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The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) announced that online registration is now available for its 2016 Education & Training Conference, which will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, at the historic St. Louis Union Station, from April 3 – 7, 2016. The users group conference, now in its 28th year, is open to owners and operators of additive manufacturing (3D printing) technologies.

AMUG brings together engineers, designers, supervisors, plant managers and educators from around the world to share expertise, best practices, challenges, and application developments in additive manufacturing. The AMUG Conference will include technical sessions and hands-on workshops designed to help users get more from, and do more with, their systems. Through its Technical Competition and Awards Banquet, excellence in applying additive manufacturing and contributions to the industry will be recognized. The five-day event also includes the two-night AMUGexpo, networking receptions , student poster session and catered meals.

Mark Barfoot, AMUG president, said, "We are quite excited to be building an agenda that continues to deliver a wealth of hands-on experiences and extremely practical sessions where users gain real insight into techniques or tips that they can take back to the office and start using right away."

The conference agenda is expected to contain over 200 presentations and hands-on workshops. Barfoot said, “To fit it all in, we are condensing our general sessions on two of the four conference days to allow for more concurrent sessions, which means more content and more choice for our attendees.”

Although still in development, several elements of the conference agenda have been confirmed. The event will kick off with keynote presentations on Monday, April 4th by Jason Lopes of Legacy Effects and Todd Grimm, AMUG’s AM industry advisor and president of T. A. Grimm & Associates. On Tuesday, April 5th, the group will host a panel discussion with representatives from its Diamond Sponsors, which are typically manufacturers of additive manufacturing machines and materials.

The conference will also have its second annual Innovators Showcase, which has the feel of a fireside chat, where attendees get to know an innovator in the industry and discover insights from that individual’s experiences. For 2016, the special guest will be Scott Crump, inventor of Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) and co-founder of Stratasys.

Barfoot noted, "The keynotes, presentations, panel discussions and workshops will keep attendees very busy. But we will still offer plenty of time for networking. That is the one thing that most differentiates the AMUG Conference from all others so we always strive to build the event such that attendees have ample opportunity to meet, converse and share.”

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