Gary Rabinovitz named AMUG Lifetime Achievement Award winner

April 2, 2024

Gary Rabinovitz has received AMUG’s Lifetime Achievement Award (Courtesy AMUG)

The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) has announced Gary Rabinovitz as the recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award, the second in the organisation’s thirty-six-year history. Rabinovitz, AM/3D Printing Lab Manager at Reebok and a member of AMUG’s Board of Directors, was recognised for his twenty-four years of service.

Paul Bates, Rabinovitz’s former manager at Reebok and a past AMUG President, presented Rabinovitz with the Lifetime Achievement Award. During the award presentation, Bates recounted his long association with Rabinovitz, having introduced him to Reebok and Additive Manufacturing as well as facilitated his volunteer work for AMUG.

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Bates shared, “Much of what Gary has done is unknown to the AMUG membership. But having worked closely with him for so many years, I witnessed his pivotal role in providing leadership, guidance and counsel as AMUG transitioned over the past twenty-four years. I have also seen his diligence in doing the work needed to make the changes possible and keep AMUG true to its mission.”

Rabinovitz added, “This Lifetime Achievement Award means the world to me. I never imagined being a volunteer in the AM industry for over two decades and then being recognised for it. I am very humbled to receive this prestigious award from AMUG.”

Rabinovitz also expressed his gratitude for Reebok’s support of his volunteer work over his twenty-seven-year career with the company.

Shannon VanDeren, AMUG president, said, “Gary has been a significant contributor to the Additive Manufacturing industry for most of his years as a user within Reebok. Gary has consistently contributed his energy, time and experience to varied organisations with the mission to further advance additive technologies.”

“Across decades, the consistency of his involvement is what is so marked to me as I look upon his contributions,” she concluded.

Rabinovitz’s involvement in Additive Manufacturing user communities began with the Selective Laser Sintering Users Group, which merged with the Stereolithography Users Group to form what is now known as AMUG. In 2001, he became president. From 2002 to 2006, he was president of the Z Corp Users Group.

Rabinovitz has served as an AMUG officer or director since 2011. Over those thirteen years, he has held the following positions: Vice President, President, Past President, Advisor to the Board, Chairman, and Director at Large.

When he took on the role of Vice President in 2011, AMUG’s future was unclear as it transitioned from a group focused on two technologies to one that served all users of all Additive Manufacturing technologies. With his efforts and those of others central to the restructuring, AMUG has endured, grown and thrived.

Considering his workload at Reebok, Rabinovitz did not set out to be elected Vice President in 2011. However, he accepted a nomination when no other members considered running for this role.

Beyond his roles on the leadership team, Rabinovitz has contributed as a conference volunteer, coordinating the pre-conference giveaway-bag stuffing and other behind-the-scenes activities. He has also chaired the Collaboration Committee and DINO Selection Committee since its inception.

Rabinovitz joins Thomas Sorovetz as the most honoured AMUG member, having received the three most prestigious awards that the group bestows: President’s Award (2014), DINO (Distinguished Innovator Operator) Award (2001) and Lifetime Achievement Award (2024).

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