The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) has announced that Fried Vancraen, CEO and founder of Materialise, is to receive its 2018 Innovators Award. The AMUG Innovators Award is presented to individuals who have cultivated innovative ideas that in turn have advanced the Additive Manufacturing industry.
After finishing a Master in Electro-Mechanical Engineering in 1985, Wilfried Vancraen worked as a Research Engineer and Consultant at the Research Institute of the Belgian Metalworking Industry, which is where he first discovered Additive Manufacturing. Passionate about this new technology and firm in his belief that it could help create a better and healthier world, Vancraen started Materialise in July 1990, where he remains CEO to this day.
Vancraen will be presented with the award at the AMUG Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, April 8 – 12, 2018. He will partake in a ‘fireside-chat-styled’ interview with the goal of getting to know the man behind Materialise and gain guidance from his experience in developing the software and services that many use throughout the AM industry.
Previous recipients of the AMUG Innovators Award have included technology creators Chuck Hull, Scott Crump and Carl Deckard, innovators of stereolithography (SLA), Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), and Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) processes, respectively.