Additive Manufacturing Users Group Announces Keynote Speakers For 2015 AMUG Conference

The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) announced its featured keynote speakers for the 2015 AMUG Education & Training Conference, which will be held in Jacksonville, Florida, from April 19 – 23, 2015. Lonnie Love, Jason Lopes and Todd Grimm will inform, motivate and excite attendees with their discussions of additive manufacturing possibilities.

Mark Barfoot, AMUG president, said, “We have an exciting lineup of keynote speakers, including two returning favorites and one that has gained notoriety for the development of new additive manufacturing technologies and processes. These three keynote speakers are internationally recognized, but more importantly, they are passionate about additive manufacturing. That passion will jump start each day of our conference.”

Todd Grimm, president of T. A. Grimm & Associates and AMUG's AM industry advisor, will open the conference on Monday, April 20th. He will share his thoughts on the present and future with highlights of recent developments, current trends and future advancements, while reinforcing the “education and training” aspect of the conference. This will be his fifth appearance as an AMUG keynote speaker.

Want to learn what Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has been doing in the additive manufacturing field? Join Lonnie Love, group leader of ORNL’s Manufacturing Systems Research Group, on Tuesday, April 21st, to hear what his team has been up to. Love states that he has the best job ever because his team is free to innovate and has access to an impressive array of advanced technology. In his presentation, he will share the results of that work and offer insights on current projects.

Returning for his third AMUG keynote appearance, Jason Lopes of Legacy Effects opens the final day (Thursday, April 23rd) with a visual journey of the special effects the studio has worked on that have used additive manufacturing. Spanning film, TV and appearances, Lopes pushes the limits of the technology to make amazing physical effects a reality. In his presentation, he will share the tools he has used, the creativity employed and the amazing results that were achieved. Lopes' film credits include Avatar, Terminator Salvation, Alice in Wonderland, Ironman 1, 2 and 3, Avengers 1 and 2, Robocop and Pacific Rim.

“These keynote presentations will be followed by a jam-packed agenda that will inform, educate and train additive manufacturing professionals,” said Barfoot. “There will be hands-on workshops and presentations that cover art and architecture, metal casting, education, manufacturing tools, materials, medical, direct metals, scanning, stereolithography, laser sintering and transportation.”

The users group conference, now in its 27th year, is open to owners and operators of all additive manufacturing (3D printing) technologies.

AMUG is an organization that educates and advances the uses and applications of additive manufacturing technologies. AMUG members include all commercial additive manufacturing / 3D printing technologies for companies such as Stratasys, Concept Laser, ExOne, Renishaw, HP SLM Solutions and 3D Systems. AMUG meets annually to provide education and training through technical presentations on processes and new technologies. This information addresses operation of additive manufacturing equipment and the applications that use the parts they make.

AMUG 2015 Conference keynote speakers (from left): Jason Lopes, Lonnie Love and Todd Grimm

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