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Shannon Van Deren

Shannon Van Deren

President, AMUG

President, Layered Manufacturing and Consulting

Shannon has led her company, Layered Manufacturing and Consulting, as an AM enthusiast and evangelist, and continues to create impact by identifying applications for innovation, ideation, cost savings, throughput, and manufacturing efficiencies.

Through her AM journey, she has built strategic partnerships and strong customer relationships within our community. She has led the AMUG Medical Track for the past 8 years and was recognized by our peers with the Distinguished Innovator Operator (DINO) Award in 2017.

Shannon contributes to the AM community with other industry organizations as well… ensuring our community grows in health and application.


For Users – By Users


AMUG educates and advances the uses and applications of additive manufacturing technologies.

TheAdditive Manufacturing Users Group’s origins date back to the early 1990s when the founding industry users’ group was called 3D Systems North American Stereolithography Users Group, a user’s group solely focused on the advancement of stereolithography (SL) use with the owners and operators of 3D Systems’ equipment. Today, AMUG educates and supports users of all additive manufacturing technologies. The primary charter of the group remains the same, but its members are much more diversified, global and focused in advancing additive manufacturing technology for rapid manufacturing and prototyping.

With AMUG’s expanded range, operators/owners of any commercial technology — stereolithography, selective laser sintering, 3D printing, DMD, DMLS, FDM, LS, SL, SLM, PolyJet, and more — can benefit from the information exchange and professional network that AMUG offers.

AMUG Mission

The Additive Manufacturing Users Group redefined its mission to encompass its broadened scope and newly defined goals. AMUG educates and advances the uses and applications of additive manufacturing technologies.

AMUG meets annually to provide a forum for presentation of papers relating to the dissemination of processes and new technologies related to the operation of additive manufacturing equipment and the secondary or final application of parts or/and tools made from these systems.

AMUG has grown expanded and evolved to keep pace with the sweeping changes in the additive manufacturing industry.


AMUG at RAPID + TCT 2024
SME Zone

As an industry partner, AMUG plays an important role in shaping the future of RAPID + TCT 2024. With its expertise and collaborative spirit, AMUG contributes significantly to the event by ensuring it remains at the forefront of advancements and innovations in additive manufacturing. By actively engaging with AMUG, RAPID + TCT gains access to invaluable insights, resources, and networking opportunities, enriching the experience for stakeholders and driving the industry forward. The partnership underscores the importance of collaboration between industry stakeholders, fostering synergy and accelerating progress in the dynamic landscape of additive manufacturing.

New in 2024 -- AMUG takes the stage at the SME Zone! Mark your calendars for Wednesday, June 26, from 3:30 pm to 4:15 pm, because you won't want to miss out on this action-packed panel presentation where AMUG industry leaders unveil the Top 10 Insights that are set to revolutionize the additive manufacturing landscape. From cutting-edge technologies to groundbreaking strategies, this session promises to ignite your imagination and fuel your passion for innovation. Join us for an exciting journey into the future of additive manufacturing.