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AMUG Newsletter September 2011

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A Word from the President

Gary Rabinovitz AMUG President

Gary Rabinovitz
AMUG President

We are taking AMUG international this month as we head to TCT Live in Birmingham, UK. Graham Tromans and Stefan Ritt, our European liaisons, as well as our newsletter editor, Todd Grimm, will represent us. We will have a booth at the show as well, so please make a point of stopping by Stand C17 and grab some information about our April 2012 conference.

I will personally be attending EuroMold 2011 (Frankfurt, Germany) and look forward to working with both Graham and Stefan in building a strong European connection for the 2012 AMUG Conference. I look forward to seeing many of you late November in Frankfurt.

Now for some really great news…

On July 7, 2011, we officially became the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG). I just received notice; my copy of the CERTIFICATE OF AMENDEMENT of Articles of Incorporation arrived in the mail last week. I would like to thank our treasurer, Guy Bourdeau, for submitting all of the paperwork to make this happen. As you may have noticed, we have removed the header “is in the process of becoming” from the newsletter, but we will still be using “Formerly 3DSUG” as needed in some of our correspondence and on the website (www.am-ug.com).

In October, we will announce the call for papers, so if you would like to take an active part in the first AMUG conference–as a presenter or volunteer-please start thinking about it now. I look forward to hearing from each and every one of you in the near future.

Best Regards,

Gary Rabinovitz

AMUG President

president@am-ug.com

Our Mission: AMUG educates and advances the uses and applications of additive manufacturing technologies.

VP Report

Mark Abshire Vice President

Mark Abshire
Vice President

Exhibitor Expo Opportunities

Expanding AMUG to include all additive manufacturing technologies in the conference means that the annual Exhibitor Expo (Vendor Fair) will be bigger and better than ever. This is a unique opportunity for vendors to display their products and services to a focused market segment, additive manufacturing users.

The exhibition on Sunday evening will be in conjunction with the conference welcome reception. Monday evening the exhibition will be in conjunction with the AM Parts Fair and Technical Awards Competition. Food and beverages will be provided at each of these events for vendors, conference attendees and guests.You can find more information at www.am-ug.com/vendor-information.htm.

Regards,
Mark Abshire & Scott Schermer

2012 Sponsors

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AMUG Conference Value

Sheku Kamara MSOE RPC Lab Mgr. of Operations

Sheku Kamara
MSOE RPC Lab
Mgr. of Operations

I attended my first SLA users group conference in 1997 and first SLS users group in 2002.

At the SLA conference, I immediately appreciated the power of enthusiastic users ready to share tips and tricks to others. I met Reginald Ponder, a former 3D Systems employee and director of operations at Georgia Tech’s RP lab, at the conference and immediately figured out how to build 0.002-inch (0.05 mm) layers on my SLA-250/50. That was an eye opening experience for me since my default settings were limited to 0.004 inch (0.10 mm).

I shared my own experiences from our RPC lab, when I presented “HeCd Laser Performance Characteristics for SLA-250’s; A Six Year Study“. The presentation focused on the methods used in our lab to extend HeCd laser life while maintaining an average laser power above 20 mW during operation.

The hours offered for software and hardware training at these conferences are invaluable for me since my work involves training undergraduate and graduate students to operate these systems in the lab. Over the years, the wish list session became my favorite as I listened to more-experienced users express ideas they would like to see in new or upgraded systems. These discussions really opened up the potential of what could be possible in our industry. But I’m still waiting on the edible resin– a wish that came up every year but received few votes, most from me.

After attending my first SLS users group, it became evident that I cannot survive in this industry without these conferences. I made an effort to attend every one and made an effort to meet someone new every time.

In preparation for this article, I found documents summarizing conference highlights over the years. This reminded me of how much I have learned, how far the technology has progressed, and how much value there is in attending the AMUG Conference.

Sheku Kamara

Manager of Operations

Objet Gets Quirky

Moving-tile puzzle with QR code on back printed on Objet Connex.

Moving-tile puzzle with QR code on back printed on Objet Connex.

Hundreds gathered for the launch party of the Sundance Channel’s new series, Quirky, a show that follows the process of invention through manufacturing. At the center of the festivities was Objet and its 3D printers.

The program is named for the company that started social product development. Led by founder Ben Kaufmann, Quirky (quirky.com) offers inventors a new way to see their ideas get to market. Using a network of 65,000 collaborators and a team of design and manufacturing professionals, Quirky selects and develops two new products each week. The collaborators participate in the selection and design process.

At the heart of Quirky’s operations are Objet 3D printers; a Connex350 named Bertha and an Objet30 named Bob (the Builder). Soon Big Bertha, a Connex500, will join the team. According to Adam Paskow, product designer for Quirky, “We have Bertha running all the time. She is our lifeline. Without Bertha, we couldn’t run our business the way we do.”

The TV program, which premiered on August 30th, follows Ben and his team as they select and develop two ideas from the thousands submitted. Viewers witness a super-accelerated development process and see the launch of the products. The next episode airs Friday, September 23rd at 10:00 pm.

At the launch party, Objet showed Quirky’s guests what a 3D printer can do. Each received a gift that helped them understand the creative power and potential of 3D printing, a puzzle game with a QR code printed on the back. The puzzle highlighted Objet’s unique ability to produce varying colors and material properties as well as additive manufacturing’s ability to make the entire assembly, with moving tiles, in one operation.

As the Quirky TV party shifted into high gear, Ben Kaufman took the stage to thank his guests. He also gave thanks to Objet and its incredible 3D printers. Watch the video and see for yourself.

Quirky Launch Party Hosts 3D Printers

Quirky Launch Party Hosts 3D Printers

Stratasys Selected for Program

Dimension 3D printers to be instrumental in DARPA MENTOR program

Dimension 3D printers to be instrumental in DARPA MENTOR program

Stratasys Selected by Georgia Tech and DARPA MENTOR Program to Provide 3D Printers for High Schools Across U.S

Stratasys has been chosen by the Georgia Institute of Technology to provide its Dimension 3D Printers to select high schools across the U.S. as part of The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Manufacturing Experimentation and Outreach (MENTOR) program.

The DARPA MENTOR program is designed to boost engineering skills for high school students, as well as spark an interest in engineering, design, manufacturing, math and science-related university programs. The four-year program is focused on engaging high school-age students in a series of collaborative design and distributed manufacturing experiments, including using additive manufacturing machines.

“This program will provide students with skills they need to solve future design and engineering challenges, which will aid U.S. industry,” says Dr. David Rosen, professor in mechanical engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology. “3D printers play an important role in the hands-on and ‘minds-on’ learning, which the MENTOR program facilitates. Stratasys FDM technology is instrumental to this program.”

Starting in 2012, 3D printers will be installed in more than 20 high schools selected by the DARPA program as part of the first phase roll-out. Currently, one system has been implemented by a pilot institution to begin developing curriculum for the program. Additional 3D printers will be placed in subsequent phases over a four-year period.

Z Corporation Gives Google Ad Campaign a New Look

You’re an art director making a video ad for one of the coolest brands on the planet. The setting is a quintessential American cityscape. You need a thoroughly original look — artistic, but also real and tangible — and not another CGI animation. What do you do?

You ZPrint it.

That’s what Grow Interactive, one of the country’s hottest digital design studios, did to convey the power of the world’s most advanced mobile search tool, the Google Search app.

Grow used a 3D printer from Z Corporation to create the Main Street for Google’s new AdMob rich media mobile advertising campaign, Uncover Your World, which illustrates the power of Google’s voice, visual and location-aware mobile search capability.

Grow used a ZPrinter® 450 to create all of the ad’s visuals. Every scene and interface element was custom modeled and 3D printed — even the sequence of paint drips that plays back in stop-motion to create a pouring effect. Grow assembled all of the parts into a 10-foot set, which it then used to capture all of the image and video components in stop-motion.  Check it out.

See how the commercial was made.

Making "Uncover Your World"

Making “Uncover Your World”

The Sorovetz Report

Tom Sorovetz Event Manager

Tom Sorovetz
Event Manager

I can’t believe that summer is already over. Where does time go? Now that it is September, there are only seven months until the conference, so please start making your plans now to attend. If you require a formal invite or bullet points to help you justify your attendance to your management, please contact Gary Rabinovitz, and he will be more than happy to get you any information you require.

As I stated in previous newsletters, I am showcasing nearby restaurants and attractions that you can visit while in Coast Mesa. This month I am featuring the South Coast Plaza. Incredible shopping just minutes from the Hilton Costa Mesa with free, hotel-provided shuttles to and from this fantastic destination.

But first, a reminder that I am very interested in organizing a few outings for your travel companion, such as a cooking class at a local restaurant (cost not yet determined), wine tasting (cost not yet determined), and a fashion show, to name a few. If you have someone heading to Costa Mesa with you that would be interested in participating, please let me (eventmanager@am-ug.com) know soon so I can start working on it.

South Coast Plaza

250 boutiques, 30 restaurants, 4 performing arts venues.

South Coast Plaza is the crown jewel of shopping on the West Coast. Recognized internationally for its unparalleled collection of over 250 boutiques, award-winning restaurants, and the adjacent world-renowned Segerstrom Center for the Arts, South Coast Plaza delivers world-class dining, shopping, and the performing arts in one destination. Its stellar cast of diverse retailers — from Oscar de la Renta, Harry Winston, Hermès, Chanel, Dior, and Louis Vuitton to Tory Burch, DKNY, Michael Korts, J. Crew, H&M and more — makes it Southern California’s premier shopping experience.

9 New Stores Opening in 2011:

Brunello Cucinelli, Diane von Furstenberg, LEGO, Longchamp, lululemon athletica, Madewell, Microsoft Store, Omega, and Soma Intimates

See its Traveler website (traveler.southcoastplaza.com) for details. The site has great features, including:

  • Language options in English, Simplified Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Spanish and Vietnamese
  • Extensive content highlighting top area hotels, resorts, dining options, attractions, and cultural destinations
  • Downloadable Traveler brochure and fact sheet
  • Personalized travel suggestions and discounts
  • VIP savings passport voucher
  • Downloadable directory of stores and restaurants
  • List of attractions and travel incentives

Luxury Amenities

South Coast Plaza’s commitment to world-class shopping, dining, and entertainment extends to every level of customer service including:

  • Valet parking
  • Multi-lingual concierge
  • Personalized concierge services
  • Access VIP suite
  • Exclusive shopping services
  • VIP savings passport for travelers
  • Foreign language translation
  • Currency exchange

So, if time permits, grab the free shutttle (don’t forget to tip the driver) and head on over to South Coast Plaza.

Until next month,

Thomas A. Sorovetz

From the Editor

Todd Grimm Editor

Todd Grimm
Editor

As you can see from the newsletter posts, your board of directors is building the best event possible for you, the user.

What makes a great users group conference?

  • Great venue: Check
  • Great food: Check
  • Great activities: Check
  • Lots of sponsors: Well on our way
    • To keep your cost low
  • Lots of exhibitors: Just getting started
    • Plenty of solutions to your daily challenges
  • Informative sessions: Call for speakers coming soon
    • Build on others’ successes

But the most important thing for a great conference is you. AMUG’s users make the conference a not-to-be-missed event. The board will build a fantastic conference; will you be there to make it exceptional?

Todd Grimm

Editor 

About AMUG

3DS Users Group has become AMUG, 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
Connect with members on the organization’s websiteBlog, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube networks.

AMUG Newsletter August 2011

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A Word from the President

Gary Rabinovitz AMUG President

Gary Rabinovitz
AMUG President

Welcome 3DSUG/AMUG community to your 2011 August Newsletter!

We have been working hard this summer to prepare for the 2012 3DSUG/AMUG Conference in Costa Mesa, California, April 22-26. There have been a number of changes that have occurred since our last newsletter, so let’s get started.

What is Our Name?

As we transition from 3DSUG (3DS Users Group) to AMUG (Additive Manufacturing Users Group) our brand will evolve from 3DSUG to AMUG. In the meantime, you will see us using 3DSUG/AMUG as we transition. As mentioned in our last newsletter, the legal filing for the new name is in process, and we will update the community as soon as it is official.

European Expansion

We are very excited to announce the expansion of our presence in Europe. The 3DSUG/AMUG is pleased to appoint Graham Tromans and Stefan Ritt to two new European liaison positions. The European liaisons will assist in building the awareness of the 3DSUG/AMUG conference to the owners and operators of additive manufacturing technology in Europe and act as our European contact points. Although these positions are not board positions, they are very important as we expand the users group globally within the additive manufacturing industry.

Graham Tromans is the principal consultant with G P Tromans Associates, located in the West Midlands, UK. Graham is a great addition to our European team and is very excited to be working with us. Graham has been a member of the 3DSUG/AMUG for 20 years and is a past Dinosaur Award recipient. Members in Europe can reach Graham at graham@gptromansassociates.com.

Stefan Ritt manages export, sales & marketing for SLM Solutions, located in Lubeck, Germany. Stefan is an extremely energetic and very personable individual, and he is also very excited to be joining the 3DSUG/AMUG. Members in Europe can reach Stefan at stefan.ritt@slm-solutions.com.

Congratulations and thank you both for accepting these very important positions!

Our Best Wishes

Over the last four years, 3DSUG had the privilege of working with ACG (Angerman Communications Group) and Nadra Angerman. This last month the two organizations decided to part company. On behalf of the board and the users group, I would like to personally thank Nadra and her team for their hard work and dedication to our group and industry. We wish Nadra and the ACG Team continued success in all their future endeavors.

Addition to the Team

We are pleased to announce the addition of Todd Grimm to our team. Todd is the president of T. A. Grimm & Associates, Inc. and will assist the 3DSUG/AMUG with our marketing efforts, including updating our website and editing and publishing our newsletter. Welcome Todd Grimm!

Website Update

We are in the process of updating our website and providing additional value to the AM community. If you have not visited our website (www.am-ug.com) in awhile, please be sure to do so. The changes to our website will be an on-going process, so as we continue to make changes and provide updates, we will make sure to let you know.

As always, please let me know if there is anything we (the board) can do for you.

Best regards,
Gary Rabinovitz
3DSUG/AMUG President

Our Mission: AMUG educates and advances the uses and applications of additive manufacturing technologies.

VP Report:

Mark Abshire Vice President

Mark Abshire
Vice President

Sponsorship Updates and Opportunities

We are so grateful to our past, long-time sponsors for supporting our conferences and making them successful events. As we begin to expand and include all additive manufacturing technologies in our conference, we want to expand the benefits to our sponsors, too. We are offering more opportunities at every level; White, Gold, Silver, Platinum and Diamond. To see a full description of the opportunities, please check out our website at www.am-ug.com/sponsor-information.htm.

If you are interested in being a sponsor for the 2012 AMUG Conference, please contact vicepresident@am-ug.com.

Our sponsors are crucial to maintaining the low cost of our conference and activities. We ask you, our members, to join us in supporting and thanking them for their contributions.

Regards, Mark Abshire 

2012 Sponsors

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Sponsor News – Stratasys

The new Fortus 250mc

The new Fortus 250mc

Introducing the Fortus® 250mc 3D Production System

The new Fortus 250mc from Stratasys® offers engineers the reliability and flexibility of a professional-grade 3D production system at an affordable price. Produce durable prototypes, manufacturing tools and end-use parts easily and quickly. Its proven Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) technology platform means you’ll get the reliability you need to integrate the 250mc into your product development and manufacturing processes.

Powered by Insight:

Like all Fortus 3D Production Systems, the Fortus 250mc comes with Insight job processing and management software. Insight allows you the flexibility to adjust build parameters that control the look, strength and precision of parts. The control is in your hands!

Learn more about Fortus 250mc

BREAKING THE BOND: The New ABS-ESD7 Static Dissipative Plastic70

If static charge can damage your products, impair their performance or even cause an explosion, check out the newest additive manufacturing material from Stratasys – ABS-ESD7.

ABS-ESD7 Static Dissipative Material

Ideal for protecting electronics damage from electrostatic discharge (static shock), preventing fire and explosion (static spark) and preserving equipment (static cling), parts built with ABS-ESD7 will have a target surface resistance of 107 ohms and typically a range between 109 ohms to 106 ohms.

Break the bond between manufacturing tools and your products.

Electronics enclosure (top) and medical inhaler manufactured with ABS-ESD7

Electronics enclosure (top) and medical inhaler manufactured with ABS-ESD7

Fortus 400mc and 900mc 3D Production Systems can now use ABS-ESD7 to quickly and inexpensively produce static dissipative jigs, fixtures and functional prototypes.

Learn more.

AMUG Conference Value

Fred Hilbrandt FBI

Fred Hilbrandt
FBI

I have been attending the conference since 1996, when it was still the North American Stereolithography Users Group, and have been recently awarded a SL Dinosaur Award. In 2009, I won the group’s technical award for advanced applications and have been as active as my organization will let me with the group. My organization started using SL in 1993, and we are still rather unique in that we do all the designs for our AM processes as well as run the machines and post-finish all our parts. Not bad for what has been a two-man shop for most of its life.

Having recently added EOS’ DMLS process and an Objet 3D printer-and hopefully, an SLS machine in the near future-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.

Fred Hilbrandt, FBI

Sponsor News – Objet

Old-style braces

Old-style braces

In 2010, miraclefeet, a non-profit organization, and Dr. Mike North, North Design Labs, approached Objet Geometries to help design a more affordable, comfortable brace for children with clubfoot. The organizations focus is on children in developing nations that go without treatment.

According to Frank Marangell, Objet U.S. president, the Connex500 is the ideal tool for the job. “With Connex, we have the ability to prototype rigid and soft parts-essentially 11 different mechanical properties, depending upon the type of material you use in the same part,” says Marangell. “This provides the folks making miraclefeet a unique way of really identifying the attributes they want to bring to market, making sure the cost for this is significantly reduced over what it costs today.”

Connex500 mutli-material printer

Connex500 mutli-material printer

Dr. North’s vision is a brace that is much more natural, has soft edges, connects to any shoe, and is expandable so that it will last for several years. Connex prototypes, which combine rigid bracing structures and soft, low-durometer interfaces, are the perfect evaluation tool for North’s designs.

Read the full article at Desktop Engineering.

The Sorovetz Report

Tom Sorovetz Event Manager

Tom Sorovetz
Event Manager

Well, it is August, which means we are eight months from our conference, and your board of directors is in overdrive to ensure that the historic 2012 AMUG event will be a huge success. One of the ways to help make this event a success is to get feedback from the users to help define the conference. If there are any hands-on training courses that you would like to have on the agenda, please send Gary Rabinovitz an email at president@am-ug.com.

As I stated in the July newsletter, I am in the process of creating activities for spouses and families that will join us in Costa Mesa. If your spouse and/or family are planning on joining you, please let me know by emailing me at eventmanager@am-ug.com

Costa Mesa has many great restaurants, and for the next few months, I would like to showcase a few of them. This month’s showcase is Pizzeria Ortica (pizzeriaortica.com). Pizzeria Ortica is owned by world-renowned Chef David Meyers. Chef David is the nephew of Bob and Jackie Dzugan (buyCASTINGS.com). Pizzeria Ortica is less than a half mile from the hotel, and the Hilton will provide you free transportation (but don’t forget to tip the driver) to and from the pizzeria.

As Chef David says, “We are obsessed with pizza.” And let me assure you, this is no typical pizza joint. If you are a foodie or just want to stray from the standard cheese and pepperoni pizza, then Pizza Ortica is a must.

Chef David has a passion for Neapolitan-style pizza and the rich, rustic flavors found in southern Italy-succulent antipasti, vibrant salads, hand-made pastas and wood-fired pizza. Traditional cooking techniques are paired with fresh, locally sourced ingredients plus select wines and artful cocktails. If you are interested in eating at Pizzeria Ortica, I highly suggest reservation because that place gets crowded. When making reservations, please let them know you are part of the AMUG and that Jackie Dzugan sent you (Jackie has much more pull than Bob).

Have a great summer (or what’s left of it).

Thomas A. Sorovetz

From the Editor

Todd Grimm Editor

Todd Grimm
Editor

Having attended the past two conferences, I became enamored with this organization. Its members are open, inviting and friendly-for newcomers and old-timers alike-and the event is educational and informative. So, when asked if I could assist with this newsletter, the website and media releases, I didn’t hesitate in saying, “Yes.”

I encourage you to be just as receptive to an invitation to attend the conference, support this group or share your knowledge.

I’ve been in this industry for 21 years, and I have not found any other gathering of AM professionals that I hold in such high regard. Many are close, but AMUG outshines them all. I hope to do my part in maintaining this level of excellence. But I need your help; please send question, comments and submissions to news@am-ug.com.

Regards, Todd Grimm

About AMUG

3DS Users Group is in the process of transitioning to AMUG, 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
Connect with members on the organization’s websiteBlog, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube networks.

AMUG Newsletter July 2011

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President’s Update

Gary Rabinovitz AMUG President

Gary Rabinovitz
AMUG President

As June has quickly turned into July, we are one month closer to the first AMUG conference. Before I continue I first need to recognize our newest AMUG sponsors. Please join me in welcoming diamond level sponsor Z Corporation and gold level sponsor Renishaw. As of today our 2012 sponsors also included diamond levels Stratasys and Objet. As you can see your AMUG board has had little time for R&R. Going forward we plan to highlight our major sponsors each month in this newsletter leading up to the 2012 AMUG conference.

The AMUG board has just returned from a 36-hour, three-day business meeting. Thirty-six hours is no exaggeration, I can assure you of that. I’d personally like to thank our board members for giving up their personal vacation and family time to help move the AMUG forward. You will begin seeing changes in everything we do from forms that are used to new policies that are put in place. The essence of our group will not change as we move forward and take on a new identity.

The 2012 AMUG will truly be an historic event and if you are reading this July newsletter, you’ll want to register early to be a part of it. Please continue to support all of our sponsors and exhibitors for without them we cannot continue to provide our users with the highest quality users meeting that we strive for. In closing please do not hesitate to contact either myself or any member of the AMUG board with ideas, concerns, or just to say hi.

Enjoy your summer, Gary

Objet Geometries

Objet, the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, revealed the Objet260 Connex last week, a compact and attractively priced addition to Objet’s family of multi-material 3D printers. The Objet260 Connex is based on the company’s patented inkjet 3D printing technology — the world’s only rapid prototyping system able to jet two materials at the same time. This technology allows users to select from a large range of composite materials when building 3D models, such as Objet’s recently released ABS-like material. The system is a compact, attractively priced edition of Ojbet’s pioneering line of multi-material 3D printers.

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Image (above): See how the Objet260 Connex simultaneously builds 14 different materials into a single model part.

For more information, visit Objet Geometries: www.objet.com.

Behind The Scenes…VP Report

Mark Abshire Vice President

Mark Abshire
Vice President

It may seem like a long way off to our annual conference, but your executive board is already working hard to insure a successful event. This year is crucial with the inclusion of all additive manufacturing technologies. We now have participation commitments from Objet, Stratasys and Z Corporation.

Recently, your board assembled together for three days of meetings (over 12 hours each day) to clearlydefine responsibilities and coordinate efforts for the 2012 AMUG conference.

With the increased technologies many new action items were discussed and assigned, everything from

Scott Schermer Vice President

Scott Schermer
Vice President

making sure new attendees are welcomed and feel included to creating new benefits for our sponsors and exhibitors.

Again, everyone is working hard to coordinate this exciting event for 2012 and we appreciate your support.

Regards, Mark & Scott

See How Thogus Streamlines Manufacturing with FDM® Systems

Thogus Products is a 61-year-old manufacturing company foundationally rooted in injection molding. In 1997, 56% of sales came from automotive clients. A decade later, feeling the pressure of a poor economy and recognizing the threat of limited diversification, Thogus sought new sources of revenue. The company decided to invest in technology that could diversify and differentiate its capabilities. Bringing in Stratasys’ FDM Technology proved revolutionary for Thogus. Matt Hlavin, president of Thogus, quickly realized a return on his investment, calling Fused Deposition Modeling “as critical to business as e-mail.”
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Video (above): See how Thogus streamlines manufacturing with Stratasys FDM Production systems.

For more information, visit Stratasys: www.stratasys.com.

The Sorovetz Report

Tom Sorovetz Event Manager

Tom Sorovetz
Event Manager

Well it is official! The historic 2012 AMUG conference will be held April 22-26, 2012 at the Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa in Costa Mesa, California. The room rate is $115 per night plus tax, and the valid from April 19-29, 2012. We have 400 rooms per night, which may seem like a lot of rooms, however, with the addition of ALL of the additive manufacturing technologies, the location being So Cal, and that this will be a historic event, these rooms will go fast, so I suggest reserving your room early and register online.

  • If you call the Hotel directly at (714) 540-7000
    Reference Group Discount Code is AMUG

Over the years I have been trying to set up things for the spouses to do during the day while we are in our meetings, but I’ve found that not many spouses attend. Please let me know if your spouse and/ or family are attending so I can start organizing various entertainment venues for them.

The South Coast Plaza is less than a mile away and the Hilton will offer free shuttle service to and from the mall (please do not forget to tip the driver). Inside the mall is a VIP room called ACCESS and I have secured VIP Passes for those spouses who plan to go shopping. The ACCESS VIP Hospitality Suite is for special guests and the lounge provides an oasis of peace, comfort and privacy to those invited to enjoy the amenities. The suite is open Monday through Saturday from 11am-7pm and on Sunday from 11:30am-6pm.

A dedicated concierge is on staff at all times to ensure the best possible guest experience and can provide a variety of services, including:

  • Personal shoppers
  • Package check
  • Theater tickets
  • Hotel tickets
  • Restaurant reservations
  • Spa appointments
  • Town car or limo services, etc.
  • Wheelchair or stroller check-out

Complimentary beverages include champagne, red and white wine, beer, coffee drinks, soda, juices, and bottled water. Light snacks are also available.

The ACCESS Suite is elegantly furnished and features a main lounge, as well as a small conference room, sports room, serenity room, and private restroom. WiFi, newspapers, and magazines are available in addition to several flat-screen TV’s for guest relaxation and entertainment.

Have a great month, Tom

EOS Strengthens Service in US

Advanced Laser Materials (ALM) announced today that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Integra Services. ALM, a developer and manufacturer of materials for rapid manufacturing, has been affiliated with EOS, the world leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems, since 2009. Under the agreement, ALM will act as a majority shareholder obtaining 51 percent of the Integra shares. This collaboration should offer immediate benefit to the laser sintering community in the United States by offering a combination of excellent equipment service and materials application, support and development to users of all laser sintering platforms.
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For more information, visit Integra Support or EOS websites.

EOS Manufacturing Solutions

EOS first unveiled the EOSINT M 280 at this year’s RAPID Conference and Exposition. It’s innovative process and control features offer advantages to manufacturers looking for expanded capabilities of Direct Metal Laser Sintering equipment.

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Image (above): M 280 laser-sintering system for the production of tooling inserts, prototype parts and end products directly in metal.

For more information, visit EOS: www.eos.info

Postcards from Miami

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Photo (above): The Great Fishing Adventure is a “must do” pre-conference highlight. This year, Users Group anglers tested the waters of Florida with “Got Stryper” soft plastic baits, donated by Captain Alan A. Hastbacka of Got Stryper Charters. Thanks Al!

News & Networking

Nadra Angerman Newsletter Editor

Nadra Angerman
Newsletter Editor

Social media is a powerful vehicle for generating new connections and engaging with the influencers in the additive manufacturing industry. In the coming newsletters, I’ll be offering tips and tricks on how to maximize your online exposure and credibility. In the meantime, be sure to follow these networks:

—  Best regards, Nadra Angerman

3DS Users Group, Inc. Is Changing Its Name to AMUG:

This Users Group 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. Connect with members on the organization’s website, www.am-ug.comBlog, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube networks.

AMUG Newsletter June 2011

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A Word from the Chair

Gary Rabinovitz AMUG President

Gary Rabinovitz
AMUG President

Where do I begin this month’s article? So much has happened in the transformation of your AMUG in such a short time. First and very important news is that the 2011 Conference Proceedings are now available to attendees. Please be sure to use the passcode that is on the backside of your conference badge. We hope that you find the proceedings easy to navigate and enjoy the conference photos as well. I’d like to thank Tim Gornet, Past Chairman for his work on getting these proceedings together for all of us to reference. I would also like to thank Cadmium CD for their hard work in publishing these proceedings.

I have attended Rapid for a number of years now, but I have to admit that this was one of the best Rapid events in a long time. Congratulations to the folks at SME, especially Gary Mikola, Jane Wellington and our own Kevin Ayers. These individuals deserve a great deal of credit for putting on a fine show. As far as the AMUG exhibit is concerned, we also had a great show. Countless numbers of attendees visited and inquired about the 2012 AMUG. The excitement of having just one Users Group for all Additive Manufacturing Technologies really appealed to everyone who stopped by to chat.

It is now official that we have two confirmed Diamond level Sponsors for the 2012 AMUG. We welcome both Stratasys and Objet at our highest level of Sponsorship and also have a firm commitment from Z-Corporation. It is through these OEM’s financial commitments that we will be able to keep costs down and still be able to provide the highest quality Users Group ever assembled. Stay tuned as we highlight one or more of our Sponsors each month in this newsletter. Thanks to everyone who helped man the AMUG Booth during RAPID, and please don’t hesitate to contact myself or any of your AMUG officers with suggestions, concerns or ideas. Until July, I remain at your service!

Sincerely, Gary

3D Printers and Production Systems

Stratasys machines use FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) technology to produce everything from rapid prototypes to end-use parts from 3D CAD data in a variety of production-grade thermoplastics. The Dimension line of 3D printers offers CAD users an affordable, networked option for printing models using ABS plastic, one of the most widely used thermoplastics in today’s injection-molded products. The Fortus line of 3D production systems is ideal for direct digital manufacturing and advanced prototyping. No matter what your CAD application, Stratasys has a machine that can make your job easier.

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Video (above): See how FDM works.

For more information, visit Stratasys:
www.stratasys.com.

ALM: Custom LS Materials

Advanced Laser Materials (ALM) provides high performance laser sintering (LS) chemicals for rapid prototyping and manufacturing processes. ALM’s patent pending technologies design custom laser sintering products such as Fire Retardant, Nylon 11, Nylon 12 and TPE (Flex) materials.
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Image (above): ALM Engineers Materials for Rapid Manufacturing.
For more information, visit Advanced Laser Materials:
www.alm-llc.com.

Somos: Thermoplastic Performance

In its ongoing commitment to pushing the boundaries of stereolithography (SL) performance for additive manufacturing, DSM Somos introduced Somos® NeXt. An advanced SL resin, approaching true thermoplastic performance.
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Image (above): Parts produced from Somos® NeXt are ideal for use in functional testing applications as well as low-volume manufacturing applications where exceptional toughness is required. For more information, visit DSM Somos: www.dsm.com.

The Sorovetz Report

Tom Sorovetz Event Manager

Tom Sorovetz
Event Manager

Well, it is June and the Inaugural Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) is starting to take shape. Gary Rabinovitz our President has informed me that because of the additional technologies that is now part of the AMUG, we will be having a FULL day on Thursday, so please make sure your plans are for a Friday Departure. Ken Patton, Ed Tacket and team have opened their doors to us for a Thursday night tour and dinner at the University of California – Irvine (UCI). There is a lot of research going on at UCI not only at RapidTech but throughout the campus so please plan on attending this great event Thursday Night.

Is anyone planning on bringing their spouse and or family to the 2012 AMUG Conference? I spoke with the Chef and he would be interested in having a “Hands On” cooking class for those who are interested for a fee of $75-100 dollars depending on number of people and what menu item(s) are selected. Please let me know if your spouse is interested.

For those who are bringing your spouse whose interest is shopping, I am also working on a VIP Program with South Coast Plaza. Currently the Hilton will offer free shuttle service (but don’t forget to tip the driver) to and from the Hotel to South Coast Plaza. I am also working with Mall personal on a complete VIP experience. I will have more information in the July newsletter.

Have a great month, Tom

Huntsman: Durable Prototypes

Huntsman RenShape® SL photopolymers are technologically advanced stereolithography materials formulated to produce durable, robust models and prototypes with outstanding accuracy, intricate reproduction of detail and a high-quality surface finish. The versatile Huntsman RenShape® SL materials product family includes photopolymers with a variety of physical characteristics including heat deflection temperatures up to 185ºF (85ºC), elongations as high as 30%, flexural strengths from 7,000 to 15,000 psi and good humidity resistance. Huntsman RenShape® SL materials are also known for their easy processing, high throughput and good green strength. Parts made with the photopolymers are easy to clean and require minimal finishing.

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Image (above): Parts made with Huntsman photopolymers are ideal for building snap-fit parts, polypropylene and ABS like prototypes and selectively colored medical models on the full range of SLA® platforms.

For more information, visit Hunstman Advanced Materials: www.huntsman.com or call 888-564-9318.

Postcards from Miami

 

39Photo (above): Hand-rolled Cuban cigars were among the many highlights of the 2011 AMUG Awards Banquet Cruise.

About AMUG

Nadra Angerman Newsletter Editor

Nadra Angerman
Newsletter Editor

This month’s newsletter includes announcements from AMUG board members and features three resin/chemical manufacturers: ALM, DSM Somos and Huntsman Advanced Materials. Over the next few months, I’ll continue to include special features from our event sponsors. Be sure to watch for those. And, if you’re looking for additional ways to stay connected, check out AMUG’s Facebook, LinkedIn Group, Twitter and LinkedIn — Social media is a powerful vehicle for gaining online exposure, enhancing your credibility, generating new connections and engaging with the influencers of this exciting industry. Best regards, Nadra Angerman
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. Connect with members on the organization’s website, www.am-ug.comBlog, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube networks.

AMUG Newsletter May 2011

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This month’s newsletter included updates from your board members and also featured three AMUG

Nadra Angerman Newsletter Editor

Nadra Angerman
Newsletter Editor

Sponsors: Objet, Solid Concepts and NCP Leasing. Over the next few months, I’ll include a special feature about AMUG sponsors. Thank you all for making this event possible. Also, if you’re looking for additional ways to stay connected, check out AMUG’s Facebook, LinkedIn Group, and Twitter networks. The LinkedIn Group is the AMUG’s newest network — it’s a great way to enhance your credibility, generate new connections and have engaging conversations with the influencers of this exciting industry. So get involved. As always, if you would like to submit a news item for consideration or have questions regarding the publicity of AMUG, please contact me — and don’t forget to signup for the AMUG newsletter! I look forward to hearing from you all!

Best regards, Nadra Angerman

About AMUG

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. Connect with AMUG members on the organization’s website, www.am-ug.comBlog, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube networks.

AMUG Newsletter February 2011

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A Word from the Chair

We are less than two months away from our annual 3DSUG conference in Miami, FL and the agenda is shaping up to be packed full of great technical presentations, hands on training, and networking opportunities. From the latest in applications, materials, research plus software and hardware training and discussions make sure not to miss this year’s meeting! You asked for more technical content on metals and other technologies and this year’s conference will have it. Significant content on photopolymers and laser sintering of polymers and metals and their applications in the medical and aerospace fields are lined up and more talks are being added weekly. Think that you are doing something neat, new or cool in your use of the equipment – we will make a spot for you to share your experiences with others! Drop me an email if you would like to present or help out.

This year we have added an Objet specific track for the users of that equipment to hear about the latest in materials, training on software, and even machine self-maintenance to get the most out of that equipment. Users will be giving presentations on applications and solutions on how this technology fits into their additive manufacturing requirements.

I have been involved in this technology for over 20 years and I still learn new things every year at the conference that allow me to push the technology further and pick up tips and tricks that more than pay for the cost of attending. Be sure to be in sunny Miami this April 3-7 for the 3DSUG! Keep up to date with the latest agenda updates/changes at www.3dsug.org!

Tim Gornet, University of Louisville & 3DSUG Chairperson
E: chairperson@3dsug.org

Become a Vendor or Sponsor

The Vendor Fair is a two day event on Sunday April 3 (5pm-10pm) and Monday April 4 (6pm-10pm). This is a unique opportunity for industry-specific vendors to display products and services at a very focused market segment — users of SLA and SLS systems! At the same time, sponsor contributions support the success of the 3DSUG Conference. So get involved!
  • Become a Vendor Display your products and services in an 8×10′ area while attendees network at one of the industry’s best social events of the year!
  • Become a Sponsor Receive banner recognition throughout the conference, website recognition, link exchange opportunities, branding and more! Sponsorship opportunities range from $1,000 to $15,000.
Contact Gary Rabinovitz or Mark Abshire for additional information. Just email vicechairperson@3dsug.org!

The Sorovetz Report

Tom Sorovetz Event Manager

Tom Sorovetz
Event Manager

Well it is six weeks before zero hour and the clock is ticking away. The agenda is looking great and we have a few great additions this year such as the “Open Invite” to ALL Objet, and EOS Users which will make for a great technical transfer of knowledge to the 3DSUG attendees. I am confident that this “Open Invite” will prove to be extremely beneficial to all in attendance and I know the 3DSUG Users will welcome our guests with open arms. I would like to personally like to thank Bruce Bradshaw of Objet for all of his efforts helping make this a reality.

TRANSPORTATION:
I have spoken with Angelis Lopez from Americas Transportation.com. Angelis agreed to supply the transportation to and from both the Miami and Fort Lauderdale Airports. Individual Transfers are $15 from Miami Airport (MIA) to the Hilton Miami Downtown, and $25 from the Fort Lauderdale Airport (FLL) to the Hilton Miami Downtown (rates to not include the standard 20% gratuity.) If you are planning on using Angelis, please send him an e-mail with your name, arrival date, flight information, and departure date and time. Angelis contact information is:

Please send Angelis Lopez your travel information as soon as possible so he can put together a pick-up schedule. And be sure to remember to call the Hilton Miami Downtown by the March 1st cutoff date to reserve your room and secure the $115+tax room rate.

Once again, please contact Users, Vendors, and Sponsors and invite them to this year’s 3DSUG Annual Conference.  Hope to see you in sunny Miami!!

Tom Sorovetz, Chrysler and 3DSUG Site Coordinator

Call for Papers

Remember, the 3DSUG annual conference is “For Users, By Users” and success is dependent upon collaboration by the group. If you would like to present, email your abstract to chairperson@3dsug.org.

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I hope everyone is excited as we get closer to the conference in Miami. I have just a few reminders I want to share with you all.
  • Early registration ends on March 4, 2011. After this day they conference attendee price will go up to $600 and the vendor spaces will go to $750.
  • The no refund policy will take affect on March 4. From this point in time we have space and other commitments to the hotels and will not be able to refund cancelled registrations.
  • All registrations are not complete without payment. If payment is received after the March 4, you will be invoiced for the going rate. Just a reminder to those who have check, invoices or offline registrations in the system.
  • Transportation is important. If you are going to use the service you must contact them ahead of time to reserve a spot. General Shuttle service will not be available. Please see the Sorovetz Report for information on transportation.
  1. Book early for the hotel. Rates are only guaranteed until March 1st. Please use this link to book your reservation.
    • Room Rate: $115+tax per night
      Hotel Reservation Code: 3dsug
  2. Please complete your registration at www.3dsug.org. Remember, all registrations must be completed online, and all individuals must register separately. This will ensure you have your personal admission badge and registration packet waiting your arrival at the conference. Push the big red button below to get started!

Questions about registrations should be directed at me.

Guy Bourdeau, Huntsman and 3DSUG Treasurer

P: 954-559-3728
E: treasurer@3dsug.org

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Don’t miss out! Event highlights include:

  • 2-Day Vendor Fair
  • SLA and SLS Technical Competition
  • Awards Banquet
  • Hands-On Certificate Training
  • Much More!!!

AMUG Newsletter December 2010

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A Word from the Chair

It’s time for our official call for papers! After the great response to the Aerospace Track last year in Santa Fe we are going to continue that track and add a Medical Track as well. If you are using SL or LS in the Aerospace/Defense or Medical markets please share some of your wisdom with others! We are also pushing to have significant technical content on LS of metals this year as requested by the attendees of last year’s meeting.

Now it’s time for you to help by presenting at YOUR conference. If you would like to present a technical paper, introduce a new application of our technologies or provide some hands–on training please email me with your name, presentation title and abstract for review. Remember that we are For Users, By Users!

Our preliminary agenda for the 2011 3DSUG Conference in Miami, Florida is now up and hope you find it worthwhile and it will be updated as we confirm speakers, hands on workshops, and training.

I look forward to seeing you in Miami!

Tim Gornet, University of Louisville & 3DSUG Chairperson
E: chairperson@3dsug.org

Call for Papers

Remember, the 3DSUG annual conference is “For Users, By Users” and success is dependent upon collaboration by the group. If you would like to present, email your abstract to chairperson@3dsug.org.

The Sorovetz Report

Tom Sorovetz Event Manager

Tom Sorovetz
Event Manager

Tis the Holiday Season once again, however there is no time to just sit back and relax because the 3DSUG annual conference is only four months away and there is so much to do. If anyone is interested in presenting please contact Tim Gornet as soon as possible. For those interested in scuba diving prior to the conference please contact Guy Bourdeau, for Golf Bob Dzugan, and for fishing please contact Graham Troman or Kevin Ayers.

As I have stated over and over again in past newsletters, we can really use everyone’s help in spreading the word about our conference to Users (past, present and new) as well as vendors. The more attendees and exhibitors the more technical transfer of information, which in turn makes the conference that much more of a success. I know everyone’s time is packed because we are all doing more work with less people, however if everyone could just dedicate 30 minutes a week to make a few phone calls to other Users, potential vendors and sponsors, this will pay off big dividends.

Well that is it for now. Please have a safe and happy Holiday Season and I look forward to seeing everyone in sunny Miami next April.

Tom Sorovetz, Chrysler and 3DSUG Site Coordinator

Conference Registration10

Don’t miss out! Event highlights include:

  • 2-Day Vendor Fair
  • SLA and SLS Technical Competition
  • Awards Banquet
  • Hands-On Certificate Training
  • Much More!!!

A Few More Details…5

Happy Holidays to you all. I know the last thing you want to here about is the Users Group in sunny South Florida. Sorry but I have to give a few pointers.

The first is the electronic reminders are sent out automatically. If you are unsure if you will be attending I recommend you just delete the reminder till you are ready to register or not. You do not have to give an answer at time.

Secondly should you decline to attend and your circumstances change and you will be attending you can always register at 3dsug.org and push the big red button.

Third is that all registrations are not final until your payment has been received. Just by using the online system before the price increase in March, which currently is March 25, 2011 does not guarantee the lower price. If you payment is after the discounted date you will be invoiced at the higher price. Please consider this when registering. All unpaid registrations will be invoice as set up in our system as a receivable.

Attendee Registration includes all functions from Sunday evening April 3, 2011 until noon on Thursday April 7, 2011.

Vendor Registration only includes the Sunday April 3, 2011 and Monday April 4, 2011 evening receptions. Any participation in the awards night banquet or daily luncheons can be purchased at the prevailing rate. This rate only covers one person working the booth and one six foot table. Additional tables only can be purchased at the prevailing rate.

Additional Associate Vendor is per person after the one registered under the Vendor Registration. Please keep to a maximum of three persons. The cost is $100 each and covers both nights. Any participation in the awards night banquet or daily luncheons can be purchased at the prevailing rate. Please register your Additional Guest separately. This will provide a name so badges will be created ahead of time instead of onsite.

Award Night Guest is for guest of conference attendees, the Vendors and their guest should they want to participate. There is a cost of $125 per person.

Any questions or concerns please call me at 954-559-3728. Thanks and look forward to seeing everyone at this conference.

Guy Bourdeau, Huntsman and 3DSUG Treasurer

AMUG Newsletter October 2010

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A Word from the Chair

I hope everyone had a fun-filled summer vacation. As fall approaches, the Users Group committee has begun fine-tuning details for next year’s conference. We have some interesting things in store for next year, and we look forward to everyone’s participation. In the coming months, I’ll begin looking for speakers, sponsors, and vendors — all are so very important to helping us provide high-value content while keeping our costs down. We want everyone to be able to attend this great event!

In the mean time, don’t forget to visit www.3dsug.org for information and links to sponsors who support our amazing conference. As always this year’s conference is organized For Users, By Users. You have a voice and a collective group, we want to hear your ideas and suggestions. We had a great response from our online survey and appreciate your input as we move the group forward. Membership is always important so tell a colleague or friend about our organization. In tough economic times, word of mouth advertising is more important than ever!

As a special incentive this year, anyone who registers early online will qualify to win some great giveaways at the conference. This is different than anything we have ever done in the past, so don’t miss out!

I’m looking forward to seeing you at the 2011 Conference!

Tim Gornet, University of Louisville & 3DSUG Chairperson
E: chairperson@3dsug.org


Getting Around Downtown Miami

Remember, the 3DS Users Group Conference is a business event, but just incase you are planning an extended stay, here are a few details you might need to know!

The Hilton Downtown Miami hotel is connected to the Metro Mover, a complimentary light rail service that takes guests to several restaurants and shopping areas downtown, including Bayside Marketplace. The hotel is ten minutes from the most amazing world-class beaches and only five minutes from the Port of Miami, known as the cruise capital of the world, where ships depart daily.

Sailing, fishing, golf and a variety of other recreational activities are just minutes from the Hilton Downtown Miami, Florida hotel. Several exciting and famous Florida attractions located nearby include:

The Sorovetz Report

Wow! I cannot believe summer is over. It seems just like yesterday that we were wrapping up the 2010 Conference. Well I hate to say goodbye to summer because is seems like it just got here, however, we are less than seven months from zero hour with a huge amount of work ahead of us.

Every year I turn to the Users at Large for your help and support, and this year is no different. We are in need of you, the attendee to help develop the 2011 Conference by letting us know what you would like in the way of presentations, hands on training, and discussion groups/round tables. Is there something that we left out that we can add to the Conference? How is the content? Do we need more presentations, or more hands on training? What needs to happen to make the 2011 Conference an invaluable Conference that would make it a “must attend” for everyone? We really need to hear your comments and suggestions so we can continue to grow this organization. Please contact the E-Board and let us know your thoughts, and please do not wait in hopes of someone else would send in the same comments.

Attendees and vendors, you know the drill, we need more. Many more, if we want to grow the Conference. I know that everyone has tight schedules, overworked and under paid, and no spare time to do anything, however I am asking everyone to find one new vendor, one sponsor, and one attendee for the 2011 Conference. Remember this is your Conference and User Group (for the Users, by the Users), and you can make a difference so please go through your contact list and sign someone up today.

Well that is it for now, and I am hoping that everyone will respond, not only to my questions, but also to the huge task at hand, by increasing content, head count, and sponsorship dollars. Thank you in advance for helping us out on such a critical issue and I am confident that the 2011 Conference will be a phenomenal success.

Tom Sorovetz, Chrysler and 3DSUG Site Coordinator
Social Network

The 3DS Annual Users Group Conference is a great opportunity to network with others in this exciting industry. But don’t forget, you can always network with us online!

Facebook: Be a Fan!
Twitter:
Follow Us!

3DSUG Registration Online

For a Chance to Win Great Prizes at the 2011 Conference!

This year, we will be recognizing individuals who register BEFORE November 1st with surprise giveaways! Believe me, we have some great giveaway items and you do not want to miss out! If you prefer not to register online with credit card, send check payments payable to 3DSUG, Inc. to the following address:

3DSUG, Inc.
C/O Guy Bourdeau, Treasurer
1297 Pine Burr Dr
Lugoff, SC 29078-9378

If you have any questions, the best thing to do is to email or call me at (954)559-3728.

Guy Bourdeau, Huntsman Advanced Materials and 3DSUG Treasurer

AMUG Newsletter March 2010

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Dear 3DSUG Member,

We hope your plans for Santa Fe are underway. Here’s some information that you should know about this year’s conference.

Agenda Online
Click here to view the updated agenda. Be sure to visit www.3dsug.org for future announcements!

Make your conference registration in
Santa Fe, New Mexico today!

CAUTION: Santa Fe, NM has an Elevation of 7020 Feet above sea level. For those of you who are not accustomed to this elevation there is a possibility of developing elevation sickness (severe headache and nausea) within the first few hours of landing. The best way I have found to combat it, is to drink lots of water on the flight and take two aspirin 30 minutes prior to landing.

A Word from the Chair

This year I’ve had the opportunity to work closely with some of you and in the process I’ve learned that there is a lot of innovation going on inside small businesses and that is being facilitated by guys on the shop floor just like you and me. I soon realized that all this know-how is part of the “tacit knowledge” that goes on inside organizations and that never makes the scholarly papers presented in conferences. What I found interesting is that this know-how increases sometimes on a daily basis and it doesn’t even make it into the process control documents of these organizations. I am far from being one of our group’s distinguished Dinosaurs, but you really don’t have to be one to realize that there is no other conference within this industry where you get the amount of networking that goes on at the 3DSUG. The level of knowledge that gets shared among users is worth years of hands-on experience. All you have to do is ASK someone and you will get an honest answer that will give you solutions to problems you thought were specific to you and your company. The number of reasons why you should attend keeps increasing…add the following to the list you got in our last newsletter:

  • Northrop Grumman Corporation Sponsoring an Aerospace Track for Additive Manufacturing
  • Hands on Training on Using Additive Manufactured Parts for Composites Molding
  • Important industry discussions that impact the way we do business
  • The most recent trend analyses within the SLA and SLS industry
  • New materials for SLA and SLS to be announced and discussed only at the 3DSUG 2010

Please join us before the deadline to register at the discounted rate. Also, we are still receiving entries for the technical competitions so please submit the description of your parts or projects.

Luis Folgar, Paramount Industries & 3DSUG Chairperson
E: chairperson@3dsug.org

White Water Rafting Trip 

1/2 day trip on the Rio Grand River – Sunday April 25th

Class III: Intermediate. rapids with moderate, irregular waves which may be difficult to avoid and which can swamp an open canoe. complex maneuvers in fast current and good boat control in tight passages or around ledges are often required; large waves or strainers may be present but are easily avoided. strong eddies and powerful current effects can be found, particularly on large-volume rivers. scouting is advisable for inexperienced parties. injuries while swimming are rare; self-rescue is usually easy but group assistance may be required to avoid long swims. rapids that are at the lower or upper end of this difficulty range are designated “class III-” or “class III+” respectively.

A 1/2 day trip on the Rio Grande River, the Racecourse offers fun for the entire family. This is the location of the annual “Mothers Day Whitewater Races”, one of the oldest river races in the USA, started by a Boy Scout troop in Los Alamos about 35 years ago. You will boat over “Albert Falls”, through “the Narrows”, past “Big Rock”, and at high water you will confront the awesome wave at “Souse Hole”.

  • Pick up 9:00 am return by 3:00 pm
    To/from the hotel (about an hour ride from the hotel)
  • Cost: 85.00 includes transportation, deli spread lunch provided at the end of trip, gratuity.
  • 6 persons per raft
  • Wet suits provided no cost
  • THE WHITEWATER RAFTING TRIP WILL TAKE PLACE RAIN OR SHINE.  NO REFUNDS.

Need head count asap due to 50% deposit required. Contact me with any questions and bring your best!

Derek Ellis, Met-L-Flo, Inc.
Office: 630-409-9860 x226
Cell: 630-818-7842
Email: derek.ellis@met-l-flo.com

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We are less than seven weeks from the start of the 3DSUG Conference and there is still so much to do. We are in the process of finalizing the agenda, assigning the rooms for each of the presentations, and assigning demo suites for our three main vendors as well as finalizing the vendor fair. This year’s conference is gaining momentum in regards to the various hands on training session, presentations, number of registered attendees, and the number of vendors. I am very excited on what a great conference this will be. As I have stated in the past, we could always use more vendors, more attendees, and more sponsorship money to help offset rising costs, so please do your part and help get additional attendees, vendors and sponsors for the 2010 conference. Remember this User Group is run by the Users for the Users so everyone has a responsibility to help make it successful.

In case you missed it, Derek Ellis has put together a whitewater rafting trip for Sunday. It should be lots of fun!! If you are interested in participating, please contact him so he can reserve your spot.

And finally, if you need to make arrangements from the airport to the Hilton Buffalo Thunder, visit our transportation reservation page on our website and you will be contacted by the Hilton.

Well that is it for now and I hope to see everyone in Santa Fe next month.

Tom Sorovetz, Chrysler and 3DSUG Site Coordinator

New at the Conference: Aerospace Track

Don’t miss “Additive Manufacturing of the Future” Aerospace Track at the 3DSUG Conference. Topics to be addressed include:
  • Development and Applications of High Density Nylon 12
  • SLS Aerospace Materials
  • SLA Applications for Aerospace
  • Product Processes for Aeorspace Applications

About Northrop Grumman Corporation
Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company, providing innovative systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide. Our vision is to be the most trusted provider of systems and technologies that ensure the security and freedom of our nation and its allies. As the technology leader, we will define the future of defense-from undersea to outer space, and in cyberspace.

Technical Competition

As we approach the next 3DSUG Conference in Sante Fe, NM, I want to cordially invite all members to apply for this year’s Technical Competition. Do you have something innovative or important to share? Are you using Additive Technologies in a truly revolutionary way? Now is your time to shine! Please follow the attached link to sign up for two different categories including Advanced Concepts or Advanced Finishing: Download Technical Competition Registration Information!

Your presence will be needed at the Monday night Vendor Fair where you will have your own table to present your great technical achievement. Only former 3DSUG Dinosaur Award winners will judge the Technical Competition so only the best will win! Winners will be announced at the Tuesday night Awards dinner where prizes include our distinguished excellence awards and this year we have a choice of a free SME Rapid Pass or a useful book and guide on Additive Technologies.

Visit the 3DSUG Photo Gallery to see what happened last year!

Contact me with any questions and bring your best!

Brian Bauman, DSM Somos, Past Chairperson

Social Network

The 3DS Annual Users Group Conference is a great opportunity to network with others in this exciting industry. But don’t forget, you can always network with us online!

Facebook: Be a Fan!
Twitter:
Follow Us!

Registration Discount

Early Registration Discount Date Extended to April 16, 2010!

Remember, your registration is not complete until your payment is received, if you are not paying with credit card, send check payments payable to 3DSUG, Inc. to the following address:

3DSUG, Inc.
C/O Guy Bourdeau, Treasurer
1297 Pine Burr Dr
Lugoff, SC 29078-9378

If you have any questions, the best thing to do is to email or call me at (954)559-3728.

Guy Bourdeau, Huntsman Advanced Materials and 3DSUG Treasurer

AMUG Newsletter JANUARY 2010

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3DSUG NEWS | JANUARY 2010
Dear 3D Systems Equipment User,
3DSUG

Final Agenda coming soon!
Visit www.3dsug.org for future announcements!

Make your conference registration in
Santa Fe, New Mexico today!

A Word from the Chair

As we closed the first decade of the new millennium we look back and realize how much our technologies have evolved, face the new challenges inside our industry, and look at the exciting opportunities ahead. The 3DSUG is here to keep providing the grounds for the networking and collaboration efforts that have taken us this far. I am pleased to report that your executive board has been working hard to make our first time in Santa Fe, New Mexico very special. We’ve heard the voices of new and all-time members, and this year we are providing a program that tackles all aspects of interest to you. If you are still trying to make up your mind about this year’s conference…here are some highlights that can help you realize the value of our conference, so go to www.3dsug.org and sign-up now.

1. Our keynote speaker Todd Grimm will provide his outlook about our industry . Considering the current changing environment it is the right time for our group to learn about the current strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats that our technologies face.

2. Dr. David Bourell from The University of Texas at Austin will brief us on the results from a meeting of sixty five industrial, academic and government experts who gathered for two days in the Washington DC metro area in late March 2009 to develop a roadmap for additive manufacturing research for the next 10 years.

3. Officers from the ASTM F42 Committee for the development of standards for additive manufacturing will join us and give us an update on the development of ASTM standards for our technologies. What has been accomplished, what is being done, and how these standards will impact the way we do business.

4. This year take advantage of 3DSystems full commitment and support to our group and learn about the latest developments from 3DSystems, what is going on with their new materials, new equipment, and the new corporate strategy. Get hands on training on new equipment directly from the OEM and all at no additional cost to you. Special thanks to Cathy Lewis, VP Global Marketing for 3D Systems!

5. Learn about new materials, new technology, and revolutionary applications from DSM Somos.

6. You asked for more value-added training at no cost, YOU GOT IT! A $400-Value MAGICS RP Software training session. Oh yes….For the first time, FREE!! and scheduled so that you don’t have to stay an extra day or miss other important presentations.Special thanks to Jamie Milas and Materialise.

7. Get hands-on experience and training in silicon molding and urethane castings all from one of the world experts Mr. Derek Ellis from Met-L-Flo.

8. Learn from 3D Scanning and Reverse engineering experts about how to tailor these technologies for SLS and SLA.

9. Learn all the new developments and the intricacies of RP Parts Plating, Parts Finishing and post processing. Special thanks go to Sean Wise from Repliform Inc. and Metalise-It America for sponsoring our group.

10. Gain priceless knowledge from all the technical presentations and break-out sessions. Special thanks go out to all our presenters and volunteers.

11. Last but not least…..HAVE FUN with colleagues and be part of our Tuesday Awards Banquet featuring a much better planned bus route!!!

Luis Folgar, Paramount Industries & 3DSUG Chairperson
E: chairperson@3dsug.org

Todd Grimm

Keynote Speaker
2010 3DSUG Conference

T.A. Grimm & Associates
Todd Grimm is the founder and president of T. A. Grimm & Associates, Inc. and is its principal marketing specialist and technology consultant. His experience includes 17 years in the product development industry. In that time, he has held positions in sales, sales management, business management and marketing. Prior to starting the company, he was the marketing manager for what became one of the leading rapid prototyping service bureaus. For more information, visit: www.tagrimm.com

Calling All Vendors & Sponsors

Thank you to all of the Vendors and Sponsors that have committed to the 2010 conference. As an independent user organization we rely solely on your contributions to make the event possible. Every year we always work to provide a format that will be of value for everyone. The 3DSUG needs participation to exist. Many Vendors and Sponsors were unable to participate last year, so this year your participation will be important to maintain the level of our event. It is only through your commitment to attend and support the 3DSUG that we can have the truly world class user meeting that you have come to know and expect.

We ask Vendors and Sponsor that contributed last year to please do so again, and we invite those that did not to do so and use the event in Santa Fe as an opportunity to connect with new contacts and customers.

We would also again ask users to tell us of potential vendors that could be of a benefit to other users, please send us contact information so that we can invite them for the 2010 event.

Stewart Davis, CRP Technology
Tim Gornet, University of Louisville Rapid Prototyping Center Operations
3DSUG Vice Chairpersons

3D Systems Corp To Attend

3DSUG Annual Conference

April 25-29, 2010
Santa Fe, New Mexico

The stakes have been raised with all of the recent enhancements to SLA, SLS, materials and 3D Printing systems and solutions so we need to provide updates and offer the opportunity for knowledge transfer to all interested 3DSUG attendees. Our idea of knowledge transfer? The experts and actual users of our systems will share the latest technology and material formulations and describe how they impact your designs and your operations. Lastly, we are very excited about 3DProparts, our recent entry into parts services, and invite the attendees to sample our capabilities and join us in this important offering. We want to build on past relationships and begin a dialog with new users – this is an unprecedented time for our industry and we look forward to seeing you all this April in Santa Fe!

3D Systems is a leading provider of 3-D Printing, Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing systems and parts solutions. Its expertly integrated solutions reduce the time and cost of designing products and facilitate direct and indirect manufacturing by creating actual parts directly from digital input. These solutions are used for design communication and prototyping as well as for production of functional end-use parts: Our customers Create With Confidence.

Create With Confidence

More information on the company is available at www.3Dsystems.com, www.modelin3D.com, www.toptobottomdental.com, www.3Dproparts.com, www.mqast.com, http://blog.3Dsystems.com, www.3Dsystems.com/ir or via email at moreinfo@3Dsystems.com

The Sorovetz Report


Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a great Holiday season. Now that we are back to reality, we are only three and a half months away from the start of the 3DSUG Conference. The Executive Board is finalizing the agenda, so if you would like to present please contact Louis Folgar so he can put you on the agenda.

The golf outing registration is on line (www.3dsug.org) so if you are planning on playing please sign up. If you have any questions about the golf outing contact Bob Dzugan (rdzugan@buycastings.com) If you are interested in either the fly fishing or rafting please contact Kevin Ayers (kayers@fbiacademy.edu) or Derek Ellis (Derek.ellis@met-l-flo.com) for more information. If anyone is planning to bring their spouse, family, significant other, I was thinking of setting up a Mexican Food cooking class in downtown Santa Fe if I get enough interest. The cost should be around $100.00 per person including transportation. If you know anyone that might be interested please let me know.

Hotel reservations are going smoothly however if you have any problems please contact me immediately at tas7@chrysler.com or (248) 576-5686.

Remember we also need your help in recruiting new and old members to attend this years Conference, so please put fourth an extra effort to reach out to these members.

See you in Santa Fe!

Tom Sorovetz, Chrysler and 3DSUG Site Coordinator

Materialise Magics Training  
Free for the First Time!


Magics RP Training: by Evan Kirby
Learn how to use Magics RP for maximum process efficiency. Find out how to: hollow (shell) parts to make them lighter/faster to build, offset to add/remove material from features, use advanced fixing techniques to give you the ability to fix almost any defect, make quick/accurate cuts that will reassemble in only one fashion, and customize the user interface to make Magics work most efficiently for you. Also learn the latest additions to Magics 14!

Trainer Biography:
Evan Kirby has been in the Rapid Prototyping industry since 2001. Evan works for Materialise, USA, as a Technical Instructor training students from more than 100 different companies, including: Gillette, HP, and Raytheon. He was previously employed as a technical instructor for Flow International Corporation and served in the US Navy as a Nuclear Technician/Instructor.

For more information about Materialise products, visit: www.materialise.com

Friendly Reminder

Your registration is not complete until your payment is received, if you are not paying with credit card, send check payments payable to 3DSUG, Inc. to the following address:

3DSUG, Inc.
C/O Guy Bourdeau, Treasurer
1297 Pine Burr Dr
Lugoff, SC 29078-9378

If you have any questions, the best thing to do is to email or call me at (954)559-3728.

Guy Bourdeau, Huntsman Advanced Materials and 3DSUG Treasurer