Additive Manufacturing Users Group Conference, April 19-23

A major additive manufacturing event returns to Jacksonville, Florida, with a program that addresses industrial production.


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If you are one of the many manufacturers seriously considering an investment in additive manufacturing, and if you can make it to northern Florida in a few weeks, then take a look at the Additive Manufacturing Users Group annual conference, returning to Jacksonville April 19-23. The program this year is particularly strong, or at least it seems that way to me, because many speakers in the posted schedule address topics relevant to applying additive manufacturing for industrial production.

The Additive Manufacturing Users Group, or AMUG, is a unique organization. As the name makes clear, it consists of users of additive technology. The group started decades ago as a forum for stereolithography enthusiasts, but as 3D part-making technology advanced, both the scope and the name of the group changed various times. Now, with the maturing of 3D printing for prototyping and the advance of the technology into production, a large number of manufacturing professionals can rightly describe themselves as additive manufacturing users, and this annual conference has grown into a significant additive manufacturing event.

AMUG president Mark Barfoot says one of the challenges of a program involving so many speakers is nailing down a precise schedule, but the version released this week is expected to be final.