Registration is now open for the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG)’s 2018 Education & Training Conference, to be held in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, from April 8–12, 2018. This will mark the 30th year of the conference, which is open to owners and operators of industrial Additive Manufacturing technologies used for professional purposes.
The conference brings together engineers, designers, technicians, supervisors, plant managers and educators from around the world to share AM expertise, best practices, challenges and application developments. Paul Bates, AMUG president, stated, “It is my pleasure and honour to lead AMUG in the milestone year of its 30th anniversary.”
“Way back in 1987, our organisation hosted its first conference. It was a small gathering of early adopters of rapid prototyping, which we now call Additive Manufacturing,” he continued. “Over the past thirty years, the technology has become mainstream, the options have expanded and the applications have progressed beyond simple models. More individuals are doing more with the technology, often in surprising ways.”
The AMUG Conference includes technical sessions and hands-on workshops designed to help users get more from AM. Through its Innovators Award, Technical Competition and Awards Banquet, AMUG also recognises excellence in applying AM and contributions to the industry. The five-day event also includes the two-night AMUGexpo, networking receptions and catered meals.
The conference agenda is expected to comprise more than two-hundred presentations and hands-on workshops. The 2018 conference will also host the fourth annual Innovators Showcase, with Wilfried Vancraen, Founder and CEO of Materialise, sharing his experiences and insights in innovating for AM in an on-stage interview.
“It is the mission of AMUG to help our members understand how they can do more with the available AM technologies,” Bates concluded. Attendees can register for a discounted early-bird rate until January 13, 2018 – registration includes entry to the conference, AMUGexpo and all keynote presentations, general and technical sessions, workshops and networking lunches, as well as entry to all workshops, the AMUG Awards Banquet and Technical Competition.