2017 Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) Speaker Preview

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For nearly 30 years, the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) has dedicated itself to the education and progression of additive manufacturing’s uses and applications. Every spring, the AMUG Conference connects world-wide 3D printing users to share expertise, best practices and application developments. This year, Stratasys Direct Manufacturing will host five sessions on various additive manufacturing topics. Below is a preview of what our expert engineers and directors will share at the 2017 conference:

Understanding the Additive Metals Process for Industrial Applications, from Printing to Producing

Andrew Carter, Process and Manufacturing Engineer
Tuesday, March 21, 1:30 p.m.

For more than a decade, plastics additive manufacturing has been utilized by leading manufacturers for low volume, non-critical component production, yet the adoption of Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) has been limited. By evaluating additive metals for production applications, attendees will learn the unique capabilities, limitations, advantages of DMLS. The presentation will include a quick process overview and will focus on critical process controls, economies of scale, the need for vertical integration of post operations and the proper qualification of additive materials.

Laser Sintering and Fused Deposition Modeling: Complimentary Technologies

Jesse Marin, Solutions Engineering Partner
Wednesday, March 22, 2:30 p.m.

The complimentary relationship between Laser Sintering (LS) and Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) has allowed for greater versatility in assessing a product’s design and manufacturability. The harmony between LS and FDM has facilitated new and cost effective solutions not previously thought possible in the traditional manufacturing world. This educational session will characterize the inherent differences between the two processes by exploring how each technology can uniquely benefit a particular engineering application.

Transitioning from a Plastics Job Shop to a Metals Production Shop

Phillip Conner, DMLS Manager
Wednesday, March 22, Time TBD

Incorporating metals production into an additive manufacturing facility’s workflow is an intricate process involving more than just the addition of additive manufacturing machines. This overview will highlight the intricate calibration procedures, post processing support and machine utilization requirements. As a 25 year industry veteran, Phillip Conner will provide an experienced outlook on the transition from a plastics to a metals shop.

Process Variables and Control for Stereolithography Investment Casting Patterns

Chuck Alexander, Director of Product Management
Monday, March 20, 4:30 p.m.

Stereolithography (SL) is a powerful tool for manufacturing investment casting patterns. As one of the most accurate additive manufacturing technologies, SL is ideal for low volume part orders and complex part configurations. In this presentation, industry veteran Chuck Alexander will offer an overview of the SL investment casting process. The presentation will emphasize CAD requirements, material qualifications and process specifications critical for producing a high quality SL part.

Laser Sintering Post Processing Workshop

Jesse Marin, Solutions Engineering Partner
Thursday, March 23, 3:30 p.m.

Laser Sintering (LS) produces parts that can be post-processed and finished in a variety of ways for different functional and cosmetic needs. In this this hands-on workshop, attendees will explore LS finishing procedures such as sanding, bonding, mass finishing and secondary fastening procedures. Space is limited to 25 registrants.

Gain deeper insight into the world of additive manufacturing with these topics and more at AMUG 2017. Register now!

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