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AMUG Newsletter March 2010

By March 18, 2010October 12th, 2016

Dear 3DSUG Member,

We hope your plans for Santa Fe are underway. Here’s some information that you should know about this year’s conference.

Agenda Online
Click here to view the updated agenda. Be sure to visit for future announcements!

Make your conference registration in
Santa Fe, New Mexico today!

CAUTION: Santa Fe, NM has an Elevation of 7020 Feet above sea level. For those of you who are not accustomed to this elevation there is a possibility of developing elevation sickness (severe headache and nausea) within the first few hours of landing. The best way I have found to combat it, is to drink lots of water on the flight and take two aspirin 30 minutes prior to landing.

A Word from the Chair

This year I’ve had the opportunity to work closely with some of you and in the process I’ve learned that there is a lot of innovation going on inside small businesses and that is being facilitated by guys on the shop floor just like you and me. I soon realized that all this know-how is part of the “tacit knowledge” that goes on inside organizations and that never makes the scholarly papers presented in conferences. What I found interesting is that this know-how increases sometimes on a daily basis and it doesn’t even make it into the process control documents of these organizations. I am far from being one of our group’s distinguished Dinosaurs, but you really don’t have to be one to realize that there is no other conference within this industry where you get the amount of networking that goes on at the 3DSUG. The level of knowledge that gets shared among users is worth years of hands-on experience. All you have to do is ASK someone and you will get an honest answer that will give you solutions to problems you thought were specific to you and your company. The number of reasons why you should attend keeps increasing…add the following to the list you got in our last newsletter:

  • Northrop Grumman Corporation Sponsoring an Aerospace Track for Additive Manufacturing
  • Hands on Training on Using Additive Manufactured Parts for Composites Molding
  • Important industry discussions that impact the way we do business
  • The most recent trend analyses within the SLA and SLS industry
  • New materials for SLA and SLS to be announced and discussed only at the 3DSUG 2010

Please join us before the deadline to register at the discounted rate. Also, we are still receiving entries for the technical competitions so please submit the description of your parts or projects.

Luis Folgar, Paramount Industries & 3DSUG Chairperson

White Water Rafting Trip 

1/2 day trip on the Rio Grand River – Sunday April 25th

Class III: Intermediate. rapids with moderate, irregular waves which may be difficult to avoid and which can swamp an open canoe. complex maneuvers in fast current and good boat control in tight passages or around ledges are often required; large waves or strainers may be present but are easily avoided. strong eddies and powerful current effects can be found, particularly on large-volume rivers. scouting is advisable for inexperienced parties. injuries while swimming are rare; self-rescue is usually easy but group assistance may be required to avoid long swims. rapids that are at the lower or upper end of this difficulty range are designated “class III-” or “class III+” respectively.

A 1/2 day trip on the Rio Grande River, the Racecourse offers fun for the entire family. This is the location of the annual “Mothers Day Whitewater Races”, one of the oldest river races in the USA, started by a Boy Scout troop in Los Alamos about 35 years ago. You will boat over “Albert Falls”, through “the Narrows”, past “Big Rock”, and at high water you will confront the awesome wave at “Souse Hole”.

  • Pick up 9:00 am return by 3:00 pm
    To/from the hotel (about an hour ride from the hotel)
  • Cost: 85.00 includes transportation, deli spread lunch provided at the end of trip, gratuity.
  • 6 persons per raft
  • Wet suits provided no cost

Need head count asap due to 50% deposit required. Contact me with any questions and bring your best!

Derek Ellis, Met-L-Flo, Inc.
Office: 630-409-9860 x226
Cell: 630-818-7842

The Sorovetz Report13

We are less than seven weeks from the start of the 3DSUG Conference and there is still so much to do. We are in the process of finalizing the agenda, assigning the rooms for each of the presentations, and assigning demo suites for our three main vendors as well as finalizing the vendor fair. This year’s conference is gaining momentum in regards to the various hands on training session, presentations, number of registered attendees, and the number of vendors. I am very excited on what a great conference this will be. As I have stated in the past, we could always use more vendors, more attendees, and more sponsorship money to help offset rising costs, so please do your part and help get additional attendees, vendors and sponsors for the 2010 conference. Remember this User Group is run by the Users for the Users so everyone has a responsibility to help make it successful.

In case you missed it, Derek Ellis has put together a whitewater rafting trip for Sunday. It should be lots of fun!! If you are interested in participating, please contact him so he can reserve your spot.

And finally, if you need to make arrangements from the airport to the Hilton Buffalo Thunder, visit our transportation reservation page on our website and you will be contacted by the Hilton.

Well that is it for now and I hope to see everyone in Santa Fe next month.

Tom Sorovetz, Chrysler and 3DSUG Site Coordinator

New at the Conference: Aerospace Track

Don’t miss “Additive Manufacturing of the Future” Aerospace Track at the 3DSUG Conference. Topics to be addressed include:
  • Development and Applications of High Density Nylon 12
  • SLS Aerospace Materials
  • SLA Applications for Aerospace
  • Product Processes for Aeorspace Applications

About Northrop Grumman Corporation
Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company, providing innovative systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide. Our vision is to be the most trusted provider of systems and technologies that ensure the security and freedom of our nation and its allies. As the technology leader, we will define the future of defense-from undersea to outer space, and in cyberspace.

Technical Competition

As we approach the next 3DSUG Conference in Sante Fe, NM, I want to cordially invite all members to apply for this year’s Technical Competition. Do you have something innovative or important to share? Are you using Additive Technologies in a truly revolutionary way? Now is your time to shine! Please follow the attached link to sign up for two different categories including Advanced Concepts or Advanced Finishing: Download Technical Competition Registration Information!

Your presence will be needed at the Monday night Vendor Fair where you will have your own table to present your great technical achievement. Only former 3DSUG Dinosaur Award winners will judge the Technical Competition so only the best will win! Winners will be announced at the Tuesday night Awards dinner where prizes include our distinguished excellence awards and this year we have a choice of a free SME Rapid Pass or a useful book and guide on Additive Technologies.

Visit the 3DSUG Photo Gallery to see what happened last year!

Contact me with any questions and bring your best!

Brian Bauman, DSM Somos, Past Chairperson

Social Network

The 3DS Annual Users Group Conference is a great opportunity to network with others in this exciting industry. But don’t forget, you can always network with us online!

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Registration Discount

Early Registration Discount Date Extended to April 16, 2010!

Remember, your registration is not complete until your payment is received, if you are not paying with credit card, send check payments payable to 3DSUG, Inc. to the following address:

3DSUG, Inc.
C/O Guy Bourdeau, Treasurer
1297 Pine Burr Dr
Lugoff, SC 29078-9378

If you have any questions, the best thing to do is to email or call me at (954)559-3728.

Guy Bourdeau, Huntsman Advanced Materials and 3DSUG Treasurer