Brian Douglass Named Runner Up at 30th Annual AMUG Technical Competition

APRIL 2019: Brian Douglass of DI Labs was recently named runner up in the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) Technical Competition Advanced Concepts Category with a creative gasket installation tool.

The competition provides a forum for users of additive manufacturing technologies to display their unique applications as well as their finishing capabilities. The Advanced Concepts category that Brian competed in aims to recognize individuals and their companies for exemplary work with additive manufacturing technologies. Entries in this category push the envelope for a particular technology or a combination of technologies. Unique applications, processes, and/or utilization are desired in this category.

Brian’s entry was aimed to improve the safety of a client’s plants while reducing the training time for new employees. DI Lab’s simplistic design would not have been cost effective using any other method on the market. “Our tool is a single piece design that is only possible with additive manufacturing,” says Brian Douglass, Co-Founder of DI Labs. “We have developed the process of handling a gasket that reduces friction and allows plant operators to install gaskets in a uniform manner that is safe and repeatable. Further enhancements to the tools which include bearings can be used to improve performance and ease of use.”

The AMUG announced the winners of its annual Technical Competition, which was held during the group’s 30th annual conference in St. Louis, Missouri. Learn more about the 2019 Technical Competition at


AMUG is an organization that educates and advances the uses and applications of additive manufacturing technologies. AMUG members include those with industrial additive manufacturing/3D printing technologies used for professional purposes from companies such as Stratasys, DSM Additive Manufacturing, SLM Solutions, GE Additive, ExOne, Renishaw, HP Inc., 3D Systems, Carbon, EOS, Formlabs, Desktop Metal and Additive Industries. AMUG meets annually to provide education and training through technical presentations on processes and new technologies. This information addresses operation of additive manufacturing equipment and the applications that use the parts they make. Online at