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The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) announced the winners of its annual Technical Competition, which was held during the group’s 28th annual conference in St. Louis, Missouri. A panel of industry veterans named Alan Guyan of Under Armour and Andrew Sliwa of Custom Prototypes Inc. winners of the competition.

Alan Guyan’s winning entry in the advanced concepts category was the UA Architech performance training shoe. This limited-production footwear features 3D-printed midsoles that offer athletes both support and cushioning. The function of the midsole was achieved through generative design, which created a performance-focused lattice structure that can only be practically manufactured through 3D printing. Guyan used Autodesk’s Within software for the design and selective laser sintering for the 3D printing.

Andrew Sliwa’s winning entry in the advanced finishing category was a recreation of Vincent van Gogh’s “The Starry Night.” This ¾-scale replica is entirely 3D printed using stereolithography. Custom Prototypes’ talented staff then hand painted and aged the artwork and frame to create the remarkable piece.

In the advanced concepts category, Vince Anewenter of Milwaukee School of Engineering took second place with a 3D-printed bronze holograph, and Phill Dickens of Added Scientific, Inc. took third place with a diesel pump front plate that shaved 40% from the weight of the conventionally manufactured part it replaces.

In the advanced finishing category, Todd Reese of Realize, Inc. took second place with a replica of BB-8 from the Star Wars franchise, and Heather Tackett of Scicon Technologies Corp took third place with a creature caricature titled “Thug.”

The annual Technical Competition recognizes excellence in additive manufacturing applications and skill in finishing additive manufacturing parts.

For more information, visit: www.additivemanufacturingusersgroup.com/technical-competition.htm

The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) announced that online registration is now available for its 2016 Education & Training Conference, which will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, at the historic St. Louis Union Station, from April 3 – 7, 2016. The users group conference, now in its 28th year, is open to owners and operators of additive manufacturing (3D printing) technologies.

AMUG brings together engineers, designers, supervisors, plant managers and educators from around the world to share expertise, best practices, challenges, and application developments in additive manufacturing. The AMUG Conference will include technical sessions and hands-on workshops designed to help users get more from, and do more with, their systems. Through its Technical Competition and Awards Banquet, excellence in applying additive manufacturing and contributions to the industry will be recognized. The five-day event also includes the two-night AMUGexpo, networking receptions , student poster session and catered meals.

Mark Barfoot, AMUG president, said, "We are quite excited to be building an agenda that continues to deliver a wealth of hands-on experiences and extremely practical sessions where users gain real insight into techniques or tips that they can take back to the office and start using right away."

The conference agenda is expected to contain over 200 presentations and hands-on workshops. Barfoot said, “To fit it all in, we are condensing our general sessions on two of the four conference days to allow for more concurrent sessions, which means more content and more choice for our attendees.”

Although still in development, several elements of the conference agenda have been confirmed. The event will kick off with keynote presentations on Monday, April 4th by Jason Lopes of Legacy Effects and Todd Grimm, AMUG’s AM industry advisor and president of T. A. Grimm & Associates. On Tuesday, April 5th, the group will host a panel discussion with representatives from its Diamond Sponsors, which are typically manufacturers of additive manufacturing machines and materials.

The conference will also have its second annual Innovators Showcase, which has the feel of a fireside chat, where attendees get to know an innovator in the industry and discover insights from that individual’s experiences. For 2016, the special guest will be Scott Crump, inventor of Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) and co-founder of Stratasys.

Barfoot noted, "The keynotes, presentations, panel discussions and workshops will keep attendees very busy. But we will still offer plenty of time for networking. That is the one thing that most differentiates the AMUG Conference from all others so we always strive to build the event such that attendees have ample opportunity to meet, converse and share.”

For more information, visit: www.additivemanufacturingusersgroup.com

The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) announced that its 28th annual users group conference will be located in St. Louis, Missouri, from April 3-7, 2016. The five-day event will be held at the St. Louis Union Station, a National Historic Landmark that was built in 1894.

AMUG selected St. Louis because it is centrally located in the United States and it is home to a venue that can accommodate the anticipated growth in attendance. Attendees will be welcomed by a completely renovated facility that retains the grandeur of the golden age of rail travel.

Mark Barfoot, AMUG president, said, “The facility is amazing. It takes you back in time. Everywhere you turn, there is something interesting: artifacts, blueprints, architectural details and historic train cars. And of course, the facility has plenty of space for the conference and networking activities.”

Barfoot continued, “Missouri is the Show Me State, which reflects AMUG’s intent perfectly. Our event is designed to educate users and advance their use of additive manufacturing. We do that by creating an environment where users share information to show others how to achieve success.”

The AMUG Conference draws both novice and expert users seeking insights, assistance and guidance on technologies, applications and processes. The conference also attracts support, in the form of sponsorships, from leading companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

AMUG will have “run of the house” at the St. Louis Union Station property. All hotel guests will be AMUG participants and the entire 100,000 square feet of meeting and exhibit space will be at the group’s disposal. This unique venue consolidates all AMUG activities under one roof so attendee interactions will be continuous over the five days.

The AMUG Conference will include technical sessions and hands-on workshops designed to help users get more from their systems. Through technical competitions and the annual Awards Banquet, excellence in applying additive manufacturing and contributions to the industry will be recognized. The five-day event also includes the two-night AMUGexpo, networking receptions and catered meals.

The users group conference, now in its 28th year, is open to owners and operators of all additive manufacturing (3D printing) technologies.

For more information, visit: www.am-ug.com

The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) announced new appointments of directors and officers. The expansion of the leadership team is in response to the year-over-year growth in the group’s annual conference and the projected growth for coming years.

Mark Barfoot, AMUG president, said, “We are coming off of a very successful AMUG Conference, thanks in part to the tireless efforts of the board and officers. To grow AMUG while maintaining the characteristics that makes it unique, namely being an educational and informative association that emphasizes collaboration and networking, the users group’s leadership needs more additive manufacturing professionals that are passionate about the its success.”

Gary Rabinovitz, manager of the Additive Manufacturing Lab at Reebok International Ltd. and a past president of AMUG, has been appointed as the chairman of the board. Rabinovitz was selected for the position based on his past leadership and contributions that have made AMUG successful. Rabinovitz oversaw the development of the 2015 conference agenda, which had nearly 200 presentations, and led the users group during its transition from a technology focus to an industry-wide organization. Mark Barfoot, president and former chairman, will retain a director position on the board.

The AMUG Board also created four deputy vice president positions, which will be filled by appointment.  Paul Bates, lead additive manufacturing development engineer at UL, and Derek Ellis, senior applications engineer for Computer Aided Technology, Inc.,  have been appointed to fill two of the deputy vice president positions. Both men will assist the elected vice presidents, Steve Deak and Dana Foster, in developing sponsorships, promoting the user group and overseeing the AMUGexpo.

Paul Bates has volunteered his services, in many capacities, to assist AMUG over the past five years. With the support of UL, Bates offered to become more involved in the organization as one of its officers. Derek Ellis, a past AMUG vice president and advisor, will focus his efforts on new AMUG members and first-time conference attendees.

The AMUG Board also reappointed Mark Abshire, an application engineer at Computer Aided Technology, Inc., as an advisor to the organization. Abshire, a past AMUG vice president, has served as an advisor for the past two years, and his primary responsibility will continue to be overseeing registration for the annual AMUG Conference.

Barfoot stated, “With the men and women that we now have as directors and officers, AMUG has a leadership team that I look forward to leading; a team that will ensure continued growth and success.”

AMUG is an organization that educates and advances the uses and applications of additive manufacturing technologies. AMUG members include those with any commercial additive manufacturing/3D printing technologies from companies such as Stratasys, Somos, Concept Laser, SLM Solutions, EOS, ExOne, Renishaw, HP and Prodways. 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.

Images: (Left to Right) Gary Rabinovitz, Derek Ellis, Paul Bates, Mark Abshire

For more information, visit: www.am-ug.com

The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) announced the recipients of DINO (Distinguished INnovator Operator) awards for additive manufacturing expertise and service. The awards were presented at the 27th annual users group conference in Jacksonville, Florida.

During the annual Awards Banquet, the association named eight DINOs, an award that recognizes industry veterans for years of experience as well as contributions back to the additive manufacturing industry.

The newly named DINOs are:

  • Vince Anewenter, Milwaukee School of Engineering
  • Derek Ellis, Computer Aided Technology, Inc.
  • Andrew Graves, Stratasys Direct Manufacturing
  • Steven Kossett, Natural Resources Research Institute, University of Minnesota
  • Stephan Ritt, SLM Solutions
  • Harold Sears, Ford Motor Company
  • Ed Tackett, University of California, Irvine
  • Mark Wynn, Yazaki North America


Mark Barfoot, AMUG president, said, “This year’s DINO recipients have an average of nearly 20 years of experience in the additive manufacturing industry, but experience is only part of the criteria for this coveted award. To be a DINO, one must also give back to the industry, and these eight men have done that in a big way.”

The new DINOs have been active within the AMUG community in a variety of roles, including board members, ambassadors, advisors, presenters, technical competition participants, workshop leaders and track leaders. Outside of AMUG, the DINOs are equally active, and they contribute to the advancement of the additive manufacturing industry.

AMUG is an organization that educates and advances the uses and applications of additive manufacturing technologies. AMUG members include those with any commercial additive manufacturing/3D printing technologies from companies such as Stratasys, Somos, Concept Laser, SLM Solutions, EOS, ExOne, Renishaw, HP and Prodways. 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.

Photo: (Top from top left) Vince Anewenter, Derek Ellis, Andrew Graves and Steven Kossett. (Bottom from left) Stefan Ritt, Harold Sears, Ed Tackett and Mark Wynn.

For more information, visit: www.additivemanufacturingusersgroup.com/AMUG-DINO-award.htm

The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) announced its 2015—2016 board. Elected by AMUG members during the annual business meeting held at the 2015 AMUG Conference in Jacksonville, Florida, the board’s primary responsibility will be to oversee the April 2016 conference.

In a vote of confidence, the members re-elected the outgoing board for a second term. The board members are:

  • President: Mark Barfoot, Hyphen
  • Past President: Bret Bordner, formerly 3D Systems
  • Vice President: Steve Deak, GE Aviation
  • Vice President: Dana Foster, rp+m
  • Secretary: Kim Killoran, Stratasys
  • Event Manager: Thomas Sorovetz, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles


"I am honored to have been elected for a second term and pleased that the board is unchanged," said Mark Barfoot, president. “It was a pleasure working with industry professionals that willingly volunteered their time and diligently worked on the 2015 AMUG Conference. Their hard work and the industry support that they garnered made the event a huge success, breaking records for attendance, sponsorships and participation.”

Immediately after the elections, the following individuals were appointed to the board:

  • Treasurer: Vince Anewenter, Milwaukee School of Engineering
  • AM Industry Advisor: Todd Grimm, T. A. Grimm & Associates


The incoming board also named the AMUG global ambassadors:

  • Ambassador: Graham Tromans, GP Tromans Associates
  • Ambassador: Stefan Ritt, SLM Solutions
  • Ambassador: Nora Cibula, Concept Laser


The new board’s responsibilities will involve building the program for the 2016 conference, soliciting support from businesses in the AM industry, and overseeing the event's day-to-day activities. The five-day event will include a two-night exhibitor expo, hands-on workshops, instructional sessions, technical presentations, and an Awards Banquet gala. The venue for the 2016 users group conference will be announced when the selection process is complete.

AMUG is an organization that educates and advances the uses and applications of additive manufacturing technologies. AMUG members include those with any commercial additive manufacturing/3D printing technologies from companies such as Stratasys, Somos, Concept Laser, SLM Solutions, EOS, ExOne, Renishaw, HP and Prodways. 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.

Photo: 2015-2016 AMUG Board (Clockwise from top left) Mark Barfoot, Bret Bordner, Steve Deak, Dana Foster, Todd Grimm, Vince Anewenter, Kim Killoran and Tom Sorovetz.

For more information, visit: www.am-ug.com

The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) announced that it is accepting applications for two scholarships for additive manufacturing and 3D printing education and professional development at its annual conference. The scholarships have been established in the memory of Guy Bourdeau and Randy Stevens, two longtime supports of the users group that were passionate about knowledge sharing in the additive manufacturing industry.

Mark Barfoot, AMUG president said, “The AMUG Conference is a unique experience where information is freely exchanged to promote education, training and knowledge that helps individuals get the most from additive manufacturing. Through these scholarships, we can offer that experience to a student and an educator that might otherwise be unable to attend.”

Barfoot continued, “These scholarships embody Guy’s and Randy’s spirit and passion for additive manufacturing, and they continue the legacy of two giving gentlemen.” Barfoot noted that the scholarships will be awarded to those that demonstrate the same qualities.

The Guy E. Bourdeau Scholarship, founded by Guy's wife, Renee Bourdeau, is awarded annually to one college student, enrolled in any major, who can demonstrate an emphasis on additive manufacturing and its integration in his/her professional field. This scholarship allows the student to attend the AMUG Conference to absorb the vast amount of shared knowledge and develop industry contacts.

Kaiyi Jiang, the 2014 recipient of the Guy E. Bourdeau Scholarship, said, “AMUG 2014 was an unforgettable experience in my life. I felt that I was plugged into a powerful source and enriched by new knowledge every day. I've never felt more welcomed and invited to join in activities and conversations.”

The Randy Stevens Scholarship, founded by Randy's employer, In'Tech Industries, is awarded annually to one professor/teacher that emphasizes or focuses on additive manufacturing. The scholarship will be awarded to an individual that inspires others to pursue additive manufacturing in their continuing education and professional endeavors.

Both scholarships cover travel, lodging, meals and conference registration fees. Applications are being accepted until February 27, 2015.

For eligibility requirements and applications, visit: www.additivemanufacturingusersgroup.com/scholarships.htm

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

For more information, visit: www.additivemanufacturingusersgroup.com

The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) announced that online registration is now available for its 2015 Education & Training Conference, which will be held in Jacksonville, Florida, from April 19 – 23, 2015. The users group conference, now in its 27th year, is open to owners and operators of all additive manufacturing (3D printing) technologies.

Mark Barfoot, AMUG president, said, “I am quite excited to be building an agenda that continues to deliver a wealth of hands-on experiences and extremely practical sessions where users gain real insight into techniques or tips that they can take back to the office and start using right away.”

AMUG brings together engineers, designers, managers, and educators from around the world to share expertise, best practices, challenges, and application developments in additive manufacturing. The AMUG Conference will include technical sessions and hands-on workshops designed to help users get more from, and do more with, their systems. Through technical competitions and the annual Awards Banquet, excellence in applying AM and contributions to the industry will be recognized. The five-day event also includes the two-night AMUGexpo, networking receptions and catered meals.

Barfoot said, “What distinguishes AMUG’s conference from all others are the continuous opportunities provided each day for networking and growing your knowledge base. You can easily justify your trip based on the hands-on sessions, but I guarantee that if you actively participate, you will generate more contacts and learn more from casual conversations than you will in the structured conference activities.”

“For the first time, we will have a business track that will help those that are now involved in the business aspects of overseeing a department. Participants will walk away with a better understanding about financing options, investor inquiries and patent concerns, to name a few of the topics. This will be extremely valuable for career growth, and it will provide key points to bring back to management teams,” Barfoot added.

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 3D Systems, Stratasys, Concept Laser, ExOne, Renishaw and SLM Solutions. 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.

For more information, visit: www.am-ug.com

The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) has announced its 2014—2015 board and that its 2015 Education & Training Conference will be held in Jacksonville, Florida from April 19 – 23, 2015.

The new board members, elected during the Tucson, Arizona, conference by AMUG members, are:

  • President:  Mark Barfoot, Hyphen
  • Past President: Bret Bordner, Laser Reproductions
  • Vice President: Steve Deak, GE Aviation
  • Vice President: Dana Foster, rp+m
  • Secretary: Kim Killoran, Stratasys
  • Event Manager: Thomas Sorovetz, Chrysler Group

Immediately after the elections, the following individuals were appointed to the board:

  • Advisor: Mark Abshire, Somos Materials by DSM
  • Advisor: Gary Rabinovitz, Reebok International
  • AM Industry Advisor: Todd Grimm, T. A. Grimm & Associates

“I am honored to be taking on this leadership role for AMUG,” said Mark Barfoot, president. “This is a group of industry experts and professionals who are raising the bar in additive manufacturing around the world. We just closed off a very successful conference with 531 attendees from 15 countries. Even with 283 first-time attendees, we maintained the open, collaborative and supportive environment that the AMUG Conference is known for. I’m looking forward to working with this board to develop new ideas and create an even more successful 2015 conference.”

The new board’s primary responsibilities will involve building the program for the 2015 conference and overseeing the event’s day-to-day activities. The venue for the upcoming users group conference will be the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront. The five-day event will include a two-night exhibitor expo, hands-on workshops, instructional sessions, technical presentations and an Awards Banquet gala.

“We are expecting significant growth for next year’s conference, and the Hyatt Jacksonville can certainly accommodate the anticipated numbers,” said Thomas Sorovetz, event manager. “We held our 2013 conference at this facility, and everyone enjoyed it and the Jacksonville attractions.”

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

For more information, visit: www.am-ug.com

2014 -  2015 AMUG board: (clockwise from left) Gary Rabinovitz, Thomas Sorovetz, Mark Abshire, Steve Deak, Mark Barfoot, Todd Grimm, Bret Bordner, Dana Foster, Kim KIlloran and Vince Anewenter (Photo credit: Ed Winters Photography)

The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) announced its featured keynote speakers for its 2014 Education & Training Conference, which will be held in Tucson, Arizona, from April 6 – 10, 2014. Dr. Mike North, Jason Lopes and Todd Grimm will inform, motivate and excite attendees with their discussions of additive manufacturing possibilities.

Bret Bordner, AMUG president, said, “We are extremely pleased to have three well-known, well-respected keynote speakers to kick off our daily activities. Each of these speakers has interesting, insightful information to share, and each presents in an engaging way that will energize attendees for the day to come.”

Todd Grimm, president of T. A. Grimm & Associates and AMUG’s AM industry advisor, will open the event with what he calls an enthusiastically realistic look at the 3D printing industry. On Monday, April 7th, he will jump start the conference with insight into the big picture for additive manufacturing. He will share his thoughts on the present and future with highlights of recent developments, current trends and future advancements. This will be Grimm’s fourth appearance as an AMUG keynote speaker.

Back by popular demand, Jason Lopes of Legacy Effects will open day two with a ‘backstage’ look at additive manufacturing’s role in feature films and commercials. Lopes will ignite imaginations on Tuesday, April 8th, with a visual journey of Legacy Effects’ additive manufacturing solutions that enable director’s visions to come to life. Lopes’ film credits include Avatar, Terminator Salvation, Alice in Wonderland, Ironman 1, 2 & 3, Avengers 1 & 2, Robocop and Pacific Rim.

Dr. Mike North, founder and chair of Reallocate and founder of North Design Labs, will step to the stage on Thursday, April 10th. In his presentation, Additive Manufacturing, A Force for Good, he will discuss how the technology has the power to transform the world. He will share real world examples of how additive manufacturing is creating positive impact and give a glance into the future of using it for good. North’s message draws on his first-hand experiences at Reallocate, which is an organization that connects world-class talent to social impact projects to create real-world solutions. Many will recognize North from his role in the Discovery Channel’s Prototype This!

Following the keynote presentations there will be hands-on workshops and presentations that cover art & architecture, metal casting, education, manufacturing tools, materials, medical, direct metals, scanning, stereolithography, laser sintering and transportations.

“We have organized a great conference with a cross-platform agenda to meet the needs of all AMUG members technical expertise,” said Bordner.

The users group conference, now in its 26th year, is open to owners and operators of all additive manufacturing (3D printing) technologies.

For more information or to register, visit: www.am-ug.com

The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) today announced its 2013-2014 board of directors. Board members were elected at the annual business meeting held Jacksonville, Florida, on April 17.

The 2013-2014 AMUG board members are:

  • President: Bret Bordner, Laser Reproductions
  • Vice President: Mark Barfoot, Christie Digital Systems
  • Secretary: Kim Killoran, Stratasys
  • Past President: Gary Rabinovitz, Reebok International
  • Event Manager: Tom Sorovetz, Chrysler Group

The board will plan and organize the 2014 AMUG Conference, which will be held in the western United States. AMUG expects to select the location and announce the conference dates by mid-May.

Gary Rabinovitz, outgoing president said, “We are coming to the close of a very successful and well received 2013 conference. Attendees have commented that this is the best event they’ve ever attended. This success is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of the best group of volunteer leaders that I have ever had the pleasure of working with.”

Bret Bordner, incoming president, said, “I have no doubt that next year’s conference will be even better and significantly larger. Considering both the elected and appointed board positions, I have the advantage of leading a team that is predominantly the same as the one that supported Gary.”

The newly formed board announced three appointments: Vince Anewenter, Milwaukee School of Engineering, was named as treasurer; Todd Grimm, T. A. Grimm & Associates, was named as additive manufacturing industry advisor; and Mark Abshire, DSM Somos, was named as advisor to the board, a newly created position.

At the conclusion of the meeting, the board also announced that Graham Tromans, G. P. Tromans Associates, and Stefan Ritt, SLM Solutions, will stay on as European liaisons. Ulf Linde, netfabb, was also named as a European liaison.

For more information, visit: www.am-ug.com

Photo credit: Ed Winters Photography

Photo caption: (back row, left to right) Vince Anewenter, Mark Abshire, Mark Barfoot, Tom Sorovetz, Todd Grimm. (front row, left to right) Gary Rabinovitz, Bret Bordner, and Kim Killoran (front right)

The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) announced that its keynote address will spotlight a major barrier to success: corporate cultures that are polarized with a development or production orientation. Randy Iliff, Vice President of InSight Services at Bjorksten | bit 7, will lead conference attendees through the “ironic art” of negotiating with stakeholders for permission to help them to align and balance cultures, objectives and expectations.

Gary Rabinovitz, AMUG president, said, “Education and training for additive manufacturing practitioners must span technologies, processes and business practices. Randy Iliff will tackle the latter, and the balance of our four-day conference agenda will address the hands-on and technical concerns that help our members do more with additive manufacturing.”

With over 80 presentations, training sessions and hands-on workshops, the AMUG Conference covers topics such as machine maintenance, material selection, secondary processes and system justification. “I am especially excited to offer ten hours of Magics software training, at no cost to our attendees, and four hands-on workshops that provide step-by-step instruction on processes such as rubber molding and hydroprinting,” said Rabinovitz.

The users group conference, now in its 25th year, is open to owners and operators of all additive manufacturing/3D printing technologies. The conference will be held in Jacksonville, Florida, from April 14 – 18, 2013.

For more information, visit: www.am-ug.com

The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) today announced that online registration is now available for its 2013 conference, which will be held in Jacksonville, Florida, from April 14 – 18, 2013. The users group conference, now in its 25th year, is open to owners and operators of all additive manufacturing (AM) technologies.

Gary Rabinovitz, AMUG president, stated, “2013 promises to be a big year for the conference. We are building on the success of the 2012 event, the first to be open to all AM technologies, and incorporating requests from our members to add education and training to our agenda’s focus.“ He continued, “We’ve also completely revamped the registration process, which was another member request.”

The AMUG Conference will include technical sessions and hands-on workshops designed to help users get more from their systems. Through technical competitions and the annual Awards Banquet, excellence in applying AM and contributions to the industry will be recognized. The five-day event also includes a two-night Exhibitor Expo, networking receptions and catered meals.

According to Dan Welker, first-time attendee at the 2012 conference, “I was amazed — between the conference sessions, the hands-on workshops and the networking opportunities — at all of the information I was able to obtain by attending this year’s users group meeting. The knowledge that was both presented and shared by other attendees was overwhelming.”

The advanced, all-inclusive conference registration fee is $595.00. Rabinovitz noted that companies interested in participating as exhibitors or sponsors may also use the online registration process.

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 3D Systems, EOS and Stratasys. 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.

For more information, visit: www.am-ug.com





Five representatives of the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) are named as the Top 20 most influential people in the rapid technologies industry, a reader poll published by The TCT Magazine in its latest edition. AMUG’s Top 20 includes two board members, one ambassador and two members.

Gary Rabinovitz, president, and Todd Grimm, additive manufacturing industry advisor, are the two AMUG board members on the list. Graham Tromans, European ambassador, had the honor of being named Editor’s Choice. Neil Hopkinson, a long-time member, and Jeremy Pullin, a first-year member, round out the AMUG Top 20.

Rabinovitz said, “I am honored and humbled to be named to this list of distinguished people that includes industry founders, CEOs and thought leaders. But it does not surprise me that the Additive Manufacturing Users Group is represented so well.” He continued, “AMUG advances and educates on additive manufacturing and 3D printing. To do that, our users group includes some of the very best in the field.”

James Woodcock, group editor of The TCT Magazine, represented the publication at AMUG’s 2012 Conference. Woodcock said, “Like Gary, I am not surprised that AMUG has the most representatives of any organization on the Top 20 list. At the AMUG Conference, I witnessed the free-flowing exchange of insight, information and experience. Those that participate really have a positive impact on other users and the additive manufacturing industry as a whole.”

The Top 20 list is in celebration of The TCT Magazine’s 20th anniversary. The magazine, published by the Rapid News Group, asked its readers to vote for those individuals who they believed are most influential in the industry.

The TCT Magazine has been an Additive Manufacturing Users Group sponsor and partner for several years.

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 3D Systems, EOS, Objet and Stratasys. 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.

For more information, visit: www.am-ug.com

The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) today announced its 2012-2013 board of directors. Board members were selected at the annual business meeting held Costa Mesa, California, on April 25.
 
The board will plan and organize next year’s AMUG Conference, which will be held in Jacksonville, Florida, from April 14 – 18, 2013, at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville.

The 2012-2013 AMUG board members are:

  • President: Gary Rabinovitz, Reebok International
  • Vice President: Bret Bordner, Laser Reproductions
  • Vice President: Mark Barfoot, Christie Digital
  • Secretary: Brad Palumbo, Phoenix Analysis & Design Technologies
  • Past President: Tim Gornet, University of Louisville
  • Event Manager: Tom Sorovetz, Chrysler Group LLC

Gary Rabinovitz, who will be serving his second term as president said, “We are coming to the close of a very successful and well received 2012 conference. Attendees have commented that this is the best event they’ve ever attended. That was made possible with the hard work and dedication of the outgoing board. In the new board, I see the same passion, devotion and enthusiasm, so I am confident that the 2013 conference will be even better.”

The newly formed board announced two appointments: Vince Anewenter, Milwaukee School of Engineering, was named as treasurer, and Todd Grimm, T. A. Grimm & Associates, was named as additive manufacturing industry advisor.

At the conclusion of the meeting, the board also announced that Graham Tromans, G. P. Tromans Associates, and Stefan Ritt, SLM Solutions, will stay on as European liaisons. Xu Xiaoshu, Farsoon Hi-Tech, will serve as the group’s Asian liaison.

AMUG is an organization that educates and advances the uses and applications of additive manufacturing technologies. AMUG members include all commercial additive manufacturing technologies for companies such as 3D Systems, EOS, Objet Geometries and Stratasys. AMUG meets annually to provide a forum for technical presentation on processes and new technologies. This information addresses operation of additive manufacturing equipment and the applications that use the parts they make.

For more information, visit: www.additivemanufacturingusersgroup.com

AMUG board (left to right): Todd Grimm, Tom Sorovetz, Brad Palumbo, Gary Rabinovitz, Tim Gornet, Vince Antewenter, Bret Border and Mark Barfoot.

The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) today announced recipients of awards for excellence, service and technical skill. The awards were presented at the 24th annual users group conference in Costa Mesa, California.

In its opening ceremonies, Charlie Norton, president of NCP Leasing, and Guy Bourdeau, sales manager at 3D Systems and AMUG treasurer, were honored with awards for years of support of the users group. Norton was recognized for his unsurpassed moral and financial backing of the users group over many years. He was also recognized for his role in spawning numerous new careers in the additive manufacturing industry. Bourdeau, who is stepping down from the treasurer’s position after 12 years of service, was recognized for his dedication, passion and financial stewardship.

Gary Rabinovitz, AMUG president, said, “Without Charlie Norton and Guy Bourdeau, our organization would not be what it is today. We are lucky to have many exceptional people that make AMUG extraordinary, but Charlie and Guy have shown dedication that is unmatched.”

At the annual Awards Banquet, the association named the winners of the 2012 Technical Competition. This competition recognizes excellence in additive manufacturing applications and skill in finishing additive manufacturing parts. A panel of industry veterans selected Mike Pierce of Hamilton Beach Brands for his food processor with sheet metal part as the top entry in the Advanced Concepts category. For advanced finishing, the same panel selected Todd Reese of Realize Inc. for his fantasy character figure.

“We had 13 fantastic entries in the Technical Competition, making it difficult to select just two winners,” said Rabinovitz.

Another event highlight was the presentations of 18 Dinosaur Awards, which recognize industry veterans with exceptional skill that in turn contribute back to the additive manufacturing industry. The newly named dinosaurs are:

Fused Deposition Modeling

  • Duane Byerly, Xerox
  • Mike Littrell, C.ideas
  • Frank Medina, University of Texas at El Paso

Laser Sintering

  • Paul Bates, Reebok
  • David Bourell, University of Texas
  • Roger Cunningham, Integra
  • Scott Schermer, SC Johnson
  • Thomas Starr, University of Louisville

PolyJet

  • Robert Coleman, Mattel
  • Dan Mishek, Vista Technologies
  • Jason Lopes, Legacy Effects
  • Bradley Ruprecht, U.S. Army
  • Michael Zerbe, Newell Rubbermaid

Stereolithography

  • Bill Braune, Met-L-Flo
  • Larry Monahan, Becton Dickinson
  • Brad Palumbo, Phoenix Analysis & Design Technology
  • Ken Patton, Rapid Tech/Saddleback College
  • Sean Wise, RePliForm

AMUG is an organization that educates and advances the uses and applications of additive manufacturing technologies. AMUG members include all commercial additive manufacturing technologies for companies such as 3D Systems, EOS, Objet Geometries and Stratasys. AMUG meets annually to provide a forum for technical presentation on processes and new technologies. This information addresses operation of additive manufacturing equipment and the applications that use the parts they make.

For more information, visit: www.additivemanufacturingusersgroup.com

The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) annual conference will be held in Costa Mesa, California, from April 22 through 26, 2012. The keynote speakers include Todd Grimm, president of T. A. Grimm & Associates, Jeff DeGrange, Stratasys' vice president of direct digital manufacturing, and Dr. Ofer Shochet, Objet's executive vice president of research and development. The users group conference, now in its 24th year, is open to owners and operators of all additive manufacturing technologies.

Gary Rabinovitz, AMUG president, stated, "This will be our first conference open to all users of any additive manufacturing system, so it will be the biggest we’ve ever held. With the phenomenal response to sponsorships, it will also be the best."

The AMUG Conference 2012 will include technical sessions and hands-on workshops designed to help users get more from their systems. Through technical competitions and the annual Awards Banquet, excellence in applying additive manufacturing and contributions to the technology will be recognized. The five-day event also includes a two-night Exhibitor Expo, networking reception and catered meals.

Grimm will open the event with his presentation "Fountain of Truth: Connecting with Those that Know." Grimm is a 22-year veteran of the additive manufacturing industry. He is a consultant, speaker and author, as well as editor for Engineering.com.

DeGrange will represent Diamond Sponsor Stratasys with an engaging presentation titled "Technology Transition to Production." He will discuss how rapid prototyping technologies have evolved over time to meet the requirements of production parts. DeGrange joined Stratasys in 2008 after spending twenty years at The Boeing Company where he led innovative material and process techniques in the areas of additive manufacturing, reverse engineering and advanced manufacturing.

The TCT Magazine listed both DeGrange and Grimm in its 2007 "Top 25 most influential people in rapid product development and manufacturing."

Dr. Shochet will represent Diamond Sponsor Objet with his presentation titled "Multi-Material 3D Printing and the Digital Material Revolution," which will cover the past, present and future of this unique additive manufacturing capability. Dr. Shochet has lead Objet's product development efforts for three years. With a PhD in physics, he has 20 years of experience in high-tech, both as a senior executive for large corporations and as a founder of startup ventures.

According to Fred Hilbrandt, AMUG member and longtime AM user, "I can’t emphasize enough the value I and my organization have found from continued attendance of this conference. The networking opportunities alone provide enough justification for coming, not to mention the technical information available to attendees. But most importantly, I’ve been able to follow trends in the industry and, in some small way, influence what the various vendors make available to us, the users."

AMUG, formerly 3DS Users Group (3DSUG), is an organization that educates and advances the uses and applications of additive manufacturing technologies. The transition to AMUG supports the expansion of the user group to include all commercial additive manufacturing technologies for companies such as 3D Systems, EOS, Objet Geometries, Stratasys and Z Corporation. AMUG meets annually to provide a forum for technical presentation on processes and new technologies. This information addresses operation of additive manufacturing equipment and the applications that use the parts they make.

Fo more information, visit: www.am-ug.com

The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) today announced that it is accepting submissions for its annual Technical Competition, which recognizes innovation and excellence in additive manufacturing. Winners will be announced during the conference (April 22 – 26, 2012, Costa Mesa, Calif.) at the Award Banquet gala.

The Technical Competition has two categories: Advanced Concepts and Advanced Finishing.

The Advanced Concepts category recognizes exemplary work utilizing additive manufacturing processes. Entries in this category will “push the envelope” for a particular technology or a combination of technologies.

The Advanced Finishing category recognizes the efforts of those that are often overlooked: parts finishers, model makers, painters and others that bring a part to life.

All entries will be displayed at the conference’s Exhibitor Expo and will be judged by a panel of five “Dinosaurs,” AMUG honorees that are expert users who graciously contribute to the member community.

To be eligible, a company representative must be a registered attendee for the 2012 AMUG Conference.

AMUG, formerly 3DS Users Group (3DSUG), is an organization that educates and advances the uses and applications of additive manufacturing technologies. The transition to AMUG supports the expansion of the user group to include all commercial additive manufacturing technologies for companies such as 3D Systems, EOS, Objet Geometries, Stratasys and Z Corporation. AMUG meets annually to provide a forum for technical presentation on processes and new technologies. This information addresses operation of additive manufacturing equipment and the applications that use the parts they make.

For details and entry application, visit: www.am-ug.com/technical-competition.htm

Wednesday, 08 February 2012 09:50

Users Group Conference Announces Keynote Speakers

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The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) today announced its lineup of keynote speakers for its annual conference, which will be located in Costa Mesa, California, from April 22 through 26. The keynote speakers include Todd Grimm, president of T. A. Grimm & Associates, Jeff DeGrange, Stratasys’ vice president of direct digital manufacturing, and Dr. Ofer Shochet, Objet’s executive vice president of research and development.

Grimm will open the event with his presentation “Fountain of Truth: Connecting with Those that Know.” Grimm is a 22-year veteran of the additive manufacturing industry. He is a consultant, speaker and author, as well as editor for Engineering.com.

DeGrange will represent Diamond Sponsor Stratasys with an engaging presentation titled “Technology Transition to Production.” He will discuss how rapid prototyping technologies have evolved over time to meet the requirements of production parts. DeGrange joined Stratasys in 2008 after spending twenty years at The Boeing Company where he led innovative material and process techniques in the areas of additive manufacturing, reverse engineering and advanced manufacturing.

The TCT Magazine listed both DeGrange and Grimm in its 2005 “Top 25 most influential people in rapid product development and manufacturing.”

Dr. Shochet will represent Diamond Sponsor Objet with his presentation titled “Multi-Material 3D Printing and the Digital Material Revolution,” which will cover the past, present and future of this unique additive manufacturing capability. Dr. Shochet has lead Objet’s product development efforts for three years. With a PhD in physics, he has 20 years of experience in high-tech, both as a senior executive for large corporations and as a founder of startup ventures.

“Inspiring, informative and educational,” Gary Rabinovitz, AMUG president, said of the keynote speakers. “We are ecstatic to have these gentlemen kick off the conference.“ He continued, “These keynotes will be followed by a jam-packed conference agenda that won’t give attendees a moment to rest.”

The five-day conference will feature expert presentations, breakout sessions, workshops, hands-on training and technical competitions. Attendees will also be treated to a two-night Exhibitor Expo and an Awards Banquet gala.

If registering before April 1, 2012, the conference fee is $495.00.

AMUG, formerly 3DS Users Group (3DSUG), is an organization that educates and advances the uses and applications of additive manufacturing technologies. The transition to AMUG supports the expansion of the user group to include all commercial additive manufacturing technologies for companies such as 3D Systems, EOS, Objet Geometries, Stratasys and Z Corporation. AMUG meets annually to provide a forum for technical presentation on processes and new technologies. This information addresses operation of additive manufacturing equipment and the applications that use the parts they make.

For more information, visit: www.am-ug.com

The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) today announced that online registration is now available for its 2012 conference, which will be held in Costa Mesa, California, from April 22 – 26, 2012. The users group conference, now in its 24th year, is open to owners and operators of all additive manufacturing technologies.

Gary Rabinovitz, AMUG president, stated, "This will be our first conference open to all users of any additive manufacturing system, so it will be the biggest we’ve ever held. With the phenomenal response to sponsorships, it will also be the best." Rabinovitz noted that 2012 sponsors currently include Objet Ltd., Stratasys Inc., Z Corporation, NCP Leasing Inc., SLM Solutions GmbH, Renishaw Plc., RPDG Inc., Evonik Industries, Laser Reproductions and Materialise.

The AMUG Conference 2012 will include technical sessions and hands-on workshops designed to help users get more from their systems. Through technical competitions and the annual Awards Banquet, excellence in applying additive manufacturing and contributions to the technology will be recognized. The five-day event also includes a two-night Exhibitor Expo, networking reception and catered meals.

According to Fred Hilbrandt, AMUG member and longtime AM user, "I can’t emphasize enough the value I and my organization have found from continued attendance of this conference. The networking opportunities alone provide enough justification for coming, not to mention the technical information available to attendees. But most importantly, I’ve been able to follow trends in the industry and, in some small way, influence what the various vendors make available to us, the users."

The advanced, all-inclusive conference registration fee is $495.00. For details and registration, visit: www.am-ug.com/events.htm

Rabinovitz stated that space is still available for the Exhibitor Expo. Vendors interested in participating can save $150.00 if space is reserved prior to April 1, 2012. He also noted that several sponsorship opportunities remain.

AMUG, formerly 3DS Users Group (3DSUG), is an organization that educates and advances the uses and applications of additive manufacturing technologies. The transition to AMUG supports the expansion of the user group to include all commercial additive manufacturing technologies for companies such as 3D Systems, EOS, Objet Geometries, Stratasys and Z Corporation. AMUG meets annually to provide a forum for technical presentation on processes and new technologies. This information addresses operation of additive manufacturing equipment and the applications that use the parts they make.

Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG), an organization for owners and operators of additive manufacturing equipment, announced the names of the 2011-2012 AMUG board members. Board members were selected at the annual business meeting held this year in Miami, Florida on April 6. The board will plan and organize the 2012 AMUG Conference.

“I’m honored to chair this organization and pleased to welcome new members to the board,”" said AMUG chairman Gary Rabinovitz. “We are working hard to extend our reach from 3D Systems Corporation equipment users to a broader audience that includes owners and operators of EOS, Objet, Stratasys and Z Corp equipment.”

The 2011-2012 AMUG board members are:

Chairman: Gary Rabinovitz, Reebok International

Vice Co-Chairman: Mark Abshire, DSM Somos

Vice Co-Chairman: Scott Schermer, SC Johnson

Secretary: Bret Bordner, Laser Reproductions

Treasurer: Guy Bourdeau, Huntsman Advanced Materials

Site Coordinator: Tom Sorovetz, Chrysler

Past Chairman: Tim Gornet, University of Louisville

Formerly known as 3DSUG, AMUG was established to encourage and coordinate technical information exchange between owners and operators of additive manufacturing equipment, including but not limited to, 3D Systems, EOS Electro Optical Systems, Objet Geometries, Stratasys and Z Corporation. AMUG meets annually to provide a forum for presentation of papers relating to the dissemination of processes and new technologies related to the operation of additive manufacturing equipment and the secondary or final application of parts or/and tools made from these systems. The event is sponsored by AIN Plastics, Air Filtration Systems, ALM, Boeing, buyCASTINGS, CadmiumCD, Clemco, Cyberbond, DPSS Lasers, DSM Somos, Engineering & Manufacturing Services, EOS, Evonik, Fineline Prototyping, Huntsman Advanced Materials, Industrial Experimental Technologies, Innovative Polymers, Integra, Objet, Laser Reproductions, Materialise, NCP Leasing, Neometrix, Northrop Grumman, Morris Technologies, Ophir-Spiricon, Paramount Industries, RAPID, RePliForm, RPDG, SLM Solutions, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Solid Concepts, Time Compression, University of Louisville, VacuCoat, Valspar and Vorti-Siv.

For more information visit: www.am-ug.com

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