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AMUG Newsletter October 2015

By October 7, 2015October 26th, 2018

Off to a Great Start

Mark Barfoot President

Mark Barfoot

Registrations for the AMUG Conference have been amazing, and it has only been a few weeks since we launched the online registration platform. What is quite pleasing is sponsor support well in advance of the conference. To date, we have eight Diamond Sponsors and four Platinum Sponsors; several others have committed but just haven’t signed up yet.

With the response we have had, I encourage you to register early to make sure you have a spot as an attendee, exhibitor or sponsor.

We are already building an information-packed agenda to make your participation rewarding. To get an idea of what we have on tap, take a look at the article below to see the tracks we will be offering. Our call for speakers is now open, so if there is a topic that you feel you could present, please let us know. The conference is all about having users sharing with users, and we count on people like you for the best and most applicable content for our attendees.

We had a great turnout at our TCT Show booth, and many conference attendees stopped by to chat and say “Hello.” It was great to hear all of their positive feedback on the 2015 Conference. If we didn’t see you at the TCT Show, maybe we can chat at formnext (Frankfurt, Germany). We are very excited to return to Frankfurt in November to see old friends and meet new users. If you will be there, make a point to stop by Hall 3.1, Booth G50. We look forward to touching base with you.

If you have any questions, comments or ideas, please reach out to the board members, and we’ll be happy to help you out.


Mark Barfoot, AMUG president

Call for Speakers and Workshop Trainers

2016 AMUG Call for Speakers is open!

We continue to enhance and modify our tracks and hands-on workshop sessions to meet the needs of beginner and advanced users. This year we are expanding our track sessions and will be integrating topics throughout the Diamond and Platinum sponsor sessions to build a more fluid and comprehensive experience for our attendees.

Please consider participating as a speaker or trainer. To submit an abstract or workshop program, contact the appropriate track leader listed below. The individual track leaders will review the objectives of your topic and respond with available speaking or workshop sessions that are appropriate. If you do not find an obvious track for your topic, please contact the agenda and track advisor, Gary Rabinovitz, at

Aerospace & Transportation
Ted Anderson, GE Aviation

Elizabeth Goode, GoodeInk

Steve Murray, Hoosier Pattern

Thomas Sorovetz, Fiat Chrysler Automotive (FCA)

Jack Zimba, Aristo-Cast

Education & Training
Paul Bates, UL LLC

Derek Ellis, Computer Aided Technologies, Inc.

Andrew Allshorn, 3D Squared

Jordon Weston, Milwaukee School of Engineering

Medical & Dental
Shannon VanDeren, Layered Manufacturing and Consulting

Bob Speer, Alcoa Technical Center

Student Poster Session
Heidi Steinhauer, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

AMUG Agenda and Track Advisor
Gary Rabinovitz, Reebok International

Sponsor News – Stratasys

Stratasys is Shaping Young Hearts

Five-year-old Mia Gonzalez suffered from breathing issues that limited her ability to function like a normal child. Initially misdiagnosed as having asthma, doctors discovered a rare heart malformation known as a double aortic arch. The condition causes restricted airflow due to the entanglement of an extra vascular ring around either the trachea or the esophagus.

Facing a difficult procedure, surgeons at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital turned to Stratasys 3D printing. “By making a 3D model of her very complex aortic arch vessels, we were able to further visualize which part of her arch should be divided to achieve the best physiological result,” said Dr. Redmond Burke, director of pediatric cardiovascular surgery at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.

As a result of careful planning, Mia made a full and speedy recovery. She can now enjoy a happy and healthy life filled with her favorite activities.

See how Stratasys 3D printing is shaping young hearts.


Sponsor News – SLM Solutions

Production Improvements Released for the Selective Laser Melting® System SLM®500HL

New advancements were recently announced for SLM Solutions’ flagship system for larger complex metal part production, the SLM®500HL, at

With an enlarged 500 x 280 x 365 mm build envelope, option to equip 4x 400W (quad technology) lasers, flexible software controls and closed-loop powder handling, the SLM 500HL achieves up to 50% faster build speeds via patented bi-directional powder recoating. Additionally, multiple and simultaneously working quad lasers are able to achieve increased build rates of up to 6.4 in³/h for completely dense parts with undetectable overlapping areas.

An exchangeable build volume along with the automated powder management also reduces preparation time for continuous manufacturing production. Download specs and inquire at


Sponsor News – Somos

Racing on Sunshine with Somos®

The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge is wrapping up down under, speeding across the Australian desert on sunlight. The Nuon Solar Team from Delft Technical University’s Nuna8 Solar Car incorporates the latest in 3D-printing materials from DSM’s Somos® group to gain a competitive advantage by lightening their load with durable parts and clear headlights made from Somos® WaterShed XC 11122.

To learn more about the race and team, visit


Sponsor News – Concept Laser

Concept Laser shows the “AM Factory of Tomorrow”!

Concept Laser will showcase the AM Factory of Tomorrow at formnext powered by TCT from 11/17 – 11/20/2015 in Frankfurt (Hall 3.1, Booth E40). The entire process chain of additive production will be displayed with all its various facets. The focus is directed towards a comprehensive machine concept under the motto of “AM Factory of Tomorrow”. This is about intelligent networking of machines, a higher level of automation and incorporating system technology into the production environment. Ultimately, the goal is to open up industrial series production solutions faster and more cost-effectively.

Frank Herzog, CEO & president and founder of Concept Laser, said, “It is high time that the industrial dimension of additive manufacturing was revealed. Great steps forward have been taken with build rates, process configuration and quality assurance. Now, users are focusing on digital networking and automation. And we’re planning to address these points specifically at the formnext powered by TCT.”

More information available at


Sponsor News – Renishaw

Renishaw Lowers the Entry Barrier to Metal 3D Printing

Renishaw announced plans to open a global network of Renishaw Solutions Centres for metal 3D printing, which will lower the entry barrier by providing cost-effective access to machinery, facilities and AM expertise.

Equipped with the latest additive manufacturing machines and staffed with knowledgeable engineers, the Solutions Centres will provide a confidential development environment in which firms can explore the benefits that additive manufacturing can bring to their products and quickly build their knowledge and confidence in AM as a production technology.

Each Solutions Centre will feature Incubator Cells – private development facilities containing an AM machine, design workstation and all the ancillary equipment needed. Renishaw will also provide pre-production capacity where the productivity and capability of the AM process can be established. Marc Saunders, director – global solutions centres, said, “Renishaw’s knowledge of metrology, machining and finishing processes can help customers to develop an integrated solution.”

Opening in 2015 and the first half of 2016, Renishaw Solutions Centres will be located in the UK, Europe, USA, Canada, India and China.

Marc Saunders, director - global solutions centers

Marc Saunders, director – global solutions centers

TCT + Personalize

TCT Show Content & Free Subscription

Our flagship event, TCT Show + Personalize 2015, in Birmingham, UK, was a roaring success; jam-packed with inquisitive visitors, exceptional exhibits and inspirational talks — the two days flew by.

We appreciate that many in the global community can’t make the trip to the UK, and in order to give you the best possible access to the goings-on at the show, we’re bringing a cornucopia of content from the show, including video interviews with key players and the entire conference program, all on our YouTube Channel and on

We’re also gearing up for the first issue of TCT Magazine North America Edition, which will be appearing in mailboxes in less than two months. As with the European edition, subscriptions are delivered entirely free. Make sure you sign up for you free subscription here.


New HASCO/Stratasys Hybrid System 3D Prints Inserts For Injection Molded Prototypes

Stratasys Ltd. and mold maker HASCO have announced a new approach to the production of low-volume injection molded prototypes that could be a quicker and more cost-effective hybrid system. The integration of the K3500 quick-change mold system and Stratasys 3D printing enables the rapid change-out of inserts for different objects so molders can create low volumes of injection molded parts for multiple products at a lower cost.

Read the whole story at

Metal Additive Manufacturing Magazine

Read Our Report on Key Technical Presentations Made at AMPM2015

The summer 2015 issue of Metal AM magazine includes a 14-page report on some of the key presentations made at this year’s AMPM conference in Orlando, Florida. The report looks at metal AM projects funded by America Makes, novel materials for metal additive manufacturing, metal powder characterization, powder re-use and metallographic testing.

Download your free PDF copy of the only magazine dedicated to the world of metal additive manufacturing and 3D printing at


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, Carbon3D, Arcam, envisionTEC, HP and Prodways. 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.

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