The Additive Manufacturing domain has seen encouraging growth in various application industries. New companies have evolved, and a vast amount of investment from governments worldwide has added new opportunities. An essential aspect that has helped the Additive Manufacturing community grow is networking and knowledge sharing through various forums and events. The additive manufacturing user group ( AMUG) 2023 conference is a gold standard in this aspect which allows the AM community to come together and share experiences.
The AMUG 2023 conference is scheduled for March 19-23, 2023, at Hilton Chicago, Illinois, USA. The event is divided into two key parts, the “AMUG Conference,” scheduled on March 19-23, 2023, and “The AMUG expo,” scheduled on March 19-20, 2023. The AMUG event is a must-attend as it is dedicated exclusively to additive manufacturing users. Stakeholders from the additive manufacturing community worldwide participate in AMUG as it offers excellent networking and knowledge-building opportunity.
One of the key USPs of AMUG 2023 is that it offers a unique opportunity for the international AM community to network through various events. AMUG also provides rich industry-relevant knowledge to the delegates through the conference. This year the AMUG Conference has well over 100 presentations and hands-on sessions, plus great keynotes, the Innovators Showcase, and Training Sessions. 1865 attendants from over 21 countries attended the last AMUG conference, and this year, the AMUG organizing committee is confident that a higher number of delegates will attend the event.
“At least from my perspective, I would have thrown away every other conference I’ve ever attended. In lieu of making sure that I was at this one. This one to me is the standard of how to bring an industry together and have a conversation where no prejudice or no preconceived plan really can take foothold. ” – Mike Gordan, The Capitol Group
Pre-conference activities are also arranged, that includes an ASTM certificate course on “Establishing an Additive Manufacturing Facility for Critical Part Production on Saturday, March 18 (9:00 AM – 5:00 PM) and Sunday, March 19 (9:00 AM – 3:00 PM). In addition to this there are Off-Site Tours planned to DMG MORI and Impossible Objects on March 19, 2023.
“My advice for people who are going to the AMUG Conference for the first time is…to stay hydrated. You’ll be talking to so many people, be on your feet, you’ll be engaged and listening and learning. And it’s really important that you take care of your body so that you’re getting the most out of it.” – Kat Ermant, Peloton
The first keynote session will be delivered by Rob Ducey, LAIKA Studios, and Nicholas Jacobson, CU Anschutz Medical Campus, on March 21 from 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM. The topic of their presentation will is “Collaborations Between an Animator, an Architect, and a Surgeon: The Keys to Impactful Innovation in Medicine,” which demonstrates the interdisciplinary application of additive manufacturing. The second keynote speaker session is organized on March 23 from 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM and will be delivered by Max Haot, Launcher. The topic of Max Haot is “High-Performance, Low-Cost Liquid Propulsion Enabled by AM,” discussing the application of additive manufacturing in space.
My advice to future first-time attendees would be to NETWORK. If you see somebody that you recognize from LinkedIn, go say hi. If you use somebody from a company that interests you, go introduce yourself. The beauty of the AMUG Conference is that we’re really all here to learn, to share our experiences, and to gain something from one another. And it should not be intimidating, we are all here for a common goal, and I hope that all future first-time attendees really make the effort to network and make new connections in the industry. – Laura Turnage, LOCTITE 3D Printing
During the AMUG 2023, scholarship awards are organized for the student community. The winner of the AMUG scholarship receives full-ride access, room and board, travel, and registration to ThE event. Students in manufacturing, engineering, design, art, medical, or a related field of more than 21 years are eligible for the scholarship.
Another staple of AMUG is the technical competition which has two themes – “Advanced Concepts” and “Advance Finishing.” The award for the advanced concept is focused on using unique applications, processes, and utilization of additive manufacturing technology. The prize for advanced finishing is focussed on different finishing techniques, quality of finish and model development.
So all in all, AMUG is the complete package when it comes to creating a vibrant and conducive environment for the Additive Manufacturing users to network, interact, learn and forge the industry forward !
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