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2021 DINO Awards

By May 20, 2021news, Press Release

Additive Manufacturing Users Group Presents DINO Awards to Four Members

Shane Collins, Giles Gaskell, Ana Neves, and Robin Van Bragt recognized.

MILWAUKEE, WISC., May 20, 2021 – The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) has presented its prestigious DINO (Distinguished INnovator Operator) Award for additive manufacturing expertise and service to four individuals. The awards were presented at the 32nd annual users group conference held in Orlando, Florida.

AMUG representatives presented the DINO Awards in recognition of tenure in the additive manufacturing industry, years of service, contributions to the industry, and active support of the users group. Gary Rabinovitz, AMUG chairperson and DINO Selection Committee chair, said, “This award recognizes not only experience but also character and passion. Following a lengthy nomination and review process, the committee selected four deserving individuals from dozens of qualified candidates.”

The newly named DINOs are:

  • Shane Collins, ASTM International
  • Giles Gaskell, Hexagon
  • Ana Neves, RAMCO
  • Robin Van Bragt, Eagle Design and Technology Inc.

2021 DINOs (left to right): Shane Collins, Robin Van Bragg, Giles Gaskell and Ana Neves.

Carl Dekker, AMUG president, said, “There were many candidates that had the tenure required for this coveted award. However, that is just one criterion. To be a DINO, one must also give back to the industry and support AMUG. These four individuals rose above all others because of their actions and achievements.”

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. At the heart of this award is a passion for and dedication to additive manufacturing that is coupled with a desire to share and to be accessible to others.

The new DINOs’ efforts behind the scenes and in public forums have advanced the technology and the applications that leverage its capabilities. Through direct contributions of time and energy, all have played a role in making the AMUG Conference a positive experience for those seeking insights and information.

Dekker added, “AMUG’s tenet is ‘For Users, By Users,’ and its success comes from a community where individuals share their experiences to help one another. Our four DINOs have actively participated in the sharing and have volunteered for activities that build the foundation of the community and the AMUG Conference experience.”

Over its 33-year history, AMUG has awarded only 174 DINOs. Although there are many deserving of the recognition, AMUG limits this prestigious award to no more than ten individuals each year. Nominations for 2022 DINO candidates will be accepted beginning October 1, 2021.

About Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG)

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 BASF 3D Printing Solutions, DMG MORI, Dyndrite Corporation, Essentium, ExOne and LuxCreo. 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