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AMUG Newsletter October 2017

By October 19, 2017

October 2017

President’s Report

The summer has wound down, and many of us are looking forward to the leaves turning colors and cooler days/crisper nights. While these might be distractions to some, the AMUG Board is staying on task to build the best AMUG Conference ever. I am very pleased with what we have achieved so far. I am also very happy with the tremendous vote of confidence we have received from sponsors and exhibitors.

Registration opened only a few weeks ago, yet sponsors, exhibitors, and attendees are jumping in quickly. While many sponsorship levels are already filling up, the AMUG Board has developed some new alternatives and other interesting options so that we can do our best to accommodate all those that wish to support the event. If your company is interested in sponsorship or exhibiting and has not been contacted by a member of the AMUG Board, please don’t delay in contacting our vice presidents.

While you are thinking about registration, head on over to We have plenty of space at the moment, but we are confident that we will have a sellout for the conference. Don’t procrastinate because once we sell out, we will be unable to accept additional registrations. For those that want to attend but can’t spend against 2018 budgets, we have a convenient “Save & Pay Later” option.

Paul Bates

Sponsor Support has been Amazing

In the 14 days since registration has been open, Diamond Sponsorships have sold out*, and we are nearly at our maximum of Platinum Sponsorships. The industry support of, and confidence in, the AMUG Conference has been amazing. These companies’ early and active involvement is welcomed and much appreciated.

This is an early indicator that we will once again have a record-breaking conference in 2018 and that we will deliver an incredible conference experience filled with quality content, cutting-edge technology,  and advanced applications. The Diamond and Platinum Sponsors populate the conference with equipment for first-hand investigation and user-oriented presentations. They also (along with our Gold, Silver and Bronze Sponsors) defray the cost to attend. Without them, we could not offer an $895 attendee registration fee that covers five days filled with information, food, beverage, and entertainment.

Due to the rapid rate that sponsorships (and AMUGexpo booth spaces) are being taken, we recommend that interested companies act quickly. Information and links to sign up are available on our website at  If you have questions or need additional information, please contact our vice presidents, Jamie Cone and Carl Dekker, at

*If interested in a Diamond Sponsorship, please contact our vice presidents to discuss creative alternatives.

Fried Vancraen: 2018 Innovators Award

AMUG has selected Fried Vancraen, CEO and founder of Materialise, as its recipient of the fourth annual Innovators Award. The list of finalists, named by AMUG members, was quite impressive, which made selection challenging and makes the award quite prestigious.

On Wednesday, April 11, 2018, Fried will take the stage to participate in AMUG’s annual Innovators Showcase. This fireside-chat-styled interview’s goal is to get to know the man behind Materialise and gain guidance from his experience in developing the software and services that many AMUG attendees use throughout the AM industry.

The Innovators Award is bestowed on those that have cultivated innovative ideas that in turn have advanced the additive manufacturing industry. Previous recipients of this award have included technology creators Chuck Hull, Scott Crump and Carl Deckard, innovators of stereolithography (SLA), Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), and Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) processes, respectively.

Fried Vancraen, founder and CEO of Materialise.

Hotel Update

There have been minor adjustments to the policies for the St. Louis Union Station and Hilton at the Ballpark hotels. Both hotels will now have a 10-day cancellation policy. Additionally, the minimum stay for St. Louis Union Station has been reduced to four nights.

So why do we have a four-night minimum at the St. Louis Union Station?  Per our contract with the hotel, it credits AMUG $25.00 per night for every occupied room. This credit is then applied to our food & beverage bill. If we fill the hotel every night, that adds up to a big, and very welcomed, expense reduction. If staying at this hotel for only a few nights, it creates a room gap—once unpacked and settled in at a hotel, most will be reluctant to relocate to the St. Louis Union Station.

With this in mind, we would appreciate that those joining us for just a few days, such as exhibitor staff that will only be in town for the AMUGexpo, reserve a room at the Hilton at the Ballpark. In return for this considerate act, AMUG will be providing free transportation between the hotels.

Reservations for both hotels are available at

St. Louis skyline.

Call for Speakers and Workshop Trainers

2018 AMUG Conference – 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 additive manufacturing us­­ers. This year we will once again expand our track sessions and integrate 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. Each speaker will be required to submit an abstract to the AMUG Agenda Committee for final approval.

If you do not find an obvious track for your topic, please contact the AMUG Agenda Team at

Aerospace, Defense, Military, and Transportation

Ted Anderson, GE Additive


Steve Murray, Hoosier Pattern
Thomas Sorovetz, FCA US LLC
Jack Ziemba, Aristo-Cast

AM Metal Technologies

Bob Markley, 3rd Dimension Industrial 3D Printing

Medical & Dental

Shannon VanDeren, Layered Manufacturing and Consulting

Education & Training

Jordan Weston, Milwaukee School of Engineering

Note that this track includes:

  • Design/Software
  • Scanning
  • Post Processing/Finishing
  • Tips & Tricks

AMUG Agenda Team

AM Technologies (Non-Metals)

Andrew Allshorn, 3D Squared

AMUG Agenda and Track Advisor

Gary Rabinovitz, Reebok International

AMUG Scholarships: Student and Educator

The scholarship committee will accept applications for the Guy Bourdeau and Randy Stevens scholarships beginning November 1. Each scholarship covers transportation, 2018 conference registration and lodging expenses.

The college student scholarship honors long-time AMUG member Guy Bourdeau, who served as treasurer for many years. This scholarship is awarded and managed by Renee Bourdeau. The Randy Stevens scholarship is awarded to a college professor or high school teacher with additive manufacturing in the curriculum. Randy was an enthusiastic member and regular technical contributor to AMUG. This scholarship is awarded by In’Tech Industries.

Details and additional information regarding these scholarships can be found on the AMUG website’s scholarships page.

Claire Belson (center), 2017 Guy E. Bourdeau Scholarship recipient, with Steve Deak (left) and Renee Bourdeau.

Excursions for Attendee Companions

The AMUG Conference experience is unique in many ways, and one aspect is the way we bring people together to share experiences. Well, that doesn’t stop with the conference activities. We also do our best to bring spouses and guests of our attendees together while the conference is in session.

For the 2018 conference, we will be organizing day-long outings for those joining us as guests. Tentatively, these excursions are scheduled for Monday, April 9 and Wednesday, April 11. As we get closer to the conference, we will open a reservation list.

For now, we are looking for ideas and suggestions. If you know St. Louis, be specific. If you don’t, send us your ideas based on what your spouse/guest enjoys: foodie, shopper, history buff, sight-seer, animal lover? We can come up with a nice itinerary based on these interests. So take a moment and send your ideas to Tom Sorovetz.

St. Louis Art Museum.

Technical Competition

On November 1, AMUG will start accepting applications for participation in the annual Technical Competition. This competition is really fun and lets you show off your skills!

The Advanced Concepts category aims to recognize individuals and their companies for exemplary work with additive manufacturing technologies. Entries in this category will “push the envelope” for a technology (or technologies). Unique applications, processes, and/or utilization are desired in this category.

The Advanced Finishing category has been created to recognize the efforts of those whom we often overlook when evaluating a model. The designers and engineers may hatch a concept, but it is often the parts finishers, model makers, painters and others that bring a prototype to life.

Learn more here.

2017 Advanced Finishing winner, entered by CIdeas.


Metal AM Magazine

Autumn 2017 Issue Out Now!

The Autumn issue of Metal Additive Manufacturing magazine has just been published! The 128-page issue includes the latest industry news and the following exclusive features:

  • Honeywell: Driving AM application and supply chain development in the aerospace industry
  • RapidTech + FabCon 3D: Innovations in binder-based AM and advances in conformal cooling
  • Design for Additive Manufacturing: Increasing part value through intelligent optimisation
  • Design for Additive Manufacturing: Transforming RF antennas through intelligent optimisation
  • AMPM2017: Understanding the impact of powder reuse in metal additive manufacturing

Download your free PDF copy of the magazine dedicated to the world of metal additive manufacturing.

Additive Manufacturing Magazine

Additive Manufacturing at EMO 2017

EMO, in Hannover, Germany, is the world’s largest metalworking trade show. The show was held most recently last month. Additive Manufacturing magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Peter Zelinski and European Correspondent Barbara Schulz were both there.

Additive technology is getting easier to find at this show; here is some of what Pete and Barbara saw.

Trumpf shows short-run, production sheet metal components.

DEVELOP3D LIVE | Boston | 23 – 24 October

To celebrate the announcement of our 2017 US event, we’re offering the AMUG Family half-price tickets for DEVELOP3D LIVE Boston on October 23 – 24.

The two-day event will look at innovative design-to-fabrication processes, from concept all the way to manufacture. With over 40 exhibitors, and more than 20 talks including cutting edge 3D printing technologies, topology optimization and simulation software, from the likes of Carbon, Desktop Metal, nTopology, Frustrum, Markforged, Stratasys, 3D Systems and more.

Use the code – AMUGVIP – at registration to purchase your tickets at the special rate of $25. Get yours now!

3D Metal Printing

Focus on R&D, Finishing in 3D Metal Printing Fall 2017 Issue

3D Metal Printing magazine, a 2017 AMUG Conference Gold Sponsor, is putting the finishing touches on its fall 2017 issue, previewing the 3D/Additive Manufacturing Pavilion at FABTECH in November and focusing on all-important finishing technology and the aerospace industry.

This issue, in addition to delivering the latest industry news and technology developments, highlights Concurrent Technologies Corporation’s young and growing additive-manufacturing (AM) operations, focusing on developing engineered AM solutions for customers, but only after teaching them how to specify, design and purchase 3D metal-printed parts.

3DMP’s fall issue also explores advancements in finishing technologies that enable quicker post-processing of parts destined for injection-molding tooling and other applications, and details how R&D efforts are leading to improved surgical instruments.

Read all 3DMP issues, and get details on coming events, at


TCT Awards: The Winners

The inaugural TCT Awards, held at Birmingham Town Hall on September 27, highlighted the best of 3D technologies and recognized the innovators who’ve shaped the industry into what it is today.

There were ten awards in total; six were application specific handed to the likes of Adidas for its Futurecraft project using Carbon technology, VW for its customs tools made on Ultimakers and  Lockheed Martin for its EBAM Space tanks.

Three awards recognized true innovation in hardware, software, and materials, the final nod for a rising star in this industry of ours. Additionally, there were five inductees into the TCT Hall of Fame:

  • Adrian Bowyer
  • Scott Crump
  • Chuck Hull
  • Hans Langer
  • Fried Vancraen

Click for more on the winners and to find out how your product or application can be submitted for next year.

TCT Awards awaiting distribution to worthy winners.