AMT and VDW to offer International AM Award.
Press Release Summary:
AMT and Verein Deutscher WerkzeugmaschinenfabrikenÂ (German Machine Tool Builders’ Association) announced at IMTS 2014 a partnership to present the International Additive Manufacturing Award annually, beginning in 2015. Award will recognize innovations in additive manufacturing for industrial applications, including developments in design of systems or major components, advances in processes or materials, new applications, data generation or measurement.
Original Press Release:
New International Additive Manufacturing Award Announced at IMTS - The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2014
Chicago, Ill. … AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology and VDW – Verein Deutscher Werkzeugmaschinenfabriken (German Machine Tool Builders’ Association) announced today at IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2014 a partnership to present the International Additive Manufacturing Award annually, beginning in 2015.
The award will recognize innovations in additive manufacturing for industrial applications. This includes developments in the design of systems or major components, advances in processes or materials, new applications, data generation or measurement.
Those in the industry, such as system producers, users, component suppliers, and data modelers, and international academia will be invited to apply. The inaugural winner will be announced at an award dinner at The MFG Meeting, Manufacturing for Growth, taking place March 4-7 in Orlando, Florida.
In 2016, the award will be presented at the METAV, the international fair for manufacturing technology and automation, in February in Düsseldorf, Germany.
The applications will be evaluated by a high-ranking international jury comprised of representatives from industry, academia, the health sector, the media, and trade associations.
AMT and VDW founded the International Additive Manufacturing Award program recognizing that the United States and Germany are the key markets/regions for additive technology in terms of suppliers, users and academia. Both partners have the understanding required to encourage the international community to participate in this initiative and support the exchange of views and knowledge.
AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology President – Douglas K. Woods said “It is clear that the advances in additive manufacturing will change forever the landscape of manufacturing, from the innovators of the technology to the users and consumers. Our collaboration with the VDW will spotlight some of the most innovative and impactful players driving this dynamic industry.”
VDW – German Machine Tool Builders’ Association - Executive Director – Dr. Wilfried Schäfer, added “Additive manufacturing has now, following a lengthy phase of development, matured sufficiently to establish itself more firmly as a technology for industrial-scale applications. In conjunction with AMT, the VDW aims to support all interested companies from the relevant sector in technical and market-related issues. With the International Award, moreover, we want to turn the international spotlight on the pioneers and high-performers in the sector, and give them the recognition they deserve. The idea is that the premier players from academia, the business and industrial communities, from the political environment and from societal stakeholders in this multifaceted scene, shall get together regularly at the award ceremonies, so as to put in place a stable international network.”
The winner will receive a $20,000 cash prize and a media package valued at $80,000 to promote the winning development.
AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology represents and promotes US.-based manufacturing technology and its
members — those who design, build, sell, and service the continuously evolving technology that lies at the heart of manufacturing. Founded in 1902 and based in Virginia, the association specializes in providing targeted business assistance, extensive global support, and business intelligence systems and analysis. AMT is the voice that communicates the importance of policies and programs that encourage research and innovation, and the development of educational initiatives to create tomorrow’s Smartforce. AMT owns and manages IMTS — The International Manufacturing Technology Show, which is the premier manufacturing technology event in North America. www.AMTonline.org
The German Machine Tool Builders' Association (VDW) based in Frankfurt am Main has represented the interests of the German machine tool industry for more than 120 years. Together with the trade association for machine tools and manufacturing systems affiliated with the VDMA, it has a voluntary membership of approx. 300 firms which account for about 90 percent of total turnover in the industry. The VDW represents the interests of its members both within Germany and throughout the world. The VDW on the one hand is the face of the industry to the public, politics, business partners and science. But first of all it is a service provider for its members. Based on an in-depth knowledge of the industry, the VDW informs them with supreme competence, provides advice, and supports them concerning individual questions and problems. Additionally, the VDW organizes exhibitions for the international machine tool industry. The VDW has logged up more than 90 years of experience in organizing trade events. It stages EMO Hannover with the quality seal “A Fair by VDW” on behalf of the European Committee for Co-operation of the Machine Tool Industries (CECIMO). The VDW also stages its own international trade fair for production engineering and automation, the METAV in Düsseldorf. www.VDW.de
IMTS – International Manufacturing Technology Show is the largest and longest running manufacturing technology trade show in the United States is held every other year at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill. IMTS 2014 will run September 8-13. IMTS is ranked among the largest trade shows in the world. Recognized as one of the world's preeminent stages for introducing and selling manufacturing equipment and technology, IMTS attracts more than 100,000 visitors from every level of industry and more than 119 countries. IMTS is owned and managed by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology.