Incoming President’s Report
Your AMUG Board has been busy over the past month. We’ve been completing strategic questionnaires among the board, reviewing the user surveys and working to bring on the new board members. We have also revamped our brochure and sponsor sheets for next year. Feel free to share them with anyone that you think might like to attend or exhibit/sponsor.
SME’s RAPID event had most of us in Michigan to support the show. AMUG had a booth that seemed to have non-stop activity: catching up with AMUG friends and talking to new people wanting to find out more about our conference. It also gave us the opportunity to reach out and talk to many of our sponsors and exhibitors that were at RAPID. I’m glad to report that it looks like we’ll have even more present at next year’s event so stay tuned.
We also were able to complete the hand off to me as president and to the new VPs. We spent time bringing everyone up to speed on how our systems are set up. This hand off would normally occur at our business meeting, but since that isn’t until August, we wanted the new board to be able to be engaged early to ensure that we had time to complete everything we needed.
Please be patient as we bring everyone up to speed over the next few months. We’ve already started reviewing the AMUG event as a whole and will be reviewing everything from branding to presentation flow in order to ensure that next year is even more of a success. We value your opinions and will be doing our best to incorporate them into next year’s event.
2014 – 2015 AMUG President
Our Mission: Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) educates and advances the uses and applications of additive manufacturing technologies.
The 2014 SME RAPID show was a great opportunity for AMUG. We set up a display table and had an opportunity to see old friends and make some new ones. Many people came by and told us how highly the AMUG Education & Training Conference was recommended by their colleagues who had attended this year. AMUG is becoming well known as the “must go to” conference in the industry for additive manufacturing users seeking education, training, solutions and networking.
We also had the chance to meet new, potential exhibitors for our upcoming AMUGexpo in Jacksonville, FL. We have some commitments already from some of last year’s sponsors and generated interest in some possible new sponsors. We also found 3D scanning companies eager to participant in our scanning track. All this means 2015 could be even bigger and better than 2014! So make you plans early and save the date – April 19 – 23, 2015.
Sponsor News – Somos
RAPID 2014 – Showcase and New Materials
It was great to see many of you again at the 2014 RAPID Conference. We would like to thank all of you that stopped by to visit the Somos® booth and the Service Provider Showcase. Additionally, we would like to thank the Service Providers that participated by displaying parts that highlighted their capabilities. The Service Providers showcased included: Alphaform, Applied Rapid Technology, Axis Prototype, Dinsmore and Associates, Eagle Design & Technology, Fineline (a Proto Labs service), Forecast 3D, InterPRO, Laser Reproductions, Materialise, Peridot, Protogenic, R&D Prototype, R&M Engineering, Rapid Prototype Company, Sicam Corporation and Toyota Motorsport GmbH.
In case you missed the conference, we are proud to have announced the launch of our Somos® materials for 365nm. As the 3D printing industry is moving towards incorporating LED and DLP technology (typically at 365nm) in equipment for cost efficiency and to achieve faster processing, Somos® is responding by developing materials specifically for this higher wavelength. Somos® PerFORM 365nm is the latest composite material that answers the need for parts that require thermal stability, extreme accuracy and a quick turnaround. Somos® ProtoGen Clear 365nm is a highly versatile material that can be used for a wide variety of applications due to its excellent transparency, accuracy and high temperature resistance. Somos® ProtoGen 365nm and Somos® PerFORM 365nm are setting a new level of high performance for 365nm photopolymer-based 3D printers.
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TCT + Personalize
World-leading 3D Printing Event Launches Asia Edition in Shanghai
Part of TCT + Personalize’s mission is to spread AM and 3D printing to as wide an audience as possible. With that in mind, the team at Rapid News is taking the successful UK platform to Asia with its inaugural TCT + Personalize Asia event taking place in Shanghai, March 2015.
Working in partnership with VNU Exhibitions in Shanghai, TCT Asia will combine the exhibition and conference elements that are familiar to visitors of the veteran UK event, as well as elements like the Bright Minds UK initiative.
Metal Sintering Meets Industrial Needs with the EOS M 290
Introduced only a few weeks ago, EOS’s M 290 is an enhancement of the company’s M 280 system and features improved part and machine monitoring functions. Though these new features might seem to fit the mold of a routine update, rather than a complete model change, the M 290 represents a systematic improvement aimed at serving applications that demand highly accurate, high-quality parts.
Read the full article on ENGINEERING.com.
The Sorovetz Report
Greetings from sunny Jacksonville, FL, where the current temperature is 87° F and the skies are crystal clear. I am on site working with the hotel preparing for the 2015 AMUG Conference and Expo, which is on track to be the best event ever. I am just amazed at how the executive board is able to leap frog the previous year’s activities that led to the conference’s huge success.
I’ve asked this at least a dozen times, but I figure why not ask again. If anyone is planning on bringing a guest to the conference and would like for me to set up some group activities for our spouses and friends while we are in the conference, please let me know. A day trip to St. Augustine, shopping, a day at the beach or maybe a group cooking class with Chef James are just a few thoughts. Please let me know if you are interested.
I know we are 10 months away from zero hour, but if it is possible to make your hotel reservation early please do. The hotel has over 900 rooms, but we highly recommend that you register early so that we can ensure that our guaranteed room block accommodates everyone. As we get closer to the date, it is harder for us to secure more rooms at the group rate.
Have a great summer,
Thomas A. Sorovetz