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DeviceTalks, a conference series designed for the medical technology industry, returns to California on Dec. 11-12 in Costa Mesa.

This year’s DeviceTalks West event features exclusive insights from Intuitive Surgical CEO Gary Guthart, Reva Medical CEO Reggie Groves and the executive chairman of the Alfred E. Mann Foundation, Dr. Robert Greenberg.

The two-day conference also features panels centered around the latest innovations in diabetes technology, robotics and cybersecurity. DeviceTalks West speakers will explore regulatory and investment trends, as well as the state of research and development among major medtech companies.

DeviceTalks West also includes hours of networking opportunities, giving attendees the chance to mingle with the medtech industry’s brightest minds.

“We are excited to return to California for our annual DeviceTalks West event. Attendees can expect to learn from an all-star lineup of speakers, gaining insight into the rapidly-evolving medtech industry,” said Sarah Faulkner, content manager for DeviceTalks. “We’re also delighted to host the LEAP Awards at DeviceTalks West, where we will honor the most innovative products serving the design engineering space.”

Don’t miss out on this exciting event. Check out the event’s two-day agenda and register today!

America Makes proudly welcomes Josh Cramer, as its new Education and Workforce Director. Previously, Mr. Cramer served as the Director of Educational Programs at the SME Education Foundation, monitoring, promoting, and evaluating all of its major programs. In addition to those duties, he also served for a time as the Interim Executive Director of the Foundation. Other positions Mr. Cramer held during his five-year tenure with the SME Education Foundation also included Director of K-12 Educational Programs and Senior Educational Program Officer.

“We are very excited to welcome Josh to our team,” said Rob Gorham, America Makes Executive Director. “Josh brings a unique fresh perspective, a dynamic energy, and the essential skill sets required of the Education and Workforce Director for America Makes. At the SME Education Foundation, Josh’s duties entailed actively collaborating with manufacturing partners to assess the knowledge and skillset needs to establish strategic plans while building programs to meet the skills gap needs of manufacturers. We look forward to Josh leveraging this experience and that as a teacher to promote and further the America Makes mission to develop and grow a workforce capable of supporting the growing and evolving additive manufacturing industry.”

Prior to joining the SME Education Foundation, Mr. Cramer was the Director of School Engagement, Eastern Region for Project Lead The Way (PLTW), a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for Pre K-12 students and teachers across the U.S. Specifically, PLTW empowers students to develop in-demand, transportable knowledge and skills through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science.

In 2004, Mr. Cramer started his education career as an Applied Engineering Instructor for the South Park School District in South Park, Pa.

Mr. Cramer holds a Master’s in Education and a Bachelor of Science in Education from California University of Pennsylvania. announced it is accepting applications for a newly created $2,000 scholarship. The competitive award is for students enrolled in a CNC machinist, CNC operations, engineering or manufacturing certificate or degree program.

As part of the award process, the scholarship recipient's school will also benefit – with a $500 donation made to their machining or manufacturing department to help fund purchase or upgrade of tools or supplies.

Founded in 2014 by Curt Doherty, is a used CNC machine dealer, carrying more than 500 machines to meet the needs of small to mid-sized manufacturers. And Doherty is quick to assert that his is an American company and his business caters to America manufacturers.

"I've been in the manufacturing industry for 15 years and that's where my heart is," said Curt Doherty, CEO. "The team as a whole shares that passion, believes in American manufacturing, and wants to invest in its future so it can remain competitive on a global scale."

According to The Skills Gap in Manufacturing Report by Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute, seven out of 10 manufacturing executives reported shortages of workers with adequate technology, computer, and technical training skills. Of the executives they interviewed for the report, 72 percent agreed that involvement with local schools and community colleges is effective in combating that trend.

"A shortage of skilled labor is probably the manufacturing industry's greatest challenge. This scholarship and accompanying school donation is our way of encouraging students to enter the industry and supporting the schools educating them," added Doherty.

The application deadline is January 1, 2019 and the winner and their school will be selected on January 22, 2019.

To be considered, applicants must submit an essay of 500–1000 words detailing three innovative ways the industry can effectively increase the number of young professionals seeking careers in manufacturing. Alternately, video submissions of one to three minutes are also accepted.

Tickets are now available to purchase for the TCT @ formnext conference taking place from November 13-16, 2018 in Hall 4 at the Messe Frankfurt. The audience can expect high-quality, expert talks on design-to-manufacturing innovations from renowned academic researchers, industry experts, and market analysts. These inspirational speakers will share their experience on how additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing is impacting the wider engineering and manufacturing industries.

With over fifty engaging presentations, split across two stages, the TCT conference @ formnext will deliver insightful talks for all technical levels from beginner to advanced. Talks will cover the recent and future developments in AM across numerous verticals and will also address current challenges that designers, engineers and executives may face when it comes to selecting materials, technologies and making business decisions.

Speakers representing leading organizations will explore the application of 3D printing in transport, healthcare and design, while recognized academics and institutes will shine the spotlight on the latest research for the next generation of manufacturing. In addition to this, attendees will be presented with topics covering post-processing, new materials and new processes, including topics such as “Multimaterial 3D Printing with Photopolymers” and “Towards Predicting Properties of AM Microstructures”.

With so many high-level presentations it comes as no surprise that the visitor numbers are growing annually. With a fifty-nine percent increase between 2016 and 2017, Rapid News Publications is expecting around one thousand and five hundred attendees for the 2018 edition across diverse product development, engineering and manufacturing disciplines. The conference team is looking forward to sharing 3D printing and additive manufacturing business-critical insights, intelligence, and inspiration with this year’s TCT conference @ formnext participants.

Faustson has added a new 5-axis milling machine to its existing lineup of 5-axis milling, 3D metal printing, and multi-axis EDM technology. The DMU 95 monoBLOCK is from DMG MORI’s DMU monoBLOCK series of universal machining centers.

Fauston Vice President Heidi Hostetter said, "We strive to be responsive to what our customers need, and we kept getting quick-turn requests. We’ll use this new milling center exclusively for quick-turn projects. With it, we will deliver jobs in just one to two weeks, in and out, compared to a more typical eight-to-ten-week lead time."

Hostetter noted that their research showed them that the high-end precision shops in the region were at full capacity. In most cases it was six to eight weeks before a customer could expect to get a project on a machine. That, coupled with customers requesting quick-turn service, drove this high-six-figure purchase.

The new machine is known for its stability, is made from a single casting, and includes advanced software and 60 sensors that monitor its operations. Digital software provides the capability to program complex machining cycles at a much faster rate. Table tilt gives simultaneous 5-axis capability, rather than 4+1. Though the DMU 95 monoBLOCK handles all materials and super alloys, Fauston will use it for aluminum and titanium parts that require no additional operations other than heat treating.

“For Faustson, there is no learning curve on this machine,” said Andre Rusconi of DMG MORI. “They’re progressive and were one of the first in the region to add simultaneous 5-axis capability back in the late 1990s. They have a very high skill set and will get maximum use and value out of this purchase. They have five other machines with the same control system, so they hit the ground running. Those that don’t know the system have a six- to 12-month learning curve to understand the cutting and turning strategies. Given the economy, the customer demand, the low unemployment rate, equipment like this with a lot of automation capabilities is a wise investment.”

Scheduling the machine and making parts this way enables Faustson to deliver jobs 80% faster and get customers 80% BOM (Bill of Materials). That time savings gives Faustson customers the flexibility to handle the final 20% of the part-complete process in whatever way they choose and still come out ahead in terms of time to a completed part.

The applications for this machine span the multiple industries Faustson serves, including aerospace, defense, engineering, medical, and automotive. The increased capabilities it enables allow Faustson to expand their client base and bring additional economic activity to Denver and Colorado.

Due to the increased demand for 3D construction printers, 3D Printhuset, Denmark, which 3D printed the first building in Europe, The BOD, has decided to separate all its’ 3D construction printing activities in a new company called COBOD International. From here on COBOD will be responsible for the sale and manufacture of the popular BOD2 3D construction printer - an upgraded, modular, improved and 10 times faster version of the BOD1 printer, which printed Europe’s first 3D printed building, The BOD, in Copenhagen.

3D construction printing has made many headlines in the last couple of years, but it is first recently that a proper market for 3D construction printers has begun to emerge. 3D Printhuset has played a major role in this development and recently won the first ever EU public tender for a 3D construction printer. Following a steep increase in demand during the spring and the summer after the launch of the BOD2 construction printer, 3D Printhuset is concentrating its efforts within the 3D construction printing field in a new company, called COBOD International.

Henrik Lund-Nielsen, CEO of COBOD International explained: “With the large demand that we have seen for our 3D construction printing offer, including for our state of the art BOD2 construction printer, but also for our know-how and courses on 3D construction printing, these activities grew to deserve their own dedicated company. 3D Printhuset are doing multiple other successful activities besides from 3D construction printing, but lately we got so much attention to the 3D construction printing that some started to believe that we no longer did the other activities. Hence it made sense to separate out all the 3D construction printing activities in a new company only dedicated to 3D construction printing and I will personally take charge of the new company as the CEO due to the huge growth potential, which COBOD has”.

COBOD International was chosen as the name for the new company, which next to offices in downtown Copenhagen also has test and lab facilities, and a warehouse nearby in Copenhagen Harbor, which also is the location of the BOD building.

Asger Dath, Communication Manager said: “We wanted a name for the new company that clearly had a reference to construction, to our previous activities and to the automation of the building process, which our construction printers offer. As The BOD building, enjoys a unique and well-deserved reputation as the first fully permitted 3D printed building in Europe, it was obvious that the new name should have a reference to the BOD. Combining that with a “CO” as an abbreviation for construction in front of the “BOD” resulted in the name COBOD. Taken into consideration that “cobod” phonetically resembles “robot”, hereby clearly indicating that the company is into automatized construction processes, it was clear that COBOD should be the new name”.

When the DOD announced its Additive Manufacturing Roadmap in 2016, technology companies saw endless possibilities. If they could harness the potential of additive manufacturing (AM) to add features like antennas and sensors to off-the-shelf military equipment such as phones and computers, the door would swing wide-open. But in time, realizing the promise of additive manufacturing turned out to be more of a challenge than many thought.

Additive manufacturing, also referred to as 3D printing, is versatile, flexible, highly customizable and, as such, can suit most sectors of industrial production. Materials to make these parts and objects can be of a widely varying type. They include metallic, ceramic and polymeric materials along with combinations in the form of composites, hybrid or functionally graded materials.

The challenge remains, however, to transfer making the shapes and structures into obtaining objects that are functional. A great deal of work is needed in AM in addressing the challenges related to its two key enabling technologies, namely ‘materials’ and ‘processes,’ to achieve this functionality in predictable and reproducible ways.

Military applications of additive manufacturing face a particularly high bar if they are going to be modified for the battlefield. Products must be rugged, fit the warfighter, hardened, and secure, according to Chris DiBiasio, Draper’s group leader for advanced manufacturing, who says it is important to remember that, in many cases, the operators of the equipment are soldiers, and their primary function is protection.

DiBiasio manages Draper’s Additive Manufacturing Center, and he is familiar with modifying commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) computers, networking equipment and various technologies for the battlefield and other defense and commercial uses. Among the top requirements is to work within the tight confines of already-adopted product and technology platforms.

“The challenge in additive manufacturing is how to add capability and functionality to an existing device or technology platform without adding too much weight, changing the device’s size or compromising the device’s native systems,” he said.

Draper recently put this idea to the test by using additive manufacturing to print sensors onto a COTS hand-held communicator. Draper produced a scanned image of the communicator’s battery pack to find nooks and crannies where the new technology layer could reside, ported the image into a 3D CAD model, processed the CAD model with Draper’s proprietary software, converted the data into instructions for the 3D printer and then printed an ultra-thin, multi-stack layer of electronics.

“The scripts and algorithm streamlined the 3D printing process and reduced 3D printing and assembly from a week to only a day or two,” said DiBiasio. The result was a communicator with new capabilities but no discernible change in its profile or weight.

Military use of COTS and additive manufacturing is on the upswing. The Air Force recently launched a trusted computing program to give military access to COTS microelectronics. Elsewhere, the U.S. Army has announced plans to merge its additive manufacturing technology roadmap into an overarching DOD roadmap.

SimScale announced the release of the new and improved SimScale Workbench 2.0 with the goal of drastically improving user productivity by decreasing loading time and increasing interaction speed.

With this update, the SimScale web-based CAE platform is now as fast and interactive as a desktop application, while taking advantage of the unlimited computing power of the cloud. Furthermore, the new solution stack sets the stage for major new updates and features that are already in development and will be released in the coming months.

“SimScale was built to bring simulation technology to every designer and engineer in the world. With the release of the new workbench, we take a big leap towards making CAE as easy as it needs to be to emerge from the expert’s toolbox into a web-based platform everybody can benefit from. Some exciting automation features are yet to come, so keep an eye on us,” said Alexander Fischer, VP Product and co-founder of SimScale.

In addition, the latest release from SimScale introduces some fundamental changes to the overall user experience, making the SimScale Workbench 2.0 the most advanced, yet user-friendly simulation interface version ever created by the cloud simulation company.

Compared to the old workbench, with the new version the viewer takes up significantly more screen real estate, becoming the heart of the interface. To improve the overall user experience, the settings panels now 'float' on top of the viewer, reserving as much space as possible for visualization. Together with a new model color scheme—which preserves the original CAD coloring if possible—and a translucent render mode, interaction with the model has been made significantly more efficient.

SimScale’s vision includes making engineering simulation as intuitive as possible. With the previous workbench, the meshing, simulation and post-processing steps were separated into three different tabs. The new version, on the other hand, consolidates the entire workflow into a single tree, helping users set up their projects faster and easier by following a straightforward, step-by-step approach, from top to bottom.

A third major change is the possibility for users to carry out a simulation directly on a CAD model. In practice, this means the user can now set up a complete simulation directly on their geometry with less exposure to mesh generation—something that will particularly help novice users to successfully simulate faster. The added benefit of this approach is that, in the case there is a need to change or refine the mesh, all settings and assignments will be kept.

SimScale offers a Community plan which is free to all users willing to share their projects publicly. The Professional plan can be tested via a free 14-day trial. Getting started with the trial only takes a few minutes and only requires a standard web browser.

AMFG, a UK-based provider of automation software for additive manufacturing, showcased its Supplier Integration Network for the first time at this year’s TCT Show. The new software feature is designed to automate production across the manufacturing supply chain by enabling manufacturers to seamlessly coordinate and engage with their existing network of partners and suppliers through the platform.

The Supplier Integration Network is the latest addition to AMFG’s software platform, which provides automated production and post-production management tools for additive manufacturing. Following the successful launch of the AI-driven platform earlier this year, AMFG believes the new Supplier Integration Network feature will further enhance its offerings for manufacturers seeking to invest in additive manufacturing.

“Automating AM production along the supply chain is a key need for the countless companies we’ve spoken with,” explains Keyvan Karimi, CEO of AMFG.  “Manufacturers want to be able to automate their additive manufacturing supply chain without having to deal with endless back and forth emailing or phone calls. Our Supplier Integration Network answers this need and drives efficiency by giving companies a direct way to maintain and engage with a distributed network of suppliers across locations.”

For example, manufacturers can easily outsource production or post-processing activities to their existing suppliers using the Supplier Integration Network. In this instance, if a company does not have a certain post-processing capability in-house, the project can be automatically outsourced to an external partner directly through the platform — thereby maintaining a streamlined, centralised workflow. Likewise, service bureaus and suppliers using AMFG can use the feature to provide OEMs access to their services with greater ease.

“Manufacturers are looking to scale their additive production effectively and we’re committed to giving them the software infrastructure to do so,” says Keyvan. “Facilitating greater connectivity between all players along the supply chain, through automation, is a large part of this. Our vision with the Supplier Integration Network is also to help companies achieve truly distributed manufacturing by providing a greater level of connectivity along the supply chain through our platform. Of course, the Supplier Integration Network feature is designed to be used in conjunction with our other AM solutions, from project management to production planning and more.”

The Jacksonville Jaguars introduced FANUC America as a proud partner of the team and welcomed five new robots to TIAA Bank Field and the Jaguars family of game day staff.

“We are excited for the opportunity to show FANUC robots to Jaguars fans,” said Mike Cicco, president and CEO of FANUC.  “Companies both large and small are implementing robots and automation to help them meet their productivity goals.  Ultimately, we help companies solve production challenges and stay competitive.  We hope our fun and interactive demonstrations encourage people to see what automation can do for them.”

Fans visiting TIAA Bank Field on game day this season can interact with one of five new robots located throughout the stadium. They include:

  • Flo – Thirsty fans visiting the Bud Light Party Zone will be served by Flo the robot who will be helping the bartenders pour Bud Light.
  • Lenny – In the Lower US Assure Club West, fans can challenge Lenny the robot to a running back challenge by passing a handheld ring along a zigzagged route.
  • Cheer – Later this season, when the Jaguars score, look for Cheer the robot on Camp Grunt Style as she hoists a Jaguars flag to celebrate a touchdown.
  • Jax and Jill – Always a robot team, Jax and Jill are waiting in the US Assure Club West lobby to welcome fans with a special message.

“We’re excited to add another partner who supports our philosophy of bringing first-of-its-kind activations to the stadium experience,” said Scott Massey, Jaguars senior vice president of corporate partnerships. “FANUC is a leader in automation and we’re thrilled for FANUC robots to engage with Jaguars fans on game day, from serving fans Bud Lights, to competing against them in a fun skills challenge, to waving a Jaguars flag celebrating big moments on the field.”

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