12/31/2018 | 2 MINUTE READ

Professor Gideon Levy Announced as Recipient of AMUG Innovators Award

The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) Innovators Award will be given to Professor Gideon Levy at the 2019 AMUG Conference.


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The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) has announced Professor Gideon Levy of Technology Turn Around (TTA) as the recipient of its Innovators Award. The organization bestows this award on those that have cultivated innovative ideas that in turn have advanced the additive manufacturing (AM) industry.

The Innovators Award will be presented at the 2019 AMUG conference, following Professor Levy’s onstage appearance during the conference’s Innovators Showcase. Previous recipients include technology creators Chuck Hull, Scott Crump, and Carl Deckard—inventors of stereolithography, fused deposition modeling, and selective laser sintering, respectively—and Fried Vancraen, founder of Materialise.

“Gideon Levy embodies the very spirit of the Innovators Award. Over two decades, his research has advanced AM technologies and materials. In his many years of attending the AMUG Conference, he shares his insights to help others. And yet, he remains somewhat anonymous—working to advance the technology without concern for recognition,” says Paul Bates, president of AMUG.

Devoted to advanced research and development in mechanical systems, electronics and manufacturing, Professor Levy has made significant contributions as both an educator and researcher in the field of manufacturing technologies. The contributions have earned him many accolades, including being named a Fellow of CIRP (The International Academy for Production Engineering). Presently, Professor Levy is a consultant with Technology Turn Around (TTA), which focuses on AM electrophysical and chemical processes.

Professor Levy’s AM activities began in 1997 with the establishment of the Institute for Rapid Product Development (iRPD) at the University of Applied Sciences (St. Gallen, Switzerland). Over the years, he has made many substantial contributions as a researcher, consultant and advisor. His early work included the development of Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) materials, including PA 12, which continues to be the most widely used. He has also contributed to technology advancements that span numerous AM processes and was an early participant in metal AM technologies, starting with beta testing of Concept Laser’s first Metal Laser Melting machine.

Professor Levy holds more than 35 patents and has been published in more than 250 scientific/technical publications. For his work in advanced manufacturing and AM, he has received numerous awards, including AMUG’s Distinguished Innovator Operator (DINO) Award, TCT’s Top 25 Most Influential in RPD&M, SME RTAM’s Industry Achievement Award, Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium’s FAME Award and VRAP Conference’s Career Award.

Professor Levy will take the stage for an interview during the AMUG Conference in addition to his appearance in the Innovators Showcase.