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AMUG September 2021

By September 16, 2021September 24th, 2021

September 2021

President’s report

My Fellow Members,

You may have missed our last gathering in May, which is unfortunate. But we are getting ready to welcome you to our 34th AMUG Conference (April 3 – 7, 2022, Chicago). To kick things off, registration (for attendees, sponsors, and exhibitors) will open on October 1. Mark the date on your calendars to claim your place at AMUG 2022.

We are continuing to evolve and constantly stepping up to tackle the big issues that go into event planning. When these issues arise, I’m sure that our amazing volunteers will find and implement a solution. Please share any and all comments or ideas so they may be considered and addressed.

Our committees are all set for the coming year… chairs and members have been approved. If you view the committees, you will see that some are relatively unchanged while others have been revamped. Each was reviewed to put in place the best AMUG team possible. Regardless of any changes, these new committee members are excited to help you engage, learn, and share so that you get all the potential benefits from our group. Please thank them for their selfless contributions when you can.

The Expo Committee is already working hard on the layout of the exposition hall for you to engage our sponsors during the AMUGexpo. I’m pleased to say that the expo team has some big changes to announce in the near term…changes that will facilitate a HUGE increase in the numbers of participants. This means you will have more learning and engagement opportunities than ever before.

We look forward to seeing everyone in April of 2022!  Until then, please be well and stay safe.

Thank you,

Carl Dekker

Carl Dekker

AMUG Conference registration

AMUG Conference registration will open on October 1, offering an early-bird conference fee of $995. Registrations include access to the AMUGexpo, AMUG Conference sessions, meals & beverages, evening activities, and much, much more. To register, visit our registration page on or after October 1, 2021.

Sponsors and exhibitors may also use the registration page to claim a spot at the event. For details on the sponsor and exhibitor packages, you can reference the 2022 Sponsor and Exhibitor Prospectus, which will be available late next week on the sponsor opportunities page.

AMUG Conference
April 3-7, 2022
Chicago, Illinois

Hilton Chicago reservations

The portal for hotel reservations will open on October 1. Our conference hotel is the historic, and beautiful, Hilton Chicago. AMUG has once again negotiated a very attractive rate of just $149 per night, but this rate is only available when making a reservation through the portal from our website.


Essentium launches high-performance material and industry’s first true IDEX 3D printer at RAPID+TCT

Industries such as aerospace and automotive want AM to give them speed to parts without sacrificing quality. Essentium is responding to this need by introducing Essentium PEKK, made with Arkema 6002 Kepstan™ resin. This ultra-polymer offers high heat and chemical resistance and mechanical strength to meet the performance requirements of aerospace and industrial applications. The new material extends Essentium’s open additive ecosystem by allowing manufacturers to scale and meet the requirements of their specific applications with tested and certified materials of their choice.

Essentium PEKK ensures manufacturers can quickly produce parts that meet their industry’s reliability, repeatability, and performance standards. The material was demonstrated on the Essentium HSE 280i HT, the industry’s first true independent dual extrusion (IDEX) machine, making its first public demonstration at Rapid + TCT.

PEKK part manufactured on Essentium HSE 280i HT.

Do you need an invitation to AutomateAM?

The next era in AM is serial production. But, how do we get there? AutomateAM, our exclusive one-day event for enterprise end-users of AM, is a live executive-level gathering where we’ll share new tools, experiences, and insights from those that are actually making production-scale AM happen—Carbon, Divergent, Dyndrite, and SLM Solutions.

Taking place at the Porsche Experience Center in Los Angeles, on October 7, 2021, the event highlights include keynote speaker Kevin Czinger, CEO of Divergent, and a roundtable discussion with him and other senior leaders from Carbon, Dyndrite, and SLM Solutions.

Keep your eyes open for your AutomateAM email invitation and make sure to register soon—space is limited! Don’t have an invitation? Apply for one now.


Metal AM Magazine

The future is AM–if we take a more holistic view of the design opportunities

The uptake of AM by industry has been both stratospherically high and confusingly low. In explaining and addressing this dichotomy, Autodesk’s Paul Sohi takes us on a deep dive into the multiple potentials of AM when taking into account a more holistic view of the design challenges the technology presents.

Whilst there is no doubt that the popularization of AM technology is influencing how we design products by shifting the design language to embrace more complex or nonstandard forms, Sohi believes that this is where the application of AM seems to be stagnating.

So, how can we close the loop from design to manufacturing?

Find out in the Summer 2021 digital issue of Metal Additive Manufacturing magazine, available here.

Metal Additive Manufacturing is the leading magazine for commercial and technical developments in the international metal AM sector. Sign up for our biweekly e-newsletter to keep in touch.

Design complexity causing AM to stagnate? Get Autodesk’s Paul Sohi’s take in the latest issue.

Latin America’s 3D printing revolution

2020 was a year of great change in the 3D printing industry, resulting in adaptations that have allowed us to see the full potential of the technologies. It was also a year of opportunities and democratization for AM technologies, this despite it also being a year of economic setbacks in many industries as a direct result of the COVID-19 crisis. These new opportunities have translated into greater adoption of 3D printing worldwide.

One area showing great promise for future adoption of 3D printing and its technologies is Latin America. According to several experts, these countries might be able to overcome the health and economic crisis faster than those in other regions, opening a door for the adoption of new technologies such as 3D printing in the near future. Learn more in 3Dnatives’ feature story on the state of 3D printing in Latin America.

Companies in Latin America are increasingly adopting 3D printing.

Additive Manufacturing

Introducing the AM Radio podcast

Additive Manufacturing Media has launched its first-ever podcast, AM Radio. With new episodes every other week, the show focuses on the use cases, challenges, and successes related to production AM. The podcast is hosted by editor-in-chief Peter Zelinski, senior editor Stephanie Hendrixson, and associate editor Julia Hider.

The show’s first episode sheds light on what makes 3D printing distinctive among manufacturing methods plus how this technology enables startups. Future episodes will cover topics including why production-level additive manufacturers often build their own 3D printers; sustainability and AM; and why there is reason for optimism in AM despite its difficulties. Tune in and subscribe here.

AM Radio is co-hosted by (left to right) Stephanie Hendrixson, Julia Hider and Peter Zelinski.

The Additive

Latest issue of The Additive Report is ready to read

There’s a bunch of interesting articles and AM news to read in the new Additive Report including stories on:

What users should know when bringing additive manufacturing in-house.

Navy university students who are learning about 3D printing at sea.

How printed refractory metal parts could let aircraft travel at Mach 5+.

Smart Factory concept that lets additive manufacturers instantly scale production.

Other interesting reads you’ll find on our website:

Blog: The world’s first 3D-printed steel bridge should be applauded not dissed. (Read here)

A preview of the long-delayed, long-awaited RAPID + TCT show.

Chinook helicopter takes off with the first 3D-printed flight-critical part. (Read here)

If you don’t receive The Additive Report, please subscribe here.

The Q3 issue of the latest Additive Report has just been posted.


TCT 3Sixty – two weeks to go!

We are now days away from the UK’s leading 3D printing and AM event and, as we’ve come to expect from show seasons gone by, the announcements and new product teasers are coming in fast.

Visitors to the NEC, Birmingham can expect plenty of launches and UK debuts from the industry’s leading companies and will have a first chance to get hands-on with the latest AM technologies launched over the last 18 months.

Visitors will also have access to our entire conference program, including inspiring AM adoption stories, panel sessions, and more—all under the three themes of evaluation, adoption, and optimization.

What’s more, your badge will also grant you access to FOUR leading industry events, all in one place, as Interplas, Med-Tech Innovation Expo, and PPMA Show come together with TCT 3Sixty to reunite the manufacturing industry.

Register now for free, and we’ll see you on September 28-30!

Four shows with one badge to reunite the manufacturing industry.

3D Metal Printing

3DMP Summer Issue highlights diverse metal-AM applications

You can find the Summer Issue of 3D Metal Printing in your snail mail or email box, and online at Inside, along with a comprehensive wrap-up of AMUG 2021, we present a host of applications well-suited for metal AM.

The rapid developments in metal binder jetting make 3DMP’s interview with Ramon Pastor, newly named leader of the 3D metals unit for HP Inc., a must read. Also explored in the Summer Issue: details on how a manufacturer of automation solutions employs metal AM to gain manufacturing flexibility and save time; applications and challenges associated with printing superalloys such as Hastelloy X; and how the global semiconductor shortage presents opportunities for metal 3D printing to help meet demand.

And, learn about how new simulation models can help ensure part quality.

Manifold made with AM optimizes designs to reduce pressure drop, mechanical disturbances, and vibration. Photo: 3D Systems

Make Parts

Blue industrial lasers make it easier to work with reflective metals in AM

The blue laser is a relatively new entrant into the AM arena, and, as such, work has just begun to determine the optimum process parameters.

In 2017, the first high-power industrial blue laser reached the market. It rapidly demonstrated unmatched speed and quality for welding copper, aluminum, and many other industrially important materials. The same fundamental physical characteristics needed for welding reflective metals also suit AM.

Read the story here.

Blue lasers—expand AM possibilities.


Design & Simulation Summit

Digital Engineering presents its inaugural Design & Simulation Summit on October 7, 2021. The half-day, virtual event will include a dedicated AM track focused on current industry trends and key considerations around design-for-additive approaches. The Summit will also include a keynote panel on digital twin technology, and there will be additional sessions dedicated to generative design, simulation, and engineering workstations.

To learn more and register, click here.

Note: AM is the abbreviation for additive manufacturing.