Nov.30, 2014

The Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT) and VDW, Verein Deutscher Werkzeugmaschinenfabriken (German Machine Tool Builders' Association) announced a partnership to present the International Additive Manufacturing Award annually, beginning in 2015.

The award will recognize innovations in 3D printing 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.

Founded in 1902 and based in Virginia, AMT 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. VDW, based in Frankfurt am Main, has represented the interests of the German machine tool industry for more than 120 years.

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.

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.

In 2016, the award will be presented at the METAV, the international fair for manufacturing technology and automation, in February in Düsseldorf, Germany. The winner will receive a $20,000 cash prize and a media package valued at $80,000 to promote the winning development.

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, including:

Tim Shinbara, Technical Director
AMT - THE ASSOCIATION FOR MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY

Dr. Jens Ertel
BMW A.G.

John Hornick
FINNEGAN, HENDERSON, FARABOW, GARRET & DUNNER

Prof. Reinhart Poprawe, Director
FRAUNHOFER INSTITUTE OF LASER TECHNOLOGY

Pete Zelinski, Editor In Chief
ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING, GARDNER BUSINESS MEDIA INC.

Greg Morris
G.E. AVIATION

Dr. Wilfried Schafer, Executive Director
VDW - GERMAN MACHINE TOOL BUILDERS' ASSOCIATION

Dave Bourell Ph.D
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS - AUSTIN

Ken Fouhy, Editor In Chief
VDI NACHRICHTEN, VDI VERLAG GMBH

Capt. Gerald Grant
WALTER REED MEDICAL CENTER

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.

AMT 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."

Douglas K. Woods

VDW 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."

Dr. Wilfried Schäfer

The registration form can be downloaded from here. All submissions should describe the technological core of the innovation and how additive manufacturing is used. The TOP 20 submissions that meet the award requirements in the first stage selection process are the IAMA finalists. The finalists are then sorted by the date the application was received and presented to the jury without evaluation or applicants name for final consideration.

The judges will apply the following criteria to each submission:

Technological innovativeness (45% of the scoring), specifically:

  • progress of knowledge with respect to the state of the art (20%)
  • technological quality and creativity (15%)
  • distinguishing characteristics compared with previous solutions (10%)

Benefits for industry, the environment, and society (20%), specifically:

  • technological benefits in applications (10%)
  • environmental compatibility and properties of social relevance (10%)

Cost-effectiveness (20%)

Form of the presentation (5%)

Reality test in an industrial application (5%)

Implementation or implementability (5%).

 

 

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Alex wrote at 12/1/2014 10:39:17 AM:

Well it is a 20k$ prize, the rest is non liquid cash you cannot use for engineering (only media). Honestly this is not the way how you encourage inventors. Rather go for a 80k$ cash and 20k media. Sometimes it is ridiculous how much money is used to promote a prize and how little money is given to the winners. How are you going to go into production if all your cash is for media?? Lets be frank 20k$ is peanuts



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