AMUG 2020: Additive Conference Grows With Training, Technical Competition, Plant Tours

Seminars, workshops and certification programs for additive manufacturing and 3D printing users.

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The world’s most advanced additive manufacturing engineers, designers, makers and builders are converging on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile at the Hilton Chicago from March 22 to 26 for the leading additive manufacturing and 3D printing conference in the Americas.

AMUG (Additive Manufacturer’s User Group) conference will feature four days of presentations, workshops, dedicated networking events and engaging evening activities. In 2020, AMUG is growing to include more panel discussions, expanded AMUGexpo hours and first-time attendee gatherings. Exhibitors, speakers and attendees will come from every segment of the additive manufacturing world, both geographically and by sector. Aerospace, automotive, health care, energy, education, materials, training, software, design and mass production are all hot topics in a packed program encompassing 234,000 square feet of meeting space.

New for 2020, Supplementary Conference Training and Certification technician courses run before the event on Saturday and Sunday, offering a great opportunity for AM technicians to learn and certify in official UL/SME and ASTM programs.  Click on the links for details and pricing.

The event kicks off on Sunday, March 22, with the two-day AMUGexpo trade show component of the program, along with the AMUG Training Lab and dinner. Monday the conference begins with the Insights and Highlights opening address, a morning fixture at AMUG. Each day of the conference begins with a major event, from 2020 AMUG Scholarship Recipient Presentations to award winner presentations from the Distinguished Innovator Operator program and the AMUG 2019 Technical Competition.

(Image courtesy of AMUG.)

(Image courtesy of AMUG.)

Keynote speakers include AMUG president Carl Dekker, James Robson “the Hacksmith” and Dr. Jonathan Harris of the Mayo Clinic. Training Lab sessions run from 1:30 to 2:30 PM on every day of the conference. The event will include the AMUG association business meeting, open to all conference pass holders, where the new board of directors will be announced.

Both on and off-site dinners are an included and integral part of the conference, including a themed “Roaring ‘20s” night on Wednesday, March 25th and the unique AMUG Family Dinner on Thursday the 26th with music and activities for the whole family.

Chicago is a hub for advanced manufacturing automation in the U.S. and additive manufacturing is well represented. On Sunday, March 22nd, DMG Mori, Fast Radius and Renishaw will offer free tours of their facilities. DMG MORI’s Hoffman Estates headquarters is the venue for their event, which will include their own technology along with Heraeus, Materialize and Siemens. Fast Radius will showcase their “factory of the future” with technology from HP, MJF, Stratasys and Desktop Metal. Renishaw will show visitors how to take additive manufacturing from a prototyping technology to production and will include HP and nTopology in the presentation. Included will be a look at Renishaw’s core metrology operations.

(Images courtesy of AMUG.)

(Images courtesy of AMUG.)

Why AMUG 2020?

AMUG 2020 is exclusive to industry professionals and actual additive users, ensuring a great experience with peers from multiple sectors. Over 160 presentations and hand-on sessions plus the Training Lab adds useable knowledge every day of the event, and attendees enjoy inspiring keynotes as well as the Innovators Showcase. Current technologies, advanced concepts, new materials, new applications and success stories are all under one roof at AMUG, and both experienced users and engineering professionals new to additive will find multiple sessions and experts to expand their knowledge.

Pricing includes access to the evening events and all meals and beverages. Membership in AMUG is included with conference registration. Click here for more details and registration information for AMUG 2020, Chicago, Illinois, March 22-26 2020.

A Word About COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Carl Dekker, president of AMUG has announced that the AMUG board has implemented all necessary precautions regarding coronavirus and is consulting with the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention as well as local public health authorities; the event will take place as scheduled.  Currently, there are no federal restrictions on travel to meetings in the U.S., including Chicago. Attendees are encouraged to check the CDC website at for updates.

About AMUG

The Additive Manufacturing Users Group is an industry association founded to encourage and facilitate the exchange of ideas and information among additive manufacturing equipment owners and users. 

Founded as a manufacturer’s user group for one brand of hardware, in 2011 AMUG opened to all industry stakeholders in commercial additive manufacturing. AMUG organizes an annual conference to bring industry professionals together to share and develop ideas. Part of that information exchange includes special task groups to study mutual areas of interest and to propose recommended best practices and techniques to aid in the growth and development of the additive manufacturing industry. Click here for more details about AMUG.  

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James Anderton

Jim Anderton is the Director of Content for Mr. Anderton was formerly editor of Canadian Metalworking Magazine and has contributed to a wide range of print and on-line publications, including Design Engineering, Canadian Plastics, Service Station and Garage Management, Autovision, and the National Post. He also brings prior industry experience in quality and part design for a Tier One automotive supplier.