Additive Manufacturing Users Group selects Gideon Levy for 2019 Innovators Award

The award recognizes him for his innovative ideas that in turn have advanced the additive manufacturing industry.

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The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG; Milwaukee, MI) has named Gideon Levy of Technology Turn Around (TTA; Dallas, TX) as the recipient of its esteemed Innovators Award, which recognizes those who have cultivated innovative ideas that in turn have advanced the additive manufacturing industry. The Innovators Award will be presented at the 2019 AMUG Conference, following Levy's onstage appearance during the conference's Innovators Showcase.

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Gideon Levy will be presented with AMUG's Innovators Award following his interview at the group's Innovators Showcase.

"Gideon Levy embodies the very spirit of the Innovators Award," says Paul Bates, AMUG president. "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."

Devoted to advanced R&D in mechanical systems, electronics, and manufacturing, Levy has made significant contributions as both an educator and researcher. Those contributions have earned him many accolades, including being named a Fellow of CIRP (The International Academy for Production Engineering). Presently, he is a consultant with Technology Turn Around (TTA), which focuses on additive manufacturing, electro-physical, and chemical processes.

Levy's additive manufacturing 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 additive manufacturing processes and was an early participant in metal additive manufacturing technologies, starting with beta testing of Concept Laser's first metal laser melting machine.

Levy holds more than 35 patents and has been published in more than 250 scientific/technical publications. For his work in advanced manufacturing and additive manufacturing, he has received numerous awards, including AMUG's Distinguished INovator 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.

The AMUG Conference will be held March 31–April 4, 2019, in Chicago, IL. Conference details and registration are available at www.amug.com.

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