As the Euromold show comes to a close, the over 1000 exhibitors and 55,000 attendees begin to make their way back to various parts of the world. It has been an incredible show. I've seen some incredible technologies in the last four days.
My AMUG colleague, Gary Rabinovitz, tested out a new handheld scanner. With this new handheld scanner, Gary had his head scanned and an STL file on a usb drive in under 5 minutes. It's important to point out the price of the scanner – only $400 dollars. For those of you interested in reverse engineering, there were a number of other low-cost, but very accurate scanners on display. A few of my old colleagues were even demonstrating their scanner that allows the user to scan right into SolidWorks and manipulate the data without having to learn a 3rd party software. Scanning technology has come a long way in a few short years.
Having the support of Computer Aided Technology, Inc. and my attendance at Euromold, the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) executive board has been able to secure a number of sponsors and exhibitors for the upcoming conference April 6-10, 2014 in Tucson, AZ. CATI encourages our additive manufacturing customers from the desktop level through Connex level machines to take advantage of this educational, training, and networking conference. For more information on the conference please visit the AMUG website at www.am-ug.com.
CATI and the AMUG board would like to thank SLM Solutions, a northern based German manufacturer of powder based metal printers, for their hospitality with a surprisingly unique beach setting in the middle of December. They even provided sun tan lotion!
Digital Prototyping Specialist
Computer Aided Technology, Inc.
Additive Manufacturing Users Group