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Last Chance to Register for UL Workshops at AM Europe

Paul Bates 3DP Presentation

June 17, 2016

UL will present three separate one-day Additive Manufacturing (AM) workshops on 28-30 June at RAI Amsterdam. These will take place during Additive Manufacturing Europe 2016, the pan-European show for the AM / 3D printing industry.

Education is often cited as one of the major issues in the industry. The initial hype and inevitable disappointment about 3D printing in the consumer press has obscured the fact that this technology has already disrupted several key sectors, particularly the healthcare, aerospace and automotive industries. Additive manufacturing’s benefits go beyond design and prototyping to the creation of uniquely functional parts. For medical applications this includes completely customized devices, prosthetics and dentistry, while the manufacturing industry can profit from lighter, stronger parts.

Knowledge, however, is critical to using the technology most effectively. This ranges from understanding the benefits and limitations of different 3D printing technologies and materials through to advanced design and testing. UL, a leading provider of additive manufacturing training programs has adapted the following workshops for the show:

  • Fundamentals of Additive Manufacturing Designs (28 June)
  • Design Strategies for Additive Manufacturing (29 June)
  • Managing Quality and Safety in Additive Manufacturing (30 June)

Each workshop will run from 9:00am to 6:00pm and course fees include lunch and refreshments. In order to encourage interaction, places will be very limited, so delegates are advised to book soon. The full program, including pricing, is available at

UL AM Workshop Instructor

Paul Bates, General Manager of the UL Additive Manufacturing Competency Center (AMCC), is the lead instructor for all three workshops. Bates, an industry-recognized Additive Manufacturing veteran, joined UL in 2014 after serving 20+ years at Reebok where he guided the global athletic footwear leader’s Additive Manufacturing Lab and 3D CAD Team as the Director of Advanced Process Engineering. He holds a BS degree in Design Technology from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green OH, as well as a Master’s Degree in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix. A 2012 recipient of the Additive Manufacturing User Group (AMUG) “Dinosaur” Award, Bates is fluent in numerous AM processes, including SLS, FDM, and PolyJet.


The workshops will run alongside the exhibition, which includes BigRep, EnvisionTEC, Formlabs, Höganäs, Mcor / AGA 3D Color Solutions, Prodways, Smit Röntgen (Philips), Trumpf, UL and Ultimaker. The full ecosystem of AM / 3D printing technologies will be on display, including additive manufacturing systems, 3D printers for design / prototyping, materials, finishing solutions and inspection, metrology, scanning and digitizing equipment.


In addition to the workshops there will also be a three-day conference, featuring the latest trends and technologies. Each day will be focused on a different sector – healthcare (28 June), aerospace (29 June) and automotive (30 June). Speakers include Stryker, King’s College Hospital in London, Dentbay, Stratasys Consulting, Fokker-GKN Aerospace, Local Motors and the Centre for Advanced Additive Manufacturing (University of Sheffield). The emphasis is very much on practical case studies.

Lisa Milburn, Managing Director of Additive Manufacturing Shows, commented: “We are very pleased to be able to offer this unique training opportunity to our visitors and exhibitors. UL is a leader in this field and what they have created for the show covers the key topics in the industry, from design through to safety. It is yet another reason to visit Additive Manufacturing Europe!”

Paul Bates shared his perspective. “We are excited to bring these workshops to AM Europe 2016. We’ve found the sessions provide tremendous value because we discuss real life AM scenarios, challenges and solutions that are immediately and directly applicable to an attendee’s job.”

An early registration rate is available until 10 June, with expo tickets costing €20+VAT (approx. $23+tax). All-inclusive conference passes are also available at €150+VAT ($170+tax). The UL AM workshops are either €650+VAT ($735+tax) or €700+VAT ($792+tax), depending on the course. Visitors can register online at