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UNITED GRINDING North America, Inc. will host The Artistry of the Grinding Universe Event April 18–19 at its new 110,000-square-foot headquarters in Miamisburg, Ohio. The free two-day education event will give attendees an opportunity to explore the latest grinding technologies, automation and measurement systems that provide the turnkey solutions they require to keep pace in today’s evolving manufacturing landscape.

During the event, application engineers will perform machine demonstrations on a wide variety of WALTER, STUDER, EWAG and BLOHM machines. Attendees will learn how ID/OD, creep feed, centerless, radius, universal – with an emphasis on bearing grinding in shoes – thread grinding and other modern grinding techniques, can improve productivity and boost part quality. Industry experts from all of UNITED GRINDING’s brands will be on hand to discuss the latest technologies and address specific grinding challenges.

Among the machines in action will be the WALTER HELITRONIC VISION 400 L, a high-precision CNC tool grinding machine that can grind lengths up to 16.5" and a BLOHM PROFIMAT MT, a high-performance production grinding machine. The company will also showcase an EWAG Laser Line Precision machine to show the latest technology for manufacturing cutting tools out of superhard materials. In addition, several of the latest model STUDER machines will be in operation, and attendees will get a virtual sneak peek at new expanded models of STUDER machines.

Another highlight at the event will be a series of educational presentations by industry experts from UNITED GRINDING and key grinding machine ancillary suppliers. Topics will include grinding process automation, coolant and filtration, abrasive and workholding solutions, inspection technologies and Factory 4.0 Digitization.

"This event is a great opportunity for manufacturers to get an up-close look at the state-of-the-art for all things grinding," said Steve Jacobson, President and CEO of United Grinding North America Inc. "Attendees will walk away with practical knowledge they can use to optimize their overall grinding process and have an opportunity to explore our new facility, which opened in November 2017, and enables us to offer the complete grinding experience, all under one roof."

WTWH Media, the parent company of MassDevice.com, Medical Design & Outsourcing and DeviceTalks, is proud to announce an agreement to bring two of the Minnesota medtech industry’s most respected events into its DeviceTalks Minnesota event.

DeviceTalks, founded in 2011, is an industry-leading conference held annually in three key medical device markets. It origi nated as an offshoot of MassDevice.com, one of the most widely read and respected publications in the medical device world.DeviceTalks Minnesota will be held on June 4-5, 2018 at the Intercontinental Saint Paul Riverfront in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

For the next two years, Medical Alley Association will host its Regulatory 101 and Clinical 101 programs at DeviceTalks Minnesota in 2018 and 2019, according to the agreement.The Medical Alley Association serves the individuals and organizations that comprise Minnesota’s health industry by influencing policy, fostering connections and providing critical intelligence to improve the quality  of health around the world. Medical Alley is considered one of the premiere health technology industry councils in the world.

“I’m honored to work with Medical Alley on helping to preserve and grow the legacy of these key programs for the Minnesota medical technology ecosystem,” said DeviceTalks founder Brian Johnson. “As we continue to grow the DeviceTalks brand across the country, it’s essential to have partners like Medical Alley.”

“The Regulatory and Clinical 101 series have a 20 year history of raising the quality bar in Medical Alley’s medical device community,” said Frank Jaskulke, Vice President Intelligence, Medical Alley. “Partnering with DeviceTalks ensures they continue delivering the best in training and provides opportunities to expand their reach and impact.”

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) unveiled the new design of the patent grant cover during a special ceremony at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas. The redesigned cover will debut on patent number 10 million which is expected to issue sometime in 2018.

“American ingenuity has been at the forefront of every major technological revolution of the past two centuries, from steam engines to flight, and from the biotechnology revolution to the information revolution,” said Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, Andrei Iancu. “This new patent design not only celebrates how far we’ve come and the new frontiers we have yet to explore, it also represents the cornerstone and the currency of an American intellectual property system that has given so much to the world and will continue to do so for ages to come.”

The patent grant cover contains the physical document issued to inventors upon the granting of a U.S. patent. The 225-plus year history of the patent cover has seen fewer than a dozen basic designs since President George Washington granted the first patent in 1790. Previous designs featured calligraphy, elaborate engravings, and high-quality typesetting.

The patent office has only redesigned the document twice in the last hundred years, and the current design is more than 30 years old. A team of in-house USPTO graphic designers created the new patent cover design. After several iterations, Commissioner for Patents Drew Hirshfeld made the final selection.

“This new design portrays a modern day flair while reflecting the history of patent covers by taking design cues from 19th and early 20th century patent cover designs, mostly through the use of script typography and graphic ornaments,” said Commissioner for Patents Drew Hirshfeld. “When our designers and Patents team were creating the new cover, we wanted to create a design worthy of the significant importance that the document itself has to inventors, and its significance as a physical representation of American invention and ingenuity.”

The ceremony, which was co-sponsored by the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF), also featured remarks from Ethernet inventor, 2007 NIHF inductee, and laureate of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, Robert M. Metcalfe and IBM Master Inventor, Susann Keohane, IBM Global Research Leader for the Aging Initiative.

TE Connectivity and SnapEDA are collaborating to make more than 25,000 new digital models available to electronics designers, helping them bring their products to market faster.

Traditionally, designers have spent days creating models for each component in their designs, a tedious and time-consuming process. Some components, such as connectors, are particularly challenging to create models for due to their non-standard shapes, pitches, pads and cutouts.

With this new collaboration, designers can now download free printed circuit board (PCB) footprint and symbols for TE components instantly, saving them days of time so they can focus on product optimization and innovation. The models are compatible with Altium, OrCAD, Allegro, Eagle, PADS, DXDesigner and KiCad.

These components include a wide range of connectors -- such as USB, flexible printed circuit, modular, mobile battery, terminal and jack connectors -- as well as sensors, fuses, switches, relays, DC-DC converters, thermistors, resistors and diodes.

"TE Connectivity has an extremely broad product portfolio. With everything from connectors to sensors, designers can now seamlessly select and design-in a wide variety of components into their designs by downloading the symbol and footprint for that product instantly," said Natasha Baker, CEO of SnapEDA.

"As a global technology company with more than 7,000 engineers, we know how important these digital models can be for designers," said David Sinisi, VP of Engineering Excellence at TE Connectivity. "We're excited to partner with SnapEDA to make our models available free of charge so that it's easier, faster and more convenient for engineers to optimize their products and bring them to market."

The process is simple. Designers simply search for their desired product on the TE Connectivity or SnapEDA website, download the model and then drag-and-drop it into their designs.

In addition to providing the models themselves, SnapEDA provides transparency into the standards that each model follows. For instance, designers can see whether a footprint follows TE Connectivity's recommended dimensions, or industry standards (such as IPC-7351B). Each model also includes an automated report generated by SnapEDA's patent-pending verification checker, to help prevent common manufacturing issues.

Gentle Giant Ltd. / 3D Systems is excited to announce our new mass market collectible toy division Gentle Giant Toys. Gentle Giant Ltd. have been known as an industry leader in the high-end collectibles market for almost 2 decades, and were pioneers in using digital scans and data to make collector consumer products. Gentle Giant Toys is proud to announce the first seven new mass-market collectible toy lines!

Gentle Giant Toys is a new division branding itself independently from Gentle Giant Ltd. with a new logo, new website and new social media handles. "These fun new, lines deserve a fun, new logo. The new logo tells a story and is more playful and approachable," said Daniel Pickett, Marketing Manager for Gentle Giant Toys. "The Giant represents the company's history and expertise in the world of authentic replication. The Butterfly is the embodiment of the artistic and innovative style ingrained into its consumer products."

"We are excited at the prospect of taking our almost two decades of experience and applying the same care, craftsmanship and attention to detail to these lower price-point collectible toy lines: same way we treat our high-end resin pieces," said Dev Gilmore, Director of Creative and Licensing of Gentle Giant Ltd.

"We've had a lot of fun making our 1:6th scale collectibles, life-size monuments and even larger than life pieces, but the great thing about digital sculpting is that the product can be any size! So, we are taking it down a few notches to be fun, compact and awesome so you can build new collections quickly, without having to look at adding a wing onto your house for them," said Ashly Powell Director of Product Development.

The first wave of product lines include:

Bust-Ups - One of our most popular lines returns for a new generation. Bust-Ups are pre-painted, snap together mystery model kits. You collect them, build them and display them! These eye-catching miniature models allow you to re-create some of your favorite moments from the most successful science fiction and comic book franchises of all time!

Mini Heroes - Straight from the covers of Marvel Comics comes the Gentle Giant Toys' line of Mini Heroes animated maquettes! These mini statues feature fun, stylized versions of your favorite Marvel heroes and villains on a whimsical base environment! Each character is taken from a 2-D comic book image and translated into adorable 3-D for your collection!

Enamel Pins - The enamel pin craze has swept the planet and pop culture fandom is on the forefront of that trend. Gentle Giant Toys is beyond excited to step into this arena with – Star Wars!  We are launching our enamel pin program with 2-D enamel pins representing vintage Star Wars figures! Subsequent waves will feature current films and characters from movies such as The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi as well as looking back across over 40 years of the Star Wars Universe!

Super Stills - For our new PVC SuperStills line we are sticking close to our roots and changing the materials but not the care and attention to detail we pour into each bust. we are extending that expertise to reach new audiences and find new collectors by making our highly detailed models more accessible for the mass market. Using high grade PVC we are translating the most iconic characters in entire Star Wars and Marvel universes into dynamic and affordable mass-market display pieces.

Micro Bobbles - The Marvel Universe just got a little more adorable with Gentle Giant's new Marvel Micro-Bobbles line.  These stylized heroes from across the Marvel Universe are blind-bagged in a fun, new, original, bobble-head style.  Each bobble–head character features a suction cup that helps define their characteristic action.

Tiny Tin Pocket Pails
- The greatest heroes, villains, and creatures from every corner of the Star Wars and Marvel Universes have gathered to adorn the exterior of these delightful boxes, presented in both modern and retro styles. These dynamic tin, hinged boxes contain a matching thermos shaped eraser pencil topper. Each Tiny Tin is blind-boxed to ensure collectability!

Fleet Flyers
- Boldly GO!... AND take your favorite ships from Starfleet with you! From the runaway hit TV series Star Trek: Discovery comes Fleet Flyers! Relive your favorite space battles or explore the outer reaches of the quadrant with these replica spacecraft that have appeared in the new season of Star Trek: Discovery. Each vessel is sculpted using actual digital models from the show, capturing every detail of each unique ship! Each ship comes packed with an articulated arm stand and suction cup so that can be attached to any smooth, flat surface!

First Flight Venture Center (FFVC), a Research Triangle Park-based science and technology incubator for NC entrepreneurs, has launched its advanced rapid prototyping facility, Hangar6. Designed to be a shared prototyping lab for technology-based companies in and around North Carolina, the project is funded by a $450,000 challenge grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce under the Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) program.

FFVC launched Hangar6 with a grand opening event on February 20th, and will hold periodic events during the year to showcase new equipment, capabilities, and services as the facility evolves to meet the needs of science and technology businesses.

Located in RTP at 6 Davis Drive, directly adjacent to FFVC headquarters, Hangar6 is a shared, rapid prototyping facility, and subscription-based program, designed specifically for technology companies to bring their designs to market. The facility has an extensive collection of equipment including, 3D scanners, CO2 lasers, metal fiber lasers, a CNC mill, 3D printers, and more. Hangar6 also offers machine training and design assistance to entrepreneurs, start-ups, and businesses with the help of experienced shop manager, Sam Dirani.

“We’re looking forward to providing a comprehensive range of advanced equipment and expert professional services that will serve as a resource for the rapidly-growing number of science- and technology-based entrepreneurial companies that are springing up in the RTP and the greater Triangle regions,” said Andrew Schwab, FFVC president. “We believe that the Hangar6 facility will be a catalyst for the growth of new companies and new employment opportunities for North Carolina.”

According to Schwab, the Hangar6 prototyping facility is designed to have an ongoing, self-sustaining source of funding through subscription fees for use of the equipment, as well as sponsorship opportunities for companies that offer resources and services needed by companies engaged in the prototyping process.

Partnering with FFVC in the Hangar6 project are Alexandria Real Estate Equities, an RTP-based real estate investment trust (REIT) focused on life sciences; the North Carolina Center Of Innovation Network (NC COIN), a member network of companies dedicated to fostering a growth environment in North Carolina for technology companies; and Eva Garland Consulting (EGC), a firm that assists innovative technology companies obtain non-dilutive funding through government and private sources to accelerate their growth.

Bombardier is working with Siemens to further explore and extend the Teamcenter® portfolio for product lifecycle management (PLM) to optimize its engineering processes to develop, produce and support its products.

“Using Teamcenter to establish an integrated solution spanning across engineering disciplines and downstream users could facilitate the use of consistent processes and leverage collaboration across the enterprise. Bombardier looks forward to what we can achieve from these capabilities,” said Brigitte Larivière, head of Value chain and Functional experience, Bombardier Information Solutions.

Teamcenter provides an integrated single source of information and data for programs spanning across mechanical, electrical, systems, software and wire harnesses, for visibility and traceability throughout each stage of the development process. Combined with the use of a digital twin and a globally common process, once implemented Teamcenter can provide Bombardier improved quality of information within an integrated execution strategy.

“Implementing Teamcenter can help provide Bombardier with greater flexibility in their product development cycles, which is critical in today’s competitive production environment,” said Bob Jones, executive vice president, Siemens PLM Software. “Insight from the digital twin at each stage of the development cycle will inform and enable better products, ultimately benefiting their customers.”

Siemens helps global manufacturers facing today’s challenge of delivering products that meet technical and performance requirements, at cost and on schedule. Supply chains are continually being transformed to optimize productivity while maintaining a highly dynamic and virtual workforce. Solutions from Siemens PLM Software take advantage of industry-leading practices to enable aerospace companies to manage entire product lifecycles.

GF Machining Solutions has appointed several new members to its sales and marketing team. Dante Payva, Sammy Shabib, Heather Natal and Jon Carlson all fill key roles that will enable the company to continue its focus on enhancing the sales, service and support for its milling, EDM and laser texturing solutions.

Dante Payva is now product manager for the company’s portfolio of milling machines. He brings more than 18 years of experience in technical and manufacturing fields to his new position, including 17 as a technical service specialist and a technical support engineer with GF Machining Solutions. Throughout his tenure with the company, Payva has been highly focused on delivering superior customer support that results in high customer satisfaction.

Sammy Shabib has joined GF Machining Solutions as sales manager for the company’s milling products. Previously, he was district sales manager for JTEKT Toyoda Americas Corporation where he managed the southern California distribution team. Shabib earned Associate of Science degrees in physics, mathematics and natural sciences from Cosumnes River College and Bachelor of Science degrees in mechanical and aerospace engineering from University of California Irvine.

Heather Natal has also joined GF Machining Solutions as marketing manager. She will draw upon more than 15 years of marketing communications experience with global organizations DSM Functional Materials and DMG America to drive the company’s internal and external communication efforts to support its overall marketing and sales objectives. Natal earned a Bachelor of Arts in communications from the University of Illinois at Chicago and holds Communication Management Professional (CMP) certification from the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC).

Jon Carlson, who previously served as GF Machining Solutions’ marketing coordinator, has been named product manager for the company’s range of advanced manufacturing solutions. In his new position, he will be responsible for delivering on the growth objectives for additive manufacturing, laser texturing and micro-machining products. Carlson has a Business Administration degree in marketing and finance from Augustana College, where he was a four-year varsity letter winner in baseball.

ASTM International, one of the world’s leading developers of technical standards, released a white paper entitled, “Standards Development: Enabling Manufacturing Innovation and Accelerating Commercialization.”

The free paper provides a high-level vision for optimal partnership and interaction between the global standardization and innovation communities. In particular, it emphasizes how international standards development activities must be more proactively undertaken to keep pace with marketplace innovation.

“More than ever before, businesses throughout the world need high-quality standards that evolve in tandem with rapid advances in 3D printing, nanotechnology, robotics, and other cutting-edge fields,” said Katharine Morgan, ASTM International president.  “Together, we can meet that challenge by creating aligned roadmaps, by maximizing participation in standards development, and more.”

The white paper explains the value that a collaborative and integrated approach to voluntary consensus standards development can bring to innovation initiatives. Specifically, the paper emphasizes:

  • Early engagement in strategic planning to provide the interface between science and technology, research and market;
  • Robust participation of all key stakeholders to ensure alignment of technology and process goals; and,
  • Leveraging the strength of standards development organizations (SDOs), including speed, collaborative expertise, and agility.


There are many examples of how this approach could benefit global leaders involved in standardization and related R&D.

“High-quality technical standards are the foundation for long-term commercial success and key to accelerating deployment of advanced manufacturing technologies,” said John Vickers, NASA Principal Technologist for Advanced Manufacturing. “If we strengthen the relationship between R&D and standardization activities, we will dramatically improve the competitiveness of U.S. advanced manufacturing industries.”

Importantly, the paper provides a figure that visually depicts how the standards and innovation communities can move forward in parallel with ongoing interactions. The paper also highlights how collaborative approaches are already succeeding in the field of additive manufacturing.

Roboze has chosen the City Gate Center in Naperville, IL, as its sales and technology center for its location, style and ability to host all kinds of events. At the moment, the office hosts Roboze One, the printer that will be used for demonstrations, seminars, training and manufacturing of parts.

"Today we open our new commercial and technical center at the City Gate Center of Naperville, Illinois. This facility will be used for seminars, and conferences for our future customers and business partners so they can come and see our technology. We will be happy to give you a tour of our facility when you are in the area. "Says Ron Weavil, Roboze NA Territory Manager.

With a population of about 142,000, Naperville is the fourth largest city in Illinois. Located 28 miles west of downtown Chicago, Naperville offers easy access to major interstate highways, O'Hare International and Midway airports as well as passenger and freight transportation systems.

The Company's mission is to make additive manufacturing solutions accessible using thermoplastic materials with chemical, mechanical and thermal properties superior to the standard polymers currently available on the market. Its offer includes the manufacturing of parts using materials like PEEK.

The latest solution, presented at Formnext 2017, introduces Carbon PEEK, increasing PEEKS’s mechanical performance with reinforced carbon fibers. Available on the Argo 500, Roboze 's first FFF solution, that from there kicked off the company’s production series, able to produce parts in 500 x 500 x 500 mm. The goal is to bring the focus of the 3D printing from mere functional prototypes production to that of end-use parts.

US market demand, and not only, have arisen in recent years given the great need to produce parts that substitute metals and for reduced production volumes.

"The opening of a new office in the heart of the Chicago’s metropolitan area is our response to the strong demand from the US market for a high quality solution for the production of parts with additive manufacturing methods with innovative materials and extraordinary performance, such as Roboze polymers, "says Alessio Lorusso, Roboze CEO & Founder." Ron Weavil also has extensive experience in the market and, above all, it is local. This is what our customers need in order to take full advantage of Roboze solutions and optimize their work "concludes A. Lorusso.

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