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The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) announced that online registration is now available for its 2017 Education & Training Conference, which will be held in Chicago, Illinois, at the historic Hilton Chicago, from March 19 - 23, 2017. The users group conference, now in its 29th year, is open to owners and operators of commercial 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 and catered meals.

Steve Deak, AMUG president, said, "The AMUG Conference attracts a broad cross-section of expertise from across the additive manufacturing space. This results in an unmatched energy between members at the conference and unprecedented sharing of ideas that challenges the additive manufacturing industry to improve.” He continued, “I particularly enjoy the dialog between long-time members and the fresh ideas of our new members, which move the technologies forward."

The conference agenda is expected to contain over 200 presentations and hands-on workshops. One highlight will be the third annual Innovators Showcase. The showcase is an on-stage interview, 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 2017, the special guest will be Carl Deckard, inventor of Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) and co-founder of DTM Corporation, which was acquired by 3D Systems Corp.

Deak noted, "Our agenda will keep attendees very busy, but we will provide ample time for networking. Year after year, we hear that the networking component of the AMUG Conference is what makes our event unique. And that leads many attendees to comment that it is the best conference that they have ever attended.”

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