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AMUG Newsletter March 2016

By March 16, 2016October 26th, 2018

President’s Message

Mark Barfoot President

Mark Barfoot

The 2016 AMUG Conference is only a few weeks away! I can’t believe how fast the past year has flown by—hard to believe it has been 12 months since we last convened.

The AMUG Board, and many volunteers, have put in countless hours to make this event a success, but the work hasn’t ended. Between now and the end of the conference, they will invest much more time to make sure that everything goes smoothly.

The board and volunteers will have done all that they can to make the conference the best it can be. Now it is up to you to make it the bright spot of the year. Start by registering, if you haven’t done so already. Then follow through by actively participating in the presentations, workshops and evening activities. AMUG provides the venue and the content; you create the community that comes together to share and collaborate.

In addition to the checklist of actions to take (below), I have two recommendations. One, bring your challenges to the conference (files on a USB drive where appropriate) so that you can engage others to find solutions. Two, over the next few weeks, prepare for the arduous (but fun) week ahead. Start by dieting so that your waistline can absorb the ample food that will be supplied. Next, get more rest because you will have a sleep deficit throughout the week. Build your stamina so that you don’t miss a single moment, or a single meal.

I’m glad you’ve chosen to be a part of the AMUG Conference this year. See you in St. Louis!

Mark Barfoot

Welcome to First-Time Attendees

Derek Ellis Deputy Vice President

Derek Ellis
Deputy Vice President

You are just weeks away from attending your first AMUG Conference. My role, as deputy vice president, is to assist you in making this a great experience. While at the conference, seek me out if you need anything or have any questions. If you can’t locate me, all of our board members are eager to help.

There are a few things I want to assist you with before the conference kicks off. Take it from me, you will be amazed at how many presentations and workshops we offer. Rather than deciding where to go on the fly, spend a few minutes reviewing the conference agenda and building your personal schedule with the online planner. Take particular note of the activities that require pre-registration; if interested, following the registration instructions on the conference agenda webpage.

In St. Louis, things get started Sunday (April 3rd). Stop by the registration desk — open Sunday from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm; located next to the hotel’s registration desk (Gothic Hall) — to pick up your conference badge and swag (free stuff). At 4:00 pm, be in the New York Central room (second floor) for the first-timers’ welcome & orientation meeting.

After the last conference session of each day, play on joining the group for fun, food and festivities. Unlike any other conference, attendees mix, mingle, network and share well into the evening. The highlight of the week’s evening activities is the Tuesday night Awards Banquet. The location is always a surprise, so dress suitably for indoor and outdoor fun. To get on the bus for the Awards Banquet, and to be admitted to the conference and all other evening activities, you must have your conference badge, so wear it at all times.

I can’t wait to meet you.

Derek Ellis
Deputy Vice President

Scholarship Winners Announced

As winners of the 2016 scholarships, Dr. Nathan Patterson and Jennifer Bennett will be joining us at the AMUG Conference. Please welcome and congratulate them when you meet them in St. Louis.

Nathan Patterson (Randy Stevens Scholarship) was selected for the integration of his additive manufacturing experience and research in his engineering curricula. Nathan is an assistant professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering.

Jennifer Bennett (Guy E. Bourdeau Scholarship) was selected for her PhD research that is focused on improving the controllability of additive manufacturing systems, specifically metal processes in the directed energy deposition category. Jennifer is a PhD candidate at Northwestern University and a research & development engineer for DMG Mori USA.

Dr. Nathan Patterson, Randy Stevens Scholarship recipient.

Jennifer Bennett, Guy E. Bourdeau Scholarship recipient.

Sponsor News – 3D Systems

3D Systems and AMUG – Celebrating the Past, Present and Future of Innovation

Did you know that AMUG was founded in the late 1980’s as the 3D Systems North American Stereolithography Users Group? We’re proud of our history of innovation, and this year we’re celebrating the 30th anniversary of our founding by Chuck Hull, the inventor of Stereolithography. We’re excited to participate as a Diamond Sponsor at AMUG, and in honor of our leadership in Stereolithography, we’ll be demonstrating the next generation of SLA technology that you won’t want to miss.

We’ll also showcase our direct metal printing, on demand manufacturing services, and end-to-end software and design tools. Some of the sessions we’ll conduct include:

  • Designing for 3D Printing
  • Additive Manufacturing in Medical and Healthcare Applications
  • New Generation Selective Laser Sintering Materials and System Features
  • How to Design for AM Parts, and AM Molds and Tools
  • Metal Printing in DoD, Aerospace and Military
  • Full Color Printing for Medical, Industrial and Entertainment
  • Software Platforms for 3D Printing

Please join us in Midway Suite III as we honor the past and look to the future of additive manufacturing.

From the first 3D printed part Chuck Hull created in 1983 that gave birth to an industry (left), to our next generation technology demonstration at CES 2016 (right).

Sponsor News – Concept Laser

Concept Laser Wins IAMA 2016 Award at METAV 2016

With sixteen innovations worldwide demonstrating the high relevance of 3D printing, Concept Laser received the honor of winning the International Manufacturing Award (IAMA) during the “Inside 3D Printing” specialist congress at the METAV 2016 in Düsseldorf. The innovation involves the first in-situ, real-time process monitoring system in powder-bed-based additive manufacturing. It measures properties like size and intensity of the melting bath’s thermal radiation in ultra-high resolution and displays the data in correlation to the position of the melting bath on the workpiece’s surface, and thus to the component’s geometry.

“The IAMA is welcome recognition for our hard work, but also evidence that we’re on the right track. So the international 3D award makes us extremely proud and provides ample motivation to continue enthusing the global market with new innovations,” Frank Herzog, president & CEO and founder of Concept Laser.

Read more at:

Sponsor News – Renishaw

Conference Program Highlights

Additive manufacturing experts from Renishaw, the global engineering technologies company and 2016 AMUG Diamond Sponsor, are looking forward to meeting users, presenting talks on AM and showcasing new products in Grand Ballroom A (Suite D3) at the AMUG Conference.

Highlights of the AMUGexpo include:

  • RenAM 500M additive manufacturing system for serialized production
  • Demonstrations of QuantAM, Renishaw’s new build preparation software
  • Equator – metrology for AM
  • Global Solutions Centers – details of operations opening in Dallas and Chicago
  • Renishaw/Empire bike – the world’s first metal 3D printed bike frame

Talks by Renishaw experts include:

  • Principles and fundamentals of laser optics
  • Metrology in AM
  • Considerations around building an AM facility
  • Investigating the effects of multiple powder re-use cycles in AM
  • Health & Safety considerations for AM

Plus, Renishaw guest speaker Peter Adams, from Burloak, will present “Moving from Prototypes to Production with Additive Metal”.

The Renishaw team looks forward to seeing you in April.

For more information on Renishaw Solutions Centers, check out this video.

Sponsor News – Stratasys

Hands-On Learning with Stratasys at AMUG

Novice or expert, there’s something for everyone at the 2016 AMUG Conference. This year we are offering many valuable customer and application-specific presentations and workshops. Stratasys application engineers, material and product experts and customer support personnel will also be onsite and ready to discuss your needs.

Stratasys interactive sessions require pre-registration and include:

  • FDM Finishing Workshop
  • PolyJet Post Processing: Finishing Clear Parts, Gluing, Polishing
  • Using FDM Soluble Cores for Complex Composite Ducts

Join us for an exclusive customer appreciation reception 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm on April 6. Enjoy refreshments and a gift from Stratasys. Please send your RSVP to

We look forward to seeing you in St. Louis.

Stratasys FDM Finishing Workshop at the 2015 AMUG Conference

Sponsor News – Somos

Buying Time with 3D Printing

Testing a new design before costly tooling is created can save companies time and money. For many years, the only process available to create injection molded parts for testing and design verification was to “soft-tool” using machined aluminum. The cost involved in producing machined aluminum tools and the typical lead-times involved are often expensive and can take many weeks.

Until recently, using stereolithography (SL), a type of 3D printing, for design verification and product certification was difficult as the resulting parts were made of a different material from the final injection molded plastic. With the introduction of composite materials, engineers can now use stereolithography’s quick and accurate technology to rapidly create molds that are capable of producing real injection molded parts that can reduce cost and time in the product development cycle.

Read more here.

Sponsor News – Carbon

Momentum Rolls CLIP into Conference

Carbon recently announced a joint development agreement with Kodak, an expert in polymers and chemical supply chains. The collaboration aligns our breakthrough material development capabilities with Kodak’s long-standing experience in material formulation and integration into complex systems to drive continued innovation of novel materials. This continued momentum is exciting as we lead up to next month’s AMUG event.

We’re excited to announce a full schedule of great presentations from Carbon leadership and a few of our early customers. Stop by our private room (Room D6), where you’ll see machines, materials and parts on display, and learn more about our innovative Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP) technology as well as speak with Carbon team members.

To keep up with news, visit or follow us on Twitter @Carbon3D. We look forward to seeing you there!

RAPID Conference & Exposition

The Authority on 3D: Printing, Scanning, and Additive Manufacturing

Entering its 26th year, SME’s RAPID event plays a vital role in defining additive manufacturing. RAPID is the event to see the latest innovations, network with industry experts and explore the unlimited possibilities of how additive manufacturing can advance your business. The event, held at Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, runs from May 16 to 19, 2016.

Why Attend RAPID?

  • Consult with industry experts before making equipment decisions
  • Visit hundreds of 3D technology manufacturers in one room
  • Network with thousands of attendees and see how they’re addressing challenges
  • Experience the largest additive manufacturing conference in North America
  • Learn how to use additive manufacturing to revolutionize your product design, reduce time to market, cut costs, eliminate tooling, and much more

This is the event of the year for anyone involved in 3D manufacturing. Learn more at

Sponsor News – ExOne

ExOne Plans for AMUG Conference

We have finalized our schedule for the AMUG Conference! Join us in our booth in Foyer B Regency Ballroom A for our presentations throughout the week. Check out the final AMUG schedule for details about our presentations that include:

  • Printing the largest complex titanium part
  • Machine performance on a binder jetting machine for Additive Manufacturing
  • Considerations for binder jetting and ExOne® printers
  • Additive manufacturing with ceramic materials using binder jetting
  • Breaking free of traditional manufacturing constraints: ATI and ExOne knuckle project
  • Adjusting process settings on ExOne® metal systems
  • Casting combined parts using ExOne® sand systems: application and cost benefits
  • Washout/composite tooling

We will also have times where our booth will be open for visitors. If you have questions about ExOne® technology, stop by our booth during those periods to speak with someone from our sales team. In addition, you can get an up-close look at our metal systems, the M-Flex® and the Innovent™.

The ExOne® users group will be on Wednesday, April 6, at 3:15 in our booth. No pre-registration is required, however, it is a closed session for system users. The users group will give an opportunity for system owners to participate in a discussion about best practices and learn about changes to service.

ExOne Innovent™ metal system.

Pick up Your FREE Copy of Metal AM Magazine at the Conference

Metal Additive Manufacturing Magazine

Metal Additive Manufacturing magazine will be at the AMUG Conference! The Spring 2016 issue will be available for all to pick up at this year’s event.

Included in this feature-packed edition will be an article from Delcam looking in detail at the topology optimization and design of an airbrake bracket as well as a report on our recent visit to equipment maker Renishaw. Praxair explain how to safely handle titanium powder and Sigma Labs discusses its methodology for quality assurance.

Remember, you can still download all back issues of Metal AM magazine for FREE from our website.

TCT + Personalize

TCT’s Non-stop World Tour Continues

This update comes to you from the TCT + Personalize Asia show floor, which has followed hot on the heels of last year’s massive success in Shanghai. Visitors have flowed through the doors to see some very interesting technology from companies both new and established.

The next stop of the TCT world tour is the 2016 AMUG Conference, which we are very much looking for to attending.

We’ve just put the second-ever issue of the North America edition of TCT Magazine + Personalize to bed, and amongst the many great stories is an AMUG Conference preview that is featured fairly prominently. To subscribe, head over to

European Initiative Pushes Hybrid Additive Manufacturing

How does additive manufacturing fit into manufacturing?

It’s a controversial subject: some suggest that the 3D printing hype has peaked, while others argue that 3D printing and manufacturing go hand-in-hand. For now, the role of 3D printing in manufacturing is still unclear, although there does seem to be a growing consensus that hybrid additive manufacturing technology will become more common.

“Hyproline” is the latest example.

The European Union (EU) has successfully concluded the Hyproline additive manufacturing initiative and the results are impressive, to say the least. The initiative’s goal was to build a working demonstration of a high-performance AM production line for small metal parts.

Hyproline consists of a carousel and integrated robot, with each product situated on a removable pallet. The robot picks and places non-finished parts and also extracts finished products from the line via their pallets. Modules can be added to this setup for each production process.

Read the entire article at

Illustration of Hydroline process.

About AMUG

AMUG is an organization that educates and advances the uses and applications of additive manufacturing technologies. AMUG members include those with any commercial additive manufacturing/3D printing technologies from companies such as Stratasys, Somos, Concept Laser, SLM Solutions, EOS, ExOne, Renishaw, Carbon, Arcam, envisionTEC, HP Inc., Prodways and 3D Systems. AMUG meets annually to provide education and training through technical presentations on processes and new technologies. This information addresses operation of additive manufacturing equipment and the applications that use the parts they make.

Connect with members on the organization’s website and LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, and YouTube networks.