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Keynotes Announced for 2023 AMUG Conference

February 28, 2023

The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) announced its keynote speakers for the 2023 AMUG Conference, to be held in Chicago, IL, March 19-23. Co-presenters Robert Ducey of Laika Studios and Nicholas Jacobson of the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus will take the stage on Tuesday, March 21. Max Haot of Launcher will address the audience on Thursday, March 23.

Ducey and Jacobson will present “Collaborations Between an Animator, an Architect and a Surgeon: The Keys to Impactful Innovation in Medicine.” This collaboration has resulted in innovative designs for pediatric epilepsy, cardiology and cleft palate. Ducey, technical supervisor for the rapid prototyping department at Laika, has more than 25 years of experience in visual effects and animation. Jacobson, a member of the translational research faculty at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, is trained as both an architect and computational designer. His work involves the development of novel solutions for complex surgeries, leveraging disparate computational methods from fields including architecture, animation, fashion, regenerative medicine and structural engineering.

Haot, founder and CEO of Launcher, will share an overview of the breakthrough additive manufacturing (AM) innovations in Launcher’s E-2 liquid rocket engine and the Orbiter space tug programs. The E-2, a closed-cycle, high-performance rocket engine, contains multiple AM-produced, copper-alloy components. The engine can boost a 150-kg payload into low Earth orbit using the company’s Launcher Light vehicle, which is scheduled for launch in 2024.

For more information and to register for the 2023 AMUG Conference, visit


See also: Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG)

Technologies: Additive Manufacturing


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