We are now transitioning from our 2018 conference supporters to those for 2019. In our November edition of the AMUG Newsletter, sponsor and media partner articles will resume.
Until then, enjoy this abbreviated, AMUG-content-only newsletter.
Now that registration is open, I want to congratulate the team for the hard work leading to a very successful launch. We didn’t just open registration, we built an entirely new backend and interface from the ground up. Our old registration software just wasn’t up to the task of delivering as membership grows. So we started over to build the systems that provide new benefits to our sponsors, exhibitors and members.
So what did it involve? It was a complete rewrite of our registration process. The migration process was extensive, and according to the software vendor, it usually takes more than six weeks to get it up and running. But that doesn’t take into account that the AMUG team and all our volunteers are extraordinary. They put all their efforts into this, and we were able to complete the migration in only two weeks. Of course, as with anything new, there were a few hiccups, and we did need to delay the opening of registration by a couple of days. But everyone has been very flexible with us. That says a lot about our members, sponsors and exhibitors.
So how is it going? How did AMUG do? Registration is running smoothly, thankfully, because interest is at an all-time high. In the first eight days, we saw a huge response from our sponsors and exhibitors. We now have 19 of 21 Platinum Sponsorships, 19 of 20 Diamonds Sponsorships and 53 of 80 exhibitor spots already spoken for! Member registrations were equally vigorous.
Sponsor and exhibitor support is vital to support our mission of delivering a one-of-a-kind experience for our members. We have the industry support, now all that we need is for you to join us to absorb and share information that only a user-to-user event can deliver.
As mentioned in the September newsletter, we have added something new to the AMUG Conference program, the Training Lab.
This will be a venue enabling our sponsors to provide in-depth, hands-on training on their systems. The education you will receive in these sessions may be exactly what you need to overcome current limitations, overcome challenging situations or plan for avoidable complications.
We are looking forward to deep dives into the hardware, software and combinations of the two. This will be an amazing opportunity for our Diamond Sponsors to really engage users and help them make the equipment do what might not have been believed to possible. The interactions in these sessions could be the catalyst of an in-depth conversation in the networking activities. We are really excited to bring this type of advanced forum to the users.
We can’t wait to show you the impact of the Training Lab.
AMUG has announced the recipient of its 2019 Innovators Award, Gideon Levy. Gideon, consultant for Technology Turn Around, has decades of achievements in AM development, research and education. He is also a long-time AMUG member, and he is one that freely shares his insights, experiences and opinions.
Gideon will be presented with the Innovators Award following the Innovators Showcase at the 2019 conference. The showcase is an on-stage interview, which has the feel of a fireside chat, where attendees get to know an innovator in the industry and discover insights from that individual’s experiences.
Professor Gideon Levy will be presented the Innovators Award at the 2019 AMUG Conference.
For those that have completed their AMUG Conference registrations, or those that are confident that they will be attending, we invite you to make your hotel reservation at the Hilton Chicago. If you make a reservation and are tentative on attending the conference, please jot a note in your February calendar to notify Tom Sorovetz, (email@example.com) should you find that you will be canceling your hotel reservation. This simple act allows Tom to reallocate that room to another conference attendee instead of it being moved to the hotel’s general availability ledgers and disappearing from our room block.
This year there is a three-night minimum stay, which has been put in place to help maximize the total number of room nights at the hotel. The goal is to have all of the attendees’ rooms at the Hilton Chicago for the duration (Sun. – Fri.) of the conference. The discounted rate and three-night minimum apply to all conference days as well as the three days prior to and three days after the AMUG Conference. So for $149/night, you can come early or stay late to enjoy everything the Windy City has to offer.
On a side note, when you book your room online, you will only see the rooms at the conference rate of $149.00 plus tax. If you would like a larger room or suite, please contact the hotel directly for room rates and availability. And when you do, please mention or note the AMUG Conference so that your room will be considered as part of our room block.
It has been a very exciting to see all of the interest by our sponsors in the 2019 event. The registration process began just a few weeks ago, and the response has been amazing. With almost all the available space registered, we are ecstatic to be so far ahead versus previous years. As the last spaces fill up, we will be redirecting our focus to execution; helping to make sure everyone’s preparations come together smoothly.
With the launch of the new Training Lab, there has been a lot of sponsor excitement, but we understand that there will be a lot of questions to be answered. We will be working with all that want to participate to make this a successful inaugural feature of the conference. Please do not hesitate to let us know your thoughts and questions (contact our vice presidents at firstname.lastname@example.org).
As we implement the changes planned for this year, we will be opening opportunities for more user engagement. This is where ‘for users by users’ will be even more evident. We will be looking forward to engaging more of the members to make this and every year better. If you would like to play a role in making it better, please let us know that you interested in helping before, during or after the conference by emailing email@example.com.
To offer members more options in the way they choose to support the efforts of AMUG, the board has adopted an altered organization structure. The key change is that we have expanded the number and type of positions that are available to those that want to be a part of the team.
We now have four of paths to volunteer your services:
- Senior Management (vice presidents and deputy vice presidents)
- Reports to AMUG Officers
- Junior Management (managers and associates)
- Reports to Senior Management
- Committee Member
- Standing committees and ad-hoc committees
- Assist before, during and after the conference.
Which path should you choose? It all depends on how much time you can donate and what roles you may like to fill in the future. For example, don’t have a ton of time to spare, want to get to know the inner workings to see what the team is all about, and have a thought of becoming president one day—a Junior Management position may be just the thing for you.
For more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional details will be coming after we modify the AMUG Bylaws and Policies.
Unique among events, a prime differentiator of the AMUG Conference is the openness of attendees and their willingness to share. For those that have never attended, it is hard to describe this uniqueness, so we will rely on the words of those that joined us in 2018.
Drew Wallburg, senior mechanical engineer at Cummings Aerospace, said, “…the best conference experience I’ve ever had. It was a fantastic immersion into an environment where everyone is open and speaks the same language. I cannot wait to come back to AMUG next year. Of all of the conferences I’ve been to, I’ve never gotten as much out of them in five days as I have in the day and a half I’ve been at AMUG.”
Michael Petch, editor-in-chief of 3D Printing Industry, reported, “Unlike any event I have attended before, AMUG has a remarkable openness, sharing of best practices and genuine willingness to advance the industry as a whole. Every part of the AMUG experience is intended to facilitate this exchange of information, from the seating plans at lunch to ensuring attendees have no real reason to leave the hotel.”
“…immersion into an environment where everyone is open and speaks the same language.”
EOS Unveils EOS M 300 Series for Digital Industrial AM Production
Unveiled at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago, IL, EOS launched the EOS M 300-4, the first system of the EOS M 300 series, a new, modular, metal 3D printing platform. The EOS M 300 series is an automation-ready, future-proof platform that is configurable, scalable, secure, and built to serve a variety of manufacturing fields, including aerospace, industry, medical, tooling and automotive. Featuring four lasers and a build volume of 300 x 300 x 400 mm, the EOS M 300-4 offers a full-field overlap with four scanners, enabling the lasers to reach all spots on the build plate.
Tobias Abeln, chief technical officer (CTO), emphasizes, “With its modular set-up and its scalable and flexible concept, the new system line clearly focuses on the high customer demands for AM production. It sets a clear focus on productivity, and lowest costs-per-part and was developed for automation and (software) integration in current and future factories.”
Read the full press release.
BASF Continues to Rapidly Expand its Reach in 3D-printing through Collaboration and Acquisitions
BASF is investing US$25 million in Materialise as they seek to continuously improve materials and software for various 3D-printing technologies. The partnership targets a significant reduction in time-to-market of new products and technologies. Both companies are focusing on applications in the consumer goods sector as well as in the automotive and aviation industries.
In addition, BASF has acquired Advanc3D Materials and Setup Performance, two manufacturers of 3D-printing materials. Advanc3D Materials offers advanced, tailor-made plastic powders and formulations for selective laser sintering (SLS), while Setup Performance is their most important partner in the development and manufacture of SLS materials. With these two acquisitions, BASF is expanding its market access in the area of power bed fusion.
To learn more about these recent announcements, check out these press releases:
- Optimizing materials and software for 3D printing
- BASF acquires two manufacturers of 3D printing materials
For more information, please contact us at email@example.com.
Formlabs Releases Digital Factory Report at Chicago Roadshow
Digitization has already reconfigured the communication, entertainment, advertising, and finance industries. Manufacturing is next. Connected machinery, additive manufacturing, and advanced data analytics can turn software and data into crucial drivers of value for manufacturers. Industrial firms that understand new digital business models will thrive, while those that don’t will be left behind.
The Digital Factory Report presents a coherent vision for how additive manufacturing, artificial intelligence, and advanced automation will transform manufacturing, based on insights from the experts who have appeared on the Digital Factory stage. They will have a profound impact not just on manufacturing itself, but on the entire product lifecycle, whose stages from initial design through aftermarket service are becoming increasingly integrated through software.
Accelerating Industrial Additive Manufacturing
Metal additive manufacturing is maturing rapidly to become a regular production technology, the recent IMTS show made this crystal clear. When applications shift from single parts being prototyped to small- and large-series production, process and equipment requirements change from manual flexibility to automated predictability and integrated reproducibility. With its growing installed base in the aerospace, automotive and high-tech component industries, Additive Industries’ MetalFAB1™ system has proven its added value in the domain of industrial parts production.
During IMTS, on our display we had a working MetalFAB1 Process and Application Development Tool processing IN718 with four lasers covering the entire 420 X 420 mm part bed. We also presented at the AM Conference that Additive Industries is ready to step up the game and focus on traditional manufacturing metrics like OEE and productivity in order to beat competing conventional technologies like casting and machining on their own turf.
Reliable Composite 3D Printing Just Got More Affordable
In case you hadn’t noticed, the manufacturing industry’s enthusiasm for carbon fiber material is only going in one direction – up. That’s probably why sales of carbon fiber composites are projected to exceed 290,000 tons by 2024, according to a Global Market Insights report.
That hasn’t gone unnoticed by makers of additive manufacturing technology. More 3D printing companies are catering to the need with new carbon fiber materials and hardware. What’s been lacking, however, is a carbon fiber 3D printer that provides the consistency and production capacity manufacturers need at a cost-effective price point.
That’s now changed with the introduction of the Stratasys Fortus 380mc Carbon Fiber Edition. It’s an industrial-grade printer priced for affordability that prints exclusively with carbon-filled nylon 12 material. It aims to give more manufacturers access to reliable carbon fiber 3D printing.
The new Fortus 380mc Carbon Fiber Edition was recently shown at IMTS 2018, but if you didn’t see it in Chicago, you can get a closer look in this press release.
Additive at the Cutting Edge of Joint Replacement Surgery
German medical devices company, endocon, has incorporated DMLM additive manufacturing technology to address hip cup extraction. The endoCupCut reimagines the cup removal process, which can often still involve the use of a chisel, risking bone and tissue damage and an uneven surface that makes implant reinsertion difficult. The new device improves product reliability, cost savings and the patient and clinician experience:
- Reduced surgery time from around half an hour to just three minutes
- Significantly improved mechanical properties of the blades in contrast to casting
- Decreased production time from 3 ½ months to 3 weeks
- Cost reduction per blade by around 40-45%
- Lowering the rejection rate from 30% to under 3%
Renishaw Opens Additive Manufacturing Demo Center in California
Renishaw, a leading manufacturer of advanced metal additive manufacturing (AM) systems, has opened a new Additive Manufacturing Demonstration Center in Newbury Park, California. Working in collaboration with Ibex Engineering, the Demonstration Center is situated within Ibex’s headquarters and allows visitors to explore, interact with and use Renishaw’s latest metal additive manufacturing systems.
The center will be equipped to print high-precision titanium (Ti64Al4V) parts on Renishaw’s RenAM 500 series of laser-powder-bed-fusion AM systems. Ideal for industrial production applications, the RenAM 500 series allows for powder sieving and recirculation to be carried out automatically within the compact system, reducing the need for manual handling and exposure to materials.
To provide a complete picture of the metal additive manufacturing process, the center will also feature ancillary elements such as wet downdraft, heat treatment, support, machining and inspection technology, and part removal equipment. Read the full story here .
Introducing HP Metal Jet Technology!
At IMTS 2018, HP Inc. launched HP Metal Jet, the world’s most advanced 3D printing technology for high-volume manufacturing of production-grade metal parts. Providing up to 50 times more productivity at low cost, HP Metal Jet is being deployed by manufacturing leaders GKN Powder Metallurgy and Parmatech for the factory production of final parts. Customers placing orders include Volkswagen and Wilo and innovative vertical market leaders such as Primo Medical Group and OKAY Industries.
3D Systems and GF Machining Solutions Announce DMP Factory 500
3D Systems and Georg Fischer AG’s Division GF Machining Solutions announced their first joint solution, the DMP Factory 500, a scalable manufacturing system designed to transform metal manufacturing through simplified workflows to build higher quality, seamless metal parts up to 500 mm x 500 mm x 500 mm with lower total cost of operation.
The DMP Factory 500 is a customizable solution comprised of five function-specific modules: Printer Module, Removable Print Module, Powder Management Module, Transport Module, and Parking Module. The modular design of the DMP Factory 500 enables continuous function of all metal 3D printing and powder management modules to maximize uptime, throughput and operational value. In addition, the DMP Factory 500 system includes seamless data connectivity with all major ERP systems to facilitate supply chain optimization.
Fast Radius and Carbon Partner to Reimagine the Award-Winning Steelcase SILQ Chair
These days, it’s crucial that design-driven companies have the freedom to build next-gen products on the means of production, at scale. That is why Steelcase engaged Fast Radius and Carbon to explore how additive manufacturing could improve the product development process and differentiate its products in the market.
The outcome? A re-designed and re-engineered custom arm cap for the award-winning Steelcase SILQ Office Chair that aligns the design of the chair with human physiology.
The armrest was designed in four zones that provided different attributes based on how a person’s arm might interact with it. Carbon’s proprietary Digital Light Synthesis™ technology enabled Fast Radius to print the entire armrest as one cohesive part, and the use of lattices reduced material usage by up to 70% without sacrificing performance while greatly reducing the time it takes to bring the product to life.
To learn more, visit www.carbon3d.com.
Additive Manufacturing Advances into Production
What is the case for making production parts using additive manufacturing? Is it the design freedom that allows for consolidating assemblies and optimizing geometries for weight savings? Is it the chance to explore new materials? It is all of these things—but only where the economics make sense. The answer is “Yes” on all counts when it comes to the philosophy driving today’s AM producers and the impetus behind the Metal Jet 3D printer launched by HP last week. Read Additive Manufacturing’s report on this production system and find examples of manufacturers succeeding with 3D printing end-use parts at scale in the September issue.
Boston Event Pass
DEVELOP3D LIVE is taking place in Boston on October 2, giving you the chance to find out about the bleeding edge of product development and the latest software and additive manufacturing technologies.
AMUG Members receive free tickets to the event: Use the code AMUG56t, when prompted at checkout, for your free pass.
Talk topics include:
- Designing for 3D printing
- The latest metals and polymers technologies
- Part inspection and verification
- Securing the entire digital workflow
3D Metal Printing Primed for formnext
The fall issue of 3D Metal Printing previews formnext, November 13-16 in Frankfurt, Germany, additive manufacturing’s (AM’s) largest international event. We’ll be distributing the fall issue at the show, and our editors will be onsite, reporting on the latest metal AM technologies and happenings. Be sure to stop by booth 3.0-J70 to pick up an issue, subscribe to 3DMP and find information on coming events and other magazine offerings.
Our website and social media platforms also feature the latest content, including AM technology we spied at IMTS 2018, and will relay formnext news and technology before, during and after the show.
TCT Show 2018 – 5 days to go!
This time next week, TCT Show 2018 will be in full swing as an anticipated 10,000 professionals descend on the NEC, Birmingham, UK, to do business and learn what’s new in the design-to-manufacturing world. Many companies have already announced major product launches and UK firsts, and we are told there are plenty more to come across the three days.
Accompanying a packed show floor with 250 exhibitors, our three-stage conference program features a stellar line-up of keynote presentations from the likes of Airbus, BMW and the Natural History Museum, discussing technology developments and real-world applications. The main stage will also host a special TCT Hall of Fame panel session exploring the future of AM with this year’s inductees Professor Emanuel Sachs, Greg Morris and Dr. Carl Deckard. To join us on 25-27th September, register for your free ticket here.
Interested in Binder-based Metal AM Technologies? Discover the Parallels with MIM in PIM International Magazine
PIM International, the sister publication to Metal AM magazine, is dedicated to the world of metal (MIM) and ceramic (CIM) injection molding. With the new generation of metal AM technologies, including HP’s Metal Jet system, being so closely related to MIM, PIM International offers in-depth, free-to-access content of direct relevance to these solutions.
Don’t miss the current issue of PIM International, featuring:
- Design for MIM: Ten rules to save time, reduce costs and improve quality
- The future of PIM: Innovations and opportunities at Arburg’s second PIM conference
- Ultrafuse 316LX: BASF’s ‘Catamold® on a spool’ presents opportunities for MIM producers
- A review of the sintering behavior of selected tool steels
RAPID + TCT 2019 Call for Speakers
RAPID + TCT 2019 is now accepting speaker applications! Become a part of the select group of presenters dedicated to the advancement of additive manufacturing. The RAPID + TCT 2019 Conference is where thousands of manufacturing professionals come to learn about the newest technologies, materials, and applications in additive manufacturing, 3D scanning, CAD/CAE, metrology and inspection, and related technologies.
There is no better place to share your innovative research, case study, or application. Become a RAPID + TCT 2019 speaker and influence the future of 3D technologies at one of the most respected additive manufacturing conferences in the world. Submit your abstract by October 19, 2018, to be considered.
IMTS Starts Conference Season with a Bang
September marked the beginning of the conference and trade show season, and with almost 1.5 million sq. ft. dedicated to advanced manufacturing technology, IMTS was quite the start.
3D Printing Industry reporters spent the week at Chicago’s IMTS to see firsthand how additive manufacturing has grown since the show’s previous edition in 2016. AM exhibitors have more than doubled in number and several took the opportunity to announce new machines – including EOS, HP, Velo3D and 3D Systems. However, it was a statement by DMG Mori President Dr. Mori that stood out. You can read more about Dr. Mori’s predictions for the AM industry on our site.
3D Printing Industry will be at every major show from now until the end of the year. If you want to arrange a meeting please do get in contact.
What 3D Printing Needs to be a Serious Tool for Manufacturing
John Kawola, president of Ultimaker North America, discusses the role 3D printing can have in manufacturing. Asked about the value of a “manufacturing minute”, Kawola replied:
“3D printers are purchased the same way a lot of other productivity tools are purchased in engineering, and design, and manufacturing; similar to CAD software, and other products. It’s all about saving time, getting to a better design, saving money. We want to try to find a way to quantify that in some meaningful way. We put together some data. We looked at some industries like automotive.”
To read the entire interview, check out the online article.