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Carl Deckard Selected for AMUG Innovators Award

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MILWAUKEE, WISC., Nov. 3 2016 – The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) today announced Carl Deckard, inventor of Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), as the recipient of its esteemed Innovators Award. The award will be presented at the 2017 AMUG Conference, to be held in Chicago, Illinois, after Mr. Deckard’s onstage appearance during the user group conference’s Innovators Showcase.

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Carl Deckard to be presented with AMUG’s Innovators Award following his interview in the group’s Innovators Showcase.

The Innovators Award is bestowed on those that have cultivated innovative ideas that in turn have advanced the additive manufacturing industry. Previous recipients include technology creators Chuck Hull and Scott Crump, founders of 3D Systems Corporation and Stratasys, Ltd., respectively.

Mr. Deckard, who is Structured Polymers’ co-founder and chief technology officer, conceived and developed the Selective Laser Sintering technology while at the University of Texas at Austin. The concept of Selective Laser Sintering took shape when he was an undergrad. Mr. Deckard then pursued it for his master’s degree and Ph.D work. Carl then co-founded Nova Automation, which was later renamed DTM Corp and ultimately acquired by 3D Systems Corp.

With the launch of the Sinterstation 2000 in 1993, Selective Laser Sintering moved from the research labs into industry. In 2012, Mr. Deckard teamed with Jim Mikulak and Vikram Devarajan to found Structured Polymers, a material company focused on improved materials for Selective Laser Sintering and other powder bed fusion additive manufacturing processes. Mr. Deckard has also served as assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Clemson University.

Steve Deak, AMUG president, said, “With over 30 years of technology innovation in the additive manufacturing industry, the candidate pool for the Innovators Award is quite deep. This made the selection process very difficult. But in the end, we made the best choice, the right choice, when we named Carl Deckard as the recipient.” He continued, “In the early days, the three core technologies were Selective Laser Sintering, Stereolithography and Fused Deposition Modeling. The inventors of the latter two have already received the award. It was time to recognize the innovative mind behind SLS.”

On Wednesday, March 22, 2017, Mr. Deckard will take the stage for a casual, relaxed interview during the 29th annual AMUG Education and Training Conference. In this Innovators Showcase, he will respond to questions asked by the host and conference attendees with the intent of getting to know the man behind the technology and gaining guidance from his experience in shepherding a technology from concept to commercialization.

Steve Deak said, “The Innovators Showcase has been a highlight of the past two conferences. Our attendees really enjoy hearing the stories of progress, challenges and triumphs as well as seeing the personal side of industry titans. Carl Deckard has great stories to share so I am confident that his appearance will be very well received.” Deak noted that the Innovators Showcase is unique in that it is structured to be an intimate conversation between two friends that just happens to be witnessed by over 1,000 AMUG Conference attendees.

Designed for both novice and experienced additive manufacturing users, the AMUG Conference agenda topics range from technology basics to advanced applications to business considerations. Although the agenda is still in development, AMUG anticipates having nearly 200 presentations, workshops and hands-on training sessions. The AMUG Conference will also feature its annual Technical Competition with awards for exemplary applications of additive manufacturing and superior part finishing. The competition provides a forum for users of additive manufacturing technologies to display their prowess with the technology.

The 29th annual AMUG Conference will be held March 19 – 23, 2017, at the Hilton Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. Conference details and registration are available at www.additivemanufacturingusersgroup.com.

ABOUT ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING USERS GROUP (AMUG)

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, 3D Systems, Concept Laser, SLM Solutions, EOS, ExOne, Renishaw, HP, EnvisionTEC and Carbon. 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. Online at www.am-ug.com.

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Additive Manufacturing Users Group Opens Conference Registration

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MILWAUKEE, WISC., Oct. 17, 2016 – The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) today announced that online registration is now available for its 2017 Education & Training Conference, which will be held in Chicago, Illinois, at the historic Hilton Chicago, from March 19 – 23, 2017. The users group conference, now in its 29th year, is open to owners and operators of commercial 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 and catered meals.

Steve Deak, AMUG president, said, “The AMUG Conference attracts a broad cross-section of expertise from across the additive manufacturing space. This results in an unmatched energy between members at the conference and unprecedented sharing of ideas that challenges the additive manufacturing industry to improve.” He continued, “I particularly enjoy the dialog between long-time members and the fresh ideas of our new members, which move the technologies forward.”

The conference agenda is expected to contain over 200 presentations and hands-on workshops. One highlight will be the third annual Innovators Showcase. The showcase is an on-stage interview, 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 2017, the special guest will be Carl Deckard, inventor of Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) and co-founder of DTM Corporation, which was acquired by 3D Systems Corp.

Deak noted, “Our agenda will keep attendees very busy, but we will provide ample time for networking. Year after year, we hear that the networking component of the AMUG Conference is what makes our event unique. And that leads many attendees to comment that it is the best conference that they have ever attended.”

The advanced, all-inclusive conference registration fee is $795.00. For details and a link to registration, visit www.am-ug.com. Companies interested in participating as exhibitors or sponsors may also use the online registration process. Representatives of the financial market and media should contact AMUG directly for more information.

First-time attendees convene at the 2016 AMUG Conference to kick start networking.

About Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG):

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, 3D Systems, Concept Laser, SLM Solutions, EOS, ExOne, Renishaw, HP, EnvisionTEC and Carbon. 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. Online at www.am-ug.com.

Mark Abshire (left) receives the AMUG President’s Award from Mark Barfoot, president.

Mark Abshire Receives President’s Award from Additive Manufacturing Users Group

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At its 28th annual conference, the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) presented Mark Abshire of Computer Aided Technology Inc. (CATI) with its President’s Award. Abshire, the seventh to receive this prestigious award, is an applications engineer for CATI and advisor to the AMUG Board.

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Additive Manufacturing Users Group Awards Ten Coveted DINOs

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High honor recognizes experience and service.

ST. LOUIS, MO., April 21, 2016 – The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) today announced the recipients of DINO (Distinguished INnovator Operator) awards for additive manufacturing expertise and service. The awards were presented at the 28th annual users group conference in St. Louis, Missouri.

During the annual Awards Banquet, the association named ten 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:

  • Andrew Allshorn, At 3D-Squared, Ltd.
  • Ben Dolan, UC Irvine
  • Vito Gervasi, Milwaukee School of Engineering
  • Elizabeth Goode, GoodeInk
  • Mike Hascher, Eagle Engineered Solutions Inc.
  • Joe Holland, Hyphen
  • Bonnie Meyer, Stratasys
  • Todd Reese, Realize, Inc.
  • Dan Welker, Yazaki North America
  • Jack Ziemba, Aristo-Cast, Inc.

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 support AMUG, and these ten individuals have done that in a big way.”

The new DINOs have been active within the AMUG community in a variety of roles, including 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.

Over its 28-year history, AMUG has awarded only 131 DINOs. Although there are many deserving individuals, the awards are capped at no more than one percent of the conference attendees.

Top (left to right): Andrew Allshorn, Ben Dolan, Vito Gervasi, Elizabeth Goode, Mike Hascher
Bottom (left to right): Joe Holland, Bonnie Meyer, Todd Reese, Dan Welker, Jack Ziemba

About Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG):

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 Inc., SLM Solutions, EOS, Prodways, Carbon 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. Online at www.am-ug.com.