The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) held its annual conference on April 14-18, 2013, in Jacksonville, Florida. AMUG is an independent, industry-wide users group that gives its members a forum for learning and advancing the uses and applications of additive manufacturing technologies. Stratasys, as well as Stratasys customers and partners, played a prominent role at this conference, including presenting many of the technical sessions and workshops.
One of the highlights of the conference was the workshop on VeroClear Techniques and Tools. Stratasys’s VeroClear is a rigid, nearly colorless material, effective for fine-detail model building and visual simulation of transparent thermoplastics such as PMMA.
You can hear how one Stratasys customer users transparent materials to develop cosmetics packaging in this Collcap video.
Transparent materials are ideal for applications such as:
- Form and fit testing of clear or see-through parts
- Glass, eyewear, lighting covers and light-cases
- Medical applications
- Artistic and exhibition modeling
The workshop was run by Ed Pioli, a Stratasys 3D Print Specialist.
“This class was meant to set expectations and then to teach tips and tricks to really enhance your VeroClear clarity for multiple applications. There were some great customers who were currently using Vero Clear that wanted additional information and then there were current users who tried the material for the first time. It was a Great mixture of class room training, hands on activity and collaboration that helped everyone in the class, including myself.”
Participants enjoyed hands-on experience to learn how to polish a simple part to crystal clarity and learn simple dyeing technique to add vibrant color to VeroClear parts. Techniques covered included sanding, both by hand and power tool, buffing, dyeing, clear-coat finishing and painting.
Understanding and using these techniques allows designers to produce life-like effects and dramatic accents to printed models, such as that used in our VeroClear rose.
Participants enjoyed the chance to hone their skills with VeroClear.
"The class was beneficial for us because the VeroClear is so valuable to our workflow. These tips and tricks will no doubt enhance our usage and results." - AMUG Attendee
"The hands-on portion of the class was the best part, we normally put a lot of time into polishing our parts. Now, with these different techniques we can be much more efficient." - AMUG Attendee
Our photo gallery from the workshop shows attendees are not only learning, but also having fun!
Kim Killoran elected to AMUG Board of Directors
Stratasys Marketing Specialist Kim Killoran was elected secretary of the 2013-14 AMUG Board of Directors.
"AMUG’s mission is to advance the additive manufacturing industry and I’m very excited to be involved with such a dedicated group of people in such a high-growth period," Killoran said.
The board will plan and organize the 2014 AMUG Conference, which will be held in the western United States. AMUG expects to select the location and announce the conference dates by mid-May.
Terry Hoppe receives DINO Award
Director of North America Sales Operation Terry Hoppe was among five recipients of this year's DINO Awards.
The award recognizes industry veterans with exceptional skills that in turn contribute back to the additive manufacturing industry.