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AMUG May 2024

By May 16, 2024

May 2024

President’s report

Some may say the month of May is the gateway to summer. I can subscribe to that! One of my favorite things is seeing new blooms all around. New blooms represent new opportunities, another season to grow and shine. May is also a month of celebration, including many graduations, Mother’s Day, Armed Forces Day, Victoria Day, and Memorial Day!

As you are likely aware, we have a few things happening right now that involve you, our members. Our member survey and our sponsor survey are open until June 1. Please take the time to share your feedback! This conference is intended to be built for you, so we need you. We need your feedback, input, and insight. Help make us better and wiser.

We’ve also made the volunteer form available. Here is where you may express your wish to be involved in an AMUG committee. These are also due by June 1. We build the teams within the committees from the list of candidates created from the volunteer submissions. If you want to be involved, this is exactly how you let us know.

A voting request regarding a bylaw change was sent to all current AMUG Members. The board cannot make this decision; a membership vote is required to enact this bylaw change. That said, the board isn’t looking to create influence in any direction… we are seeking your vote and your directive. If you didn’t receive the email, please contact Heather Natal (

We are preparing for our board strategy meeting in July. We will review every survey response and build on the insights from the members’ and sponsors’ inputs. We intend to have AMUG 2025 focused on education and collaboration within the AM technology user community. Our focus is to advance the user… educate, empower, and inspire!

As we navigate these upcoming summer months, we are focused on you. If you have insights or feedback you want us to know, please complete your survey or email me directly at

I wish you a month of joy and blessings!

Shannon VanDeren

Shannon VanDeren

AMUG is requesting your help
On your next trip to Chicago, consider the Palmer House Hilton

AMUG needs your help! We were unable to meet our contractual requirements for room nights at the Palmer House Hilton. Instead of paying the attrition fees, the hotel’s executive staff has given AMUG an opportunity to hold functions and book stays at the Palmer House to offset the deficit.

For example, if you plan on going to IMTS, staying at the Palmer House Hilton would reduce AMUG’s deficit with the hotel. If you and others in your party are interested in staying at the Palmer House, please contact Tom Sorovetz to make arrangements. While the room rate is not discounted, if enough people are interested in staying there, Tom may be able to negotiate a lower room rate.

The more people who stay, the less AMUG must pay.

Company meetings are another way to help AMUG offset the deficit. If your company is interested in having meetings this year at the Palmer House (room nights, food and beverage, and meetings room), please let Tom know so he can work things out with the hotel.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Tom Sorovetz at

Join the team: Volunteer for an AMUG committee

The application process for new AMUG Committee Members will close on June 1, 2024. Interested AMUG Members in good standing who attended the 2024 AMUG Conference should apply using the volunteer form.

Committee terms last one year, starting in July 2024 and ending in June 2025.

While filling out the volunteer form, applicants can choose up to three committees of interest. There is also a section to include a short bio, where you can note skills and details that could set you apart from others. This extra information is always appreciated when there are many applicants to review.

For a listing of committees and brief descriptions of their functions, visit the committees page.

The volunteer form will be open until June 1, 2024. Contact for any questions!

Expo Committee members hamming it up during AMUGexpo setup for the 2024 conference.

Serving the AMUG community with passion

Reflecting on my three years of service on the AMUG Board of Directors, I am filled with gratitude and excitement for the future. My passion for the AM industry, and especially the incredible people within our community, motivated me to run for Vice President. I am humbled by the trust you, our members, have placed in me through my recent election.

What sets our community apart is the spirit of collaboration that defines us. AM is one of the few industries where competitors become colleagues and sharing knowledge and expertise is the norm. This unique culture of cooperation drives innovation and progress, and I am committed to preserving and fostering this environment.

As Vice President, I am dedicated to continuing to serve the membership of AMUG, helping guide our organization toward a bright future, and ensuring our community remains a vibrant and supportive hub for innovation and growth. Thank you for the opportunity to serve, and I look forward to working together to shape the future of AMUG!

Tim Bell
Director, Sponsors & Exhibitors
Incoming Vice President

Tim Bell, Incoming Vice President

Introduction to Daniel Landgraf

With great honor and excitement, I announce my appointment to the AMUG Board of Directors. Since my first encounter with AMUG, I have regarded it as the pinnacle event in the additive industry—a dynamic platform fostering unparalleled exchange and collaboration.

Let’s talk about AMUG—it’s not your average industry event. From the get-go, it’s been the go-to spot for anyone in AM. And why? Because it’s all about the exchange. The conversations, the connections, the collaborations—you name it, AMUG’s got it. It’s like a giant think tank where ideas flow freely and innovation knows no bounds.

For the past three years, I’ve had the privilege of rolling up my sleeves and getting involved on-site and behind the scenes. Volunteering and serving on committees—it’s been a great experience, and every moment has been worth it. Because when you’re part of something as dynamic as AMUG, giving back is a no-brainer.

So, why am I taking on this new role? Simple. I want to help make AMUG 2025 a complete success for the community, as it has been for many years.

I am deeply grateful for the trust the AMUG community and fellow board members placed in me. Together, we have an opportunity to continue to shape the future of AM, driving innovation and fostering collaboration on a global scale.

Daniel Landgraf
Incoming Director, Sponsors and Exhibitors

Daniel Landgraf, Incoming Director, Sponsors & Exhibitors

Pre-conference activities: 2024 & 2025

Thank you to everyone who attended a pre-conference tour or training! Your enthusiasm and engagement made them fantastic learning experiences. From thought-provoking discussions to live demonstrations, each moment was filled with inspiration and growth. That momentum carried forward to the rest of the AMUG conference as participants explored and learned together. A special thank you to our hosts ASTM, SME, and Sciaky, Inc!

Next year, be sure to consider arriving early and signing up for a pre-conference activity.

If you have training or tours that you would like to see or if your company is interested in hosting, please reach out to Claire Belson Barnes at

AMUG Conference attendees enjoying the tour of Sciaky’s facility.

AMUG 2024 photo gallery

Want to relive the 2024 AMUG Conference or egosurf to download the pictures that captured you at the event? If so, great news: the 2024 photo gallery is live.

875 pictures capture AMUG 2024 from Sunday’s New Member Welcome meeting to the hands-on workshops on Thursday. All photos are arranged in topic buckets, such as evening activities or workshops, to make navigating this mountain of pix more manageable.

If you find an image you like, you can download it at 2K resolution.


Visit the photo gallery to relive AMUG 2024.

AMUG Member Feedback Session – summary now available

Thank you to all AMUG Members who shared their feedback with the board of directors during the AMUG Member Feedback Session on the closing day. The insights you shared are instrumental in shaping the future of AMUG!

A summary of the session is now available in the mobile app and online planner. Log in using your access key provided at registration and navigate to “2024 AMUG Member Feedback Session” to review the summary.  If you have any issues accessing the mobile app or online planner, please email


The new metal 3D printer, Meltio M600, arrives in the U.S. for Rapid + TCT

Following the success of the worldwide launch in March 2024 of the new Meltio M600 metal 3D printer, this more powerful system with the capacity to manufacture aluminum and copper parts—and many other materials such as steels, titanium, Inconel, and nickel with its new Blue Lasers—is coming to the United States.

It will be at Rapid + TCT 2024, which will be held June 25-27 in Los Angeles. At this very relevant event for the global AM sector, we will also show FORCE Automation’s robotic integration, which is made in the USA and powered by Meltio and the Meltio wire-laser metal 3D printing head. In the booth, that same 3D printing head will be shown as an integration with a CNC machine.

Meltio will also participate in the United States at the Additive Manufacturing for Aerospace and Space event (June 11-12 in Pasadena, California).

The new Meltio M600 is an easy-to-use machine that increases productivity on the production lines. Its flexibility to work 24/7 all year results in very reliable metal parts.

With this more powerful and reliable system, Meltio—the leading manufacturer of wire-laser metal deposition wire-laser DED solutions—takes a leap forward and presents a new generation of metal 3D printers conceived to introduce metal AM to the world of industrial production outside of niche areas. The new Meltio M600 is designed to solve problems of long lead times, costly stock keeping, and increasingly fragile supply chains, thanks to its unique metal 3D printing technology.

For more information, click here.

Boat shaft bracket produced on the Meltio M600.

Join us for the AM Industry Celebration!

RAPID + TCT (June 25-27 in Los Angeles) is only 6 weeks away, and we’re looking forward to welcoming you at the AMUG-sponsored AM Industry Celebration!

During the celebration, you can expect to:

  • Forge meaningful relationships over great refreshments.
  • Meet your next important contact or favorite colleague.
  • Rub elbows with AMUG’s key volunteer leaders.
  • Encounter several AM pioneers from every part of the AM ecosystem.

Everyone is welcome — your badge is your ticket. Don’t miss out; register today using promo code AMUG2024!

A drum line leads RAPID + TCT attendees into the 2023 AM Industry Celebration.

Explore HP’s 3D Texture Library at Rapid + TCT 2024

HP is gearing up for an exciting showcase at Rapid + TCT next month, where it will unveil a diverse range of applications spanning polymers and metals. Among the highlights is the HP 3D Digital Texture Library, offering a groundbreaking collection of 3D textures built to raise perceived product value, mask imperfections, and match or beat the finish of traditionally manufactured components. Specifically designed for the HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D Print platform, each texture undergoes rigorous validation for aesthetic quality, durability, and post-processing ease. Crafted based on extensive industry trend research and vetted by HP’s expert designers, these textures promise to redefine product design possibilities.

To experience this innovation firsthand, visit HP at booth #2839 during Rapid + TCT. Explore the texture library and discover how it can revolutionize your product development journey. Don’t miss this opportunity to step into a new era of three-dimensional creativity.

Keep the education going

Now that AMUG 2024 is over, that doesn’t mean the learning stops at GoEngineer. Our dedicated team is always available to answer questions, collaborate, and fill you in on the latest tips and tricks in 3D printing, 3D scanning, simulation, SOLIDWORKS and more. Stay connected with:

The NEW AND BIGGER Stratasys truck is now touring the country with the H350 and F3300 on board. More stops will be added in the coming weeks, so make sure to bookmark this page for the most current version.

We look forward to seeing you again soon.

 New Stratasys truck.

Stratasys brings high-definition printing to its leading SAF lineup; announces upgraded H350

Stratasys’ new HighDef Printing capabilities are designed to allow for more exact, high-definition printing with detailed resolution. Customers can take advantage of SAF thermal control to create applications that require smooth, precise features like gears and mechanisms.

“High-definition printing enables tighter tolerances, moving assemblies and a new range of applications for SAF customers,” said Adam Ellis, corporate applications manager, Stratasys.

Delivered as part of a firmware update, Stratasys’ HighDef Printing will be backward compatible with previous H350 models and made available at no additional cost.

Stratasys also introduced the new H350 V1.5 printer, which has improved sensors and remote service capabilities, making the printer easier to operate and service. The H350 V1.5 will also come with the new Stratasys HighDef Printing firmware update.

Read the press release here.

Learn more about SAFTM Technology here.

Stratasys announces new high-definition printing capabilities. Seen here are new high-definition sensors and 3D-printed grains of rice (far right).


DMG MORI Center of Excellence tour during RAPID + TCT

DMG MORI has an exciting opportunity for RAPID + TCT conference attendees. Join DMG MORI on June 26 for an extraordinary event. Step into the future of manufacturing with an exclusive tour of the Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence in Cypress, California, just a stone’s throw away from RAPID + TCT, which will be in Los Angeles.

Discover cutting-edge technology firsthand as they showcase the four end-to-end process chains utilizing LASERTEC DED, LASERTEC SLM, and CNC technology. Engage with the DMG MORI team of experts to delve into the intricacies of the 5-axis CNC machines and automation solutions.

Complimentary transportation from the Los Angeles Convention Center to the Technology Center is provided for your convenience, ensuring a seamless experience from start to finish.

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to explore the forefront of AM. Register now to secure your spot at the DMG MORI event. Come witness the future of manufacturing at the Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence in Los Angeles. DMG MORI is looking forward to welcoming you!

DMG MORI tour hosting conference attendees.



Motorsports focus in latest issue

The May issue of Digital Engineering focuses on motorsports (including Formula 1) and includes an in-depth feature on AM parts certification standards and processes, as well as engineering innovations in motorsports hybrid modeling.

You can download the digital issue here.

May issue of Digital Engineering.

Design World

Insights from the 2024 AMUG Conference

Once again, the AMUG Conference lived up to its reputation as a haven for 3D printing professionals to gather, exchange knowledge, and have a good time. Design World sat down with various exhibitors and experts to learn what’s new and what industries can expect from AM this year.

Click here to read up on this year’s industry insights.

Design World shares findings from this year’s AMUG Conference and a glimpse of what’s to come.

3D Printing

Key insights from the 2024 AMUG Conference

Participating in an AMUG Conference is an excellent avenue for staying abreast of the latest AM developments. Moreover, the connections forged and renewed in Chicago can be invaluable in an operator’s business. However, we understand that not everyone can attend every year, and even attendees may miss out on some presentations.

3D Printing Industry is publishing a selection of insights from some of the most interesting presentations. Articles published so far include 3D printing and the film industry with Jason Lopes, how Siemens plans to use AM to make its turbines fully hydrogen-compatible, and cost-effective metal casting with Foundry Lab.

Revisit the presentations or share them with a colleague!

Chicago: the great outdoors.

Metal AM

Metal powders in AM: An exploration of sustainable production, usage, and recycling

Sustainability has risen to the top of the global manufacturing agenda. While metal AM has long been considered a green technology because of its net-shape capabilities, it is far from being a process without environmental impact.

Martin McMahon explores how global efforts are being made to improve this through the use of more sustainable metal powders, combined with a greater focus on powder reuse and recycling. Inextricably linked to this are, of course, economic gains and, in terms of supply chain, national security benefits.

Ready to deep dive?

Download the PDF of Metal AM Magazine’s Spring 2024 issue here, or view it via our website.

Metal AM magazine’s Spring issue.


Dive into the March/April edition of 3D ADEPT Mag

When you know that an application or solution can change someone’s life, every explanation can be a real puzzle to demystify. Yet, this time it’s different, and that’s probably because we’ve been out in the field. We talked with users, and a few times, we met patients who were benefiting from 3D-printed solutions.

In this issue of 3D ADEPT Mag, we wanted to convey feedback from the field. We wanted to share these benefits: through industrial machine tests, the use of specific materials or AM solutions, feedback from doctors and medical experts, and even key information on the approval of 3D-printed medical products and their access to the market. For once, the words to explain all these things easily came to us.

Access the digital version here.

Latest edition of 3D ADEPT Mag includes patient feedback on AM.

Dive into polymer AM with VoxelMatters’ newest eBook

VoxelMatters’ Polymer AM eBook is among the biggest of the year, covering the largest market segment of the AM industry, comprising all polymer and composite filaments, pellets, resins, powders, as well as 3D printing hardware systems, applications for plastic 3D prints, and more.

The 2024 edition includes an in-depth analysis of the composite polymer market filled with data from VoxelMatters Research’s newest report. Next is an interview by Tess Boissonneault with leadership from EOS-owned Advanced Laser Materials (ALM) before turning back to composites with a focus on Airtech Advanced Materials Group and its range of Dahltram materials for AM.

Our next feature is a piece by Michael Nash about BMW’s use of polymer AM in automotive development and production. We are also excited to highlight Italian company Xenia, a newcomer to the AM materials market that is adapting its existing composite materials for additive platforms. Finally, Davide Sher shares his experience at the recent JEC World 2024 with an analysis of the AM players and applications that were present. Last but certainly not least, we cover the cutting edge of DLP technology in a feature on Desktop Metal’s new ETEC Pro XL.

Read online or download a PDF version of the VoxelMatters Polymer AM eBook 100% free right here.

New – Polymer AM eBook.