Amug conference 2020 preview: who to see at the upcoming conference
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AMUG Convention 2020 preview: who to see on the upcoming convention

AMUG Convention 2020

Later this month, the Additive Manufacturing Customers Group (AMUG) will return for the 2020 version of the annual assembly. Now in its 32nd 12 months, the occasion has established itself as a spotlight on the AM calendar; it’s a assembly level for specialists and leaders from throughout the AM world to supply and share beneficial insights and experiences in 3D printing. The AMUG convention is open to house owners and operators of business additive manufacturing applied sciences used for skilled functions.

The five-day occasion will happen from March 22 by way of March 26 2020 in Chicago, Illinois, on the Hilton Chicago. The convention is a chance for attendees to study extra in regards to the business and expertise with schooling and coaching periods by AM business specialists and in-depth shows from keynote audio system going down every day. Attendees can even meet and focus on with members of the AMUG community, together with customers with years of expertise within the 3D printing business, bringing collectively engineers, designers, managers, and educators from around the globe. 

Forward of the occasion, AMUG has introduced its line-up of keynote audio system. This 12 months, shows embrace these from James Hobson, a.ka. The Hacksmith on YouTube, and CEO of Hacksmith Leisure; Dr. Hans Langer, Founding father of EOS; and Jonathan Morris, MD, of the Mayo Clinic. 3D Printing Trade spoke with the keynote audio system to seek out out extra about their upcoming shows for AMUG 2020. 

Attendees are welcomed to the St. Louis Union Station Lodge for AMUG 2018. Picture by Michael Petch.

James Hobson, the Hacksmith, Hacksmith Leisure

James Hobson is finest identified for his YouTube channel ‘the Hacksmith’, the place he takes fictional concepts from motion pictures, video video games and the world of comics, and makes an attempt to make them into actual working prototypes. Hobson has been utilizing 3D printing to deliver his initiatives to life for over six years now; the expertise has proved integral for quite a few his replicas, together with the Particle Cannon from Blizzard’s widespread FPS Overwatch: “One in every of our largest 3D printed initiatives was a working reproduction of Zarya’s Cannon from Overwatch, that includes an 80W CO2 laser inside,” explains Hobson. “It measures nearly four ft throughout, and because it was a single prototype, 3D printing was the one choice, aside from utterly sculpting it by hand, which might be troublesome contemplating all of the exact digital parts inside.”

Hobson has in depth expertise in 3D printing, and so may have a lot to share in his keynote. He’s a earlier attendee of AMUG, having first visited the occasion in 2015: “My first go to to AMUG was again in 2015 once I was working for Christie Digital as a younger engineer enthusiastic about 3D printing — it was fascinating to see the place the expertise was headed. 5 years later, I run my very own firm, have over a dozen 3D printers in our fast prototyping lab, and have a workforce of engineers prototyping fictional expertise for the world to see.”

Hobson shall be delivering his keynote on Tuesday 24 March, from 9am to 10am. Further shows to think about for this present day are “Boeing Additive Manufacturing” by Dr. Melissa Orme, of The Boeing Firm, and “An Automotive Perspective on the Supplies Growth and Verification Pipeline” by Matthew Cassoli and Giuseppe Lacaria of Ford Motor Firm.

Dr. Hans Langer, Founding father of EOS, Innovators showcase

Dr. Hans Langer is the founding father of German 3D printer OEM EOS, having launched the corporate in 1989. EOS has since grown to turn into a number one title within the international additive manufacturing market, and so his presentation will give attention to driving innovation within the business. Final 12 months, Dr. Langer was awarded the Excellent Contribution to 3D Printing accolade on the 2019 3D Printing Trade Awards. 

Discussing what’s in retailer for 3D printing within the subsequent decade, Dr. Langer sees digitization pervading by way of most AM companies: “What all of us see is that digitalization is and can sooner or later more and more dominate all components of enterprise – and manufacturing specifically. AM, as a digital manufacturing course of, is likely one of the key drivers right here. In such a enterprise setting, embracing digital applied sciences resembling AM for firms interprets into staying aggressive sooner or later.”

In particular regards to EOS, the following decade will deliver additional give attention to sustainability, a key purpose for the corporate as outlined by EOS’ just lately appointed CEO Marie Langer, daughter of Dr. Langer. 

“Sustainability shall be one other key driver for our buyer and for our business sooner or later,” explains Dr. Langer. “By its very nature, AM is sustainable by delivering new useful resource efficiencies, light-weight designs, longer product life, reconfigured worth chains, and stock waste discount. On the identical time, for EOS additive manufacturing is and can at all times be accountable manufacturing – and we’ll actively pursue additional sustainability efforts as we progress.”

“One other main improvement is the truth that we at the moment are ready to make use of supplies for powder-based AM that want considerably much less power (round -90%) throughout the powder manufacturing course of, on the identical time enabling a considerably increased productiveness of the AM construct course of.”

Dr. Hans Langer’s presentation will happen on Wednesday 25 March, from 9am to 10am.  Different highlights from this present day embrace “Efficiency of Inexpensive Steel Additive Manufacturing” by Jonathon Hollahan of Xact Steel, and “3D Printing Functions and Advantages in Medical Machine Design” by Alexis Dang of Printerprezz.

Dr. Hans Langer, founder of EOS, and the 2019 3D Printing Industry trophy for Outstanding Contribution to 3D Printing. Photo via EOS
AMUG Convention 2020

Dr. Hans Langer, founding father of EOS, and the 2019 3D Printing Trade trophy for Excellent Contribution to 3D Printing. Picture by way of EOS

Jonathan Morris, MD, Neuroradiologist and Co-Director of the Anatomic Modeling Laboratory on the Mayo Clinic

Additionally talking on the 2020 AMUG Convention program shall be Jonathan Morris, MD, Neuroradiologist and Co-Director of the Anatomic Modeling Laboratory on the Mayo Clinic, a non-profit tutorial medical middle based mostly in Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic carried out additive manufacturing into its pre-surgical planning processes over ten years in the past with assist from Dr. Morris, who had earlier 3D printing expertise from his time on the Nationwide Institutes of Well being (NIH). Inside the Mayo Clinic is the Anatomical Modeling Lab, permitting for in-hospital 3D printing of helpful healthcare units. 

Dr. Morris mirrored on the optimistic impression that in-hospital 3D printing has had in addressing distinctive and complicated surgical procedures in a earlier keynote speech: “[3D printing] has to occur the place the docs are. The truth that it’s in-house makes the lab very accessible for everybody [meaning] surgeons can merely come by between surgical procedures, clarify what they wish to visualize, and depart the remainder to the radiologists.”

Dr. Morris will take the stage at AMUG on Thursday 26 March, from 9am to 10am.

You possibly can register for the convention right here.

The nominations for the 2020 3D Printing Trade Awards at the moment are open. Who do you assume ought to make the shortlists for this 12 months’s present? Have your say now. 

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Featured picture reveals AMUG 2018 attendees on the Union Station lodge. Picture by Michael Petch.

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