Seeking Innovators for International Additive Manufacturing Award

AMT searches for entrants to win the award.

AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology, in partnership with the German Machine Tool Builders’ Association (VDW) is calling for entries to win the International Additive Manufacturing Award. Recognizing additive manufacturing’s growing role in modern industry, the intent of the award is to honor developments in materials and processes, data generation and measurement in the AM field.

Douglas Woods, AMT president, and Dr. Wilfried Schäfer, executive director of VDW, gave three official announcements here at IMTS: one at the kickoff of the Additive Manufacturing Workshop on Tuesday, and two events on Wednesday at the AMT General Manager’s Meeting and the official press conference.

The award is planned to be given annually, alternating in location between AMT’s The MFG Meeting (2015) and VDW’s Metav Show (2016). The winner will receive a cash prize and an international marketing package.

Online entries are invited from individuals and companies as well as research institutes, and will be judged by a group of representatives from both sponsors of the award and its media, academic, industry and legal collaborators. With the award’s focus on the entire value creation chain, from data generation and materials to application advances, the entrants will be judged on the level of technical advancement and proposed economic benefits.

Dr. Schäfer will serve on the award jury in addition to at least nine other representatives from a range of competencies and backgrounds. During judging, assessment criteria will include technological innovativeness, industry benefits, cost effectiveness, presentation and a reality test in an industrial application.

Woods has led the association’s Manufacturing Mandate initiative with the intention of promoting the need to incentivize innovation and R&D of new products and manufacturing technologies. The award incentivizes innovation in additive manufacturing.

Admission forms/criteria will be available October 1, 2014. Read AMT's official release here.

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