Distinguished Innovator Operators Award (DINO)
The DINO Award is AMUG’s most prestigious honor. It is bestowed upon those with the highest levels of additive manufacturing expertise and a willingness to share that knowledge through contributions to AMUG, its members and the industry it represents.
The additive manufacturing industry is filled with innovative, dedicated and passionate individuals that contribute not only to the additive manufacturing industry but to the Users Group.
Each year, the DINO Committee (AMUG Board members that have received a DINO) review the list of conference registrants and selects no more than 10 individuals. The committee considers contributions to AMUG (speaker, volunteer, etc.); contributions to the AM industry; years of hands-on work with an AM technology; willingness to share and assist; skill level; and other subjective factors.
Welcome new DINOs
The Additive Manufacturing Users Group welcomed eight new DINOs at the 2018 AMUG Conference.
The new DINOs have been advocates and early adopters of additive manufacturing in the medical, aerospace, motorsports and defense industries, amongst others. Their efforts behind the scenes and from the public stage have advanced the technology and the applications that leverage its capabilities. Through direct contributions and corporate support, all have had a hand in making the AMUG Conference a positive experience for those seeking insights and information.
Paul Bates, AMUG president, said, “The impact of these individuals on the additive manufacturing industry and on the success of the users group is awe-inspiring. It was my honor to share the stage with this incredible group of individuals that have worked towards a common cause—success with additive manufacturing.”
Over its 30-year history, AMUG has awarded only 149 DINOs. Although there are many deserving of the recognition as a DINO, AMUG limits this prestigious award to no more than ten individuals each year.