The Additive Manufacturing Users Group, or AMUG, will be hosting their annual conference in St. Louis, Missouri on April 8-12, 2018. This conference was developed for the users of professional additive manufacturing technology to share ideas, information and knowledge with fellow experts and colleagues. This is a conference that was created with the user of professional additive manufacturing technology in mind. If this is your first time attending the show, we’ve got a list of don’t miss itinerary items below for you to check out. The organization also does a great job of helping first time attendees by designating event ambassadors with a little dinosaur image on their name tag. These individuals are known as distinguished innovative operators, or DINOs . Take time to introduce yourself to these individuals if you’ve never been to AMUG befor. DINOs have been recognized as leaders in the additive manufacturing industry and are at the show to help you navigate your way. Also be sure to download the AMUG app from the app store to keep your itinerary organized.
The keynotes for the conference are offering information intensive speeches that will touch on industry highlights and relevant application trends from unique and compelling perspectives.
Monday, April 9, 8:15 A.M. – Opening Keynote: Light at the End of the Tunnel – presented by Todd Grimm
Light at The End of The Tunnel will blend industry updates with observations of a palpable shift in expectations and attitudes in the AM industry. He hints that while the shift is encouraging, he will also share his thoughts on the covert obstacle that must be addressed for AM to proliferate. This will be his eighth appearance as an AMUG keynote speaker.
Thursday, April 12, 9:00 A.M. – Closing Keynote: Additive manufacturing on the Road, a Journey from Prototyping to Production – presented by Dr. Ing Dominik Rietzel of BMW
In this keynote, Rietzel, who joined BMW Group’s center of competence for additive manufacturing in 2012, will discuss how he initially focused on technology scouting with the aim to use AM for serial production. The journey represents his own experiences as an AM leader, he is currently the head of BMW’s Additive Manufacturing Center, where he helped them transfer from using additive manufacturing solely for prototype applications to using it as an important technology for their digitalization strategy.
The exhibitor event at AMUG taking place Sunday ands Monday, called AMUGexpo, is a unique experience that is designed for attendees. All of the exhibitors have products or services that speak directly to additive manufacturing and address the direct needs of attendees who are looking for a way to engage with technical information or experiences. The key focus of the AMUGexpo is sharing information and quality networking. We will be at booth D9 on the AMUGexpo floor, with a booth experience that features machines, materials and parts to discover, and informational discussions with our subject matter experts to engage with during your AMUG experience.
Information-Packed Breakout Sessions
AMUG features four days of educational sessions where you can learn new skills and discover ways to expand your 3D printing knowledge base. We will be sharing our expertise during technical training sessions on topics including processes, software, materials, applications, maintenance and more. On Monday, April 9, from 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. we will be discussing Path to Certification: FDM for Certification Aircraft Interiors. This intermediate learning track will be hosted by Christopher Rollag, and will center around how and why repeatable characteristics and consistent quality are key factors in the increased adoption of 3D printing in the aircraft interior parts segment. Additionally, if you have some interest in how AM technologies might assist in the fabrication of composite structures, Scott Eliason will be hosting a discussion on the very topic from 3:00 p.m – 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday and Thursday are filled with opportunities to meet and hear from additional Stratasys experts on topics ranging from designing for additive metal concepts, to getting the most out of the Stratasys F123. You can check out all of the sessions here and be sure to start planning your AMUG itinerary by saving sessions to an online and mobile accessible AMUG Planner.