The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) has announced that Jonathan M Morris, MD, Director of the 3D Printing Anatomic Modeling Lab at the Mayo Clinic, and Hans J Langer, PhD, founder of EOS GmbH and chairman of the EOS Group, will participate at its annual AMUG Conference. This year’s conference is scheduled to take place in Orlando, Florida, USA, on May 2–6, 2021.
Dr Jonathan Morris will host a keynote presentation on point-of-care Additive Manufacturing, wherein his expertise is preoperative planning and custom surgical guides. His experience was developed over a sixteen-year period in which he championed efforts to make AM a standard of care. His keynote, ‘The Rise of Point of Care Manufacturing: 16 years of Additive Manufacturing at Mayo Clinic’, will describe endeavours, obstacles and achievements the Mayo Clinic has encountered when integrating AM into medical practices.
Clinically, Dr Morris focuses on minimally-invasive thermal ablation of tumours in the neuroaxis. He is a Board Certified Radiologist, CAQ Neuroradiologist, and medical director of Center for Biomedical and Scientific Visualization, Division of Experiential Learning at the Mayo Clinic, where he also acts as a consultant in the Department of Radiology. Additionally, he is focused on the development and deployment of extended realities, VR/AR in medical education, intraoperative guidance, and medical capital equipment training.
On May 5, Dr Hans Langer will be the honoured guest for a more casual interview in the Innovators Showcase. As the 2020 AMUG Innovators Award recipient, he will respond to questions with the intents of getting to know the man behind the innovations and offering guidance from his experiences. Due to travel restrictions, this year’s Innovators Showcase conversation will run in a hybrid format: Dr Langer will appear via pre-recorded video, while the host, Todd Grimm, will appear in person.
As chairman of the EOS Group, Dr Langer is responsible for the strategic alignment of the group’s companies. In 1989, he founded EOS with the aim of manufacturing 3D objects directly from CAD data, using laser technology. With his knowledge of market requirements, Dr Langer expanded the company into a global manufacturer of high-end Additive Manufacturing solutions. Prior to the founding of EOS, Langer was active in research at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics and Managing Director at General Scanning. He studied Physics at the Technical University of Munich and was awarded a PhD in laser technology at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich.
“The journeys of both men are fascinating,” stated Carl Dekker, president of AMUG. “But more importantly, those in attendance will walk away with valuable insights that assist in advancing Additive Manufacturing excellence. Having conquered challenging situations, their stories provide insightful guidance for professional development.”
Designed for both the novice and experienced in the Additive Manufacturing field, the AMUG Conference agenda topics range from technology basics to advanced applications to business considerations. AMUG anticipates having over 100 presentations, workshops, and hands-on training sessions, while over ninety exhibitors will be hosted at the AMUGexpo.
Further AMUG Conference details are available through the organisation’s website.