Sunday Pre-Conference Social Event (August 11) TENTATIVE
Come for food and fun at Buffalo Billiards, 201 East 6th St in downtown Austin. It is only 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from the Hilton Hotel. From their website: “This turn-of-the-century building was built in 1861 by the Ziller Family and named the Missouri House. Touted as Austin’s first boarding house and rumored to be a brothel, many a cowboy had a good time here.” The entire venue consists of three full bars, 19 pool tables, 7 shuffleboard tables, 5 foosball tables, 15 pinball machines, a collection of classic and modern arcade machines and 2 air hockey tables. We will have the run of the place from 6-8:30 PM. There will be a “Tex Mex” style fajita buffet. Come and meet old friends and make new ones before the “business” starts Monday! There is no additional charge to attend for conference registrants or accompanying persons. No transportation will be provided. IMPORTANT: You must bring a government issued identification (passport, driver's license, etc.) to prove your age regardless of how old you are. Only 21 and older can be admitted.
Monday Evening Awards Banquet (August 12)
The annual Awards Banquet will be held at the Hilton Hotel (500 E. 4th St) near the meeting rooms. Please see the final program for details.
FAME awards will be presented at the awards banquet. The International Freeform and Additive Manufacturing Excellence (FAME) Award is given annually to recognize an outstanding researcher in the field of freeform/additive fabrication. The award consists of a certificate, freeformed trophy and check for $2000. The International Outstanding Young Researcher in Freeform and Additive Manufacturing Award is given annually to recognize an outstanding young researcher in the field of freeform/additive fabrication early in their career; applicants must be 35 years old or younger on August 1, 2018. The award consists of a certificate, freeformed trophy and a check for $1000. Complete application packets must be received by May 1, 2019 to guarantee consideration. More information and forms are available at the Awards tab.
There is no additional charge to attend for conference registrants. Additional tickets may be purchased at registration. No transportation will be provided.
Tuesday Lunch (August 13)
An informal networking lunch for non-student conference attendees will be provided near the meeting rooms at the Hilton Hotel at the noon break on Tuesday. Cost is included in the registration fee.
For registered students, a special networking lunch will be provided near the meeting rooms at the Hilton Hotel at the noon break on Tuesday. Cost is included in the registration fee. A panel discussion will focus on Graduate Student Transition into the AM industry. Members of the panel will include recent graduates now working in academia, industry and US government national labs. International graduate student issues will also be addressed. Please see the final program for the room and more information. Our hope is that graduate students will be better informed concerning what it takes to move into desired career positions in the AM field and will have the opportunity to ask questions of an expert panel of recent graduates.
Design for AM Short Course, Wednesday to Friday (August 14-16)
This year's plenary speaker, Terry Wohlers, associate Ray Huff and FAME Award winner, Olaf Diegel, are offering a (separate-fee) Design for AM short course starting Wednesday afternoon. For more information on the course, please check out the short-course website. We are planning on holding a preliminary session on Design for AM Wednesday morning at the conference which will be open to all participants. Please see the final program for more information. The morning session and the short course will both be held at the Hilton Hotel.