This was my first year attending the Additive Manufacturing Users Group meeting, and boy am I overwhelmed. In the spirit of another highly overwhelming event, I thought it might be fun to start an AMUG2016 "decompression party" here on matGIRL.
The event coordinators really did a great job. Some construction aside, the venue was awesome: St. Louis Union Station. Talk about an appropriate venue for a technology poised to democratize manufacturing - St. Louis was a real throwback to the days where we did actually make things in the US.
They really went above and beyond this year for the traditional secret dinner location. After loading ~1000 completely unprepared people into buses, which seemed to head into the Drury-Inn-Sponsored-Middle-of-Nowhere (seriously there is a Drury Inn off of every freeway exit in the entire state of Missouri) - we roll up to Six Flags St. Louis:
I think I lost a few brain cells after riding Mr. Freeze 3 times in a row, you'll see why:
Rest assured, there was a bloody mary bar at breakfast the next morning! Unfortunately, since I can't remember anything because of Mr. Freeze, I'm going to have to rely on my phone photos for the rest. I met this lovely lady from 3D Platform - she is a true materials girl:
Some of my favorite demos included the Voxel8 printed drone...
's urethane elastomers...
...and this SLS mandala (I forget which company (2manycoasterz))....
The crowd was pretty impressive as well. I've never been in such a concentrated community of 3D printing experts. This was a straight-shooting audience: minimal hype, minimal BS, and most people were very willing to share the technical details of their work. It's really refreshing to talk to the OGs who have been doing this for decades, and equally exciting to meet some of the other young entrepreneurs trying to bring new ideas into the space.
For those who went: what was your favorite AMUG2016 experience?
For those who didn't: any questions before I really forget?