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The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) announced the recipients of DINO (Distinguished INnovator Operator) Awards for additive manufacturing expertise and service. The awards were presented at the 29th annual users group conference in Chicago, Illinois.

During its annual Awards Banquet, AMUG presented ten DINO Awards to recognize industry veterans for years of experience, contributions back to the additive manufacturing industry, and active support of the users group.

The newly named DINOs are:

  • Ted Anderson - GE Additive
  • Bruce Bradshaw - Arcam AB
  • Carl Deckard - Structured Polymers
  • Joerg Griessbach - The SL Pro
  • Jim Harrison - The Solid Experts
  • Kim Killoran - Stratasys
  • Peter Liacouras - Walter Reed Military Medical Center
  • Steve Murray - Hoosier Pattern
  • Shannon VanDeren - Layered Manufacturing and Consulting
  • Kevin Zaras - DSM Functional Materials

Steve Deak, AMUG president, said, “To me, the DINO Award is reserved for those that make a difference over many years. And it is about making a difference without seeking glory, praise or profit for their efforts. This year’s class of DINOs embodies that selfless, giving nature, which ironically is what makes them deserving of recognition for all that they have done.”

The new DINOs have been active within the AMUG community in a variety of roles. Collectively, they have been officers, advisors, presenters, workshop leaders, track leaders, liaisons, volunteers and avid supporters. Outside of AMUG, the DINOs are equally active, and they contribute to the advancement of the additive manufacturing industry.

Deak closed on a personal note, “It was very special for me to present Jim Harrison with his DINO because Jim, as president, presented me with a DINO way back in 2001.”

Over its 29-year history, AMUG has awarded only 141 DINOs. Although there are many deserving individuals, the awards are capped at no more than ten per year, independent of the number conference attendees.

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