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AMUG March 2024

By March 7, 2024

March 2024

President’s report

The home stretch… I’ll be on a plane heading for Chicago this week in anticipation of your arrival on Sunday, March 10.

By now, you’ve likely managed all the logistics for your attendance: registration, hotel booking, task list (if sponsoring/exhibiting), and registration for pre-conference events (courses and/or site visits). But there are a few planning details I’d like to share.

What to pack: 

Basic essentials (wardrobe and toiletries), comfy shoes, note-taking items, business cards, chargers, and 80s costume if you plan to participate in dressing up. And although you can’t pack it in your suitcase, bring along a willingness to engage through coaching, sharing, learning, and exploring!

What to attend:  

Track sessions:
You may have reviewed our conference agenda or online planner. Another tool is the mobile app (download information went out last week). We have so many great sessions in a variety of tracks, so a little advanced planning (tag what looks interesting in the online planner or mobile app) will help you get the most out of the conference.

General sessions:
Our general sessions (held each morning in the International Ballroom) are filled with great information, too – keynote speakers, Innovators Showcase, award presentations, business meeting, elections, and member feedback.

Our AMUGExpo floor is supported by industry organizations that aid in the additively manufactured products… the offerings and contributions are vast. Be sure to share time with these companies that support our conference and ultimately support your organization.

You will be well-fed with carefully selected menu options. Mealtimes are terrific networking opportunities.

Evening activities:
We want your learning, meeting, and collaborating to be active, memorable, and impactful.

What to remember: 

Your investment in AMUG matters to us! Your investment in AMUG inspires us! Your investment in AMUG allows us to invest in advancing additive technologies.

Travel safe! I’ll see you very soon!


Shannon VanDeren

Shannon VanDeren

Checking into the future of additive

The Registration Team has been hard at work to make your arrival seamless. As you prepare for your trip, we wanted to share a few notes on what you can expect and some important reminders.

Here’s your quick checklist to make sure you have everything you need to have a successful and fun event:

  • Travel to Hilton Chicago (airports, car rental, driving directions, and train details here)
  • Make a hotel reservation (book your room here)
  • Bring valid photo ID (driver’s license, passport or state ID) for registration check-in
  • Download the AMUG mobile app to your phone (iOS or Android and search for “eventscribe” app)
  • Review agenda/plan your week (online planner, agenda, or mobile app)
  • Pack your AMUGderby car (details here)
  • Pack your 80s costume for Wednesday night’s Special Event & Dinner

The registration desk (located on the lobby level at the 8th Street entrance) will be open for badge pickup (for those who pre-registered, which you can do here) and on-site registrations at the following times/dates:

Get ready for AMUG 2024.

Sunday, March 10
10:00 am – 8:00 pm

Monday, March 11
7:00 am – 8:00 pm

Tuesday, March 12
7:00 am – 4:00 pm

Wednesday, March 13
7:00 am – 4:00 pm

Thursday, March 14
7:00 am – 11:00 am

If this is your first time at an AMUG Conference, we invite you to join the New Member Welcome Meeting on Sunday, March 10, from 3:00 – 4:00 pm in the Grand Ballroom (2nd floor) to learn more about what you’ll experience.

We’re excited to see you in Chicago.

New members (first-time attendees)

How much does a polar bear weigh? Enough to break the ice…

…hello, I’m Nick Licari, chair of the AMUG New Member Committee, and I’d like to invite you to join me, my friends on the AMUG Board, and our esteemed DINOs at our New Member Welcome Meeting on Sunday at 3:00 to kickoff AMUG 2024.

AMUG is truly unlike any other conference you’ve attended! We want to kickstart your networking, learning, and fun by helping you plan for the week ahead and offer our tips so you can get the most out of AMUG 2024. We’ll share a drink, make some new friends, and offer you some insight on what to expect from all of the exciting events that await you.

  • Introduction to the AMUG Conference
  • Brief overview of our program
  • Special Event and Dinner information (Wednesday Night; 80s theme – wear your best costume!)
  • Distinguished INnovator Operators (DINO) awardees
  • Networking opportunities
  • Q&A

Registration for AddiTours, our guided AMUGexpo tours for New Members, is available here. We will offer focused tours on hardware, software, materials, or post processing on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday to help facilitate networking and educational engagement with our sponsors.

Please feel free to reach out to me and the team at with any questions that arise as you plan and prepare for your trip.

Nick Licari
Chair of New Member Committee

Nick Licari
New Member Committee

Get hands-on at AMUG 2024

Hands-on workshops have been a staple of AMUG Conferences, and AMUG 2024 will continue to offer these experiences.

The majority of our workshops are held during our “Workshops on Thursday,” but we also have several running during the concurrent-tracks sessions throughout the week. All workshops are free to members.

Monday – Wednesday workshops:

  • 3D Scanning Workshop: Monday, 3:00-4:00
  • Digital Workflow for Patient-Specific Devices: Wednesday, 10:30-12:00
  • Comparing Sinter-Based or Melt-Based Metal AM Processes for Specific Parts: Thursday, 3:00-4:00

Get hands-on, learn something new, and have some fun in any of our many workshops.

Workshops on Thursday: 3:00 – 5:30

These workshops are designed to be “Drop-In” style: go to as many as time allows. No pre-registration or sign-up is required.

  • Foundry In a Box:
    • Cast a metal part using printed sand molds and ceramic shells produced from 3D-printed wax patterns.
  • Beyond Adhesives:
    • Hands-on workshop for assembling 3D-printed plastics.
  • Advanced Casting with Additively Manufactured Molds
    • If metals aren’t your thing, cast a polymer part from 3D-printed molds.
  • Support Removal Workshop (Non-Metals):
    • Processes covered will include SLA, FFF, & MJF.
  • Cost-Effective Defect Identification and Inspection in Ceramic Additive Manufacturing
    • The title says it all.

Our workshops provide: 

Interactive Sessions: Engage in hands-on workshops where participants can actively learn new skills or techniques directly from experts in the field.

Practical Demonstrations: Experience live demonstrations where attendees can try out the latest tools and technologies in a guided environment.

Expert Guidance: Benefit from one-on-one interactions with workshop facilitators who provide personalized guidance and feedback.

Networking Opportunities: Connect with peers and industry professionals while collaborating on workshop activities, fostering valuable relationships and knowledge sharing.

Learning by Doing: Embrace a learn-by-doing approach that enhances retention and comprehension, allowing attendees to apply newfound knowledge in their respective fields immediately.

AMUG 2024: Gear up for innovation, connection, and the inaugural AMUGderby!

The countdown is on! We are thrilled to welcome you to AMUG 2024, just days away. This wouldn’t be possible without the incredible support of our sponsors and exhibitors. Their dedication to the industry fuels innovation and drives progress.

To our valued members: You are fortunate to be part of such a dynamic and collaborative community. AMUG 2024 presents a unique opportunity to connect with industry leaders, explore cutting-edge technologies, and share your expertise.

Here’s how to make the most of your AMUG experience:

  • Network: Step outside your comfort zone and meet someone new! Engage with fellow attendees, sponsors, and exhibitors. Learn about their products, strengths, and perspectives on industry challenges. Remember, through open communication, we all learn and grow together.
  • Explore: Immerse yourself in the exhibit hall and discover the latest advancements in AM. Don’t hesitate to ask questions, engage with experts, and gather valuable insights.
  • Attend sessions: Dive deep into specific topics through our diverse program of presentations and workshops. Gain knowledge, share perspectives, and spark new ideas to propel your work forward.
  • Join the Inaugural AMUGderby! This exciting new competition puts your design and engineering skills to the test. Show off your creativity by entering your 3D-printed car and competing for bragging rights and prizes! Visit our website to learn more and register your car!

AMUG 2024 promises to be a week of unparalleled learning, connection, inspiration, and friendly competition. See you there!

#AMUG2024 #AMUGDerby

AMUGderby, a new, fun addition to the AMUG 2024 program.

Daylight saving time reminder

Daylight saving time begins on Sunday, March 10, the same day the AMUG Conference starts.

Make sure you set your clocks ahead by one hour on analog devices and electronic devices that don’t auto-adjust to match the time zone you have traveled to.

Forgetting that we jump forward on Sunday will make you late for offsite tours, the New Member Welcome Meeting, and the start of the AMUGexpo.

Daylight saving time starts Sunday, March 10.


ADDiTEC has a lot for you to see at AMUG 2024

Exciting News—ADDiTEC is thrilled to be a Diamond Sponsor of AMUG 2024!

Join us at Booth DIA-2, Salon A, as we unveil cutting-edge AM solutions that are shaping the future of manufacturing.

At AMUG 2024, we’re not just sponsors but active participants in a global community dedicated to advancing AM technology. Visit ADDiTEC’s booth at AMUG 2024 for an immersive experience at the forefront of AM innovation! Explore cutting-edge solutions and witness live demonstrations showcasing the power of our metal AM technology. Engage with our experts to gain valuable insights, discover unique applications, and explore the limitless possibilities of advanced manufacturing. As a Diamond Sponsor, we’re committed to revolutionizing the industry, and our booth is a hub of knowledge, networking, and hands-on exploration. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or a curious enthusiast, join us at our booth.

Two presentations at AMUG 2024.

We will also have sessions that can’t be missed.

Liquid Metal Jetting Toolpath Development: Design Rules and Advanced Slicer Algorithms
Monday, March 11, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm in PDR 2 (3rd floor)
Speaker: Priyanka Guggilapu, R&D, ADDiTEC

Liquid Metal Jetting of 6061 Al Alloy
Tuesday, March 12, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm in PDR 2 ( 3rd floor)
Speaker: Paul McConville, Principal Scientist, ADDiTEC

Ready to explore the possibilities of metal AM with ADDiTEC? Click here. Follow us on social media to stay tuned for more about ADDiTEC’s journey in #Innovation.

Let’s shape the future together! Come see us at AMUG 2024 – Booth DIA-2, Salon A.

It won’t be long now…Meltio will surprise the industry at AMUG 2024

Meltio’s unique wire-laser metal 3D printing technology will take an exponential leap forward in performance. On March 12, during the prestigious 2024 AMUG Conference, Meltio will surprise the industrial world. AM stakeholders from automotive, aerospace, mining, defense, oil & gas, and many other industries will be fascinated.

Meltio launches to the world its new technological innovation, a reliable hardware that will be easy to use and flexible for installation in an industrial environment, and betting on sustainability by reducing waste and ready to offer impressive cost savings and productivity. Manufacture and repair metal parts made of steel, titanium, nickel, invar, Inconel, and many other new metallic materials. The revolution is here.

During AMUG 2024, Meltio will organize three sessions (registration link) to announce and explain (during sessions 2 and 3) the new Meltio hardware innovation that it will present on March 12.

Meltio’s speaking sessions:

  • Session 1 (March 11, Time: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Williford B, 3rd floor)
  • Session 2 (March 12, Time: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Williford A, 3rd floor)
  • Session 3 (March 13, Time: 10:30 am – 11:30 am, Williford A, 3rd floor)

In other news, Meltio has announced the addition of Fastech Inc. to its manufacturing partner network and a new partnership with Prototyping Solutions. Adding these two companies expands Meltio’s reach across the U.S. for services and hardware solutions.

For more information, visit our website and keep an eye on our LinkedIn channel.

Learn what made this metal component (and how) when Meltio announces its new innovation at AMUG 2024 on March 12.

Learn from SME at AMUG 2024

We’re only days away from AMUG 2024 and meeting all of you in Chicago! While you’re at AMUG, we invite you to take advantage of the key learning and networking opportunities SME offers.

The Certified Additive Manufacturing Fundamentals (CAMF) review course (Sunday from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm), facilitated by AMUG DINO Sheku Kamara, MSOE, includes a review course covering the foundations of AM followed by the CAMF exam. The course and certification are ideal for individuals working in or seeking to work in AM roles in automotive, aerospace and medical equipment.

Become Certified Today!

Our four short Diamond Session presentations (Monday to Thursday) will be your chance to learn more about SME and the evolution of our AM journey; the talent challenges facing our industry; and a preview of North America’s largest AM and industrial 3D-printing event ― RAPID + TCT (June 25-27 in Los Angeles).

With presentations from key SME leaders, along with light refreshments, we’ll provide numerous ways we can help you, your company and the industry itself.

Add these sessions to your conference planner.

Join SME in its certification course and four presentations at AMUG 2024.

HP debuts advanced material and emphasizes collaboration at AMUG 2024

At the forefront of 3D printing innovation, HP is excited to unveil the HP 3D HR PA 12 S enabled by Arkema, a transformative addition to its polymers portfolio. This new material stands as a testament to HP’s commitment to excellence, offering unmatched surface finish and heightened productivity in parts production. It has already started to redefine industry standards, earning the trust of leading companies for its aesthetic appeal and economic efficiency.

Recognizing the power of community and expertise, HP is seizing the opportunity at AMUG 2024 to strengthen industry connections. With a robust team comprising application engineers, R&D experts, and beyond, HP is dedicated to fostering a collaborative environment where AMUG participants can engage directly with our specialists. This engagement aims to spark innovation and co-create solutions that propel the AM industry forward.

Visit us (Salon D, DIA 5) and witness how HP is merging cutting-edge material science with the collective genius of professionals to shape a new era of manufacturing. Let’s drive the future of production, together.

With you every step of the way

GoEngineer has a 40-year history of bringing the latest technology solutions to help engineering, manufacturing, and product design companies stay competitive. Our team will be at AMUG 2024 ( booth DIA-4, Salon D) ready to answer any questions you may have about Stratasys, Velo3D, and Xact Metal 3D printers along with 3D scanners from Creaform and Artec, post processing from PostProcess Technologies and DyeMansion, and software solutions from SOLIDWORKS, 3DEXPERIENCE WORKS, DELMIA, CATIA, GrabCAD, Materialise, Oqton and more.

We will have the latest advancements from our partners at Stratasys, Onulis, Creaform, and Artec, including the J55 PrimeF370CROrigin OneOnulis WRAPCureCreaform HandySCAN MAX and Artec Leo, in our booth for you to explore in person.

Since we love to share all of our learnings, make sure to add our presentations and workshops to your calendar:

The Journey from Additive Missteps to Mastery: Monday, 1:30 – 2:30 pm, PDR 2 (3rd floor):

Snap, Crack & Pop: Hands-on Material Testing: Tuesday, 4:30 – 5:30 pm, Williford A (3rd floor) [Bring your GoE/AMUG Giveaway]

Digital Anatomy Creator SW for Hospitals and Medical OEMs: *UPDATED* Wednesday, 10:30 – 11:30 am, PDR 2 (3rd floor)

3D-Printed Medical Devices: Navigating Approvals & Predicting Market Trends in Regulated Sectors: *UPDATED* Thursday, 3:00 – 4:00 pm, Williford A (3rd Floor)

We look forward to seeing you soon in Chicago!

Snap, Crack, Pop workshop at AMUG 2023.

Visit Stratasys in booth DIA-6 (Salon D) at the 2024 AMUG Conference

Featured in the Stratasys booth this year:

3D printers from three different AM technologies, including the new F3300 – visit our friends at GoEngineer (DIA-4) to see two more of our technologies. We will also have:

  • GrabCAD software demos
  • Materials, parts, and more!

Plus, plan to join us for the below sessions:

How to 3D Print in Color (And Why You Should)
Monday, March 11, 1:30-2:30 pm, Williford A (3rd floor)

Additive Manufacturing & Electric Vehicles: How Lucid Motors Speeds Production with Stratasys
Tuesday, March 12, 3:00-4:00 pm, Williford B (3rd floor)

Digital Anatomy Creator SW for Hospitals and Medical OEMs
Wednesday, March 13, 10:30-11:30 am, PDR 2 ( 3rd floor)

Building Next-Generation Rockets with Additive Manufacturing
Wednesday, March 13, 1:30-2:30 pm, Williford A (3rd floor)

The Essentials for Scaling 3D Printing for Prototyping, Tooling and End-Use Parts
Thursday, March 14, 1:30-2:30 pm, PDR 2 (3rd floor)

Schedule an onsite meeting with our team.

Get an up-close look at the new F3300 onsite in Chicago! It’s a real game changer for FDM, doubling throughput and lowering the cost per part.



Pick up the January/February edition of 3D ADEPT Mag at AMUG 2024

We kick off volume 7 of 3D ADEPT Mag with a focus on aerospace and space, two vertical industries driving the growth of AM technologies. Today, aerospace companies using AM have clearly understood the value proposition it can bring to their production activities. The challenge now consists of going beyond their current use of the technology.

With stories from AM users and insights into related processes, it provides an avenue to explore the various possibilities currently available on the market.

You can pick up the print copy of this edition of 3D ADEPT Mag at AMUG 2024 (located in the rear of Salon D in the passthrough corridor between Salons D and A).

Access its digital version here.

January/February edition of 3D Adept Mag will be available at AMUG 2024.

VoxelMatters releases Medical AM Focus 2024 eBook

The medical AM sector is one of the most significant adopters of 3D printing technologies for the production of consumer-targeted, end-use products, including prosthetics and orthotics, implants, devices and physical models. Beyond this, the medical sphere is also one of the areas where life-changing innovations are taking place. In this eBook, we’re looking at some particularly cutting-edge areas of medical AM, including 3D printed pharmaceuticals and nanoscale printing.

This VoxelMatters’ eBook edition includes an analysis of metal and polymer AM in the medical industry, with exclusive insights from VoxelMatters’ recent Metal AM and Polymer AM market reports. We are also excited to present a feature on biomaterial expert Rousselot and its X-Pure gelatins. Our mapping chapter takes stock of the nanoscale and microscale 3D printing efforts being undertaken in the medical sphere, and in the final story, we consider the state of 3D-printed pharmaceuticals.

VoxelMatters’ eBook can be viewed by scrolling through the online version or downloading it to view on your favorite mobile device. In our effort to maintain an open discourse and open access to AM news, the publication is free to access.

Browse or download the full eBook here on

Medical AM Focus 2024 eBook released.


AM quality management developments

Digital Engineering takes a deep dive into the latest AM quality management developments with a look at new tools from Oqton, Dyndrite, Materialise, Nexa3D, Hexagon and more. Editor Stephanie Skernivitize will be on hand at the AMUG Conference (March 10-14), scoping out the latest technology and customer success stories.

You can read the article here.

The latest issue has a deep dive into quality management developments.

Design World

AMUG brings its annual conference “Back to the User”

We’re all looking forward to attending this year’s AMUG Conference. It’ll be a fun time with great people and lots of education. Get ready for an action-packed week full of expert presentations, competitions, workshops, networking, and themed events that’ll forge new friendships and propel AM forward.

Here’s a sneak peek at what to expect.

Can’t make it this year? Follow Design World as we cover the event and share updates on social media.

Moonshot Mission and AMUG volunteerism in the latest edition

Big industry events such as AMUG 2024 are powered by the efforts of volunteers, with those involved finding their hard work rewarded in ways that they never imagined, writes AMUG’s Shannon VanDeren in DEVELOP3D Magazine. Read the article here.

To read all the articles in the latest issue, view it online at DEVELOP3D Magazine.

 The February/March issue of DEVELOP3D magazine includes an article by Shannon Van Deren.

3D Printing

Ready to race?

A new chapter in the rich history of racing is about to be written. Moving from the NASCAR circuit of St. Louis to the yet-to-be-fully disclosed Chicago gravity track, the 3D Printing Industry racing team is ready for the inaugural AMUGderby. Taking a break from subjecting 3D printers to a degree of scrutiny most reviews cannot manage, the engineers here in the 3DPI office have taken on the challenge to design, build, test, and redesign a vehicle suitable for this momentous occasion.

We’re used to being first with the news, but will we be first in the race? See you on the start line, fellow media sponsors!

While speed is of the essence in the derby, for us, the week will be more of a marathon than a sprint. We’re looking forward to reconnecting with the industry at the first major show of the year; if you’d like to meet, I encourage you to get in touch.

See you on Sunday!

3DPI Racing revs up.

Who are the American manufacturers of composite 3D printers?

The U.S. AM market continues to be the biggest in the world, with the largest number of 3D printer manufacturers, material developers, startups, and even 3D printing service providers. But considering its size, it can be hard to know who exactly the players are. For example, one realm where we have seen growth in the USA is in composite 3D printing. But who exactly are the main solution providers? Where are they based in the country?

We took a closer look at this listing in this series on the American manufacturers of composite 3D printers. Discover what we found here.

Learn about the USA’s major manufacturers of composite 3D printers.


Additive Insight podcast – required AMUG listening

While you’re busy finalizing your AMUG agenda and squeezing those last items into your suitcase, it’s also a good idea to get your travel playlist sorted. Over the last month, TCT’s Additive Insight podcast has welcomed two AMUG guests to get us ready for this year’s conference.

On episode #164, AMUG President Shannon VanDeren shared how her enthusiasm for AM began at Materialise in 2010, top tips for getting the most out of this year’s event (“Talk to everybody!”), and her optimism for the future of 3D printing. In episode #169, keynote speaker Olaf Diegel, Professor of Additive Manufacturing at the University of Auckland, discussed the importance of DfAM (and why we’re not using it nearly enough), how his work at the University’s Creative Design and Additive Manufacturing Lab combines engineering and creative thinking, and of course, those famous 3D printed guitars.

Catch up here or wherever you get your podcasts, and we’ll see you in Chicago!

Shannon VanDeren and Olaf Diegel were recent guests on TCT’s Additive Insight podcast.

Metal AM

Come meet us at AMUG 2024

The AMUG Conference is approaching fast, and the Metal AM magazine team is getting ready for the event. We have been fortunate to have been able to collaborate with AMUG since 2015, together furthering our shared mission of educating and advancing the knowledge around metal AM technologies.

As a leading publication for the metal AM industry, we are dedicated to keeping our readers up to date on the latest developments in the field. We’re excited to connect with AM engineers, designers, managers, and educators from around the world at this year’s conference.

Metal AM magazine’s Jon Craxford and our Technical Consultant Martin McMahon will be in Chicago from March 10 – 14. We invite you to drop them an email (Jon CraxfordMartin McMahon) to schedule a chat on how we can collaborate.

Can’t be at the conference? Download your digital copy today.