Greg Morris, the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Zeda Inc., has been chosen as the recipient of the AMUG 2024 Innovators Award.


Greg Morris, Chief Technology Officer of Zeda, has been chosen by the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) to receive the prestigious AMUG 2024 Innovators Award. This award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the additive manufacturing sector, driving advancements in the industry. Morris will be presented with this accolade during the AMUG 2024 Conference, following his participation in the Innovators Showcase. Past recipients of this award include renowned figures such as Chuck Hull, Scott Crump, and Fried Vancraen.

Shannon VanDeren, President of AMUG, spoke highly of Morris, stating, “Greg is continually in a mode of coaching. He genuinely wants to see not only the industry grow but also the individuals working within it. He is willing to share within our industry to create more thought-provoking processes and successful results.”

Morris has been actively involved in additive manufacturing for the past three decades, particularly in the field of additive metals, which played a significant role in his award recognition. He has been instrumental in advancing this technology and sharing his knowledge within the additive manufacturing community. Prior to his involvement in additive manufacturing, Morris worked in his family’s steel distribution business. In 1994, he co-founded (MTI) with his brother Wendell and mutual friend Bill Noack. Initially, MTI focused on polymer additive manufacturing for prototypes and low-volume use, but they expanded into additive metals by 2003, becoming the first in North America to introduce metal machines. MTI gained recognition for its metal work and development, establishing Rapid Quality Manufacturing (RQM) for metal production and investing in MicroTek Finishing for post-processing.

In 2012, MTI and RQM were acquired by GE, and Morris was appointed as the leader of additive technologies at GE Aviation. By 2016, GE formed GE Additive, where Morris provided advisory services on additive strategies. After retiring in 2018, Morris remained active and co-founded Vertex Manufacturing, focusing on advanced manufacturing. He served as CEO and investor until Vertex Manufacturing was acquired by PrinterPrezz, a medical device startup that now operates as Zeda, Inc.

Expressing his gratitude for receiving the AMUG Innovators Award, Morris said, “I am honored and humbled to accept the AMUG Innovators Award. As most everyone would agree, there are usually many people that team together in any endeavor to create success. I am certainly in that category and gratefully accept this award on behalf of all the talented and creative colleagues I have had the fortune to work with, who have been equal contributors in advancing these technologies.”

The upcoming AMUG Conference will be held in Chicago, Illinois from March 10-14, 2024. The conference will emphasize networking and collaboration, incorporating feedback-driven improvements. These changes include enhancing the AMUGexpo, increasing technical content in sessions, and refining sponsor and exhibitor programs. The AMUGexpo will feature over 140 companies from March 10 to March 12. The conference will offer keynotes, panels, educational sessions, and hands-on workshops to promote additive manufacturing solutions, with a special focus on hands-on workshops on the final day. On March 13, Morris will take part in the Innovators Showcase, where he will engage in a casual and conversational interview, answering questions from conference attendees. This unique format allows for an intimate conversation between Morris and the host, providing attendees with valuable insights from Morris’s experiences.

The AMUG 2024 Conference promises to be an exciting and informative event, bringing together key players in the additive manufacturing industry and fostering collaboration and innovation.

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