Each year, the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) provides thought-provoking keynote speakers, workshops and conference sessions that aim to stimulate, inspire and educate the additive manufacturing community on the latest applications and technology.
Stratasys kicked off events with the unveiling of the Stratasys J750, the world’s first multi-material, full-color 3D printer, to a standing-room-only audience. The J750 delivers one-stop 3D printed realism, producing product-matching prototypes using a combination of six materials with full-color gradients and textures.
The debut of the J750 included a presentation by Stratasys customer LaGuardia Studio. Servicing New York University’s (NYU) faculty, students and alumni, the 3D innovation center acquired the Stratasys J750 to enhance their portfolio of digital media services.
“3D printing at NYU has helped revolutionize and redesign some of the programs the school offers. It’s allowed students to build more accurate, detailed models in a faster time period over traditional methods,” said Andrew Buckland, technician lead for LaGuardia Studio.
Buckland brought along a 3D printed red fox skull, a favorite among attendees, which bears a striking resemblance to a real-life animal skull.
“The J750 allowed us to create full color rigid models that are fairly durable. The technology allows us to maintain this beautiful texture color map,” added Buckland.
Watch some innovative 3D printing application highlights from AMUG 2016:
Other highlights from the conference included a fireside chat between Stratasys co-founder and inventor of FDM, Scott Crump, and industry expert Todd Grimm. The Innovator Showcase gave audiences a glimpse into the earlier years of the 3D printing pioneer’s business development and how he maintains a creative mindset despite the challenges and risks he encounters along the way.
AMUG honored the recipients of this year’s Distinguished INnovator Operator (DINO) Awards, which recognizes expertise and service within the additive manufacturing industry. Bonnie Meyer, director of applications engineering for Stratasys North America, was one of 10 recipients to receive this prestigious honor. Meyer joins the ranks of the influential group of industry veterans who include Scott Crump (Stratasys), Andrew Graves (Stratasys Direct Manufacturing), and Terry Hoppe (former director of applications engineer at Stratasys).
A special thanks to the other Stratasys customers who participated in this year’s Stratasys Diamond-sponsored track: