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Hands-on access to today’s most advanced technologies isn’t the only thing attendees of the SOUTH-TEC manufacturing show, produced by SME and AMT, will have at their fingertips. Representatives from Deloitte Services, GE Power, the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte are just a handful of the experts who will be sharing lessons, insights and future predictions over three days of keynotes and panels.

Running October 24-26, at the TD Convention Center in Greenville, South Carolina, SOUTH-TEC provides manufacturers in the South the chance to see and touch the latest technologies while learning about the issues and opportunities facing the industry. Each day will open with a keynote speech, with panel discussions held throughout the first two days. As the show progresses, a variety of free educational sessions will take place in the event’s main theater.

“Manufacturing is a dynamic and rapidly changing industry critical to South Carolina and neighboring states,” said Cathy Kowalewicz, SOUTH-TEC show manager at SME. “We’ve focused on bringing in a variety of experts, participating in more than 20 educational sessions, who can provide manufacturers with actionable insights and lessons to improve their operations.”

Deloitte Services’ Patricia Buckley, managing director of Economic Policy and Analysis, will open the show on Tuesday with a keynote exploring economic trends impacting manufacturers in Southeastern U.S.

Wednesday’s keynote by Scott Geller, CEO, PartWorks, tackles all things 3D – from laser scanning to 3D printing to 3D CAD technologies – and how they can benefit manufacturers today.

Julia Crews, former head of training and development for Panasonic Automotive, will take the stage on Thursday to discuss women in manufacturing and how to empower women leaders while bridging the gender gap.

Panel topics on Tuesday and Wednesday include: Smart Manufacturing: The Next Industrial Revolution, Workforce Development: Champions of Tomorrow, and the Future of Manufacturing.

Siemens has provided Florida Institute of Technology with an in-kind software grant that will enable the university to offer students powerful, hands-on learning experiences to better equip them for future STEM careers.

The in-kind grant has a commercial value of more than $246 million. It is centered on Siemens’ product lifecycle management (PLM) software, which is used by more than 150,000 companies around the world in the aerospace, automotive, medical device, machinery, shipbuilding and high-tech electronics sectors. More than 75 companies in Florida use the software, including Northrop Grumman, whose Manned Aircraft Design Center of Excellence is based in Melbourne.

These companies use Siemens’ PLM software – including Simcenter™ and NX™ software, the Teamcenter® portfolio and the Tecnomatix® portfolio – to design, develop and manufacture some of the world’s most sophisticated products, and Florida Tech students across the university’s colleges and programs will now be able to use the same programs.

“This is huge,” said Florida Tech President Dwayne McCay. “One of our guiding principles is to prepare students for a lifetime of success, and this grant will offer them the opportunity to learn the cutting-edge skills that will be essential for success in advanced manufacturing.”

The software will be incorporated into student coursework and projects related to computer-aided design, engineering simulation, industrial design, digital manufacturing and manufacturing management at Florida Tech’s Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Innovative Design (CAMID). Students in the College of Engineering & Computing and the College of Science will also use the PLM software for senior design projects, which simulate real-world applications of design and engineering principles.

Siemens’ PLM software will help students collaborate and realize their ideas by supplying accurate information as they move from design through performance engineering and manufacturing. Access to the software, combined with the mentoring offered by Northrop Grumman engineers, will provide students with invaluable learning experiences which could help enable them to tackle the most challenging projects with skill and confidence on “day one” of their first engineering job.

“Software is at the core of an ongoing digital transformation that is changing the way our customers approach the manufacturing process, from design to production into service,” said Tony Hemmelgarn, president and CEO of Siemens PLM Software. “Through our partnership with Florida Tech, we are helping empower the next generation of digital talent with access to valuable hands-on training with both software and hardware tools. This real-world, project-based learning will offer students the STEM skills they need to succeed in the digital future.”

The software will benefit students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. At the College of Engineering & Computing, for example, the software will be used in junior- and senior-level classes in mechanical engineering and bioengineering, as well as by student design teams such as Formula SAE. At the graduate level, the software will be used in the automotive engineering department.

“Having been an industry executive, I am keenly aware that industry needs graduates who are educated using the latest, sophisticated tools and methodologies so that these new employees can be immediately productive,” said Michael Grieves, executive director of CAMID and a University Research Professor. “This software grant will help make Florida Tech graduates highly attractive and move their resumes to the top of an employer’s list.”

Siemens has nearly 5,200 employees in the state of Florida spanning power generation, transmission and distribution, energy efficient buildings and infrastructure, medical imaging and healthcare diagnostics technologies. The company’s software and hardware solutions have helped automate processes and increase efficiency in areas ranging from manufacturing to city infrastructure, and even theme parks.

Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc., a subsidiary of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. has entered into an agreement with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop and ground test an innovative propulsion system under the agency’s Advanced Full Range Engine (AFRE) program.

“Through the AFRE program, we aim to mature the design and component technologies and bring them together to conduct a full system-level Turbine Based Combined Cycle (TBCC) ground test demonstration,” said Aerojet Rocketdyne CEO and President Eileen Drake.

“Developing propulsion technologies capable of operating at subsonic, supersonic and hypersonic speeds would enable us to build future generations of high-speed military aircraft to ensure air dominance.”

The primary goal of the AFRE program is to develop and ground demonstrate a reusable hydrocarbon propulsion system that can seamlessly operate in a reliable and affordable manner over the full range of speeds between takeoff and hypersonic cruise to enable responsive hypersonic aircraft for a variety of military missions.

Hologram announced the release of Nova, an open source modem for cellular IoT connectivity. The Nova toolkit includes the 4G LTE Cat-M ready Nova USB modem, an SDK for edge computing, and access to Hologram’s industry leading global cellular network.

Hologram’s powerful combination of software, open hardware and connectivity gives enterprises the power to easily integrate cellular connectivity into new products and services.

“We built the Nova as way for developers and enterprises alike to unlock the power of cellular connectivity for IoT.” says Ben Forgan, CEO of Hologram. “While most companies provide either hardware, software, or connectivity, the Hologram Nova provides all three in an easy-to-use yet industrial grade package. The Nova demonstrates our commitment to breaking down IoT connectivity barriers. It’s part of our mission to bring Internet Everywhere”.

The software behind Nova is compatible with most single board computers, including Raspberry Pi, Beaglebone and more. The Nova comes in 2G/3G and 4G LTE Cat-M variants. This open source design leverages Hologram’s global software defined cellular network to provide connectivity on over 600 carriers in over 200 countries. The core component is the industrial grade u-blox SARA, enabling wide range of IoT applications, from automotive to aviation. Nova ships with FCC, PTCRB, CE, AT&T, and Verizon certifications.

“New technologies like LTE Cat-M are driving huge growth in cellular IoT. Data and hardware costs are falling, and as we move towards a world with 5G we believe cellular will continue to outpace WiFi as the primary channel for secure IoT connectivity,” says Ben Forgan.

The global cellular IoT market is expected to reach USD 9.65 billion by 2025, according to a new study by Grand View Research, Inc, and the ability for IoT devices to securely connect, disconnect, send data, receive data, and triangulate location based on cell tower distance, is becoming increasingly valuable.

“We are always excited to see new options for connectivity in the space. The more tools that can be shared, the more the community can bring interesting projects and products to market,” Matt Richardson, Executive Director of North America for the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

In addition to open sourcing the Nova, Hologram also announces the new, open source version of Dash, their original Kickstarter product from 2014. The new global Dash features extreme deep sleep and power optimization modes, making it ideal for remote deployments and industrial sensing applications.

The Hologram Nova is available online at the Hologram Store, launching first with the Nova Global 3G/2G (U201) and the Nova LTE Cat-M1 (U404) available for engineering samples before the end of the year.

This October, people from all spheres of the space technology industry will gather in Bremen, Germany for Space Tech Expo Europe – an event that showcases the latest in aerospace excellence – and its free-to-attend forum sessions: the Industry Forum and Technology Forum.

Taking place on October 24-26, 2017 the forums run alongside the main exhibition, which is Europe’s premier event for spacecraft, satellite, launch vehicle and space-related technologies. It draws attendance from thousands of industry leaders, decision makers, engineers, buyers and manufacturers, and innovations for civil, military and commercial space applications will be on display.

The Industry Forum and Technology Forum both boast a three-day programme bursting to the seams with keynote sessions, panels and audience-interactive discussions. Key talking points at the Industry Forum include understanding the benefits and overcoming the challenges of increased collaboration among international space agencies; how software and HTS are meeting the demands of the insatiable communications and mobile market; identifying and addressing the gaps in space traffic management policy; expanding commercial enterprise in space; and whether reusability or cost-efficient design will take off in Europe. The agenda is brimming with names from some of the sector’s most renowned companies; featured speakers include ESA’s Professor Dr.-Ing Johann-Dietrich Wörner, SES’s Martin Halliwell, DLR’s Professor Dr. Pascale Ehrenfreund and OHB’s Guy Perez.

Meanwhile, presentations at the Technology Forum will explore major technological innovations and breakthroughs, including the leaps forward in electric propulsion; the importance of additive manufacturing and how it is best utilised in future space applications; how digitisation improves supply chain, engineering, testing and operations processes; new engineering approaches through augmented reality; and the latest developments in thermal management, electronics and avionics. Well-respected and prominent speakers billed to take the stage include OHB’s Egbert Jan van der Veen, Airbus Defence and Space’s Katherine Pegg, Glenair’s Roland T Logan Jr and Curtiss-Wright’s Dave Lowney.

The free-to-attend forums mark an unmissable date in the calendar for anyone working in or connected to the space technology sector. The keynote sessions on the opening morning will see politicians and decision-makers from leading European space agencies and major organisations share their perspectives on the future of the European space industry. Attendees will gain a unique insight into the launcher, satellite manufacturing and space exploration industries and learn how SMEs and start-up companies are securing their positions within the European space industry.

As well as hearing from industry trailblazers, the forums also offer the unparalleled opportunity to meet with hundreds of potential partners and suppliers under one roof and view thousands of products on the exhibition floor. Vast in scope, not only do the forums delve into core industry developments and tackle prominent issues, they also cover the most compelling elements from space technology sub-sectors, broad and niche. View the full agendas for both the Industry Forum and the Technology Forum now, and secure your free pass to be part of Europe’s biggest space industry event.

Orbital ATK announced it is expanding its Beavercreek, Ohio, facility by 40,000 square feet in 2017-2018 with a capital investment of approximately $5 million. The planned expansion is a result of existing aerospace and defense work being transferred from the company’s Clearfield, Utah, facility and a recent award of an approximate $90 million contract to supply high temperature composites for the U.S. military. The 175,000-square-foot facility currently has more than 100 employees and produces advanced aerospace and defense composite structures.

Orbital ATK recently entered into a $75,000 Grant Agreement with the Greene County Community Improvement Corporation to provide training funds for new hires in anticipation of work being added. In exchange for the grant, Orbital ATK has pledged to add 57 jobs in both engineering and technical professions with an estimated created payroll of $3.5 million by December 2019.

"This expansion signifies the commitment Orbital ATK has to its employees, community and the State of Ohio to continue bringing high quality manufacturing work into the area,” said Michael Dyer, Director of Operations-Dayton, Orbital ATK Aerospace Structures Division. “We value our partnership with state, city and county officials and thank them for their continued support of our facility in Beavercreek.”

Steve Earl, Vice President and General Manager of Orbital ATK’s Aerospace Structures Division, added, “We are proud to expand our state-of-the-art manufacturing capability in a state with a dedicated and skilled workforce.”

This is the second grant made to Orbital ATK this year underwriting training expenses and supporting increased business in the Dayton-area facility. The first grant was from the State of Ohio for $150,000 to support indirect training and on-boarding costs. Additionally, Orbital ATK will receive a 50% waiver on incremental Ohio income taxes for newly created positions valued at up to $500,000.

Mitutoyo America Corporation provided the popular Digimatic caliper and a micrometer to students pursuing degrees in the Engineering Technology Program at Northern Illinois University (NIU, DeKalb, IL). Combining theoretical education with industry-based, hands-on opportunities, the technology program is preparing the next generation of engineers and technologists.

Addressing the students, Matt Dye, president of Mitutoyo America Corp., said, “What a great opportunity you have here. You’re seeing a lot of the same equipment that’s being used on the shop floor today. Take it all in.” Dye shared that he was in a similar program in college and understanding how things get made correctly has provided him with many opportunities during his career.

Donald R. Peterson, Ph.D., dean of the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology at NIU, added, “Metrology is important, even for those in R&D. This class is essential in any type of engineering.”

Mitutoyo has a long-standing relationship with the university. In 2008, Mitutoyo established the Mitutoyo Metrology Laboratory on the NIU campus to provide hands-on, educational experience for technology and engineering undergraduate students. The laboratory is one of the best-equipped educational metrology laboratories in the country, with everything from gage blocks and micrometers to coordinate measuring machines (CMMs), laser scanning micrometers and form measuring equipment.

Organisers of the long-established PDM Event have confirmed that the 2018 edition of the UK’s annual exhibition and conference covering all aspects of plastics design and manufacture will return to its traditional home at the Telford International Centre on June 19-20, 2018.

The show will incorporate multiple elements of the plastics industry, with a focus on design, moulding, packaging and recycling. Exhibitors will include product design companies, moulding machinery suppliers, toolmakers, rapid prototyping specialists, moulders and mouldmakers, plastics recycling specialists, masterbatch specialists, software suppliers and materials testing specialists.

The free to attend PDM conference runs on both days of the event and will cover the latest in plastics design and manufacture including moulding processes, rapid prototyping, materials innovation, plastics recycling and sustainability issues. Featuring speakers from different sectors of the UK plastics industry, the conference sessions will include examples of innovative approaches in design, new technology within moulding in both materials and machinery - as well as scientific discoveries in the field.

Supported by major industry trade associations, PDM Event is the place to meet a cross-section of the industry, from existing customers and contacts to brand new leads and business opportunities.

“We are delighted to confirm that PDM will return to its established home of the Telford International Centre in June 2018,”, said Matt Barber, Event Director at organiser Crain Communications. “Feedback from our exhibitors and visitors alike has encouraged us to return to the event’s core strengths as a plastics design, manufacturing and recycling event, including both an exhibition and free conference, as well as to return to our traditional and very popular venue of the Telford International Centre.”

Mark Lawson, Managing Director, of PDM exhibitor LawsonKeys said of the event: “We are looking forward to exhibiting again at PDM 2018. 80% of the business we secure is from customers we have invited to come to see us at PDM. It’s a must-attend event for us; it is a well-organised event and the logistics involved are easy.”

PDM 2018 is the perfect place for plastics and design professionals to network, learn and do business. Industry associations supporting PDM 2018 include: the British Plastics Federation (BPF), plastics recycling organisation RECOUP, the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) and the Gauge & Toolmakers Association (GTMA).

Home to over 100 polymer-related companies, Telford has been known for “plastics valley” for over 20 years and was the venue for PDM’s debut show in 2005. Easily accessible from the M6 and M54 motorways, the Telford International Centre provides free parking for over 1,500 cars. The adjacent Southwater development offers visitors and exhibitors a choice of bars, restaurants and post-event entertainment

Northrop Grumman Corporation and Orbital ATK, Inc. announced they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Northrop Grumman will acquire Orbital ATK for approximately $7.8 billion in cash, plus the assumption of $1.4 billion in net debt. The agreement has been approved unanimously by the Boards of Directors of both companies. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2018 and is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory and Orbital ATK shareholder approval.

“The acquisition of Orbital ATK is an exciting strategic step as we continue to invest for profitable growth. Through our combination, customers will benefit from expanded capabilities, accelerated innovation and greater competition in critical global security domains. Our complementary portfolios and technology-focused cultures will yield significant value creation through revenue synergies associated with new opportunities, cost savings, operational synergies, and enhanced growth. We look forward to welcoming Orbital ATK’s talented employees to Northrop Grumman, and believe our combined strength will benefit our customers and shareholders,” said Wes Bush, chairman, chief executive officer and president of Northrop Grumman.

“We are very pleased to announce this agreement with Northrop Grumman. It reflects the tremendous value Orbital ATK has generated for our customers, shareholders and employees.  The unique alignment in culture and mission offered by this transaction will allow us to maintain strong operational performance on existing programs while we pursue new opportunities that require the enhanced technical and financial resources of a larger organization. Our employees will also benefit from greater development and career opportunities as members of a larger, more diverse aerospace and defense enterprise. We will remain focused on operational excellence and execution during and after the transition into Northrop Grumman,” said David Thompson, president and chief executive officer of Orbital ATK.

Upon completion of the acquisition, Northrop Grumman plans to establish Orbital ATK as a new, fourth business sector to ensure a strong focus on operating performance and a smooth transition into Northrop Grumman.

Nano Dimension announced the commercial availability of the DragonFly™ 2020 Pro 3D Printer. With the DragonFly 2020 Pro, many of the complexities and bottlenecks inherent in printed circuit board (PCB) prototyping are removed, allowing companies involved in developing electronics to take control of their development cycles and realize the benefits of fast, secure and cost-effective agile electronics development. Designers and engineers can now innovate rapidly from proof of concept, through design validation to test fixtures, by 3D printing their own multilayer PCBs.

The larger DragonFly 2020 Pro replaces the desktop-sized model that was tested during Nano Dimension’s Beta period. The evolution in size and capabilities is the direct result of valuable customer feedback. Benefits of the “Pro” model include high precision and resolution, easy maintenance, and an extendable platform.

“Agility and keeping pace with rapidly changing customer expectations is a competitive differentiator,” said Simon Fried, Co-Founder and Chief Business Officer of Nano Dimension. “3D printing with this next-generation DragonFly is transformational for electronics development. Optimizing workflows shrinks PCB design and test cycles from months or weeks, to days. More and easier iterations lead to greater innovation and better business outcomes.”

The DragonFly 2020 Pro 3D Printer is a one-stop solution for 3D-printed electronics. Using the system offers users a variety of capabilities and attributes:

  • Print high resolution trace and space with the precise inkjet deposition system.
  • Construct the full range of multilayer PCB features – including interconnections such as buried vias and plated through holes.
  • Keep sensitive and proprietary design information in-house while developing.
  • Enjoy the quick production of professional multilayer PCB prototypes, antennas, experimental electronic circuits and more, allowing for faster revisions and more creative board designs.


The DragonFly 2020 Pro is now available for early access commercial sales.

3D Systems announced the availability of Geomagic® Control X™ 2018, a leading inspection software.

Designed and created by the people who invented 3D printing and modern 3D scan data processing and inspection, Geomagic Control X 2018 builds upon its foundation to meet the demands of aerospace and automotive manufacturers.

Offering the same easy-to-use tools as the previous version of the platform, Geomagic Control X 2018's scanner-agnostic platform also provides integrated capabilities including simplified and automated airfoil analysis, surface-analysis tools to instantly identify corrosion and denting, and comparative analysis tools.

Customers are now able to import legacy files from Geomagic Control 2015, allowing for improved support for existing customers and their projects.

Geomagic Control X 2018 provides customers with capabilities such as:

Up to 50% increase in efficiency path to inspection results:
Reducing calculation time by up to 50 percent, customers see faster analysis during their common inspection workflows.  Geomagic Control X 2018 enables users to import, align, and compare faster than any other inspection software on the market.  In addition, model-based Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) assignment workflows, coupled with fast scan-pair searching, cut model setup and evaluation times by more than 50 percent versus leading competitors.

Greater performance in scan processing and evaluation:
Taking advantage of an updated platform architecture, Geomagic Control X 2018 enables customers to more efficiently create inspection models as well as scan, evaluate, and communicate inspection results with newly customizable and intuitive reports.

Automation and traceability:
Geomagic Control X 2018's automatic scan-pair searching operates in the background during inspection. This pairing map maintains the pair associations, allowing users to view, edit, and report - providing maximum understanding of the connection between measurement and reference models. In addition, process automation reduces setup time significantly over industry competitors.

Unique measurement UX for portable probing devices:
The engineers behind Geomagic Control X believe Live Inspect is the only measurement experience designed with natural interaction efficiency and operator comfort in mind. New features make it easier for the operator to follow guidance and instructions to complete a preplanned inspection job.

Current Geomagic Control X customers, under software maintenance, will receive an in-app notification to automatically update the platform.

Gannon University has received an in-kind product lifecycle management software grant with an estimated commercial value of $373 million from Siemens. The grant will make it possible for Gannon engineering students to use the same technology in its classrooms that companies worldwide depend on to design some of today’s most sophisticated products.

With software playing an increasing role in the next era of manufacturing, this in-kind software grant – the largest in Gannon’s history – is intended to help prepare a highly-skilled STEM workforce for the advanced manufacturing industry. Gannon is also exploring how it can leverage the software grant to develop a retraining program that could provide both employed and unemployed workers with the skills they need to succeed in the digital factory of the future.

This in-kind grant of software includes:

  • Teamcenter® portfolio, the world’s most widely used digital lifecycle management software
  • Tecnomatix® portfolio, the industry-leading digital manufacturing software
  • NX™ software, a leading integrated solution for computer-aided design, manufacturing and engineering (CAD/CAM/CAE)
  • Fibersim™ portfolio of software for composites engineering
  • Simcenter™ portfolio, a mechatronic simulation software, testing systems and engineering services
  • The Kineo™ Kit Lab software, which will be used for teaching robot path planning and kinematics


At Gannon University, the PLM software will be an integral component of the industrial engineering program established in 2015, and other engineering programs. Students will implement course and capstone projects using the software suite. Additionally, the software will enable the students to create digital twins (simulated versions) of their final products as a more efficient alternative to creating a physical prototype.

“Digitalization is here – we see it every day in how we communicate, how we commute and how we do business, and it’s being embraced by manufacturers across the globe,” says Anne Cooney, president, Siemens Digital Factory Division, U.S., and Gannon University Class of 1991 alumna.  “Siemens is committed to developing the workforce of the future and helping to close the skills gap, and I am very proud that we have partnered with Gannon to expand opportunities for new high-tech, digital and advanced-type of manufacturing jobs.”  Cooney earned her B.S. Degree in industrial management from Gannon, and began her career as a machinist apprentice, leading to a 20+ year career in various manufacturing roles, including plant management, materials management, strategic sourcing and product and inventory management, in addition to serving as COO for Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics.

“Gannon University has always been a regional leader in educating the engineers who will build our future,” said Walter Iwanenko, Ph.D., Gannon University vice president for academic affairs. “As the manufacturing sector of the economy transforms, this generous grant will give our students an opportunity to develop the kind of software skills that will make them leaders in this transformation. We are grateful for the foresight shown by Siemens and for this partnership, which will open a world of possibilities for our students and for the economy.”

Students are expected to use Siemens’ PLM software annually for coursework and projects in Computer-Integrated Manufacturing, Robotics, Industrial Design, Work Design, Ergonomics, Material Science and Materials Processing courses and projects. Students will also use the applications for their capstone design projects. As additional faculty adopt and implement the software into their courses, the number of student users is expected to expand.

“With the fourth industrial revolution underway, a partnership between industry and academia is the best way to prepare a digital enterprise workforce ready for the future of manufacturing,” said Tony Hemmelgarn, president and chief executive officer, Siemens PLM Software. “Through our partnership with Gannon, Siemens PLM Software is committed to educating these workers with the new set of STEM skills that the next generation of products will require.”

Nypro, a Jabil Company, officially opened the doors to its newly expanded Gurnee, Illinois site yesterday following a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Mayor Kristina Kovarik and company officials. The expansion nearly doubles the size of Nypro’s previous facility, and brings up to 60 new jobs to the local economy. The expanded facility enhances Nypro’s highly-specialized capabilities for supporting the demands of the diagnostic, medical device, pharmaceutical and consumer health markets in Illinois, the U.S. and beyond.

“With this development, Nypro has renewed its commitment to community investment, involvement and support, and also to bringing to market new, cutting-edge solutions for the design and assembly of medical and pharmaceutical applications,” said Chuck Henry, vice president of Operations at Nypro Healthcare. “We look forward to applying our expanded capabilities here to address the latest challenges of our customers in the greater Chicago and Tri-State area.”

The expansion adds 85,000 square feet to the original site to total more than 170,000 total square feet of advanced, medically-purposed manufacturing resources supported by Nypro’s digital supply chain solutions. The facility encompasses a 30,000 square foot Class 8 clean room and 45 injection molding machines; and through collaboration with Radius – another company in the Jabil family – it now offers the region industry-leading innovation for product development and design services.

“The Village of Gurnee is extremely proud to have Nypro thriving and expanding in our community," said Kristina Kovarik, mayor of the Village of Gurnee. “Nypro’s presence provides good jobs to our area residents, supports the local economy and produces valuable material for the health care industry.”

“In addition to these world-class design and manufacturing services, Nypro’s expanded mission also supports the company’s high standards in volunteerism, and social and environmental responsibility,” added Nypro’s Henry.

With more than 40 years of experience, Nypro’s highly-specialized services encompass product ideation, device development support, engineering and supply chain optimization. The business also provides device assembly operations for EPI-pens, inhalers and diabetes care products, as well as kidney dialysis machines and scanners – all at purpose-built facilities like the Gurnee site that support stringent healthcare requirements and protect customers’ intellectual property.

Nypro has 23 facilities in 11 countries and more than 20,000 employees worldwide.

MFG.com announced the launch of a new ShopIQ™ tool redesigned specifically to give suppliers the actionable marketing data they need to maximize both platform and business success. The new ShopIQ, launched on September 5, 2017, represents one more element in MFG.com’s ongoing effort to not only support the platform but also offer manufacturers more tools and techniques to assist job wins and customer development.

MFG.com often reminds subscribers that there is a direct correlation between frequent and consistent participation (i.e., logging on and quoting jobs often) and winning business in the MFG.com marketplace. The new ShopIQ demonstrates that relationship in tangible terms with data showing that, on average, the most successful suppliers quote 50 percent more often than their competitors and win awards valued at seven to eight times more. A nonlinear relationship exists, pointing to two other factors at play: (1) more bidding leads to greater buyer familiarity with a manufacturer and (2) more bidding leads to supplier insights on how to better position quotes.

The new ShopIQ offers macro-level data for the trailing twelve-month period for an individual supplier versus the top-performing suppliers. Micro-level data down to the individual RFQ supports these elements. Comparison categories include: the number of logins each month, the number of quotes offered, the annual awarded value and the average quoted price. In addition, the tool identifies the supplier’s quote activity by application and lists the most quoted combinations of process and material along with the relative competitiveness of the supplier’s bids in each category. ShopIQ even offers manufacturers the ability to identify similar process-material combinations going forward by placing a “Create Saved Search” icon alongside it. Suppliers can flag the system to deliver automatic notifications when opportunities matching such saved searches appear on the platform.

Bo Hagler, chief executive officer, MFG.com, says, “Earlier versions of ShopIQ taught us a lot about meaningful market analysis data. We concluded we were not quite hitting the mark, so we went back to the drawing board and revamped the tool entirely. The new ShopIQ doesn’t look anything like the earlier versions. It employs a completely different approach and offers suppliers a different set of metrics.”

Bo continues, “The new ShopIQ gives suppliers the ability to understand precisely where they are most competitive in terms of manufacturing process and material. Many companies will be surprised by the data. Yet, given this knowledge, they can elect to focus on RFQs involving their optimal process-material combination. ShopIQ also allows suppliers to test new marketing strategies and gauge impact by isolating data from the date of strategy initiation to the current date. I can’t think of any other business solution that offers its subscribers a tool that delivers this capability or shows them precisely how they stack up against their peers.”

Matt Reynolds, current Director of Content and Research for PMMI Media Group, will succeed Pat Reynolds as Editor of the world’s largest packaging publication, Packaging World, in January 2018.

“From Packaging World’s launch in 1994, Pat Reynolds’ editorial integrity and experience have had a direct impact on making it the most respected packaging media brand in the world today. We were fortunate to have him as part of our founding editorial team,” said Joe Angel, President of PMMI Media Group and Publisher of Packaging World. “We are truly excited that Matt will be taking the helm, carrying on the tradition of editorial leadership and the Reynolds’ legacy. His transition will be under the tutelage of Pat, who will remain as Editor Emeritus. Pat will continue to contribute his valuable experience, insight, and reporting on packaging developments.”

Matt Reynolds has established himself in the packaging community as a respected and trusted journalist. In his time with PMMI Media Group, Matt has been the Director of Custom Media, Content, and Research, driving content decisions and providing innovative ways for suppliers to market their brands. He has also been Editorial Director of PMMI Media Group’s Packaging + Processing OEM, since 2015. He has more than a decade of experience as a journalist and editor, having spent time at publications including Baking Management, Modern Baking, and serving as a technical writer for multiple machine tool and fabrication publications. Reynolds received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois, and he holds a MS in Journalism from Roosevelt University.

“I’m honored and excited to assume the mantle of Packaging World Editor,” said Reynolds. “The trade press is a lively, evolving place these days, and the accelerating pace of change makes it an intriguing challenge. I realize that I have big shoes to fill, but I’ll make it my mission to continue narrating developments in the packaging industry in the form of great editorial, all the while exploring the expanding boundaries of B2B media.”

Reaching 55,000 subscribers each month in print and 100,000 unique visitors each month online, Packaging World is the leading media brand for connecting with professionals who use packaging equipment, materials, technology and services.

Sensors Midwest, the region’s only event dedicated to sensors & sensor technologies and sister show to the national Sensors Expo & Conference, unveiled the exciting conference lineup for this year’s event. Hosted October 3-4, 2017 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois, the annual event will feature three compelling keynote sessions and three all-new half-day workshops dedicated to innovative sensor applications in Health & Medical, Automotive & Autonomous Vehicle Sensors, and Real-Time Operating Systems. By bringing together thousands of engineers, engineering professionals, and scientists who are looking for firsthand access to the latest sensor advancements, Sensors Midwest is the region’s best opportunity to connect with the area's greatest technology leaders and suppliers.

During the 2017 event, attendees will hear from three unique keynote speakers. Tuesday morning, Nimbelink will present a keynote on their journey from a component to a solutions company, followed by Charlie Catlett, Director, Urban Center for Computational Data, University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory who will a discuss how sensors and embedded computation can enable cities to make can better use of existing data and provide insight into urban challenges. On Wednesday morning, Supratik Guha, Director of the Nanoscience and Technology Division and the Center for Nanoscale Materials at Argonne National Laboratory will give his keynote address highlighting how sensors and cyberphysical sensing networks can be leveraged for water and agriculture use.

As the growth of the sensors market continues to rapidly expand, understanding the newest advances in the industry, trends, and applications of sensors is paramount. Sensors Midwest is the only event in the region with a technical program covering 100 percent sensor technologies. Featuring compulsory educational sessions across three tracks Applications, Software Systems, and Technology; full-day IoT University; multiple networking opportunities; and a packed Expo Floor with an anticipated 75 exhibitors, Sensors Midwest will assemble the area's greatest technology leaders to discuss new and innovative ways to jump start solutions to today’s sensor challenges.

David Massner, Senior Mechanical Engineer at Molex and a 2016 Sensors Midwest attendee noted, "Sensors Midwest was a great way to connect with others in the industry and see the availability of products that I would've otherwise not been exposed to. As a result of contacts I made there in 2016, we have already begun a business relationship with a new company that manufactures sensors that fit our current need."

Innovative exhibitors such as Anaren, Cognex, Coto Technology, Libelium, LORD Sensing Microstrain, Nimbelink, Powercast, Renesas, and TT Electronics will be onsite for the 2017 event showcasing the latest advancements in sensor technology.

TCT Show is one of the world’s leading events focused on 3D manufacturing technologies. In its 22nd year, this fantastic event continues to deliver business-critical insights on 3D printing, AM, CAD/CAE, metrology and inspection as well as conventional manufacturing processes including moulding, casting and CNC machining.

Reflecting the continued development of the industry it serves, TCT Show has grown enormously for 2017 with a record-breaking expansion of the show floor and more exhibitors than ever before. Visitors to this free-to-attend event will have the opportunity to connect with an exciting and varied range of businesses - almost 300 exhibiting companies including 3D Systems, HP, Renishaw, Stratasys and Envisiontec.

Among the many new products and services to be unveiled during this three-day event will be Desktop Metal’s Studio system – the first opportunity for the UK public to see it in action. This affordable metal 3D printing technology is one of the most-talked about in recent times and CEO Ric Fulop will take to the Product Stage on September 26th to demonstrate how the company has made metal 3D printing office friendly.

Over on Carbon’s stand, visitors will see various exciting products including the SpeedCell manufacturing system and 3D printed Futurecraft 4D athletic footwear that was launched with Adidas earlier this year. Adidas’ Vice President of Innovation, Gerd Manz, will deliver a Main Stage keynote address on 28th September that will dive deeper into the design and technology that made the Futurecraft 4D a reality.

Another must-see will be the global launch of Materialise’s 3DP AdviceHub, a concept aimed at providing expert guidance on all things 3D printing. Visitors can book a spot to put their questions to the Materialise team on anything from file preparation for print and applying lattice structures, to design for AM and how to use AM simulation to reduce the risk of build failure and parts of inferior quality.

With so many exhibitors at this year’s TCT Show, it would be impossible to list each exciting innovation to be seen. Not only will there be launches and demonstrations from industry leaders, but also introductions to over 50 new exhibitors including Rize, GE Additive, CIPRES Technology Systems and DyeMansion.

Duncan Wood, CEO at Rapid News Publications Ltd, organizers of the TCT Show commented, “Once again we have been able to bring together the entire industry with a record number of exhibitors and the largest show floor ever at TCT. Alongside this, our conference team have put together three days of outstanding programming; there are so many superb presentations going on that planning your time at the show is going to be hard…there is so much to see and do!”

Now taking place across three dedicated stages split into key themes, the free-to-attend conference and seminar track has grown in line with the show expansion. The comprehensive program will deliver relevant content in the most efficient way, offering attendees the chance to benefit from ground-breaking product launches, exciting demonstrations and enthralling presentations from a world-class speaker line up throughout the show.

The Main Stage @TCT will host a celebration of innovation in product development, engineering and manufacturing with presentations from Intel, McLaren Racing, Johnson & Johnson, Sabotage Design, DuPont and many more. Now CPD accredited, the Main Stage conference track will present research developments and real-life examples of the ways in which 3D technologies are being used within aerospace, automotive, medical and dental as well as consumer and industrial product design.

The Product Stage @TCT will feature both first-time and returning TCT Show exhibitors discussing their latest products and services including materials, software, inspection and scanning. With so many companies exhibiting on the show floor, these 20-minute presentations will give visitors the chance to get all the information they’re looking for in one place. Attendees will hear from Stratasys, Nikon Metrology, Renishaw, Carbon, HP and more.

Throughout the event, the Tech Stage @TCT will host a range of CPD certified workshops created to offer attendees a broad range of topics and speakers. Whether a novice or an expert in the AM industry, the program will have something for everyone; from the “beginners guide to AM” session to a discussion about the health and safety of metal powders.

TCT has also teamed up with Women in 3D Printing and Cyant to host the UK’s first ever #3DTalk event - a global event series featuring women in 3D Printing and related industries. Open to everyone regardless of gender, age or expertise level, #3DTalk @TCT will bring together industry leaders and pioneers to share their expertise, experiences and insights during an educational panel session on the Tech Stage.

In addition to the conference program, visitors will be entertained and inspired by exciting show features including Inspex (which focuses on providers of inspection, measurement and testing hardware, software and services) and TCT Inspired Minds - a unique educational experience allowing over 300 schoolchildren to get hands-on with 3D technologies.

The Start Up Zone will return bigger and better than ever, introducing most promising start-ups to the industry. With exhibitors coming from the UK, France, Germany, Spain and the USA, it will be a truly global platform for dynamic new businesses to unveil their innovations to the 3D Printing market. Visitors will see launches of software, components, hardware and materials. What’s more, the Start Up Award will also make a much-anticipated return after a successful introduction at last year’s show.

Each company exhibiting in the Start Up Zone will have the opportunity to present a short, sharp presentation of their product or service during the Start Up Pitches session on the Tech Stage. An esteemed judging panel will assess the presentations and vote for the best new technology presented at the event. The winning company will receive the coveted Start Up Award!

TCT Show will take place at the NEC, Birmingham, UK, from 26th to 28th September 2017. Registration is completely free.

Authentise announced a distribution partnership with Siemens PLM Software to make shape search technology more broadly available to the digital manufacturing industry.

This partnership embeds Siemens PLM’s shape search technology, Geolus Search, in Authentise’s 3Diax, the API platform for additive manufacturing. The resulting module makes shape search easy to implement in custom, integrated workflows that stretch across the digital thread from design to production. These workflows benefit because knowledge associated with historical designs, such as previous production notes, material choices or intellectual property rights, can be identified based on the geometry, not keywords.

Specifically, the 3Diax Module featuring Geolus® software:

  • helps to determine candidate designs for additive manufacturing and to recognise those designs that share similar compensation models and parameters, saving valuable time in the design process;
  • allows the customer to identify similar designs to highly classified internal ones in order to share externally for quotes or review to enable more transparency and communication; and,
  • safeguards companies from breaching intellectual property regulations by scanning any parts against blacklists.


“We are delighted to be working with Siemens to extend our offering,” says Andre Wegner, CEO of Authentise. “We partner with a variety of companies to increase both the breadth and depth of modules on 3Diax. It is great to see that even more established players see an opportunity in working with 3Diax to give those customers pursuing advanced process automation the tools in the format they need.”

“Siemens PLM Software is committed to creating partnerships that enhance the experience of end-users. We are pleased to partner with Authentise to provide integrated solutions that can improve the productivity of the digital manufacturing community,” says Evan Knuttila, Vice President Global Sales - PLM Components, Siemens PLM Software.

For the first time engineers can rapidly explore design options and receive instant and accurate simulation results with new cutting-edge technology from ANSYS. Available for technology preview, ANSYS® Discovery Live™ revolutionizes the speed and ease-of-use of engineering simulation to make digital exploration available to all engineers so they can confidently design better products faster and more economically.

Simulation is one of the most critical engineering technologies in the age of the Internet of Things, electrification and additive manufacturing, but it is still the domain of specialists and used predominantly for the most complex engineering projects. ANSYS is expanding Pervasive Engineering Simulation™ – empowering every engineer to take advantage of powerful simulation tools upfront in the design process. Instead of taking days, months or weeks to set up, run and analyze digital prototypes with traditional engineering simulation solutions, Discovery Live allows for every engineer to immediately examine the impact of their design changes. Users can pose what-if questions upfront in the design process to rapidly explore thousands of design options and receive immediate feedback – enabling the user to digitally explore the impact of changes with results updating immediately.

"Discovery Live's breakthrough technology places real-time simulation in the hands of every engineer. Coupled with an equal step change in ease of use, it enables true digital experimentation," said Mark Hindsbo, vice president and general manager, ANSYS. "This will fundamentally change product development, inverting the traditional process by bringing simulation upfront and enabling millions of engineers to benefit from the power of simulation."

ANSYS has undertaken a breakthrough research and development effort to build a new simulation technology based on the massive parallel nature of graphics processing units (GPUs). NVIDIA GPUs deliver supercomputing capabilities and, when combined with the engineering simulation innovation of Discovery Live, results can now be calculated thousands of times faster than with conventional methods. This has been combined with nearly five decades of ANSYS experience and validation of simulation methods and best practices, making it intuitive for the non-simulation expert to use the software.    

"Designers, scientists and engineers around the world rely on ANSYS to accurately predict their final products and projects," says Bob Pette, vice president, Professional Visualization, NVIDIA. "ANSYS Discovery Live unleashes the power of NVIDIA GPUs and CUDA parallel computing to make the first ever real-time design environment with simultaneous visualization and simulation possible. We have a long history of working with ANSYS and look forward to our continued collaboration to advance breakthroughs in the way new products are designed and created."

Discovery Live supports fluids, structural and thermal simulation applications – enabling engineers to experiment with design ideas and see instant feedback. Users can run an analysis first approach as they design – enabling them to iterate with a 3-D model and interactively explore the impact of simple and complex changes. Discovery Live's environment provides users with instant simulation results, tightly coupled with direct geometry modeling to enable interactive design exploration and rapid product innovation.

"ANSYS Discovery Live is an exciting new tool that is very easy to use and can help us potentially move faster, learn new things and help us be more innovative. The tool allows us to use multiple physics and the results are practically instantaneous, so we can get answers to the quick 'what-if' studies very quickly – helping us engage more people in simulation with the ultimate goal of moving faster, better products on time," said Bob Tickel, director of structural and dynamic analysis, Cummins. "Cummins is committed to analysis-led design and I believe that Discovery Live will propel us forward faster in this area. We are very impressed and we see the potential to deploy this technology globally across all our different businesses."

Particle announced the release of the E Series all-in-one cellular IoT hardware platform with out-of-box Cloud connectivity and global SIM support. The new platform vastly reduces the cost and complexity of deploying cellular-connected IoT solutions.

Particle’s E Series modules include all the critical hardware components required to build and deliver an IoT product. Existing E Series module variants connect to the Internet over 2G and 3G with future LTE M1/NB1 enabled variants available in early 2018. All E Series modules come bundled with Particle’s development tools, open-source firmware stack, and Cloud services to decrease the cost and risk of developing IoT solutions. The E Series also includes global connectivity via Particle’s MVNO service that enables them to work worldwide; for any company, anywhere.

“Nearly 80% of new IoT initiatives will never reach market, and the biggest reason is the complexity of integrating low-level embedded electronics with cellular connectivity, a global SIM, IoT messaging platform, and device management solution,” said Will Hart, GM of Prototyping at Particle. “These are hairy hardware-software integration challenges that every single IoT product creator will run into, but that no one else in the industry has an elegant solution for. Particle’s E Series was designed with these 80% of failed initiatives in mind and represents the fastest, cheapest, and lowest risk path to market for new cellular-connected IoT products.”

Particle’s E Series modules were designed for rapid adoption and support industrial deployments with:

  • Single-sided, surface mountable hardware designs
  • SMT-friendly tray packaging
  • FCC, CE, IC, RoHS, GCF, and PTCRB End Product certifications
  • Embedded SIM card and extended temperature operating range for deployment in a wide variety of environments
  • Hardware and firmware compatible with Particle development tools to simplify design for manufacturing and reduce time to market


Embedded in Particle’s E Series is the u-blox SARA cellular module. "Particle's E-series greatly helps facilitating a short time to market for industrial customers,” according to Suresh Ram, President of u-blox Americas. "Designs can be made and tested with existing 2G and 3G technologies and seamlessly moved to certified Cat M1 technology,” Ram said. “We are pleased Particle chose u-blox as the cellular module provider, allowing for a scalable global solution.”

During their design, E Series modules were released to a variety of customers for early evaluation. “Particle’s E Series is a step forward for Industrial IoT applications. It’s designed with manufacturing and ease-of-integration in mind. This product is superb for producing cellular IoT products at scale,” according to Justin Grammens, co-founder Lab 651.

Creaform is pleased to announce that it has signed an original equipment manufacturing (OEM) agreement with Otto Bock HealthCare GmbH, a global market leader in orthotics and prosthetics based in Germany. The Creaform HCP 3D scanner will become an integral part of Ottobock’s “3D-Design” system in its patient-care centers as a digital image capture system that will bring faster and more accurate results.

The HCP scanner’s proven performance and industry-wide acceptance, coupled with its technical superiority and ease of use, convinced Ottobock to choose Creaform over the competition.

“Ottobock took the time to thoroughly test and benchmark our HCP scanner against the other scanners in the market, and chose the HCP as the best technology to go forward with their solution,” explains Peter Warburton, Business Development Manager at Creaform.

Fabian Thön, Ottobock’s Product Manager for CAD CAM Products welcomed the agreement by saying, “Creaform’s technology fits perfectly in Ottobock’s patient care center model. The combination of Creaform’s innovative 3D scanning solutions with Ottobock’s high-quality and technologically outstanding medical technology products and services for orthotics and prosthetics are expected to contribute significantly to restoring mobility to people with disabilities.”

Replacing messy and difficult plaster casting, the HCP 3D scanner provides non-contact, non-invasive 3D scanning of limbs with minimal patient discomfort. The HCP’s extremely short scanning sessions helps to ensure short consultation times, minimal waiting time for patients, and a higher number of patients that can be treated on any given day.

United Technologies Corp and Rockwell Collins, Inc announced that they have reached a definitive agreement under which United Technologies will acquire Rockwell Collins. Rockwell Collins is a leader in aviation and high-integrity solutions for commercial and military customers and is globally recognized for its leading-edge avionics, flight controls, aircraft interior and data connectivity solutions.

"This acquisition adds tremendous capabilities to our aerospace businesses and strengthens our complementary offerings of technologically advanced aerospace systems," said UTC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Greg Hayes. "Together, Rockwell Collins and UTC Aerospace Systems will enhance customer value in a rapidly evolving aerospace industry by making aircraft more intelligent and more connected."

"The integrated companies' expertise in developing electrical, mechanical and software solutions will allow us to deliver more innovative products and services and provide greater value to our customers and shareowners," Hayes continued. "This combination will also create new opportunities for the talented employees of both companies to advance innovation in a growing and dynamic industry. Importantly, UTC and Rockwell Collins share cultures of mutual trust and respect, accountability and teamwork that will allow us to work together to achieve our common goals."

"We are extremely pleased to announce this compelling transaction with UTC which is a testament to the value we have created for Rockwell Collins' employees, customers and shareowners," said Kelly Ortberg, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Rockwell Collins. "The combination will enable us to compete more effectively for future business through continued investments in innovation, world-class integrated product offerings and the ability to retain the top talent in the industry. We look forward to the next chapter in Rockwell Collins' long and proud history, as part of UTC."

The transaction is projected to close by the third quarter of 2018, subject to approval by Rockwell Collins' shareowners, as well as other customary closing conditions, including the receipt of required regulatory approvals.

Upon completion of the transaction, Rockwell Collins and UTC Aerospace Systems will be integrated to create a new business unit named Collins Aerospace Systems. Kelly Ortberg will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer with Dave Gitlin serving as President and Chief Operating Officer.

"We have demonstrated we can successfully integrate large acquisitions into our business and I have full confidence that the team has the capability to do it again," Hayes said. "Once we have completed the integration of Rockwell Collins and made progress towards reducing leverage back to historical levels, we will have an opportunity to explore a full range of strategic options for UTC."

Almost any electronic technology has one truism attached to it: You can’t develop it if you can’t test it. This is particularly the case with wireless and other communications products. Unfortunately, getting from design to prototype to test can take a month or more. Product developers must first navigate an evolving set of design requirements characterized by smaller form factors, shorter development cycles and flexible packaging. Tweaking the design often means generating a new prototype, and adding another month to the schedule.

“Product designers are eager to shorten the time it takes to go from concept-to-prototype-to-test in large part because their customers are asking for it,” said Brian Smith, principal member of the technical staff at Draper. “If your market is looking for products in more variety, with varying capabilities and in different form factors, your product designers are on the hook to rapidly churn out prototypes. That’s not easy with the current approach to electronics manufacturing.”

Draper turned to 3D printing to address this challenge and equipped a 3D printer with a conductive metal-based multi-material ink that could serve as a form of sprayable electronics for printed circuit boards and other electronics. Such multi-material 3D printing is a type of additive manufacturing that is starting to replace traditional subtractive manufacturing that has long been used to make printed circuit boards, among other technologies.

“Given that electronics are fundamentally multi-material systems, the challenge lies not just in material formulation but also material-material interaction including chemical compatibility, adhesion, temperature processing and induced stresses,” said Peter Lewis, a member of Draper’s technical staff and co-author of a study on 3D printing using aerosol jet printing.

With AJP, product developers can print integrated electronics onto plastic, ceramic and metallic structures at extremely fine resolutions. “This enables the high-volume production of 3D-printed components, such as an antenna or sensor, that is tightly integrated with an underlying industrial component,” Lewis said.

Using AJP and a novel metal-based ink, Lewis, Smith and Robert White, a co-author of the study and Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering at Tufts University, fabricated a multilayer system-on-a-chip microprocessor and put it through a series of environmental and rapid aging tests, exposing it to thermal shock, temperature swings from -55 C to 125 C and moisture and insulation resistance tests. Their tests showed that conductive inks can remain functional through intense aging environments, which can lead to a longer life for a device, and reduce the profile of wire bonds for microprocessor, which can translate to a smaller device.

“Without a doubt, AJP technology results in electronic systems fabrication with much greater versatility,” said White. “Among all of our findings, we were most surprised to find that the 3D multi-material printer reduced the concept-to-prototype fabrication time for a microprocessor from many weeks and even months to just a few days. We see many uses for aerosol jet printing (AJP) technology, where the entire system can be deposited on a 3-D, potentially flexible, substrate, and not confined to two-dimensional planes. In particular, Internet of Things (IoT) applications are a good fit because they require small, conformal modules integrating standard commercial off the shelf (COTS) components with a fast time-to-market and simple circuit customization/revision.”

This work is part of Draper’s ongoing commitment and internal investment in additive manufacturing applied to electronics. Draper’s additive manufacturing capabilities enable designs that otherwise cannot be built. For instance, Draper has developed an antenna using aerosol jet metal 3D printing and a patent-pending hybrid 3D-microelectronics process, a process which combines two of Draper's advanced technologies: 3D printing and microelectronics. The function-based approach to development reduces manufacturing cost, size, weight, and power requirements, and enables diversified design shape and structure in emerging technology spaces.

John F. Sweet, PMT, president & CEO, FMS Corporation, Minneapolis, Minnesota, has been elected as the 29th president of the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF), succeeding Patrick J. McGeehan, Ametek Inc., Eighty Four, Pennsylvania. His two-year term will take effect at the conclusion of the Federation's annual Powder Metallurgy (PM) Management Summit and 73rd Annual MPIF Business Meeting, October 21–24, 2017, in Naples, Florida.

One of the Federation's six associations will also instate a new president following the Summit. Dax Whitehouse, NetShape Technologies, Floyds Knobs, Indiana, has been elected president of the Powder Metallurgy Parts Association (PMPA). Meanwhile, Dean Howard, PMT, North American Höganäs, Hollsopple, Pennsylvania, was re-elected to serve a second term as president of the Metal Powder Producers Association (MPPA), while Thomas Houck, Carpenter Technology, Bridgeville, Pennsylvania, will serve a second term as president of the Metal Injection Molding Association (MIMA).

Sweet has worked for FMS Corporation for 27 years, sustaining a family tradition as a third-generation entrepreneur. He most recently served as president of the Powder Metallurgy Parts Association and has served the association and MPIF actively for many years. Sweet received MPIF's Distinguished Service to Powder Metallurgy Award earlier this year during POWDERMET2017—Las Vegas. He has been a member of APMI International for 29 years, is a certified Level I Powder Metallurgy Technologist, and serves on the APMI Board of Directors. Sweet has also been an elected trustee of the Center for Powder Metallurgy Technology. He was a co-op student in the R&D Laboratory of Hoeganaes Corporation for 3 years and earned his BS in materials engineering from Drexel University. Sweet is also a member of Alpha Sigma Mu Professional Honor Society for Excellence in Materials Engineering. In his local community, he has been serving on the Elder Board of the Redeemer Bible Church for the last ten years.

Siemens will acquire TASS International, a global provider of simulation software, plus engineering and test services aimed primarily at the automotive industry, and focused on autonomous driving, integrated safety, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), and tyre modeling. Based in Helmond, Netherlands, TASS International has developed a rich family of solutions that will further strengthen Siemens’ product lifecycle management (PLM) software portfolio, and add to its position as the leading supplier of systems-driven product development offerings for the global automotive industry.

“The automotive industry is a core focus for Siemens and our acquisition of TASS International is another example of our commitment to offer a complete Digital Enterprise solutions portfolio, enabling automotive companies to realize their digital transformation and fully benefit from all opportunities of digitalization,” said Dr. Jan Mrosik, CEO of Siemens’ Digital Factory Division. “TASS International is a proven leader in both integrated safety and autonomous driving, two fields of engineering that are increasingly important for the industry. By combining its strengths with Siemens’ PLM offerings, we are able to respond even better to today’s challenges in the automotive industry.”

With active safety and advanced driver assistance systems features increasingly becoming the norm in the automotive industry, the compelling trends of connected and autonomous driving vehicles set new requirements for virtual and physical validation and verification of automotive vehicles.

“The Siemens PLM Software portfolio offers a significant opportunity for TASS International and its customers to accelerate the development of safety-critical applications in the field of automated and connected driving. Our engineering and test services will reach a larger audience through the extensive Siemens global footprint,” said Jan van den Oetelaar, CEO of TASS International. “The integration of TASS International into the Siemens organization is expected to create a stable long-term environment and allow access to a vast knowledge base. This can help to build an integrated toolchain for verification and validation of complex automotive functions that should benefit both the automotive industry as well as government organizations worldwide.”

TASS International is focused on automated driving solutions and integrated (active, passive) safety, primarily for the automotive industry. With its PreScan software, car manufacturers, suppliers and government agencies can simulate complex traffic scenarios and virtually validate automated driving solutions and advanced driver assistance systems. With its leading Madymo software for occupant safety modeling, TASS International can simulate the impact of a car crash on the human body. TASS International’s Delft-Tyre software provides highly accurate tyre models for vehicle dynamics and ride and handling simulations.

TASS International’s simulation software will be combined with Siemens’ Simcenter portfolio of advanced simulation offerings, and its electronic design automation (EDA) solutions from the recently acquired Mentor Graphics organization. The combination will provide a unique fully integrated solution to frontload the verification and validation of ADAS and autonomous driving systems, providing Siemens with the world’s most complete systems-driven product development offering for autonomous vehicles.

Siemens will acquire 100 percent of the share capital of TASS International and integrate the business into its PLM Software Business Unit, which is part of its Digital Factory Division. TASS International has approximately 200 employees and has an annual turnover of €27m. Closing is expected in early September 2017. Both parties mutually agreed not to disclose the financial conditions of the acquisition.

CIMdata, Inc. announced that Kenneth Swope of Boeing Commercial Airplanes will make a presentation on "The Digital Thread for Aerospace & Defense: What are We Certifying with Regulators Using Model-Based Definition?" at PLM Road Map™ 2017 in collaboration with PDT Europe 2017. PLM Road Map 2017 will take place on October 17 at The Clarion Hotel Post in Gothenburg, Sweden. PDT Europe will take place at the same location on October 18-19.

Aerospace & Defense companies that make product for the commercial aviation industry have all certified at least one aircraft configuration with regulators using the latest technologies in model-based definition. Interestingly, regulators continue to be anchored in paper-based paradigms of engineering design and are cognizant of the need to advance model-based definition in the digital enterprise. The Aerospace & Defense PLM Action Group has taken positive steps to examine the digital thread and explore the art of the possible for certifying commercial aircraft designs in an industry consistent manner. In this presentation, Mr. Swope will share the findings of the Aerospace & Defense PLM Action Group in an examination of the elements of the digital thread. He will also share the Group's thoughts on developing and implementing a consistent approach to certification relevant data.

As the Business Capabilities Architecture Lead at Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Mr. Swope is responsible for the integrated set of business architecture products related to Boeing's commercial airplane business. These products include business requirements, performance measures, business data, and process management. In addition, Mr. Swope leads the organization that is integrating the future state architecture and plan for Boeing Commercial Airplanes' processes and tools. During his 23 years at Boeing, Mr. Swope has worked in manufacturing research, operations research, program management, and product change management.

PLM Road Map 2017 in collaboration with PDT Europe 2017, is the must-attend event for industry executives and PLM practitioners globally-providing independent education and a collaborative networking environment where ideas, trends, experiences, and relationships critical to the industry germinate and take root. The theme for this year's event is "Digitalization: The Next Step in PLM's Evolution."

Bimba, an industry-leading innovator of pneumatic, hydraulic and electric motion solutions, has introduced IntelliAxis™ multi-axis electric Linear Robot actuators for either X-Z or X-Y motion applications. Employing a one-of-a-kind two-axis system, the unit features a single continuous belt that serpentines around the two axes eliminating the need for a motor in the Z- or Y-axis while driving a pair of coordinated motors in the X-axis. These configurations, known as T-bot and H-bot within the industry, permit synchronized control for complex motion movement profiles such as circles, ellipses and sine waves.

IntelliAxis™ is intended for medium and heavy-duty two-axis industrial applications that require flexible motion within a two-dimensional plane. An optimal solution for applications that require X-Y or X-Z distance, high-speed motion with a robust load and moment loading capacity, IntelliAxis™ is ideally configured for pick & place, sorting, loading, assembly and other material handling tasks in industries such as packaging, food and beverage and automotive.

The complete system provides distinct advantages over traditional linear actuator-based systems. The durable pair of motors for the X-axis offer high thrust and high speeds, while the single belt system means less overall Z-axis load and reduced X-axis motor size. IntelliAxis™ Product Manager Ed Long says, “With these new actuators, users will realize significant cost savings. The thrust and torque of both X-axis motors converge to provide twice the thrust of a single motor in the Z-axis while the absence of a motor in the Z-axis eliminates the need for cable tracks and expensive, flexible cable.” Furthermore, says Long, “a 3-axis gantry can be created simply with the addition of a single axis actuator for applications requiring 3-dimensional motion.”

The patented ARC Power Self-Tracking timing belt itself is steel-reinforced and provides motion in both axes. It is constructed to reduce noise and vibration, eliminate backlash and cogging and deliver higher thrust per unit size. “Ideal for high-speed applications, it is the most innovative and efficient timing belt in the world,” says Long.

CAMplete TruePath is a fully integrated, easy-to-use suite of tools designed to take you from your CAM system to your 5-axis machine, quickly and safely. With its integrated and fully customizable post-processor, CAMplete TruePath allows you to output your NC programs the way you want to. 5-axis simulation, visualization and verification tools give you the confidence of knowing how your machine will behave before you run a single line of G-code.

TruePath 2018 includes a redesigned user interface and a long list of new features that make the software more effective. The redesigned user interface makes navigating common tasks easier, quicker to perform and the software itself more intuitive to learn.

Other improvements include:

New NC Format Engine:
The NC Format (posting) engine has been redesigned for vastly improved customization with nested macro inserts. Customized post variables can be used with proper text descriptions and help text.

Improved Kinematic Options:
Provide complete control over the C-axis posting for 3-axis paths.  Automatically select the tilt direction to minimize or maximize the XYZ locations of a 3+2- axis path.

Windows File System Integration:
CAMplete TruePath CS4 files will show a preview of their contents inside both TruePath and in Windows file explorer.

Improved Program Editor:
Improved the Program Editor to work vertically to maximum the use of screen space.  Improved the reporting of command lines that contain errors.  Show the current simulation location in the editor for easier navigation.

Error Analysis Navigator:
Quickly examine each program and see its simulation status.  Immediately navigate to any error locations in the program.

Geometry Management View:

O Part, Fixture and Stock geometry are now handled through the Pallet View so that the 3D view remains interactive during geometry manipulation.

Release of TruePath 2018

The official release of CAMplete TruePath coincides with EMO Hannover 2017. EMO is taking place in Germany September 18-23, 2017.

Boeing and Georgia Tech formally opened a new advanced development research center designed to solve some of the toughest technical challenges in manufacturing.

In the Boeing Manufacturing Development Center, company researchers and Georgia Tech engineering students will work together to implement automation in industrial applications. The center is located in Georgia’s Tech new 19,000-square foot Delta Advanced Manufacturing Pilot Facility.

“This advanced center will let Georgia Tech students collaborate with Boeing engineers to help drive the development of innovative factory automation solutions in aerospace,” said Greg Hyslop, Boeing chief technology officer and senior vice president of Engineering, Test & Technology.

One of the first research projects will focus on utilizing industrial robotics for machining and fabrication applications that can be applied to the manufacturing processes at Boeing.

“Georgia Tech’s long and productive relationship with Boeing includes immersive educational support for our students, collaborative research, and development of aerospace innovations,” said Steve Cross, Georgia Tech executive vice president for Research. “Our relationship is an exemplar for industry-university engagement as we meet jointly shared aspirations for the future of education and the advancement of technology.”

Boeing is the 17th company to open an innovation center on Georgia Tech’s campus. The centers tap into the innovation neighborhood’s vibrant network of students, faculty and researchers, as well as area startups and established companies.

For more than 25 years, Boeing has supported a variety of manufacturing research activities at Georgia Tech, such as developing control systems on cranes, mobile platforms and robotics for moving parts in a factory environment, and active flow control for aircraft wing tips. The Institute is one of 10 primary strategic secondary schools that Boeing partners with on research worldwide.

UMass Lowell named its engineering makerspace in honor of business leader and alumnus Lawrence Lin at a dedication ceremony attended by students, faculty, staff and industry representatives.

The Lawrence Lin MakerSpace is an 8,500-square-foot, open-concept work area that offers 3-D printers, laser cutters, whiteboards and other tools to guide projects from concept to reality. Able to accommodate up to 100 people at a time, the makerspace is open 24 hours a day – ready for whenever inspiration hits – and is available to UMass Lowell students, faculty, researchers, industry partners and members of the community.

The naming of the makerspace for Lin recognizes his achievements in business and generosity to his alma mater. He and his wife Jang-Li Chang, who is also a UMass Lowell graduate, recently established a $1 million fund to outfit and operate the makerspace. In addition, the couple has a long history of support for UMass Lowell that includes endowing student scholarships.

“Lawrence has said he owes this university a lot, but we at UMass Lowell owe him a lot – both for his philanthropy and for his faith in our mission,” said UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacquie Moloney. “The Lin MakerSpace empowers our students to bring their engineering concepts to life, like the members of our eNABLE team who use its 3-D printers to fabricate prosthetic hands for young children.”

Lin came to UMass Lowell in 1983 as a first-year graduate student from Taiwan. He knew virtually no one, worked diligently to master English and spent most of his time in the lab, working toward his Ph.D. in plastics engineering. His steadfast approach to his studies led UMass Lowell to name him Outstanding Graduate Student at the time.

Since graduating, Lin has used his degree to achieve career success, including tripling the size of his family’s manufacturing business, Grand Dynasty Industrial, while overseeing its transition to an environmentally friendly operation that has won Taiwan’s top award for corporate social responsibility. In 2014, UMass Lowell presented Lin with a University Alumni Award, which pays tribute to his distinguished service to the university, his profession and community.

“I have seen firsthand not just the products Lawrence makes but the caring nature in which he manages his team and his business,” said John Feudo, UMass Lowell’s vice chancellor for advancement. “It’s that thoughtfulness that inspired him to give back to his alma mater in this way.”

In his remarks at the dedication ceremony, Lin thanked UMass Lowell for helping him earn his degree and praised his professors and the camaraderie he felt while studying at the university.

“In my heart, I still feel Plastics Engineering is such a unique department. It still brings students together; we are brothers. I’m glad I can help this makerspace,” said Lin.

Engineering students take classes in the Lin MakerSpace and it is an area where students from all majors can imagine, collaborate and produce work to expand on their studies.

“Developing this space has truly allowed UMass Lowell’s engineering programs to deliver on the promise of hands-on education. Not only has it transformed how our students learn, but also how we interact with the community,” said College of Engineering Dean Joseph Hartman, adding that Grand Dynasty Industrial’s production area and equipment helped inspire the Lin MakerSpace.

The makerspace’s connections to the community include workforce training offered there through a partnership between UMass Lowell and the Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP), as well as a team of local middle- and high-school students who are designing and building robots there for the national FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition. UMass Lowell’s Future Engineers Summer Camps for high-schoolers are also based there and in July, offered sessions on the Internet of Things and renewable energy and sustainability.

The makerspace is located in Falmouth Hall at the former site of the university’s North Campus bookstore, which was relocated and expanded as the River Hawk Shop at the University Crossing student center.

“When I heard the old bookstore was being turned into a makerspace, I was over the moon,” said Stephen Kender of Chelmsford, who, as Lin once did, is studying plastics engineering at UMass Lowell. “I, and a lot of other students, have been able to derive a great deal from the makerspace since it opened.”

Kender is using the makerspace’s resources for several projects, from working as part of a team of fellow students to build a miniature satellite for NASA to developing a mold needed to manufacture the protective sports equipment for the venture he and his siblings launched through UMass Lowell’s DifferenceMaker Program.

The Lin MakerSpace and DifferenceMaker Central, a collaboration space for students in the entrepreneurship program, are just two examples of what makes up UMass Lowell’s North Campus Innovation District. Through the combined resources of faculty expertise and academic and research facilities – including the Mark and Elisia Saab Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center and the new Pulichino Tong Business Center – devoted to science, engineering and business, the university is advancing new technologies, preparing students for career success after graduation and assisting entrepreneurs and industry partners. UMass Lowell delivers $921.9 million in positive economic impact to the region, according to a study by the UMass Donahue Institute.

DiManEx, a global Digital Supply Platform that connects manufacturers to a network of certified industrial quality 3D printing centers, announced the completion of a Series A Funding round, totaling $2.7 million. Unlike an open marketplace, the company provides a dedicated cloud-based service that connects customers to a vetted network of additive manufacturing partners. Industrial parts are delivered on-demand with the click of a button, bringing virtual stock within reach of Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and other parts-intensive companies.

The funding round is led by Marisan & Partners BV and LaTerza SARL. The company’s development efforts are further supported by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs through an innovation credit scheme. One of the company's investors stated: "We are impressed with what the team has managed to build in just under 1 ½ years. When we met them, we didn’t hesitate to support their future journey.”

This is the second round of funding the company has received since its inception in 2015. The founders, Pieter Ruijssenaars and Tibor van Melsem Kocsis, previously raised $0.4 million from the Early Stage Fund of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs.

DiManEx provides a unique Supply Chain service that helps companies reduce unnecessary inventory, improve financial performance, secure the on-demand availability of (industrial) parts, and decrease their environmental footprint. With the first global customers currently using the platform and ordering parts, DiManEx is establishing itself as a driving force. Its mission? To revolutionize manufacturing supply chains the same way e-commerce has transformed retail.

“We are convinced that we can change the supply chain universe, making use of the disruptive impact of platform-based digital business,” said Tibor van Melsem Kocsis, founder and CEO. “We’ve only seen the beginning of the impact additive manufacturing will have on industrial supply chains across the globe. This funding round will help us scale and further enable our customers to print any part, anywhere in the world, with the simple click of a button."

Cincinnati Incorporated (CI) has named industry veteran Rakesh Kumar as Vice President of sales, marketing and service. Kumar, a metal fabrication industry veteran, comes to CI from Amada, where he spent more than 20 years in engineering, manufacturing, production control, solution center management and sales.

Kumar’s appointment continues the company’s expansion of its sales and service teams to provide a high level of brand experience as it enters new markets and increases its presence in established markets. “Rakesh is known throughout the fabrication industry and his wealth of experience brings a unique perspective to our customer relations,” said Cary Chen, President and CEO of CI. “He is a hands-on person, who understands that the right solution can have a huge impact on a shop’s operations.”

Kumar studied mechanical engineering at Osmania University and Arizona State University. A track record of increasing sales and satisfied customers follows Kumar to CI, a company with a long history in metal fabrication. “This is a great opportunity to bring my knowledge and approach to a company with a great history, as well as a great future,” said Kumar. “There is a lot of excitement around the additive initiative and CI still provides some of the best press brakes and lasers in the industry.”

Cincinnati Incorporated provides manufacturers throughout North America with laser cutting and automation, as well as other metal fabrication solutions, including press brakes, shears and conveyor systems, powder metal presses, and most recently, the BAAM (Big Area Additive Manufacturing) large-part additive and SAAM (Small Area Additive Manufacturing) systems.

Brooks Stevens, Inc. (BSI), an independent product design and development firm has named Mike Roberts president, effective immediately. Roberts recently returned to BSI and will guide the company at a time of significant opportunity for the firm.

With over 30 years of new product development and design automation experience, Mike is charged with transforming BSI into a stronger, more nimble and technologically driven product design and development company. As president, Mike will be responsible for carrying out BSI’s strategic vision and focus on growing the company through investment in new technologies, expanded service offerings, collaborative partnerships and intellectual property development.

Says Roberts, “We are passionate about helping clients find solutions to their business challenges and stay competitive in a world that’s rapidly changing. I look forward to leading such a dynamic and visionary team as we accelerate our success.”

Roberts first worked for BSI from 2004 to 2008 in business development and was instrumental in helping the firm establish and grow a diverse client base including Robert Bosch Tool Corporation, InSinkErator and The HON Company. Roberts returned to the company several months ago after being wooed back by CEO of strategic initiatives and former president George Konstantakis.

Says Konstantakis, “We are thrilled to have Mike leading BSI forward. He has the right combination of skills and talent to help us grow and we are excited by the opportunity to work together to help our clients shape the world.”

Founded in 1934 by designer Clifford Brooks Stevens, the firm today carries the hallmarks of its legendary founder. Says Konstantakis, “Brooks Stevens’ greatest talent was pushing design boundaries. That same spirit drives us today and under Mike’s guidance, our firm will be better positioned to deliver innovative and inspirational products that help our clients gain a competitive advantage.”

“Our clients tell us they appreciate the fact that BSI can help them identify needs in the marketplace, align their product with demand and grow their business by captivating consumers and getting their products to market sooner,” observes Roberts.

Immersive media technology company Matterport announced that Ericsson Ventures has joined its growing list of strategic investors with a $5 million investment. Matterport has built the world's most advanced platform for quickly and easily creating, understanding, and distributing 3D models of real-world spaces. The company also has the world's largest library of 3D space data, consisting of over half a million 3D models of real-world spaces, fueling its use of deep learning to create the next generation of AI-based computer vision technologies for the digital reconstruction and detailed understanding of spaces.

With this investment, Ericsson Ventures joins Lux Capital, DCM Ventures, Qualcomm Ventures, AMD Ventures, AME Cloud Ventures, CBRE, Felicis Ventures, GIC, Crate and Barrel founder Gordon Segal, iGlobe Partners, Navitas Ventures, News Corp, and Sound Ventures as investors in Matterport.

Matterport's all-in-one camera automates the creation of high-quality 4K 2D photography, state-of-the-art 3D models and Web, mobile, and VR experiences, and floorplans. Together with the Matterport Cloud, the end-to-end automated system offers customers a solution for quickly and inexpensively capturing, distributing, and visualizing properties in 2D and 3D on Web, mobile and in VR.

Matterport plans to use the funds to accelerate its deep learning R&D efforts, extend its end-to-end platform, and further its leadership position in 3D and VR business solutions while building out its global infrastructure.

"We're excited to partner with Ericsson Ventures as we work to extend our lead in the market and bring Matterport's scalable, cloud-based immersive media platform to more industries in the U.S. and abroad," said Bill Brown, Matterport CEO. "Ericsson Ventures saw the tremendous opportunity Matterport has to extend our technology lead by using our massive library of 3D models as a deep learning training dataset to create AI that will be the basis for our next generation products. This strategic investment will help us to more quickly develop the technology to its full potential and achieve our mission of making 3D models the primary medium for digitally experiencing, understanding, sharing, and reimagining the world."

"Ericsson has time and again proven instrumental in enabling new ecosystems that benefit from ever increasing connectivity performance. Technologies such as AR/VR and 3D computer vision is one such ecosystem that we believe is expected to experience rapid growth, fueled by dramatic improvements in bandwidth availability and latency periods," said Albert Kim, Head of Ericsson Ventures. "We are very excited to be a part of Matterport's revolutionary journey going forward, as it continues to disrupt large existing markets while creating a differentiated technology stack and unique data set in 3D computer vision."

With 100 all-new sessions and more than 400 presenters, including the industry’s top experts and leading consultants, the expanded lineup of education programs held at FABTECH 2017 in Chicago on November 6-9 will address the growing number of issues shaping the future of manufacturing.

New education programs at North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event focus on developing trends, such as Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), automation, robotics, 3D/additive manufacturing, Industry 4.0 and the future of manufacturing. There are also expanded management and workforce development tracks, which cover in-demand executive and upper management concerns, such as tackling the manufacturing skills gap, economic outlook, reshoring and new leadership strategies.

“Education is one of the most important aspects of FABTECH. With the increasing complexities of the processes and the business of manufacturing, we expanded our programming beyond the show floor to ensure we cover the needs of all industrial professionals with topics that affect their companies and careers,” said John Catalano, FABTECH show co-manager and SME Senior Director. “The expertise of the presenters, coupled with access to the latest technologies, will provide attendees a wealth of knowledge that cannot be found anywhere else.”

In total, FABTECH 2017 will have more than 150 educational sessions—the most in the show’s history. The sessions are organized by track. This year’s tracks are 3D/additive manufacturing; automation/smart manufacturing; cutting; finishing; forming and fabricating; job shop; lasers; lean; management; stamping; structural steel/plate; welding, and workforce development.

New session titles include “Automating with Laser Technology,” “3D Additive Applications for Fabricators,” “The Evolving Technology of Powder Coating”, and “Attract, Develop and Build a High-Performance Millennial Team.”

Education sessions are offered for attendees with a range of experience levels—from those new to the industry to those in need of a refresher to veteran attendees with years of experience who are seeking more in-depth training. Several sessions will combine classroom instruction with Tech Tours guided by the industry experts, who will share their unique perspectives of the technologies displayed on the show’s floor.

Workshops for Warriors announced it has received a grant for $30,000 USD from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc. With the support of the grant, Workshops for Warriors will start a new semester of advanced manufacturing training courses where students enrolled have the opportunity to earn nationally recognized credentials in an in-demand industry, leading to lifelong financial freedom.

The Motorola Solutions Foundation awards grants each year to organizations, such as Workshops for Warriors, which support and advance public safety programs and technology & engineering education initiatives. This year, programs that served underrepresented populations, including females, people with disabilities and veterans were prioritized.

“Because we currently do not receive any Federal or State funding, support from organizations like The Motorola Solutions Foundation is critical to our success,” said Hernán Luis y Prado, Founder & CEO of Workshops for Warriors. “Our accelerated machining and welding programs serve 120 Veterans annually and lead to nationally recognized credentials. In 2016, more than 120 Veterans successfully completed the advanced training and earned high-demand jobs in the advanced manufacturing industry with salaries ranging from $32,000 to $55,000/year. Thanks to The Motorola Solutions Foundation Grant, we can continue in our mission to provide a clear path to career success for our Veterans upon entering civilian life again.”

Machining students earn training in Computer-Aided design (SolidWorks), Computer-Aided manufacturing (Mastercam), CNC milling and turning (on Haas Mills and Lathes), 3D printing (Stratasys and MarkForged) CNC laser (Amada), and CNC waterjet (Flow). Welding students earn nationally recognized credentials from the American Welding Society in Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Gas Metal Arc Welding, and Flux Cored Arc Welding.

“Until our organization receives GI Bill funding in April 2019, Workshops for Warriors remains committed to keeping classes free for all Veterans, Wounded Warriors, and Transitioning Service Members. 83% of all donations go straight to training programs, and this grant will help keep our programs moving forward. Workshops for Warriors was the recipient of The Motorola Solutions Foundation Grant last year in 2016, which allowed us to enroll more Veterans into our program. To date, Workshops for Warriors has graduated 421 Veterans, Wounded Warriors, and Transitioning Service Members who have earned a combined 2,350 nationally recognized credentials,” said Rachel Luis y Prado, COO & Chief Academic Officer.

This year, Motorola Solutions Foundation grants will support programs that help over 2 million students, teachers, first responders, and community members across the United States. Each participant will receive an average of 186 programming hours from its partner nonprofit organizations and institutions. Programs will support special populations including: females, underrepresented minorities, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, people with disabilities, and veterans.

“Motorola Solutions Foundation is proud to support the work of Workshops for Warriors. As a leading technology company that supports the safety of communities worldwide, we know how important it is to educate tomorrow’s technology professionals as well as enlighten civilians and first responders on today’s safety needs,” said Matt Blakely, executive director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation.

UI LABS and ManpowerGroup released a workforce analysis that identifies 165 data-centric jobs that will define the future of manufacturing in the United States.

Descriptions for jobs such as collaborative robotics specialist, manufacturing cybersecurity strategist and enterprise digital ethicist give a window into the advanced skills and knowledge needed to put new technology into practice and remain globally competitive.

The Digital Workforce Succession in Manufacturing report is the first to offer such a comprehensive workforce playbook to help companies develop a talent pipeline for existing and future factories. The research includes in-depth profiles for 20 roles that span a range of “digital” technologies and business practices, such as virtual reality/augmented reality systems specialist.

The report also describes the type and level of educational degree associated with each position, ranging from an AAS in Robotics Technology to a Ph.D. in Mathematics or Engineering.

“The new roles we have identified will help prepare American workers for the technological shift that is underway, providing attractive, well-paying jobs for the next generation of manufacturers,” said Caralynn Nowinski Collens, CEO of UI LABS. “A smart factory is going to be very dependent on this new workforce.”

“Digitization is transforming the job market, creating a need for people with more advanced skills in manufacturing, and our work with UI LABS is evidence of this,” said Jonas Prising, Chairman and CEO of ManpowerGroup. “By mapping the digital roles and skills of the future, our research will help companies and schools upskill today’s manufacturing workforce for the connected, smart machine and augmented-technology jobs of an increasingly digital enterprise. This will help bridge the skills gap and highlights the advanced and attractive jobs emerging on the forefront of the manufacturing sector."

UI LABS’ Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute and ManpowerGroup’s Right Management and Experis brands conducted the research, which was supported by more than 30 industry, academic and government partners. DMDII financed the research using funds from the U.S. Department of Defense, with ManpowerGroup’s experts leading the detailed skills analysis.

The project is part of DMDII’s mission to promote the adoption of new technology across U.S. manufacturing. It also aligns with ManpowerGroup’s broader MyPath™ strategy aimed at closing the skills gap by identifying the roles of the future, building the talent and skills that clients need, and providing people with the guidance and access to jobs that enhance their employability for the long-term.

“The workforce analysis conducted by DMDII and ManpowerGroup offers insight into exciting new roles and skills needed to advance American manufacturing,” said Gail Norris, Director of Customer Technical Learning Services at Siemens. “The report envisions a future in which digital technologies like artificial intelligence and augmented reality are commonplace in factories across the United States.”

Advanced Engineering 2017 announced that its brand new Connected Manufacturing zone is full. The Connected Manufacturing zone has already attracted leading names from the industry including Siemens, Dassault Systèmes and Manufacturing Technologies Association, who will be looking to meet and do business with other industry individuals.

Also new for this year are an expanded zone for start-ups sponsored by Magna International and a brand new co-locating show, Lab Innovations, for laboratory manufacturers and suppliers.

Advanced Engineering 2017 are pleased to also announce a competition to all exhibitors with prizes for those who bring the most visitors to the 2017 show through registering using their trackable link. The two exhibitors who bring the most visitors will win a free 6 square meter stand in the 2018 show and a free full-page advert in the 2018 show guide.

Visitors will see cutting edge technology and service providers, everything that is needed in today’s connected manufacturing industry, including: 3D printing; analytics; automation & IT; autonomous vehicles; laser systems; cloud computing; predictive maintenance; energy efficiency; robotics; human-machine interfaces and many more.

Industrial production is a key driver for innovation, productivity, growth and job creation; with many of the industries catching on to the importance of connected manufacturing, the new show zone will help key players explore the business and technology opportunities that exist between innovators, customers and suppliers.

Alison Willis, industrial divisional director at Easyfairs, said: “This year, we have introduced the Connected Manufacturing zone and it is the place to be to see the latest technological developments surrounding industry 4.0. These are revolutionizing a raft of markets, from planes, trains and automobiles, through to oil & gas; benefitting millions of people worldwide who consume these products – which means practically everyone on the planet! “And this year with the introduction of the new zone, we will welcome thousands of visitors and exhibitors whose businesses are in connected manufacturing. Come along and see for yourself the fantastic industry we have.”

John Kirven, Proposition Consultant at Canon, added: “Canon is proud to work with Easyfairs and exhibit at the Connected Manufacturing Exhibition on November. We see a great opportunity to connect with like-minded manufacturers who believe that innovation can help achieve the benefits, and resolve the challenges that 4iR brings. The high quality of organisations visiting and exhibiting will give Canon the best opportunity to meet with, and guide the delivery of 4iR."

Stephen Ratcliffe, Head of Marketing UK & Eire, Rockwell Automation UK, also added: “It is becoming increasingly clear that today we are at an inflection point in how industrial automation and information technology affects manufacturing; the revolution widely known as Industry 4.0.  Increasing productivity is fundamentally based upon getting the most from the people, data and machines of a manufacturing enterprise.  Now, and ever more so in the future, this requires companies to be better connected.”

Organized by Easyfairs, the Connected Manufacturing Show, which is one of five zones of Advanced Engineering 2017, takes place on November 1-2 at the NEC Birmingham. It is the UK's largest annual gathering of advanced engineering professionals. It connects the entire supply chain of the UK’s advanced engineering industry with R&D, design, test, production and procurement from large and small companies, through to top tier industry players in a two-day free to attend exhibition and high-level conference.

Now in its 9th year, the Advanced Engineering Show has record breaking visitor numbers, bringing together over 700 firms, as well as thousands of engineers, procurement managers and senior decision makers from large and small companies - all looking to source, specify and invest in the most up-to-date products and explore the latest industry innovations.

Advanced Engineering 2017 includes four other co-located zones under one roof: Aero Engineering, Composites Engineering, Automotive Engineering and Performance Metals Engineering.

Developers that missed out on AI With the Best Conference in April or still have major conference withdrawals have not to fear! We are announcing the AI / IoT / Cybersecurity Conference With The Best, tailored towards developers and professionals from the industry! Join on October 14-15, 2017 with 300 live experts in their respective industries that will present the latest research findings, experience, case studies while taking live and unmoderated Q&A.

We’re proud to announce our advisors: Ian Goodfellow (Google Brain) on AI, Umut Demizeren (STM) and Nicolas Papernot a Google PhD Fellow on the Cybersecurity conference, and Jeanine Jue (Samsung ARTIK Cloud) on IoT. Other confirmed speakers include: Devi Parikh (Virginia Tech), Sid Reddy (Conversica), Inmar Givoni (Kindred, Inc), Ruslan Salakhutdinov (Apple), Tim Kaldec (Snyk), Ziyahan Albeniz (Netsparker), Yanick Fratantonio (UCSB), Andrew Psaltis (Hortonworks), Hugo Larochelle (Google), Matthieu Boussard (craft ai), Michael E. Legatt (ResilientGrid, Inc), Sandy Carter (Amazon Web Services), Roger Strukhoff (DCDConverged), Patrick McDaniel (Penn State), Yan Shoshitaishvili (UCSB), Mathias Payer (Purdue), and Daron Yondem (XOGO).

The weekend is full of live interactive talks dedicated to multiple subfields in AI, IoT, and Cybersecurity. Presentations are all followed by Q&A so you can ask speakers your burning questions. Sessions are also recorded so you can catch up on talks you might have missed or study the replays.

Get the inside scoop on technical tips, AI platforms, Big Data, UAV, data leakage prevention, supervisory control & data acquisition, e-commerce, cyber posturing, ad-tech security, cyber intelligence, software IoT, hardware IoT, industrial IoT, and so much more.

Date:
Saturday, October 14th & Sunday, October 15th

Tickets: Students $20, Standard $60, Late Registrants $80

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Altair Engineering, Inc. announced that the biennial UK Altair Technology Conference (ATC) - now in its tenth year – will be taking place on September 19th. Renowned as the UK’s Leading Digital Design Conference the conference attracts speakers from world leading companies who will discuss current business challenges facing UK industry today, share their vision for the future of engineering and demonstrate the development of innovation in their industries.

This year’s conference will celebrate client and partner achievements who Design the Difference™ with Altair solutions to radically change the way products are designed and brought to market. Innovators across multiple industries including automotive, aerospace, consumer goods, marine and more will showcase how digital design has changed the way their businesses operates. Technical experts will share examples of how they have deployed Altair’s latest cutting edge software solutions including design for Additive Manufacturing, Multi Physics, Structural Optimisation, MDO, Engineering on the cloud and more. In addition the conference provides an excellent platform to network and exchange experiences with others from the UK engineering community.

This year’s speakers come from Andiamo, Jaguar Land Rover, Lucid, Rolls-Royce, SSTL, Safran messier bugatti dowty, Tata Technologies Ltd and many other leading companies. The previous 9th Altair Technology Conference in 2015 attracted over 300 delegates from various industry sectors. “Good event and extremely informative”, said Mel Creasey, Unilever. “Good venue, good presentations, good networking”, added Chris Wheelans, Jaguar Land Rover.

Many delegates choose to return year after year because “it gets better every year with Interesting mix of papers from a range of industries," as Richard Thomas of Tata Technologies stated.

“With the UK Technology Conference series running for over ten years the event has gained a reputation for presenting highly innovative and successful simulation applications that demonstrate real business benefits in this digital age, “ explains Royston Jones, Exec VP European Operations & Global CTO, Altair. The agenda of the 10th UK ATC provides a wide variety of presentations between vision and technical depth as well as product information. With this comprehensive program I am sure that every attendee will get the most out of his or her visit,"

In a technical showcase Altair and its partners will be exhibiting software, hardware, and services solutions that support customers to change their way products are developed.

The free to attend conference, open to all industries, is renowned as the ‘must attend’ conference within the UK engineering community thanks to its reputation for extremely high quality speakers and highly valuable technical content.

Starting in 1986, SME has honored key and notable contributors to the technical and educational progress and advancement of manufacturing by elevating them to the SME College of Fellows.

SME Fellows are professionals from industry, research and academia with more than 20 years of experience in manufacturing who are recognized by their peers and the manufacturing community for their impact on the manufacturing profession.

The 2017 honorees join this distinguished group who have made significant contributions to manufacturing, including aerospace engineering, manufacturing operations, material science, automotive manufacturing, and industrial analytics and system informatics.

From the earliest stages of research and innovation through production application and implementation, SME Fellows are at the creative forefront of manufacturing. In addition, through teaching, leadership and guidance, they have helped many students and young professionals in their own pursuits of advanced manufacturing degrees and careers in manufacturing. 

“It’s important to note the achievements and innovation marking the entire and extended careers of these professionals,” said 2017 SME President Sandra Bouckley, FSME. “We’re honored and proud to include them as SME Fellows in recognition of the decades of service and contribution offered by each of them.”

2017 Class of SME Fellows:


The 2017 SME Fellows will be recognized during SME’s Fall Awards & Installation Banquet November 4th in Chicago. As part of their recognition, the 2017 Fellows receive lifetime, dues-free membership and can utilize the credentials “FSME” (“Fellow of SME”) after their names.

Nominations for the 2018 Class of SME Fellows are due by December 1st. Nominees must be members of SME.

Preliminary construction is underway on a new, $350 million Lockheed Martin facility that will produce next-generation satellites. The new facility, located on the company's Waterton Canyon campus near Denver, is the latest step in an ongoing transformation, infused with innovation to provide future missions at reduced cost and cycle time.

The new Gateway Center, slated for completion in 2020, includes a state-of-the-art high bay clean room capable of simultaneously building a spectrum of satellites from micro to macro. The facility's paperless, digitally-enabled production environment incorporates rapidly-reconfigurable production lines and advanced test capability. It includes an expansive thermal vacuum chamber to simulate the harsh environment of space, an anechoic chamber for highly perceptive testing of sensors and communications systems, and an advanced test operations and analysis center. The Gateway Center will be certified to security standards required to support vital national security missions.

"This is our factory of the future: agile, efficient and packed with innovations. We'll be able to build satellites that communicate with front-line troops, explore other planets, and support unique missions," said Rick Ambrose, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Space Systems. "You could fit the Space Shuttle in the high bay with room to spare. That kind of size and versatility means we'll be able to maximize economies of scale, and with all of our test chambers under one roof, we can streamline and speed production."

Lockheed Martin expects the construction effort to employ a total of 1,500 contractors during the three-year construction phase. Lockheed Martin has added more than 750 jobs to its Colorado workforce since 2014, and currently has about 350 job openings in the Denver area alone. This building will accommodate that recent growth and new future projects. State and local officials in Colorado have helped strengthen the aerospace industry and foster an environment that helps aerospace companies thrive and grow.

"Aerospace is an engine of innovation and growth for America, and we're investing in infrastructure and technology to help strengthen the nation's leadership in military and commercial space and scientific exploration," added Ambrose. "We're transforming every aspect of our operations to help our customers stay ahead of a rapidly-changing landscape. The Gateway Center, coupled with advancements in 3D printing, virtual reality design and smart payloads, will deliver game-changing innovations while saving our customers time and money."

Lockheed Martin's Waterton Canyon campus has been a hub of space innovation since the 1950s, with more than 4,000 employees and a wide range of industry-leading design, manufacturing and test facilities on site. Spacecraft currently in production at the site include the Air Force's GPS III satellites, NASA's InSight Mars lander, NOAA's GOES-R Series weather satellites, and commercial communications satellites.

Companies selected by Lockheed Martin for the project include Hensel Phelps as the general contractor, Matrix PDM Engineering and Dynavac for thermal vacuum chamber design and construction, and ETS-Lindgren for anechoic chamber design and construction.

A new technique that uses the artificial intelligence methods of machine learning and deep learning is able to create 3-D shapes from 2-D images, such as photographs, and is even able to create new, never-before-seen shapes.

Karthik Ramani, Purdue's Donald W. Feddersen Professor of Mechanical Engineering, says that the "magical" capability of AI deep learning is that it is able to learn abstractly.

"If you show it hundreds of thousands of shapes of something such as a car, if you then show it a 2-D image of a car, it can reconstruct that model in 3-D," he says. "It can even take two 2-D images and create a 3-D shape between the two, which we call 'hallucination.'"

When fully developed, this method, called SurfNet, could have significant applications in the fields of 3-D searches on the Internet, as well as helping robotics and autonomous vehicles better understand their surroundings.

Perhaps most exciting, however, is that the technique could be used to create 3-D content for virtual reality and augmented reality by simply using standard 2-D photos.

"You can imagine a movie camera that is taking pictures in 2-D, but in the virtual reality world everything is appearing magically in 3-D," Ramani says. "Inch-by-inch we are going there, and in the next five years something like this is going to happen.

"Pretty soon we will be at a stage where humans will not be able to differentiate between reality and virtual reality."

"This is very similar to how a camera or scanner uses just three colors, red, green and blue—known as RGB—to create a color image, except we use the XYZ coordinates," he says.

Ramani says this technique also allows for greater accuracy and precision than current 3-D deep learning methods that operate more using volumetric pixels (or voxels).

"We use the surfaces instead since it fully defines the shape. It's kind of an interesting offshoot of this method. Because we are working in the 2-D domain to reconstruct the 3-D structure, instead of doing 1,000 data points like you would otherwise with other emerging methods, we can do 10,000 points. We are more efficient and compact."

One significant outcome of the research would be for robotics, object recognition and even self-driving cars in the future; they would only need to be fitted with standard 2-D cameras, yet still have the ability to understand the 3-D environment around them.

Ramani says that for this research to be developed, more basic research in AI will be needed.

"There's not a box of machine learning algorithms where we can take those and apply them and things work magically," he says. "To move from the flatland to the 3-D world we will need much more basic research. We are pushing, but the mathematics and computational techniques of deep learning are still being invented and largely an unknown area in 3-D."

Laser Institute of America (LIA), the professional society for lasers, laser applications and laser safety worldwide, announces that registration is now open for the 2017 International Congress on Applications of Lasers & Electro-Optics (ICALEO®) Conference.

Held this year from October 22-26 at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia, the 36th edition of the conference continues its legacy as the leading source of technical information in the laser industry, dedicated to the field of laser materials processing. The conference allows researchers and end-users to meet and review the best in the business, while presenters at the conference will be given the opportunity to have their technical papers peer-reviewed.

The blind peer-review panel will focus on the quality, relevance, and significance of the research and findings. Selected papers will be recognized in the ICALEO 2017 Congress Proceedings and subsequently published in the Journal of Laser Applications (JLA).

Each year, ICALEO attracts more than 200 companies and organizations from more than 30 countries. With more than 20 vendors currently scheduled for this year’s conference, LIA’s unique Laser Industry Vendor Program allows vendors and attendees the opportunity to discuss the latest equipment and applications in a low-key setting after the technical sessions. With no conflicting session scheduled during this time slot, participants can commit their full attention to vendors.

ICALEO also offers sponsorship opportunities, acknowledging sponsors through onsite signage, visibility on the website, and inclusion in the distributed program. Attendees will have the opportunity to experience the most-current products and services from the leading industry exhibitors and sponsors.

This year’s conference chair members include:

  • Congress General Chair: Christoph Leyens, Fraunhofer IWS
  • Laser Materials Processing Chair: Klaus Kleine, Coherent Inc.
  • Laser Microprocessing Co-Chair: Michelle Stock, mlstock consulting
  • Laser Microprocessing Co-Chair: Cather Simpson, University of Auckland
  • Nanomanufacturing Conference Chair: Yongfeng Lu, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


In keeping with tradition, the 2017 edition of ICALEO brings together academics and laser industry professionals and allows them a space to discuss the advancement of laser technology and encourage its successful reach into the future.

A roll call of elite speakers are preparing to present their innovations, predictions and ideas at Interplas 2017, the UK's leading plastics industry event.

Top-notch minds from influential organisations across plastics, automotive, packaging and technology will bring a diverse wealth of knowledge to the three-day event on two platforms: the Main Stage and the Introducing Stage, a new feature for the September 26th-28th show.

The Main Stage presentations on Day One will be kick-started by Ian Ray, Materials Lead Engineer at Jaguar Land Rover, whose keynote begins the day's theme of 'Automotives: Opportunities for the UK Plastics Industry'.

Further trends and observations on the automotive industry and its relationship with the British plastics sector will be addressed by decision-makers from Nissan Europe, SMMT, 3M and many more.

Day Two's morning theme of 'Advancing UK Plastics' centres on international trade and Brexit, with the British Plastics Federation's Mike Boswell and experts from KPMG, Siemens Financial Services and the Institute of Export presenting their insights on the uncharted territory of a modern UK plastics industry outside of the EU.

The afternoon of Day Two is devoted to plastics technology in the medical arena. Mediplas @ Interplas will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage in healthcare and the circular economy, marketing new plastics technology to the NHS and nanomaterials.

Day Three brings 'The Green Room Live' to the Main Stage, shining the spotlight on sustainability. Neil Rogers, Packaging Development Manager at Proctor and Gamble, will begin proceedings with his keynote on how eco-product design and responsible packaging management will be presented within the wider roadmap to closing the plastics circular economy loop.

Further specialist insights into the future of plastics technology will be presented on the Introducing Stage, which brings technical and specialist perspectives to the agenda across a variety of subjects in shorter presentations for knowledge-thirsty audiences. Day One will cover Machinery and Process Control with presentations from the likes of Sumitomo Demag and Stäubli Connectors. Day Two homes in on Materials and Design, featuring Plastribution and Albis. Finally, Day Three will put the spotlight on Inspex @ Interplas, a special platform for testing, inspection and measurement technology in the plastics industry, with technical talks from SolveTech, Micro Epsilon and Kistler Instruments.

Interplas Conference Manager Leanne Taylor said: “The programme this year is reason alone to pay a visit to Interplas. We’ve sourced speakers that can directly impart information and insight to specifically benefit, advance and grow the UK plastics industry, making it a value-added line-up that can’t be found elsewhere.”

Interplas 2017 will take place in Hall 4 of the NEC, Birmingham, UK on September 26th-28th.

SME’s Advanced Manufacturing Media has introduced 30 of the brightest young minds in manufacturing, engineering and research in its fifth-annual "30 Under 30" section in the July Manufacturing Engineering magazine. 30 Under 30 celebrates young men and women, nominated by educators, managers and enterprise owners from around the U.S., for their exceptional accomplishments – notably and remarkably achieved by each before the age of 30.

Many of the group are already exploring new advanced technologies and expanding boundaries in the manufacturing industry at Boeing, Facebook, General Dynamics, Stratasys, Lockheed Martin, Hitachi and other leading companies. Others are entrepreneurs or have assumed leadership roles in family enterprises. Still other 30 Under 30 honorees are educators, researchers and academic leaders.

“We’re so pleased to share the inspiring stories of these brilliant, energetic, creative young professionals,” said Dave O’Neil, vice president, Advanced Manufacturing Media at SME. “With their talent and ability, these impressive people are the future and promise of American manufacturing.”

The 30 individuals recognized in 2017 are:

  • Sandra Chen, 26, Facebook, Menlo Park, California
  • Erin Winick, 22, Sci Chic, Gainesville, Florida


Profiles of the individual honorees are included in the July issue of Manufacturing Engineering magazine.

Advanced Manufacturing Media is the media division of SME, an organization dedicated to advancing and educating the manufacturing industry.

Proto Labs, Inc. announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2017.

Second Quarter 2017 Highlights include:

  • Revenue for the second quarter of 2017 was $82.0 million, 9.4 percent above revenue of $75.0 million in the second quarter of 2016.
  • The number of unique product developers and engineers served totaled 16,174 in the second quarter of 2017, an increase of 18.8 percent over the second quarter of 2016.
  • Net income for the second quarter of 2017 was $12.1 million, or $0.45 per diluted share.


“We delivered record revenue this quarter with the Americas leading the way with 14.5 percent year-over-year growth,” said Vicki Holt, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our revenue growth was driven by an 18.8 percent growth in the number of unique product developers we served this quarter, reflecting continued penetration of our market opportunity.”

Additional Second Quarter 2017 Highlights include:

  • Gross margin was 56.5 percent of revenue for the second quarter of 2017 compared with 56.4 percent for the second quarter of 2016.
  • Operating margin was 20.0 percent of revenue during the second quarter of 2017 compared to 19.8 percent of revenue for the second quarter of 2016.
  • The company generated $20.6 million in cash from operations during the second quarter of 2017.
  • Cash and investments balance increased to $217.9 million at June 30, 2017.


“We continue to execute on our initiative to expand our product envelope. Our recently launched on-demand manufacturing offering tailors our injection molding service to address the specific needs of the customer. This offering includes a suite of inspection reports, including a digital inspection report option, a lifetime mold guarantee and more competitive piece part pricing to the on-demand manufacturing customer,” concluded Holt.

Plustech, Inc., the North American Branch of Sodick’s IMM Division, has announced their participation in IMTECH 2017. The event, which is held August 1st-3rd, 2017 at the Chicago Marriott Oak Brook in Oak Brook, IL, will include 36 technical sessions, industry exhibits, and plant tours.

Kohei Shinohara, of Plustech will be giving a talk titled ‘Equipment Approach of Challenging Micro Molding Applications’, along with Dr. Stefan Kruppa.  The talk is scheduled to take place Thursday, August 3rd at 9:30am, in the Precision Molding Machinery & Process Control track.  The talk will focus on the true micro molding approach and how it is critical to meet today’s demanding ‘miniaturization’ applications. They will present real-life molding challenges of micro molding applications’ evaluation, process development steps, and unique and special techniques of processing function through the use of a two-stage plunger injection molding equipment approach.

Additionally, Plustech will be offering facility tours to see their latest equipment during the event. Those tours will take place August 1st and 2nd. The tour will begin at the Sodick facility (1605 N. Penny Lane, Schaumburg, IL) to showcase Sodick’s 3D printing platform, the OPM. The OPM is designed for molds, enabling high-quality conformal cooling for many molding applications. Sodick will go over techniques and best practices for implementing 3D technology to your facility, along with going over the latest advancements in technology to improve mold productivity. The Sodick OPM250L 3D printer will be providing a live demonstration during the facility tour.

The next stop will be Sodick’s Plustech headquarters (735 E. Remington rd. Schaumburg, IL), the Plustech headquarters will also be hosting an open house event, open to the public, in conjunction to the IMTECH tours. Sodick developed the proven No Check Ring ‘V-Line’ Two-Stage Plunger System, providing an innovative approach to delivering exact dosages and pressures to a mold through the use of a highly engineered injection plunger controlled by linear motor technology. During the tour, visitors will see this proprietary technology in-action during a live demo.

“This event will give visitors the ability to absorb a large amount of information in just a few short days,” stated Kohei Shinohara, General Manager, Plustech. “Between the numerous technical sessions, the exhibit hall, and facility tours, visitors to IMTECH will leave knowing much more about the plastic injection molding industry – I am especially excited to welcome visitors to tour the Sodick and Plustech facilities during the event – we have some very interesting demonstrations in store for them,” he added.

The European Converge conference, hosted by solidThinking returns to the SANAA building in Essen Germany on October 17th, 2017. solidThinking again calls industrial designers, design engineers, architects, and others active in product creation to explore the growing creative middle ground shared by both designers and engineers. As the digital world spins faster every day and with new manufacturing methods such as 3D printing revolutionizing the production processes, the design and manufacture of products has to radically change. Knowledge is key to cope with these changes; it helps to know as much as possible about new methods and processes.

Attend Converge 2017 and explore industrial applications in which biomimicry and artificial intelligence engineering tools are helping to create sustainable solutions and to get a competitive edge. Join a community of creative designers and innovators to uncover strategies to develop top products. Attendees will learn how a clever combination of engineering tools, nature’s evolutionary power, and human creativity result in game changing solutions.

“We are very happy to host the 2nd Converge conference in Essen again this year,” says Dr. Pietro Cervellera, Country Manager Altair Engineering GmbH. “Last year's event was a big success, the location was very well suited and attendees, presenters, and partners were very pleased with the outcome of the event. We have therefore decided to again give a platform to those who want to explore the innovative intersections of technology and design. With a special focus on designs inspired by nature through artificial intelligence engineering tools, Converge will provide the attendees with a competitive edge, knowledge, and technologies needed to be truly innovative.”

Keynotes presentations and two master classes, including presentations from, with and about Zaha Hadid, Faraone, EOS, CSI, Protiq, Amazone, APWorks, Thyssen Krupp Elevators, Turi Cacciatore Design, and many more, will leave attendees with new insights toward product design and development.

2016 Converge presenter Turi Cacciatore of Turi Cacciatore Design said  “To present at Converge 2016 in Essen has been a very good experience for me, both on a professional and personal level. In addition, Converge was a great occasion to talk about inspiring subjects with inspiring professionals. Design and technology are evolving so fast, that events like Converge are becoming fundamental for creative professionals. It is definitely an event to keep up with the speed of innovation. I was amazed by both, the level of the discussions and the quality of the organization.”

Converge 2017 will also feature an exhibition area, presenting products and designs from customers and renown product creators and will support the Purmundus Challenge. "Fusion – 3D printing intelligently combined".  The exhibition will be opened with a welcome reception and pre-check-in opportunity on October 16th at 6pm.

Missions to the surface of distant planetary bodies require power — lots of power.  Through the 2018 Breakthrough, Innovative, and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge, NASA is enlisting university students in its quest for efficient, reliable and cost-effective solar power systems that can operate on Mars both day and night.

The teams will have until November to submit their proposals. Interested teams of three to five undergraduate and/or graduate students are asked to submit robust proposals and a two-minute video describing their concepts by November 30th.

NASA’s Game Changing Development Program (GCD), managed by the agency’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, and the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) are seeking novel concepts that emphasize innovative mechanical design, low mass and high efficiency, with operational approaches that assure sustained power generation on the Mars surface for many years.

It’s not easy to harness the power of the sun from Mars. Depending on where spacecraft land, the angle and distance from the sun changes substantially during different seasons, affecting solar power flow management and performance. Martian dust is also a threat. It clings to everything on the surface and could form a blanket over solar panels.

The goal is to have a reliable operating power source in place before astronauts ever step foot on the surface of Mars. That means solar array designs will need to fit compactly into a single cargo launch, have the capability to deploy robotically on the surface, and begin producing power soon after landing.

The 2018 BIG Idea Challenge invites teams and their faculty advisors to work together to design and analyze innovations in the design, installation, and sustainable operation of a large solar power system on the surface of Mars, in the following areas:

Novel packaging, deployment, retraction, and dust-abatement concepts Lightweight, compact components including booms, ribs, substrates, and mechanisms Optimized use of advanced ultra-lightweight materials and high efficiency solar cells Validated modeling, analysis, and simulation techniques High-fidelity, functioning laboratory models and test methods.

From these proposals, NASA and industry experts will select four teams to continue developing their proposed concepts, submit a technical paper, and present their concepts in a face-to-face design review at the 2018 BIG Idea Forum, held at a NASA center in early March 2018. Each of these four teams will receive a $6,000 stipend to participate in the forum.

Student members from the BIG Idea Challenge winning team will receive offers to participate in paid summer internships at either NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, or Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, where they will continue developing their concept under the mentorship of NASA experts.

mHUB, IMEC and UI LABS have announced the inaugural industry awards ceremony that will take place on October 18, 2017 at the Wintrust Grand Banking Hall in Chicago to recognize talent and achievements in manufacturing.

The Fourth Revolution Awards celebrates regional manufacturing for its leadership and innovation as the industry stands on the brink of a new technological revolution. The ceremony culminates in the presentation of eight awards to deserving leaders, companies and industrial initiatives that have made significant contributions to the Chicago region’s manufacturing ecosystem.

“The Fourth Revolution Awards will prove to be our most robust celebration of regional manufacturing to date. We look forward to celebrating the success and inspiration from leaders across the region and carrying the beacon forward for the future together,” said mHUB Executive Director and Co-founder, Haven Allen.

Named for the Fourth Industrial Revolution which fuses physical product development with digital processes to impact all disciplines, economies and industries, the award ceremony will showcase emerging technological breakthroughs in fields such as the Internet of Things, advanced analytics, autonomous vehicles, robotics, 3D printing and artificial intelligence.

“These awards will recognize programs, companies and individuals from a cross section of the manufacturing ecosystem," said UI LABS Chief Executive Officer, Caralynn Nowinski Collens. "Small manufacturers and startups are essential to the transformation of the U.S. manufacturing supply chain, and we are excited to celebrate their game-changing achievements alongside corporate and community leaders."

Awards will be presented for long-time manufacturing leadership, innovation and new talent in manufacturing, significant investment in emerging manufacturing sectors and promoting diversity and inclusion in the industry.

The awards are:

  • Community Empowerment Award: Recognizes a program or an initiative that promotes diversity and inclusion in manufacturing.
  • Product Design of the Year: Recognizes a product design that is unique, improves user experience, and impacts productivity as well as the greater good.
  • Innovation of the Year: Recognizes a technology or process that can advance multiple technologies and significantly improve the manufacturing ecosystem.
  • Startup of the Year: Recognizes an individual startup company for its innovation, creativity and significant accomplishments in the region.
  • Rising Star of the Year: Recognizes a pre-series B round individual startup company before its fourth year in operation, for its innovation, creativity and position as the next great company to emerge in the region.
  • Small and Mid-Sized Manufacturer of the Year: Recognizes a small or mid-sized manufacturer that has demonstrated its excellence in business practices, innovative processes and productivity enhancements as well as contributions to its local community.
  • Manufacturer of the Year: Recognizes an individual or manufacturing company that has demonstrated its excellence in business practices, innovative processes, and productivity enhancements and has made a significant financial investment to manufacturing capacity in the region.
  • Corporate Champion: Recognizes a corporation or business that has made an impact on manufacturing through community focused efforts and significant financial investment throughout the region.


“This presentation of awards to the industrial community in the Chicago region demonstrates a strong representation of the forward-thinking leaders and trendsetters in manufacturing,” said David Boulay, IMEC President. “To be able to recognize the individuals and organizations that challenge the status quo and generate awareness of new innovations and the importance of manufacturing to a broader audience is truly exciting to witness. No doubt these innovators should be acknowledged for their great contributions.”

Siemens’ new Integrated Software Engineering solution for the automotive industry addresses several of the critical product development challenges associated with the explosive growth of embedded software in today’s increasingly sophisticated automobiles. By integrating application lifecycle management (ALM) software with product lifecycle management (PLM) software, Siemens is delivering a solution for the automotive industry to seamlessly manage the inherently different lifecycles of electro-mechanical systems and the development of software used to control those physical systems. As a result, automotive companies could enhance software functionality and traceability, while improving overall product quality and reducing automotive recalls associated with embedded software. This is the first in a series of announcements about the Digital Enterprise Industry Solutions developed by Siemens’ PLM Software business.

“As cars get more sophisticated – with features like collision avoidance, automatic parallel parking, and the advent of self-driving autonomous vehicles – the need for software to control these functions will continue to accelerate, resulting in increased challenges for product development,” said Dave Lauzun, Vice President of Automotive & Transportation, Siemens PLM Software. “By integrating ALM and its ability to manage the embedded software development process, with PLM’s capacity to manage physical systems, Siemens is providing a way for automotive companies to more rapidly, efficiently and accurately develop the robust and high-quality mechatronic systems that will power the future of transportation.”

Managing embedded software development in close synchronization with the development of physical systems is a big challenge for automotive companies. Due to its nature, product engineering and software engineering follow inherently different development lifecycles. Software development is managed separately, and interface validation with hardware is done only during pre-defined checkpoints. In an era of smart-connected cars, the interactions between software and physical systems are increasingly becoming more complex exposing deficiencies of current processes, tools and methods. A Digital Twin of vehicle systems capable of representing the complete physical and digital behavior of today’s IoT connected cars is necessary to realize innovations.

“Embedded software development, done in conjunction with other design disciplines, is the key to smart products, smart vehicle systems and smart product development,” said André Girard, Senior Analyst IoT & Embedded Technology for VDC Research.

Siemens’ Integrated Software Engineering solution for the automotive industry finally moves embedded software development into its proper place as an integral part of the full product lifecycle. This move is essential for automotive companies to thrive in the face of rapidly changing technologies, providing a new level of agility in automotive product development.

At the recent Naval Future Force Science and Technology Expo, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) announced that the Navy's electromagnetic railgun is out of the laboratory and ready for field demonstrations at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division's new railgun Rep-Rate Test Site at Terminal Range.

Initial rep-rate fires (repetition rate of fires) of multi-shot salvos already have been successfully conducted at low muzzle energy. The next test sequence calls for safely increasing launch energy, firing rates and salvo size. Railgun rep-rate testing will be at 20 megajoules by the end of the summer and at 32 megajoules by next year. To put this in perspective, one megajoule is the equivalent of a one-ton vehicle moving at 160 miles per hour.

"Railguns and other directed-energy weapons are the future of maritime superiority," said Dr. Thomas Beutner, head of ONR's Naval Air Warfare and Weapons Department. "The U.S. Navy must be the first to field this leap-ahead technology and maintain the advantage over our adversaries."

The revolutionary railgun relies on a massive electrical pulse, rather than gunpowder or other chemical propellants, to launch projectiles at distances over 100 nautical miles--and at speeds that exceed Mach 6, or six times the speed of sound. That velocity allows projectiles to rely on kinetic energy for maximum effect, and reduces the amount of high explosives needed on ships.

The railgun shoots the high-velocity projectile (HVP), a next-generation, low-drag, guided projectile that can be used in different gun systems. With its increased velocity, precision guidance and extended range, the railgun realizes the full range of the HVP's scalable lethality. Together, both technologies will enable naval forces to address threats in the mission areas of surface fire support, anti-air and anti-surface warfare.

The Navy currently is developing and testing railgun barrels capable of firing many rounds per minute with a tactically relevant barrel life--as well as the associated power and auxiliary systems needed to make that possible. In addition, the weapon's power system now is small enough to fit aboard current and future U.S. Navy ships. These products, when matured, will create much more capable warships.

The railgun is expected to be very cost-effective, while adding offensive and defensive depth. Compared to traditional guns on Navy ships, the railgun offers greater range, higher velocity and a deeper magazine.

"The railgun will be an effective deterrent against growing and increasingly complex threats," said Beutner. "Its power level surpasses traditional gun technology, and it reduces explosive ship-board risks to Sailors and Marines at sea."

Seco Tools has partnered with Ferris State University (FSU) in Big Rapids, Michigan, to offer local area engineering students an opportunity to participate in a multi-year internship program at Seco. The program invites the top three engineering applicants to participate for an initial first year internship. Then based on their interest and performance, the students are potentially asked back for a second year. Once a student graduates from the program, Seco often presents an offer of employment at one of the company’s several U.S. locations.

Under the guidance of seasoned mentors, Seco interns experience a combination of classroom training and real-world business experience while earning their degree at FSU. The first-year interns take part in technical training and the development of custom tooling. They will also learn to operate machines and accompany Seco applications specialists on outside customer calls. All these facets of the program ensure students receive a comprehensive overview of all their potential areas of interest.

During their second year, interns are often sent out-of-state to shadow an experienced sales rep and make professional sales calls for on-the-job experience. Students participating in the sales portion of the internship program are paid competitive wages during the internship and receive assistance with housing placement and living expenses. Seco also provides a company car to all second-year students.

“We are very proud of our values at Seco,” said Andrew Nalian, human resource generalist and head of Seco’s internship program. “One of our values is family spirit, and we want to make sure our students are taken care of and have all the tools they need to succeed. Because Seco takes care of everything, the students’ parents don’t worry about their son or daughter moving to a new city and having to locate and pay for housing. If the intern is participating in the second-year sales program, the parents don’t need to worry about a car either, as a company car is provided.”

Seco’s internship program has been in place for several years, and feedback has been extremely positive. The majority of students who complete the program end up working for Seco.

“We have placed second year students all over the country,” said Nalian. “From South Carolina, to Texas and California. Most of these students will have a job offer with us before they even graduate. In today’s marketplace, that’s a huge advantage.”

Engineering students interested in securing an internship with Seco should plan to visit the Seco booth at FSU’s Career Fair to be held this October.

Particle announced it has secured $20 Million in Series B funding to bring its world-class IoT solutions to Enterprise companies. The round was led by Spark Capital, with participation from Qualcomm Ventures and Particle’s previous investors.

Founded in 2012 by Zach Supalla, CEO and Zachary Crockett, CTO, Particle has become the most widely-used IoT platform, with more than 100,000 people and companies developing IoT products. As the market has matured, Particle's focus has shifted to Enterprise IoT, delivering significant value through connectivity.

“While the media’s IoT focus has been primarily on consumer electronics, wearables, and ‘smart home’, we’ve learned from our customers that the future of IoT is within the enterprise market,” said Zach Supalla, CEO at Particle. “Our customers often deliver meaningful business value right out of the gate when they connect their physical assets and start collecting data.”

Particle’s “full-stack” IoT platform includes everything a company needs to connect their devices to the web, including Wi-Fi and cellular modules, IoT SIM cards and data plans, a secure and reliable IoT cloud, and SDKs for building mobile and web applications for IoT products. This full-stack approach makes it dramatically faster and easier to bring an IoT product to market.

As Enterprise IoT grows in tandem with cellular IoT, their applications require an always-on, reliable cellular connected network. According to Machina Research, “Cellular connections will grow from 334 million at the end of 2015 to 2.2 billion by 2025.”

Particle cellular connectivity has been deployed in a wide variety of industrial and municipal IoT applications, such as in gas stations, on oil rigs, in stormwater drains, and in manufacturing equipment. 50% of S&P 500 companies are using Particle to develop IoT solutions, including 90% of S&P IT companies and 59% of S&P Industrials.

"Zach and the team at Particle had a very smart insight early on—many enterprise IoT initiatives fail in the difficulty of execution: it's hard to get devices online reliably. We were really impressed with the company's decision to focus on a vertically integrated full-stack platform to get enterprise IoT products connected, while the rest of the industry focused on cloud-only platforms," said Andrew Parker, General Partner at Spark Capital. "Particle built a solution that takes a complex problem and solves it with an easy to use, consumer-like product execution. We couldn't be more excited to partner with this team as they continue to execute on their vision."

On July 1, 2017, the Stuttgart IT and software consulting company CENIT AG consummated the acquisition of the French software implementation specialist KEONYS S.A.S. The software company with headquarters in Paris is now part of the CENIT group as a 100% owned subsidiary. Through this acquisition, CENIT continues to expand its international market strength as 3DEXPERIENCE and PLM IT specialist.

CENIT announced its intended takeover of the French IT and software specialist KEONYS S.A.S. in December 2016. After examination and successful completion of the contract negotiations, the acquisition was legally and effectively executed: As of immediately, KEONYS is part of the CENIT group as a 100% owned subsidiary. The future common path of the two IT & software companies brings a strategic strengthening as well as further growth potential for the international PLM business of CENIT – with regard to the expertise as well as territorial: KEONYS has successfully operated as a provider for solutions in the areas of PLM and 3D design for almost 10 years and ranks among the largest European integrators and resellers of the PLM solutions of Dassault Systèmes. With a customer base of around 1,500 companies and revenue of around 56 million Euro (2016), KEONYS is strongly represented particularly in France and the BENELUX countries. CENIT, one of the leading IT and software specialists in the field of PLM-based engineering for almost 30 years, furthermore advances to the largest Value Added Reseller of Dassault Systèmes solutions worldwide through this acquisition.

Following the acquisition, KEONYS will continue to operate as an independent company in its customer markets and will fully utilize its reputation as well as process and solution expertise. The notation, "KEONYS – A CENIT COMPANY", in the company name will from now on point out the unity of the two companies. Kurt Bengel, spokesperson for the management board of CENIT AG, will have the role of the CEO of the French subsidiary in addition to his present position. Operational responsibility within KEONYS falls upon Martin Grunau (Managing Direction of CENIT France to date).

"The acquisition of KEONYS fits ideally into the growth strategy of CENIT and marks an important milestone for us as a partner in the digital transformation: Strategically it is a step towards greater competitiveness and market strength – and therefore sustainability. Operationally, the merger means a completion of our PLM solution portfolio, utilization of potentials from the combined industry and market expertise as well as access to new customer segments," explains Kurt Bengel, spokesperson for the management of CENIT AG. "We are also pleased to be gaining excellent specialists – and we are looking very positively at the future common path," he adds.

The first operational steps of the merger are already in progress: Employees at the Stuttgart facility of KEONYS have already moved their offices to the Stuttgart headquarters of CENIT. An integration of the French CENIT facility, CENIT Lyon, into the company structure of KEONYS is to occur analogously. Long-term, KEONYS will furthermore offer the complete PLM portfolio of CENIT as well as the respective technical expertise in its customer markets. This should achieve further growth and shape the market strength of the French CENIT subsidiary.

Isabelle Yung-Lafargue, President of KEONYS S.A.S. to date, notes: "The affiliation to the CENIT group opens up clear potentials for KEONYS: Due to synergies from the collaboration with CENIT, we can advise our existing, as well as new, customers even more comprehensively in the future - along their total digital value chain. This in turn contributes to the joint success of CENIT and KEONYS. Very clearly, the acquisition was the right step into the future."

Creaform is pleased to announce that it's Canada-based head office has received the ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation from the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA).

The ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation is an internationally recognized standard for testing and calibration. Laboratories accredited as per the ISO/IEC 17025 standard have demonstrated their technical competencies related to the calibration of its technologies. Creaform also follows the ASME B89.4.22 Standard for its acceptance testing and holds an ISO 9001:2008 certification for its quality management system.

“With an increasing demand for rigorous quality control, this recognition reaffirms our commitment to quality to our clients and further solidifies our position as a metrology-grade manufacturer,” states Daniel Brown, Product Management Director at Creaform.

“This designation means that Creaform uses the highest calibration laboratory management standards and has the technical competencies to guarantee that its 3D measurement products meet their technical specifications,” adds Karl Chabot, Creaform’s Quality and Regulatory Affairs Manager. “This certification for the HandyPROBE Next™ optical portable CMM product line-up serves as a recognized warranty of consistency in the delivery of high quality and traceable products.”

Creaform was awarded certificate No. 4274.01 on March 15th, 2017, showing full compliance with the international testing standard in the field of calibration.

What do a shark, coffin and ice cream cone have in common? They're all student-built, human-powered submarines and they competed in the 14th biennial International Submarine Races (ISR), recently held at the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Carderock Division, in Bethesda, Maryland.

ISR co-hosted by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), NSWC Carderock and the Naval Sea System Command's Team Submarine is a biennial event where participants design, build and race 1-2 person, human-powered submarines down a 328-feet underwater course in the David Taylor Model Basin. The races are organized by the Foundation for Underwater Research and Education as an international competition with six countries competing.

The basin is the Navy's longest tow-tank--about 3,200-feet long--and is the largest freshwater hydrodynamic test facility in the world.

According to Kurt Yankaskas, ISR executive director and ONR program officer, the basin is typically used for submarine and surface ship testing, but it also provides a unique course for the next generation of engineers to showcase their ocean and marine engineering design skill sets.

"To tackle this challenge, participants must have a solid foundation in STEM [science, technology, engineering and math] and maritime principles," said Yankaskas.

These maritime principles include buoyancy, propulsion, hydrodynamic design, guidance systems, underwater life support, or SCUBA, and systems engineering, to name a few. They also talked to and watched Navy divers in action from the Naval Experimental Dive Unit in Panama City, Florida.

"From the design to construction to in-water operations, these students have the knowledge and skills to tackle this challenge," said Yankaskas. "They are an exceptional group--some of the most capable, brightest and talented students you will find in the world-and they are just who we need to keep innovation flowing for the future Navy and Marine Corps workforce."

This year's ISR saw 22 teams from around the globe compete for various cash prizes. The overall performance winner went to team OMER X, from the École de Technologie Supérieure in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Sussex County Technical School from New Jersey won the award for innovation for their sub Umptysquatch 8, and SUBLIME from Hernando County Schools in Springstead, Florida, came away with the absolute speed award of 5.77 knots-or nearly seven miles per hour.

Additional awards went to the University of Warwick for best design outline and best use of composite materials; the smooth operator award was presented to Sussex County Technical School; and École de Technologie Supérieure won the best spirit of the races award.

U.S. teams included: A.C. Mosely High School; Florida Atlantic University; Florida Polytechnic University, Kids Into Discovering Science, a nonprofit organization; Old Saybrook High School; Texas A&M University; University of California San Diego; University of Michigan; University of Washington; and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

International teams included: Canada's École Polytechnique de Montreal, University of British Columbia and the University of Waterloo; England's University of Bath, University of Southampton; India's S.B. Jain Institute of Technology, Management and Research, Mexico's Universidad Veracruzana; and the Netherland's Delft University of Technology.

CIMdata, Inc. announces an upcoming free educational webinar, "Managing PLM Solution and Data Obsolescence." The webinar will take place on August 10, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. (EDT).

Managing the risks associated with PLM solution and data obsolescence within the Aerospace & Defense (A&D) industry, and other industries, is a large and growing problem. The long lifespan of products and the large volume of complex data with complex relationships mean that the product data will need to transition through several generations of IT solutions. The resulting risks include significant expenses when PLM solutions need to be upgraded and data integrity risks when technology architecture changes and updates are applied. To address these risks, the CIMdata administered A&D PLM Action Group, an association of like-minded OEMs who have joined forces to remediate their common pain points, assigned a cross-industry team to identify the causes and potential remedies. This webinar will provide a high-level review of the obsolescence research and the requirements that the team addresses to PLM solution providers.

According to the webinar host, CIMdata's Director for Aerospace & Defense, James Roche, "A&D OEMs will no longer tolerate the escalating cost and risk of data loss associated with a PLM technology refresh. Within the A&D PLM Action Group, industry leaders have collaborated to deliver an initial set of architecture principles and requirements to the software providers for provisioning more sustainable PLM solutions. While the heavy cost and risk of PLM technology refresh in A&D crystalized in funded action within that industry, the resulting architectural principles and requirements are applicable across industries."

Mr. Roche has over 30 years of experience in transformation and IT enablement of product development and manufacturing processes. He has been a strategic advisor and program manager for PLM programs across the United States, Europe, and Asia. Before joining CIMdata Mr. Roche was a PLM Practice Manager at CSC Consulting and at A.T. Kearney. He was also at EDS, where served as the chief architect for General Motors' worldwide engineering systems and as head technical negotiator for strategic supplier contracts.

For this webinar, Mr. Roche will be joined by CIMdata's practice manager for PLM Enterprise Value & Integration, Tom Gill. Mr. Gill has over 25 years of experience applying computer-based solutions to engineering and manufacturing. Before joining CIMdata he worked as an independent PLM consultant, after spending over 20 years at high-volume manufacturing companies. Mr. Gill has worked on projects in numerous industries, including fabrication & assembly, food & beverage, defense, chemical, and medical devices. He has executed PLM strategy projects, solution evaluation-and-selection projects, deployment planning, and training development for industrial clients.

The webinar will be an hour long and will consider: the negative consequences of PLM technology obsolescence, insights into the root causes, the goals this group of A&D industry leaders has set for remediation of the consequences of obsolescence and their approach towards achieving them, the major causes and mitigation methods available for managing obsolescence, an integration strategy and architecture principles that can be adopted, and the high-level requirements and compliance expectations that are being promoted to PLM software providers.

The webinar will be useful to PLM program and project leaders, PLM program and project planners, product development managers and team leaders, PLM data retention and LOTAR specialists, product development collaboration managers, product development collaboration process planners, corporate IT and IT support planners, PLM IT and IT support planners, and anyone wanting to learn more about managing data obsolescence.

The latest innovations in metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing collide at FABTECH 2017, North America’s largest event showcasing those industries, at Chicago’s McCormick Place this November 6-9. The expo is expected to attract more than 50,000 attendees and 1,700 exhibiting companies.

FABTECH 2017 features the largest lineup of exhibitors, speakers and educational sessions in the event’s 35-year history, taking place across more than 750,000 net square feet of exhibit space. That includes a series of TED-style talks, dubbed “FABx Tech Talks,” by visionary leaders who are shaping the future of manufacturing.

“Each year, the best in the metal fabricating industry exhibit at FABTECH,” said Mark Hoper, FABTECH show co-manager and FMA SVP of Expositions and Media. “Holding the show in Chicago, in the heart of the Midwest, enables greater attendance from all manufacturing partners. Attendees can expect to discover the newest innovations, network with potential business partners and gain insight into the latest industry developments and trends.”

New this year at FABTECH 2017 will be an expanded Tube & Pipe Pavilion and 3D/Additive Manufacturing Pavilion giving visitors the opportunity to explore more technology than ever before. The expanded Tube & Pipe Producers and Suppliers Pavilion, a collaboration between Messe Düsseldorf and FABTECH, will create the largest annual gathering of tube and pipe equipment users in North America.

In addition to the technology on the show floor, FABTECH 2017 will offer a host of networking opportunities, including an Industry Night celebration to be held on Tuesday, Nov. 7 at Chicago’s Soldier Field.

Spatial Corp announced an easy-to-use, universal 3D modeling web viewer from Spatial Corp. This viewer leverages the power of Spatial’s 3D InterOp suite to provide web-based access to CAD files. Through this viewer, users have the ability to access and view a wide range of industry-standard CAD formats on any browser-compatible device.

Spatial is uniquely positioned to leverage its 3D modeling expertise to deliver precise renderings of 3D data models from AEC/BIM, CAD, CAE, CAM, CMM, EDA, robotics, and more. Being deployed to the cloud across multiple continents, Spatial’s 3D viewer provides the fastest performance possible to users globally.

This web-enabled 3D service ensures that designs and data can be used across CAD and PLM systems, allowing for controlled access to only a select set of information within a file, such as visual rendering. This controlled granularity not only protects data by sharing only the necessary information, but also reduces file sizes, ultimately increasing performance.

“Spatial has worked diligently to deliver a simple, easy-to-use interface for users to be able to load their 3D models and go,” said Brian Rohde, Senior Product Manager responsible for Online and Visualization, Spatial. “During the development of this viewer, we focused on best practices to ensure we delivered the best performance possible. As a result, large models can be viewed in a matter of seconds.”

By utilizing WebGL for rendering 3D graphics, the Spatial web viewer can provide access to any device that supports modern web browsers, including powerful capabilities, such as shading, and lighting with excellent performance — even on mobile devices . Rohde continued, “Indeed, this is the true power of web-based 3D modeling: enabling anytime, anywhere workflows on any web-enabled device.”

Shape Corp., a global tier-one automotive and industrial component supplier, is the latest manufacturer to join the growing list of companies partnering with the SME Education Foundation to expand its exemplary manufacturing education program for high school students. The Foundation, Shape Corp. and Grand Haven Area Public Schools will collaborate through SME’s Partnership Response In Manufacturing Education (PRIME®) initiative, to develop and launch an advanced manufacturing education program at Grand Haven High School in Grand Haven, Michigan, beginning in the 2018 academic year.

Shape Corp. is dedicated to producing a talented future workforce, often participating in career-building events and industry activities to increase awareness of the opportunities within manufacturing. On an annual basis, Shape supports and hosts local West Michigan teams from the Future Prep’d program, which engages students in solving real business problems. Shape regularly participates in career exploration events, including Boomerang, MiCareerQuest and others. Students often tour Shape’s facilities, gaining an introduction to processes, products and the varying types of work that are needed for the business to succeed.

“Shape has a long history of engagement with students, and we have partnered with numerous organizations to attract these young people to potential career opportunities in manufacturing,” said Mark White, president, Shape Corp. “We are very excited about partnering with the SME Education Foundation and look forward to growing a great manufacturing education program in Grand Haven.”

PRIME builds a collaborative network of students, educators and industry professionals to provide high school students with advanced manufacturing career pathways, while driving their interest and awareness in manufacturing. This national program provides students with practical experience, knowledge and skills using state-of-the-art technology and equipment, while allowing companies to influence the career direction of youth through mentoring, internships and job shadowing.

“The SME Education Foundation has partnered with some of the best companies in the manufacturing industry, and we are proud to add Shape Corp. to this distinguished list,” said Brian Glowiak, vice president, SME Education Foundation. “We also look forward to working with the skilled and enthusiastic educators at Grand Haven High School who will foster their students in becoming future manufacturing engineers and technologists.”

With more than 2,000 students and 125 staff members, Grand Haven High School is home to a wide variety of courses and includes curriculum designed to meet and adapt to the needs of 21st century education. The school’s academic emphasis focuses on preparing students for college as well as the increasingly competitive and technologically advanced workplace, laying the foundation for a great partnership with the SME Education Foundation and its PRIME initiative.

“We are very impressed with the SME Education Foundation’s work and its accomplishments through the PRIME initiative,” said Andrew Ingall, superintendent, Grand Haven Area Public Schools. “Our students will benefit greatly from engagement with Shape Corp. as well as the plethora of opportunities offered through PRIME.”

Alliances with local manufacturing associations play a major role in connecting business and education within the manufacturing community. The Shape Corp. and Grand Haven Area Public Schools collaboration is a result of the SME Education Foundation’s partnership with the Michigan Manufacturers Association, which began in 2016 to help boost Michigan’s already strong manufacturing presence and provide much-needed support to an industry seeking a large influx of new talent.

“We are very proud to be part of the partnership with Shape Corp., the SME Education Foundation and Grand Haven Area Public Schools,” said Mike Johnston, vice president, government affairs, Michigan Manufacturers Association. “The vision of Shape Corp. and the Grand Haven school leaders to work together to harmonize their missions to provide both career opportunities for students and provide talent to grow local companies should be commended.  We hope this will serve as a model for communities to cooperate all over the state.”

The Dr. Johannes HEIDENHAIN GmbH company is pleased to announce the appointment of David Doyle as President and Managing Director of HEIDENHAIN CORPORATION, effective July 1, 2017. David assumes full responsibility for the HEIDENHAIN CORPORATION customer-focused operations for the U.S., Canada and Mexico. This change continues the succession plan for Mr. Rick Korte, present CEO of HEIDENHAIN CORPORATION.

“I am happy to announce the next phase of the succession plan for our North American operations, with the promotion of David Doyle to President and Managing Director. I have the utmost confidence in David and trust he will continue to grow our business and support our customers with World Class service in all areas”, remarked Rick Korte, CEO of HEIDENHAIN CORPORATION.

“In his new role, David will steer the realization of the future vision for our U.S.-based operations, including initiatives to drive business growth and enhance our customers’ experience. David brings more than twenty-five years of experience in international capital equipment business and technical support management. He has rapidly established his leadership influence with our U.S. organization,” remarked Ralf Moog-Oberkircher, Head of Global Sales for the Dr. Johannes HEIDENHAIN GmbH group.

“I am looking forward to leading the HEIDENHAIN CORPORATION team through the next phase of development and reaching our growth objectives in North America. Core to our team’s mission is delivering the highest quality innovative products to the markets we serve, with exceptional support to our customers. We leverage our breadth of applications expertise, advanced technologies and responsiveness to enable our customers to deliver breakthrough engineering solutions and reducing their time to market. We continue to invest in our Bay Area resources and infrastructure, supporting our OEM partners with both the HEIDENHAIN product portfolio and ETEL systems expertise,” said David Doyle, about his change in responsibility.

Mastercam and MachiningCloud jointly announce that with the release of Mastercam 2018, Mastercam is now connected to MachiningCloud, thereby providing Mastercam users access to the cutting tool knowledge and product data available within the MachiningCloud.

This partnership provides Mastercam users access to MachiningCloud’s cutting tool product data from within Mastercam. Customers now have direct access to complete and up-to-date cutting tool product data, from the leading cutting tool manufacturers available on the MachiningCloud.

With the completed Mastercam MachiningCloud connection, key benefits are available to customers:

  • Search for tools from multiple manufacturers quickly in one place
  • Access manufacturer’s expert cutting tool recommendations
  • Quickly filter a universe of possibilities down to an optimum solution for a given workpiece
  • Import the selected product data into Mastercam for programming
  • Utilize the 3D models for simulation and 2D drawings for documentation


“The mission of MachiningCloud is to bridge the gap between physical cutting tools and digital shop software, and streamlining the programming process to save time and increase accuracy,” says Christophe Rogazy, Director of Product Management for MachiningCloud.

“By bringing together valuable cutting tool data and knowledge in one application, this simplifies the cutting tool search process and gives users many more options and helps them make better tooling decisions. By joining forces on MachiningCloud, Mastercam ensures greater and more seamless flow of information throughout its customers’ shops.”

Says Rich Taft, Product Development at CNC Software, Inc., ”Accurate tool definitions are a critical factor in achieving safe and efficient toolpath motion. MachiningCloud offers a wide variety of tooling options that make it easy to import well-defined tools into Mastercam.”

Autonomy and the future force were in the spotlight, as nine student-led teams tested their maritime engineering skills during the 10th annual International RoboBoat Competition, held June 20-25 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

The competition-sponsored by the Office of Naval Research and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Foundation is an annual robotics contest, where teams put their student-built autonomous surface vehicles (ASVs) through a series of advanced water-based challenges.

"These students have spent months developing, programming and tweaking their ASVs to get them water-ready," said Kelly Cooper, a program officer in ONR's Sea Warfare and Weapons Department, Ship Systems and Engineering Research Division-and a RoboBoat judge. "This was their opportunity to show what they've learned and demonstrate how their vehicle could perform in a maritime environment."

According to the RoboBoat 2017 guidelines, that's the ultimate goal of the competition: "for students to develop skills in systems engineering by accomplishing realistic missions with autonomous vehicles."

"These kids are the future engineers that will take on the fundamental research and development of autonomous naval systems," said Cooper. "We want them to walk away from this competition with the skills to be successful in that endeavor."

And if recent exercises like Unmanned Warrior and S2ME2 ANTX [Ship-to-Shore Maneuver Exploration and Experimentation Advanced Naval Technology Exercise] are any indication, those skills will be vital as autonomous systems play an increasingly important role in supporting missions of the Navy and Marine Corps.

"Autonomous and unmanned systems will address a wide range of naval functions in the future," said Cooper. "It's events like RoboBoat that offer participants an understanding of how they can contribute to the development of the autonomous technologies that will protect our warfighters from asymmetric threats."

This year's teams, largely composed of university students, were evaluated on their vessel design and performance. The design component focused on innovation, quality of engineering and craftsmanship. The performance component tested each vehicle's ability to execute specific missions on the water without human interaction--including the first surface/aerial interoperability challenge using an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) without human interaction.

As part of the performance challenge, the ASVs had to complete the task of passing through a set of gates. Although this sounds simple, the task demonstrated the ASVs' complex visual sensor and guidance integration; speed; and ability to navigate a channel--and this had to be successfully completed for any mission challenge points to be awarded.

The mission tasks demonstrated the maritime systems' autonomous behavior in different scenarios, including: speed; automated docking, which demonstrated the ability to launch and communicate with an aerial drone; finding a path in a crowded area; target identification; precise navigation; and, finally, return to dock.

Teams had four days of course practice to troubleshoot system issues before entering the qualifying sessions and final round to compete for cash prizes.

The Daytona Beach Homeschoolers was this year's biggest winner, bringing home the top prize of $5,000. Hagerty High School from Oviedo, Florida, won second prize and $4,000; Georgia Tech took third and $3,500; the Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember from Surabaya, East Java, came in fourth, earning $3,000; and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University rounded out the top five, taking home $2,500. Smaller awards of $500 and $1,000 in various special award categories went to Mexico's Tecnologico de Monterrey, Hagerty High School and the University of Michigan.

The other participating institutions were Universitas Indonesia and the University of Iowa.

Hexcel Corporation will extend its 40-year partnership with Airbus Helicopters by supplying composite materials for the new H160 helicopter. Hexcel’s reinforcements, prepregs, adhesives and honeycomb materials have been selected for the H160’s composite fuselage structures and main rotor blades.

The H160 was designed by Airbus Helicopters to create added value for customers in terms of performance, economic competitiveness, safety and comfort. The use of Hexcel’s composite materials throughout the structure (fuselage, tail boom, tail rotor and main rotor blades) contributes to the lightweight fuel-saving design and performance optimization.

“Hexcel’s composite materials have been used in Airbus Helicopters’ programs for many years and we are honored to be continuing our long term relationship, based on innovation and continuous improvement” commented Thierry Merlot, Hexcel President Aerospace EMEA-AP. “We thank Airbus Helicopters for their selection and look forward to our ongoing supply of high performance, weight saving composites materials for this innovative rotorcraft”.

H160 configurations in development include offshore transportation, business and private aviation, emergency medical services, public services, and commercial passenger transport. The helicopter is planned to enter into service in 2019.

CGTrader launched a big 3D Challenge: Designer Schwag - with a prize pool of 6000 USD in cash and additional 1500 USD in subscriptions, and as much as this sounds like a typical design challenge with a great prize pool, this has something more in it.

Though the theme of the competition is broad and many different objects could qualify, the technical requirements are rather specific and should be carefully taken into consideration. The goal of this challenge is to create 3D models that would work well with a new beta from Adobe called Project Felix and for use in the Adobe Stock 3D collection. Project Felix makes it easy for graphic designers to composite 2D and 3D assets to mock-up product shots, scene visualizations and brand concepts. With that in mind, this challenge could get your 3D models in front of a whole new community of designers.

Dalia Lasaite, the CEO of CGTrader, says that this challenge is a unique opportunity for both the CGTrader and Adobe design communities. “We believe that Project Felix is a breakthrough idea. Text as a form of communication has evolved to incorporate images and 3D is a great next step in this evolution. Text, as a form of communication, has already been replaced by images, and the next step in this evolution is 3D. In this transition, transfer of knowledge and simplification of modelling or usage processes, will be the key, so we are excited to help the project at the same time broadening audience for our community.”

Join 3D Challenge: Designer Schwag before August 10th and get an opportunity to become a contributor to the Adobe Stock 3D marketplace with no additional work on your end.

Advanced materials are increasingly embodying counterintuitive properties, such as extreme strength and super lightness, while additive manufacturing and other new technologies are vastly improving the ability to fashion these novel materials into shapes that would previously have been extremely costly or even impossible to create. Generating new designs that fully exploit these properties, however, has proven extremely challenging. Conventional design technologies, representations, and algorithms are inherently constrained by outdated presumptions about material properties and manufacturing methods. As a result, today’s design technologies are simply not able to bring to fruition the enormous level of physical detail and complexity made possible with cutting-edge manufacturing capabilities and materials.

To address this mismatch, DARPA announced its TRAnsformative DESign (TRADES) program. TRADES is a fundamental research effort to develop new mathematics and algorithms that can more fully take advantage of the almost boundless design space that has been enabled by new materials and fabrication methods.

“The structural and functional complexities introduced by today’s advanced materials and manufacturing methods have exceeded our capacity to simultaneously optimize all the variables involved,” said Jan Vandenbrande, DARPA program manager. “We have reached the fundamental limits of what our computer-aided design tools and processes can handle, and need revolutionary new tools that can take requirements from a human designer and propose radically new concepts, shapes and structures that would likely never be conceived by even our best design programs today, much less by a human alone.”

For example, designing a structure whose components vary significantly in their physical or functional properties, such as a phased array radar, and an aircraft skin, is extremely complicated using available tools. Usually the relevant components are designed separately and then they are joined. TRADES envisions coming up with more elegant and unified designs—in this case, perhaps embedding the radar directly into the vehicle skin itself—potentially reducing cost, size and weight of future military systems. Similarly, existing design tools cannot take full advantage of the unique properties and processing requirements of advanced materials, such as carbon fiber composites, which have their own shaping requirements. Not accounting for these requirements during design can lead to production difficulties and defects, and in extreme cases require manual hand layup. Such problems could be mitigated or even eliminated if designers had the tools to account for the characteristics and manufacturing and processing requirements of the advanced materials.

“Much of today’s design is really re-design based on useful but very old ideas,” Vandenbrande said. “The design for building aircraft fuselages today, for example, is based on a spar-and-rib concept that dates back to design ideas from four thousand years ago when ancient ships such as the Royal Barge of Khufu used this basic design concept for its hull. TRADES could revolutionize such well-worn designs.”

DARPA is interested in receiving proposals with novel concepts to build future design tools from a diverse technical community beyond the classic computer-aided design and physical modeling communities. Examples of other communities of interest include animation, materials science, applied math, data analytics and artificial intelligence.

A Proposers Day has been scheduled for 13 May 2016, in Arlington, Virginia.

Workshops for Warriors (WFW), a nonprofit school providing Veterans, Wounded Warriors, and Transitioning Service Members free training and nationally recognized industry credentials in the advanced manufacturing industry, announced that they were awarded a $10,000 economic mobility grant from Bank of America to be used toward training program costs.

“Workshops for Warriors addresses two pressing needs – one being the challenges Veterans and Transitioning Service Members face as they transition back into civilian life, and the second being the lack of skilled workers with nationally recognized credentials in the advanced manufacturing industry,” said Hernán Luis y Prado, founder and CEO of Workshops for Warriors. “We are incredibly grateful to Bank of America for supporting our training programs. With around 550 Veterans seeking enrollment each semester, 2 million jobs in the advanced manufacturing industry that need to be filled, and only enough funding to fund approximately 120 graduates per year at Workshops for Warriors, there is a tremendous need to grow our programs. Grants like the one Bank of America awarded us bring us one step closer to growing our impact.”

Founded in 2008, Workshops for Warriors offers classes in advanced CNC manufacturing, CAD/CAM programming, advanced welding/fabrication, machinery repair, CNC Laser and Waterjet, and most recently Starrett & Snap-On Tools and 3D printing. The nonprofit training center currently receives no Federal, State, or local funding and relies on the generosity of corporate and private donations. Training is completely free to the Veterans, Wounded Warriors, and Transitioning Service Members attending, and 83% of all donations go straight to training programs.

“Bank of America looks to remove barriers to economic mobility by working with nonprofits like Workshops for Warriors that connect people to long-term success through skill-building and jobs,” said Rick Bregman, San Diego market president, Bank of America.

Workshops for Warriors offers nationally recognized advanced manufacturing credentials accredited by Mastercam University, SolidWorks, the American Welding Society (AWS), the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS), Immerse2Learn, and the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3).

In yet another step to improve their customer support network, ENGEL has added a new representative agency – Auxiplast Inc. – to their external sales network in Canada. A well-established plastics equipment representative, Auxiplast will work with Don Ivey, ENGEL Director of Sales Northeast in providing sales and support to customers in Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

ENGEL North America, member of the ENGEL group, a designer and manufacturer of injection molding machines and parts-handling automation, has enhanced their network of Sales Representatives with the addition of Auxiplast Inc. to support customers in the provinces of Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

Auxiplast Inc. was established by François Côté in 1994 to provide equipment, parts and service for the plastics industry in Quebec. In April 2016, Jean-François Continelli (President) and David Marois (Vice President) took over ownership of the representative agency.

“We are continually striving to increase the level of support we provide to our customers in all aspects of our business,” advises Wolfgang Degwerth, Vice President of Sales and Customer Service for ENGEL North America. “The addition of Auxiplast Inc. will benefit our Canadian customers in the regions of Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.”

Jean-François began his career in the plastics industry as an electromechanical technician in 1992. Changing his path, he joined Auxiplast in 1999 as Sales Representative and took over the position of President in 2016. 

David Marois started at Auxiplast in 2006 in a mechanical engineering internship. Once completing the internship, David decided to stay on, taking a position in part sales. A year later, he moved into equipment sales in the position of Sales Representative. David has a diploma in Plastic Transformation from CEGEP de la Region de l’Amiante and now holds the position of Vice President.

Stéphane Bourdages began work in the plastics industry in 1993 as an electromechanical technician, as well as in after-equipment sales. Stéphane worked at Auxiplast as an Injection Sales Representative for three years before taking a position as General Manager for the North American division of an automation company. He has recently re-joined Auxiplast as a Technical Representative.

The team includes four additional members providing inside sales, customer service, and technical and administrative support.

“It is a pleasure to welcome Auxiplast to our sales team,” says Don Ivey, ENGEL Director of Sales Northeast. “They are a well-established company, and the team has a wide range of knowledge and experience in the injection molding industry. Auxiplast will be an excellent resource for our customers and prospects.”

Photo - AuxiPlast sales team, from left to right: Vice President David Marois, President Jean-François Continelli, and Technical Representative Stéphane Bourdages.

GF Machining Solutions LLC, a division of Georg Fischer, has won a significant order from GKN Aerospace New England, Incorporated. The company, located in Manchester, Connecticut, ordered several high-precision milling machine tools, software and automation – all that will be backed with GF Machining Solutions training, service and support.

With the new GKN Aerospace contract, GF Machining Solutions further strengthens its position as a leading supplier to the aircraft engine building industry. GKN Aerospace, the aerospace operation of GKN plc, is one of the world’s largest independent first tier aerospace suppliers.

GF Machining Solutions provides machine tools, automation solutions and customer services for the production of molds, dies and high value-added metal parts. The division has manufacturing facilities in Switzerland, Sweden and China and serves its customers through its own sales companies in more than 50 countries.

Liechti Engineering AG, located in Langnau, Switzerland – one of the companies under the GF Machining Solutions brand umbrella – will build the new machine tools, and with them, GKN Aerospace will produce key stator vanes for jet engines. Order delivery is expected to happen between the third quarter of 2017 and the second quarter of 2018.

Liechti Engineering is the worldwide market leader for 5-axis milling machines for aircraft engines and power generating turbines. The company’s equipment complements that of GF Machining Solutions’ and helps increase that company’s ability to meet all the needs of its customers in the aerospace industry sector.

Photo: Signing celebration between GF Machining Solutions LLC and GKN Aerospace. From left to right:

Martin Thorden, General Manager and Vice President, GKN Aerospace Engine Systems New England
Philipp Hauser, Head of Turbine Group – Liechti, GF Machining Solutions LLC
Jennifer Riley, Supply Chain Director, GKN Aerospace Engine Systems New England
Mike Costello, Sales Manager North America / Turbine Group – Liechti, GF Machining Solutions LLC
Jon Ford, Director of Engineering, GKN Aerospace Engine Systems New England

Challenger Center, a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education organization, and New Matter, a desktop 3D printing company, announced a new partnership that will include selecting and equipping Challenger Learning Centers with New Matter’s MOD-t 3D printers. Over the next several months, Challenger Center and New Matter will announce the initial group of three Centers selected to receive the donated printers, with the first being unveiled in late June. The selected Centers will receive five MOD-t 3D printers.

“New Matter is a natural partner for Challenger Center and we’re excited to begin our work together,” said Lance Bush, president and chief executive officer, Challenger Center. “We share a commitment to providing innovative, hands-on experiences that spark a passion for learning in students. The MOD-t was developed and designed for teachers and students and we’re eager to see our Challenger Learning Center educators implement these remarkably easy-to-use and elegant printers into programs with their local students.”

As part of the competition to be selected to receive the printers, Challenger Center’s network of 43 Challenger Learning Centers submitted proposals describing how they would use the printers in newly created makerspaces, design new programs, and implement the printers into current education activities. From developing 3D printing summer camps to incorporating the printers into simulated space missions like Expedition Mars, the proposals demonstrated a broad range of creative, forward-thinking approaches for Challenger Center educators to use 3D printing technology to engage students and teachers alike.

“At New Matter, our mission is to use 3D printing to bridge the digital and physical worlds, and we’re thrilled to begin our partnership with Challenger Center,” said Steve Schell, chief executive officer and cofounder, New Matter. “Educational environments are the ideal settings for the MOD-t and we’re pleased that tens of thousands of students and their teachers will soon be able to experience the printers in Centers across the country. Given the increasing national desire to go deeper into space – to Mars and beyond – and the widely accepted understanding that 3D printing will be key to that exploration, we’re also especially proud that New Matter will play a role in those missions by helping to shape the young minds that will eventually lead them.

Using the principles behind the formation of sandcastles from wet sand, North Carolina State University researchers have achieved 3-D printing of flexible and porous silicone rubber structures through a new technique that combines water with solid and liquid forms of silicone into a pasty ink that can be fed through a 3-D printer. The finding could have biomedical applications and uses in soft robotics.

In a paper published in Advanced Materials, corresponding author Orlin Velev and colleagues show that, in a water medium, liquid silicone rubber can be used to form bridges between tiny silicone rubber beads to link them together – much as a small amount of water can shape sand particles into sandcastles.

Interestingly, the technique can be used in a dry or a wet environment, suggesting that it has the potential to be used in live tissue – think of an ultraflexible mesh encapsulating a healing droplet, or a soft bandage that can be applied or even directly printed on some portion of the human body, for example.

“There is great interest in 3-D printing of silicone rubber, or PDMS, which has a number of useful properties,” said Velev, INVISTA Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at NC State. “The challenge is that you generally need to rapidly heat the material or use special chemistry to cure it, which can be technically complex.

“Our method uses an extremely simple extrudable material that can be placed in a 3-D printer to directly prototype porous, flexible structures – even under water,” Velev added. “And it is all accomplished with a multiphasic system of just two materials – no special chemistry or expensive machinery is necessary. The ‘trick’ is that both the beads and the liquid that binds them are silicone, and thus make a very cohesive, stretchable and bendable material after shaping and curing.”

The paper is co-authored by first author Sangchul Roh, an NC State Ph.D. candidate; NC State graduate student Dishit Parekh; Bhuvnesh Bharti, a faculty member at Louisiana State University; and Dr. Simeon Stoyanov of Wageningen University in The Netherlands.

The research is funded by the National Science Foundation under grant CBET-1604116 and by the Research Triangle Materials Research Science and Engineering Center on Programmable Soft Matter under grant DMR-1121107. NC State has filed a provisional patent on the new technique.

Mastercam in partnership with Sandvik Coromant announced the integration of Sandvik Coromant CoroPlus ToolLibrary into the new release of Mastercam 2018. The integration of the CoroPlus ToolLibrary allows Mastercam customers to save significant time searching for desired tools and building 3D tool assemblies that can be brought directly into Mastercam via the ISO 13399 data format.

Mastercam developers worked closely with Sandvik Coromant product management to let users import 3D tool assemblies directly into Mastercam’s toolpath operations. Users of Mastercam benefit from having the correct tooling for the material and for the type of machining operation, plus an accurate, 3D model that can be used for visualization and collision checking in addition to the time savings.

“In the past, customers had to search through thousands of catalog pages and cross-reference multiple sources to create the tool assemblies needed to machine their parts,” says Dave Boucher, Director of Product for CNC Software. “Now, they can save significant time and effort by quickly searching and building 3D, virtual tool assemblies using the CoroPlus ToolLibrary interface, and import them directly into Mastercam when they program their parts. As a digital database and part of a customer’s digital machining environment, they get instant access to the latest cutting tool data and technology available.”

”The tool library solution allows you to put the different tool items together – for example a milling cutter, the inserts, and the holder – and then have an accurate representation of the actual tool," states Pernilla Lindberg, Product Manager Process Planning at Sandvik Coromant. ”To partner with, and have the support of a leading CAM (computer-aided-manufacturing) software provider such as CNC Software and Mastercam, we are excited to expand the digital machining environment and foster the standardization of cutting tool data.”

Emuge Corp, a manufacturer of high performance taps, drills, end mills and other rotary tools, announced it has established a partnership with OPEN MIND Technologies AG, a developer of CAM/CAD software solutions. Recently the companies, which have had a history of collaborating to influence their respective cutting tool and CAM software developments, formally agreed to partner.

Both companies will continue to share technical data and best practices on machining applications and programs, participate in joint seminars and collaborate to develop and promote advanced, high productivity machining solutions for North American manufacturing professionals.

"We are very pleased to officially partner with OPEN MIND. Emuge and OPEN MIND have enjoyed a long, successful synergy, developing and providing cutting edge machining solutions for manufacturers throughout the world. This formally reinforces our commitment with OPEN MIND to provide the most advanced technology and machining productivity for our customers in North America,” said Bob Hellinger, President of Emuge Corp.

“We are pleased to officially acknowledge our partnership with Emuge. Our goals of offering leading high productivity solutions for manufacturing customers are closely aligned. We are looking forward to further leverage our resources and expertise to jointly develop the most advanced machining strategies for today's manufacturers," said Alan Levine, Managing Director of OPEN MIND Technologies USA, INC.

Emuge and OPEN MIND are planning upcoming training and seminar events for 2017. Customers will be notified and information on events will also be posted on their respective websites.

This year marks the 12th annual International Conference on Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing and its 19-strong speaker roster will not disappoint. Speakers from academia, research and industry will share their views, expertise, developments and case studies over the two-day main conference sessions running from July 12th-13th at the Nottingham Belfry.

Topics range from creating an AM-capable workforce in the UK and the Gartner hype cycle to nano-particle jetting technology, mass-produced customised hearing aids, AM innovations in semiconductors and aerospace and design-led manufacturing to the ever-expanding AM applications in metals - for everything from Chris Froome’s Tour de France winning handlebars to parts of the International Space Station.

“Our conference prides itself on including a mix of speakers from research and industry roles to illustrate not only the current applications of AM technology, but to provide a platform for experts to share inroads they are making to improve the technology and expand its future uses for everyday life,” said conference chair, Prof. Richard Hague.

“We are very excited about this year’s speakers that hail from renowned research institutions, start-ups and emerging companies to established industry players and well-known brands. As always, we steer clear of the hype around 3DP and focus on the realities at every phase of technology development,” Hague continued.

It is this commitment that has resulted in the first-ever ‘Industrial Realities’ pre-conference event, which will be held on July 11th with Innovate UK’s Knowledge Transfer Network, kicking off the main conference and exhibition.

The main conference speaker roster includes:

  • Brent Stucker, 3DSIM
  • Jonathan Meyer, Airbus
  • Sarat Babu, Betatype
  • Alex Fickerl, BMW
  • Anthony Rollett, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Johannes Gumpinger, European Space Agency
  • Pete Basiliere, Gartner
  • Samantha O'Callaghan, Johnson Matthey
  • Bastian Rapp, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
  • Maxim Shusteff, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Marek Korda, Leonardo MW Ltd
  • Dimitris Katsanis, METRON Advanced Equipment Ltd
  • Patrizia Richner, Sonova Hearing Care
  • Daniel Revier, Texas Instruments
  • Tim Minshall, University of Cambridge Institute for Manufacturing
  • Clive Roberts, University of Nottingham
  • Neil Hopkinson, Xaar
  • Dror Danai, Xjet


Now in its 12th year, The International Conference on Additive Manufacturing & 3D Printing is a forum for AM & 3DP experts to share their knowledge and ideas. The aim of the event has always been to cut through the hype and share the successes and the failures of additive technologies. The conference brings together more than 250 AM & 3DP academics and industry professionals, providing the opportunity for both new and experienced users of the technology to learn about and keep in touch with the latest developments in AM, helping to drive commercial success and discover new avenues of research.

KINTEX holds the 4th annual Inside 3D Printing Conference & Expo with Rising Media on June 28-30, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea. Inside 3D Printing returns to Seoul with an unprecedented event scale of 73 exhibitors and sponsors in 210 booths, with an expected attendance of 9,000+ visitors from 25 countries.

Inside 3D Printing is the largest 3D printing event series worldwide, having hosted 38 events globally since its launch in 2013 in New York City. The theme for this year’s event is ‘The New Era of Digital Manufacturing’.

The exhibition will include global companies including: EOS, 3D Systems, Makerbot, DWS, Aurora Labs as well as well-known Korean exhibitors. On display will be 3D printers, 3D scanners, CNC milling machine, CAD/CAM/CAE software, metrology, reverse engineering, post processing, 3D printed products and materials. The exhibition will be held at KINTEX 2, South Korea.

Visitors can experience the various applications of 3D printing in real life such as having their feet scanned and order custom 3D printed shoes to their exact size that will arrive in 24 hours by All About Wear.

The event also includes a two day conference on June 28-29 with world-renowned keynote speakers: Omer Kreiger, President, Stratasys APAC & Japan, Terry Wohlers, Principal Consultant, Wohlers Associates; Kevin McAlea, Executive Vice President, 3D Systems and Tyler Benster, General Partner, Asimov Ventures.

In addition, we will have 35 industry experts speaking from Autodesk, Stratasys, EOS, Arcam, Materialise, Dassault Systemes and many more. The conference will focus on the hottest topics in 3D printing including manufacturing, metal, business, investments and aerospace/automotive industry.

Inside 3D Printing will be co-located with Robo Universe, Virtual Reality Summit and International LED/OLED Expo. Expo Pass holders of Inside 3D Printing Conference & Expo can access to exhibit hall of concurrent events without extra charges

New Valence Robotics (NVBOTS) announced the launch of the Certified Material Developers Program, which will enable material, polymer, and chemistry companies to test and develop new 3D printing materials.

As a member of the Certified Material Developer Program, organizations can experiment with any material with melting temperatures up to 500 degrees celsius. In preliminary testing, NVBOTS had validated the ability for the NVPro to print numerous materials, including ABS, polycarbonate, ULTEM 1010, Carbon Fiber ULTEM, PEEK, Carbon Fiber ABS, TPU, and a wide array of metals.

The Certified Material Developer program is limited to the first 50 qualified applicants. Leveraging the Built to Share™ NVPro, which offers the first automated part ejection in the industry, member organizations will be able to rapidly iterate through testing and verifying their materials for 3D printing. The NVLabs division of NVBOTS will support program members with its expertise to help Material Developers with configuring and enabling the NVPro to test any plastic or composite material that program members want to get verified.

"We are excited at MakeShaper to be part of the NVBOTS Material Developer Program and provide certified 3D printing materials for continuous 3D printing on NVBOTS supported devices,” said Bryan Bonacum, Vice President of Sales at MakeShaper. “With over 30 years of manufacturing expertise, we look forward to providing NVBOTS' customers with the highest quality materials to give proven and repeatable results."

The NVPro is paired with NVCloud software that allows users to print parts anytime, from any cloud-connected device – while providing administrators with full control of production schedules and workflows typical in engineering and production settings. This combination of capabilities makes the NVPro uniquely suited for continuous 24-7 operation in multi-user environments, which further facilitates rapid iteration of material testing and certification.

"The NVPro is perfectly suited for materials development because of the printing throughput during the calibration and verification phases,” said Forest Sears, Materials Engineer at NVBOTS. “24/7 3D printing paired with unique 3D print IDs mean customers have more freedom with design of experiments compared to any other 3D printing solution. For example, a three-level, five variable, full factorial test is 243 printed parts without replicates -- you can only effectively manage that many parts on an NVPro. The NVBOTS Certified Material Program reflects the collaborative history of 3D printing and pushes the NVPro towards its goal of printing any material anywhere in the world."

Model Solution has built a new North American headquarters and rapid prototyping center in Silicon Valley to better support customers. Offering rapid sketch and mock-up capabilities, as well as local project management and engineering support services, the new facility strengthens Model Solution's ability to quickly meet customer requirements. With the opening of the new Silicon Valley facility and the existing global headquarters in Seoul, Korea, Model Solution now offers 24-hour global support for customers, including same-day technical support.

"The new Silicon Valley headquarters and rapid prototyping center reflects Model Solution's growth in North America, and demonstrates our continued commitment to customers. Between the Seoul Korea facility and the new facility in the United States, we now offer 24-hour service and support to shorten the design cycle and customer time-to-market," said Danny Sung, Director of Sales at Model Solution.

The new Silicon Valley facility includes highly trained engineers and project management professionals that simplify the evaluation, sketch and mock-up processes.

Model Solution's new North American facility features advanced 3D printing and CNC machining capabilities. 3D printing services combine the convenience and speed of additive manufacturing with the precision and accuracy of our experienced operators. Model Solution can quickly and efficiently produce high-resolution prototypes as well as functional products using three main printer technologies including stereolithography (SLA), fused deposition modeling (FDM), and PolyJet.

Model Solution’s rapid CNC milling and turning capabilities enable the production of the finest, most accurate visual design models, fully functioning engineering prototypes, and master patterns. The modern facility features five-axis CNC machines that speed up manufacturing and increase the accuracy of highly complex geometries while meeting tight tolerance demands.

McKinsey & Company and the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), a UI LABS collaboration, announced the launch of the North American Digital Capability Center (DCC) – a unique digital manufacturing learning center offering company leaders and their workforces hands-on experience and workshops in next generation technology to help them advance their operations, design and productivity.

“Digital manufacturing will disrupt every business in every industry, pushing leaders to reinvent their operations and retrain their workforces,” said Enno de Boer, McKinsey partner and digital manufacturing leader. “The North American Digital Capability Center joins McKinsey’s global network of 15 Model Factories, which bring together more than 15,000 leaders every year to ask and solve their businesses’ toughest questions around transformative technological change and the benefits their companies and workers can recognize from the latest digital technologies.”

The North American DCC brings McKinsey’s deep expertise in digital manufacturing, automation and business transformation to Chicago, at the crossroads of America’s manufacturing base. It aims to not only help America’s leading manufacturers adapt to new technologies but also to help the next generation grow - preparing smaller and mid-size companies to innovate, while nurturing start-ups.

The facility offers:

Digital showcases: Over time, companies will be able to explore more than 20 themes related to digital manufacturing, including showcases dedicated to digital performance management, digital standard work, predictive maintenance, and wearables and augmented reality.

Experiential capability-building workshops:
Leaders from companies of all sizes can sign up for one-day workshops designed to build awareness of digital manufacturing, and managers and their teams can take advantage of multi-day workshops to equip them with necessary skills to undertake digital transformations within their organizations.

The DCC mock line transforms in stages from a current, non-digitized line into a higher-performing, digitally driven production line of the future that includes advanced analytics, augmented reality and digital assistance for the operators. In the coming months, it will include collaborative robots (cobots) and artificial intelligence.

The DCC is digitally connected to four additional McKinsey DCCs in Singapore, Aachen (Germany), Beijing (China), and Venice (Italy). The Chicago-based McKinsey and DMDII partnership benefits from the collaboration of more than 300 manufacturers, technology companies, academic institutions and other organizations dedicated to bringing manufacturing enterprises into the 21st century.

“Access to the necessary tools and training is essential for U.S. manufacturers to benefit from the rapid technological change currently underway,” said Thomas McDermott, Executive Director of DMDII. “Housing the North American Digital Capability Center at DMDII – a neutral collaboration platform – ensures companies of all sizes can tap into the resources they need to adopt advanced manufacturing technologies and remain competitive on the global stage.”

The technologies featured at the DCCs are provided by a growing list of technology partners that bring to life the benefits of digital manufacturing through a functioning production line that makes refrigerator compressors. Microsoft, a key partner, enabled advanced analytics capabilities like Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning using Microsoft Azure along with Microsoft HoloLens and Microsoft Surface Hubs to power industrial applications such as digital performance management, predictive maintenance and mixed reality for field force. Tulip, another key partner, has created a technology ecosystem to provide digital operator assistance, analytics and feedback across the assembly line. Additional contributors include OSIsoft, Scope AR and equipment donor Bulova Technologies Machinery LLC.

The center draws upon UI LABS’ state-of-the-art facilities, a 94,000 square-foot collaboration studio and manufacturing floor with a real-world factory for experimentation and research and development. DMDII and its partners are currently engaged in more than 50 technical projects along with workforce development initiatives to prepare U.S. workers with the skills required for digital manufacturing jobs. Leaders from 50 UI LABS partner organizations are participating in trainings at the North American DCC this month alone. UI LABS also plans to engage small and medium-sized manufacturers within the DCC to ensure that organizations across the supply chain can access the tools and training needed to adopt digital manufacturing technologies.

The trade show organizer Tarsus has announced conference keynote speakers and topics for Additive Manufacturing Americas 2017, taking place on December 6-8, 2017, at the Pasadena Convention Center in California, USA. A surgical director from Mayo Clinic and technology director from NASA are among the conference program highlights.

The three-day conference is dedicated to the use of additive manufacturing (AM) in three key industry sectors, namely healthcare on day one, aerospace on day two and automotive on day three. Dr. Samir Mardini, M.D., surgical director at the Obaid Center for Reconstructive Transplant Surgery of the Mayo Clinic, and Dr. Raymond ‘Corky’ Clinton, associate director in the Technical Science and Technology Office at NASA, have been confirmed as providing the keynote addresses on days one and two, respectively.

Dr. Mardini recently led a team of nine specialists to complete a rare face transplant with the aid of 3D printing. His presentation, titled ‘Personal Approaches to Additive Manufacturing through Your Consultant’, will give visitors a unique perspective of the complexities of custom-made 3D printing for surgical procedures and the technology’s ability to help change a patient’s outcome. Dr. Mardini will also present face and hand transplant case studies.

Dr. Clinton will discuss the use of additive manufacturing in NASA’s manufacturing initiatives and how it can help optimize in-space manufacturing (ISM) as well as its use in the manufacturing of liquid rocket engine components and impact on quality standards for spaceflight hardware.

Also on day two, Mark Kasprzak, chief industrial engineer at Boeing, is presenting the role of AM as a driver of innovation, agility and efficient business models.

Natalie Tamiollo, conference manager at Additive Manufacturing Americas, commented: ‘All presentations will discuss the ways in which AM can help optimize the design to manufacturing process and, through the use of case studies, will provide information on practical use to attendees. The conference focuses on insight from manufacturers that use the technologies for specific business outcomes.’

In addition to the conference, on the show floor there will be live demonstrations of the latest machinery as well as a free-of-charge series of seminars and discussion forums that look at the use of AM and its allied ecosystem of advanced design and manufacturing technologies.

‘Many people lose sight of the fact that AM and 3D printing do not exist in isolation,’ explained Tamiollo. ‘There is an array of upstream and downstream software and hardware solutions that along with the use of AM technologies optimize the entire design and manufacturing process.'

Join us June 20th – 21st at our 2nd Annual Additive Manufacturing Symposium. Engage in insightful presentations about the latest applications from Stratasys as well as other industry leaders. Hear customer success stories first-hand from panelists themselves. Don’t miss out on this exclusive opportunity to connect and converse with the industry’s finest and learn how you can integrate advanced 3D technology into your business.

Tuesday, June 20th

9:00am – 10:00am – Coffee Networking Hour
10:00am – 10:30am – LACI Tour: Advanced Prototyping Center
10:30am – 11:30am – Presentation: George Russell, Stratasys Automotive Specialist
11:30am – 12:45pm – Lunch is Served
11:45am – 12:45am – Automotive & Aerospace Customer Panel
12:45pm – 1:45pm – Presentation: Greg Whitman, Stratasys Tooling Specialist
1:45pm – 2:15pm – LACI Tour: Advanced Prototyping Center
2:15pm – 3:15pm – Presentation: Stratasys Aerospace Specialist
3:15pm – 4:00pm – Presentation: Jonah Myerberg, Desktop Metal Co-Founder & CTO

Wednesday, June 21st

9:00am – 10:00am – Coffee Networking Hour
10:00am – 10:30am – LACI Tour: Advanced Prototyping Center
10:30am – 11:30am – Presentation: Ben Harren, Stratasys Medical Specialist
11:30am – 12:45am – Lunch is Served
11:45am – 12:45am – Medical Customer Panel
12:45pm – 1:15pm – LACI Advanced Prototyping Center Tour
1:15pm – 2:15pm – Martin Meunier, Emmy Award Winner
2:15pm – 3:15pm – Entertainment & Consumer Products Customer Panel
3:15pm – 4:00pm – Presentation: Scot Thompson, Desktop Metal Specialist

Venue

LACI – La Kretz Innovation Campus
525 S. Hewitt Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

The 6th Global Automotive Lightweight Materials Detroit Summit (GALM Detroit 2017) is the world's leading automotive lightweight materials conference. Our 6th event returns this August with more OEM case studies, materials focused presentations, interactive panel discussions and cutting edge manufacturing technologies. This year, leading OEMs such as Ford, Tata Motors, Hyundai, Volvo, GM, FCA & more will be providing design solutions, material strategies & lightweighting insights.

Three Focused Days Giving You The Following Themes & Key Presentations:

  • DAY ONE: Regulations, Sustainability Trends & Material Developments
  • DAY TWO: Advanced Manufacturing Technologies & Multi-Material Joining
  • DAY THREE: Carbon Fiber, Plastics, Advanced Composites And New Materials


Key Speakers Include:

  • Dr. Sue Hartfield-Wünsch, Technical Fellow, Body Manufacturing Engineering, General Motors
  • Steven Sherman, Fuel Economy Development Engineer, Hyundai – Kia
  • David Irvin, Group Chief Engineer - Body, Trim & Lighting Engineering, Tata Motors
  • John Uicker, Engineer, Ford
  • Saeil Jeon, Technical Lead in Materials, Volvo Group Trucks Technology
  • Venkat Aitharaju, Senior Researcher, General Motors
  • David Wagner, Technical Leader Lightweight Vehicle Design, Ford
  • Xiaoming Chen, Vehicle Design & Infotronics Department, Research and Advanced Engineering, Ford Motor Company
  • Dr. Khaled W. Shahwan, Fellow AIAA, Innovation & Advanced Development Engineering, Chrysler Technology Center, FCA US
  • Stephen Currie, Lead Engineer, Body & Closures, Tata Motors European Tech. Centre
  • Dr Venkat Aitharaju, Senior Researcher, Polymer Composites, General Motors Global Research and Development
  • Malcolm David Joynson, Chief Engineer Body Structures, Platform and Closures, Tata Motors European Technical Centre


Snapshot Of The OEM Presentations:

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: CAFE STANDARDS AND GHG STATUS REPORT
Understand How The Automotive Regulations Drive Lightweighting And Sustainability Strategies, Future Changes To The Standards And What Impact They Can Make On The Industry
Steven Sherman, Fuel Economy Development Engineer, Hyundai - Kia Technical Center

CASE STUDY: MAGNESIUM FRONT SUBFRAME
Design And Testing Of A Cast Magnesium Front Subframe
John Uicker, Engineer, Ford

CASE STUDY: COMPOSITE PROCESSING
Explore Cost-Effective Lightweight Material Development With Lower Density Reinforcement
Saeil Jeon, Technical Lead in Materials, Volvo Group Trucks Technology

DAMAGE SIMULATION WITH COMPOSITES
Review The Latest Developments In Damage Simulation With Composites To Examine Ways OEMs Can Improve Computational Prediction 
Venkat Aitharaju, Senior Researcher, General Motors

CASE STUDY: DESIGNING WITH COMPOSITES
Design Of A Carbon Fiber Composite Front Subframe
Xiaoming Chen, Technical Expert, Ford

INNOVATIVE OEM LIGHTWEIGHTING STRATEGIES
Presenting An Integrated Approach to Indian Domestic Passenger Vehicle Lightweighting
David Irvin, Group Chief Engineer - Body, Trim & Lighting Engineering, Tata Motors European Technical Centre

Register now to secure your place at the largest automotive lightweighting conference in North America to get first hand insight into the latest changes in regulations, material trends and high volume technologies to perfect your lightweighting strategy.

During a recent technology demonstration at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Dr. Rosemarie Oelrich and Dr. Cory Stephanson unveiled a new way to detect buried and submerged mines.

Oelrich, a scientist at Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Carderock's Combatant Craft Division, and Stephanson, president and chief executive officer of Broadband Discovery Systems (BDS), stared at an Android tablet showing search data from an unmanned aerial drone they had just flown. The device's screen glowed as a green fluorescent map appeared, splashed with red clusters of varying sizes and shapes.

"See that large cluster?" asked Stephanson. "That's the dummy mine we buried. The smaller blotches near it are construction rebar we found nearby. The drone detected and localized these items quickly and accurately, which would be extremely valuable in a real combat scenario."

Oelrich and Stephanson were testing the new Mine Warfare Rapid Assessment Capability (MIW RAC) system. Sponsored by the Office of Naval Research's (ONR) TechSolutions program, MIW RAC consists of a one-pound quadcopter outfitted with an ultra-sensitive magnetometer sensor system to detect mines and provide real-time search data to a handheld Android device.

"This technology will help Sailors and Marines who are approaching a beachfront to rapidly clear, or at least determine the location of, mines or other hazards that are in their way," said ONR Command Master Chief Matt Matteson. "It could potentially save a lot of lives."

MIW RAC is a portable, remote-controlled system that can detect buried or underwater mines during amphibious beach landings. It's designed to help explosive ordnance disposal teams quickly find mines and dangerous metal obstacles within coastal surf zones and very-shallow-water zones. MIW RAC would provide a new, real-time aerial complement to existing underwater mine-detection capabilities.

"Everyone wants to know where they are going and what they are about to get into," said Oelrich, who is overseeing the development of MIW RAC. "It helps to have a rapid capability to just fly something in the air and survey an area before you put troops on the ground or bring a vessel ashore."

While the quadcopter and tablet device are available commercially, the heart of MIW RAC is its proprietary magnetometer sensor suite-which has an extensive detection range and uses complex algorithms to differentiate between various types of objects.

MIW RAC originated in 2015, when the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) sent a request to ONR's TechSolutions program for a portable system that could detect potential hazards in surf zones, be easy for warfighters to use and fit diverse platforms. TechSolutions is ONR's rapid-response science and technology program that develops prototype technologies to address problems voiced by Sailors and Marines, usually within 12-18 months.

With TechSolutions guidance, NECC partnered with NSWC Carderock, Combat Direction Systems Activity Dam Neck and two commercial companies-BDS and Physical Sciences, Inc.-to develop the components of MIW RAC.

"We took our inspiration from a stationary scanning system developed by BDS," said Oelrich. "It was sensitive enough to not only detect weapons, but identify the hidden location of the object on a person and the angle in which it was oriented-a knife in a front pocket or gun turned sideways, for example.

"We flipped that concept on its head," she continued. "Instead of a stationary system detecting moving objects, we have a moving system detecting relatively stationary objects."

Later this year, TechSolutions will deliver prototype MIW RACs to NECC's Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group for further testing and evaluation. Oelrich and her team hope to see the system issued throughout the fleet next year.

SME’s Manufacturing Engineering magazine announced the appointment of Alan Rooks as editor in chief. Rooks has been with the magazine as a senior editor for the past year and replaces Jim Sawyer, who has been with SME and its media group for more than nine years, most recently as the magazine’s editor in chief.

“Alan has a wide range of experience in metalworking, particularly related to tooling and workholding coverage, which has served the magazine well since he joined,” said Dave O’Neil, vice president of Advanced Manufacturing Media, publisher of Manufacturing Engineering. “He has been a great addition to our media group, and I’m confident in his leadership and editorial expertise to take on this role as editor in chief.”

Rooks joined SME and Manufacturing Engineering as senior editor in August 2016. He has been a business journalist for the past 36 years. From 2006 to 2015, Rooks served as editorial director for “Cutting Tool Engineering” and “MICROmanufacturing” magazines. Earlier in his career, he covered the paper industry and the food industry, holding various editorial positions. Rooks has a bachelor’s degree in English and history from Allegheny College, where he graduated cum laude with honors in both majors.

Sawyer, who retired, joined Manufacturing Engineering magazine in 2008, became executive editor in 2014 and editor in chief in August 2016.

“We wish Jim well as he enters retirement. He was a valued member of the SME family and media group for nearly a decade,” O’Neil said. “Jim will continue to contribute to the team, including as a host of our growing podcasts and webinar platforms.”

Tulip, the developer of the Manufacturing App Platform, announced $13 million in Series A financing. New Enterprise Associates (NEA) led the round with participation from Pitango Venture Capital and many returning angel investors. Tulip will use the capital to grow its world-class product, design, and research teams, while expanding its customer support capabilities in response to significant customer growth.

While automation and robotics in factory floors continue to grow, the manufacturing workforce is increasingly left behind, using paper-based processes and legacy siloed technology. Manufacturers therefore seek intuitive, self-service digital tools that will drive the next wave of workforce productivity.

Tulip, a spinout from MIT, developed the Manufacturing App Platform to address these needs. The platform brings the power of industrial IoT and advanced analytics to the front-line engineer and operator on the shop floor through self-service apps that allow them to:

  • Create digital manufacturing apps that integrate operator, sensor and machine data.
  • Connect tools, machines, sensors and backend IT systems with industrial IoT.
  • Analyze and visualize production with real-time analytics to implement changes and continuously improve.


Global manufacturers rely on Tulip’s platform to create IoT-enabled apps for a variety of use cases including interactive work instructions, automatic data collection, quality control, audits, machine monitoring, and training. An analysis by Deloitte examining the impact of Tulip at Jabil, a leading global contract manufacturer, found that ​production yield increased by more than 10 percent, and manual assembly quality issues were reduced by 60 percent in the initial four weeks of operation. Other customers have seen over 10 percent increases in yield, and in some cases up to 90 percent reduction in new operators’ training times.

“Our customers realize that modern, people-centric digital tools are key to powering digital transformation in manufacturing and increasing workforce productivity,” said Natan Linder, Tulip’s CEO and co-founder. “We couldn’t have asked for better partners to help accelerate our lead in this exciting marketplace. NEA and Pitango share our vision and drive to revolutionize the manufacturing software market and have unparalleled experience nurturing enterprise software market leaders. We’re excited to keep building, innovating and giving customers the tools they need to transform their manufacturing operations.”

“Tulip is tapping an immense opportunity to disrupt the massive manufacturing software industry,” said Dayna Grayson, Partner at NEA. “We’re thrilled to be partnered with the amazing team at Tulip. We were impressed by Tulip’s track record of attracting some of the world’s largest manufacturers as customers, as well as its deep technology leadership.”

Laurent Vernerey, ​Former CEO North America Operations at Schneider Electric, will join Tulip’s board of directors. “Tulip’s Manufacturing App Platform is the next step in the evolution of manufacturing software,” said Laurent. “IoT-enabled self-service apps allow manufacturers to empower their hands-on workforce with digital workflows for lower production cost, higher yield and fewer defects."

On July 18-19, 2017 Defense Strategies Institute will bring together personnel from DoD, Military Services, Federal Agencies, Academia, and Industry at the Advanced Materials for Defense Summit. This summit will provide a forum to address and improve internal and external initiatives, meet with and hear from partner organizations, disseminate vital capability requirements to industry, increase visibility within the larger community, and generally support their mission.

Discussions will revolve around this year’s theme of “Leveraging Advanced Materials and Processes to Strengthen America's Defense."

Speaker Sessions Will Include:

  • Lieutenant General John B. Cooper, USAF, Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection, Headquarters U.S. Air Force to provide keynote remarks on the developing engineering and manufacturing capabilities to support Global Logistics Operations.
  • BG PottsBG Anthony Potts, USA, Deputy Commanding General, RDECOM will provide perspective on enabling command through the development & delivery of advanced materials and 3D printing processes.
  • Dr. John G. (Jerry) McGinn, Acting DASD, Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy, OUSD AT&L to discuss the efforts closing gaps in manufacturing capabilities for affordable sustainment of Defense Systems.
  • Gregory Kilchenstein, Director, Enterprise Maintenance Technology, ODASD Maintenance Policy and Programs will speak on Maintenance Policy and Program's efforts to utilize advanced materials and manufacturing processes to overcome key logistics supply chain challenges.
  • Dr. Mark VanLandingham, Division Chief, Materials and Manufacturing Science, U.S. Army Research Laboratory will describe the efforts to enhance the structural efficiency and systems performance of advanced platform structures through utilization of advanced materials.
  • Michael Silver, CEO, American Elements to discuss advanced materials' challenges to the defense industry supply chain in the 21st century.


We welcome any questions that those interested may like to have posed during the panel discussion: questions should align with the topics of the sessions.

Additional Key Topics for This Year's Summit

  • Materials Processes for Increased Platform Survivability and Life Extension
  • Increasing Affordability of Military Equipment through Adoption of Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Processes
  • Materials Development for Use in Extreme Environments
  • Developing Civil Engineering Capabilities for Enhanced Force Protection and Sustainment
  • Leveraging Advanced Materials to Meet the Size, Weight, and Power Needed Without Sacrificing Performance
  • Integrating Materials Development Methodology Guided by Platform-Level Design Intent
  • Advancing ICME Capabilities for Accelerated Material Discovery and Development
  • Developing Best Practices in the Management of Materials Data

Registration is now open for TCT Show 2017, one of the world’s leading events focused on 3D manufacturing technologies. In its 22nd year, TCT Show continues to deliver business-critical insights on 3D printing, additive manufacturing, CAD/CAE, metrology and inspection as well as conventional manufacturing processes such as moulding, casting and CNC machining.

This year, visitors will benefit not only from the opportunity to connect with almost 300 exhibiting companies, displaying the most innovative and dynamic technologies and services available on the market, but also from ground-breaking product launches, exciting demonstrations and enthralling presentations from a world-class speaker line up.

The conference and seminar track has grown exponentially. Now taking place across three dedicated stages split into key themes, the conference programme will deliver relevant, inspirational content on exciting new stages. The enhancement of the free-to-attend conference and seminar programme at TCT Show presents more than ever in terms of quality, inspiration, innovation and education.

The Main Stage

A celebration of inspiration and innovation in product development, engineering and manufacturing. Tracking ahead of the mainstream, the Main Stage conference presents applications and insights from some of the world’s best companies and speakers.

The Tech Stage

A varied line up of presentations, workshops and training. Get to grips with the fundamentals of AM with Graham Tromans, evaluate a full reverse engineering work flow or ensure you're up to speed with the latest Health & Safety regulations.

The Product Stage

With almost 300 exhibitors, it can be time consuming to get the latest information from them all - that's why TCT Show offers the Product Stage to all visitors: take a seat and let the exhibitors bring you the information on their latest hardware, software, materials and services.

In addition to the conference and seminar programme, visitors to TCT Show will be educated and entertained throughout the three-day event with exciting show floor features including Inspex which focuses on inspection and metrology technologies, and TCT Inspired Minds – a unique educational experience that will see over 300 schoolchildren get hands-on with 3D technologies.

The Start Up Zone will be back for 2017, giving visitors the opportunity to see the ‘next big thing’ before it hits the mainstream. Participants will also be found on the Tech Stage, pitching their products and ideas for the chance to win the Start Up Award!

TCT Show will take place in Hall 3 of the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham, UK, from September 26-28 , 2017.

Autodesk Netfabb industrial additive software has added support for Sinterit Lisa, an affordable selective laser sintering (SLS) printer. With a new sieve and automated operation, SLS quality printing has become easier than ever.

Autodesk is continuously seeking new ways to reduce costs and facilitate additive manufacturing. Sinterit, a company established by former Google employees, pursues a similar aim. Their mission is to manufacture as user-friendly as possible professional SLS printers. By integrating the Sinterit Lisa printer with Autodesk Netfabb industrial additive software, the users of this popular design solution can start using their new printer almost immediately without needing to learn how to use another piece of software. Lisa can be operated using Netfabb in the Standard, Premium or Ultimate levels. This allows the working environment settings to be adjusted immediately in Netfabb to the needs of a specific 3D printer, considering, for example, how much material it uses or how it produces models.

To make SLS printing even easier, Sinterit has just added a sieve developed for Lisa that increases the speed of removing powder and facilitates multiple uses of the material. Additionally, printer users have recently received other new features: automatic levelling of the powder surface, automatic setting of the bed heights, and the possibility to multiply prints in the working space. Equipped with all existing and new features, Sinterit Lisa provides an easy end-to-end solution for SLS printing.

The production of very detailed and solid models without the need to print any supports is a significant advantage of selective laser sintering. Additionally, many objects can be printed simultaneously. Until recently, the only SLS printers available on the market cost around €100,000. Sinterit Lisa costs less than €15,000 and fits on a desktop. With the combination of compact size and user-friendliness, Sinterit has made SLS printing available to these companies that have been using FMD technology so far or which have outsourced the preparation of 3D prints.

“The SLS process provides design freedom and material options that enable high quality, end-use parts not possible with other additive, or traditional manufacturing techniques and Sinterit is democratizing access to this technology with a massive reduction in price without compromising on part quality,” said Duann Scott, Additive Manufacturing and Composites Strategist at Autodesk. “Autodesk Netfabb gives Sinterit users access to industrial grade optimization for the SLS process, at the part, build packing and parameter level to ensure professional results from the desktop SLS 3D Printer. This combination of affordable, professional software and hardware will open up the use cases for polymer additive manufacturing.”

Hexcel Corporation announced that it has entered into exclusive negotiations to acquire all of the shares of Structil SA, a French producer and supplier of high-performance composites to the aerospace, defense and industrial markets.

The proposed transaction is subject to review by relevant employee representative bodies and approval from the applicable French authorities. Assuming those reviews and approvals are successfully completed, the acquisition is expected to close in 2017.

Structil is a joint venture between Safran Ceramics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Safran, and Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation. The company employs approximately 70 people at a 68,000-square-foot production plant on a seven-acre site in Vert-le-Petit, France, about 25 miles south of Paris. Structil's 2016 sales were approximately $21 million. The company’s product lines include prepregs, structural adhesives and pultruded profiles used in engine nacelles, aerospace interiors, military jets and more.

Safran Ceramics CEO Gerard Frut said, “The project proposed by Hexcel would make Structil an integral part of the strategy applied by a global leader in advanced composites, with solid experience in production, widely recognized by its customers, especially in France, where it invests regularly. It offers an excellent technological and industrial fit with Structil, which will immediately benefit from the new environment offered by Hexcel to catalyze its development.”

Hexcel’s Chairman, CEO and President, Nick Stanage, said, “By combining Structil’s advanced composites product portfolio of prepregs, adhesives and pultrusions with ours, this acquisition would further enhance our product offerings to our customers in aerospace and industrial, providing an expanded choice of advanced composite solutions. The integration of the Structil team would also further strengthen our development capability and technologies for next generation aerospace and industrial applications. Hexcel is a Safran First Circle supplier, and this project will further reinforce our strong 30-year-long partnership.”

CIMdata, Inc. announced an upcoming free educational webinar, "Rip & Replace or Embrace & Extend to enable a PLM Platform." The webinar will take place on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. (EDT) and will last for one hour.

As the platform concept becomes better understood, companies need to assess how well their current PLM solution can meet their needs into the future. The platform model promises a better way to provide capabilities that can be configured into solutions and reconfigured as requirements change. Master Data Management (MDM) will be used as an example of leveraging a PLM platform. CIMdata has undertaken research into assessing the long-term viability of PLM solutions and product innovation platforms. Sample results will be presented to show examples of how sustainability measurements can be made. Once the sustainability of current state is quantified, the decision as to whether the current solution must be ripped and replaced or if it can be embraced and extended can be made.

According to CIMdata's Practice Manager for PLM Enterprise Value & Integration, Tom Gill, "The migration to a product innovation platform offers a path to more effective PLM but making the right choices requires a good strategy for assessing current solutions to identify gaps, gaining approval to move forward, and successfully deploying the next generation platform."

This webinar will provide attendees with a successful strategy that will ease the pain of replacing or updating PLM solutions, which is usually significant in terms of both cost and effort. A series of interesting tactics will also be reviewed.

The webinar will be useful to PLM sponsors, PLM program managers and directors, enterprise architects, IT architects, MDM and other lifecycle data management process owners, IT operations staff, and anyone wanting to learn more about enabling a PLM platform. During the webinar attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions about the topics discussed.

Seco Tools, a global provider of metalcutting solutions for milling, turning, holemaking and toolholding, has launched its new global website. The new site will help customers boost output and navigate complex metalworking processes with access to robust product and technical information, best-in-the-industry resources and support – all in one centralized online location.

“At Seco, we understand that in today’s competitive marketplace, manufacturers need fast and reliable solutions to their complex metalworking challenges,” said Lars Bergstrom, CEO of Seco Tools. “The new secotools.com makes it easier for our customers to find the products and support they need to increase productivity.”

Flexible and adaptive, the site’s design allows for an optimal viewing experience across a wide range of devices, including desktop computers, laptops, smartphones and tablets. The site features an efficient search engine and navigation that allows users to quickly and easily find what they need any time day or night. The enhanced search functionality lets customers quickly obtain tools and cutting strategies tailored to meet their specific manufacturing applications and challenges.

Among the site’s many powerful new features is Suggest, an advanced online product selection tool that guides manufacturers to the right metalcutting solutions. Based on user input, Suggest quickly identifies and provides users with a complete tooling recommendation.

Users can increase productivity with quick access to real-time product and warehouse availability information. They can also use the distributor locator to find an authorized source to order Seco products.

Triton 3D, a supplier of OEM-compatible 3D printing materials, has just launched an online platform through which customers can purchase low-cost alternatives to various Stratasys 3D printing materials, such as Ultem™ PEI, Polycarbonate, and ABS. Triton 3D is also aiming to expand the range of Stratasys-compatible materials by offering value-added grades that can be used with existing Stratasys chip settings.

Founded by Matt Howlett, Triton 3D is seeking to make high-performance 3D printing materials more accessible to the 3D printing community by offering lower-cost options. As part of this effort, the company has launched a series of materials compatible with Stratasys’ Fortus and Dimension 3D printers. The 3D printing filaments, which include Ultem™ 9085 and Ultem™ 1010, are also each equipped with a corresponding EEPROM chip, which enables them to be read by the Stratasys 3D printing systems.

In terms of cost saving, Triton 3D clients will have the opportunity to save as much as 25%. The more reasonable costs will ultimately allow for the 3D printing materials to be used in a broader array of applications, thereby growing the overall market for the materials.

In addition to offering lower-cost material options for Stratasys 3D printer users, Triton 3D also provides value-add materials and expanded options which go beyond what Stratasys offers its customer base. For instance, Triton 3D’s ESD-Polycarbonate, a high-temperature resistant material (147°C Tg) with excellent mechanical properties and an ESD-safe surface resistance of  107, was specially formulated to work on standard PC settings, a feature which Stratasys has not yet offered.

Similarly, Triton 3D has used its team’s expertise in specialty formulations and custom compounding to develop a number of specialty formulations of ABS filament. These formulations, which include ESD-ABS and Carbon Fiber ABS, have been adapted to work on standard M30, P430, and P400 settings. Clients will see these ABS formulations released soon.

As of today, Triton 3D’s material offering for Stratasys’ Fortus® 360/400/900mc systems includes:

  • Ultem 9085 model and support
  • Ultem 1010 model
  • Polycarbonate (black/white)
  • PC/ABS (black/white)


Upcoming 3D printing materials include:

  • ESD-PC (available June 1)
  • ESD-ABS (available June 1)
  • CF-ABS (available July 1)
  • ASA (available July 1)
  • Transparent ABS (available July 1)
  • ABS (available August 1)


All of Triton 3D’s printing materials are made in the USA and are shipped internationally. Materials, reels, and chips are 100% guaranteed to be compatible with their corresponding Stratasys systems.

The American Mold Builders Association (AMBA), Indianapolis, IN, proudly presented Joseph Genc, Jr., Graphic Tool Corporation, Itasca, IL, with the 2017 Mold Builder of the Year Award and Westminster Tool, Inc., Plainfield, CT, with the Tooling Trailblazer of the Year Award during the AMBA's Annual Conference, May 10-12, 2017, in Cleveland, Ohio. The awards, sponsored by Progressive Components, include a $5,000 endowment to each for continuing education in moldmaking, to be presented to the educational institution of the recipient's choice.

During the awards ceremony, Joseph Genc was recognized as a true industry advocate who has dedicated his life-long career in mold building to the education of others and to the advancement of the industry at large. Working with both the AMBA and TMA in creating curriculum, Genc was instrumental in guiding apprentices towards success, and his teaching methodologies are still in use today. Genc’ career in mold building started soon after high school in his father’s tool operation - Actron Tool Company. Upon closing Actron in the late 1990s, Genc worked with a number of leading mold manufacturing operations, including PM Mold, REXAM Mold Manufacturing and finally, Graphic Tool Corp., where he continues today to work as a program manager. Throughout his career, Genc remained steadfast in his passion for teaching apprentices, building curriculum and sharing knowledge with industry peers.

Westminster Tool, Inc., was awarded with the new AMBA Tooling Trailblazer of the Year Award, established to recognize AMBA member accomplishments that have resulted in a notable impact in the area of education. Westminster was recognized for its multi-faceted recruitment efforts, targeting middle school, high school and college students, as well as displaced workers. Programs cited include Westminster Tool Shadow Program, Annual Open House, High School “Mock Interview” Events, “Learn-While-You-Earn” Scholarship Sponsorship, Legislation Advocacy, EAMA Annual Video Challenge, Connecticut Early College Opportunity and more!

Granta Design announced that the JAHM Curve Data, an extensive dataset of temperature-dependent material properties, is now available within the GRANTA MI™ and CES Selector™ software. A key application for this data is to provide reliable inputs for simulation.

Under an agreement with JAHM Software, Inc. Granta users gain access to data covering more than 2,900 materials (including metals, plastics, and ceramics), with 24,000 sets of temperature-dependent data for elastic modulus, thermal expansion, thermal conductivity, S-N fatigue curves, stress-strain curves, and more. Now this data is fully released within the industry-leading GRANTA MI™ materials information management system. Companies use GRANTA MI to create a single, easily-accessible, traceable ‘gold source’ for all of their corporate materials information. This includes both proprietary intellectual property, such as simulation models derived from their test data, and data from Granta’s library of trusted reference sources. Users can access all of the data they need in one place, including from directly within Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) software via MI:Materials Gateway.

Version 5 of MI:Materials Gateway debuts a new architecture that provides a fast, intuitive user experience, with instant app start-up to enable extremely fast browsing and filtering of the materials in your company database. Designers and analysts launch the app within their chosen CAE environments and use it to find the right materials data, fast, and error-free, with guaranteed consistency and traceability. With this latest version, users can quickly review full material properties for a chosen material while still in the CAE environment, using new in-app datasheets. Version 5 also provides improved support for centralized deployment, enabling easier distribution and update of the app across design and simulation teams.

Dr Sarah Egan, Product Manager for Granta’s Data Products, said: “The ideal data for simulation comes from fully-tested, statistically-analyzed materials characterization. But that type of data is not always available, particularly in early-stage design when some initial design data may be required prior to investing in a full material testing program. So it is important to use high-quality reference data. The new JAHM Curve Data provides this for a wide range of materials and is an exciting addition to our materials reference collection.”

The JAHM Curve Data can also be accessed using CES Selector. This desktop PC software provides a method for engineers to access the data and export for use in simulations where their organizations have not yet implemented a GRANTA MI system. It also enables JAHM Curve Data to be included in materials selection studies—for example, where the engineer may wish to narrow down the choice of material for an application to those for which good simulation input data exists.

UNITED GRINDING North America, Inc. announced that on July 1st, 2017, its Fredericksburg, Virginia, office will close and operations currently there will move to Miamisburg, Ohio. This strategic consolidation will further solidify the company’s aggressive initiative for continued success and growth in North America.

“This tactical move is part of an overall strategy designed with the customer at the forefront,” said Theodore Neckel, director of corporate marketing for UNITED GRINDING North America. “We pay very close attention to the voice of our customers, and they’ve expressed a need for a faster response time and complete turnkey, life-cycle solutions. With all our operations under one roof, we will streamline our services and enhance the UNITED GRINDING business experience for our customers.”

Currently, United Grinding has two locations, its headquarters in Miamisburg and the other in Fredericksburg, Virginia. While the Ohio facility houses surface, cylindrical and profile grinding business units, the Virginia facility serves the tool and cutter grinding machines and measurement systems sectors. Field service representatives are based out of both locations.

UNITED GRINDING’s North American market has grown substantially over the last 15 years, and the strategic outlook for the foreseeable future encompasses even more significant growth, including the construction of a new headquarters in Miamisburg. Many of UNITED GRINDING North America’s Fredericksburg-based staff will relocate to Ohio, work from home offices or be deployed geographically closer to customers. 

According to Stephan Nell, CEO of UNITED GRINDING Group AG, the decision to build a new facility that houses both Fredericksburg and Miamisburg locations was easy. “Our customers will see enhanced customer-centric activities, but also a boost in operational agility,” said Nell. “We will expand parts, rebuild and retrofit, automation and preventive maintenance offerings in the North American market. All of which further strengthens UNITED GRINDING Group’s standing as the industry’s leading total solutions provider.”

“The consolidation of resources also further increases efficiency company wide along with support synergy across UNITED GRINDING’s various product lines,” said Rodger Pinney, CEO and vice chairman of the board of directors at UNITED GRINDING North America. “The move is a key component of our new corporate strategy of sustained growth and market share strength we first introduced in 2012.”

The new UNITED GRINDING 110,000-square-foot facility will reside on approximately 15 acres of land near Ohio Interstate 75 and the rapidly expanding Austin Landing area of Miamisburg. The completion date is scheduled for September 1st, 2017.

During the interim time of the Fredericksburg office closing and the new facility opening, the current Miamisburg location will house all office employees. In addition to UNITED GRINDING’s current 100 employees that will move to the new headquarters, the company plans to open up 40 more jobs in the next five years.

Be a part of the phenomenal customer experience on November 3rd, when UNITED GRINDING welcomes you to the Grand Opening of its new home located about a mile from the company’s current location.

As of July 1st, all phone calls, e-mail, and mail will be forwarded from Fredericksburg to the Miamisburg location.

During the past ten years, the specially equipped truck of the French training and further education institute “Destination Plasturgie” has extended its tours into Belgium each spring. The initiative for this campaign came from Simon Bemong, who heads Arburg's subsidiary in Belgium. The objective is to promote plastics processing among interested students and to recruit them for jobs at plastics processing companies.

An interesting side effect of “Truck on Tour” is that the future professionals come into contact with Arburg through its corporate presentation and plastics processing technology in the exhibition truck. Simon Bemong, Managing Director of Arburg Belgium explains:

“The truck provides enough space for a small exhibition stand at which we can present Arburg and our technology. An electric Allrounder 370 A is used to present injection moulding 'live', as well as the extrusion and thermoforming processes. The event is further enhanced trough presentations on the topic of plastics held by representatives of industry institutions or plastics processing companies.”

Each year, the truck visits five destinations within one week. The students are divided into groups of about 15 participants on average, which adds up to around 60 visitors in the morning and 60 more during the afternoon. Each year, “Truck on Tour” therefore informs some 600 interested parties about the plastics industry and Arburg.

The state-run Belgian industry association PlastIQ, which includes members of companies and trade unions, is now also participating in these activities as a supporting institution. It ensures a high level of participation as well as providing top-class presentations. After ten years, the event is known in the industry nationwide and is always well attended.

Simon Bemong comments: “This unique campaign has become popular among all of the target groups. The customers see that 'Arburg is doing something for plastics and education' and school and university students associate our company with plastics processing from the outset.”

Each year, the articulated truck tours covers some 40,000 kilometres during the plastics campaign alone. In order for the exhibited Allrounder injection moulding machine to also produce “live”, the vehicle is equipped with the necessary connections and can be operated autonomously. The “Truck on Tour” travels 650 kilometres just to get to Arburg's selected event locations.

OPTIS unveiled HIM 2017, Human Ergonomic Evaluation, powered by NVIDIA® Quadro® GPUs and NVIDIA VRWorks™ to deliver accurate and realistic 3D virtual prototyping.

One important challenge when replacing a physical prototype with a digital model is to ensure the digital model mirrors the real world. OPTIS answers this challenge with a physical simulation approach that achieves industry expectations of accuracy. HIM software brings the virtual prototype to unmatched level of realism. For the first time, three human perceptive senses – sight, hearing, touch, through haptic feedback - are combined to immerse professionals in their design or training platform with a lifelike experience. 

Quadro GPUs provide the reliability and performance HIM software requires to experience 3D virtual prototypes immediately in scale, with a high level of realism. HIM also allows a full body motion capture to evaluate interaction between end-users and future products. HIM includes collision detection based on NVIDIA PhysX®, a key component of the NVIDIA VRWorks SDK. High-fidelity sound restitution using VRWorks’ VR Audio to fully simulate how sound propagates, combined with the audio material definition expertise of OPTIS Genesis, market reference for audio simulation in aerospace and car industry, provides for an entirely realistic VR immersion.

HIM facilitates an interactive decision-making for globally distributed teams using virtual prototypes, enabling all stakeholders across design, production and maintenance to be involved earlier in the product development process, reducing communication barriers. Design decisions are easier and faster to make thanks to a collaborative VR environment. For every new product that is designed manufacturers can use HIM to model the production and assembly line in virtual reality and study any gesture to be performed both by humans and robots, in view to maximize the safety and comfort of operators when building the product. Industrial players can now test and correct assembly errors related to robotics early, and safely operating maintenance on their machines.

"Soon, robots will gain ground in the design process and in industrial manufacturing in general. OPTIS' solutions facilitate the upstream work, the use of the virtual reality favoring human-machine interactions." says Jacques Delacour, CEO and founder of OPTIS.

CIMdata, Inc. announced that Dr. Andreas Vlahinos, Principal at Advanced Engineering Solutions, will make a keynote presentation at the upcoming Product & Manufacturing Innovation Driven by Digital Design & Simulation Workshop. The workshop will take place at the UI LABS Innovation Center, home to DMDII, in Chicago, Illinois, on June 6 and 7.

In his presentation, Computer-Aided Innovation Tools, Dr. Vlahinos will describe and demonstrate a practical set of computer-aided innovation tools that assist engineers and manufacturers in increasing their innovation skills.

These include:

  • Tools that use the "Theory of Inventive Problem Solving" (TRIZ) to generate innovative ideas for the most difficult engineering and manufacturing challenges.
  • A Mechanism Synthesis tool, that generates, in seconds, several concept mechanisms that follow a given path while its supports remain within a given domain.
  • Interactive Multi-Physics Topology Optimization tools that generate the optimum topology/shape of a component for a given structural, thermal, or fluid requirement.
  • Tools that generate Programmable Materials (meta-materials with predefined properties).


CIMdata's Product & Manufacturing Innovation Driven by Digital Design & Simulation workshop, is the must-attend event for industrial organizations and product development solution providers interested in learning about model-driven engineering strategies and solutions that will enable on-going product and manufacturing innovation to create competitive advantage, minimize total lifecycle costs, and drive top line revenue growth. It will provide attendees with independent experiences from industrial companies and a collaborative networking environment where ideas, trends, experiences, and critical relationships germinate and take root.

CIMdata's thought-leadership team of Don Tolle, Dr. Keith Meintjes, Dr. Ken Versprille, Dr. Suna Polat, and Frank Popielas, will be on hand to facilitate the workshop and associated discussions.

Dr. Vlahinos has been instrumental in rapid product development through the implementation of CAE and DFSS for several Government agencies and industry partners. He received his Ph.D. from Georgia Institute of Technology. He has been Professor at the University of Colorado and has received the Professor of the Year and R&D 100 awards. He is regularly invited as to make keynote presentations at international conferences on a variety of subjects including innovation, rapid new product development, DFSS, and IoT.

Learning how to walk is difficult for toddlers to master; it’s even harder for adults who are recovering from a stroke, traumatic brain injury, or other condition, requiring months of intensive, often frustrating physical therapy. With the recent boom of the robotic exoskeleton industry, more and more patients are being strapped into machines that apply forces to their legs as they walk, gently prodding them to modify their movements by lengthening their strides, straightening their hips, and bending their knees. But, are all patients benefiting from this kind of treatment? A group of scientists led by Paolo Bonato, Ph.D., Associate Faculty member at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and Director of the Motion Analysis Laboratory at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, has discovered a crucial caveat for rehabilitative exoskeletons: humans whose lower limbs are fastened to a typical clinical robot only modify their gait if the forces the robot applies threaten their walking stability.

In a study published in the newest issue of Science Robotics, the researchers measured how test subjects’ gait changed in response to forces applied by a robotic exoskeleton as they walked on a treadmill. To the team’s surprise, the walkers adjusted their stride in response to a change in the length, but not the height, of their step, even when step height and length were disturbed at the same time. The scientists believe that this discrepancy can be explained by the central nervous system (CNS)’s primary reliance on stability when determining how to adjust to a disruption in normal walking. “Lifting your foot higher mid-stride doesn’t really make you that much less stable, whereas placing your foot closer or further away from your center of mass can really throw off your balance, so the body adjusts much more readily to that disturbance,” says Giacomo Severini, Ph.D., one of the three first authors of the paper, who is now an Assistant Professor at University College Dublin.

In fact, the brain is so willing to adapt to instability that it will expend a significant amount of the body’s energy to do so, most likely because the consequences of wobbly walking can be severe: a broken ankle, torn ligaments, or even a fall from a height. However, this prioritization of stability means that other aspects of walking, like the height of the foot off the ground or the angle of the toes, may require treatment beyond walking in a clinical exoskeleton. “To modify step height, for example, you’d need to design forces so that the change in height, which the brain normally interprets as neutral, becomes challenging to the patient’s balance,” says Severini. Most robots used in clinical settings today do not allow for that kind of customization.

The brain appears to create an internal model of the body’s movement based on the environment and its normal gait, and effectively predicts each step. When reality differs from that model (i.e., when a force is applied), the brain adjusts the body’s step length accordingly to compensate until the force is removed and the body recalibrates to the mental model. “The results of our study give us insight into the way people adapt to external forces while walking in general, which is useful for clinicians when evaluating whether their patients will respond to clinical robot interventions,” says Bonato, who is also an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School (HMS).

“The results of this research are very important from a clinical point of view,” agrees Ross Zafonte, D.O., Chairperson of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at HMS and Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs Research and Education at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. “It is thanks to advances in our understanding of the interactions between robots and patients, such as the ones investigated in this study, that we can design effective robot-assisted gait therapy.”

“As the human population ages, robotics is playing an increasing role in their care and treatment,” says Donald Ingber, M.D., Ph.D., Founding Director of the Wyss Institute, who is also the Judah Folkman Professor of Vascular Biology at HMS and Boston Children’s Hospital, and Professor of Bioengineering at Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). “Studying how the human body interacts with robots can not only teach us how to build better clinical rehabilitation machines, but also how our own human bodies work.”

The study was co-authored by two of Severini’s colleagues in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at HMS: Iahn Cajigas, M.D., Ph. D., who is now a Neurological Surgery resident at the University of Miami, and Alexander Koenig, Ph.D., who is now the CEO of ReActive Robotics. Maurice Smith, M.D., Ph.D., the Gordon McKay Professor of Bioengineering at SEAS, also co-supervised the research.

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