Additive Manufacturing

MAY 2012

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING is the magazine devoted to industrial applications of 3D printing and digital layering technology. We cover the promise and the challenges of this technology for making functional tooling and end-use production parts.

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+ In March, AMT–Te Association For Manufacturing Technology and AMTDA–Te American Machine Tool Distributors' Association merged to create a stronger, larger association that represents companies across the entire manufacturing technology supply chain. Te merger is a logical evolution for the manufacturing technology industry, and it gives the industry a more clarified and unified voice. AMT member technologies range from traditional machine tools to software, from cutting tools to indus- trial lasers. As manufacturing technology advances, AMT continues to evolve and provide programs and services that meet members' needs. Additive manufac- turing now stands at the cusp of breaking into the mainstream manufacturing markets and AMT seeks to act as that industry's partner—to assist the companies that are buying, selling and using additive technologies in growing their businesses and industry globally. First, AMT can sway consuming industries to accep- tance and utilization of additive manufacturing as a mainstream technology. Te multitude of meetings and conferences available to AMT members provides ample opportunities for networking and interfacing between those who make the products and those who use them. Tis September, the Emerging Technology Center at IMTS 2012 (produced by AMT) will showcase additive manufacturing capabilities to the more than 80,000 attendees. Tying into the vast network AMT has built for more than a century is invaluable to a small but growing community like additive manufacturing. AMT is committed to bringing additive manufacturing companies into the spotlight and has the resources and experience to do so. For all the companies building, selling, and servicing additive equipment, AMT offers unlimited global support to build and expand their business. With offices and tech centers in China, India, Mexico and Poland and international pavilions and trade missions, there is no nest of manufacturing activity that AMT cannot 14 — AM Supplement ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY AMT Expands Membership to Keep Pace with Evolving Industry penetrate. As a member, those AMT employees work for you–it's the equivalent of adding a dozen or more employees around the world. Small businesses gain immeasurable resources, and larger businesses access supplemental information to support their extant operations. AMT's employees are industry-savvy; they know the customers and their needs, and their primary purpose is to connect those potential buyers with the right technology and supplier. And those suppliers are AMT members. Te merger of AMT and AMTDA yielded an associa- tion brimming with programs and services to support manufacturers and distributors at the cutting edge of manufacturing technology, and at the precipice is additive manufacturing. As more join AMT's current core of members, the manufacturing technology industry, and additive manufacturing in particular, will progress in innovation and exposure, all of which will benefit the members, manufacturing in general, and even the standard U.S. consumers. For more information about AMT, visit the web site at www.AMTonline.org. If you have membership questions, please contact Steve Lesnewich at 703-827-5227 or SLesnewich@AMTonline.org. JOIN AMT! Receive timely information you can profit from. Market Data; Statistical Reports; Forecasting To join AMT, please contact: Kim Brown KBrown@AMTOnline.org

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