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Sample Tech PaperMore than 18,000 individual papers make SME’s collection of manufacturing knowledge the largest of its kind. Find papers on best practices, advancements, and industry trends. New papers are added regularly to this vital database for manufacturing engineers, managers, consultants, educators, students, and technology professionals.

Technical papers are a valued benefit of SME membership and an important worldwide resource for those seeking fundamental manufacturing information. SME members can download PDFs of technical papers free. Nonmember customers can purchase PDFs online. We have several options available for hard-copy subscriptions and online library/corporate licenses.

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Individual Papers

Downloadable PDF $15 — FREE to SME Members

Annual Packages

  • Papers (issued quarterly) – $780 per year
  • Papers and Microfiche (issued quarterly) – $840 per year

To purchase an annual package, call SME Customer Care at 800.733.4763 or 313.425.3000.

Annual License

An annual license is available for libraries and individuals. For a price quote, email or call SME Customer Care at 800.733.4763 or 313.425.3000.


Those that hold an SME certification can earn recertification credits for authoring and presenting a technical paper.

  • Three (3) credits for each technical paper authored/published
  • Three (3) credits for each technical paper presented

Contribute a Paper

Manufacturing practitioners are encouraged to submit papers for publication consideration. Contribute your knowledge to help people make things that improve our world! You do not need to be an SME member to submit a technical paper.

Click here for the Technical Paper Author Guide and Reprint Form.