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2020 DINO Awards

By July 14, 2020August 2nd, 2021news, Press Release

Additive Manufacturing Users Group Awards Ten DINOs

MILWAUKEE, WISC., July 14, 2020 – The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) presented its prestigious DINO (Distinguished INnovator Operator) Award for additive manufacturing expertise and service to ten individuals. In lieu of an on-stage ceremony at the annual AMUG Conference, the DINO award presentations were a virtual event.

Carl Dekker, AMUG president, said, “These are unprecedented times, so we took the unprecedented step of making virtual award presentations. We did everything we could to preserve the suspense and surprise to make this a special moment in the additive manufacturing careers of our new DINOs.” Rather than being called to the stage from the crowd at the conference, the DINOs learned of the honor when an unannounced delivery arrived at their doorsteps.

Gary Rabinovitz, AMUG chairman and chair of the DINO Selection Committee, said, “We considered postponing the awards to coincide with the 2021 AMUG Conference, but the committee unanimously agreed that DINO recognitions should not be delayed.” The 2020 DINOs have a long history in additive manufacturing and years of contributions to the AM industry and AMUG so “It would be unfair to make them wait nearly a year for recognition of all that they have done,” Rabinovitz added.

The 2020 DINOs are:

  • Jeff DeGrange, Impossible Objects Inc
  • Bob Diaz, College of Southern Nevada
  • Leslie Frost, GE Additive
  • Youping Gao, Castheon
  • Ed Graham, ProtoCAM
  • Paul Hojan, Christie Digital
  • Evan Kirby, Materialise
  • Ulf Lindhe, Oqton
  • Dana McCallum, Carbon, Inc.
  • Bob Wood, ExOne

AMUG’s 2020 DINO Award recipients: (top row, left to right) Jeff DeGrange, Bob Diaz, Leslie Frost, Youping Gao, Ed Graham; (bottom row) Paul Hojan, Evan Kirby, Ulf Lindhe, Dana McCallum, Bob Wood.

The DINO Award recognizes those that have contributed to the additive manufacturing industry with the intent to advance the industry as a whole or to advance the skills and knowledge of individuals.  Rabinovitz said, “At the heart of this award is a passion for and dedication to additive manufacturing coupled with a desire to share and to be accessible to others. The new DINOs truly embody what the DINO Award stands for.”

A recorded broadcast of the DINO Awards presentation is available at This video also includes footage that captures the shock, surprise and disbelief of the new DINOs learning that they had been received the award.

Over its 32-year history, AMUG has awarded DINOs to only 168 individuals. Although there are many deserving of the recognition as a DINO, AMUG limits this prestigious award to no more than ten individuals each year. Nominations for 2021 DINO candidates will be accepted beginning October 1, 2020.



AMUG is an organization that educates and advances the uses and applications of additive manufacturing technologies. AMUG members include those with industrial additive manufacturing/3D printing technologies and materials used for professional purposes from companies such as Stratasys, DSM, SLM Solutions, GE Additive, ExOne, BASF, Renishaw, Carbon, Formlabs, DMG Mori, Dyndrite, Essentium and CATI. AMUG meets annually to provide education and training through technical presentations on processes and new technologies. This information addresses operation of additive manufacturing equipment and the applications that use the parts they make. Online at