After much discussion, the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) Board decided to make a change to its highest honor.
During the 2012 business meeting, several people noted that "Dinosaur Award" carries a negative connotation in some regions of the world. Some recipients also noted that the name didn’t convey the prestige to anyone outside of the AMUG community.
To promote the prestige, yet keep some ties to its rich history, this accolade is now the Distinguished INnovator Operator Award, and its acronym is DINO. The creative mind behind the new name is Dan Maas of ExOne.
The criteria — industry tenure and contributions — remain the same. However, it will become much harder to become a DINO: Only five (maximum) will be presented each year. In the past, it was five per technology.