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 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

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

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

The Sorovetz Report13

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!

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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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Dear 3D Systems Equipment User,

Final Agenda coming soon!
Visit 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 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

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:

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,,,,,, or via email at

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 ( so if you are planning on playing please sign up. If you have any questions about the golf outing contact Bob Dzugan ( If you are interested in either the fly fishing or rafting please contact Kevin Ayers ( or Derek Ellis ( 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 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:

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