We are coming to the end of the year, but the preparations for the conference aren’t slowing down.
The AMUG team will take time for eggnog, gift-giving, and champagne over the holidays, but it will continue to work hard to bring you the best AMUG Conference ever. Our agenda for the AMUG Conference leverages what has worked while being enhanced with modifications requested by our members. Details are evolving, but the “2020 Conference Agenda Update” article below provides some highlights. As details become available, we will keep you updated through the newsletter and website so that you can plan your AMUG experience.
The support for the conference has been amazing. For 2020, we slightly expanded the number of sponsorships and exhibitor spaces, but we are almost sold out! If your company is interested in sponsoring/exhibiting, please contact our vice presidents, Jamie and Andrew, to ask to be put on the waitlist (anything can happen) or to get creative with your participation.
For those that can make 2020 commitments in 2019, I remind you that the early-bird registration ($600 less than the one-month-out rate) ends December 31. I also encourage you to make your hotel reservation soon. We have the entire Hilton Chicago at our disposal, yet it can’t accommodate all of our conference attendees. We have a backup hotel, but AMUG Conference veterans will tell you that you will want to stay at the conference venue.
Although we had hoped to have information and nomination forms for our elected positions available in time for this newsletter, there has been a slight delay in making the information clear and the process seamless. We now have nine elected positions that we encourage you to consider. Information will be on our website soon and details will be in the next newsletter, but if you want to discuss the opportunities now, please contact Paul Bates, chair of the Nominating Committee, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking back a few weeks, I would like to thank everyone that joined our reception at Formnext. We had an excellent turnout and great conversations (that went an hour beyond the scheduled time and would have gone longer—in AMUG style—if allowed). It was great to see everyone that visited from all over the world. P.S. There is a great video of Chairman Gary Rabinovitz walking the Formnext floor.
We are looking forward to seeing you soon, but only after enjoying the holiday season. AMUG wishes you safe and happy holidays with your families and friends!
Hurry, Early Bird Pricing Ends Soon
If you plan to join us for the 2020 AMUG Conference, register soon to lock in the early bird pricing. Through December 31, $895 gets you access to the conference and AMUGexpo, as well as more food and beverage than you can handle. The registration fee also covers our Tuesday-night offsite event.
The registration fee increases to $995 on January 1. For those who wait until February 23, the rate is $1,495.
The AMUG Conference is a one-of-a-kind event that combines knowledge sharing, networking, and fun. Don’t miss out; register today.
Innovator Award Recipient
AMUG has selected Dr. Hans Langer, founder of EOS GmbH and CEO/chairman of EOS GROUP, as its 2020 Innovator Award recipient. This prestigious award is presented annually to an individual that has delivered innovative solutions to the AM industry, and Dr. Langer has done that with multiple technologies.
Back in 1989, Dr. Langer founded EOS after serving as managing director of General Scanning. From there, he gave us stereolithography, polymer laser sintering, and Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS). Today, the solutions offered by the EOS GOUP are wide-ranging, spanning machines, materials, and applications.
On Wednesday, March 25, Dr. Langer will take the stage for AMUG’s annual Innovators Showcase. In this fireside-chat-styled conversation, you will hear Dr. Langer’s story, learn from his thoughts on the present and future, and get to know the man that created companies pivotal to AM’s growth.
Dr. Hans Langer, recipient of 2020 Innovators Award.
2020 Conference Agenda Update
As we come to the end of another year, the preparations for the AMUG Conference are gearing into full swing. The AMUG Agenda is coming together, and we have a few items we want to make sure everyone plans for before this year ends. We have two pre-conference certification programs, off-site tours (to be announced soon), and extended time for the AMUGexpo.
Below is a brief at-a-glance. Our detailed preliminary agenda will be issued soon.
AMUG is pleased to announce the new certification programs that will take place on Saturday and Sunday before the conference. NOTE, registration and costs for these programs are not included with AMUG Conference registration.
NEW! SME/UL Technician Course – Saturday, March 21, and Sunday, March 22
Additive Manufacturing – Technician Review Program (1 ½-day review and ½-day exam) Cost: $695 per person
This program is ideal for a candidate with a two-year associate degree in additive manufacturing or is currently enrolled in a college program, and/or has one or more years of working experience in a manufacturing-related field. The certification covers key roles and responsibilities for an additive manufacturing technician, the additive manufacturing process chain, design for additive manufacturing, materials and process selection, secondary processes, and key safety considerations.
The prep course is a discussion-oriented and interactive session in which participants receive comprehensive application-based knowledge of the 3D printing industry. It covers key roles and responsibilities for an AM technician, the AM process chain, design for AM, material and process selection, secondary processes, and key safety considerations, so you will begin to understand how to apply AM in your organization. The certification exam consists of 120 multiple-choice questions.
Details and registration link are available at www.amug.com/2020_train_certify/.
NEW! ASTM Workshop – Sunday, March 22
Accelerating AM Technology Adoption Through Standardization and Certification (3/4-day session) Cost: $250
As additive manufacturing is getting matured as a mainstream manufacturing method, standards are the key to accelerate further adoption of the technology to the next level. Several gaps exist in additive manufacturing to meet many industry-specific needs. Therefore, globally accepted, market-relevant standards are needed to meet the growing demand in the application of AM technology. Certification is another barrier that will slow down the adoption of AM technologies. For certification, specific standards are needed to cover the entire AM value chain.
While standards continue to develop for AM, they are unable to keep up with the industry needs as AM technologies advance rapidly. Standard development is collaborative and voluntary, which makes the process slow. Another hurdle in the advancement of standards development is the lack of awareness among the AM community on the standardization process and how the community can actively get involved in the process. To accelerate the AM standardization process, ASTM came up with a unique initiative, Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence (AM CoE), which bridges the gap between R&D and standard development by performing focused research.
The workshop will contain eight technical talks followed by a panel discussion.
Details and registration link (coming December) available at www.amug.com/2020_train_certify/.
We have extended the time for the AMUGexpo on Sunday, March 22. We will now open at 4:00 pm so arrive early! We are planning on up to 140 participating companies, and there will be a lot to see. As of today, we have 18 Diamond Sponsors, 26 Platinum Sponsors, and 90 Gold Sponsors/Exhibitors participating in the AMUGexpo. We have just a few more Diamond spots to fill for the conference. For a complete list of sponsors, visit www.amug.com/sponsors/.
The AMUG app will be available in early 2020 for you to plan your time at AMUG so be on the lookout for the announcement!
New Member Welcome
Joining us for the first time? New Member Welcome will be held Sunday, March 22, at 3:30 pm in the Grand Ballroom. Come meet the AMUG Board, gather information, and ask questions to make the most of your time at AMUG.
Between the AMUG tracks and the Diamond and Platinum Sponsor sessions, there will be over 160 speaking sessions, panels, Training Labs, and hands-on training programs to participate in during the week. This doesn’t include the AMUG morning sessions, keynote speakers, and Innovator Showcase with this year’s recipient, Dr. Hans Langer, founder of EOS GmbH. In addition, we have nighttime activities, including the AMUGexpo, off-site Tuesday night event & and networking dinner (location is a surprise!), Wednesday evening’s “Roaring 20s Chicago Style” dinner, and Thursday’s annual Family Dinner & networking event to close out the conference.
Don’t forget to register for the conference – fees increase January 1st!
Favorite Recipes Wanted
At the 2020 AMUG Conference, we will once again have our “family dinner” on the last night of the event. In past years, this has been well received, and the food was great. The concept is to allow AMUG attendees to taste favorite family recipes from around the world. But to make it work, we need your help.
Here’s how it works: you submit a favorite family recipe with a short description of the origin of the recipe (mom’s, grandmother’s, etc.) and a memory or two related to the dish (what it reminds you of). Tom Sorovetz, event manager, and the Hilton Chicago chef will then pick a few recipes to be prepared and shared on Thursday, April 4. Appetizers, entrees, and desserts are welcome.
As you enjoy the holiday meals of the season, please give some thought to a favorite recipe and the fond memories it brings forth. Jot down the details and send them, with the requested description, to Tom Sorovetz before February 28.
ExOne’s 10th Metal 3D Printer Delivers Binder Jetting Innovation
Joining ExOne’s impressive line-up of metal 3D printers is the X1 160PRO, the largest metal binder jetting system on the market and ExOne’s 10th metal 3D printer. Offering more than 2.5 times the build volume of competing systems for sale today, the X1 160PRO features unparalleled material flexibility, capable of 3D printing more than six qualified metal materials, plus ceramics, into dense and dimensionally accurate parts.
As ExOne CEO John Hartner points out, the X1 160PRO was “designed in response to growing demand from automotive, defense and aerospace customers,” in addition to more than two decades of technology upgrades.
The new X1 160PRO also features ExOne’s exclusive, patent-pending Triple ACT system. Learn how ExOne technology binder jets metal to precision with this new advanced system which dispenses, spreads and compacts ultra-fine metal powders to deliver industry-leading part density and repeatability. Click here to download the Triple ACT white paper.
New X1 160PRO Metal 3D Printer for high-volume production of quality parts.
Carbon Announces General Availability of L1 Printer and Partnership with Jabil
Carbon announced the general availability of the L1 printer, the company’s latest hardware offering. This the largest printer in the Carbon Digital Manufacturing Platform, and with a build area of 1000 cm², it is built for the rapid, high-volume production of large parts. Carbon’s partners such as adidas, Riddell, and Dentsply Sirona are already using the L1 printer to bring innovative products to market at speeds and volumes never before possible with additive manufacturing. L1 printers will begin shipping in the first half of 2020.
Additionally, Carbon has added global manufacturing solutions provider Jabil to the Carbon Production Network. In adding Jabil to the network, Carbon is building an ecosystem of contract manufacturers that are paving the way for a future of manufacturing that will improve human well-being, transform industries, and change the world.
For more information on the L1 printer, visit www.carbon3d.com/L1.
Carbon L1 printer, now generally available.
SLM Solutions and Honeywell Partner to Qualify New Additive Manufacturing Technology to Reduce Printing Times
SLM Solutions announced that it is working with Honeywell, a leading user of additive manufacturing technologies with extensive knowledge across various platforms and applications, to help qualify new additive manufacturing parameters that enable printing at increased thicknesses. The partnership will help both companies reduce printing times and costs.
“SLM Solutions’ latest technology will help Honeywell improve productivity while also meeting our material requirements for qualification,” said Dr. Sören Wiener, senior director of technology and advanced operations for Honeywell’s Aerospace business. “We intend to qualify these parameter sets through repeatability testing in our production environment, including build and post-processing, to generate an efficient process with a set of material property data.”
Read the full press release here.
Dyndrite: Strong Presence Heading into 2020
AMUG Diamond Sponsor, Dyndrite Corporation (pronounced ‘Den-drite’), provides the GPU-powered, Python-scriptable, “Additive Manufacturing Toolkit” (AMT), which brings portability, scalability, and repeatability to production-oriented AM environments. AMT is a powerful build-processor used by leading aerospace, automotive, medical, and service bureau customers to streamline and automate their CAD-to-Print workflows.
- Harshil Goel, Dyndrite Founder and CEO, Named to Forbes ‘30 Under 30’ List for 2020 (Dyndrite News)
- Dyndrite introduces new additive manufacturing build processor at Formnext 2019 (Metal AM)
- Here’s how your graphics card could make your 3D printer faster (TechRadar)
Other news includes the growing list of partnerships with leading OEMs, such as 3D Systems, EOS, ExOne, Renishaw, and SLM, as well as new ISVs such as Ansys and Altair. To date, over 15 companies have become members of the Dyndrite Developer Council.
Dyndrite will be at the AMUG Conference in Salon A, Booth D10. Can’t wait until March to use AMT? Apply for early access at www.dyndrite.com/beta.
Dyndrite founder and CEO, Harshil Goel, Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2020
Stratasys Unveils New High-Performance Materials
With growing demand for production-grade 3D printing materials, Stratasys recently introduced two new thermoplastics and extended printer availability for another.
Diran™ 410MF07 is a new nylon-based material ideal for demanding tooling applications. It’s extremely tough, chemical resistant, and offers a smooth, low-friction surface quality.
Antero™ 840CN03, developed for the F900 3D printer, adds electrostatic dissipative (ESD) properties to this high-strength, PEKK-based material. It also offers heat and chemical resistance and low outgassing properties, making it well suited for aerospace and industrial applications.
ABS-ESD7™ is another ESD-compliant thermoplastic now offered on the F370™ printer. This material was previously only available on Fortus® printers but now becomes more accessible through the easy-to-use F370.
Antero 840CN03 opens up prototyping applications for static-sensitive electronics.
3D Systems Announces General Availability of VisiJet® M2S-HT90 High-Temperature Resistant, Biocompatible Material
3D Systems’ VisiJet® M2S-HT90—the latest enhancement to its portfolio of engineering-grade plastics for the ProJet® MJP 2500 Plus—provides best-in-class heat deflection temperature of 90 °C while meeting USP Class VI standards. This strong, rigid, transparent material is designed for durable goods and automotive applications—ideal for functional prototyping of parts that operate in high-temperature environments such as appliances, enclosures, and housings, as well as testing parts or assemblies with heated fluids and gasses. Due to its biocompatibility, VisiJet M2S-HT90 is also optimal for healthcare applications including medical devices that have fine features and small internal structures designed for fluid flow.
Biomedical engineers at Antleron (Leuven, Belgium), an R&D company with a mission to enable living therapies, are using 3D Systems’ VisiJet M2S-HT90 to develop bioreactors as part of their personalized manufacturing 4.0 strategy. According to Jan Schrooten, chief executive officer of Antleron, “The combined mechanical and biocompatible properties of 3D Systems’ VisiJet M2S-HT90 are enabling us to accomplish innovations in cell biology—moving from 2D to 3D and beyond. We now can rapidly translate our ‘out-of-the-box’ cell processing ideas into new ways to develop products for life science applications.”
A bioreactor developed by biomedical engineers at Antleron uses 3D Systems’ VisiJet M2S-HT90 on the MJP 2500 Plus 3D printer.
A Total Footwear Solution from BASF Forward AM: Virtual Engineering, Material and Coating
Last month, our team in Germany 3D-printed 50 pairs of sneakers using our Ultrasint® TPU powder on both HSS and SLS technologies—which they got to wear during Formnext 2019 in Frankfurt.
Leveraging our expertise in FEA-simulation (Ultrasim®) of lattice structures and our own material models, the team created a gradient lattice structure that could fulfill comfort and stability throughout the shoe’s midsole. The finishing touch was our flexible coating, which provided enhanced durability and aesthetics.
The shoes were completed in partnership with GROUPE ZEBRA, who glued a traditional upper onto the 3D-printed midsole. Visitors to our booth complimented our team on their shoes while the team never felt so rested on a tradeshow floor—the ultimate test of comfy shoes. Success!
NOTE: Our flexible coating product line will be launching in Q1 2020…stay tuned.
EOS First Supplier to Develop CO Laser Solution for Industrial 3D Printing
Showcased at the Formnext trade show in Frankfurt, Germany, EOS became the first manufacturer to develop a solution for powder-based industrial 3D printing using a CO laser, with the unveiling of Fine Detail Resolution (FDR) technology for processing polymers. With the new technology, manufacturers will be able to produce extremely delicate, yet robust, parts with wall thicknesses as low as 0.22 mm. Unlike the existing EOS product range, FDR technology uses a 50-watt, ultra-fine CO laser beam with a focus diameter half the size of current SLS technologies, opening up new exposure parameters for superfine surfaces.
Dr. Tim Rüttermann, EOS senior vice president Polymer Division, says, “The new technology will combine the best of two worlds–the detailed resolution of stereolithography (SLA) with the durability and quality of selective laser sintering (SLS).”
Read the Full Press Release.
Formlabs User is Accelerating Tissue Engineering Research
Dr. Sam Pashneh-Tala from the University of Sheffield is using Formlabs printers to enable the production of tissue-engineered blood vessels with a variety of geometries. This will allow for patient-specific vascular graft designs and improved surgical options while providing a unique testing platform for new vascular medical devices for those suffering from cardiovascular disease—which is currently the number one cause of death worldwide. The full story on Dr. Pashneh-Tala’s research can be found here.
Formlabs is running a campaign: if you have an FDM printer and are looking to add SLA, users can receive up to $400 off the Form 3 to try SLA 3D printing. All that is needed is verification of your FDM machine by submitting your information directly to the form before December 24, 2019.
Dr. Sam Pashneh-Tala at his research facility at The University of Sheffield.
How Erpro Group Uses the Agile MES
Erpro Group is using the Agile MES to coordinate its serial AM applications. It is a sign that commercial serial AM is arriving when Erpro produced over seventeen million mascara brushes for the iconic Chanel brand in 2019.
CEO Cyrille Vue and project manager Dany Saade discuss the workflow, quality control procedures, and how 3YOURMIND’s agile manufacturing software suite fits into their future plans.
Watch the Erpro customer spotlight video.
Essentium Research Shows Industrial-Scale 3D Printing Moves into Mainstream Manufacturing
Essentium, Inc. has announced the first in a series of findings from independent global research on the current and future use of industrial 3D printing. The study reveals a significant increase in the use of large-scale AM. The number of manufacturers using 3D printing for full-scale production has doubled compared to last year (40% in 2019; 21% in 2018). Two-thirds of companies reported they have more than doubled their use of industrial-scale AM in their manufacturing, and 47% are now using the technology for runs of thousands of printed parts, a jump of 17% compared to 2018.
While reduced manufacturing costs is a key driver for many manufacturers (58%), the increased adoption of AM at scale is also fueled by manufacturers’ need to improve customer response time. Sixty-one percent of respondents said they are adopting the technology to reduce lead times, 59% believe they will benefit from mass customization, while 59% are looking to increase speed-to-part production and 51% want to achieve high part performance.
As industrial-scale AM enables new capabilities not possible with traditional manufacturing, two-thirds of manufacturing companies surveyed see themselves as leaders in 3D printing innovations. Despite the optimism, some companies still face obstacles, including the high cost of 3D printing materials (51%); expensive 3D printing hardware (38%); and current 3D printing technology does not scale (31%).
Find out more at essentium3d.com.
Study reveals a significant increase in the use of large-scale additive manufacturing
Renishaw Launches New Software to Improve Additive Manufacturing Quality
Renishaw launched InfiniAM™ Sonic acoustic process monitoring software to complement its InfiniAM suite of AM monitoring tools. InfiniAM Sonic enables engineers to detect acoustic events within the AM build chamber and turn this data into useful information about build quality. The software is the first of its kind in the AM industry.
The InfiniAM Sonic package is installed into the RenAM 500Q system as a factory-fit option and includes four acoustic energy sensors to detect vibration in the build. The sensors detect minute vibrations and collect these sound waves so that they can be heard, viewed, and analyzed. Using four high-frequency sensors in different locations results in a slight time difference, due to the speed of sound. The software uses this to triangulate the position of the noise on the build plate. In addition, the software presents a level of certainty regarding where the noise occurred and the magnitude. This data can then be combined graphically with other sensor data to build a comprehensive view of the part and the conditions at the time of build.
InfiniAM Sonic works alongside InfiniAM Central and InfiniAM Spectral, which provide an improved understanding of build quality, increased confidence in the build process, and accelerated process development. The InfiniAM Central mobile app is also available so that users can receive notifications on their build process in near real-time.
InfiniAM Sonic yields visual monitoring from acoustic events.
VELO3D Launches Assure™ Quality Assurance and Control System for its Sapphire® Metal AM printers
Working in concert with Sapphire® and Flow™, Assure, a revolutionary quality control system, enables visibility into every layer of the build through real-time, multi-sensor, physics-based excursion detection algorithms. Assure provides the substantiation of part quality needed for volume production by detecting process anomalies and flagging them so errors are not repeated.
Prior to a build, Assure validates machine health by tracking and reporting Sapphire’s ‘pre-flight’ check of critical parameters (optics | sensors | consumables | powder bed quality ). During a build, Assure monitors that these parameters stay in spec and predicts bulk material properties, in real-time, for each part.
Assure also automatically generates a build report that can form the foundation of a Certificate of Compliance. This report offers full traceability of system performance and any predicted part defects during a build. This decreases variation and provides comprehensive documentation to fast-track printed-part validation for metal AM production.
Stratasys Direct put Assure through a 12-week field validation test and, in this whitepaper, shares the results.
What are 3D Scanners?
3D scanners are devices that are used to take real-world, tangible objects and transfer their geometry into computer data. They provide an alternative measurement method to options such as hand measurements or using a coordinate measuring machine.
Our 3D scanners don’t require any hard setup of the part nor the part to be moved to a metrology lab to get extremely accurate measurements that anyone can achieve. In addition to that, 3D scanners will gather millions of measurements for you so you can easily get the whole picture of what you’re measuring. This means that if you’re just measuring a few points on the part or 100 it takes almost the exact same amount of time. The flexibility, speed, accuracy, repeatability, and ease of use are what set 3D scanners apart from other measurement methods.
Multimaterial 3D Printing Manufactures Complex Objects, Fast
With new additive technology, a multi-nozzle 3D printer can switch between multiple inks up to 50 times per second. Multimaterial Multinozzle 3D (MM3D) printing developed at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) uses high-speed pressure valves to achieve rapid, continuous, and seamless switching between up to eight different printing materials, enabling the creation of complex shapes in a fraction of the time currently required using printheads that range from a single nozzle to large multi-nozzle arrays.
Get the full story here.
The printhead can accommodate multiple nozzles, each of which can print up to eight different materials. (Credit: Lori K. Sanders)
Outlook for 3D Printing in 2020
As part of our annual Technology Outlook survey, Digital Engineering asked our audience of designers and engineers about how they are currently using additive manufacturing technology, their plans for future adoption or expansion, and the value that additive manufacturing solutions can bring to their operations. You can read the full survey results in the December issue of Digital Engineering, now available online. In addition, the issue includes forward-looking coverage of virtual reality, software licensing, mobile workstation, and simulation trends.
Interested in Sinter-based Metal AM? Discover PIM International Magazine
PIM International, sister publication of Metal AM magazine, is dedicated to the world of metal and ceramic injection molding (MIM and CIM) and sinter-based additive manufacturing. With the adoption of the latest generation of binder jet metal AM technologies being led by MIM producers, PIM International offers a range of industry-relevant, in-depth, and free-to-access content.
In the current issue of PIM International:
- Metal Injection Moulding: Celebrating forty years of innovation
- MIM: An alternative manufacturing process for aerospace applications?
- Successful high-volume part production with HP Metal Jet 3D Printing: A guide for MIM professionals
- The effect of sintering conditions on magnetic and phase characteristics of X15 CrMnMoN 17-11-3 MIM nickel-free stainless steel
PIM International reports on MIM, CIM and sinter-based AM.
Formnext Highlights and Insights
Once again, Formnext proved itself as the place to be for anyone working in AM. While almost half of the 3D Printing Industry team decamped from London to Frankfurt for the week, our writers still kept the news flowing. Over 70 formnext related articles, including a couple of digests, were published including this Formnext 2019 wrap up article featuring insights from forty-plus attendees and exhibitors.
Generating the most interest from readers in the past month was news of Desktop Metal’s carbon fiber system, Xerox’s debut in Frankfurt, and applications of HRL Laboratories’ high-strength aluminum alloy.
Formnext 2019: A bright future for the AM industry.
3DMP Covers Formnext: Printers, Powder and Software Power Largest Show Ever
Walking the aisles at Formnext leaves no doubt that metal AM has grown immensely in reach and capability. The market is real, and as 3D metal printing advances into production applications, vendors are responding with new additive and hybrid machines, methods for powder processing and quality control, and software tasked with shepherding AM design and production. 3D Metal Printing was there to experience it all, and we’ll reveal what we saw at Formnext in our Winter 2019 print issue, due out in early February, as well as online at www.3dmpmag.com and in our semi-monthly newsletters.
Avi Reichental (right), founder, CEO, and chair of XponentialWorks, discusses the digital transformation with Lou Kren, senior editor of 3D Metal Printing magazine.