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AMUG Newsletter March 2019

By March 14, 2019

March 2019

President’s Report

We are only a few weeks from the opening of AMUG 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. This means that I am in transition: shifting from an AMUG president mode to that of an AMUG Conference attendee. Don’t misunderstand this statement; I have plenty of responsibilities before and during the conference. It is just that now is the time for me to start thinking about how to get the most out of the event and the interactions throughout the week.

I start by preparing for the conference (which I highly recommend to each of you). I begin with the online planner as the guide to what sessions I will attend. Then I use the planner to review the sponsors and exhibitors that will be participating in the AMUGexpo so that I can map out a tactical plan that allows me to visit with as many as possible. It is isn’t reasonable to think you can fit in everything that is offered at the AMUG conference, and that is why it is worthwhile to build a plan. If you have not looked at the online planner, please do.

My preparations also consider evening activities. Some of the best conversations and networking happen after conference sessions conclude. Follow my lead and clear your work schedules so that you can participate every night. AMUG feeds you, and quenches your thirst, so there is no need to make alternate dinner plans. Which leads me to a reminder: plan to come hungry since AMUG feeds you well from breakfast to bedtime. I have been dieting for the last month in preparation for the five feedings each day.

In a nutshell, come prepared and come hungry for food, knowledge, and fun. Also, write yourself a reminder to bring business cards to give out to all the AM peers you will meet that you want to stay connected with.

I am looking forward to the conference, and I am looking forward to meeting you in Chicago.

Paul Bates

Register Today

AMUG Conference registration is just $1,495.

Don’t delay. We are rapidly approaching maximum capacity, so register today.

Your registration includes the four-day conference, two-night AMUGexpo, Tuesday off-site event, evening activities, meals and beverages, and so much more.

Conference Agenda Highlights

The agenda for the AMUG Conference and AMUGexpo is stronger than ever. With a reduction in the number of presentations, the result is more opportunity for in-depth discussions of AM advancements and insights that will help you to move forward and to address challenges. This is not to say the fire hose of information is being turned off; we’ve just adjusted it to be more like a focused, high-pressure water jet.

The Training Lab, open forums, and panel discussions will foster an environment that could not be scripted—you drive the conversation. The new Training Lab is AMUG’s approach to return to the early days of the users group—a time when AM machines were brought in for hands-on learning. These sessions will cover topics like advanced maintenance, tuning, repair and optimization. In the Training Labs, the equipment and software become the ultimate visual aid!  Experts lead attendees, step-by-step and in a hands-on fashion, to experience the tricks to take their skills and systems to the next level.

The panel discussions have been a big hit in past years for starting information and idea exchanges between users. This interaction is the fabric of the AMUG community we have all come to rely on. The conversations that arise from these panel discussions are amazing and very beneficial for resolving challenges as we push the technology beyond what was conceived, beyond today.

Carl Dekker, AMUG vice president, said, “These concepts and advancements will yield growing returns on users’ AM investments by increasing the successes as they tackle new objectives.” He continued, “The collection of leading-edge presentations covers almost all aspects that AM is impacting. These insights offered might be the strategic pillars to help individuals adjust long-term plans for applying AM.“

The other unique aspect of the AMUG Conference is the social experience. AMUG supplies food, beverage, and activities, which triggers introductions and interactions amongst all attendees. Those interactions occur on the exhibition floor, at meal times, and during the social relaxation times. Dekker said, “Being able to ask a trusted colleague if a solution will meet your needs can keep a program from failing at a critical time…this is priceless. Getting a true understanding of what a process can or can’t do makes for better strategic decisions.”

Technical Competition

It is time to put those finishing touches on your Technical Competition entry for this year’s AMUG Conference. As a reminder, we have two categories. The first is advanced finishing, which is focused on how well you finish your additive parts and the techniques you use. The second category is for advanced concepts, which focus on new methods and techniques or novel ways to apply additive manufacturing.

In addition to winning this prestigious award, the winners of the Technical Competition each get a free attendee pass for next year’s conference, where they also get to present their projects. Winners will also have the satisfaction of seeing their entries presented in marketing materials and the printed agenda for next year’s conference.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask at

All entrants must submit a registration form by March 24, 2019.

2018 Technical Competition winning entries from Ed Graham (ProtoCam) and Andrew Sliwa (Custom Prototypes).

First Time Attendees

Please join us on Sunday, March 31 from 4:00 – 4:30 pm for our New Members Welcome.

The AMUG Conference is different from all others, so we will introduce you to the AMUG way to help you get the most out of this gathering of AM professionals. It is also the perfect time to start making connections with others, including the AMUG management team, which is looking forward to meeting you.

The get-together will be held in the Hilton Chicago’s Grand Ballroom (2nd floor).

New members at the 2018 New Members Welcome.

Taking Care of Business

The stage is set, and we are ready to welcome you to AMUG 2019. But there are a few requests and details that our event manager, Tom Sorovetz (, wants to share. First, Tom wants you to know that he is happy to assist if you have any hotel issues prior to arrival or during your stay. He also wants to share these other important items.

Recipes Needed

Family recipes for our Thursday-night Family Dinner are still needed. This evening gathering is made special when attendees get a taste for your heritage as they mingle with AM professionals. Please take a moment to send a favorite recipe to Tom by March 18.

Monday’s Spouse/Guest Excursion

We have room for more spouses/guests to experience the free outing on Monday, April 1. But we need a final number in order to arrange transportation around Chicago. Drop an email to Tom to be added to the list so that we can make sure we have enough seats for all that want to enjoy this outing.

The Drake Hotel – Shuttle Service

Now that the Hilton Chicago is at capacity, hotel reservations are available at The Drake Hotel. AMUG will provide a free shuttle between the conference site (Hilton Chicago) and The Drake Hotel. The schedule will be posted near the conference registration area at the Hilton Chicago and at The Drake Hotel’s Oak Street entrance (arcade level near Café on Oak).

Extended stay? Check out Tao Chicago

Tao Chicago is home to the most dramatic dining room in the city (soaring, glamorous venue featuring high-end Asian cuisine & cocktails, plus a posh nightclub). Tom spoke with the restaurant’s management and arranged for you to receive a free drink if you mention AMUG. So if you are looking for a pre- or post-conference dining experience, consider making a reservation at Tao Chicago. If imbibing is your aim, Tao also has a night club. For reservations and information, check out Tao’s website.

Checklist for 2019 AMUG Conference Attendees

The time has come to get your checklist prepared to get ready for the 2019 AMUG Conference. If you haven’t already registered for the conference, do it now. We are getting very close to maximum capacity and may find that we have to close registration. Don’t miss out; register today!

  • Act now to make your hotel reservation; we have sold out of the Chicago Hilton and are quickly filling up The Drake Hotel.
    • TIP: Taking the train from O’Hare or Midway airports to downtown Chicago is the easiest and cheapest way to travel. The cost is just a few dollars, and it is always just one hour to the hotels—doesn’t matter what day or what time. Go to transportation for more information.
  • Review the conference agenda and plan your week (180+ sessions to choose from, it won’t be easy).
    • Don’t forget to check out our new sponsor-led Training Labs designed to bring back the under-the-hood philosophy and provide training sessions for users.
    • Also visit the online planner to see who is exhibiting and to build your personal, online itinerary.
    • If interested, register for the AM Certification Course held on Sunday, March 31.
    • Enter the Technical Competition – entries accepted through March 24.
  • Coming to Chicago early? Don’t miss the Renishaw facility tour. Register in advance, if interested, for this Sunday, March 31 outing. Buses depart at 10:30 am from the Chicago Hilton.
  • Pack your bags! Conference-casual attire is the way to go. To see how many layers you will need, check out the expected early-April temperatures in Chicago here.
    • No matter the weather, pack a bathing suit. AMUG keeps the pool open 24 hours a day (and at a constant, comfortable temperature).


ExOne at AMUG 2019 – Realize your Vision

We are excited to highlight our Innovent+™ printer, ExOne’s proprietary binder jetting technology, with precision powder dispensing and a new state-of-the-art recoating mechanism. Get an up-close look at the Innovent+ and some of our cutting-edge metal and sand parts in booth D13!

Also, we will be displaying parts for our newest printer, the X1 25PRO™, which will be showcased at the Rapid + TCT event in May. The parts will be produced in conjunction with our collaboration with Catalysis Additive Tooling, which delivers a revolutionary rapid tooling process.

In addition, we’ll also be participating in a number of events throughout the conference:

  • Diamond Sponsor Presentations:
    • The Digital Factory: Democratization of Manufacturing Through Hybrid Technologies and the Effective Use of Data, Amy Elliott, Oak Ridge National Labs
    • Binder Jet Process Development of MIM Grade Special Steel Powder, Magnus Bostrom, PhD., Sandvik
    • Combining Technologies to Optimize the use of 3D Printed Sand, Dave Rittmeyer, Hoosier Patterns
    • 3D Printers-Direct Molding Process, Dr. Yoya Fukuda, Kimura Foundry America
    • Conversion of Conventional Cores to Production 3D Printed Sand Cores, Brandon Lamancha, Humtown Products
    • Binder Jet Ceramic, Tungsten & Stainless; Achievable Densities and Feature Sizes, James Thompson, Los Alamos National Labs

The ExOne Users Group will be held at 10:30 am on Thursday, April 4 in Room PDR 6. This is a closed session for our system users where we will give an opportunity for system owners to participate in a discussion about best practices and learn about changes to service.

For speaker locations, dates and times, please refer to the conference agenda on AMUG’s website.

A New AM Platform, Interactive Education & More from EOS at AMUG 2019

We’re just a little more than a two weeks away until AMUG kicks off!

This year, we are excited to introduce you to our brand new polymer additive manufacturing platform—the Integra P 400. Developed specifically for AM users like you, we couldn’t have picked a better event than AMUG to launch the first EOS platform designed, engineered, and manufactured right here in North America! Don’t miss our live demonstrations of the new Integra P 400 platform at our Diamond Sponsor Suite D1, also featuring the latest in AM applications, new custom polymer material developments from our ALM team, and much more.

In addition, we’ll also be participating in a number of events throughout the conference, including:

  • Diamond Presentation – Scan, Print, Ship – Combining Unique Technology with Additive Manufacturing to Create a Revolutionary Product, co-presented by Aetrex and EOS
  • Diamond Presentation – Enabling Your Polymer Production Ecosystem: Introducing the Integra P 400, presented by new EOS North America COO, David Leigh
  • Training Labs – AM Innovation Challenge – Application Sprint, led by our Additive Minds applied engineering team
  • Panel Discussion – Additive Manufacturing Process Validation, featuring EOS Global Medical Business Development Manager, Laura Gilmour

Visit AMUG’s website to see the schedule in the conference agenda.

See the New Integra P 400 LIVE!

Formlabs Demos 3D Printing at Scale, from New Business Models to Reorganizing the Factory Floor and More

At AMUG 2019, Formlabs will highlight its latest additive manufacturing products and exhibit users illustrating the latest in what’s possible with 3D printing, from mass customization at Gillette to rapid prototyping with heat-resistant materials and more at OXO. The booth and a training session will also showcase methods for leveraging SLA for manufacturing flexibility at scale, including a demo of a universal assembly fixture system. To learn more, stop by booth D4.

Formlabs has also announced dates for its 2019 Digital Factory event and User Summit, coming to Boston on May 7 and 8. The events will feature leaders across digital manufacturing and Formlabs users building the future of 3D printing.

Digital Factory event and User Summit returns May 2019.

Go Big at AMUG 2019

In addition to the BigRep PRO making its North American debut at AMUG, check out what else BigRep has planned.

Tuesday, April 2 at 1:30 – 2:30:  Speed, Precision and Connectivity for Factory 4.0.

  • Hear from Stephan Beyer, PhD, CEO, BigRep and Karl Rapp, Bosch Rexroth as they provide insight into new technology for increased speed and precision, how to fully connect 3D printing into your manufacturing process, system integration opportunities and challenges, and what is required to drive AM forward.

Thursday, April 3 at 3:00 – 4:00 pm:  How Large-Scale Additive is Transforming Industries.

  • Join Frank Marangell (BigRep), Ajmal Aqtash (Boyce Technologies) and Lars Bognar (Ford) for a deep dive into their case studies for prototyping, tooling, molds and end-use parts. The trio will also discuss the added value for manufacturers and how and why leading companies are integrating AM into their production strategies.

Live PRO Demos

  • Monday, April 1 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm
  • Wednesday, April 3 from 1:30 to 2:30 pm

Visit BigRep in Booth D6 or schedule a meeting today.

BigRep PRO will make its North American debut at AMUG 2019.


The Future with Farsoon

From a P40 aircraft replica (42.71 x 50.19 x 17.2 inches) produced on the HT1001P polymer laser sintering production system in cooperation with the Jabil Additive Solutions group, to a Titanium Turbine (14.4 x 14.4 x 12.6 inches) built on the FS421M metal laser sintering production system, and an introduction to our revolutionary Flight™ Technology, Farsoon would like you to join us at the “OPEN FOR INDUSTRY” booth where we will be exploring the future as well as celebrating our past!

On display will be the Farsoon HT403P polymer laser sintering production system, videos of new polymer and metal systems, as well as sample parts from all systems, materials, and various case studies and collaborative projects with Farsoon product partners.

Add Farsoon to your calendar for the Training Labs and presentations on additive manufacturing tooling, performance materials, orientation/nesting/optimization with Autodesk Software for Farsoon, and a glimpse into the future with Farsoon’s vision and products.

See you at the “OPEN FOR INDUSTRY” booth at AMUG, D10!

Schedule a meeting with a Farsoon Team Member!

We’re Getting Close!

As announced in February’s newsletter, we have some new things we’re excited to tell you about. FDM technology keeps getting better, offering more versatile solutions for businesses and schools. Not to be left out, new PolyJet developments will give dental labs more tools to differentiate their business from the competition.

Come see us at our exclusive reception for valued customers where “Movies” is the theme, but that’s all we’ll reveal now.

There’s a lot going on and you can find out all about it by visiting the Stratasys booth at AMUG 2019. We hope to see you there!

For the latest in 3D printing news and highlights, visit the Stratasys blog.

PolyJet developments (and FDM) to be revealed at AMUG 2019.

Renishaw Inspires the Future of Multi-laser AM at AMUG Conference

As part of the AMUG event, we will exhibit on stand D14 and share our expertise in two presentations and a training laboratory. On March 31 from 10:30 am to 2:45 pm, AMUG attendees will have the opportunity to tour our West Dundee Solutions Center to learn more about the additive manufacturing technologies available to them and to explore multi-laser technology and other emerging trends in the industry. To learn more about the tour, visit To sign-up, e-mail Space is limited, once capacity is reached, registration will be closed.

  • Monday, April 1st – Williford C
    • 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Meticulous Machines for a New AM World
  • Tuesday, April 2nd – Salon C, Room 1
    • 10:30 am – 11:30 am: Optimising Parameters and Scan Paths for Multi-Laser Metal Printers
  • Wednesday, April 3rd – Salon C, Room 1  
    • 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Optimising Parameters and Scan Paths for Multi-Laser Metal Printers
  • Thursday, April 4th – Waldorf
    • 10:30 am – 11:30 am: To Boldly Go. Enterprising AM

“By running presentations, a training laboratory and a site tour, Renishaw is driving forward the adoption of multi-laser, productive AM,” stated Marc Saunders, director – AM applications for Renishaw. “It doesn’t stop there – after the event, Renishaw is on hand to help customers with the end-to-end AM process, from design to post-processing from its global network of Solutions Centers.” Read the full story here.

We’ll see you at AMUG 2019, stop by and see us at stand D14!


Additive Industries Co-Presents with the Fastest Customer at AMUG 2019

Performance focus in Formula 1 motorsport is extremely high. Fractions of a second result in either victory or defeat. Additive Industries’ fastest customer, the Sauber Engineering team (Alfa Romeo Racing), does research with state-of-the-art materials and develops processes 24/7. Therefore, the Alfa Romeo Racing F1 team relies on additive manufacturing in the aerodynamic development as well as on the racetrack. With this technology, up to 300 components for use in the wind tunnel and on F1 vehicles, as well as by third-party customers, are manufactured on a daily basis. Through the optimization of all processes and side processes, it assures an equally high quality along with very high flexibility. The internal as well as the external business profit from this to the same extent: the best business case.

Additive Industries co-founder and CEO, Daan Kersten, will explain during the sessions (joined by Sauber) how it helps the Alfa Romeo Racing F1 Team to accelerate its business case. Spoiler alert: it’s all about productivity and OEE.

These sessions will be held on:

  • Tuesday, April 2 (Waldorf Room): 13:30 –14:30
  • Thursday, April 4 (Williford A/B): 15:00-16:00

Alfa Romeo Racing C38, where the weight savings resulting from the use of MetalFAB1™system amounts to kilograms.

Identifying Strong New AM Parts

3YOURMIND has been working with the German Railway company for five years to develop solutions to integrate additive manufacturing within their company and logistics chains. As of the end of 2018, Deutsche Bahn (DB) has printed over 15,000 replacement parts in both metal and plastic.

Now DB and 3YOURMIND are ramping up the number of use cases presented to the AM experts in the organization. The AM Part Identifier is accessible to all DB employees across Europe in an employee challenge to identify additional AM parts. Within seconds, employees can submit AM relevant criteria to be evaluated by the algorithms behind the AM Part Identifier. The most suitable parts are sorted for AM experts to further validate and compare business cases.

DB expects to increase the number of AM business cases running through their organization, adding savings in production costs and increasing the flexibility of its logistics network. It is the next step on the road to a digital spare part inventory.

AM Part Identifier helps DB employees find new use cases.

DSM Additive Manufacturing

DSM Developed Two Breakthrough High-Performance Materials for 3D Printing Structural Parts

DSM has introduced two new 3D printing materials, Somos® PerFORM Reflect and Novamid® ID1030 CF10.

With Somos PerFORM Reflect, DSM once again demonstrates its leadership in high-performing materials for additive manufacturing. Based on DSM’s industry-leading Somos PerFORM, the new PerFORM Reflect will again set new standards for 3D printing materials for Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) applications allowing you to go from SLA machine directly to the PIV test. By eliminating the need to apply PIV coatings to the printed parts, Somos PerFORM Reflect saves more than 30% in post treatment.

DSM also introduced a new carbon-fiber-filled grade PA6/66 filament, Novamid ID1030 CF10, for 3D printing. Despite the low carbon fiber loading of 10%­—much lower than other carbon-filled materials—it produces functional prototyping and industrial parts with properties close to what is usually achievable only by injection molding while matching the easy and fast printing of unreinforced plastics.

More information can be found here.

Two new materials: Somos PerFORM Reflect (left) and Novamid ID1030 CF10.


TRUMPF Strengthens Position as World’s Leading Laser Manufacturer

The high-tech company TRUMPF is acquiring 100 percent of Photonics GmbH from Philips, headquartered in Ulm, Germany. This opens up a new market segment for TRUMPF with technology used for smartphones, in digital data transmission, and in sensors for autonomous driving.  “With this acquisition, we want to open up new product fields and expand our existing portfolio,” said Nicola Leibinger-Kammüller, TRUMPF CEO. Through this acquisition, TRUMPF will expand into fast-growing markets in the photonics and digital product industries.

Read the press release here.

Automatic optical inspection in laser diode production at Photonics GmbH


Expanding the Boundaries of Additive Manufacturing: Printing Large Metal Parts

We’re making great strides with Project A.T.L.A.S.—the current build volume of the machine is 950mm x 810mm x 300mm—and we’re currently working on increasing the build size and productivity.

We’ve already made successful prints for several customers on Project A.T.L.A.S., and due to increased interest, we’re now offering printing services for large parts. Stop by our AMUG booth, D12, to see some of the large metal parts we’ve printed. If you’re interested in this service or want more information, please contact us.

See large metal parts from Project A.T.L.A.S. at AMUG 2019.


3D Systems’ Training Lab Sessions Shed Light on Transformative Applications

At this year’s AMUG Conference, we’re excited to showcase our applications engineers in the Training Lab as they share their expertise on:

  • High-Quality Silicone Part Production via Eggshell Casting (April 2, 1:30 pm)
    • Join Michael Fraser and learn how to use plastic additive manufacturing to design and print eggshell molds that can be filled with off-the-shelf commodity silicones to achieve desired final-production properties and color.
  • Effective quality analysis in Metal 3D Printing (April 4, 1:30 pm)
    • Selective laser melting is established as a commercial production technique. However, the complexity, consistency and cost associated with qualifying high-value, critical applications can be viewed as challenges. Gautier Boeriswyl will share results of an in-situ process monitoring system that is a major step for highly effective quality control and its potential for in-situ quality analysis.
  • Optimizing Large Parts Manufacturing on Multi-Lasers Printers (April 4, 2:00 pm)
    • Kirill Volcheck will address how auto-balancing and synchronization of multiple laser operation accelerates the production of large metal parts while maintaining required quality.

We invite you to stop by booth D16 to see our portfolio of end-to-end solutions that are helping customers transform their manufacturing workflows.

Learn how to achieve high-quality silicone part production via eggshell casting in 3D Systems’ Training Lab sessions at AMUG 2019.

Essentium Showcases Future of Additive Manufacturing

Essentium, Inc. will show how its groundbreaking 3D printing system, the Essentium High Speed Extrusion (HSE) 3D Printing PlatformTM is poised to transform manufacturing floors. AMUG 2019 will be the venue for the first public demonstration of HSE.

At 10x faster than competitive offerings, the Essentium HSE resolves speed and scale obstacles to clear the way for full-scale production runs using 3D printing in manufacturing. Essentium’s HSE is designed to move the needle on the economic problem that has prevented additive manufacturing from taking a foothold in global manufacturing.

Companies can finally harness the power of 3D printing at scale without sacrificing accuracy or speed. Traditional extrusion 3D printing processes are painstakingly slow, taking hours to produce a relatively simple geometry and days to produce complex design. The HSE tackled this barrier head on, printing parts faster than any conventional Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) printers by utilizing a non-slip, high torque extruder system and all linear motor.

AMUG 2019—first public demonstration of High Speed Extrusion (HSE).

Walk the Walk When It Comes to 3D-Printing

By adapting conventional designs to additive manufacturing designs, BASF is using 3D-printed spare parts to increase efficiency at its own chemical plants. Everything starts at home, and BASF 3D Printing Solutions is committed to sharing our know-how and experience with the AMUG community. See you soon!

Our general track sessions include:

  • “It’s time for going Industrial with AM” by Volker Hammes (CEO of BASF 3D Printing Solutions) and Francois Minec (newest member of our executive management team).
  • “Start to Finish AM Solutions – Design & Simulation, Novel Materials and Finishing” by Kara Noack (Head of BASF 3D Printing Solutions in North America) and Andreas Wüst, (Head of Dynamic Structural, Analysis, BASF 3D Printing Solutions).

Our Training Lab sessions include:

  • Benchmarking of PA6 & Powder Materials for Industrial Applications: Laser Sintering vs. Injection Molding
  • BASF’s Ultracur3D Photopolymers – The Next Level of Additive Manufacturing
  • Application Driven Material Development for FFF
  • 316L Tooling Design and Fabrication via FFF (co-presentation with John Deere)

To learn more about how BASF is leveraging 3D-printing at their chemical plants, watch the video. For more information, please contact us at

BASF uses 3D-printed spare parts at chemical plants; see how in this video.

HP Looks Forward to Seeing You Again at AMUG 2019!

This year HP will showcase the latest HP MJF and HP Metal Jet applications, ranging from prototyping to production, for a diverse set of industries. Come and visit us at the HP booth D15!

Don’t miss:

  • HP Conference Sessions where customers and HP together will showcase their success stories with HP MJF and Metal Jet technologies.
  • HP Interactive Training Sessions – covering topics from Design for HP MJF to Color 3D Printing and more!

Find more information on HP’s sessions here.

RSVP for the HP Diamond reception, where you can connect with fellow additive enthusiasts over a few drinks and live music, courtesy of the first-ever 3D printed saxophone! Please don’t miss this opportunity, and join us. Register here.

If you’re staying a day longer, on April 5, HP is hosting a special, in-depth workshop on Design for HP MJF. Limited seats available, so make sure you register today. This workshop is free to attend and breakfast and lunch will be provided.

HP Metal Jet (left) and MJF applications


Bugatti Develops and Builds Functional Components for High-Performance Vehicles with the SLM® Additive Manufacturing Technology

Metal additive manufacturing technology is accelerating industrial development in the automotive sector, as shown by the repeated success of the Bugatti sports car brand in achieving consistent function integration and significant performance optimization of components. Multiple metal 3D printed functional components from Bugatti have been previously featured in the press, and all were produced on machines developed and manufactured by SLM Solutions.

Bugatti utilizes selective laser melting not only for lightweighting, but also within the functional scope of its vehicles. “We always strive for absolute perfection, stylistic as well as technical, as well as considering the perfect synergy of both elements – the tradition of Ettore Bugatti we uphold,” stated Frank Götzke, head of new technologies at Bugatti. The active spoiler bracket, manufactured on an SLM®500 with Fraunhofer IAPT (formerly Laser Zentrum Nord), represents this combination, aiding the 1,500hp vehicle to reach speeds of 400 km/h in just 32.6 seconds and bringing it back to a stop in just nine seconds. The active rear spoiler can be adjusted in height and angle, supporting the sophisticated aerodynamics required.

Read the press release for more information.

Carbon Partners with Riddell to Produce First-Ever 3D Printed Football Helmet Liner

Carbon and Riddell have partnered to bring customized, digital design innovation to head protection through Riddell’s new Diamond helmet platform. Powered by Carbon, the new platform features a 3D printed lattice liner that is digitally manufactured using Carbon’s proprietary Digital Light Synthesis™ (DLS™) technology. The technology is initially available in the Riddell SpeedFlex Precision Diamond helmet model, which features Riddell’s Precision-Fit head scanning and helmet fitting process. The result is next-generation head protection for today’s athletes–a custom, 3D printed helmet liner, precisely contoured to the athlete’s head.

At the 2019 AMUG Conference, Carbon’s Erika Berg, head of application development, will discuss Carbon’s breakthroughs in software, hardware and materials that make the Diamond platform possible, the new L1 printer and custom resin material.

To learn more, visit

Carbon will discuss, at AMUG 2019, the breakthroughs that made Riddell’s Diamond helmet platform possible.


DE News Roundup: SolidWorks World 2019 Recap

Digital Engineering’s Senior Editor Kenneth Wong narrates the top video news from this week at SolidWorks World 2019, including the latest release of 3D Systems’ scan-to-CAD software, Rize striking up a partnership with a SolidWorks reseller, and Autodesk launching a new space to foster generative design applications in partnership with DMDII’s UI Labs. Watch the brief video here.

View the SolidWorks World 2019 news in this video.

3D Printing

AMUG 2019: What to Expect?

At 3D Printing Industry, we’re excited that AMUG 2019 is now only a couple of weeks away. We’re looking forward to getting reacquainted with long-term attendees and also meeting many of those who will visit for the first time.

You can take a look at some of the highlights from last year’s event in our article here.

Ahead of this year’s event, we asked keynote speakers Todd Grimm, LAIKA’s Brian McLean and NASCAR’s Brad Keselowski for insights into how they are using AM and what attendees should expect from AMUG 2019. See you in Chicago!

AMUG 2018 opening night.


TCT at AMUG 2019: Share Your AM User Innovations with Us

The AMUG Conference is approaching fast, and as always, team TCT is looking forward to talking innovations and applications with real users of additive manufacturing. The latest issue of TCT North America shines a spotlight on just a handful of the new technologies and sessions you should look out for this year along with some thoughts from Carl Dekker, AMUG vice president and president of U.S. service bureau, Met-L-Flo, on the new AMUG Training Lab and countless networking opportunities that make this event so unique. Subscribe and download your free copy here.

Our editors, Laura Griffiths and Sam Davies, will be there on the ground, so if you have an interesting story to share, whether you’re an SME applying AM to streamline your product development, a university researching a new process or an OEM launching new hardware, drop us an email and we’ll see you in Chicago.

AMUG Conference preview, and much more, in latest issue of TCT North America.

RAPID + TCT 2019 Conference Announced

The globally-renowned RAPID + TCT conference brings together over 150 industry experts to speak on the latest processes, applications, materials, and research in additive manufacturing. Major manufacturers such as Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and GE Additive discuss how they are using additive manufacturing to develop and implement production-ready parts. Exciting research from NASA, U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Oakridge Research National Laboratory and The University of Delaware will also be shared.

Presentations are labeled novice, intermediate, and expert, allowing attendees to customize a schedule that fits their needs. View conference schedule.

The full conference pass includes:

  • 3 days of conference presentations
  • Lunch on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
  • Welcome Event at Eastern Market
  • Full conference proceedings
  • Exhibit floor access
  • Daily keynote presentations

Register for RAPID + TCT 2019.

Make Parts

Design Tips on 3D Printing a Train

Here’s a fun story for your entertainment. An application engineer at GoEngineer was challenged to create a fun, 3D-printed train for kids. He wanted to make something that was easy to print and assemble, while being a functional train that would go around a floor or table. Plus, he wanted a train that didn’t require a track, one that could be immediately ready for action. Here’s how he went about it.

Read the approach to a 3D-printed kids train here.

3D Metal Printing

3DMP Details KAM, AMUG Keynote Speaker’s New Manufacturing Operation

3D Metal Printing looks forward to the AMUG conference next month. We’ll report on the latest technology, go in-depth on the informative presentations by industry experts, and forward the thoughts of attendees on additive manufacturing—where it’s at today, and where it’s heading. The Winter 2019 issue of 3DMP, out now, previews AMUG 2019, and details Keselowski Advanced Manufacturing (KAM), as motorsports veteran and NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski opens up a North Carolina hybrid-manufacturing operation, with a focus on metal 3D printing. Find out more when Keselowski addresses AMUG in his keynote address on Tuesday, April 2.

Sample products by Keselowski Advanced Manufacturing (KAM) where this new company employs additive and traditional manufacturing technologies. Photo courtesy of Dana Jo Photography

Additive Manufacturing Magazine

Present to Current and Future AM Users at the Additive Manufacturing Conference

Are you the AM champion at your company? Are you finding value in the application of 3D printing in your business? Do you have something to teach?

If so, we want to hear from you! The call for papers is now open for the Additive Manufacturing Conference, taking place August 27-29 in Austin, Texas. This annual conference is for attendees across industries who are interested in implementing or evolving their use of industrial 3D printing. Speakers have free admission to the entire event, which includes an exposition. If you would like the chance to give a talk about your successful application of AM to manufacturers currently using AM and those looking to adopt it, submit your abstract here by April 19.

This year’s AM Conference will be the sixth edition of the annual event, but the first time it has been held in Austin.

Metal AM Magazine

Don’t Miss the Spring 2018 Issue of Metal AM Magazine – Coming Soon!

The feature-packed Spring 2019 issue of Metal Additive Manufacturing magazine will be distributed in print at the 2019 AMUG Conference. This issue, one of our largest yet, will be available from the media distribution area of the conference, and it will also be free to download or view online in its digital format via our website.

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You can check out the current Winter 2018 issue of Metal AM magazine in your browser or download it from our website now. You’ll also find all back issues available to read for free in our free-to-access digital archive.

Spring issue will be available at AMUG 2019.