SME announced its Additive Manufacturing Community awards at the RAPID + TCT event. SME’s Additive Manufacturing Community produces technical content for SME programs and other industry events on advanced additive manufacturing technologies and processes that allow the development, testing, and manufacture of new products faster and more cost-effectively.
This year, the community has recognized Dieter Schwarze, PhD, of SLM Solutions Group AG with the 2017 Industry Achievement Award because of his significant and continued impact on additive manufacturing through development of processes and technology applied in industry. In 1989, Schwarze began his research and development work on additive manufacturing and its commercialization. He is one of the primary inventors of selective laser melting. Schwarze holds several patents and previously studied physics at the University of Paderborn.
“Dr. Schwarze has been instrumental in the development and expansion of global additive manufacturing,” said Mihaela Vlasea, PhD, assistant professor in the Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering Department at the University of Waterloo and an advisor to SME’s Additive Manufacturing Community. “The impact of his research, development and application of groundbreaking technologies just cannot be overstated. We’re proud to recognize him with this award.”