Open to the users of all commercially available 3D printing technologies, the AMUG Conference is designed to bring together the finest minds from across the industry, whether they be engineers, designers, managers or educators.
During the event, which is slated to take place in Chicago, Illinois between 19-23 March 2023, attendees will get the opportunity to learn, network and explore, whether that be via keynotes, panel discussions and technical sessions delivered by industry experts, or valuable insights gained from connecting with other users.
“Our conference fills education, training and networking gaps with experience and knowledge shared by users of a broad range of additive manufacturing technologies,” said AMUG President Mark Abshire. “And while highly skilled users attend the conference, first-time attendees new to the technology are embraced, welcomed, and encouraged to engage in information exchange.“
“The AMUG conference is all about the users. What makes it unique is that the users plan, organize, and manage all aspects of the conference, making it truly ‘For Users, By Users’.”
What happened at AMUG 2022?
While it was forced to reschedule and relocate due to COVID-19 in 2021, AMUG’s Conference returned to its regular home in Chicago earlier this year. With Ford’s head of 3D printing research Ellen Lee and Czinger Vehicles CEO Kevin Czinger presenting at the show, AMUG 2022’s keynote speakers largely focused on the role of advanced technologies in automotive.
However, that’s not to say the event was entirely automotive-led, as the show was also packed full of exhibitors showcasing their latest 3D printing innovations. As identified by 3D Printing Industry’s Editor-in-Chief Michael Petch in his AMUG 2022 first impressions, the conference reflected certain industry trends, such as firms responding to functional material demand.
For example, following our State of Resin 3D Printing Survey, in which users showed dissatisfaction with a lack of flame-retardant materials, Tiger Coatings exhibited a solution. Once post-processed, the firm said the Tigital 3D Set thermoset materials it had on display at the show, can be made flame retardant up to UL 94 V0.
Elsewhere, Nano Dimension made its AMUG Conference debut, while less familiar names like fabWeaver exhibited machines and materials built to address mid-tier additive manufacturing adopters. As such, despite the event not being geared towards product news, it still proved a valuable source of industry insight.
Previewing AMUG’s 2023 Conference
Scheduled to take place between 19-23 March 2023, AMUG’s next conference is set to provide a platform on which attendees can share expertise, best practices, real-world results, challenges and application developments. In practice, the event will facilitate this via a program designed to boost participation from start to finish, as well as a series of networking activities.
Across a five-day conference, attendees will also get the chance to take in nearly 150 presentations and sessions, in the form of keynote speeches, panels, technical discussions and hands-on workshops, organized to help users get the most out of their current additive manufacturing setups.
One of the highlights of the conference program will be the eighth annual Innovators Showcase, in which participants will get the chance to ‘sit in’ on a fireside chat with an industry innovator. Previous honorees include Chuck Hull, Scott Crump, Carl Deckard, Fried Vancraen, Gideon Levy and Hans Langer, while last year, winner of the AMUG 2022 Innovators Award, Andy Christensen, shared insights gained via his work in the field of medical 3D printing.
As is now traditional at AMUG, the AMUG Innovators Award, Technical Competition and Distinguished Innovator Operator (DINO) Awards will also seek to recognize excellence and contributions to the wider industry.
The latter, in particular, has been set up to celebrate those that have given years of service to the sector, with awardees selected for their efforts to advance the industry, or the knowledge and skills of their fellow professionals. Winners of the 2022 DINO awards included Massivit3D’s Ben Arnold, VulcanForms’ Matthew Donovan and Computer Aided Technology’s Nick Licari.
As an added benefit, conference entrants will be granted access to the AMUGexpo, a two-day expo dedicated to the discovery of new services, materials, systems and peripherals, from 19-20 March 2022. Not your typical trade show, the exhibitors on its showfloor are picked on quality over quantity, while its main purpose is to facilitate information exchange and networking.
In addition to gaining access to the above, AMUG registration also includes access to an off-site dinner gathering, several networking receptions and catered meals.
Those that sign up between now and 6 January 2023 will be able to purchase all-inclusive event registration for $1,295. Companies wishing to participate as exhibitors or sponsors can also use the AMUG online registration process.
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Featured image shows the New Members Welcome at AMUG 2022. Photo via AMUG.