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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 27th annual users group conference in Jacksonville, Florida.

During the annual Awards Banquet, the association named eight DINOs, an award that recognizes industry veterans for years of experience as well as contributions back to the additive manufacturing industry.

The newly named DINOs are:

  • Vince Anewenter, Milwaukee School of Engineering
  • Derek Ellis, Computer Aided Technology, Inc.
  • Andrew Graves, Stratasys Direct Manufacturing
  • Steven Kossett, Natural Resources Research Institute, University of Minnesota
  • Stephan Ritt, SLM Solutions
  • Harold Sears, Ford Motor Company
  • Ed Tackett, University of California, Irvine
  • Mark Wynn, Yazaki North America


Mark Barfoot, AMUG president, said, “This year’s DINO recipients have an average of nearly 20 years of experience in the additive manufacturing industry, but experience is only part of the criteria for this coveted award. To be a DINO, one must also give back to the industry, and these eight men have done that in a big way.”

The new DINOs have been active within the AMUG community in a variety of roles, including board members, ambassadors, advisors, presenters, technical competition participants, workshop leaders and track leaders. Outside of AMUG, the DINOs are equally active, and they contribute to the advancement of the additive manufacturing industry.

AMUG is an organization that educates and advances the uses and applications of additive manufacturing technologies. AMUG members include those with any commercial additive manufacturing/3D printing technologies from companies such as Stratasys, Somos, Concept Laser, SLM Solutions, EOS, ExOne, Renishaw, HP and Prodways. AMUG meets annually to provide education and training through technical presentations on processes and new technologies. This information addresses operation of additive manufacturing equipment and the applications that use the parts they make.

Photo: (Top from top left) Vince Anewenter, Derek Ellis, Andrew Graves and Steven Kossett. (Bottom from left) Stefan Ritt, Harold Sears, Ed Tackett and Mark Wynn.

For more information, visit: www.additivemanufacturingusersgroup.com/AMUG-DINO-award.htm

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