AMUG announces keynote speakers for 2024

November 13, 2023

November 13, 2023

Jason Lopes (left) will return to the AMUG stage for his Tuesday keynote presentation. Olaf Diegel (right) will share DfAM guidance and inspiration in his Thursday keynote (Courtesy AMUG)
Jason Lopes (left) will return to the AMUG stage for his Tuesday keynote presentation. Olaf Diegel (right) will share DfAM guidance and inspiration in his Thursday keynote (Courtesy AMUG)

The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) has announced that the keynote speakers for its 2024 AMUG Conference will be Jason Lopes and Olaf Diegel. The event will be held in Chicago, Illinois, USA from March 10-14, 2024.

In their talks, Lopes and Diegel are expected to infuse problem-solving and practical applications with imagination and ingenuity. Lopes, who works in the creative services industry, will focus on 3D scanning, design, and Additive Manufacturing. Diegel will address creativity through tales of Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM) as a tool to unleash the transformative power of the technology.

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Ed Graham, AMUG’s Director of Education and Conference, stated, “Our 2024 keynote speakers embody Additive Manufacturing as an art form for tackling complex challenges and elevating what is possible. I believe that Olaf’s and Jason’s talks with be complementary, having different perspectives on the creative use of additive manufacturing, and they will bring a global view of additive case studies to the stage.”

“Some of my favorite keynote memories from AMUG Conferences feature Jason Lopes. His return to our stage will ‘wow’ our members with his use of new technologies and out-of-the-box thinking,” Graham said.

On the AMUG stage, Jason Lopes, a returning favorite, will discuss how Additive Manufacturing and 3D scanning have been advanced by the entertainment and creative services industries through the completion of unique projects that posed remarkable challenges. He assures the audience that they will be astounded by the extensive use of Additive Manufacturing in resolving manufacturing difficulties to transform creative ideas into reality for items ranging from movie props to consumer products to fine art.

Lopes’ stories are pulled from the experiences of Gentle Giant Studios, where he knows serves as Director – Additive Manufacturing. Here, he has played a pivotal role in shaping Hollywood blockbusters such as Avatar, Terminator Genisys & Salvation, Thor, and the three Iron Man films.

Lopes has deep expertise in leveraging Additive Manufacturing, 3D scanning, and digital modelling to create visual effects and products. He is a strong advocate of the technologies, passionate about innovation, and dedicated to educating others. He has served on AMUG committees and is a director and past chair for the Additive Manufacturing Technical Interest Group of SPE.

His experience, successes, and contributions have made Lopes a highly respected player in the 3D printing community and garnered him awards such as the AMUG DINO (Distinguished INnovator Operator) and 3D Printing Industry’s Maker of the Year.

Olaf Diegel’s Thursday keynote is titled Design for Additive Manufacturing: Understanding Value.

Graham said, “I have followed Olaf for many years on social media. I was very pleased and excited when he agreed to travel from New Zeeland to Chicago so that he can share his creative, wide-ranging use cases of Additive Manufacturing with our members.”

In his talk, Diegel will demonstrate how, with good DfAM practices, the technology can be shifted from a slow, expensive approach to one that can transform products into successes that contain value-added features. Diegel will make his points through real-world examples from aerospace, transportation, healthcare, and artistic applications.

Attendees will walk away with practical guidance from Diegel on how to design products for Additive Manufacturing and how to leverage the recent advances in computational design software to automate complex product design.

For twenty-five years, Diegel has been an enthusiast of Additive Manufacturing, and he believes that it has been a boon for innovation. He is both an educator and practitioner in Additive Manufacturing and product development with a strong track record of developing solutions to create innovative products.

Diegel, who has long been recognised for his artistic, stylised guitars, now has three roles related to Additive Manufacturing. He is the Professor of Additive Manufacturing at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, with research expertise in that technology. He is a consultant who has developed a wide range of products for companies around the world, earning numerous product development awards over the past three decades. He is also an entrepreneur with his company ODD, which manufactures a range of additively manufactured guitars.

Rounding out the featured stage presentations are Insights and Highlights on Monday, March 11, and the Innovators Showcase on Wednesday, March 13. The keynotes and featured presentations will kickstart each day of the conference and set the tone for over 150 presentations, panel discussions, workshops, and hands-on training sessions.

More information about the event is available via the organisation’s website.

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