Additive Manufacturing Conference Demonstrates Shift into Production

Friday, October 20, 2017

The Additive Manufacturing Conference (AMC) 2017, presented by Additive Manufacturing Media, wrapped up last week at the Knoxville Convention Center. The event featured 26 speakers from additive manufacturing service bureaus, OEMS, suppliers, national labs and more. Over 500 people, representing 16 different countries and every level of 3D printing adoption, attended.

AMC17 spanned 3 days and featured technical presentations, facility tours, an exhibit space and ample networking opportunity. The conference opened with a panel about Project AME, which produced the world’s first 3D printed excavator. Dr. Lonnie Love, from Oak Ridge National Labs, led the team discussion, with panelists from Cincinnati Inc, Wolf Robotics and the University of Minnesota. Greg Morris from GE Additive also led a discussion with Smith & Nephew, Tangible Solutions and B&J Specialty.

Attendees were able to see the technologies discussed in action, via tours of the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (ORNL MDF), Local Motors Microfactory and metal additive service bureau, Volunteer Aerospace.

Conference organizers announced that next year, Additive Manufacturing Media will host programs at North America’s two largest industrial shows, NPE: The Plastics Show and IMTS 2018. The Additive Manufacturing Workshop will debut May 9th, 2018, at NPE2018: The Plastics Show at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. The Additive Manufacturing Conference will return to IMTS 2018 the third time taking place September 12-13, 2018, at Chicago’s McCormick Place.  Information on both is available at


David Necessary, Event Director