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Manufacturing Trade Associations Announce Launch of International Additive Manufacturing Award Competition

POSTED 11/05/2014

AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology and VDW – Verein Deutscher Werkzeugmaschinenfabriken (German Machine Tool Builders’ Association) announced today the launch of the International Additive Manufacturing Award  (IAMA) competition.  

Applications for the IAMA are being accepted now through December 31, 2014.  Rules, submission guidelines and additional details can be found on the new IAMA website:

The annual IAMA recognizes 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; and data generation or measurement.  Those in the industry, such as system producers, users, component suppliers, data modelers, and international academia, are invited to apply. A distinguished international panel of jurists from the media, industry and academia will choose the winning entry.

AMT President Douglas K. Woods said, “The global manufacturing community is paying close attention to the many new technology breakthroughs in the additive manufacturing sector.  As more companies move to expand the capabilities of this technology and more end users find production solutions leveraging additive manufacturing, the landscape of manufacturing will evolve at a pace the industry has not seen in a generation.  I hope this award inspires additive technology innovators from around the world to submit their best ideas for the future of this promising technology.”

VDW Executive Director Dr. Wilfried Schäfer added, “It is my hope that the IAMA will turn the world spotlight on the pioneers and top performers in this high-tech manufacturing sector. VDW is pleased to join AMT in a global competition that can ultimately benefit the entire industry.” 

The IAMA winner will receive a $20,000 USD cash prize and a media package valued at $80,000 USD to promote the winning development.  The award will be presented at The MFG Meeting (Manufacturing for Growth) taking place March 4-7, 2015, in Orlando, Fla.

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.

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. 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.