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Nano Dimension, a leading additive electronics provider, named high tech veteran Dr. Jaim Nulman as its Chief Technology Officer.

As CTO, Dr. Nulman will be responsible for executing the company’s growth and delivering on the company’s value promise to its customers. He will also head Nano Dimension’s technology strategy and product roadmap.

Dr. Nulman is a proven influencer and innovator with more than 30 years of expertise in working with companies from startups to Fortune 500 enterprises. He served as Vice President of Applied Materials, where he spent 15 years in several product division and corporate positions. He drove the successful commercialization of one of Applied Materials' semiconductor manufacturing products with impressive market penetration of $1 billion in less than five years.

"Dr. Nulman is a seasoned technology professional with proven leadership credentials. His experience fits perfectly into our strategy to scale our operations,” said Amit Dror, CEO of Nano Dimension. "With a strong track record helping organizations expedite the transition from technology to product commercialization, he will play a major role as we accelerate Nano Dimension’s growth.”

With its unique 3D printing technologies, Nano Dimension is targeting the growing demand for electronic devices that require increasingly sophisticated features. Demand for circuitry, including PCBs - which are the heart of every electronic device - covers a diverse range of industries, including consumer electronics, medical devices, defense, aerospace, automotive, IoT and telecom.

Siemens PLM Software announced the appointment of Brenda Discher in a new position for the company, senior vice president for Strategy and Marketing. Reporting directly to CEO Tony Hemmelgarn, this position will be responsible for transforming the Siemens PLM Software and Mentor marketing and strategy functions into a combined organization that will play a significant role in the growth of the company going forward.

”We’ve been quite successful in partnering with mid- to large-size companies to help them realize their innovation goals through the application of our software,” said Tony Hemmelgarn, CEO of Siemens PLM Software. “Brenda’s background and experience add an important component to our team, which can help increase our focus in helping small and mid-size companies leverage our software to transform their business as well.”

Most recently, Discher served as vice president of Global Customer Service/Support for Autodesk. In this role, she was responsible for transforming the customer service and engagement process as the company transitioned to Software as a service (Saas). Brenda led online community and customer success functions, working to ensure customer adoption and retention.

Prior to this responsibility, Discher spent nearly 20 years in various marketing leadership positions at Autodesk. There she directed product and industry go-to-market strategy, social/demand/lead generation, channel partner cultivation, customer segmentation/profiling, as well as marketing communications, public relations and acquisition strategies. She also led product management in the company’s Mechanical Software division and was responsible for launching several design, product lifecycle management and SaaS offerings.

Ms. Discher holds a BS in Mechanical/Industrial Engineering from Eastern Michigan University. In addition, she has an MBA in International Marketing and Finance, also from Eastern Michigan University.

Nylon Corporation of America, Inc. (NYCOA), has launched an extended product family of nylon (polyamide) based thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs), also known as polyether-block-amides (PEBA), for a range of applications in the automotive, sporting goods, personal electronics, composite, and specialty films markets. The company will discuss the announcement at NPE2018 May 7-11 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

The NY-FLEX® elastomer range is a new and innovative class of nylon (polyamide) based engineering thermoplastic elastomers (E-TPE). These materials are block copolymers of nylon (polyamide) segments and polyether segments. The nylon (polyamide) block is the hard segment and the polyether block is the soft, flexible segment.

NY-FLEX® grades are thus hybrid materials, offering a unique combination of rubber-like elastomeric properties and thermoplastic-like processing capabilities. By varying the type and the ratio of these two blocks, a wide range of NY-FLEX® grades are offered. They exhibit a broad range of performance attributes in terms of impact toughness and flexibility, along with processing advantages. NYCOA currently offers a range of NY-FLEX® grades ranging in hardness from 82 Shore D to 90 Shore A.

“These innovative materials have been designed to fill a technology gap in the E-TPE material space,” said Pratik Shah, vice president of new business development for NYCOA. “During the extensive development cycle, our customers have repeatedly pointed out the need for E-TPEs with superior performance characteristics and the need to lower overall systems cost. We believe that our NY-FLEX® grades deliver incredible value to the customer compared to other E-TPEs.”

NY-FLEX® E-TPE grades deliver a broad range of benefits including excellent flexibility at low temperature, superior retention of properties to elevated temperature, and exceptional toughness and resilience. They also provide high creep resistance, strong resistance to flex fatigue, good abrasion resistance, and superior resistance to greases, oils, and solvents. NY-FLEX ® E-TPEs exhibit lower specific gravity compared to thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPUs) and are easily processed using thermoplastic processing techniques. NYCOA is working closely with processors, Tier 1 suppliers, and OEMs on a wide range of applications using NY-FLEX® E-TPEs.

UNITED GRINDING has unveiled its new EWAG PROFILE LINE, an indexable carbide insert grinding solution. Developed in a partnership between Ewag AG and sister company Walter Maschinenbau GmbH, the PROFILE LINE serves as an extremely efficient grinding center for the advanced processing of highly complex interchangeable insert geometries and interfaces.

The PROFILE LINE enhances production efficiency with innovative technology such as an intelligent, integrated six-station changer for grinding wheel sets with a coolant supply manifold that selects the optimal wheel to ensure the maximum possible machining volume for sintered insert blanks. The machine integrates both EWAG ProGrind and WALTER HELITRONIC TOOL STUDIO into its FANUC control unit to further expand the range of applications and improve insert geometries.

For unattended, lights-out operations, the PROFILE LINE comes equipped with an integrated six-axis FANUC robot that can easily accommodate customer-specific pallets. A high-resolution CCD-HD vision system is also available for loading grid pallets using magnetic grippers. Cleaning, re-clamping and centering stations can also be integrated and adapted to the customer-specific product range.

If trade show attendance is an indicator of the health of manufacturing in the United States, then the industry is off to a great start in 2018.

Design-2-Part (D2P) Shows, a series of eleven annual design and contract manufacturing trade shows across the U.S., has set attendance records in each of the three shows held so far in 2018. Two of the shows, in Grapevine, Texas and Secaucus , NJ, recorded all-time record highs for D2P shows in those cities. The third show in Atlanta, Georgia posted its highest attendance since 1995.

“We are obviously thrilled with the attendance and the start that our shows have had for 2018,” said Jerry Schmidt, President of Design-2-Part Shows. “But we are also encouraged by what this could indicate for America’s manufacturing industry and the U.S. economy as a whole. What’s really encouraging about this “snap shot” is the spread of regions that have all responded: the Southwest, the Southeast, and the Northeast.”

Design-2-Part Shows provide U.S. manufacturers an efficient opportunity to meet local and national job shops and contract manufacturers face-to-face to source custom parts, components, services, and design. Exhibiting companies showcase their design-through-manufacturing services featuring more than 300 product categories for the metal, plastics, rubber and electronics industries. D2P Shows exclusively feature exhibiting job shops and contract manufacturers with manufacturing operations in the United States. Companies that do not have facilities in the U.S. are not permitted to exhibit.

D2P will continue its 2018 spring schedule with shows in Schaumburg, Illinois, Santa Clara, California, and Minneapolis, MN.

3D PrinterWorks announced the launch of the HT-5800 3D printing system - a versatile high temperature 3D printer with a large 18” x 18” x 18” build volume. After a successful release of their CreatorBot Pro 3D printer, 3D PrinterWorks is now expanding into larger scale 3D printing.

The HT-5800 is designed to produce high precision parts using engineering grade materials and is ideal for customers in aerospace, DoD, and a wide range of manufacturing segments. The HT-5800 features a high temperature printing surface and insulated build chamber that maintains a controlled environment to ensure consistency and professional quality. With dual extruders, users can print complex geometries using breakaway support material, and the automated platform correction system calibrates the surface before the start of every print, which ensures consistent quality and performance. Easy change build plates allow users to select the correct print surface for maximum part adhesion.

“Our team has worked endlessly on developing a professional grade 3D printer that’s extremely reliable and easy to use, and we feel confident the HT 5800 will outperform the competition,” says Ben Kilar, 3D PrinterWorks CEO. “We listened to feedback from our customers and used high quality components to create a large-scale 3D printer that makes adopting the technology less intimidating for new customers."

3D PrinterWorks was founded in 2013 as a US Veteran-Owned business and is located in additive manufacturing hub of Youngstown, OH. Father and son duo Tom and Ben Kilar use their unique mix of skills and expertise in computer science, engineering, and traditional manufacturing to build solutions that meet the needs of engineers, manufacturers, and entrepreneurs. Tom, a certified Six Sigma Black Belt engineering professional, designed the mechanics and frames for the printers while Ben, a former mechanic for the U.S. Marines with a background in computer science, developed the programming. They’ve since cultivated a client base of hobbyists and industry professionals alike with close attention to detail and continuous product improvement.

M3D begins a new era of color 3D printing with the launch of its Crane Quad 3D printer. Designed for enthusiasts, Crane Quad is the industry’s first multi-material desktop 3D printer that can produce true multi-colored objects.

“Our new Crane Quad desktop 3D color printer is a real breakthrough in 3D printing capability and affordability,” said Michael Armani, co-founder and CEO of M3D. “Its ability to print multiple colors and multiple materials simultaneously is a first, and it takes us one step closer to 3D printers being able to produce real-world objects that outperform traditional manufacturing, both in cost and performance.”

Historically, filament-based 3D printers have been limited to extruding with only one material at a time, which requires users to make complex hardware modifications or to manually guide different materials between layers to get even a few colors in a print. Thus, full-color prints are typically outsourced to services that lease expensive, industrial 3D color printers.

Through Crane Quad’s innovative technology, users can now print more than 50,000 colors by mixing up to four colors of standard 1.75 mm filament. From common base colors, users can create numerous color palettes covering most of the color spectrum. The base colors needed are CMYK: cyan, magenta and yellow with black, white or transparent as keys. In addition, Crane Quad allows users to print objects in any single color without the cost of owning dozens of traditional filament spools, and allows the physical characteristics of different materials to be fused into a single object with new properties.

“Just as M3D started the home 3D printing revolution in 2014, today we continue to drive the evolution of consumer color 3D printing with the introduction of Crane Quad,” said Armani. “For M3D, this launch is not just about introducing groundbreaking innovation – it represents our company’s commitment to the full-color 3D printing movement, and our dedication to providing consumers with the tools to get closer to the widespread on-demand use of 3D printed products that we know is the future.”

Crane Quad features an all-new QuadFusion™ 3D Print Head, which enables the printer to print and blend four filament colors. A first-of-its-kind, this direct-drive extruder can mix both colors and material type of most 1.75 mm filaments. The head is equipped with four motors, three fans, and a 0.35 mm mixing nozzle.

Crane Quad also includes a new open-source controller board, called the Duet 2 Maestro, which was co-designed and made in partnership with Duet3D. The board features five-axis motion control with unprecedented 256 microstep resolution, 120 MHz Atmel/Microchip ARM processor, and micro USB and micro SD card ports. Its Ethernet connectivity enables a user-friendly webhost interface, which works natively on any web-enabled device.

Pricing for Crane Quad starts at $399. The first batch of orders is expected to ship in August.

Tulip announces the launch of Factory Kit, the industry’s first quick-start solution for powering digital manufacturing. Factory Kit is an intuitive self-service solution that includes everything that engineers need to quickly design, build and deploy Manufacturing Apps without writing code.

“While automation within manufacturing organizations has grown significantly, the manufacturing workforce has been left behind by technology. Manufacturing engineers still rely on paper and legacy technology to collect data, and workers on the shop floor lack the productivity tools we take for granted in other industries,” said Natan Linder, Tulip’s CEO. “We started Tulip to change this through our Manufacturing App Platform, and today we’re launching Factory Kit to make it even easier for  engineers to get started.”

Factory Kit leverages Tulip’s award-winning Manufacturing App Platform, which brings the power of Industrial IoT and advanced analytics to the front-line engineer and the associate on the shop floor. Manufacturing Apps integrate human, sensor, and machine data, allowing engineers to gain actionable insights, implement process changes, and continuously improve their operations.

Factory Kit provides access to Tulip’s cloud-based Manufacturing App Platform as well as sample  apps and analytics ready to use out of the box. The Kit includes the building blocks engineers need to get started with Manufacturing Apps, including a Tulip I/O Gateway that lets them connect their devices to the apps they build and the Tulip Light Kit for driving Pick-to-Light (PTL) processes. Also bundled with the kit are an array of IoT sensors and devices including a break beam sensor, environmental sensors, barcode scanner, foot pedal and tower light.

Factory Kit lets engineers go from prototype to production in a few hours, on their own, without needing to know how to code. The time-to-value for the Kit is unprecedented in the industry. “On my own, I was able to create apps that really drive process improvements and help increase efficiencies without needing a support team of IT. It can be done intuitively through the software itself,” said Drew Pope, Senior Process Engineer at Nautique Boat Company, an early adopter of Tulip.

The Tulip Factory Kit gives manufacturers the chance to push bottom-up digital transformation initiatives and empower their engineers—the people closest to their operations—with the tools they need to digitize their processes.

Altair will hold its 2018 Global Altair Technology Conference at the Palais des Congrès in Issy, Paris, France from October 16–18, 2018.

This year’s event will focus on sharing amazing applications of Simulation-Driven Innovation from technology leaders and industry executives from all over the world. Deep technical sessions and presentations on latest technology trends such as IoT and the digital twin, e-mobility, electric vehicle design, and the impact of IoT, AI and machine learning on influencing the future of design, will demonstrate how enterprises can effectively leverage simulation, optimization, and HPC to deliver outstanding products and experiences.

“Simulation, optimization, cloud-based HPC, and the Internet of Things are coming together to transform how innovative products are brought to market,” says James Scapa, Altair’s Founder, Chairman, and CEO. “As we move forward into an era of machine learning and artificial intelligence, opportunities will grow for the convergence of technology and emotion into great designs.”

The Global Altair Technology Conference will bring together industry leaders, product designers, and technology practitioners to help them guide their enterprises to success in a global marketplace. The rich 3-day agenda will feature something for everyone with workshops on October 16 that are premier learning forums for the latest technology from Altair technical experts.

October 17 will offer a full day of inspirational keynotes, and October 18 will include deep technical sessions on over 10 simulation topics including electromagnetics, crash and safety, fluid dynamics and model-based development. Previous Altair Technology Conferences have included technology leadership speakers from organizations including Ferrari, Airbus, Daimler, JLR, NASA, and Ford.

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Artec 3D announces the integration of its portable, hand-held 3D scanners with Geomagic Freeform®. Geomagic Freeform is an organic design software which features a rich set of hybrid modeling tools to rapidly create organic models with fine, intricate details and prepare the models for manufacturing. Integration of the two technologies creates a streamlined workflow from reverse engineering an existing object to the creation of a manufacturing-ready design. With Artec 3D scanners, organic objects can easily be captured directly into Freeform, where users can access a variety of advanced design capabilities including touch-based 3D sculpting, surfacing, design-intent modeling, 3D scan processing, mold making and CAD interoperability. This new combination of solutions unleashes unlimited creativity and design options.

“The new integrated bundle of our professional, handheld 3D scanners and the Geomagic Freeform platform delivers an extremely efficient workflow,” said Artyom Yukhin, president, and CEO of Artec 3D. “Whether you want to capture and replicate an existing object as-is or use it as the basis for an entirely new design, our scanners can provide a high-quality detailed 3D model to use as a starting point. This eliminates the time, cost and possibility of error associated with digitally recreating the geometry of organic objects from scratch.”

Artec’s 3D scanners can quickly capture the texture, size, and geometry of an object with high accuracy. The easy-to-use devices are also engineered with advanced tracking systems to eliminate the need for an object to be covered with targets when scanning. These features make Artec’s scanners a popular solution for various professional industries, including healthcare, manufacturing, science and education, historical preservation, automotive and aerospace, art and entertainment, and more. The ability to easily edit these scans using Freeform® creates a new level of design flexibility and freedom.

“We are continually looking for ways to streamline our customers’ workflows and provide them with advanced design to manufacturing tools that they can use in the most intuitive way,” said Carol Zampell, VP Software Solutions, 3D Systems. “Freeform software together with Touch X™ or Touch™ haptic devices creates a hands-on design experience. By combining our offering with Artec’s 3D scanners, designers can take a physical object and, within minutes, be able to feel and manipulate it as if it was made of clay.”

Never has it been so easy and quick to go from physical object to a design optimized for manufacturing. Built-in features detect and correct potential manufacturing issues early in the design process, saving the time, cost and headache of dealing with avoidable design flaws. The Geomagic Freeform software also includes robust interoperability tools to handle the import and export of 3D file formats like STL, OBJ, PLY, IGES, STEP, other neutral formats, and additional CAD formats through Geomagic Freeform Plus.

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