Unveiling a New Era of 3D Printing at AMS 2024 in New York

The annual Additive Manufacturing Strategies (AMS) summit has reopened in New York City. The latest edition, AMS 2024, is offering a blend of insights and advances in the additive manufacturing sphere. Like its predecessor, AMS 2024 is rapidly becoming an unmissable event for industry professionals and others.

New Faces

The summit begins on February 6th, introducing a lineup of fresh sponsors and speakers, which brings new perspectives and possibilities to the summit and the future of technology. Ai Build sets the tone as the Platinum Sponsor by exhibiting its AI-driven approach to streamlining 3D printing processes. Other sponsors including Seurat Technologies, Cantor Fitzgerald, 6K Additive and Norsk Titanium are ready to start conversations with their innovative contributions to the industry. Meanwhile, newcomers like panelist Dawne Hickton shared her company’s backstory, Cumberland Additive, which recently acquired the Stratasys Direct facility located in Austin, Texas.

Frank Roberts from 6K Additive made an appearance at AMS 2024. Image courtesy of 3DPrint.com.

Keynote Highlights

The kickoff of the event began with Yoav Zeif, the CEO of Stratasys (Nasdaq: SSYS), discussing the potential of the industry to augment its visibility in the larger $17 trillion global manufacturing sector. Zeif’s argument is rooted in the belief that by leveraging five critical AM benefits, there exists a $550 billion opportunity. Hence, this can help 3D printing transcend “the hype” and fully utilize its potential to address exclusive additive problems.

Zeif gave some poignant reflection, “It’s very easy to fall into the blues because our industry is in a slump.” However, Zeif contemplated, “We will get there together because our rivalry is not with each other; it’s with the status quo, and we need to realise that we, by joining forces, can genuinely fulfill the promise.”

During his discussion titled, “Make Additive Work for You,” Zeif explained that although the additive manufacturing industry shares only a small 0.1% of global manufacturing, it’s “in a decent place because the situation has forced us to face reality.” This reality refers to the need to meet and adhere to manufacturing standards.

Stratasys CEO Yoav Zeif at AMS 2024. Image courtesy of 3DPrint.com.

A Glimpse into the…Present?

These interactive sessions are where ideas meet reality. For Additive Manufacturing Research’s (AMR) Executive Vice President Scott Dunham, “Although the promises are as attractive as they’ve ever been, they’re still really only realistic with a pretty intensive undertaking strategy, costs, hiring expertise development, all the additional processes that we now know are more or less non-negotiable. The reality for most areas of the additive industry is that this is very much a long-term play, and it’s probably longer-term than most initially expected. But the good news is, is that we’re getting down, we’re getting down that path. We’re well into the era of production with AM. So, while it is quite a long and challenging road, the further we get down that road, the more we know what to expect about the future.”

Dunham’s “Additive Manufacturing in 2024” lecture provided a comprehensive analysis of the growth areas in 3D printing and looked at what we can expect in the coming months. Dunham says we see more optimistic signs while the “growth engine bottomed out” in 2023 with three flat quarters. “Show me another industry where 10% growth is something to get really down about?” questioned Dunham. “This is our bad year, our bad quarters, but many other industries would be very excited about these numbers.”

Bridging Innovations

AMS 2024 isn’t just about the present; it’s a “gateway to the future of AM,” as 3DPrint.com Executive Editor Joris Peels suggested during the opening conference. Sessions on market forecasts and trends, led by industry leaders, provide attendees with a roadmap of what’s to come, offering a peek into the strategic directions of major AM companies.

During Tuan TranPham’s AM Services Roundtable, 3DEO Co-Founder and CEO Matt Petros and JawsTec CEO Oscar Klassen discussed some of the latest 3D printing service bureaus trends. TranPham noted that the industry needs to focus more on improving, but the technology is still costly, slow, and fragmented. However, the expert, who spent almost a decade in the 3D printing industry, suggests the future of 3D printing lies in exceeding customers’ material and cost expectations.

“Do we have a king of 3D printing yet? Well, no. I don’t see anybody doing what needs to be done because, for that, you need to have all the technologies. And today, no manufacturer or service bureau has all the 3D printing technology machines. The field is still very fragmented, so there is a conflict between what the customer really needs and the machines available to them,” remarked TranPham.

More Than Just Talks

True to its reputation, AMS 2024 goes beyond panels and discussions. Networking events, such as a Bavarian-themed reception sponsored by AM Ventures on the first night of the event, provided attendees with distinct opportunities to make new connections and collaborations. These gatherings are more than just social events; they are perfect platforms for building new relationships in the AM sector.

With its variety of speakers, sponsors, and topics, AMS 2024 remains a significant event in the 3D printing world. It provides a unique platform for professionals to learn, connect, and get inspired, propelling the future of additive manufacturing towards new frontiers.

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