
Additive Manufacturing Achievement Award Presented at SME's RAPID 2008
Press release date: May 20, 2008
New Award Recognizes Industrial Achievement
DEARBORN, Mich., May 20, 2008 - The Rapid Technologies and Additive Manufacturing Community (RTAM) of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) presented Prof. Dr. Gideon Levy with the RTAM Industry Achievement Award at the RAPID 2008 Conference and Exposition on May 20.
Established in 2008, the RTAM Industry Achievement Award was developed to recognize an individual, team or company for outstanding accomplishments that have had significant impact within the additive manufacturing industry or in any industry through the application of additive manufacturing technologies. As the name suggests, the award recognizes achievements that have been implemented or deployed in a commercial/industrial environment rather than research investigative work. Winners are selected with consideration for the scope and scale of benefits realized and the potential future impact their work will have on the industry.
"The goal of the award is to acknowledge the development of new technologies, materials and processes, or the creative application of existing technologies to solve problems and create new opportunities," said Todd A. Grimm, vice chair of SME's RTAM Community. "It is meant to honor the unsung heroes who work tirelessly behind the scenes and whose names and faces might not be as well known as others within the industry."
The first-ever recipient of the award is Prof. Dr. Gideon Levy of inspire AG's Institute for Rapid Product Development (iRPD). While head of iRPD, when it was affiliated with FHS St. Gallen-University for Applied Sciences (St. Gallen, Switzerland), Dr. Levy led a team in the development of new, groundbreaking selective laser sintering materials. In doing so, he addressed key barriers, which resulted in the greater utilization of the technology. Users within the industry are constantly demanding more and more quality materials. Levy's team answered that call by making advances that delivered a combination of processing characteristics and quality.
A member of SME and a Fellow member at CIRP (The International Academy for Production Engineering), Dr. Levy has a Masters of Science degree in control engineering and a Doctor of Science degree in Manufacturing Technology. He holds 20 patents and has published 150 scientific and technical articles, was the 2007 recipient of the prestigious VR@P award in the field of virtual rapid prototyping and was named one of Time-Compression Technologies' (UK) 25 Most Influential People in Rapid Manufacturing.
About RTAM Industry Achievement Award: The RTAM Industry Achievement Award recognizes professionals who have made outstanding contributions and/or had exceptional accomplishments within the additive manufacturing industry or through the application of its representative technologies. Nominees may be submitted based on a single outstanding accomplishment, technical publication, patent or a specific industry application and their achievements must have been put into practice for a minimum of six months. Nominations for the 2009 award will be accepted beginning mid-year. For further information about the RTAM Industry Achievement Award or to learn more about the RTAM Community, visit www.sme.org/rtam.
About SME: The Society of Manufacturing Engineers is the world's leading professional society supporting manufacturing education. Through its member programs, publications, expositions and professional development resources, SME promotes an increased awareness of manufacturing engineering and helps keep manufacturing professionals up to date on leading trends and technologies. Headquartered in Michigan, SME influences more than half a million manufacturing practitioners and executives annually. The Society has members in more than 70 countries and is supported by a network of hundreds of technical communities and chapters worldwide.