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BCN3D Technologies, the worldly renowned Open Source 3D printer manufacturer, announced the appointment of Xavier M. Faneca as their new CEO. Xavi M. Faneca will assume responsibilities on February 1st and will succeed Roger Uceda, who will lead the 3D printing technological development and research at the CIM Technological Center, the innovation institute where BCN3D was born.

As one of the co-founders and COO together with a large expertise in the 3D printing and business development field, Xavi M. Faneca has been leading all BCN3D operations and design teams. This has allowed BCN3D to bring the IDEX technology and revolutionary products like the BCN3D Sigma and Sigmax to the market.

Xavi M. Faneca says, “Roger and I started the project and we have been working together since 2011, seeing the project growth and consolidation. Now, it is a huge honor to take the lead at BCN3D and I am confident to say that our team is ready to take advantage of the new market opportunities. I can feel the thrill of making BCN3D even bigger with new technology and products for our customers.”

On the other hand, Roger Uceda will be supporting BCN3D technological development strategy in a long term vision and guaranteeing the successful continuity of the project in order to keep up positioning BCN3D as one of the top 3D printer manufacturers in the next years to come.

“From my part, I am personally really proud from what the team has achieved so far and really excited for the challenges we have ahead of us. We have raised a company from scratch becoming one of the top 3D printer manufacturers in the industry” says Roger Uceda.

The new organizational chart will allow BCN3D to take profit of the new 3D printing processes carried out by the R&D team at the CIM-UPC, creating synergies that will crystallize in future equipments aiming to disrupt the 3D Printing Industry.

Polaroid announced the launch of four new 3D printers for the US and Canadian markets. The new easy-to-use consumer 3D printers make the latest 3D printing technology accessible to anyone looking to add a printer to their home, classroom or office.

“At Polaroid, we have an 80-year history of not only making the latest technology accessible to the everyday consumer, but also providing users with products that allow them to express their creativity,” said Scott W. Hardy, President and CEO of Polaroid. “Our newest 3D printer models are the perfect example of this. We’re proud to offer the latest in 3D printing technology to give users a new way to express themselves at a price point that puts the technology within reach for use in any home, school or business.”

The four models in the Polaroid 3D range boast a compact, sleek design and are ideal for anyone looking to easily print models, parts, artwork and more.

  • Polaroid Nano Duo 3D Printer - The Polaroid Nano Duo 3D printer features dual-head printing, enabling users to print two colors simultaneously for colorful, lively projects. The printer can be easily controlled via the on-board LCD panel or remotely controlled using Wi-Fi and a dedicated smartphone app. The app also allows users to monitor the progress of their prints using the Polaroid Nano Duo printer’s built-in camera and provides access to cloud storage for designs. The printer measures at 17.7”x 14.1”x 22” with a print area of 11.8”x 8.8”x 12.6”, enabling users to easily create large items.  Users can create projects using a variety of materials and colors since the Polaroid Nano Duo is compatible with a wide range of filament types including ABS, wood, TPU, metal and PLA 1.75mm filament. The Polaroid Nano Duo 3D printer will be available in April in charcoal grey at an MSRP of $1849.
  • Polaroid Nano Mini 3D Printer - The Polaroid Nano Mini 3D printer is a plug-and-play option perfect for anyone looking to quickly get started printing projects—no 3D printing experience is required. The easy one-button push control and ultra-quiet motor make it an ideal printer for the home or classroom. The printer’s lightweight and compact design (7.4”x 7.4” x 7.8”) allow for easy storage and portability. The Polaroid Nano Mini printer boasts a 3.1”x 3.1” x 3.5” printing bed and is compatible with PLA 1.75mm filament. The Polaroid Nano Mini 3D printer will be available in April in white at an MSRP of $349.
  • Polaroid Nano Glide 3D Printer - While the Polaroid Nano Glide printer features a small footprint (10.2”x 9.8” x 10.2”), it has the ability to produce large projects thanks to the printer’s 4.7”x 4.7” x4.7” sliding print bed. The printer’s filament smart sensor informs users when a refill of PLA 1.75mm filament is required, which is especially useful with larger projects. The printer also features child safety doors, making it ideal for use at home or in the classroom. The Polaroid Nano Glide 3D printer will be available in April in white at an MSRP of $479.
  • Polaroid Nano+ 3D Printer - The Polaroid Nano+ 3D printer features the latest in FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) technology, resulting in faster, more accurate and stable prints. The easy-to-use printer can be controlled via the on-board LCD tray or remotely controlled using Wi-Fi and a dedicated smartphone app. The printer measures in at 11”x 11” x 11” with a printing area of 4.7”x 4.7” x 4.7”. The printer’s filament smart sensor informs users when a refill of PLA 1.75mm filament is required, and the child safety doors offer added security for younger users. The Polaroid Nano+ 3D printer will be available in March in black at an MSRP of $549.

The U.S. and Canadian Polaroid range of 3D printers is offered by Coretech Printer Group Co. Ltd., an authorized Polaroid licensee. Polaroid 3D printer models will be available at retail outlets starting this spring at an expected MSRP between $349-1849.

Inside 3D Printing is back in Düsseldorf from February 21-22, 2018. With thousands of visitors Inside 3D Printing has become one of the leading B2B conferences for 3D printing and additive manufacturing. Two days of packed programs and three conference tracks with more than 50 sessions ensure maximum knowledge transfer and networking.

The media hype has made 3D printing an omnipresent theme. Inside 3D Printing however makes additive manufacturing the center of attention and focuses on the latest commercial innovations, today’s enormous efforts in research, the development of technologies and equipment, as well as the application and integration into a complete product realization process. All stakeholders of additive manufacturing are addressed by Inside 3D Printing.

One highlight for this year’s program is the Keynote with Dr. Phil Reeves from Stratasys – 3D Printing – A global Perspective to Business Adoption and Value Creation.

In this keynote, Dr. Reeves will discuss how 3D printing is being used globally by companies to drive both top-line sales growth and to drive bottom-line business profitability. He will discuss the business drivers to 3D printing adoption, including low volume supply chain realignment, design optimization and increased functionality, resource efficiency manufacturing and product personalization.

Another highlight is the Keynote with Prof. Thierry Rayna from École Polytechnique – Beyond the Hype: How to Make 3D Printing Mainstream?

3D printing/Additive Manufacturing has been so hyped the past few years that it would be easy to forget that it is a 30-year old set of technologies—barely 10 years younger than the now ubiquitous PC. While 3D Printing has undoubtedly gained ground, and has arguably become a cornerstone of some industries, it still remains to this day a niche manufacturing technology.

HANNOVER MESSE USA, the newly branded North American industrial technology trade shows co-located at IMTS 2018, will feature 130,000 square feet of exhibition space and special display areas. This marks a 44 percent increase compared to the co-located shows’ total floor space at IMTS 2016. For the first time since the co-located shows launched at IMTS 2012, the exhibition space and three special display areas will be located on two floors of the East Building at McCormick Place from September 10-15, 2018.

During IMTS 2018 on level three of the East Building, HANNOVER MESSE USA’s Integrated Automation, Motion & Drives USA (IAMD USA), North America’s leading trade show for Integrated Automation, Industrial IT, Power Transmission and Control, will cover more exhibition space than ever before.  Located alongside IAMD USA on level three will be the Fluid Power special display area.

On level two, the other three HANNOVER MESSE USA co-located trade shows - ComVac USA, Industrial Supply USA and Surface Technology USA – will take place alongside the event’s Digital Factory and Industrial Energy Systems special display areas. Both levels two and three will feature educational presentations on the show floor and in the special display areas. Corresponding educational conferences will again be featured at IMTS 2018, including the Global Automation Manufacturing Summit (GAMS), co-organized by CFE Media and HFUSA, and the Integrated Industries conference, organized by HFUSA.

“As we have done since launching the industrial technology shows at IMTS 2012, HANNOVER MESSE USA’s trade shows will leverage the power of the HANNOVER MESSE brand by demonstrating the full range of Industry 4.0 and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions during IMTS 2018,” said Larry Turner, President & CEO of HFUSA. “We also expect to extend the overall scope and global nature of the co-located shows this year by highlighting more exhibitors from around the world in our international pavilions, including China, Germany, Italy, Korea and Taiwan,” added Turner.

Leading the HANNOVER MESSE USA 2018 management team is Chicago-based Adrienne Zepeda, Show Manager of North American Industrial Technology Events at HFUSA, and Raymond Bianchi, Vice President of Events & Business Development at HFUSA. Supporting Ms. Zepeda and Mr. Bianchi is Alex Balis, Audience Development Manager at HFUSA.

“Our entire HFUSA team is working extremely hard to make sure that our overall HANNOVER MESSE USA event strategy aligns perfectly with our exhibitors’ goals and our attendees’ trade show expectations,” added Turner.

“I am very excited to be a part of the launch of the world renowned HANNOVER MESSE brand to the North American advanced manufacturing space at IMTS 2018,” said Zepeda.  “We are adding a number of very unique educational topics and displays on the floor this year, which certainly will enhance visitors overall experience.”

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations for the 2018 National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The medal is the country's highest award for technological achievement and is presented by the President of the United States.

The medal is awarded to individuals, teams (up to four individuals), companies or divisions of companies for their outstanding contributions to America's economic, environmental and social well-being. The medal highlights those who have made a national impact through technological innovation, commercialization, and/or strengthening the nation’s technological workforce. The medal also seeks to inspire future generations of Americans to prepare for and pursue technical careers to keep America at the forefront of global technology and economic leadership.

The USPTO administers the medal program on behalf of the Secretary of Commerce. Detailed information about the nomination guidelines, sample letters of recommendation, and link to the nomination form is available on the NMTI webpage. All nominations must be completed in the nomination portal by midnight (ET), April 6, 2018. Nominations of candidates from traditionally underrepresented groups are encouraged.

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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers have discovered novel ways to extend the capabilities of two-photon lithography (TPL), a high-resolution 3D printing technique capable of producing nanoscale features smaller than one-hundredth the width of a human hair.

The findings, recently published on the cover of the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, also unleashes the potential for X-ray computed tomography (CT) to analyze stress or defects noninvasively in embedded 3D-printed medical devices or implants.

Two-photon lithography typically requires a thin glass slide, a lens and an immersion oil to help the laser light focus to a fine point where curing and printing occurs. It differs from other 3D-printing methods in resolution, because it can produce features smaller than the laser light spot, a scale no other printing process can match. The technique bypasses the usual diffraction limit of other methods because the photoresist material that cures and hardens to create structures — previously a trade secret — simultaneously absorbs two photons instead of one.

In the paper, LLNL researchers describe cracking the code on resist materials optimized for two-photon lithography and forming 3D microstructures with features less than 150 nanometers. Previous techniques built structures from the ground up, limiting the height of objects because the distance between the glass slide and lens is usually 200 microns or less. By turning the process on its head — putting the resist material directly on the lens and focusing the laser through the resist — researchers can now print objects multiple millimeters in height. Furthermore, researchers were able to tune and increase the amount of X-rays the photopolymer resists could absorb, improving attenuation by more than 10 times over the photoresists commonly used for the technique.

“In this paper, we have unlocked the secrets to making custom materials on two-photon lithography systems without losing resolution,” said LLNL researcher James Oakdale, a co-author on the paper.

Because the laser light refracts as it passes through the photoresist material, the linchpin to solving the puzzle, the researchers said, was “index matching” – discovering how to match the refractive index of the resist material to the immersion medium of the lens so the laser could pass through unimpeded. Index matching opens the possibility of printing larger parts, they said, with features as small as 100 nanometers.

“Most researchers who want to use two-photon lithography for printing functional 3D structures want parts taller than 100 microns,” said Sourabh Saha, the paper’s lead author. “With these index-matched resists, you can print structures as tall as you want. The only limitation is the speed. It’s a tradeoff, but now that we know how to do this, we can diagnose and improve the process.”

By tuning the material’s X-ray absorption, researchers can now use X-ray-computed tomography as a diagnostic tool to image the inside of parts without cutting them open or to investigate 3D-printed objects embedded inside the body, such as stents, joint replacements or bone scaffolds. These techniques also could be used to produce and probe the internal structure of targets for the National Ignition Facility, as well as optical and mechanical metamaterials and 3D-printed electrochemical batteries. 

The only limiting factor is the time it takes to build, so researchers will next look to parallelize and speed up the process. They intend to move into even smaller features and add more functionality in the future, using the technique to build real, mission-critical parts.

“It’s a very small piece of the puzzle that we solved, but we are much more confident in our abilities to start playing in this field now,” Saha said. “We’re on a path where we know we have a potential solution for different types of applications. Our push for smaller and smaller features in larger and larger structures is bringing us closer to the forefront of scientific research that the rest of the world is doing. And on the application side, we’re developing new practical ways of printing things.”

The work was funded through the Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) program. Other LLNL researchers who contributed to the project include Jefferson Cuadra, Chuck Divin, Jianchao Ye, Jean-Baptiste Forien, Leonardus Bayu Aji, Juergen Biener and Will Smith.

Magnet Applications, Inc. announced that Additively Printed High Performance Magnets were recognized at the 55th Annual R&D Conference, held November 16-17 in Orlando, Florida. The magnets were developed by a team of researchers at ORNL and co-developed by Magnet Applications, Inc., Ames Laboratory Critical Materials Institute (CMI), Tru-Design and Momentum Technologies.

Magnet Applications, Inc. manufactured the starting composite pellets of the Additive Printed High Performance Magnets with 65 volume percent isotropic NdFeB powder and 35 percent polyamide nylon-12 binder. The 3D printing was performed at the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory with the Big Area Additive Manufacturing System (BAAM). These are the first rare earth bonded magnets created using this system, which allows for rapid production with no size or shape limitations while reducing energy consumption, lowering production costs and conserving rare earth elements.

The development team, led by ORNL’s Parans Paranthaman, includes two members from Magnet Applications Inc.: Dr. John Ormerod, Senior Technical Adviser, and Bob Fredette, Applications Engineer.

“We are proud to have been part of the development team for the 3D printed magnets,” commented Ormerod. “The recognition for this innovative breakthrough, and by the team at ORNL, is a testament to our commitment to offer our customers the latest in magnet engineering advancements no matter the application. We’re honored to be listed among so many outstanding companies and people focused on developing breakthroughs in science and technology.”

Bob Fredette added, “ORNL’s facilities are at the forefront of innovation and it is gratifying to be part of their team on this project. We are constantly looking for ways to advance magnetic engineering in the marketplace and this opportunity reflects that.”

Researchers at the University of Nottingham have pioneered a breakthrough method to rapidly 3D print fully functional electronic circuits.

The circuits, which contain electrically-conductive metallic inks and insulating polymeric inks, can now be produced in a single inkjet printing process where a UV light rapidly solidifies the inks.

The breakthrough technique paves the way for the electronics manufacturing industry to produce fully functional components such as 3D antennae and fully printed sensors from multiple materials including metals and plastics.

The new method combines 2D printed electronics with Additive Manufacturing (AM) or 3D printing - which is based on layer-by-layer deposition of materials to create 3D products. This expands the impact of Multifunctional Additive Manufacturing (MFAM), which involves printing multiple materials in a single additive manufacturing system to create components that have broader functionalities.

The new method overcomes some of the challenges in manufacturing fully functional devices that contain plastic and metal components in complex structures, where different methods are required to solidify each material.

Existing systems typically use just one material which limits the functionality of the printed structures. Having two materials like a conductor and an insulator, expands the range of functions in electronics. For example, a wristband which includes a pressure sensor and wireless communication circuitry could be 3D printed and customised for the wearer in a single process.

The breakthrough speeds up the solidification process of the conductive inks to less than a minute per layer. Previously, this process took much longer to be completed using conventional heat sources such as ovens and hot plates, making it impractical when hundreds of layers are needed to form an object. In addition, the production of electronic circuits and devices is limited by current manufacturing methods that restrict both the form and potentially the performance of these systems.

Professor Chris Tuck, Professor of Materials Engineering and lead investigator of the study, highlighted the potential of the breakthrough, ‘Being able to 3D print conductive and dielectric materials (electrical insulators) in a single structure with the high precision that inkjet printing offers, will enable the fabrication of fully customised electronic components. You don’t have to select standard values for capacitors when you design a circuit, you just set the value and the printer will produce the component for you.’

Professor Richard Hague, Director of the Centre for Additive Manufacturing (CfAM) added, ’Printing fully functional devices that contain multiple materials in complex, 3D structures is now a reality. This breakthrough has significant potential to be the enabling manufacturing technique for 21st century products and devices that will have the potential to create a significant impact on both the industry and the public.’

Dr Ehab Saleh and members of the team from CfAM found that silver nanoparticles in conductive inks are capable of absorbing UV light efficiently. The absorbed UV energy is converted into heat, which evaporates the solvents of the conductive ink and fuses the silver nanoparticles. This process affects only the conductive ink and thus, does not damage any adjacent printed polymers. The researchers used the same compact, low cost LED-based UV light to convert polymeric inks into solids in the same printing process to form multi-material 3D structures.

With advancements in technology, inkjet printing can deposit of a wide range of functional inks with a spectrum of properties. It is used in biology, tissue bioprinting, multienzyme inkjet printing and various types of cell printing, where the ‘ink’ can comprise of living cells.

The breakthrough has established an underpinning technology which has potential for growth in academia and industry. The project has led to several collaborations to develop medical devices, radio frequency shielding surfaces and novel structures for harvesting solar energy.

Perstorp and 3D4Makers are jointly developing a new generation of high quality, high performance filament called Facilan™. Currently comprising three materials, the Facilan portfolio is designed to meet the toughest requirements for a wide range of medical and manufacturing products.

Both Perstorp and 3D4Makers saw an opportunity in the market for a novel 3D filament. Many existing filaments are simply not suitable for manufacturing. From a customer perspective, users reported many issues with the printability of existing filaments and the mechanical qualities of printed parts. Problems include layer adhesion, warping, surface quality and misprints. Hence, a clear opportunity exists to improve strength, throughput, and the mechanical qualities of materials.

By combining the deep insights of both companies into the 3D printing process along with user feedback, and after extensive testing, the Facilan portfolio has been developed. The 3D printing material is suitable for manufacturing applications and is aimed at companies who want to use 3D printing in high throughput operations as well as high quality prototyping applications. Both Perstorp and 3D4Makers are committed to bringing this next generation of 3D printing materials to market through a joint collaboration that will serve customers with the toughest requirements in medical and manufacturing using 3D printing.

Facilan is a soft touch 3D printing material, exhibiting good layer adhesion and surface quality. The portfolio consists of Facilan C8, Facilan HT and Facilan Ortho, which demonstrate excellent mechanical qualities.

Facilan C8 is a step change in 3D printing enabling the best-looking parts at the best dimensional accuracy. Developed for high throughput manufacturing applications of consumer-friendly parts, it has excellent mechanical qualities and a luxurious soft touch feel. Stronger than ABS yet easier to process than PLA, Facilan C8’s surface quality and low warping give it an excellent look and feel.

3D4Makers and Perstorp will continue to develop the Facilan family to bring high performance materials to 3D printing. 3D4Makers Sales Manager Ardy Struijk stated that, “We’re incredibly proud to be working with such an innovative company as Perstorp. Their deep understanding of polymer chemistry and high-performance materials dovetails well with our understanding of 3D printing. Their diligence and expertise in testing and data collection and analysis have brought hereto unknown scientific rigor to the development of 3D printing materials.”

David James, VP Innovation of Perstorp stated that “Together with 3D4makers unique process technology for high quality filament production, we are enabling fit-for-purpose filaments for 3D additive manufacturing. It is all about chemistry and engineering at their best, and for satisfying today´s demand for more reliable 3D FDM printing quality.”

Solvay has invited university students from around the world to compete in its Additive Manufacturing Cup by 3D printing complex shapes using the company’s KetaSpire® polyetheretherketone (PEEK) filaments. PEEK is considered one of the highest performing thermoplastic polymers – and one of the most difficult to 3D print. Registration closed at the end of October with over thirty teams from thirteen countries enrolled.

“3D printing is a remarkable manufacturing technology that is developing quickly,” said Brian Alexander, Additive Manufacturing Manager for Solvay’s Specialty Polymers global business unit. “It can deliver fully functional prototypes as well as cost-efficient single to small volume applications much faster than traditional manufacturing. However, printing with the world’s best performing polymers remains a challenge. Solvay’s Additive Manufacturing Cup is to demonstrate that the time has come for this to change.”

Solvay’s growing 3D printing capabilities build on the group’s global leadership in high performance, light-weighting solutions for metal replacement, such as in transport, where they help reduce the weight of cars and planes and therefore CO2 emissions. Solvay’s 3D printable material solutions will help expand the application space for 3D printed parts, offering more design freedom and increasing material efficiency. By involving students who are passionate about game-changing technologies, Solvay seeks to harness their imagination and creativeness to help disrupt existing know-how and drive additive manufacturing to the next level. While universities provide the printing equipment, Solvay will supply PEEK filaments and assist the teams with essential material data for 3D printing.

Solvay’s KetaSpire® PEEK offers an excellent combination of mechanical and chemical resistance even at continuous-use temperatures of up to 240°C. It inherently possesses excellent insulation and electrical resistance properties as well as low moisture and flame retardancy. Leveraging these outstanding properties for 3D printing opens up incredible opportunities for tomorrow’s light-weighting applications.

The final parts printed by each student team will be evaluated on their mechanical stability and aesthetic qualities by an international panel of Solvay polymer, design and additive manufacturing specialists. Winners will be announced on March 22, 2018, and receive first, second and third prizes of ten, five and three thousand euros respectively to be used for academic, entrepreneurial or societal purposes.

Concepts announces the release of Concepts 5, fully integrating with Apple’s iOS 11 for enhanced workflow and performance. The design application’s powerful combination of vector math and traditional tools like pencil, copic markers and watercolor allows creatives to explore complex ideas naturally and design professionally on a mobile device.

Concepts 5 features:

  • Full support of iOS 11’s Drag & Drop, allowing users to drag images, text and colors between apps on the iPad or iPhone
  • Natural and organic vector tools that are beautiful and infinitely adjustable
  • An infinite canvas allows stretching as far as ideas will go, with the flexibility to move those ideas as they grow and mature
  • Deep canvas and tool customization with a simple interface, including customizable color palettes, color mixing and tool presets
  • High resolution exports for every professional outcome, including formats like PNG, SVG, DXF and PDF
  • New accounts allow you to sync tools, objects and color palettes across devices
  • New subscription option includes live asset sharing and synchronization of tools, objects and color palettes between teammates and colleagues, and open access to every feature in app

"We’re constantly pushing for the best experience possible so people can design faster and more focused than ever before,” said Ben Merrill, CEO of TopHatch and creator of Concepts. “Version 5 provides designers with deeper customization, a simpler experience, and careful integration with the latest technologies in iOS 11. With 18 months of feedback from designers to guide us, we’ve created the most advanced and flexible design app on the market. Our goal is to make it easy for people to design from anywhere and stay connected with their clients and teams.”

Concepts is popular with designers across the globe, including architects, illustrators, creative directors and interior designers. "I use Concepts more than any other tool. I absolutely love it,” said Yarrow Cheney, American production designer, visual effects artist, director and animator. “The natural, fluid, vector-based workflow is so easy to use, but incredibly powerful. The technology never gets in the way of creativity. The fast and clean user experience makes it a joy to use."

Clariant announced its new dedicated 3D Printing business to meet the demand of the fast-changing Additive Manufacturing market for premium and customized 3D printer filaments.

Additive Manufacturing (AM) is growing at a rapid pace globally, with over 28% average annual growth for each of the last 7 years, and generating a total of $6.063 billion in sales in 2017 (Wohlers Report 20171). Additive Manufacturing has moved from a niche technology to an industry where unique products are produced, for example today over 90% of the plastic shells for in-the-ear hearing aids are manufactured using AM (Wohlers Report 2017). Products manufactured using AM are often complex end-use parts such as air ducts, drones, lights, and parts for manufacturing equipment. These products can be enhanced with tailored high quality and ready-to-print materials that also withstand the wear and tear of prolonged usage.

The new Clariant 3D Printing business leverages the company’s numerous years of experience in tailoring polymers for a broad range of end market applications with pigments, additives and masterbatches, to provide high-grade, 3D printer filaments and specially made solutions. Clariant 3D prints and tests all of its materials to ensure printability and the required consistent high quality. Extensive material, application and production expertise allows Clariant to work closely with customers on polymer, additive and colorant selection to address typical end-use conditions such as weathering (sunlight, UV exposure), flame retardancy and electrical properties. In addition to tailored materials, a portfolio of high quality standard material will also be offered. The 3D printing materials are manufactured by Clariant and are available in flexible lot sizes to meet the specific needs of customers.

“At Clariant we have all the capabilities to produce high-grade ready-to-print 3D printer filaments,” said Richard Haldimann, Head of New Business Development of Clariant. “We are experienced in delivering specialized and tailored solutions to customers via our Plastics & Coatings businesses. The existing Clariant production infrastructure provides the 3D Printing business with a global footprint to offer desired 3D printer filaments across the world.”

With the release of HyperConnect, Makino offers a suite of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications for electrical discharge machines (EDMs) that enhances user experience and efficiency, and reduces machine downtime. Available on all Makino EDMs equipped with Hyper-i control systems, HyperConnect enables shop managers and operators to easily monitor and control EDM processes from any PC, smart device or other Hyper-i control systems on the network.

“EDM operators are already faced with too much on the shop floor. The last thing we want them doing is running back and forth between machines and office spaces,” said Brian Pfluger, EDM product line manager for Makino. “HyperConnect provides these operators with accessibility to everything they need to maximize efficiency, whether they are standing at the machine, sitting in their office or working remotely.”

The HyperConnect suite boasts four primary connectivity features for shop personnel to easily monitor, plan and troubleshoot their EDM operations:

  • EDM Mail relays machine status information to operators via email during unattended operation to help reduce downtime and support multitasking abilities. It can deliver periodic, timed interval updates of a machine’s operating conditions, or alert operators of a machine stoppage at any hour.
  • The Machine Viewer is an application that permits networked access to the Hyper-i control’s NC operation screens, which allows operators to remotely view the machine control and process information from any office environment PC or enabled smart device.
  • The Machine-to-Machine Viewer feature gives operators remote access to view and control a networked Hyper-i EDM from another Hyper-i machine, preventing unnecessary foot traffic across the shop floor.
  • With the PC Viewer function, operators can achieve greater productivity with remote access to all software on a networked PC directly via the Hyper-i control and includes accessibility to any CAD/CAM software, specialized shop tracking software and Microsoft Office applications.

EDM Mail and PC Viewer functions are the most commonly utilized applications. EDM Mail is used to maximize unattended operation, whereas operators use the PC Viewer to eliminate a substantial amount of non-production motion. The collective capabilities of the HyperConnect communications suite unleash next-level IIoT networking and machine monitoring, and deliver the tools that empower manufacturers with greater flexibility and productivity.

Tenere Inc. announced that Brian Steel has been named its new Chief Executive Officer. Steel has a rich history in scaling global sales organizations and most recently served as Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing at Tenere.

“It’s an honor to be given the opportunity to lead the exceptional team at Tenere and to continue to support our customers in fast changing, dynamic markets,” stated Steel. “I am looking forward to leading Tenere into its next phase of growth, one that I believe will set us apart as a leading global contract manufacturing partner of premier plastic and metal products. Tenere’s deep mechanical engineering expertise, combined with our prototyping and manufacturing capabilities across North America enable us to deliver unmatched speed, flexibility and quickly scale production for complex customers.”

Prior to joining Tenere, Steel was Vice President of Global Sales at PCH International, where he exponentially grew its turnkey solution development and custom manufacturing business serving some of the world’s leading brands including Apple, Dell, Google, Go-Pro, and Microsoft. Previously, he served in sales leadership positions at supply chain services provider Zomax, where he successfully reversed flat to declining existing customer revenue streams resulting in year-over-year revenue growth for key accounts, and at outsourced hosting and technical services vendor Agiliti, where he led all of the firm’s direct and indirect salespeople in execution of the company’s national sales strategy.

“We’re thrilled to have Brian at the helm at Tenere,” stated Robert Ackerman, Partner at Watermill Group, the private equity owners of Tenere. “With the company’s expected global growth following its recent expansion in Mexico, the opportunities for Tenere are tremendous. Brian’s deep experience with growth acceleration and strategy implementation, along with his strong customer focus, will help keep Tenere on a strong growth trajectory.”

Launched in 2014, "3D Print- The event for additive manufacturing" has far exceeded everyone's expectations. In 4 years it has become the benchmark event and favorite get-together for all those involved in additive manufacturing in France.

Building on its stature, 3D Print is now taking the next step to expand its scope and interactions internationally.

"3D Print- The event for additive manufacturing" now becomes "3D Print Congress & Exhibition". It is a name that clearly announces the renewed ambition, with the emphasis on trade fair, content and international dimension.

Over 3 days, this event will as ever make the most of the massive presence of key stakeholders from major international corporations and start-ups alike, all with a stake in additive manufacturing. A true factory will be on show, with machines and equipment in operation, for a totally immersive experience of 3D printing.

As for the Congress, in simultaneous translation it will present personalities, research centers and organizations from leading countries in 3D printing, and deliver a global vision reflecting the issues surrounding these technologies.

The workshops will offer an in-depth look at the technical facets, and will constitute a training mechanism such as today is needed in this domain, where innovation is constant.

Keys to understanding, wider vision, demonstrations: 3D Print Congress & Exhibition targets, as before, two levels of participants on a mix-and-match basis: ultra-specialists in additive manufacturing intending to bring their knowledge up-to-date, and manufacturers who are starting to take an interest in these technologies with a view to possibly exploiting them.

June 5-7, 2018

Lyon Eurexpo, France

Proto Labs has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately held company Rapid Manufacturing Group, LLC. RAPID is a New Hampshire-based custom parts supplier specializing in quick-turn sheet metal fabrication and CNC machining. With the acquisition, Proto Labs will be able to offer its customers another quick-turn manufacturing service while expanding its CNC machining capabilities.

“Quick-turn prototyping and low-volume manufacturing have always been at the core of RAPID, and this foundation makes us a natural fit with Proto Labs’ digital model,” said Jay Jacobs, founder of RAPID. “I’m excited about the opportunities our combined manufacturing services will provide for our customers who will now have a single source for a variety of manufacturing services, including injection molding and 3D printing.”

RAPID was founded in 2001 on the idea of using automation to provide custom sheet metal parts faster than traditional methods—a story that closely parallels Proto Labs’ own. Over the next 16 years, RAPID steadily grew its manufacturing operation in terms of both capabilities and scale, including the addition of CNC machining, and now operates in 140,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing space. The company currently employs approximately 300 people, and will expand Proto Labs’ team to more than 2,000 employees worldwide.

This expansion of Proto Labs’ services and capabilities reinforces its promise to customers to continue to seek ways to further optimize product development and improve supply chain efficiencies through a variety of digital manufacturing methods.

“We listen to our customers very closely to understand their needs,” explained Vicki Holt, Chief Executive Officer of Proto Labs. “We continue to look for opportunities to expand our capabilities to serve our existing customers and to expand our customer base. RAPID not only adds quick-turn and e-commerce-enabled sheet metal services to our portfolio, it also expands our machining capabilities to support larger and more complex projects. In addition, RAPID’s culture is highly aligned with that of Proto Labs, with a talented and experienced team that we are very excited to welcome to the Proto Labs family.”

Under the terms of the agreement, Proto Labs will acquire RAPID for an aggregate purchase price of $120 million consisting of $110 million in cash and $10 million in Proto Labs stock. RAPID’s 2017 annual revenue is forecasted to be approximately $45 million. The transaction is expected to close by the end of the year, subject to customary closing conditions.

Autocam Medical, a global contract manufacturer of surgical implants, instruments and related products, has announced its Plymouth, MA facility has been recertified to ISO 13485:2016. ISO 13485 requires that the certified organization demonstrate the quality system is effectively implemented and maintained. The scope of the certificate is “contract manufacturer of machined non-sterile medical device components and instruments, built to customer specifications.”

According to Greg Coberly, Global Director of Quality, “This recertification indicates our continued investment in a quality management system which ensures process control, accurate reporting, and traceability. This approach dramatically improves manufacturing integrity, reduces lead time, and provides the most reliable and high quality medical device components for our customers. This facility is also certified under ISO 9001, the quality management standard that demands a relentless focus on continuous improvement.”

Autocam Medical’s Plymouth, Massachusetts division has also been named a Manufacturer of the Year by the Commonwealth’s Manufacturing Caucus. The company was nominated by State Representative Matt Muratore of the First Plymouth District. The award was established to highlight and honor successful manufacturers that represent innovative and revolutionary manufacturing capabilities and products. Autocam Medical employs 102 people at its Plymouth facility and produces high precision implants and instruments for Orthopedics and Spine, as well as precision machined components for other surgical and diagnostic applications.

“We are honored, humbled and gratified by this award,” commented John Kennedy, President and CEO. “The credit clearly goes to our team members in Plymouth who have consistently met the demands of constant technology change and taken our facility to the highest levels of quality and efficiency in the products we manufacture there.” Kennedy also pointed out that the location has recently been recertified to ISO 13485 standards, the comprehensive quality management systems for the design and manufacture of medical devices.

The 2nd Annual Manufacturing Awards ceremony was held on October 24th at the State House Grand Staircase with the keynote address given by Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito.

dgs Marketing Engineers, a marketing communications agency serving the manufacturing sector, has announced that Leslie Galbreath, executive vice president and chief marketing officer, has assumed the role of chief executive officer. Marc Diebold, the company’s founder and long-time CEO, is now chairman and will focus on agency operations and strategic growth.

Founded in 1985 by Diebold, dgs has earned its outstanding reputation in the manufacturing industry by continuously exceeding the particular marketing and communication needs and expectations of clients working with advanced technologies. The agency has been in partnership with many of its clients for more than a decade.

With these new appointments, dgs positions itself for continued growth. Diebold and Galbreath will continue to work together to strategically guide the company and build upon its strong reputation. This seamless leadership transition will ensure that clients continue to receive breakthrough marketing, branding, public relations and digital media services based on emerging trends and technology while aligning with the unique needs of the manufacturing industry.

“At dgs, we are focused on achieving a deep understanding of our clients and their business, a creative approach to problem solving and accountability for our results,” explained Galbreath. “This way of working enables us to better counsel and support them with strategic communications as they navigate today’s ever-changing business environment.”

Galbreath, who holds APR accreditation from the Public Relations Society of America, joined dgs in 2000. She began as a public relations associate before working her way through the agency as Internet communications manager, public relations director, executive vice president and chief marketing officer.

In 2005, Galbreath became an equity partner together with Diebold. Under their leadership, dgs was named to BtoB’s annual list of top business-to-business agencies in the small agency category for each of the final four years of the list’s publication. is pleased to announce the appointment of Ronald L. Hollis, Ph.D., as its new president and CEO. Dr. Hollis, who joined the firm on October 16, 2017, is a well-known figure in the manufacturing sector whose expertise will help redefine the platform and usher it into the future.

Dr. Hollis founded Quickparts, Inc. and served as its president and CEO. The firm revolutionized product development by simplifying the purchase of low-volume custom parts with patented online instant quoting. Previously, he founded and served as president and CEO of Rapid Tech Engineering, a company that provided engineering services for product development and became one of the world’s first value-added resellers of 3D printers. Earlier, as a vice president at Fastec Engineering, he helped guide the operations of this injection molding manufacturer that provided design, engineering and manufacturing for product development companies. Dr. Hollis has consulted widely, sharing practical business logic and leadership insights with organizations eager to change and succeed. He holds a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from the University of Alabama and a doctor of philosophy in technology business management from the University of Alabama–Huntsville. is part of the Fulcrum Equity Partners portfolio. In commenting on the Hollis appointment, Frank X. Dalton, partner with Fulcrum Equity Partners, says, “Ron’s background and extensive experience in the space is a game changer for We look forward to his new leadership and focus.”

Dr. Hollis says, “I am excited to join and lead it into the future. I know the space well and all the players. I also know the challenges and opportunities. My role will encompass many activities, but none is more important than helping realize its full potential as the premier destination in the manufacturing sector for discovery. For suppliers, discovery connotes the most efficient means to identify new customers. For buyers, discovery means having an effective resource available to find and qualify suppliers based on their capabilities, profile, rankings, quality and more.”

He adds, “Discovery is an important new value proposition for our organization, comprising many working parts and offering untold opportunities to excel. Manufacturing needs a resource that helps forge buyer-supplier relationships, and is poised to meet that need in new and exciting ways.”

Siemens announced the latest version of the company’s NX™ software.  Building on its legacy of best-in-class customer deployment readiness and data preservation, the latest version delivers the next generation of design, simulation and manufacturing solutions that enable companies to realize the value of the digital twin in the end-to-end process. This latest release unites electrical, mechanical and control systems through close integration with Mentor Graphics Capital and Xpedition portfolios for electrical systems, harness and PCB design.

At the highest level, NX underpins tools used for systems driven product development based on the RFLP (Requirements, Functional, Logical and Physical) methodology, which now provides a significant connection between the logical and physical abstractions in both electrical and mechanical domains. Building on Convergent Modeling™ technology that allows designers to seamlessly work and model with mesh geometry in combination with precise geometry, the new version combines tools for design optimization, advanced geometry creation, freeform shapes and parametric design to make generative design a reality.

“This latest version of NX is clearly a major milestone for Siemens and their customers,” said Allan Behrens of Taxal. “Moving beyond previous convergent technology to encompass significant developments in areas of generative, additive and multidisciplinary design is impressive. With such significant additions, I’d suggest that clients will be delighted to see past and future investments evolve to deliver leading-edge capabilities for tomorrow’s more demanding, often complex product design and manufacturing ecosystems. These developments are part of a larger roll-out that also touches on areas including large assembly performance and model based engineering. The recent addition of Mentor’s EDA, electrical and embedded technologies, and the remarkably rapid integration of the electrical systems, harness and PCB elements with the NX ecosystem provides Siemens with unique solution coverage capabilities that go well beyond their competitors and are highly valuable for many, not least those in the automotive and aerospace industries.”

Electronics are fast becoming essential to all products, regardless of industry, making it more important than ever that electrical and mechanical designers collaborate throughout the product development process. Employing technology from recently acquired Mentor Graphics, the latest version of NX provides a direct connection between the design of electrical and mechanical systems. Linking the electrical tools and the 3D model, enables co-design including cross-probing, allowing designers of wiring diagrams and harnesses to work much more closely together, preventing costly and time-consuming rework due to electromechanical issues.

Multidisciplinary work is not limited to electrical design. Industries involving large amounts of piping, such as ship building, will benefit from close integration between instrumentation diagrams and 2D schematic layouts. New tools in NX allow engineers to lay out piping and instrumentation diagrams in two dimensions, while maintaining the design tied to the 3D space model. This synchronization can help eliminate errors and save time as teams work more closely than ever before.

“As embedded technology continues to increase in complexity, it is critical for product design tools to stay ahead of the multidisciplinary technology needed to effectively create and innovate these advanced products,” said Bob Haubrock, senior vice president of Product Engineering Software, Siemens PLM Software. “With the latest version of NX, Siemens is providing a true multi-disciplinary platform, combining mechanical, electrical and control systems. Close collaboration between each of these design facets will eliminate errors, provide savings in time and cost, and ultimately enable our customers to drive more innovative designs.”

With increasing pressure to deliver products to market more quickly, generative design is now a necessity in product development. Integrating a wide variety of tools gives designers more flexibility and choice when dealing with complex geometries. Using these technologies in combination also allows companies to go beyond traditional solutions that focus solely on optimizing shape in order to achieve truly multidisciplinary design.

In the constant drive to reduce component weight and improve resource usage, companies are looking to incorporate lattice structures into design in order to meet these goals without compromising on strength and structural integrity. The latest version of NX delivers new approaches to design for additive manufacturing, including the ability to add lattice. Convergent Modeling makes it possible to work directly with faceted geometry such as these lattice structures, saving companies from the lengthy data conversion process normally required. This enables companies to deliver lighter, stronger products to market in much less time.

“The fact that the faceted geometry now comes in as a convergent body and behaves pretty much as a sheet or solid body is very beneficial. It will make our workflow much more efficient and save time that we can spend on other things, such as more projects,” added Jonas Brochman, engineering method specialist of Manufacturing Engineering, GKN Aerospace Engine Systems, Sweden. “The ability to associatively compensate and reposition the faceted scan data of hardware in an associative and controlled way will greatly help us to increase efficiency and resulting quality.”

Workshops for Warriors (WFW), a school that trains, certifies, and helps place Veterans, Wounded Warriors, and Transitioning Service Members into advanced manufacturing careers, announced it received a $100,000 grant from Boeing.

The grant will go to support machining and welding training programs for the nonprofit school. Workshops for Warriors Founder, Hernán Luis y Prado, remains committed to creating a clearer path for our Nation’s Veterans upon exiting the Military, so all courses are completely free for students to attend so that they can focus on school and not survival.

“Boeing is the best example of a powerhouse company that understands the skills gap in the advanced manufacturing industry and the need for a Nationally scalable training pipeline like Workshops for Warriors. They not only lead the world in Aviation and Aerospace, but they invest in the next generation of technicians and understand the benefits of working with skilled Veterans,” said Hernán Luis y Prado, Founder and CEO of Workshops for Warriors. “Over the next decade, 3.5 million advanced manufacturing jobs will need to be filled in America, but 2 million are set to go unfilled due to a lack of skilled labor. Couple that with nearly 1 million service members exiting the Military over the next five years and you have a perfect storm. Boeing understands the opportunity, and we are honored that they are such tireless supporters of our mission.”

WFW was founded in 2008 and offers a machining course teaching CNC milling and turning (on Haas machines), Computer-Aided Design (SolidWorks), Computer-Aided Manufacturing (Mastercam) 3D Printing (Stratasys and MarkForged), CNC Laser (Amada), and CNC waterjet (Flow). They offer a welding course where 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. For Boeing, these skills are the backbone to their success.

“We aspire to be a top performer in every area of our business, and that includes leading in the communities where our employees and their families live and work,” said Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “By harnessing our teammates; unique skills and passion for giving, our professional networks and partnerships, and our financial resources, we will inspire the dreamers and doers of tomorrow and drive positive, lasting change in our communities across the globe.”

To date, 421 Veterans, Wounded Warriors, and Transitioning Service Members have graduated from the nonprofit school with 2,350 nationally recognized portable and stackable credentials.

A construction teacher from Washington, an advanced manufacturing teacher from California, and a marine systems technology teacher from New York are the first-place winners of the inaugural Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence, Harbor Freight Tools for Schools announced. The three teachers and their schools will each receive $100,000.

The Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence, which recognizes outstanding instruction in the skilled trades in U.S. public high schools, awarded $510,000 to the three first-place winners and seven second-place winners. Harbor Freight Tools made additional donations totaling $44,000 to 44 semi-finalists.

TThe first-place winners are Bob Kilmer, who teaches woodworking, computer-aided design and architecture and construction at Enumclaw High School in King County, Washington, Brendan Malone, who teaches marine systems technology at Urban Assembly New York Harbor School in Brooklyn, and Jonathan Schwartz, who teaches advanced manufacturing at Colfax High School in Placer County, California.

"We're thrilled to celebrate these remarkable teachers for inspiring their students to stay in school and develop skills that can lead to great paying jobs that are so important to our economy," said Eric Smidt, CEO and owner of national tool retailer Harbor Freight Tools and founder of The Smidt Foundation, which established and operates Harbor Freight Tools for Schools. "We created this prize to shine a spotlight on excellent skilled trades teaching and to attract investment in these classes so a strong skilled trades education can once again be available to public high school students across America."

Drawn from a field of nearly 700 applicants from across the country, the three first-place winners will each receive $30,000, and their schools will each receive $70,000 to support their skilled trades programs.

Bob Kilmer has been a skilled trades teacher in Washington for 32 years, and his love of the trades started when he worked summers as a teen at his grandfather's construction company. In addition to teaching construction, architecture, woodworking and computer-aided design, he also serves as an instructional technology coach for the Enumclaw School District. Students taking his architecture and construction class are currently building a tiny house for a local family in need. Kilmer's class is partnering with one of the high school's welding classes to build the trailer to transport the house, and a math class at a neighboring school will design the solar panels for the project. Kilmer is one of a handful of skilled trades teachers in the country to receive National Board Certification.

Brendan Malone has been a marine trades teacher for 17 years and previously ran his own marine systems company for more than a decade before heading the maintenance and restoration of New York City's South Street Seaport Museum's fleet of historic vessels. A certified Marine Systems Technician with a hundred-ton U.S. Coast Guard Captain's license, Malone attended a marine trades high school in New Haven, Connecticut where he developed his love for the trades. The marine systems technology program at the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School prepares students to work in a career building, maintaining and repairing boats. It is the only high school in the country authorized to administer the American Boat and Yacht Council's Marine Systems Technician Certification Exam--a critical credential in the marine industry. Malone's juniors and seniors are required to participate in marine field internships, and this year, his class is partnering with the South Street Seaport Museum in New York to restore a 1930s tugboat as part of their internship program.

After years of owning a construction company, Jonathan Schwartz turned to teaching math at Colfax High School in rural Northern California. When the woodshop teacher retired and the shop was in danger of closing, Schwartz took over the construction program because he knew the value of hands-on learning. When the drafting program faced the same fate, he took over those classes and created a new program that combined drafting, woodshop and advanced manufacturing. Under the program, now known as "pre-engineering," Schwartz's students use computer software to design wood projects and then build those projects with traditional shop tools, computer numerical control (CNC) equipment, 3-D printers and laser cutters. The program's capstone course pairs students with a mentor to design and build a large project over the course of their senior year. Schwartz also designs woodworking tools and has a YouTube channel where he demonstrates project ideas for woodworking, CNC manufacturing and applied math.

The following seven second-place winners will each receive $10,000, and their high schools will receive $20,000 for their skilled trades programs:

Roxanne Montarro Amiot
Automotive Technology
Bullard-Havens Technical High School
Bridgeport, Connecticut

Teaching team: Gerald “Dave” Huffman and Patrick Wadsworth
Construction Technology
Gulfport High School
Gulfport, Mississippi

Ed Hughes
Construction, Technology Education
Sheboygan Falls High School
Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin

Scott Mayotte
Automotive Technology
Concord Regional Technical Center
Concord, New Hampshire

Teaching team: Cole Smith and Bill Hartman
Construction, Woodworking
Rancho Cotate High School
Rohnert Park, California

Robert David White
Automotive Technology
Parkside High School
Salisbury, Maryland

Randy Williamson
Construction Trades
Williamsport Area High School Career and Technical Education
Williamsport, Pennsylvania

"All 10 of these winners are exemplary, and the ultimate winners are their students," said Robin Kramer, executive director of Harbor Freight Tools for Schools. "These teachers combine their considerable skill and creativity with dedication and zeal for learning-- all for the benefit of their students and their futures. Their practices and results offer valuable approaches that other skilled trades teachers can adapt and use in their own programs. We look forward to bringing together all of them next summer so they can get to know each other's work up close, and share strategies to promote excellence for the field at our first 'Let's Build It Institute.'"

The Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence was designed to recognize outstanding instruction in the skilled trades in U.S. public high schools that inspires students to learn a trade that prepares them for a career after high school.

The need for skilled trades professionals in the U.S. is growing. Between now and 2024, there will be more than 1.5 million skilled trades job openings as Baby Boomers retire, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

This inaugural prize competition drew nearly 700 applicants from 48 states, and the field was narrowed to 54 semi-finalists, then 10 finalists and then the three first-place winners. The application process included a learning component that gave all applicants access to ideas and practices through a series of online expert-led learning modules designed to help them be more effective in the classroom.

The finalists were selected by panels of judges from the worlds of business, K-12 and higher education, the trades and crafts, non-profits and philanthropy. A separate panel of seven judges selected the first- and second-place winners. Harbor Freight Tools for Schools did not play a role in selecting the finalists or winners.

GF Machining Solutions announced a new compact FORM E 350 machine that is an ideal die sinking EDM solution for small shops. Even with the smallest footprint on the market, the machine still boasts several design and performance features that enhance a shop’s competitive advantage.

A sturdy C-axis construction, cross table and cast iron frame offer high stability and force reduction, which helps maintain a precise spark gap between the part and the electrode. Regardless of part weight or dielectric volume, the machine delivers consistent accuracy. Integrated glass scales preserve long-term, repeatability and eliminate the need for recalibration as well as any errors found in traditional screw systems due to backlash and wear.

The latest-generation Intelligent Speed Power Generator (ISPG) on the FORM E 350 excels at superior surface finishes and precision applications in any conductive material. It overcomes common process challenges for copper electrodes, including electrode wear induced by electrical discharge. ISPG improves machining speeds by 40 percent and reduces corner wear by 50 percent.

Designed for high efficiency on the shop floor, the machine features a programmable dielectric management system with a 270-liter capacity integrated inside the machine cabinet. This system fills and empties the work tank without human intervention to keep the machine in production and is easy to access for routine maintenance.

The machine console comes equipped with the user-friendly AC FORM HMI (human machine interface) that is based on a standard Windows® platform and offers interactive graphical assistance so that all operations, such as measurement and machining cycles, are illustrated by graphics/icons for fast operator understanding and ease of use. It provides simple descriptions of machining targets, automatic selection of optimal technology and dynamic parameters adaption.

With an X/Y/Z travel of 17.8" x 9.8" x 9.8" (350 x 250 x 250 mm), the FORM E 350 handles workpieces up to 31.5" x 19.7" x 10.4" (800 x 500 x 265 mm.) It also has a four-position linear tool changer.

The FORM E 350 is automation ready and can easily be paired with the System 3R WorkPartner 1+ robot to implement unattended night and weekend operation.

Thousands​ ​of​ ​small​ ​business​ ​owners​ ​produce​ ​products​ ​in​ ​garages,​ ​workshops,​ ​and​ ​basements every​ ​day.​ ​These​ ​independent​ ​manufacturers​ ​invest​ ​time​ ​and​ ​money​ ​into​ ​pursuing​ ​their​ ​passions.​ ​They​ ​sacrifice late​ ​nights​ ​and​ ​weekends​ ​to​ ​meet​ ​customer​ ​demands.​ ​Inventables ​new​ ​3D​ ​carving​ ​software Easel​ ​Pro makes it​ ​possible​ ​for​ ​small​ ​business​ ​owners​ ​to​ ​grow​ ​their​ ​businesses​ ​by​ ​helping​ ​them​ ​scale​ ​their​ ​production​ ​workflow.

Easel​ ​Pro​ ​is​ ​a​ ​subscription-based​ ​cloud​ ​software​ ​which​ ​builds​ ​upon​ ​Inventables’​ ​free​ ​Easel​ ​software.​ ​Easel​ ​and Easel​ ​Pro​ ​minimize​ ​the​ ​barriers​ ​associated​ ​with​ ​complicated​ ​CAD​ ​and​ ​CAM​ ​product​ ​manufacturing​ ​software, making​ ​it​ ​easy​ ​for​ ​new​ ​and​ ​advanced​ ​users​ ​alike​ ​to​ ​produce​ ​physical​ ​products.​ ​Easel​ ​Pro’s​ ​new​ ​production efficiencies​ ​decrease​ ​the​ ​amount​ ​of​ ​time​ ​required​ ​to​ ​carve​ ​detailed​ ​products,​ ​enabling​ ​businesses​ ​to​ ​produce more​ ​products​ ​per​ ​day​ ​and​ ​bring​ ​in​ ​more​ ​income.

“​Easel​ ​Pro​ ​makes​ ​my​ ​life​ ​less​ ​stressful​ ​and​ ​saves​ ​me​ ​time​ ​on​ ​each​ ​project,”​ ​said​ ​Lance​ ​Cameron​ ​of​ ​Maple​ ​Ridge Wood​ ​Crafting.​ ​Maple​ ​Ridge​ ​Wood​ ​Crafting​ ​specializes​ ​in​ ​personalized​ ​objects​ ​such​ ​as​ ​beverage​ ​crates,​ ​custom storage​ ​containers,​ ​and​ ​unique​ ​decor​ ​memorabilia.​ ​“As​ ​a​ ​business​ ​owner​ ​producing​ ​fast,​ ​quality​ ​products,​ ​Easel Pro​ ​works​ ​great.​ ​I​ ​used​ ​to​ ​complete​ ​maybe​ ​one​ ​or​ ​two​ ​things​ ​per​ ​day.​ ​My​ ​first​ ​day​ ​with​ ​Easel​ ​Pro,​ ​I​ ​completed​ ​five carves.​ ​They​ ​were​ ​sanded​ ​and​ ​ready​ ​to​ ​sell​ ​the​ ​next​ ​day.​ ​My​ ​customers​ ​are​ ​also​ ​much​ ​happier​ ​with​ ​the​ ​final products.”

In​ ​addition​ ​to​ ​production​ ​efficiency,​ ​businesses​ ​can​ ​expand​ ​their​ ​product​ ​offerings​ ​with​ ​Easel​ ​Pro’s​ ​built-in customization​ ​tools.​ ​With​ ​hundreds​ ​of​ ​built-in​ ​fonts,​ ​businesses​ ​can​ ​design​ ​personalized​ ​products​ ​for​ ​customers. Additionally,​ ​makers​ ​can​ ​import​ ​company​ ​logos​ ​and​ ​brand​ ​images​ ​into​ ​the​ ​program​ ​and​ ​apply​ ​them​ ​to​ ​existing product​ ​templates.​ ​Businesses​ ​can​ ​maintain​ ​design​ ​flexibility​ ​while​ ​streamlining​ ​their​ ​workflow​ ​for​ ​custom​ ​items.

“Easel​ ​Pro​ ​helps​ ​the​ ​customer​ ​with​ ​designing​ ​their​ ​sign​ ​because​ ​it​ ​gives​ ​them​ ​more​ ​input,”​ ​said​ ​Debbie​ ​Lee, founder​ ​and​ ​co-owner​ ​of​ ​8th​ ​Line​ ​Creations,​ ​a​ ​custom​ ​woodworking​ ​company​ ​focused​ ​on​ ​hand-crafted​ ​products. “Customers​ ​can​ ​say,​ ​‘I​ ​helped​ ​create​ ​this.​ ​This​ ​is​ ​my​ ​sign​ ​that​ ​I​ ​created​ ​with​ ​them.’”

Inventables’​ ​software​ ​products​ ​now​ ​include​ ​Easel​ ​and​ ​Easel​ ​Pro.​ ​Easel​ ​is​ ​free​ ​software​ ​available​ ​online​ ​for anyone​ ​to​ ​use.​ ​Businesses​ ​interested​ ​in​ ​intricate​ ​projects​ ​and​ ​production​ ​efficiency​ ​can​ ​purchase​ ​an​ ​Easel​ ​Pro subscription​.​ ​Paired​ ​with​ ​Inventables’​ ​X-Carve​ ​and​ ​Carvey​ ​3D​ ​carving​ ​machines,​ ​Easel​ ​Pro makes​ ​it​ ​possible​ ​for​ ​anyone​ ​to​ ​bring​ ​their​ ​ideas​ ​to​ ​life​ ​and​ ​start​ ​a​ ​business.

Hawk Ridge Systems announced that it has acquired Symmetry Solutions. The combined company will create one of the largest and most comprehensive North American DS SOLIDWORKS Reseller networks with 17 offices serving 18,500 clients with coast-to-coast coverage in the United States and Canada.

Symmetry Solutions, a DS SOLIDWORKS Reseller in the Midwest, will be joining the Hawk Ridge Systems family. The combined resources of the companies will provide expanded 3D design and manufacturing solutions. Hawk Ridge Systems and Symmetry Solutions are providers of 3D design solutions from DS SOLIDWORKS and 3D printers from HP and Markforged. With the merger, Symmetry clients will now have access to manufacturing software from CAMWorks® and a wide array of productivity software tools and services that were previously only available to Hawk Ridge Systems clients.

“The combined partnership of Symmetry Solutions with Hawk Ridge Systems makes so much sense,” says Dale Ford, President and CEO of Hawk Ridge Systems. “Not only do we share the same passionate vision for our clients’ success, but we also share very similar cultures. The triple win is that we can offer more solutions to more people – based on what they need to excel in their business. Building out the team with Symmetry in the Midwest completes our ability to offer a full spectrum of solutions – from design to manufacturing.”

Symmetry Solutions President, Paul Rudin agrees, “Our clients know my mantra – the client is everything, first and foremost. The merger is going to let us bring in more resources and leverage the very deep bench of technical and engineering expertise that Hawk Ridge Systems is known for. That means we will be able to offer more solutions to help solve our clients’ critical business challenges. To be a part of the Hawk Ridge Systems family is a win for our clients, our team and our partners.”

The combined company serves 18,500 customers from 17 offices and has 210 people. The company will continue business as usual and will merge under the Hawk Ridge Systems umbrella in January, 2018.

Stratasys announced the company is officially kicking off its 2018 Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge with a “call-for-entries.” Entering its 14th year, the contest is widely recognized as the premier event to highlight excellence in 3D printed design from student innovators.

Leveraging the power of 3D printing, students around the world now have the opportunity to redesign an existing product, create a new product that improves how tasks are accomplished, or design an original work of art or architecture. This year’s contest is fully supported by the GrabCAD community – the world’s largest online collaborative environment supporting designers, engineers and manufacturers.

“Since its inception, the Stratasys Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge has awarded more than $150,000 in scholarships to some of the world’s top student innovators. We’re proud to continue this tradition, offering new entrants the opportunity to learn, innovate, and grow leveraging 3D printing technology,” said Gina Scala, Director of Marketing, Global Education, Stratasys. “We greatly look forward to seeing what this year’s group of entries can design and innovate.”

As part of entry criteria, all designs should prove mechanically sound, realistic, and achievable. Submissions are analyzed and judged based on:

  • Sound mechanical design
  • Compelling written description
  • Design creativity
  • Product usefulness
  • Aesthetics (art, jewelry and architecture category)

Both individuals and design teams are asked to create entries leveraging 3D CAD software, submitting files in .STL format through the GrabCAD Platform – along with a written description highlighting the design’s value and benefits. Deadline to submit across the following categories is NO LATER than February 26, 2018:

  • Engineering: Secondary Education (middle/high school)
  • Engineering: Post-Secondary (university, college, or post-secondary)
  • Art, Jewelry, or Architecture (any grade level)

First-place winners of this year’s contest will receive $2,500 (US Dollars) scholarships. Instructors of first-place students will also benefit from a demo Stratasys 3D printer in their classroom for a limited time. Second-place winners will receive $1,000 (US Dollars) scholarships. The top 10 entries in each category earn a Stratasys apparel item (value up to $50 US Dollars), and a 3D printed model of their design. All teams and individuals additionally receive official Stratasys, GrabCAD, and Extreme Redesign Tech Tattoo stickers.

For the third year running, the National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers (NCATC) is also bestowing a $1,000 scholarship to an entry in the post-secondary engineering category who is also from a NCATC member school. NCATC is a network of higher education resources promoting use of technology applications to enhance economic and workforce development programs and services.

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. 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’s ongoing effort to not only support the platform but also offer manufacturers more tools and techniques to assist job wins and customer development. 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 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,, 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.

Saturday, October 14th & Sunday, October 15th

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

Conference: Early Bundle: 2 conferences - $100, 3 conferences - $150, Late Bundle: 2 conferences - $140, 3 conferences - $190

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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.”

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