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Paul Bates takes on new role at UL AMCC

January 23, 2016

Paul Bates, UL’s Lead AM Development Engineer, is relocating to Louisville, Kentucky to establish a new role at the UL Additive Manufacturing Competency Center (AMCC). The role, General Manager of UL AMCC Services, is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the AM training facility. Bates will rely on his twenty-plus years in the AM industry and collaboration with Ed Tackett, director of UL AMCC educational programs, to ensure the facility’s success.

“I’m looking forward to being back on the shop floor. We worked really hard last year to build out the facility. This year, we’re offering all three tiers of the AM training program out of the UL AMCC…we’re busy refreshing course content so the entire curriculum leverages the capabilities of the facility,” Bates remarked.

The UL AMCC is a first-of-its-kind AM training facility. The result of a private public partnership between UL and the University of Louisville, and located on the campus of the University of Louisville, the UL AMCC primarily offers hands-on AM training for metals and curriculum spanning design set up, design optimization, machine set up, part production, post processing, part inspection, testing, validation, and facility and process safety. Beginning in 2016, the full AM Training Program curriculum and related Certification in AM will be offered at the UL AMCC.

This is another hat for Bates to wear during his extensive AM career. An industry-recognized AM veteran, Bates 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. A 2012 recipient of the Additive Manufacturing User Group (AMUG) “Dinosaur” Award, Bates is fluent in numerous AM processes, including SLS, FDM, and PolyJet.

Bates will also continue as lead instructor for the AM training program’s Tier 1 and Tier 2 courses. Ed Tackett will continue to focus on overall curriculum development and delivery of the Tier 3 courses.

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