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3D Preview: 2020 AMUG Conference
  2020 DINO Awards through March 1. Visit to nominate.
AMUG recognizes two scholarship winners, one student and one educator, on Monday, March 23, where each will address attendees. The Guy E. Bourdeau Scholarship—founded by his wife, Renee Bourdeau, and financially supported by Cimquest, Inc., is awarded annually to one college student. The Randy Stevens Scholarship, founded by Stevens’s employer, In’Tech Industries, is awarded annually to one educator.
And, in its 26th year, AMUG hosts its Tech- nical Competition, comprised of two cate- gories: Advanced Finishing (visually stunning pieces) and Advanced Concepts (applications of AM that push the boundaries of possibility). Each category is open to all AM technologies with a winner and runner-up selected from each. Entries will be displayed on Monday evening, March 23, during the AMUGexpo, with entry creators available to discuss their projects. A panel of five DINOs judges the entries, with winners announced during the Awards Banquet.
The 2020 AMUG Conference wraps on Thurs- day night, March 26, with the Family Dinner. As a reflection of AMUG’s conference style, the Family Dinner offers appetizer, entrée and dessert menus populated with solicited family recipes.
Pre-Conference Tours, Educational Programs
AMUG includes on offsite dinner and event, kept secret until arrival. Last year, AMUG attendees enjoyed the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago.
Attendees have opportunities for AM-facility
tours and educational programs preceding the formal AMUG Conference. UL and SME offer a two-day AM-technician review program, from Saturday, March 21, to Sunday, March 22, that provides a preparation course followed by a certification exam. The certification covers key roles and responsibilities for an AM technician; the AM process chain; design for additive manufac- turing; materials and process selection; secondary processes; and key safety considerations.
An ASTM workshop, Accelerating AM Technology Adoption Through Standardization and Certification, takes place Sunday, March 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eight technical talks and a panel discussion cover these topics: the AM standard develop- ment process; gaps in AM standards; R&D initiatives from ASTM’s Center of Excellence that drive standard development; R&D opportunities skewed to standard development; and a certification approach for AM. For pricing, details and regis- tration links for either program, visit 2020_train_certify.
Free tours of Renishaw, West Dundee, IL, and Fast Radius,
Chicago’s West Loop, are available on Sunday, March 22, with transportation provided from the Hilton Chicago Hotel. The Renishaw tour departs at 10 a.m. and returns at 3:15 p.m., and offers the opportunity to explore the challenges, complexities, machine capabilities, processes and qualifications required to take AM into production. Participants also interact with HP AM- machine technology and nTopology engineering software, as well as with representatives from those companies. Also on the agenda: a tour of Renishaw’s core industrial metrology businesses to see how these interact with the 3D printing space.
The Fast Radius tour, from noon to 2 p.m., includes a guided tour of the company’s factory and additive applications gallery. Fast Radius is home to reportedly the largest publicly accessible Carbon factory in North America, and also features metal and nonmetalAMtechnologiesfromHP,StratasysandDesktopMetal. Participants can absorb best practices, hear ‘lessons learned’ and kick off the AMUG Conference week with a happy hour.
The tours require advance registration, available at 3DMP

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