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AMUG July 2022

By July 21, 2022

July 2022

President’s report

AMUG Members,

Summertime is that rewarding period of relaxation with family and friends. But for AMUG, July begins with the induction of a new AMUG Board of Directors and new committee chairs. While many are returning to their positions, we have a good number of new leaders and volunteers that are eager to contribute to AMUG’s continued success.

We have already had our first meeting of the board of directors with committee chairs to discuss expectations and goals. Our Volunteer Committee (led by Jamie Cone) has collected all the volunteer submissions from our members and distributed the data to the committee chairs. All committee chairs have completed their proposed member submissions for the board to review and approve.

The board’s goal is to get our committee members approved and active by early August. This is imperative considering our compressed cycle for an early-2023 AMUG Conference (March 19-23) and registration opening on October 1. It is not too early to mark your calendars for both!

As July draws to a close, the annual meeting of the board of directors will be taking place. This meeting will cover defining and reinforcing the roles and duties of each director, reviewing last year’s conference from survey results, and planning for improvements at the upcoming 2023 conference.

Have a safe and enjoyable summer,

Mark Abshire

Mark Abshire

Look back on AMUG 2022: photo gallery

The 2022 AMUG Conference photo gallery is available on our website.

There are over 1,000 images for you to view. And each is available to download as a 1920 x 1080 image. So grab a beverage and relive the AMUG experience.

Enter the gallery here.

1000+ images in AMUG 2022 photo gallery.

Mobile app: timeless source of information

Need to find a contact? Looking to review a presentation? Turn to the AMUG Conference mobile app from your phone/tablet. The information available through the app—available to those that attended the 2022 conference—has no expiration date.

Keep the app on your device to have access to presentations, the Manufacturing Loop, and your fellow AMUG Members.

If you have lost your access key, please reach out to our registration committee. If you would like to reinstall the app, visit your app store and search for ‘eventscribe’. Once installed, search for ‘AMUG 2022’ in the app.

AMUG 2022 mobile app.


Materials and process development challenges: What every AM engineer should know

All digital-to-physical 3D fabrication processes come with engineering challenges, often leading to parts not meeting expectations. For example, your system could produce unexpected variations in drop volume, inconsistent material toughness, or unpredictable temperatures.

The Dyndrite website now provides expert insights into issues that arise with common AM processes, including:

You’ll find 23 challenges every AM engineer should know about when part quality, time, and money matter.

The good news is that these concerns can be overcome with software compensations/corrections to hardware, material, and/or geometry. The updated website discusses that too.

We hope you find the links thought provoking. If you’re going to IMTS September 12-17, stop by the Dyndrite booth #432416 for further discussion with our experts and demos of Dyndrite solutions.

Dyndrite team reviews support and slice generation for a build at AMUG 2022.

Ultrafast XiP Desktop 3D Printer now shipping

The first desktop 3D printer to use Lubricant Sublayer Photo-curing (LSPc) technology, the XiP from Nexa3D, is now shipping to customers in the US and Canada.

“I’ve used a lot of desktop 3D printing in my work before, but there’s always been some piece missing, whether it be quality and materials to match speed or some kind of limitation in workflow,” said Rob Wiggins, owner of Get It Done Dudes LLC. “The XiP helped me gain ground in creating Hollywood-quality designs like nothing else. This system is something special, and I can’t wait to make more magic with it.”

Speed, quality, and ease of use are among the performance capabilities that set XiP apart from the crowd. Whether creating all-new movie pieces ready for their HD close-up or on the desktop in a busy dental lab, the XiP is poised to bring the next generation of ultrafast production where it’s needed most: to the user.

Special for July: If you’re ready to upgrade, just show proof of your current desktop 3D printer and get up to $1000 off the XiP Individual Package.

Nexa3D is now shipping the ultrafast XiP desktop 3D printer.

Digital Anatomy 3D Printing now includes radiopaque material

Stratasys recently introduced the first radiopaque 3D printing material, RadioMatrix™, that will allow clinical teams, labs, and researchers to 3D print radio-realistic models—exhibiting defined radiopacity properties under medical imaging such as X-ray or CT. These models can exhibit a range of radiopacity values from -30 to 1000 Hounsfield Units (HU).

“The ability to 3D print models with controlled radiodensity is expected to ultimately improve visibility and traceability of medical devices, improve our production of bespoke and patient-derived phantoms for training and educational purposes, and enable new methodologies for improving CT image quality. This novel material opens the door to new applications and research opportunities, ultimately improving patient care delivery,” says Justin Ryan, Ph.D., director of the Helen and Will Webster Foundation 3D Innovations Lab, Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, Calif. US.

Learn more.

RadioMatrix material allows you to see beyond the human eye and create medical models that exhibit radio-realistic features under X-Ray and CT.

fabWeaver, professional 3D Prototyping Workstation, type A530 begins shipping

fabWeaver, an innovative 3D printer brand focused on bringing industrial-level 3D printing, announces that its first professional 3D printer, type A530, is now in transit to Europe and North America to meet global customers in person.

The fabWeaver type A530 debuted at AMUG 2022 in the US and caught the eyes of engineers and product designers with its stunning design and smart technologies. The type A530 is an industrial-level 3D printer built with ease of use, reliability, exceptional accuracy, and sophistication in mind.

Orders for the fabWeaver type A530 are now being taken, and deliveries to North America and Europe are scheduled to begin in August. It is the ONLY office-friendly, factory-worthy 3D printer starting at $5,999 that features a heated chamber with a flexible build plate, a volume of 310 x 310 x 310 mm (12.2 x 12.2 x 12.2 in), and dual nozzles. The type A530’s Automatic Feeding Systems enables non-stop printing, improving lead times of product development workflows, additive manufacturing workshops, and small part makers.

If you are based in NA and have any inquiries or questions for the fabWeaver type A530, please feel free to contact our NA Channel Manager Benjamin (Ben) Peffer.

  • Boston, MA
  • (978) 518-9217

More information on the A530, visit

type A530S.

Register for Meltio’s webinar about wire LMD applications

Summer vacation should be the time to rest and relax but also to learn something new and get inspired! So why not register for our free webinar to dive deep into the world of wire-laser DED applications with our CTO, Brian Matthews?

Join us on July 21st at 9:00 AM EST (8:00 AM CDT) by registering here.

Topics will include:

  • A brief introduction of #Meltio and our product portfolio
  • The how-to and benefits of wire-based processes
  • Technical drivers to identify wire-laser applications
  • Business drivers to identify wire-laser applications
  • Concrete examples of application sweet spots for Meltio’s wire-laser DED technology

There’ll be a time for Q&A, so definitely bring your questions!

Visit our website and keep an eye on our LinkedIn for the latest news and updates!


Webinar: Beyond the Machine: Tools Needed to Successfully Implement Metal Additive

When implementing AM, the metal additive machine you select is only one part of the equation. Whether it’s software, hardware, or qualification assistance, you need various tools to succeed. The tools you need will depend on your manufacturing goals and the industry for which you are producing parts.

In this webinar, we will explore the ancillaries available to lead to metal additive success. And we will  introduce the “capabilities packages” available for the M2 Series 5 DMLM machine, which are customized to users’ needs.

Details and a link to access the webinar are located here.

Webinar covers the tools needed to succeed with metal AM.

Computer Aided Technology (CATI)

You’re invited to Experience Stratasys with CATI

Experience the latest products from Stratasys, including the Stratasys Origin One, Stratasys F770, Stratasys J55, and the Stratasys F370 first-hand, along with the opportunity to hold parts made on the Neo Series (stereolithography) and H350 (SAF).

With a wide variety of dates and locations across the US, join Stratasys and Computer Aided Technology Inc. (CATI) for a convenient and socially distant way to see 3D printing in action and determine how your organization can benefit from additive applications.

CATI will sponsor beverages, snacks, and activities before or after your truck visit.

Register for a VIP tour at your preferred location with this link, and we will follow up with details.

Stratasys Truck tour.

We are very pleased to announce our partnership with Marle-Tangible

Under the terms of the multi-year agreement, we will supply and deliver titanium powder to be used for Marle-Tangible’s 3D printed and specialized orthopedic implants. This agreement falls under medical AM, where 3D printing enables manufacturing of complex medical components.

We are excited to have been selected by Marle-Tangible as their preferred partner for titanium powders,” commented Luc Dionne, chief executive officer at Tekna. “With the Marle Group being a leading player in orthopedic implants, we consider this agreement a testimonial to the high quality of our products. We are delighted to add Marle-Tangible to our growing list of major medical customers and look forward to a long-lasting relationship.”

The agreement follows a longstanding partnership and positions Tekna as a preferred and key powder supplier in the medical field with a secure supply chain.

Partnership establishes Tekna as preferred supplier for Marle-Tangible

Advanced simulation and metrology tools redefine high potential of large-scale DED

The holy grail of AM is to find a viable method to build very large components with a high deposition rate. Metal directed energy deposition (DED) AM demonstrates a very high potential compared to other disciplines. Jeff Robertson, director of business development for Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division, has written an extensive article entitled Digital Technologies Drive Industrialization of Large-Scale DED-AM

The article covers the challenges of DED and how process simulation, in-process monitoring, and compensation from scans present a powerful combination of engineering tools to facilitate the all-important tryout. Simulation software can help the user predict the outcome of a planned AM process and diminish undesirable outcomes before attempting any physical build. Hexagon has developed a full suite of simulation software, including a module specific to DED.

Robertson’s full article can be found in the SME’s first Additive Industry Report 2022.

Article covers DED challenges and the tools to address them. Photo credit: DM3D Technologies.

Join the responsible manufacturing journey

Today’s environmental and social challenges demand action. We believe that innovation and technology can help create a better world for everyone. The BLUEPRINT for Responsible Manufacturing vlog delivers insights into projects, concepts, and ideas of how to make responsible manufacturing the new normal. Meet Björn, our head of sustainability, and his fascinating guests. He speaks with customers, suppliers, research institutes, NGOs, and colleagues from EOS. Join us on this exciting journey of exploring responsible manufacturing!

Björn’s first guests are Sebastian Zenetti, managing director and head of sales at YOU MAWO, and Sebastian Kilchert, research associate at Fraunhofer EMI. YOU MAWO offers customized and sustainably produced eyewear.

The study conducted with Fraunhofer EMI proved that YOU MAWO’s frame production is three times more sustainable than the conventional manufacturing process. Sebastian Kilchert explains in detail the study’s focus and why the life-cycle assessment was such a big part of it. Learn more about the benefits of 3D printed eyewear and the future sustainability goals for YOU MAWO.

On the go and can’t watch the video? Listen to BLUEPRINT on your preferred podcast platform!

New EOS Responsible Manufacturing Vlog BLUEPRINT.

Covestro Additive

Printing soft parts with strict safety requirements

Covestro introduces Addigy® P3001, a TPC powder with 76% rebound resilience—one of the highest available in 3D printing.

Soft, flexible, and rubber-like, it ìs ideal for parts that need to be bouncy, resist high-velocity impact, or a lot of vibration. Typical applications are seals and gaskets, grips and handles, insulation, protective gear (such as mouthguards), and footwear,

The SLS powder complies with the European Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC and meets the requirements for cytotoxicity (ISO 10993-5) and skin irritation non-animal (ISO 10993-10). It remains dimensionally stable under higher temperatures—ideal for parts that need to be cleaned in hot water.

The commercially available powder prints easily on commonly available printers—unlike many soft rubber-like polymer materials—without typical side effects such as odors. It can be post-processed using automated processes such as AMT PostPro3D. The re-use rate is at least 50%, with potential for further improvements.

Lattice structure printed in Addigy® P3001.


3D printing market reaches $3B in Q1 2022

According to the latest market data from SmarTech Analysis, the AM industry grew to $3 billion in Q1 2022, representing a 27 percent expansion over the same quarter last year. This information—which includes printers, materials, and service markets—indicates that the 3D printing sector continues to grow at a rapid rate. However, macroeconomic forces may impede this trend in the near future.

Get the details here.

Digital Engineering 24/

Sustainability in 3D Printing

Digital Engineering has released a digital Special Focus Issue on Sustainability in Design. The special issue includes coverage of new sustainable materials and processes in the 3D printing industry, as well as features on incorporating sustainability concepts into product design processes.

Read it here.

Sustainability covered in Special Focus Issue of DE.

Make Parts

A look at eco-friendly materials in 3D printing

Some of the materials used in 3D printing are generally either not very, or even not at all, degradable in the environment. Some developers and manufacturers are working to develop more eco-friendly materials and deliver the mechanical properties designers look for. Here is an interview with Dr. Raymond Weitekamp, founder of the Berkeley-based 3D printing startup polySpectra. We spoke about a new material being used to create engineering-grade parts through 3D printing and how it can help shrink the carbon footprint.

Scaffold structures printed in polySpectra’ eco-friendly material.

3D Metal Printing

Summer 3DMP preview: AM in New England going strong

We’re readying the Summer 2022 edition of 3D Metal Printing and have plenty to offer our readers. In this coming issue, we detail metal AM efforts in the US Northeast, specifically at the Pratt & Whitney Additive Manufacturing Center at the University of Connecticut and the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology. We also dive into ERP and MES systems for AM companies—of growing interest as evidenced at AMUG 2022 and RAPID + TCT this past year. And, help us help you make plans to attend IMTS, September 12-17 in Chicago, IL, with 3DMP’s IMTS preview. This and plenty more are in the Summer 2022 issue of 3DMP, which is due out soon.

The Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Advanced Manufacturing Center employs AM with metals and plastics to produce ultra-high-resolution parts.

Metal AM

The Summer 2022 issue of Metal AM out now

In addition to the latest industry news, this 176-page issue of Metal Additive Manufacturing magazine includes the following deep-dive features:

  • Transforming access to medical implants with PrinterPrezz
  • Lessons from 2021’s Olympic bike crash
  • What Xerox’s aluminium liquid metal AM offers for supply chain resiliency
  • Additive Manufacturing for oil, gas, and maritime: An evaluation of capabilities and potential
  • Multi-material metal parts by Powder Bed Fusion: New application opportunities
  • Findings from Wohlers Report 2022
  • The challenge of grain size: X-ray powder diffraction analysis of parts made by metal AM

Read the entire magazine online here.

Prefer a PDF? Click here to download.

Summer 2022 issue now available.

3D Printing

Video reporting from 3DPI

Did you know 3D Printing Industry has a growing library of AM videos?

Our engineers recently reviewed the Markforged Mark Two. After 678 hours of scrutiny, including tensile testing and capability tests, what did they think? Our review is here.

We also caught up with 2022 AMUG Conference keynoter Kevin Czinger and his two-million-dollar 3D printed hypercar at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Watch the report online now.

This week we’ll be at Farnborough International Airshow to see the aviation applications of AM.

Got an interesting event you’d like us to film? Get in contact!

The Czinger 21C’s ‘BrakeNode’ at the 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Photo credit: 3D Printing Industry.

The Additive

Adding AM to the mix

East/West Industries is a prime contractor of Sikorsky Aircraft, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, and other aerospace titans. In the past five years, the 54-year-old Long Island company has nearly doubled its production capacity and taken a deep dive into digital manufacturing technologies like 3D printing. Click here to read the story.

Other interesting posts on The Additive Report site:

Additive manufacturing: the missing link in the global supply chain. Click here to read the blog.

Researchers have come up with a new way to assess the tensile strength of parts printed on filament-style printers.

A new ASME standard will help additive manufacturers communicate better.

Shown is one of the many aircraft seats East/West Industries manufactures. Photo credit: EWI