AMUG Opens 2019 Education, Training Conf Registration

MILWAUKEE, WI, Oct 18, 2018 – The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) announced that online registration is now available for its 2019 Education & Training Conference, which will be held in Chicago, Illinois, March 31 – April 4, 2019. The AMUG Conference, now in its 31st year, is open to owners and operators of industrial additive manufacturing (3D printing) technologies used for professional purposes.

AMUG brings together engineers, designers, technicians, supervisors, plant managers and educators from around the world to share expertise, best practices, challenges, and application developments in additive manufacturing. Building on its very successful 2018 event, AMUG is adjusting its 2019 conference program to deliver more training and hands-on experiences.

Paul Bates, AMUG president said, “As the AM community evolves, so will AMUG. We are excited to present the new program with the goal of continuing to act on our mission of educating and advancing the uses and applications of additive manufacturing technologies.”

The AMUG Conference will include technical sessions and hands-on workshops designed to help users get more from, and do more with, their systems. As part of its conference program changes, AMUG has introduced a new Training Lab, which builds on its hands-on workshop approach, to offer an engaging training environment where the additive manufacturing tools are the focal point of the information exchange.

Unique among additive manufacturing (AM) events, a prime differentiator of the AMUG Conference is the openness of attendees and their willingness to share. Drew Wallburg, senior mechanical engineer at Cummings Aerospace, said, “…the best conference experience I’ve ever had. It was a fantastic immersion into an environment where everyone is open and speaks the same language. I cannot wait to come back to AMUG next year.”

Michael Petch, editor-in-chief of 3D Printing Industry, reported, “Unlike any event I have attended before, AMUG has a remarkable openness, sharing of best practices and genuine willingness to advance the industry as a whole. Every part of the AMUG experience is intended to facilitate this exchange of information, from the seating plans at lunch to ensuring attendees have no real reason to leave the hotel.”

The conference agenda is expected to contain over 150 presentations and hands-on workshops. One highlight will be the fifth 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 2019, the special guest will be Professor Gideon Levy, consultant for Technology Turn Around, who has decades of achievements in AM development, research and education.

Through AMUG’s Innovators Award, Technical Competition and DINO Awards, 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.

The advanced, all-inclusive conference registration fee is $895.00. For details and a link to registration, visit www.amug.com. Companies interested in participating as exhibitors or sponsors may also use the online registration process. Representatives of the financial market and media should contact AMUG directly for more information.

About Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) 

AMUG is an organization that educates and advances the uses and applications of additive manufacturing technologies. AMUG members include those with industrial additive manufacturing/3D printing technologies and materials used for professional purposes from companies such as Stratasys, DSM, SLM Solutions, EOS, GE Additive, ExOne, BASF, Renishaw, Carbon, HP Inc., Additive Industries, Desktop Metal, and Formlabs. 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.

For more information, visit online at www.amug.com.

Altair Acquires SIMSOLID

TROY, MI, Oct 18, 2018 – Altair has acquired SIMSOLID. SIMSOLID works on full-fidelity CAD assemblies to provide fast, accurate, and robust structural simulation without requiring geometry simplification, cleanup, or meshing. Its underlying technology is based largely on the work of Dr. Victor Apanovitch, a former professor at Belarus Polytechnic University and the co-founder of SIMSOLID Corporation.

“We believe SIMSOLID is a revolutionary technological breakthrough which will have a profound impact for product design,” said James Scapa, Altair’s Founder, chairman, and CEO, “It’s incredibly fast, accurate, and robust and we believe a game changer for our industry.”

The SIMSOLID computational engine is a commercial implementation of novel and unpublished mathematics based on extensions to the theory of external approximations. SIMSOLID controls solution accuracy using multi-pass adaptive analysis, making it extremely fast and memory efficient.  Large and complex assemblies can be solved rapidly even on laptop computers.

Dr. Uwe Schramm, Altair’s chief technical officer, notes that, “We are very serious about solution accuracy.   Others have tried to accelerate the interface between CAD and simulation by degrading the mathematical robustness.   It is our feeling that by rapidly moving forward with the methods in SIMSOLID and expanding them across applications we can have a real effect on how design gets done while maintaining our high standards for computational excellence.”

To learn more about SIMSOLID, hear executives and technologists discuss more in a video, and register for an upcoming introductory SIMSOLID webinar or contact a regional representative at www.altair.com/SIMSOLID.

About Altair

Altair transforms design and decision making by applying simulation, machine learning and optimization throughout product lifecycles. Their broad portfolio of simulation technology and patented units-based software licensing model enable Simulation-Driven Innovation for their customers. With more than 2,000 employees, Altair is headquartered in Troy, MI, USA and operates 71 offices throughout 24 countries. Altair serves more than 5,000 customers across broad industry segments.

To learn more, please visit www.altair.com.

EXAIR Releases Gen4 Ionizing Bar

EXAIR’s Gen4 Ionizing Bar is effective when mounted up to 4″ from a charged surface. It is designed to eliminate static on plastics, webs, sheet stock and other product surfaces where tearing, jamming or hazardous shocks are a problem. Gen4 products have undergone independent laboratory tests to certify they meet the safety, health and environmental standards of the USA, European Union and Canada that are required to attain the CE and UL marks. They are also RoHS compliant. Design features include a metal armored high voltage cable to protect against abrasion and cuts, integrated ground connection and electromagnetic shielding.

The Gen4 Ionizing Bar uses an integrated mounting flange, where a static charge is generated. A concentration of positive and negative ions produces static decay, neutralizing surfaces which are causing production, quality or safety problems.

EXAIR’s Gen4 Ionizing Bar product line is available from stock in 3″ to 108″ long. The electrical ion source is shockless and there is no radioactive element. A selectable voltage power supply has been designed to operate Gen4 products.

For more information, visit EXAIR website.

Honeywell Intelligrated Announces Alvey 890i Palletizer

Honeywell Intelligrated showcased its connected solutions for automated palletizing equipment in end-of-line manufacturing environments at PACK EXPO International booth S-2560. By leveraging data from machine-level sensors, the company provides real-time equipment monitoring, diagnostics and asset-level insights.

These connected solutions analyze real-time and historic data to detect equipment conditions that could impact performance — such as excess motor vibration, temperature fluctuations or underutilization trends — and provide real-time alerts to help fix critical issues before they affect the entire production process.

Connected offerings may also improve palletizer utilization and throughput rates, uncovering opportunities for improvement. The system monitors run times to reveal when systems are idle, underutilized or not hitting target throughput rates, and allows operators to identify the root causes, make the necessary corrections and resolve barriers to palletizer productivity.

The Honeywell Intelligrated booth demonstration at PACK EXPO features the Alvey 890i palletizer, capable of handling a range of packaging types, in a variety of stacking patterns. An touch-screen interface offers access to diagnostics. Safety features and a maintenance- friendly design enable performance in food, beverage and consumer packaged goods operations.

About Honeywell Intelligrated

Honeywell Intelligrated is a single-source provider of intelligent automated material handling solutions and  software that drive retail and e-commerce fulfillment productivity. They design, manufacture, integrate and install complete solutions, including conveyor, sortation, palletizers, robotics, and automated storage and retrieval systems.

For more information, visit Honeywell Intelligrated website.