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AMUG Newsletter December 2013

By December 22, 2013October 7th, 2016

President’s Report

Bret Bordner President

Bret Bordner

The AMUG board is just back from EuroMold, which was a huge success. The event was exceptional with a mind-boggling display of additive manufacturing equipment. With so many options, AMUG’s role of educating, informing and training is more important than ever. Thanks to the hard work of the board, both those at EuroMold and those supporting the team from the U.S., AMUG gained more sponsorships and lots of attendee interest. Key to that success was AMUG Ambassador Stefan Ritt and SLM Solutions’ hospitality. Giving AMUG space in the SLM stand, with its beach theme and 30-foot-tall lighthouse, we were at the heart of the activity.

euromold_2013As you can see by the sponsors listed to the right, we have great support from those supplying the tools for additive manufacturing. Their financial support is critical to a successful conference. My sincerest thanks to each and every one of you. It was a pleasure meeting you at EuroMold. It was also a pleasure accepting Somos’ commitment as a Diamond Level Sponsor and Charlie Norton’s (NCP Leasing) move upward to a Titanium Level.

With four months to go before the conference opens, we are finalizing speaker selection. However, there are speaking slots still available (see the “Tracks” article below) so please contact the track leaders if you’d like to share your experiences with the users group. Early in the new year, we will be publishing the tentative agenda so that you can see all that will be offered.

I’ll conclude with congratulations to our own Todd Grimm for being appointed to the board of directors for ARC Group Worldwide.

Have a joyous Holiday and a happy New Year,

Bret Bordner
AMUG President

Our Mission: Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) educates and advances the uses and applications of additive manufacturing technologies.

Vice President’s Report

Mark Barfoot Vice President

Mark Barfoot
Vice President

Things are really starting to come together for the 2014 AMUG Conference. We are well ahead of previous years for sponsorship and attendance. All signs point to the best conference ever.

We are very pleased by both new sponsorships, such as voxeljet and Concept Laser, and increased support from Somos and NCP Leasing. At EuroMold we met personally with most of the sponsors (see all the pictures on our Facebook page) to thank them for the support. But we aren’t done yet so keep visiting our website to see all the coming sponsors. Now our attention turns to exhibitors from the AMUGexpo, which we expect will have every square foot of our exposition space filled.

For the first time, we will be having an online booth layout for the AMUGexpo, which will help you to plan your time at the exposition hall. This online tool will be going live about two months before the conference. At the expo we want all types of technologies as well as a wide range of material choices and ancillary products. If you know of any AMUGexpo candidates (or sponsors) that we should be contacting, please email Derek Ellis or me at

Mark Barfoot

2014 Keynotes

Our 2014 AMUG Conference agenda will feature keynote presentations from Jason Lopes, Dr. Mike North (North Design Labs) and Todd Grimm (T. A. Grimm & Associates). These men are sought-after speakers that will set the tone for the conference.

This month, we feature Jason Lopes. Mike will be featured in the January newsletter, and Todd was covered in the November edition.

Back by popular demand, Jason will get our imaginations going on Tuesday, April 8th, with a visual journey through additive manufacturing’s role in movie magic and advertising wizardry.

Jason is a graduate of The Art Institute of Philadelphia with a degree in specialized video technology in 1998. He is currently the lead systems engineer with Legacy Effects (formerly Stan Winston Studio) in San Fernando CA. Jason’s credits include Avatar, Terminator Salvation, Alice in Wonderland, Ironman 1, 2 & 3, Avengers 1 & 2, Robocop and several other hugely successful film and television productions. He is a leader and speaker within the 3D printing industry and also the recipient of the AMUG’s DINO Award.


Sponsor News – Stratasys

PolyJet Prototypes Contribute to Olympic Success

Every fencing foil is different, tailor-made to the athlete. Fencers traditionally hand sand their hilts to adjust the fit and feel for optimal control. If a hilt breaks, it is irreplaceable.

Tasked with designing and producing custom foils for each Japanese fencing team member to take to the London Olympics, Osamu Takeda of the University of Tsukuba turned to PolyJet 3D Printing. Adjustments to CAD files and successive iterations replaced time-consuming, non-repeatable hand sanding.

Over six months, Takeda made nearly 70 prototypes, continually visiting with athletes for personalized feedback. “Athletes are not engineers. So, I needed to translate their words into several prototypes as quickly as I could. Without 3D printing, it would not have been possible,” Takeda said.

Based on the prototypes, he supplied each athlete with five custom foils in time for the games. “Those replacements gave the athletes peace of mind during the competition.” The team’s silver medals are Takeda’s proof.

Read the full story of the University of Tsukuba’s Team Nippon Multi-Support Project.



Jason Dickman of APP and Andy Christensen of Medical Modeling have taken on the roles of track leaders for SLA and medical, respectively. Thank you both.

We have extended the deadline for submission of presentations so please contact the track leaders if you would like to participate.

Track Leaders
Art and Architecture Kevin Ayers FBI
Castings Steve Murray Hoosier Pattern
Education/Academic Ed Tackett RapidTech
Manufacturing Tools Dana Foster RP+M
Materials Tim Gornet University of Louisville
Medical Andy Christensen Medical Modeling
Metals Bob Zubrickie TE Connectivity
Scanning Derek Ellis Computer Aided Technology
SLA Jason Dickman American Precision Prototyping
SLS David Leigh Harvest Technologies
Transportation Scott Chapman Applied Technology Integratio

TCT + Personalize

TCT Magazine + Personalize at International CES 2014

The 3D printing industry is accelerating, as is the media coverage the technology is receiving, and TCT Magazine + Personalize is bringing industry thought leaders and visionaries to International CES for the inaugural 3D printing conference. The ‘Don’t Believe the Hype? – 3D Printing Uncovered’ conference track at CES on January 8, 2014, is set to include a stellar group of industry headliners who know the difference between innovation and fad.

Conor MacCormack, CEO of Mcor Technologies, will be spreading his consumer 3D printing gospel, drawing on Mcor’s rip-roaringly successful 2013 thanks to a deal with big brand Staples, which brought Mcor’s technology to people on the street.

Is the power of consumer 3D printing with the multi-nationals? IBM’s global industry leader for electronics, Paul Brody, will be bringing this angle to CES. Paul believes the technology is a true competitor to traditional manufacturing and will be relating this hypothesis to the consumer arena.

Wearables are poised to be massive at CES, and Alan Guyan, technical design manager – innovation at Under Armour, will be demonstrating how 3D printing is advancing sportswear.

Finally, AMUG regular Jason Lopes, senior systems engineer, is going to be unveiling the world of 3D printing in effects in what is bound to be a popular presentation.

Jim Woodcock, Group Editor and Conference Director at TCT, commented, “Bringing the inaugural 3D printing conference to a hugely respected event like CES has been a fantastically exciting experience for the TCT team. We have been involved in the 3D printing industry for over two decades and consider ourselves to be more a part of the industry than onlookers reporting from the sidelines. Our strong ties to the industry can be seen in the unbeatable line up we have put together for CES, delivering a truly rounded, realistic and in-depth view of where 3D printing is today and where we can expect it to be tomorrow.”

Other speakers for ‘Don’t Believe the Hype? – 3D Printing Uncovered’ include 3D Systems CEO Avi Reichental, industry commentator and AMUG board member Todd Grimm, and Clément Moreau, CEO of Sculpteo.

TCT Magazine + Personalize will also be the official sponsor of the new 3D Printing TechZone in the LVCC South Hall 3 at CES. This new exhibit area is dedicated to showcasing the latest 3D printing technology to the 150,000 visitors that CES attracts. See TCT Magazine + Personalize on Booth 32025.

International CES 2014 takes place January 7-10, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada.


Sponsor News – Stratasys

FDM Nylon 12: Build Tough Parts

New FDM Nylon 12 material produces tough nylon prototypes, tooling and fixtures on your Fortus 3D Production System. It boasts 100 to 300 percent better elongation at break, superior fatigue resistance over any other additive manufacturing technology, and the best Z-axis lamination and impact strength among Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) materials. Learn more.