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AMUG Recognizes Excellence

By April 25, 2012September 28th, 2016news

COSTA MESA, CALIF., April 24, 2012 – The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) today announced recipients of awards for excellence, service and technical skill. The awards were presented at the 24th annual users group conference in Costa Mesa, California.

In its opening ceremonies, Charlie Norton, president of NCP Leasing, and Guy Bourdeau, sales manager at 3D Systems and AMUG treasurer, were honored with awards for years of support of the users group. Norton was recognized for his unsurpassed moral and financial backing of the users group over many years. He was also recognized for his role in spawning numerous new careers in the additive manufacturing industry. Bourdeau, who is stepping down from the treasurer’s position after 12 years of service, was recognized for his dedication, passion and financial stewardship.

At the annual Awards Banquet, the association named the winners of the 2012 Technical Competition. This competition recognizes excellence in additive manufacturing applications and skill in finishing additive manufacturing parts. A panel of industry veterans selected Mike Pierce of Hamilton Beach Brands for his food processor with sheet metal part as the top entry in the Advanced Concepts category. For advanced finishing, the same panel selected Todd Reese of Realize Inc. for his fantasy character figure.

“We had 13 fantastic entries in the Technical Competition, making it difficult to select just two winners,” said Rabinovitz.

Another event highlight was the presentations of 18 Dinosaur Awards, which recognize industry veterans with exceptional skill that in turn contribute back to the additive manufacturing industry. The newly named dinosaurs are:

Fused Deposition Modeling

  • Duane Byerly, Xerox
  • Mike Littrell, C.ideas
  • Frank Medina, University of Texas at El Paso


  • Robert Coleman, Mattel
  • Dan Mishek, Vista Technologies
  • Jason Lopes, Legacy Effects
  • Bradley Ruprecht, U.S. Army
  • Michael Zerbe, Newell Rubbermaid

Laser Sintering

  • Paul Bates, Reebok
  • David Bourell, University of Texas
  • Roger Cunningham, Integra
  • Scott Schermer, SC Johnson
  • Thomas Starr, University of Louisville


  • Bill Braune, Met-L-Flo
  • Larry Monahan, Becton Dickinson
  • Brad Palumbo, Phoenix Analysis & Design Technology
  • Ken Patton, Rapid Tech/Saddleback College
  • Sean Wise, RePliForm

Advanced Applications winner: Mike Pierce.
photo by Ed Winters Photography

Advanced Finishing winner: Todd Reese.
photo by Ed Winters Photography

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 all commercial additive manufacturing technologies for companies such as Stratasys, 3D Systems, Concept Laser, SLM Solutions, EOS, and Renishaw. AMUG meets annually to provide a forum for technical presentations on processes and new technologies. This information addresses operation of additive manufacturing equipment and the applications that use the parts they make. Find AMUG online at