In August of 2016, 3YOURMIND opened an office in San Francisco to bring their advanced software for industrial 3D printing to the United States. The expansion effort has been led by Aleksander Ciszek, 3YOURMIND’s Co-founder with temporary support from Stephan Kuehr (CEO), and Philipp Stelzer (Head of Sales and Marketing).

Acquiring American customers has been its main focus, because despite already having a strong presence in Europe, there were only a handful of 3D service providers in the US using their software platform.

"The launch of our eCommerce solution last October has been a perfect entry point to the US market. We have found innovative companies and 3D printing services who were hungry for the solution we developed here in Germany."

The progress of negotiations and contracts with giants of the Silicon Valley has resulted in the German Accelerator extending their support for an additional nine months. The proximity to the tech network has sped the develop of business relationships in the U.S. market. In 2017, they expect several of those partnerships to be formally implemented in customer companies and made public.

In April, 2016 3YOURMIND was awarded the German Innovation Prize recognizing the brightest minds and most innovative ideas in the German economy. As part of the award, they were provided with placement in the German Accelerator program in Silicon Valley. They were one of the few innovators selected for this prestigious presentation to bring companies “Made in Germany” to the American market.

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Roboze is accelerating its global expansion after a 2016 technological consolidation of its products in the segment of industrial 3D printing.

Building on the success of its two solutions - Roboze One, a professional 3D printer for the production of functional and accurate parts, and Roboze One + 400, an industrial 3D printer for the production of finished parts with advanced materials - and on the rapid growth of its commercial channels in EMEA, Roboze is now looking for new highly qualified figures to join its staff.

“Our search“ says Alessio Lorusso, Roboze CEO, “aims to increase every day our technical and managerial skills and to deal with the strong demand for our products in strategic markets such as North America and Asia. In Roboze strongly we believe that people are the basis of everything we do and of the technology we create. At the same the strong creative and competitive spirit time that reigns in the company pushes everyone to do their best and to seek bold solutions that often result in errors, sometimes lead to big results. Today Roboze inevitably must face the market with global spirit, and to do that we need to bring in the company new cultures, new languages and customized approaches to target market that we intend to attack”.

The vacancies will compose a new management team, supported by the central management, which will operate directly in North America with the future establishment of a sales branch.

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LMI Technologies (LMI), a developer of 3D inspection and scanning solutions announced it will be moving its corporate headquarters to 9200 Glenlyon Parkway in Burnaby, BC.

Opened in 1995, Glenlyon Business Park is situated in close proximity to the Fraser River in Burnaby's Big Bend area.

The move marks a significant upgrade from LMI's current 20,647 sq. ft. location on Delta's Annacis Island, to an expansive new 62,400 sq. ft. office complete with state-of-the-art infrastructure and amenities.

The new location effectively doubles the company's manufacturing space in order to meet rising demand for sensor production, while providing added floorspace to accommodate a rapidly growing staff. The increased square footage and custom-designed manufacturing facilities will allow LMI to deliver the highest quality 3D solutions on the market for many years to come–while offering employees an enriched work experience with access to a gymnasium, basketball/tennis courts, rooftop patio and riverside parkland and walking paths.

"This is a very exciting time at LMI. We're moving into a great new location that supports our rapid growth, allows us to continue to deliver the most innovative 3D technologies, and will easily scale up as we continue to expand over the years to come. Our new headquarters is a testament to how far we've come, and a sign of the bright future ahead," said Terry Arden, CEO, LMI Technologies.

LMI Technologies will start to move to its new HQ location as of December 5th, 2016, and complete the move by January 15, 2017.

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Creaform announced its decision to move its headquarters to Lévis’ Innoparc in order to support its growth. This move represents a 20-million-dollar investment in order to triple its production capacity and hire a significant number of new employees. The new building will have twice the square footage of Creaform’s existing facilities, increasing from 38,000 to 76,000 square feet.

The company’s management unveiled Creaform’s future site in front of all its employees. Established for the past 10 years on rue Saint-Georges in Vieux-Lévis, Creaform’s headquarters includes its research and development, product manufacturing and assembly, engineering services, sales and marketing, and administration.

Creaform partnered with Groupe Commercial AMT to work on the project of transitioning to its new headquarters. Mr. Jacques Tanguay, President of Groupe Commercial AMT, will have the honor of making the first dig in Creaform’s highly symbolic groundbreaking ceremony.

The company has increased its sales tenfold over the past decade. “And we have no intention of slowing down. Our goal is to double our sales within the next five years,” explained Mr. Martin Lamontagne, Creaform’s Co-Founder and Vice President and Business Unit Manager. “We needed to expand our headquarters in order to increase the production of multiple new 3D technology platforms.

“The investment in the Innoparc will enable us to increase our office space, modernize our facilities and integrate new, cutting-edge technology,” added Ms. Fanny Truchon, “Creaform’s Vice President of Operations. These are compelling reasons for our current and future employees.”

The building will offer a high-quality, contemporary working environment for the Creaform team. It will be the result of an integrated architectural design process that blends comfort and functionality. In addition, it will be located near a forest of over 7,000,000 square feet with winding bicycle and foot paths.

Creaform also wanted to remain in Lévis, where it was founded. “Creaform will continue to support Lévis—our hometown that gave us a chance and remains today the ideal location for our company to thrive,” said Mr. Lamontagne. The site was chosen for its proximity to Québec City’s major roadways and services.

Creaform will be moving to its new headquarters, situated at 4700 rue de la Pascaline, in November 2017.

In order to pursue its expansion, Creaform is currently recruiting for over a dozen job positions in Lévis.

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3-Dimensional Services Group has announced an ambitious expansion to one of its affiliated companies, Urgent Design & Manufacturing (UDM), located at 3142 John Conley, Lapeer, MI 48446.

The company will add 65,000 sq.ft. to the current 100,000 sq.ft. Lapeer facility, which will allow for greater flexibility of its fabricating and machining footprint. The expansion and related equipment will result in an eventual investment approaching $10 million. It’s also expected to boost employment at the facility by 30 plus employees. The addition will not only increase the output capacity of the facility, but combined with the anticipated investment in new equipment, grow the range of services offered.

A unique feature of the facility will be an area labeled by the company as the “Design Studio”. This space will further enhance its capabilities as a full service, quick response advanced product development source, from design assist and validation, through manufacturing support.

According to Douglas Peterson, founder and CEO of The 3-Dimensional Services Group “This expansion is pivotal to boost our company’s capabilities to fabricate a broad spectrum of components and assemblies and to provide our customers with access to the best and latest technologies.”

Added Alan Peterson, President “Our customers’ product designs and engineering processes are changing at a rapid pace to keep up with market demands and global competition. This expansion and subsequent investment in manufacturing technologies is necessary to meet these needs both now and in the future for our growing customer base.”

Keith Chene, Chief Financial Officer weighed in that “Some might see this as a risky move in an uncertain economy, but we’ve been able to grow our company organically by paring risk with opportunity, and so far, it has proven to be a boon for our customers. The last two years have given us the confidence that this expansion is just one more strategic step toward future success.”

UDM began operations in 2000 as an extension and broadening of 3-Dimensional Services. It offers hydroforming and associated CNC tube bending, 3-axis and 5-axis fiber laser cutting, CNC machining, robotic and manual welding, hydroforming, water jet cutting, as well as a large stamping and forming department along with numerous CAD and engineering workstations.

3-Dimensional Services Group also announced the formation of a new strategic management team. The new team will have responsibility across all of the companies in the Group. The announcement was made by Douglas Peterson, Owner.

The new team consists of Chad Peterson, General Manager; Jeff Bischoff, Director of Engineering; Dave Krajci, Director of Operational Excellence, Dick Desotell, Director of Program Management and Mike Baranowski, Director of Quality. Each will have a direct line report to Shane Denton, Vice President through Chad Peterson.

The team’s responsibilities will be to review new programs and workload to allocate and adjust resources and drive changes to optimize efficiency and profitability.

According to Douglas Peterson, “Our company has experienced tremendous growth over the last few years and giving structure to our operations and putting this management team in place will ensure our continued growth and success.”

PhotoScribe Technologies has upgraded its space, opting for a new office in New Jersey, with ease in accessibility both to and from Manhattan, as well as internationally. Allowing for growth and comfort, the new facilities offer a variety of amenities, as well as an opportunity for customers to easily commute, with the location granting easy access from both Manhattan and international airports.

David Benderly, PhotoScribe CEO, says of the move, “It was necessary because of our newly established nano-fabrication laboratory. This lab includes a class 1000 cleanroom facility. The upscale location and the attached hotel give our customers easy access and a comfortable work environment.”

Relocating to Glenpointe allows PhotoScribe to operate out of a beautiful, prosperous business setting, making it possible for them to grow internally and internationally, with comfort for employees and visitors alike. Widely considered one of the finest mixed-use communities in New Jersey, Glenpointe is a regional hub and home to a broad range of local, national and international companies.

Recently, PhotoScribe collaborated with the International Gemological Institute (IGI), to offer its jewelry inscription service out of the Institute’s New York laboratory. This allows for uninterrupted, high-resolution laser engraving services to be provided in the Diamond District using PhotoScribe lasers and technicians. By operating solely from IGI’s laboratory, PhotoScribe was able to move its headquarters while assuring its local jewelry inscription customers continue to have access to the service and quality they are accustomed to.

Alfred Sanzari Enterprises’ Vice President/Director of Leasing and Marketing, Jerry L. Barta, says, “PhotoScribe Technologies is a welcome addition to Glenpointe’s prestigious tenant roster. It has been a pleasure working with the PhotoScribe team and we look forward to being part of this dynamic company’s success for many years to come.”

BLM GROUP USA, a manufacturer of tube and sheet metal processing equipment has announced its plan to move into new headquarters in the Spring of 2017. The facility is brand new construction and boasts 75,000 square feet, with room to grow up to 50% for future expansion.

The new location will more than double the space of its current facility and provides even greater access for customers to explore the company’s products and services. The new structure will feature an impressive showroom that will display the company’s product line. The facility will also have an expanded training area and a separate demo area for hands-on display of its technologies.

As it relates to the new facility, Dr. Jeffrey Ahrstrom, president and COO said, “Our new Headquarters and Tech Center is a testament to the growth that we have realized over the past several years. The showroom alone is as large as our current building. We’re excited to be able to let our customers see in person a more comprehensive representation of our product line. Our commitment to customer service and support has always been high and this expansion only reinforces that focus.”

The new headquarters will be located at 46850 Cartier Drive, Wixom, MI., 48393.

BLM GROUP is a global leader in tube and sheet metal processing solutions. Its product line includes laser cutting, cold sawing, bending, end-machining and wire bending machines. With more than 50 years of experience and thousands of applications, the BLM GROUP is a leader in the manufacture of tube and sheet metal fabrication equipment.

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UNITED GRINDING conducted a groundbreaking ceremony on August 9th for its new North American Headquarters to be built in Miamisburg, Ohio. With the new facility, UNITED GRINDING will further strengthen its customer service and support, and boost its operational agility for even faster response to ever changing customer needs.

UNITED GRINDING’s North American market has grown significantly over the last 15 years, and the strategic outlook for the forseeable future includes even more growth.

According to Stephan Nell, CEO of UNITED GRINDING Group, the new Miamisburg facility will not only further enhance customer-centric activities, but will also boost operational agility and expand parts, rebuild, retrofit, automation and preventative maintenance offerings in the North American market.

“This strategic move allows us to provide our customers with solutions unique to the industry,” said Nell. “As a total turnkey solutions provider, we continuously look for new ways to expand our operations and business to benefit our customers and the markets we serve.”

The new UNITED GRINDING 100,000-square-foot facility will reside on approximately 15 acres of land near Ohio Interstate 75. In addition to UNITED GRINDING North America’s current employees that will move to the new headquarters, the company plans to create significantly more jobs in the next five years.

Through its JobsOhio West initiative, the Dayton Development Coalition has been working with UNITED GRINDING to assist in providing community project and incentive resources, and support to aid in the new facility build as well as to drive economic development in the area.

“JobsOhio began working with UNITED GRINDING early on in their search for a site to expand their operations," said Julie Sullivan, VP of Development, Dayton Development Coalition. “With the help of our partners in Montgomery County, City of Miamisburg, the Dayton-Montgomery County Port Authority, State of Ohio and JobsOhio, we made a strong case for them to expand here in Miamisburg. It keeps them close to their customers and gives them access to a workforce known for its manufacturing expertise. Their commitment to the community shows what can happen when companies are open to learning more about the region and working with the local community.”

UNITED GRINDING’s investment on the project will drive economic growth in the Miamisburg area. The company is also working with local government entities to help support the economy and reinforce development.

“The City of Miamisburg is pleased to have UNITED GRINDING, a world leader in the manufacturing sector, expand its operations in the Miamisburg business community,” said Miamisburg Mayor Dick Church, Jr. “UNITED GRINDING is an organization set for growth and fosters a strong business model, all positive additions to our local community.”

Currently, UNITED GRINDING North America has two locations, its headquarters in Miamisburg and one in Fredericksburg, Virgina. While the Ohio facility houses surface, cylindrical and profile grinding business, the Virginia facility services the tool and cutter grinding machines and measurement systems sectors. Field service representatives are based out of both locations.

“The consolidation of resources is a strategic move to increase efficiency companywide and support synergy across UNITED GRINDING’s various product lines,” said Rodger Pinney, CEO and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors at UNITED GRINDING North America. “The move is a key component of our new corporate strategy for continued growth and market share strength that we introduced in 2012.”

The new facility will be certified for both Six Sigma and 5S and will align perfectly with the company’s PuLs® initiative. As an internal cross-function initiative, PuLs® focuses on applying best practices in every aspect of the company’s business from sales to applications support to training and preventive maintenance. It also involves the company regularly sending out surveys to effectively gauge customer satisfaction levels via the Net Promoter Score® measuring method.

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Mitutoyo America Corporation announces the relocation and grand opening of the M3 Solution Center in Huntersville, NC. This new 7,700-square-foot facility is conveniently located for customers to schedule appointments for product demonstrations, assistance with application challenges and metrology solutions, as well as product and educational training seminars. The M3 Solution Center is located at 11515 Vanstory Drive, Suite 140, Huntersville, NC 28078.

“Our goal is to provide timely metrology solutions to our customers in a region that is home to automotive, medical, appliance and agricultural equipment industries, as well as machine shops. The benefit of moving into a larger M3 Solution Center is the accessibility in offering experienced metrology specialists to our customers in order to provide up-to-date and knowledgeable metrology information for any situation they may encounter,” says Todd Himes, Southeast regional sales manager.

An open house will be held on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. The festivities will include presentations, demonstrations, facility tours and refreshments.

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Mitutoyo America Corporation also announced the grand opening of the newly renovated M3 Solution Center in City of Industry, CA. This nearly 35,500-square-foot facility is conveniently located for customers to schedule appointments for product demonstrations, assistance with application challenges and metrology solutions, as well as product and educational training seminars. The M3 Solution Center is located at 16925 East Gale Avenue, City of Industry, CA 91745.

“Our goal is to provide relevant and timely metrology solutions to our customers, in a region that is home to aerospace, defense, medical and general machining industries. In updating our M3 Solution Center, we’re providing our customers with industry-leading technology and training all under one roof,” says Jeff Thompson, Western regional sales manager.

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Creaform announced that its engineering division is undergoing a major expansion to meet the increasing demand for its expertise in a wide array of fields, including design, engineering and simulation.

Creaform Engineering has experienced substantial and consistent growth in revenues and market share year after year. Just in the past 15 months, Creaform Engineering created 50 new job positions, which expanded its workforce by 42%, set up new offices in California, started operations in India, and opened a testing/prototyping facility in Montreal area. Moreover, Creaform Engineering is continuously investing in new value-added skills to its offer, such as automation, electronics and software development.

“What sets Creaform Engineering apart from other traditional engineering firms is the sheer breadth of expertise we can offer,” explained David Gagné, Division Vice-President, Engineering and Metrology Services at Creaform. “For one, we can quickly accommodate customers for pressing needs and offer different skill levels and skill sets to meet very precise project and market requirements. Our clients benefit from our team’s practical field experience, seasoned track record in a variety of domains, and an agility that is simply second to none for their product development and manufacturing support activities. Creaform Engineering can now rely on more than 175 engineers and technicians to support its customer base.”

Creaform Engineering is currently deploying a major recruitment campaign in order to fulfill several positions, including mechanical and electrical engineers and technicians, automation experts and FEA engineers to staff its worldwide offices based in Canada, the United States, Europe and India.

“In today’s competitive global marketplace, manufacturers wanting to stand out cannot overlook any step of their product development process. From initial design to simulation to production, Creaform Engineering ensure that product development projects are aligned with our customers’ product visions, specifications, compliance standards—and bottom-line objectives,” added Mr. Gagné.

Furthermore, Creaform engineering has recently redefined its brand identity and launched a new website, tailored to the specific needs of potential customers looking to learn more about the team’s end-to-end engineering services, the industries it serves as well as current and past projects.

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FATHOM, an industry-leading hybridized manufacturer with an expertise in 3D printing, has broken ground on its largest expansion to date. While many futurists have over-speculated the factory of the future, FATHOM has been busy building one.

“Our customers’ needs for design freedom and faster speeds are the base of everything we do—FATHOM’s newly expanded Oakland production space is a direct result of the growing need for hybridized manufacturing-based services,” said Michelle Mihevc, FATHOM Co-Founder and Principal. “It’s gratifying to help people create products that were previously unmakeable, and we’re lucky to do that every day with innovative companies, large and small.”

Rich Stump and Mihevc started FATHOM in 2008, during a time when the manufacturing industry at large was ready for change. Despite the economic challenges of the time, Stump and Mihevc set out to change the way products are designed and manufactured by blending foundational manufacturing technologies with 3D printing and additive-based fabrication.

“FATHOM’s hybridized manufacturing approach combines the best aspects of additive and traditional manufacturing technologies,” said Stump, FATHOM Co-Founder and Principal. “Advanced prototyping, low-volume manufacturing—modern production that harnesses the latest techniques while leveraging proven methods of fabrication to create innovative products at top speed.”

FATHOM is braving the unknowns and challenging industry hype. The company’s team of experts are condensing the product development timeline, reducing total cost of project ownership, and helping companies bring paradigm-shifting products to market faster.

“2016 has been a banner year for FATHOM, and we’re thankful to Oakland and the greater Bay Area community that has continued to support us,” said Stump. “This expansion represents our commitment to hybridized manufacturing as essential to product creation. We’re not waiting for ‘the factory of the future.’ We’re making it happen, right here in Oakland.”

FATHOM’s newly expanded Oakland production center will be occupied and fully operational by the end of 2016.

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Prodways distributor Genistar is adding some finishing touches to its new 300-square-foot showroom where it is currently running a Prodways ProMaker L5000 3D printer. Genistar, whose sister company is Axis Prototypes, became the North American distributing arm for Prodways’ line of production-grade 3d printers and resins in June 2014. The showroom will allow Genistar to run printed parts through the unit as well as serve as a demonstration piece for prospective customers.

“The showroom will provide an opportunity for prospective buyers to get a first-hand look at a Prodways printer in action, not to mention the underlying technology that delivers unparalleled results in resolution, curing homogeneity, speed and printing efficiency,” says Genistar President Gilles Desharnais.

With a platform measuring 400 x 330 x 400 mm (16 x 13 x 16 in.), the featured unit can print parts with a layer thickness between 25 - 150 microns and cures at 365-nm UV wavelengths. Its native XY resolution – consistent across all ProMaker units – is 42 microns, which is ideal for printing fine detailed parts. The ProMaker “D” series allows for the printing of parts on a granite platform without the need for support material.

Prodways, a French subsidiary of the publicly-traded company Groupe George, became the first 3d printer manufacturer to employ moving DLP projector heads in its curing platform. Aptly named MovingLight®, this proprietary photopolymerization technology is centered on the principle of repeatability, which is inherent in traditional mass manufacturing processes. MovingLight® provides a repeatable curing mechanism to solidify objects across the X,Y,Z dimensions (surface area and depth) at any point on the platform, with the largest platform measuring 840 x 660 x 550 mm. (33 x 26 x 22 in.)  With that comes a repeatable native resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels; in other words, every UV light projection emanated by its mobile projector delivers the same two million-plus pixels at any point on the platform.

“Whether you need to cure a tiny sliver of the layer at the far end of the platform or a full image at the center of it, every projection packs in the same 2 million pixels, ensuring consistent high resolution over the entire build area, something DLP printers with fixed projector heads cannot achieve,” adds Desharnais.

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3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced the grand opening of its Healthcare Technology Center in Littleton, Colorado. The new facility will serve as the central hub for the company’s global healthcare activities, and support its full and comprehensive portfolio of precision healthcare and medical 3D printing solutions. The ribbon cutting ceremony for the new 70,000 square foot facility took place on March 10th.

In keeping with the company’s collaborative legacy in healthcare, 3D Systems’ Healthcare Technology Center will work closely with medical practitioners and manufacturers in the field of precision healthcare with the goal of delivering optimized workflows and improved patient outcomes. The new facility will play an integral role in the provision and advancement of 3D healthcare solutions, including 3D printed medical devices and implants, Virtual Surgical Planning (VSP®), and immersive surgical simulation.

3D Systems’ Healthcare Technology Center will feature manufacturing floors powered by 3D printing to produce known medical solutions and pioneer new ones. These 3D printing manufacturing floors will house a complete range of 3D Systems’ technology, including Direct Metal Printing (DMP), Stereolithography (SLA), Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), ColorJet Printing (CJP) and MultiJet Printing (MJP).

As one of 3D Systems’ global centers of excellence in healthcare, the Littleton facility is ISO 13485 certified for healthcare solutions, and operates in accordance with the FDA and MDD regulations for applicable medical devices, ranging from low risk models (Class I) to instruments and implants (Class II) to highest risk devices (Class III).

The facility also features a simulation experience center in which visitors can demo the company’s Simbionix line of training simulators first-hand. 3D Systems’ training simulators provide surgeons and surgical assistants the opportunity to obtain skills and practice full procedures in an extensive range of medical specialties. Supported by the full range of 3D Systems’ 3D printing technologies, the experience center showcases how 3D printed models can be combined with simulators to allow better understanding of human anatomy, to provide a solid platform for device bench testing, and to enable repetitive practice on patient-specific anatomy without putting the patient at risk.

“Our new Healthcare Technology Center answers the growing need of the medical community for innovative and adaptive tools designed to provide better insights, better processes and better outcomes,” said Kevin McAlea, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Healthcare, 3D Systems. “Our extensive and growing offering of precision healthcare and medical 3D printing solutions provide the means and skills for medical and dental professionals to overcome today’s challenges and advance the future of care.”

Among the guests in attendance at the center’s ribbon cutting ceremony was Blessing Makwera, who underwent a successful series of intensive surgeries in 2013 that were made possible through advancements in Virtual Surgical Planning and 3D printing. “Today is an important day in medicine,” Makwera said. “My story illustrates how life changing this technology can be, and I am overjoyed to think of the many lives that will be impacted and improved by the capabilities made possible here.”

Dr. Oren Tepper, Director of Craniofacial Surgery at the Montefiore Medical Center, was also present for the grand opening. Dr. Tepper frequently relies on precision healthcare tools and medical 3D printing solutions to address the specific needs of his patients, and is a pioneer in developing innovative new uses for the technology. “Awareness and access have been the biggest hurdles to adopting 3D technology in healthcare,” Dr. Tepper said. “This facility will be a tremendous asset to the healthcare community in developing and proving precise methodologies for some of medicine’s most trying cases.”

3D Systems’ Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Chuck Hull, also attended the opening, alongside regional and state officials, prominent figures in the academic and medical fields and additive manufacturing experts. “From the first printed part, I knew 3D printing had the potential to impact lives,” Hull said, “but I never imagined the revolutionary ways in which this technology would enhance healthcare and improve the quality of life for so many.”

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One of the world’s fastest growing plastics companies has continued to strengthen its global position as a market leader with a multi-million dollar investment in manufacturing facilities in China and Ireland.

OnePlastics Group has expanded its production capabilities with a $9 million investment at its Protech Plastics business in Shanghai and Ireland.

This strategic move will see the facilities at Protech Plastics China double in size to 50,000sf to cater for rising customer demand. The facility currently supplies engineering products to the high tech computer industry.

The latest investment is another sign of the group’s long-term strategy to position its portfolio of six businesses into global industry leaders in their respective sectors.

Over the last 12 months, OnePlastics Group has invested millions on new machinery as it looks to build on its position as one of the fastest-growing businesses in the sector.

Donagh Murphy, Director of Operations, China and Ireland, said the multi-million dollar investments in the Protech brand represented an exciting phase in the future growth of its businesses.

He said: “OnePlastics Group are driven by becoming a world-class leader in all of the businesses within the portfolio and create revolutionary products in the sectors we operate in.

“This investment is key in our aim into building Protech Plastics China into an industry leader in the design and manufacture of innovative plastics product solutions for our clients in the high tech computer industry.

“We are building the Protech Plastics China business for future growth and this investment in Shanghai is a sign of our commitment to the plastics industry.”

The Protech Plastics China investment will allow the factory to react to market demand with the latest innovative products.  The Shanghai factory also provides high volume assembly and complete supply chain management to its multinational clients.

As part of this latest investment, the sister firm in the Protech stable in Ireland called Protech Performance Plastics will also develop a state of the art food grade manufacturing facility with new machinery and automation tools.

OnePlastics Group is owned by One51plc, based in Ireland, which created the new brand which saw six manufacturing businesses and one design office in the US come together under one umbrella with a vision to be the leading provider of plastics products to a variety of sectors.

OnePlastics Group boasts a combined turnover of around $165 million employing 450 people servicing a range of blue chip multinationals. It designs and manufactures a range of products across a number of key markets and sectors and  also offers full contract manufacturing and related services.

The six businesses that comprise OnePlastics Group include Straight Ltd, MGB Plastics, AAC Plastics and Protech Performance Containers in the UK. Protech Performance Plastics in Ireland and Protech Plastics China in Shanghai complete the portfolio. It has also created a design office in Boston, USA.

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Jet Edge, Inc., a manufacturer of ultra-high pressure waterjet systems, announces the launch of its new aftermarket waterjet parts division, Choice Waterjet Parts, Inc.

Choice Waterjet Parts supplies UHP waterjet components for major brands of waterjet cutting systems including Flow®, Omax®, KMT®, Bystronic® and WSI®. Genuine Jet Edge parts will continue to be supplied exclusively by Jet Edge.

Choice’s extensive waterjet replacement parts inventory includes UHP pump parts, cutting heads, cutting head parts, orifices, nozzles, on/off valve parts, HP seal kits, swivels and much more.

Choice Waterjet Parts is currently seeking qualified representatives in key international markets.

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The German manufacturer of industrial 3D printing systems established voxeljet India Pvt. Ltd. in December 2015. The new voxeljet subsidiary is located in Pune, a large automotive and manufacturing center near Mumbai. India’s foundry industry still features a fairly traditional structure. The global popularity and acceptance of the 3D printing technology has led to growing interest in 3D printers and on-demand parts services on the part of the Indian industry.

voxeljet wants to build up a strong market position in India already at this early stage. Ms. Nidhi Shah, the new Managing Director of voxeljet India, has more than ten years of experience in 3D printing methods and additive manufacturing technology. She plays an important role in establishing the voxeljet brand in India and promoting the development of an operational presence in the market.

Similar to the already established voxeljet subsidiaries, the company also plans to establish a service center for the on-demand manufacture of 3D-printed molds within the next 18 months. The first phase will focus on the development of the sales and service structure. voxeljet COO Rudolf Franz notes as follows with regard to the global business developments: “After the UK, the US and China, the subsidiary in India represents the next big step in voxeljet's global growth strategy.”

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In response to its growing medical device business, GW Plastics announced the expansion of its Royalton, Vermont Manufacturing and Technology Center. GW Plastics broke ground on a 21,000 square foot expansion – scalable to 50,000 square feet -- to accommodate the additional growth of its Thermoplastic and Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR) injection molding and medical device contract assembly business. The expansion will also allow for improved workforce training and development facilities at its Technical and Training Center, where GW Plastics conducts scientific injection molding training and manufacturing classes for its employees, customers, and local area high schools.

When complete, the expansion will be capable of housing an additional 30 thermoplastic and LSR injection molding machines and an enlarged Class 8 cleanroom for its affiliate, GW Silicones. GW Plastics expects to add over 70 jobs and invest over $10,000,000 in real estate and equipment over the next 3 to 5 years, responsive to customer demand. “In a year that marks GW Plastics’ 60th anniversary, we are delighted to announce this expansion reaffirming our commitment to growing in Vermont while serving the needs of our customers globally,” stated Brenan Riehl, President and CEO of GW Plastics.

The State of Vermont offered a variety of incentives to assist with GW Plastics’ expansion. “We are delighted to partner with GW Plastics to assist with this critical expansion,” commented Vermont’s Commerce Secretary Patricia Moulton. “GW Plastics continues to thrive in Vermont due to superb management and workforce. We look forward to another 60 years of growth for this advanced manufacturer,” added Moulton.

In the last year, GW Plastics has completed expansions in its Bethel, Vermont; Tucson, Arizona; and Dongguan, China, facilities. GW Plastics also plans to expand its San Antonio, Texas, facility in 2016 as it continues to grow in the southwest with leading medical device and automotive safety critical customers.

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Aerojet Rocketdyne hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by more than 300 people, including local dignitaries, suppliers, customers, company leaders and employees. The event celebrated the company's completion of a $140 million infrastructure improvement project that has increased operating efficiency, reduced costs and positioned the company to bring new programs to the Los Angeles facility.

"Over the past 11 years, our Los Angeles site has undergone a complex construction project focused on creating a world-class facility capable of manufacturing large liquid rocket engines," said Aerojet Rocketdyne CEO and President Eileen Drake. "With the completion of this project, Aerojet Rocketdyne has a premiere propulsion and innovation center to design and build rocket engines. With this newly completed facility, coupled with our technical expertise, we will now be able to build the engines that will take astronauts to Mars and continue our leadership in launching the nation's most critical and valuable national security assets."

The Los Angeles site is Aerojet Rocketdyne's center of excellence for large liquid rocket engines, where it currently manufactures the RS-68 engine components for United Launch Alliance's Delta IV launch vehicle; adapts the RS-25 engine for the Space Launch System, America's next generation heavy lift launch vehicle; builds missile defense propulsion; and most recently, it has become the design center for the AR1 engine, which the company is developing to replace the Russian-made RD-180 engine on the Atlas V launch vehicle.

"This investment demonstrates our ongoing commitment toward innovation and the next generation of world-leading propulsion systems, such as the RS-25 and AR1 advanced liquid rocket engines," added Drake. "Aerojet Rocketdyne has been the go-to provider of U.S. propulsion systems for the last 70 years and RS-25 and AR1 will continue that legacy."

The RS-25 and AR1 engines are examples of capitalizing on proven, heritage systems to enable space exploration for generations to come and answer the urgent needs of national security. Aerojet Rocketdyne has been working on the RS-25 engines since they originally flew on the space shuttle. Four of these engines will fly at the base of the core stage for the Space Launch System, which is the rocket that will eventually take humans to Mars. The company is also currently building the AR1 engine to address the nation's need to end the country's reliance on Russia to launch national security space assets. The AR1 is the logical choice to minimize risk, cost and address the schedule needs of the country to have an American engine ready for 2019.

The project included the construction of a new 24,000-square-foot Component Test Center that provides unique structural, vibration, pressure, water flow and spin test capabilities; a new 20,000-square-foot nozzle assembly and fabrication center that includes a one-of-a-kind furnace that is capable of brazing the nozzle for the RS-25 engine; and a new 11,000-square-foot metallic and non-metallic materials testing lab.

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GE Aviation is creating adjacent factories in Huntsville, Alabama, to mass-produce silicon carbide (SiC) materials used to manufacture ceramic matrix composite components (CMCs) for jet engines and land-based gas turbines.

GE Aviation will invest more than $200 million to construct two factories on 100 acres in Huntsville. When the factories are operational later this decade, they are expected to employ up to 300 people.

GE Aviation’s Sanjay Correa was joined by Governor Robert J. Bentley and members of the Alabama delegation at the Alabama State Capital in Montgomery to make the announcement.

“Establishing the new GE factories in Alabama is a very significant step in developing the supply chain we need in order to produce CMC components in large volume,” said Correa, Vice President, CMC Program at GE Aviation.

One plant will produce silicon carbide (SiC) ceramic fiber. It will be the first such operation in the United States. Today, the only large-scale SiC ceramic fiber factory in the world is operated by NGS Advanced Fibers in Japan, which is a joint company of Nippon Carbon, GE, and Safran of France. The adjacent GE factory in Alabama will use the SiC ceramic fiber to produce the unidirectional CMC tape necessary to fabricate CMC components.

Construction of the two plants will begin in mid-2016, with full completion by the first half of 2018. Production begins in 2018. GE has already begun hiring the technical team that will transfer to the Huntsville operation. GE expects to begin hiring the hourly workforce in late 2016.

An advanced materials revolution in jet propulsion

The use of lightweight, heat-resistant CMCs in the hot section of GE jet engines is a breakthrough for the jet propulsion industry. CMCs comprise SiC ceramic fibers in a SiC matrix, enhanced by proprietary coatings.

With one-third the density of metal alloys, these ultra-lightweight CMCs reduce the overall engine weight. Further, their high-temperature properties greatly enhance engine performance, durability, and fuel economy. CMCs are far more heat resistant than metal alloys, hence requiring less cooling air in the engine’s hot section. By using this air instead in the engine flow path, an engine runs more efficiently.

For more than 20 years, scientists at GE’s Global Research Centers and GE’s industrial businesses have worked to develop CMCs for commercial applications. The best-selling LEAP engine, being developed by CFM International, the 50/50 joint company of GE and Snecma (Safran) of France, is the first commercial jet engine to use CMCs in the high-pressure turbine section. The LEAP engine, with more than 9,500 orders and commitments, is currently completing certification testing. It is scheduled to enter airline service next year powering the Airbus A320neo, and in 2017 powering the Boeing 737 MAX.

The Alabama plants: From ceramic fiber to ceramic tape to CMC components

Producing CMCs requires complex processing steps using a synthetically produced compound of silicon and carbon. The two GE Aviation factories being established are involved in separate steps in the process – the production of SiC ceramic fibers and the production of SiC ceramic tape. The factories:

*Ceramic Fiber Plant. Supported by funding ($21.9 million) from the U.S. Air Force Research Lab Title III Office, this plant will dramatically increase U.S. capability to produce SiC ceramic fiber capable of withstanding temperatures of 2400F.

The SiC ceramic fibers plant will license fiber-producing technology from NGS Advanced Fibers Co. in Japan, a joint company formed in 2012 with Japan’s Nippon Carbon (with 50% ownership in NGS), GE (25% ownership), and Herakles Safran France (25% ownership). NGS, which already produces SiC fibers for GE’s CMC components, is establishing a second factory in Japan to increase capacity to meet growing demand. The GE fiber plant in Huntsville will complement the growing capacity at NGS.

Once the Huntsville plant is operational, it will sell fiber to the Department of Defense, GE businesses, Herakles (Safran), and other outside customers subject to U.S. regulations. It will be the first U.S.-based factory to produce SiC ceramic fiber on a large industrial scale. The two other NGS partners will ultimately have the opportunity to become equity partners in the Huntsville plant.

This adjacent plant, financed solely by GE, will apply proprietary coatings to the ceramic fiber and form them into a matrix to produce CMC tape. The ceramic tape will be used by GE Aviation at its new CMC manufacturing site in Asheville, N.C., which opened in 2014. The Asheville facility fabricates CMC shrouds for the LEAP engine’s high-pressure turbine section.

In addition, GE’s Power and Water business is testing CMCs in its newest and most efficient, air-cooled gas turbine. At GE Power and Water’s new Advanced Manufacturing Works facility in Greenville, SC, prototype CMC components are being built to replace super alloys in large gas turbines.

Rising GE Demand for CMC Components

The demand for CMCs is expected to grow tenfold over the next decade. Each LEAP has 18 CMC turbine shrouds, which are stationary parts in the high-pressure turbine that direct air and ensure turbine blade efficiency. Also, CMCs are being used in the combustor and high-pressure turbine section of the new GE9X engine under development for the Boeing 777X twin-aisle aircraft. Almost 700 GE9X engines are on order today, with the aircraft entering service by 2020.

GE is incorporating CMC components in advanced military engines including the GE3000 for the U.S. Army. GE’s advanced turboshaft demonstrator FATE (Future Affordable Turbine Engine) also for the Army increases the use of hot-section CMCs to achieve aggressive fuel efficiency, power-to-weight ratio, and lower maintenance cost goals. CMCs are currently being evaluated for upgrades to existing engines like the highly popular T700 helicopter engine.

GE Aviation’s growing commitment to Alabama

The announcement represents GE Aviation’s second significant factory investment in Alabama in recent years. Since 2013, GE Aviation has also invested more than $100 million in a 300,000-square-foot factory in Auburn, near the storied Auburn University campus, where the company is engaged in jet engine component manufacturing (super-alloy machined parts) as well as establishing the world’s highest-volume additive manufacturing center.

Over the past year, the Auburn plant has been installing and qualifying additive manufacturing capability, including more than a dozen laser melting machines. Fuel nozzles will be the first components to be built using additive processes for the best-selling LEAP engine by CFM International. It marks the first time such a complex component will be manufactured using additive technology.

GE Aviation, an operating unit of GE (NYSE: GE), is a world-leading provider of jet engines, components and integrated systems for commercial and military aircraft. GE Aviation has a global service network to support these offerings.

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In an expansion move, Fenner Drives announced the creation of NinjaTek, a new entity developed from its flagship product, NinjaFlex® 3D Flexible Filament. Leveraging 50+ years in polyurethane extrusion success, NinjaTek provides value-added 3D printing materials and services to markets in over 25 countries worldwide. Located in Manheim, PA, NinjaTek is a division of Fenner Drives, a leader in industrial products, including power transmission and conveying applications.

Building on the success of NinjaFlex, NinjaTek will expand its product offerings with a focus on high performance materials to service industrial needs.

“By joining the industrial materials expertise of Fenner Drives with the Additive Manufacturing success of NinjaFlex filament, NinjaTek is positioned well to continue our success in the 3D materials world,” said Wendy Booker, Vice President and General Manager, NinjaTek.

The company also announced a number of promotions and new hires to drive growth in the new division, including:

Wendy Booker, promoted to Vice President and General Manager of NinjaTek, brings over 16 years in product management, project management and marketing, across a variety of industries, launching products in the medical device, food, and consumer goods industries. Most recently, she managed installation and maintenance flooring products at Armstrong World Industries, where she sold and launched 6 new products into Wal-Mart stores, resulting in the “Gold Award for Excellence,” Armstrong Flooring’s highest award for outstanding achievements contributing to business results. Wendy earned her MBA from Columbia Business School and a B.S. from Cornell University. Wendy serves as an executive Board Member for Mental Health America of Lancaster County.

Jake McDonough joined the NinjaTek team mid-September 2015 as its new Research and Development Manager directly from 3D Systems. Prior to joining the 3D printing industry, Jake earned a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from Drexel University. He has extensive R&D experience in additive manufacturing, initially with high temperature plastics for selective laser sintering, and most recently with FDM materials development.

Andrew Besancon, promoted to Global Sales Manager, brings 10 plus years of sales experience to his position, including 5 years at Fenner Drives. He has worked extensively with OEM's and distribution in both the power transmission and conveying industry and additive manufacturing. In 2014, Andrew received an MBA from Syracuse University and a B.S. in Marketing from Bloomsburg University.

Toby Imgrund recently joined the NinjaTek team as Product Marketing Manager. Previously, Toby worked as a Senior Financial Analyst for Fenner Drives, including an instrumental role in the development and planning for the NinjaTek team. Toby also has past experience in sales and marketing across several industries. He earned both his BS in Finance and his MBA from Penn State University

Erin Shevock, the new R&D Specialist for NinjaTek, is a Mechanical Engineer who has been working with 3D models and automation for over twelve years. She earned her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2009, after which she has worked in Materials testing and research positions. Since 2007, Erin has created large multi-component assembly files and models and component parts for 3D printing.

Janan Thomson, promoted to Business Development Manager based in the U.K., serves as a resource for the company’s numerous European customers. She has worked in the 3D printing industry from the conception of NinjaFlex. Her background includes 10 years in Marketing & Business Development. She earned her BA in Marketing & Management from University of Leeds.

Arias Pappas also recently joined NinjaTek as Business Development Specialist. He is a recent graduate from West Chester University with a B.S. in psychology. His experience includes shipping and logistics with Armstrong World Industries and A. Duie Pyle.

Fenner Drives designs, manufactures and sells an extensive range of customized solutions for power transmission, motion transfer, and conveying applications. With over 200 employees and ISO 9001 certified production facilities in Manheim, PA and Wilmington, NC, the company has a wealth of manufacturing, technical and commercial expertise. With active new product development programs, the company continually strives to develop products and services to meet the changing needs of industry. Fenner Drives is a division of Fenner PLC. With over 5,500 employees worldwide, Fenner PLC is a world leader in reinforced polymer technology.

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The BASF site in Southfield, Michigan hosted a grand opening ceremony for a new technical laboratory for its customers in the coatings and plastics industries. The newly refurbished 32,000 square foot building represents an investment of approximately $20 million dollars and can accommodate up to 50 people engaged in research, development and technical service, to serve customers and encourage collaboration.

“The laboratory is a significant investment in BASF’s operations in Michigan, allowing continued job growth and supporting customer satisfaction at the Southfield campus” said Greg Pflum, Vice President and General Manager, of the BASF Mid-West Hub.  “This important endeavor increases the diversity of BASF groups working in Southfield. We thank our employees and contractors who safely constructed the project over the last 14 months.”

The state-of-the-art laboratory will support the formulation needs for pigments, resins, performance and formulation additives that are used in transportation, industrial, furniture, and floor coatings and plastics applications.  It centralizes laboratory operations for the Dispersions & Pigments Divisions’ Transportation, Industrial Coatings and Plastics (TICP) business which had been operating from three different locations in the United States prior to the lab opening.

”Focusing on our customers’ needs is the priority for the team working in this new laboratory,” stated Michael McHenry, Vice President, TICP and Printing, Packaging & Adhesives for BASF in North America.  “Our employees now have the ease of collaboration with colleagues and working together in a common location to solve our customers’ problems and help them be more successful.”

Following the ribbon cutting ceremony, invited guests and employees toured the laboratory to learn more about the technical capabilities now available at BASF’s Southfield campus.

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Boeing announced the opening of its research and technology center in South Carolina, which is devoted to current and next-generation technology development.

Boeing leaders joined local dignitaries and employees for a ribbon cutting and tours of the 104,000-square-foot Boeing Research & Technology-South Carolina center, which leads the company's research and development efforts in areas of advanced manufacturing with a focus on composite fuselage and propulsion systems production. The center broke ground in early 2014.

"This new research center will help us better meet the needs of our customers by enhancing our ability to provide effective, relevant technology in today's competitive marketplace as we enter our second century of business," said John Tracy, Boeing chief technology officer and senior vice president of Engineering, Operations & Technology.

The state-of-the-art center includes lab spaces where scientists and engineers research and develop technologies in advanced production systems; nondestructive evaluation and inspection; production analytics and advanced test systems; structural repair technologies; electromagnetic effects; chemical technology; and composite fabrication and materials. The center also includes two autoclaves, which are used to cure parts made from composite materials; a paint booth with automation capabilities; and a clean room to combine composite layers together.

"The people and facilities we're introducing today will help us apply new technology and solutions to our products across the entire company faster and more efficiently than ever before," said Lane Ballard, leader of the Boeing Research & Technology-South Carolina center.

"Increasing our research and development footprint here demonstrates our continued commitment to the state of South Carolina, and will help Boeing and the region attract, develop and retain the best talent in the industry," said Beverly Wyse, vice president and general manager of Boeing South Carolina.

BR&T is the company's advanced research and development organization, providing technologies that enable the development of future aerospace solutions while improving the cycle time, cost, quality and performance of existing Boeing products and services. BR&T-South Carolina joins the company's 10 other research centers around the world in Australia, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Russia and the United States, including Alabama, California, Missouri, South Carolina and Washington.

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Renishaw recently broke ground on its new 133,000 sq. ft. office and warehouse facility in West Dundee, IL, about 40 miles from Chicago. The two-story facility will be located at the Oakview Business Park and will be the company’s North American headquarters. The new building, slated for completion in June 2016, will also include space for product development, testing, warehousing and distribution.

The facility will consolidate the company’s two existing sites, with a 47,000 square-foot area dedicated to warehousing/distribution, while the 86,000 square-foot office portion provides additional space for corporate services staff, as well as demonstration, training and conference facilities. The additional space includes flexible training and demonstration areas, with an open two-story exhibit hall for customer tours and product demos. The facility can also accommodate future expansion as Renishaw Inc. continues to grow.

UK-based Renishaw is a world leading engineering technologies company, supplying products for applications as diverse as jet engine and wind turbine manufacture, dentistry and brain surgery. Throughout its history Renishaw has made a significant commitment to research and development, with historically between 14 and 18% of annual sales invested in R&D and engineering.

Today the company has over 4,000 employees, and achieved annual sales of $781 million for the year ended June 2015. The company has 15 offices in the UK and an additional 56 offices in 32 countries, including 12 offices in China.

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Arcam AB (STO:ARCM), listed on NASDAQ Stockholm, and leading supplier of Additive Manufacturing solutions, is expanding in the US through a new facility for sales and service in Woburn, MA, just outside Boston. Arcam Cad to Metal Inc. is headed by recently appointed President Saeed Pirooz.

Arcam has been present in the US since 2003 and Arcam Cad to Metal Inc. was founded already in 2005. The new office in Woburn, MA will cover the needs of Arcam’s rapidly growing EBM business in North America. The EBM technology, due to its high productivity, sees increased adoption by clients moving to large scale manufacturing. Significant clients in the aerospace industry include Pratt & Whitney, General Electric, CalRam and in the medical industry Medical Modeling.

As the worlds’ largest market for the Aerospace and Implant industries the US market is very important for Arcam. The new 5500 sqf facility in Woburn will provide sales, support, spare parts and consumables and house an application and training center to serve clients in North America.

”We are enthusiastic about this important step in strengthening our presence in the US and we welcome Saeed as part of our global EBM team. Saeed has a solid background in leading positions in technology industry”, says Magnus René, CEO of Arcam.

“With the infrastructure and a talented team, we are well positioned to support our customers locally and I look forward to continued growth of our business in North America”, says Saeed Pirooz, President of Arcam Cad to Metal Inc.

Arcam Group provides Additive Manufacturing solutions for production of metal components. Arcam’s Electron Beam Melting (EBM®) technology offers design freedom combined with excellent material properties and high productivity. Arcam is, through its solution orientation and comprehensive product offering, an innovative partner for advanced manufacturing, primarily for the aerospace and medical industries. Arcam offers EBM systems through Arcam AB in Sweden, powder metals through AP&C in Canada and implant contract manufacturing through DiSanto in the U.S. The company is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm and the Head Office is located in Mölndal, Sweden.

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SCANLAB AG is celebrating its 25th anniversary and continues growing. Based in the Munich suburb of Puchheim, the OEM manufacturer of laser scan solutions is one of the photonics industry's 'hidden champions'. The scanner specialist's products find use worldwide in countless industrial and medical applications requiring precise positioning of laser beams. Developing galvanometer scanners and control electronics was the company's original focus and remains one of its core competencies. SCANLAB's headquarters is undergoing further expansion to better cope with increasing sales and staff. The ground-breaking ceremony will take place shortly.

Since 1990, SCANLAB has emerged as a technology driver for scan solutions. Dr. Hans J. Langer founded the company shortly after creating EOS GmbH, today's market leader in additive manufacturing (3D printing). Dr. Langer perceived a broad need for high-quality scan solutions such as those EOS used in its own systems. SCANLAB's mission was and is to provide the laser market with these deflection solutions. Then, highly dynamic rotary drives (known as galvanometer scanners) and related electronics first had to be developed. Today, these meanwhile further-refined drives remain core components and competencies of SCANLAB's scan solutions.

The fundamental manufacturing strategy remains unchanged - SCANLAB relies on leading R&D expertise and a broad product palette of galvanometer scanners, optics, hardware, software and control solutions - at a relatively low degree of vertical integration. SCANLAB produces scan systems in high volumes, alongside niche products and customer-specific solutions. This is precisely why Germany remains the undisputed location of choice for not only R&D and production, but also expansion. A ground-breaking ceremony will take place in August 2015 for the third expansion phase of SCANLAB's modern headquarters, adding 5,500 m² of floor space to the already existing 6,500 m². The new building sections will be ready for occupancy by the end of 2016. And the company possesses additional land reserves for future expansions.

SCANLAB CEO Georg Hofner explains the positive developments: "2015 is a milestone not only in terms of our anniversary, but also because we introduced more new products than ever at this year's Laser World of Photonics tradeshow in Munich. Our focus on serving the market as an experienced OEM manufacturer with long-term customer relationships has proven its worth. In general, the photonics industry continues growing while new laser-scanner applications arise worldwide. And the laser market's many new developments, such as ultra-short-pulse (USP) lasers, inspire us to view the future confidently."

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Flow International Corporation has announced the grand opening of the new Flow Waterjet Customer Technology Center in Kent, Washington. The Technology Center expands the customer training and application engineering lab at a new 14,000-square-foot facility. Flow hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new facility on Thursday, August 6, 2015.

The 14,000 square-foot Customer Technology Center provides world-class waterjet training in two new classrooms. Each classroom is equipped with a waterjet lab to be used for training customers on maintenance, software, advanced applications and more. Alongside the training classrooms is a fully-equipped applications lab which includes each of Flow’s Mach series line of waterjet systems: Mach 2b, Mach 2c, Mach 3b, and Mach 4c.

Included in the grand opening ceremony was a ribbon cutting by John Force and Robert Hight of John Force Racing, tours of the new state-of-the-art facility, Tahoma High School robotics team robot demonstration, along with live waterjet cutting demonstrations on Flow’s complete line of waterjet systems. John Force Racing has been a partner of Flow since 2012, and Force continues to trust the company’s waterjet solutions to support his racing team.

In 2012 John Force Racing added a Flow Mach 4c waterjet for custom parts production to their 160,000 square foot Brownsburg, Indiana facility. Precision parts have been a critical component of this team’s success—18 time winners of NHRA Funny Car Championships and winning over 232 national events. They brought machining in-house to ensure quality control, speed up production, and maintain their competitive edge by designing and manufacturing proprietary components.

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Wichita State University's National Institute for Aviation Research and Dassault Systemes will partner on an advanced manufacturing center on the Innovation Campus.

The 3DExperience Center, which will be located within the Experiential Engineering Building, will focus on enabling advanced product development and manufacturing of next generation manufacturing materials and technologies. The center is expected to open in the fourth quarter of 2016.

The center will employ students and up to eight staff from Dassault Systemes, a global company serving 190,000 customers in 12 industries and 140 countries. The center will be available to industry and for university research and coursework.

"The whole learning model of classroom learning, practicing in a lab environment and performing production work with one of the industry partners is embodied in the 3DExperience Center," said Jeff Smith, director, Ideas Lab, aerospace and defense industry, Dassault Systemes. "Students will be able to engage in the future of advanced product development and manufacturing."

The 3DExperience Center will focus on enabling advanced product development and manufacturing, next generation manufacturing materials and technologies using Dassault Systemes' 3DExperience platform and brand applications, including:

  • Development of new engineered materials
  • Simulation and optimization of materials, additive manufacturing processes and systems
  • Multi-Robotic Advanced Manufacturing
  • Certification of the end-to-end process

"Dassault Systemes is an essential partner in WSU's Innovation Campus, a world-class center where researchers, students and industry come together to experience their ideas," said John Tomblin, WSU vice president for research and technology transfer and NIAR executive director. "The 3DExperience Center provides the capability to go from the concept, to a full experience of the idea, to the realization of seeing that idea being developed and manufactured. It will be a core enabler of additive manufacturing in aerospace as well as other industries."

Additive manufacturing promises companies the ability to design any shape without restriction, giving the opportunity to create a paradigm shift in the industry. Manufacturers can reduce waste by up to 90 percent and eliminate mistakes that impact quality and cost.

"Additive manufacturing has high potential for aerospace and other industries and goes far beyond just 3D printing. It requires an understanding of new materials down to the molecular level, how those materials perform under any scenario, how they can be expediently and cost-effectively manufactured and how each piece of the ultimate system can be certified," said Michel Tellier, vice president, aerospace and defense industry, Dassault Systemes. "The center will leverage the 3DExperience platform's immersive and robotic applications and Dassault Systemes' expertise in materials and simulation. Tomorrow's materials will push the evolution of airplane design, production and operation into a new era."

Funding for the laboratory equipment was provided by a $1.9 million U.S. Economic Development Administration grant awarded in 2014. It is being configured and tested in NIAR's Robotics and Automation Lab at the National Center for Aviation Training.

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The ExOne Company announced the opening of its new state-of-the-art Design and Re-Engineering for Additive Manufacturing (“DREAM”) center located within its North Huntingdon facility.

The DREAM center has been strategically developed as a physical and virtual site for collaboration with customers to explore and incorporate the benefits of ExOne’s binder jetting technology.

By providing global access to the Company’s creative technical expertise and offering the most advanced software currently available, the center will enable customers to create designs of metal components which maximize the benefits of additive manufacturing.  It will be a catalyst for the 3D production of parts without the limitations of traditional manufacturing.

S. Kent Rockwell, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The ExOne Company, commented, “As we focus on accelerating the adoption rate of our binder jetting technology for industrial manufacturing of metal components, we’re excited to launch our world-class DREAM center.

It is an integrated engineering environment supporting our customers, our production service centers, our research and development activities, and our global sales team.  We believe the DREAM center will further facilitate customer training and design support, helping users optimize 3D printing and the benefits it can bring to their manufacturing processes.”

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Proto Labs, Inc. (NYSE: PRLB) has acquired a new facility to expand its 3D printing service into a larger and more efficient additive manufacturing space. The 77,000 sq. ft. facility will allow the digital manufacturing company to house all of its stereolithography (SL), selective laser sintering (SLS) and direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) technology under one roof. The new plant is scheduled to become fully operational in the first half of 2016, and will remain in the North Carolina area where Proto Labs’ current additive facilities are located.

In addition to moving its existing equipment into the larger space, the prototyping and low-volume manufacturer plans to increase its overall 3D printing capacity with new machines. Anchoring the expansion will be SLS and DMLS equipment, which produce durable nylon parts and functional metal parts respectively. As 3D printing continues to grow industry-wide, Proto Labs’ plans to be well-equipped to accommodate the ongoing evolution of additive manufacturing.

“Since the launch of 3D printing at Proto Labs, we’ve increased our material selection and improved our turnaround time to days. We have also introduced additive services in Europe,” explains Rob Connelly, Proto Labs’ VP of Additive Manufacturing. “Our state-of-the-art facility will be a critical driver in advancing 3D printing for many years to come.”

FineLine Prototyping, Inc. was acquired by Proto Labs in April 2014, and over the past year, its additive manufacturing capabilities have been fully integrated into Proto Labs, serving now as one of three flagship services alongside injection molding and CNC machining. Proto Labs’ revenue from additive services totaled $4.5 million in the first quarter of 2015, which is a 79 percent increase compared to FineLine’s first quarter of 2014.

“We could not be more excited about the progress we’ve made in one short year with our additive manufacturing service,” says Vicki Holt, President and CEO at Proto Labs. “With three uniquely different and complementary offerings, we’re now truly able to help designers and engineers take a product from the initial stages of prototyping through low-volume production.”

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Governor Pat McCrory, N.C. Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla III  and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. announced that Proto Labs, Inc., will be expanding in Wake County and creating 170 new jobs over the next five years. The company plans to invest in excess of $25 million in the Town of Cary over the same period.

“Proto Labs is one of those 21st century companies that is helping North Carolina stay on the cutting edge of technology and innovation,” said Governor McCrory. “By more than doubling its workforce, the company is demonstrating that nothing compares to North Carolina when it comes to being a great place for innovative ideas.”

Based in Maple Plain, Minnesota, Proto Labs, Inc. is a leading online and technology-enabled manufacturer of custom parts for prototyping and short-run production. The Cary location will house the company’s expanded additive manufacturing (commonly called 3D printing) operation. Proto Labs has 106 employees in Wake County.

“North Carolina and the Research Triangle region continue to be leaders in attracting top-notch technology companies either for relocation or expansion,” said Secretary Skvarla. “This expansion by Proto Labs helps in solidifying that reputation.”

Salaries will vary by job but will include engineering, manufacturing, and administrative positions. The annual payroll of the new jobs will exceed $7.5 million at the end of the five year commitment.

“Since the launch of 3D printing at Proto Labs, we’ve increased our capabilities here in the U.S. and we’ve also introduced our additive manufacturing services in Europe,” explained Rob Connelly, Proto Labs’ VP of Additive Manufacturing. “Our state-of-the-art facility in North Carolina will be a critical driver in advancing 3D printing in the U.S. and globally for many years to come.”

The project was made possible in part by a performance-based grant from the One North Carolina Fund of up to $150,000. The One NC Fund provides financial assistance through local government to attract business projects that will stimulate economic activity and create new jobs in the state. Companies receive no money up front and must meet job creation and investment performance standards to qualify for grant funds. These grants also require and are contingent upon local matches.

In addition to the N.C. Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C., other partners that helped with this project include: North Carolina Department of Transportation, North Carolina Community College System, NCWorks, Capital Area Workforce Board, Cary Chamber of Commerce, Cary Economic Development and the Town of Cary.

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Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (NYSE: ATI) announced that it is expanding its nickel-based superalloy powder capabilities to satisfy strong demand from the aerospace jet engine market and growing demand from the additive manufacturing industry, particularly for 3D printed parts used in the aerospace, medical, electrical energy, and oil and gas markets. The self-funded expansion, which is projected to cost approximately $70 million and take two years to complete, will be located at the ATI Specialty Materials business unit’s operations near Monroe, NC.

“This strategic growth project will strengthen ATI’s position in the production of technically demanding superalloy powders used to produce advanced mill products and forgings, primarily for next-generation jet engines,” said Rich Harshman, ATI’s Chairman, President and CEO. “A significant portion of the powders to be produced from this expansion are needed to meet requirements of existing long-term agreements with jet engine OEMs that run well into the next decade. The expansion also better positions ATI to continue as a leading innovator supplying advanced powders to the new and rapidly growing additive manufacturing industry.

“This expansion builds on ATI’s existing powder capabilities located at facilities in Oakdale, PA near Pittsburgh, which are currently operating near capacity. The expansion is included in our multi-year capital expenditure target of approximately $200 million annually.”

Nickel-based superalloy powders provide extreme alloy compositions and a refined microstructure that offer increased performance and longer useful lives in high-temperature and highly corrosive environments. For more information, see then “ATI Products” and “Powder Metals.”

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GPI Prototype, located in Lake Bluff, IL, recently announced the completion of a facility expansion to double office space, accommodating new staff brought in to handle the rapid growth experienced at GPI. In addition, existing warehouse space has been remodeled to accommodate six more direct metal machines.

Historically focused on building metal prototypes, GPI has been growing the portion of its business dedicated to additive manufacturing. In preparation for this strategic commitment, GPI added two key individuals to its production and engineering departments in 2014. The team was strengthened by the addition of a metallurgical engineer as well as a metals applications engineer. This engineering strength is spearheading R&D and production capabilities on all DMLM machines.

To further support the growth of its metal additive manufacturing services, GPI has been adding to its production capacity. In 2014, GPI acquired two new direct metal machines. These machines are dedicated to the production of aluminum parts. GPI is currently one of the few companies offering production parts with AlSi12 aluminum on a ProX300.  Growth continues for GPI, especially with the scheduled delivery of a new EOS M290 in June.

In response to increased opportunities from the aerospace and medical industries, GPI recently went through the rigor of certification for AS9100:2009RevC, ISO 13485:2003, ISO 9001:2008 and is a registered ITAR facility. These certifications provide GPI with the standardized processes used to create quality products and meet regulatory requirements. During the course of certifications, GPI created an Internal Management System, providing assurances in all manufacturing processes. Requirements include internal audits, record keeping, process procedures and monitoring, management reviews and corrective and preventative action plans.

In more recent news, GPI is making a change in upper management. Scott Galloway, Founder and President, will take on the new role of CEO. Adam Galloway, has been promoted from VP Sales and Marketing and has assumed the role as President of GPI. Adam joined the company in 2003 and has been an integral member of the management team at GPI for the past eight years. “It is exciting to be part of a company that is not afraid to take risks and realize when diversification is necessary to sustain strong growth. GPI started out specializing in prototypes. As we’ve continued to make giant steps forward, the production capabilities we offer today continue to allow GPI to reach higher levels within the AM industry,” – Adam Galloway.

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Mcor Technologies Ltd, the Ireland-based manufacturer of photorealistic-color, paper-based 3D printers, expanded its global presence today by opening a U.S. headquarters at the Myles Standish Industrial Park in Taunton, Massachusetts.

This is the second U.S. office for the fast-growing maker of color-capable 3D printers, with the other office in San Jose, California. The new office's opening comes eight days before the company's 10-year anniversary.

Unique in the industry, Mcor 3D printers use 8.5-x-11 inch copy paper as the build material instead of expensive plastics or plaster. The company's flagship 3D printer, the Mcor IRIS, prints any color anytime, uniquely employing a global-standard ICC (International Color Consortium) color map to provide the industry's most accurate WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get), photorealistic color 3D printing.

"This U.S. headquarters will provide world-class consulting, service and support directly to our rapidly growing U.S. customer base," Dr. Conor MacCormack, co-founder and CEO of Mcor Technologies, said at today's grand opening. "Since our 3D printers are essential to manufacturing and education, we're especially delighted to be located in Taunton with its rich history in manufacturing and industry and its convenient location between Boston and Providence."

Also at today's grand opening, which featured demonstrations of Mcor 3D printing technology, were Jan O'Sullivan TD, Ireland's Minister for Education and Skills, who cut the ribbon and Taunton Mayor, Tom Hoye.

"I am delighted to be here today to open the US headquarters for Mcor Technologies," said Minister O'Sullivan.  "This truly innovative Irish company with its unique approach to affordable eco-friendly 3D printing will make 3D printers available in schools and colleges across the US.  The United States is the largest and most sophisticated market in the world for Educational Technology and delivering on the obvious potential of the Mcor product here will enable the creation of sales and marketing jobs in the US and high value R+D roles in Dunleer Co. Louth."

Mcor's U.S. sales, service, support, applications and marketing staff will be based out of this office. The Taunton office address is 705 Myles Standish Boulevard, Unit 2. The phone number is 508-386-2488.

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The $6 million center, called Lab 22, provides Australian companies with affordable access to specialist additive manufacturing equipment and expertise and offers huge efficiency and productivity benefits for product development.

By lowering their capital investment risk and allowing companies to ‘try before they buy’, Lab 22 overcomes one of the major barriers facing smaller businesses in adopting 3D printing with metal.

“This advanced equipment is in the range of $1 million per unit, but the vast majority of small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) don’t have that amount of capital on-hand to take a leap of faith on a new or emerging technology,” CSIRO additive manufacturing research leader, Alex Kingsbury said.

“We’re providing Australian companies with a unique opportunity to access some of the most advanced additive manufacturing equipment with the help of our experienced technical experts, for a comparatively minimal daily fee.”

Australian 3D printing service companies, Made for Me and Keech3D, were the first companies to sign to use Lab 22’s new space with the aim of growing their metal 3D printing services.

“It’s critical for companies to be able to take advantage of new technology and development if they are to remain internationally competitive, but investment can be risky and expensive and the technical aspects are complicated,” Ms Kingsbury said.

“Lab 22 makes it much easier and affordable, so local companies can try out the equipment, use it to design or test new products or up skill their workforce – providing them with the tools to differentiate themselves, grow and get ahead of global competitors.

“We’ve already signed up four industry partners and welcome more companies to get on board.”

CSIRO has partnered with industry on a range of world-firsts using its Arcam 3D printer, including a titanium heel bone implant to treat a cancer patient, a mouthguard for treating sleep apnoea and a customisable ‘orthotic’ for horses suffering laminitis.

Lab 22 experts can help companies tailor design solutions, and have the ability to capture 3D data and simulate both the manufacturing process and in-service part performance.

Cold spray deposition technology, laser heat treatment, surface engineering and advanced machinery are also available to improve efficiencies, performance and profitability.

Lab 22’s additive manufacturing equipment includes: Arcam A1, Concept Laser M2, Optomec LENS MR-7, Voxelject VX1000 and Cold Spray Plasma Giken.

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UL (Underwriters Laboratories), a global safety science organization, will open a Global Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence in Singapore. Additive manufacturing (AM), also commonly known as 3D printing, is defined as the process of joining materials to make objects from three-dimensional model data, usually layer upon layer, as opposed to subtractive manufacturing methods. With an investment of S$8million, this facility will be the first-of-its-kind service offering for both UL and the additive manufacturing (AM) industry.

The new center, supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), will focus on advanced training, material and process validation programs, advisory services, and research to support both the local and global AM industry. This project is driven by UL's vision that AM will be the catalyst for global transformation in manufacturing. Through R&D collaborations with local research institutes and industry partners such as the Singapore Centre for 3D Printing and the Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Centre, UL aims to help create a vibrant AM industry in Singapore and the region.

UL's Global Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence will address critical gaps in the industry through four key areas. First, it will provide advanced training curriculum to speed up adoption and readiness of a strong AM workforce. Next, the center's validation programs will address AM material and process qualification. Third, the center's advisory services will provide best practices on AM fast to production and AM part acceptance. Lastly, research will be conducted at the center to inform standards development.
"UL's Global Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence will play a catalytic role in helping our industrial companies strengthen their manufacturing competitiveness. This global center is also aligned with Singapore's vision to be the advanced manufacturing hub of Asia that drives the development of disruptive technologies such as Additive Manufacturing and robotics," said Mr. Lim Kok Kiang, Assistant Managing Director of EDB. "We are confident this new investment will add to the vibrancy of the Testing, Inspection and Certification (TIC) sector in Singapore."

Over the next several years, the facility's four technical service areas will support and expand Singapore's already well-established 3D printing infrastructure. The center is expected to employ 10 additive manufacturing technical experts.

"We are excited to help build the Singapore additive manufacturing ecosystem by contributing advanced training, validation programs, advisory services and research," said Ms. Simin Zhou, vice president of Digital Manufacturing Technologies at UL. "We anticipate this site will be the first step of several as we continue to expand into other 3D printing markets, bringing knowledge and best practices."

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Creaform announced the opening of its US-based corporation and offices in Costa Mesa, California. The opening of this new office is the result of the growing demand for Creaform’s portable measurement solutions as well as its dedication to better support its ever-expanding US customer base.

The offices, strategically located on the West Coast, will provide complete sales and metrology services, with the addition of local application engineers and project leaders on site.

“California is a hotbed for cutting-edge technology,” explained Martin D. Chader, US Country Manager at Creaform. “With such a flourishing economy, substantial military presence, and significant commercial potential, California was a natural fit for our US-based office.”

Creaform US Sales can be reached at 1.855.939.4446 while Creaform Technical support services can be reached from Monday through Friday, 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. East Coast to West Coast at 1.855.933.4446.

Creaform develops, manufactures, and sells 3D portable measurement technologies and specializes in 3D engineering services. The company offers innovative solutions, such as 3D scanning, reverse engineering, quality control, non-destructive testing, product development, and numerical simulation (FEA/CFD). Its products and services cater to a variety of industries, including automotive, aerospace, consumer products, heavy industries, healthcare, manufacturing, oil and gas, power generation, and research and education. With headquarters and manufacturing operations in Lévis, Québec, Creaform operates innovation centers in Lévis and Grenoble, France, and has direct sales operations in the United States, France, Germany, China, Japan, and India.

Creaform is a unit of AMETEK Ultra Precision Technologies, a division of AMETEK Inc., a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices, with annual sales of $4.0 billion.

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Fokker and the National Aerospace Laboratory will open a manufacturing plant for composite aircraft components. The plant will produce composite landing gear components while also developing new manufacturing techniques for high performance composites. Other high-tech companies that develop composites can also use the facility for testing their materials and automating production processes. Ineke Dezentjé Hamming-Bluemink, CEO of FME and initiator of Smart Industry, officially opened the Pilot Plant.

The new ‘Automated Composite Manufacturing Pilot Plant’ is widely regarded as a key step in developing expert knowledge of composites in the Netherlands. Composites are increasing replacing steel or aluminium parts in the aviation industry; moreover, composites are often stronger, more sustainable, less expensive, and capable of being applied in a wide variety of areas.

The ACM Pilot Plant will start with the further robotification of the production of composite landing gear components. In a wider context, the plant will focus on producing composites reinforced with industrial resins, for which the plant is outfitted with ultra-modern equipment, including one of the largest robotic composite fibre braiding machines in Europe.

The ACM Pilot Plant is open to other companies that want to produce their composites on a large scale, including to companies that are active outside the aviation sector. The unique knowledge and facilities available are ideally suited for developing the most cost-efficient manufacturing methods. It is often precisely this last step - between a prototype and launching the product - that proves so difficult in bringing innovations to market.

This new facility derives from a Public-Private Partnership between Fokker Landing Gear and the National Aerospace Laboratory (NLR), in close collaboration with the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the province of Flevoland and the Noordoostpolder municipality. This Pilot Plant is the embodiment of the ‘golden triangle’ between government, industry and knowledge institutions. The ACM Pilot Plant is part of Smart Industry Fieldlab Flexible Manufacturing’, for which plans for further development are currently being devised.

At the Pilot Plant - which covers an area of some 500m² - highly skilled automation experts and operators are engaged in automating, optimizing and rendering sustainable the manufacturing processes.

The opening of this manufacturing plant is a crowning jewel in Fokker and NLR’s years of collaboration. Frank Mulders, Managing Director of Fokker Landing Gear, views the plant as the culmination of many years of successful collaboration in process innovation between Fokker, NLR, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, RNLAF (Dutch Airforce), regional governments and knowledge institutes. Mulders: “This automated pilot plant works on state-of-the art production processes. For Fokker, as a supplier to the global aviation industry, and also for other Dutch companies, this is an important step on the way to the sustainable production of composite components in the Netherlands.”

The Nationals Aerospace Laboratory regards the ACM Pilot Plant as a logical next step in the collaboration between science and technology, private companies and the government, for the purpose of bolstering the Netherlands’ strengths in innovation. CEO Michel Peters states that the Netherlands holds a leading position internationally in the development and application of composite materials in the aviation industry: “The Pilot Plant that we have opened today in Flevoland further establishes us on the map as an international centre for composites. It is the physical proof that institutes for applied research, such as NLR, can bolster the innovative strength of Dutch industry and SMEs. And do this together with government and industry.”

Jan-Nico Appelman, deputy of the province of Flevoland, is also pleased with the new plant. “In recent years the province has created an investment climate for Flevoland. One can find office spaces in business parks everywhere, but here in Flevoland, around the NLR’s already established Field Lab, companies also find a unique combination of theory and practice. This new plant with Fokker makes all the more interesting for companies that produce composites.“

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A next generation engineering center has opened its doors in Morrisville, North Carolina, just outside Raleigh, within the famed Research Triangle Park.

The Hardware Store is a technology-driven “playground” for design engineers — an atmosphere where they can go from rough idea to CAD concept to injection molded or 3D printed part in just hours. In addition to world-class personnel for DFM, the Hardware Store’s capabilities range from high tolerance CNC and tooling to 15-micron accurate 3D prints.

The workspace was developed by Bi-Link, a leading global contract manufacturer that serves the automotive, medical, wireless and consumer electronic industries.

“The Hardware Store is about bringing great minds together in an idea-driven atmosphere,” says Ray Ziganto, President of Bi-Link. “Bi-Link is unique in how we provide engineer-to-engineer (E2E) support. The Hardware Store takes things to another level. Away from the day-to-day, engineers can tinker and push the boundaries on design projects. They’re able to ask questions and get input from our resident engineers and other staff — even create early iterations of their ideas by getting some parts made.”

While Bi-Link’s Global Headquarters are in Bloomingdale, Illinois, the company chose Raleigh as the site for its first Hardware Store because the area is a hub for innovation. Research Triangle Park is home to many technology companies, a growing incubator community, and globally recognized universities.

One of those who have already taken advantage of the resources available at The Hardware Store is Maureen Bunger, PhD, Vice President and Director of Product Development at SciKon Innovation Inc., located in Research Triangle Park.

“Entrepreneurs and engineers want to be, and have to be, hands on with their prototyping and manufacturing of new products,” Bunger said. “The Hardware Store seems to be created exactly for that. The expertise in engineering, CAD, and product development are already there with this team and you can walk out with a new part in a day.” She adds, “Since working with Bi-Link through this mechanism, we’ve had a product with five parts, plus electronics, go from a ‘back of the napkin’ concept, through multiple design iterations, to a functioning prototype in just two months. It would have taken easily a year or more to do this in other circumstances.”

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In January 2015, voxeljet commenced operations and began printing parts for customers at its North American Services facility located in Canton, Michigan (near Detroit). The approximately 50,000 square foot facility will initially operate four large-format printers to support both the sand casting and investment casting markets. The Company expects to install additional sand and plastic printers, including the VX4000 during the course of the year. Voxeljet anticipates its Canton, Michigan facility having similar printing capacity to its Friedberg, Germany service center by the end of 2016.

We hosted our first customer seminar on January 20th which included presentations from David Tait, Managing Director of Voxeljet of America Inc., Ingo Ederer CEO of voxeljet AG, and Tom Mueller, Director of Casting Applications, North America.

“Our inaugural customer seminar was very successful”, said David Tait, Managing Director of Voxeljet of America Inc. “We were able to share various historical applications with customers of the aerospace, automotive and heavy equipment sectors. Many of these 3D printing technology users were excited about the facility’s capabilities as well as the very robust machine engineering quality. We look forward to our growing presence in the market.”

voxeljet is a provider of high-speed, large-format 3D printers and on-demand parts services to industrial and commercial customers. The Company’s 3D printers employ a powder binding, additive manufacturing technology to produce parts using various material sets, which consist of particulate materials and proprietary chemical binding agents. The Company provides its 3D printers and on-demand parts services to industrial and commercial customers serving the automotive, aerospace, film and entertainment, art and architecture, engineering and consumer product end markets.

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Canton, Michigan 48188
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GE today announced that it will build a new manufacturing facility to drive innovation and implementation of advanced manufacturing technologies across GE. The new facility represents a $32M investment over three years by the company and will result in the creation of 50 high-tech engineering jobs initially, in disciplines ranging from mechanical and electrical to systems and software engineering. These technologists will join GE’s global network of 50,000 world-class scientists, engineers, and skilled labor who are working to solve some of the world’s toughest challenges.

The new facility reflects GE’s belief that the intersection of technology and manufacturing – marrying hardware with software – is bringing a new era of manufacturing. Advanced Manufacturing is about making things better and faster for customers. It includes new digital fabrication technology, lean manufacturing methods and rapid-prototyping, advanced materials sciences, supply chain efficiency and open innovation. The facility will focus on improving capabilities and usage of additive manufacturing across GE while advancing materials sciences and inspection technologies.

Dan Heintzelman, GE vice chairman said, “Advanced manufacturing is driving a profound change in industry and at GE. It is how we will compete and win in the future. We can more efficiently invent and build products for our customers, while driving better margins for our investors. This new facility is crucial for bringing advanced manufacturing technology to all our businesses.”

Pennsylvania is already home to more than 8,500 GE employees with significant presence from GE’s Transportation, Power & Water, Oil & Gas and Energy Management business. The site will be located outside of Pittsburgh in Findlay Township, PA to capitalize on the renowned academic institutions and skilled workforce in the area. Construction is expected to begin in March 2015 to be completed by September 2015.

Governor Tom Corbett said, “By integrating education, workforce training and technology, we are cultivating a renaissance in Pennsylvania manufacturing. I am proud of the economic environment we have created to encourage global companies like GE to invest in our future and in our skilled and talented workers. The 50 high-tech jobs GE is creating with this project is terrific news for hard working families in southwest Pennsylvania.”

This facility represents another major GE investment in U.S. manufacturing technology. In the past two years alone, GE has established new Advanced Manufacturing locations for GE Power & Water in Greenville, SC; GE Aviation in Asheville, North Carolina; and GE Oil & Gas in Jacksonville, FL; while expanding work in GE Aviation in Auburn, AL and improving manufacturing at GE Aviation in Rutland, Vermont.

Changing GE manufacturing is seeing financial results. In Rutland, Vermont a $75 million investment to expand the site to allow GE Aviation to use advanced materials has led to more than $300 million in engine production savings. Next year in Auburn, AL, mass production begins on the complex interiors of fuel nozzles for the next-generation LEAP jet engine being developed by CFM International, a 50/50 joint company of GE and France’s Snecma (Safran). Each engine has 20 nozzles (produced by Advanced Atomization Technologies, a GE and Parker Aerospace joint venture) with GE’s special 3D-printed interiors to make the engine more durable, lighter, and fuel efficient.  3D printing allows GE to make the nozzle interiors as one part rather than 20 individual parts, reducing the number of brazes and welds required using traditional methods.

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Fuel3D, a developer of 3D scanning solutions, announced that it has closed a funding round totaling $6.4 million (£4 million). This funding builds on the company's initial $2.6 million (£1.6 million) funding secured earlier this year and paves the way for the commercial launch of the company's consumer scanner product in 2015.

The funding round was led by Chimera Partners and will be used to ramp-up Fuel3D's production, customer support and international retail distribution after it delivers on its Kickstarter and pre-order commitments.

In addition, Fuel3D will use the funding to expand the scope of the company's technology to address commercial opportunities in a range of vertical markets through its Fuel3D Labs division, including biometrics and eyewear.

"The initial interest shown by investors in Fuel3D has only been increased since the first funding round and we are very pleased to have been oversubscribed in this round of fundraising," said Ben Gill of Chimera Partners and Chairman of Fuel3D. "The company continues to impress with its commitment to product development goals and has also made very significant inroads into developing new commercial applications and relationships."

In 2013, Fuel3D raised over $300,000 for the development of an affordable, high resolution handheld 3D scanner through its successful crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. The company has expanded rapidly in response to global demand and now has distributors in 23 countries around the world as well as manufacturing operations in Asia.

With its commercial launch expected in early 2015, the Fuel3D scanner is currently in beta-testing with the company's Kickstarter backers.

"This funding round will take Fuel3D through the full commercial launch of our scanner next year, and will allow us to invest in new talent and infrastructure, including growing our operations in the United States," said Stuart Mead, CEO, Fuel3D. "In tandem with our consumer product development, we will also be using the funding to further develop our intellectual property so that we can capitalize on the ongoing interest we receive from international brands in applying our technology in new verticals beyond 3D printing."

Fuel3D has developed an affordable handheld 3D scanner that delivers fast, high-resolution shape and color capture for a range of 3D modeling applications, such as 3D printing, as well as on-screen applications like 3D art, animation and game development. The scanner's ability to accurately capture color 3D models of the human form is ideally suited to the rapidly growing trend of personalization.

Fuel3D is the world's first 3D scanner to combine pre-calibrated stereo cameras with photometric imaging to capture and process a 3D model in seconds.

Fuel3D is a developer of advanced 3D scanning systems and solutions. Originally developed for the medical imaging sector, the Fuel3D technology has been adapted for the broader 3D market, with the goal of bringing the benefits of point-and-shoot 3D imaging to consumers, professionals and businesses. Since raising more than $300,000 and generating worldwide attention through its successful Kickstarter campaign in 2013, the company has gone from strength to strength, raising a further $2.6 million in private investment and signing retail and distribution partners across the world.

Based on technology developed by Professor Ron Daniel, Lecturer in Engineering Science at Oxford University, Fuel3D is today led by Stuart Mead, CEO, a veteran of several successful global technology ventures, and supported by an expert team of hardware and software engineers and scientists.

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The University of Utah’s Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute is one step closer to becoming an international destination for student entrepreneurs, innovators and “makers” today as it breaks ground on the Lassonde Studios. The five-floor, 148,000-square-foot building will merge more than 400 student residences with a 20,000-square-foot “garage” open for any student to attend events, build prototypes, launch companies and more.

“This is a new type of building focused on experiential learning,” said Troy D’Ambrosio, executive director of the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute, an interdisciplinary division of the David Eccles School of Business. “The Lassonde Studios is the culmination of more than a decade of growth and achievement. We are already a nationally-ranked university for entrepreneurship. This remarkable building will make a great program even better and allow us reach many more students.”

The Lassonde Studios will open to students in fall 2016.

In conjunction with the groundbreaking, the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute released new details about the building, including living options (modular pod, loft and traditional), elaborate architectural renderings and amenities in the “garage.”

The Lassonde Studios is designed to be as innovative as the students and activities that will be inside. The Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute is working with an internationally-recognized architectural and design team to create a space that will define a new type of university environment and inspire entrepreneurs for decades to come. Partner companies include EDA Architects (Salt Lake City), Cannon Design (global) and ARUP (global). Gramoll Construction (Salt Lake City) is the general contractor.

“Everything about this building has been unique and different, even our design process,” said Mehrdad Yazdani, of Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design and the lead designer for the Lassonde Studios. “We started by challenging our assumptions about student housing and exploring the boundaries between where students live and work. The result is an entirely new campus building typology.”

The heart of the Lassonde Studios will be the “garage” on the first floor. It will be a mostly open space with moveable furniture to accommodate a wide range of activities. It will feature co-working space, private offices for startup companies, cafe, lounge space, and a prototyping area with 3D printers, sewing machines, hand tools, laser cutter and more. Any student at the University of Utah will be welcome to use the “garage.” It will function like a student union for entrepreneurs and innovators.

“We want to accelerate the time it takes for students to see their ideas become a reality, and we want to give them a place where they can meet and form interdisciplinary teams,” said Taylor Randall, Dean of the David Eccles School of Business. “The University of Utah already has a vibrant community for entrepreneurship. The Lassonde Studios will galvanize that community, and it will give every student the opportunity to pursue their dreams.”

The four floors above the “garage” will provide three types of housing as well as additional co-working, study and “maker” space. The living options include:

  • Moveable “living pods” – Designers invented this type of housing exclusively for the Lassonde Studios. The pods will be 7-by-7 foot, private living areas with beds, shelving and storage. The pods will be moveable within a larger, multi-use suite. Each suite will contain bathrooms, a kitchen and community “maker” space.

  • Loft rooms – Groups of students will be able to live together in a large, open space where they share creative space and a kitchen. These rooms will provide students with an urban lifestyle in the middle of campus.

  • Single and Double rooms – Students can choose standard rooms for individuals or to share with one other person. Groups of these single and double rooms will share creative space and kitchens.

The Lassonde Studios is made possible through the vision and support of Pierre Lassonde, a successful entrepreneur and MBA alumnus of the David Eccles School of Business. In addition to founding what is now the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute with a $13 million donation, he gave $12 million more to build the Lassonde Studios and support the activities inside. The remainder of the building costs will be paid for by other donations and rents from those living there. No taxpayer money is being used.

“Pierre Lassonde has a vision to make the University of Utah the best place in the country to study entrepreneurship,” D’Ambrosio said, “and the Lassonde Studios is helping make that dream come true.”

The Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute is a nationally-ranked hub for student entrepreneurship and innovation at the University of Utah and an interdisciplinary division of the David Eccles School of Business. The first programs were offered in 2001, through the vision and support of Pierre Lassonde, an alumnus and successful mining entrepreneur. The institute now provides engagement opportunities for thousands of students to learn about entrepreneurship and innovation. Programs include graduate seminars, business plan competitions, startup support, innovation programs, scholarships, community outreach and more. All programs are open to students from any academic major or background.

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3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced that it has opened its new innovation center and software development facility in Cary, North Carolina. With 22,000 square feet of dedicated R&D space, the new center supports the full range of Geomagic® software products, as well as the development of new scanning capabilities for 3DS’ latest perceptual devices, including Sense™ and Capture™.

“This new innovation center showcases our ongoing commitment to providing the best 3D engineering, design and printing software tools available, with a focus on affordability and usability,” said Calvin Hur, Vice President and General Manager Geomagic Solutions for 3DS. “We are reinventing the engineer's desktop and workflow, providing a seamless digital thread that extends from physical photography, scan-based design and inspection to 3D printing.”

The new facility also boasts a comprehensive 3D design-to-print showroom and training facilities, providing interactive engagements and live demonstrations for customers, resellers and partners.

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3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced that it has signed a lease on a new 200,000 square foot facility in Rock Hill, South Carolina, increasing its manufacturing and distribution capacity to meet growing demand for its 3D printers and materials. The addition of this new manufacturing and distribution center is part of the company’s previously announced expansion, which is expected to generate hundreds of new jobs over time.

This move will consolidate and strengthen all existing Rock Hill based manufacturing and distribution operations in support of the company’s rapidly expanding range of 3D printers and materials. The company plans to expand its R&D and engineering operations using freed-up space in its current headquarters building.

3DS recently opened its Rock Hill 3D innovation and learning center, designed to showcase the growing impact of its pioneering advanced manufacturing technology in key applications, such as aerospace, automotive, medical, education and the 3D-printed lifestyle. This interactive center showcases 3DS’ entire range of products, tools and solutions and the endless possibilities that they create for customers, resellers and partners around the world.

“Our continued Rock Hill expansion underscores our commitment to localized manufacturing, demonstrating through our actions that what is designed locally can be built locally,” said Avi Reichental, President and CEO, 3DS. “This investment is in direct response to the growing demand for our professional printers.”

The company expects its new facility to be fully operational during the first quarter of 2015. Those interested in job opportunities with 3DS should visit the company’s careers webpage at

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Renishaw, a world leading engineering technologies company, is pleased to announce that its Chinese headquarters has moved to a new state-of-the-art facility in Shanghai. The new office for Renishaw (Shanghai) Trading Company Ltd is located in the Shibei High Tech Park in the Zhabei District, a rapidly developing area which is well connected with Shanghai's public transportation network.

The new headquarters building covers over 3,200 square metres, of which an initial phase of 1,860 square metres has been developed, with the 2nd phase due be completed in early 2015. A new demonstration facility offers comprehensive technical support to OEM customers, distributors and end-users for the full range of Renishaw's market leading metrology products, plus Raman spectroscopy systems and additive manufacturing (metal 3D printing) systems.  The new building has also allowed Renishaw to expand its warehouse and logistics facilities, and to increase the size of its Service Centre, all contributing to improved customer service and support.

“Renishaw has been strongly committed to the Chinese market ever since we opened our first office in Beijing in 1994, which was followed by a wholly owned subsidiary in Shanghai in 2005,” said Paul Gallagher, Managing Director, Renishaw (Shanghai) Trading Company Ltd. “Our investment in this fast-growing country has been further strengthened by the expansion into this new facility.  We look forward to many more years of strategic growth, and to continuing to build a strong business in Mainland China. ”

Renishaw currently has 11 offices across China with a total of 125 employees.  The headquarters expansion enhances the company's cohesion and competitiveness in offering cutting edge products and excellent customer service in China.

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Concept Laser, a pioneer in the field of laser melting with metals, held a “topping out” ceremony this past June at their headquarters in Lichtenfels, Germany. The ceremony was a milestone in the expansion of the Concept Laser production facility to meet the growing demand in the market for its advanced generative laser melting technology, LaserCUSING. The new production facility is 3,500 m2 (approximately 37,000+ sq. ft) and allows Concept Laser to increase its machine output by a factor of 2.5 compared to the previous year.

“We have experienced highly dynamic growth in the USA,” said Frank Herzog, CEO, Concept Laser. “The primary reason for this growth is the increasing demand from the aerospace industry which relies heavily on additive production technology, as a rapid method for building prototypes and production metal parts. As a result of the increased in demand for machines, we are expanding our production facility capacity.

“The new facility provides additional benefits to our customers. The design of our new facility allows for guaranteed secrecy for the increasingly sensitive projects, thus ensuring a high level of confidentiality to our customers.”

Representatives of the laser melting system manufacturer stated that they are expecting a continuation of the massive growth in 3D printing (additive manufacturing) applications with metals. This will be driven primarily by the aerospace, automotive and medical and dental industries, with regional hotspots in the USA, Europe and parts of Asia. Frank Herzog, CEO of Concept Laser, reported highly dynamic growth in the USA at the present time. The reason for this is the aerospace industry, which relies heavily on generative production technology (additive manufacturing) as a fast method of building prototypes and test beds while optimizing the time and costs of manufacturing amorphous components. The reason for the growth is the aerospace industry, which relies heavily on generative (or additive/3d printing) production technology, as a fast method of building prototypes and parts.

The Hofmann Innovation Group, of which the independent company Concept Laser is a member, is also a specialist in the fields of toolmaking and rapid and industrial prototyping. However, the group also boasts many years of experience in machine and plant engineering. The Hofmann Innovation Group has previously built machines for Concept Laser, so it was a logical step to take further advantage of the existing experience and synergy within the group, and a win-win situation for everyone involved. The new production facility was built by the Hofmann Innovation Group, will also be responsible for the future production of Concept Laser systems. Concept Laser will lease the space in the 3,500 m² production facility and be responsible for the commissioning and quality assurance of its own machines. Speaking at the topping out ceremony, Frank Herzog stressed the importance of the collaboration. "Concept Laser's new production capacity is a long-term investment that has the active support of the Hofmann Innovation Group. In the future, the financially solid structure of the Group and its numerous synergies will help us stay on the right track," concluded Herzog.

In addition to expanding its production facility, Concept Laser continues to strengthen its workforce to meet the growing demands for its LaserCUSING technology. Since 2012, Concept Laser has strengthened its workforce in Production, Development, Service, and Applications Engineering divisions worldwide and has increased employees from 35 to 85. Along with the personnel expansion, in 2013 Concept Laser opened a new Research and Development (R&D) center. The 670 m2 R&D center allows for expanded testing capacity with dedicated development equipment for the LaserCUSING. The new center offers Concept Laser engineers the perfect platform for process and system development. Engineering developments from the new center includes the recent release of LaserCUSING System X line 1000R in XXL format.

Due to the growing demand for generative laser melting with metals in the USA, Concept Laser announced their plans to open a US subsidiary. Together with the existing subsidiary in China, and the company headquarters in Europe, this will place Concept Laser in prime locations around the world to support their growing customer base.

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EOS has now moved into its new Technology and Customer Centre in the Krailling Innovation Mile (KIM). Dr. Hans J. Langer, founder and CEO of EOS comments: "This new building represents a further milestone for EOS and is an expression of our company's growth and success story over the last twenty-five years. We operate in a market that is highly dynamic and which offers a huge potential. In the past we almost exclusively served the area of Rapid Prototyping, whereas now, Additive Manufacturing enables industrial applications in series production." And he adds: "This new building gives us more space in which to grow, allowing EOS to continually adapt to new market conditions and customer segments. Moreover, the new customer centre gives us the spatial flexibility we need to allow us to jointly develop current and future application solutions in Additive Manufacturing together with our customers."

With the construction of this new building, EOS underlines its loyalty to its location in the west of Munich. Christian Kirner, the company's COO, stresses: "With a floor space of 17,000m², the building is able to accommodate an additional 300 employees, while its design follows specific architectural, spatial and workplace concepts. The architectural concept renders the three key principles of the company's business strategy – innovation, quality and sustainability – both visible and tangible. The facility operates on the basis of an integral, sustainable energy concept." He continues: "In line with our corporate objectives, right from the start the emphasis was placed on the building's functional and ecological efficiency. Both its construction and operation were conceived with all due consideration for the efficient use of resources and energy-efficient building. In this way, the EOS building concept already complies with the requirements of tomorrow – apt reflection of the nature of the technology offered by EOS."

Founded in 1989 and headquartered in Germany, EOS is the technology and market leader for design-driven, integrated e-Manufacturing solutions for Additive Manufacturing (AM), an industrial 3D printing process. EOS offers a modular solution portfolio including systems, software, materials and as well as services including specific application consulting. As an industrial manufacturing process it allows the fast and flexible production of high-end parts based on 3D CAD data at a repeatable industry level of quality. As a disruptive technology it paves the way for a paradigm shift in product design and manufacturing. It accelerates product development, offers freedom of design, optimizes part structures, and enables lattice structures as well as functional integration. As such, it creates significant competitive advantages for its customers.

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Linear Mold & Engineering has announced plans to expand its 24,000-square-foot Livonia, MI, Headquarters facility by 17,000 square feet. This expansion will make room for eight more DMLM machines, a dedicated Training Center plus expanded Finishing & Tooling operations. One of the DMLM machines is scheduled to be delivered in two weeks with another scheduled for August 1.

Linear’s expansion will include the following enhancements to their current capabilities:

  • New DMLM Machine Lab with dedicated DMLM Training Center
  • Dedicated space for 32 additional DMLM machines
  • Expanded finishing (or post-processing) stations
  • Expanded tooling & mold-making operations including new gun drill, and CNC & EDM equipment

“This is phase 1 of the largest expansion in Linear’s 11-year history and is designed to maintain and extend Linear’s DMLM Leadership in North America,” explains John Tenbusch, President of Linear.

This expansion will enhance the Company’s leadership position in fulfilling production-level parts requirements, address demand for growing conformal cooling needs, and enhance its “Center of Excellence” program with private, client-dedicated R&D Pods.

Two DMLM machines are on order, an EOS M280 and one dual laser SLM280. Linear is a leading full-service engineering company specializing in the design and build of plastic injection molds and metal 3D printed components. Linear currently operates eight DMLM machines.

Using the DMLM technology, Linear designs and builds 3D printed conformal cooling channels for injection molds for the mold making industry. However, the growth segment for Linear is supply chain optimization via the design and build of DMLM 3D printed production solutions for the Automotive, Aerospace & Defense, Energy, Medical Devices, and CPG industries.

Linear is working with Stephens Inc., a privately held financial services firm with a strong focus on providing investment banking services to the 3D Printing markets, to assist in reviewing funding alternatives for Linear’s expansion plans.

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In the future, knee and bone implants customised to fit individual patients could be easily made using 3D printers.

Medical devices and tissue printing are among the key research areas that Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is ramping up on with the launch of its new $30 million 3D printing centre.

The NTU Additive Manufacturing Centre (NAMC) was officially launched by Mr Lee Yi Shyan, Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry and National Development.

At the launch, NTU also signed a $5 million joint laboratory agreement with SLM Solutions, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of 3D printers.

Named SLM Solutions@NAMC, the lab aims to develop next-generation 3D printers which can print much larger parts than today’s printers and new types of materials. It will also develop platforms that can print multiple materials in one single build.

NTU President Professor Bertil Andersson said additive manufacturing is a revolutionary technology that is changing the face of innovation and that NTU is well placed to excel in the fast growing field.

“Although we are a young university, NTU is already leading with two decades of research and development in this field,” Prof Andersson said.

“Our new additive manufacturing centre not only aims to collaborate with industry to develop innovative, practical solutions but also brings together the best talents in the field. The new centre is outfitted with the latest 3D printing machines, such as laser-aided machines for printing metal parts for industry and bio-printers which are able to print real human tissue,” he said.

NTU’s new additive manufacturing centre aims to keep Singapore at the forefront of 3D printing technologies and is supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board.

In conjunction with NAMC’s official launch, NTU also opened Singapore’s 1st International Conference on Progress in Additive Manufacturing, which will see more than a hundred scientific papers from over 20 countries being shared and presented among academics and industry players.

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GE Aviation, a global leader in jet engines and aircraft systems, announced that it will break ground this year on a new $100 million jet engine assembly facility in neighboring Lafayette, Indiana.

It becomes the seventh new GE Aviation facility in the U.S. in the past seven years – joining sites in Batesville, MS; Auburn, AL; Greenville, SC; Dayton, Ohio; Ellisville, MS; and Asheville, NC. These facilities support more than 2,500 new U.S. jobs and investment in more than 1 million square feet of new facilities. Between 2013 and 2017, GE Aviation expects to invest more than $3.5 billion in plant and equipment at its sites worldwide, with most of the investment in the U.S.

The new 225,000-square-foot facility in Lafayette will assemble the new LEAP engine of CFM International, a 50/50 joint company of GE and Snecma (Safran) of France. CFM has logged total orders and commitments with airlines for more than 6,000 LEAP jet engines – and it does not enter service until 2016. It will power new Airbus A320neo, Boeing 737 MAX, and COMAC (China) C919 aircraft for airlines worldwide.

Launched in 2008, the LEAP is now undergoing development testing. As the engine transitions to the production phase, GE could begin hiring at the new Lafayette facility as early as 2015. Within five years, the plant's workforce is expected to exceed 200 people with the capacity to do final assembly for the engine as well as the engine's hot section (compressor, combustor, high-pressure turbine).

"We are thrilled by the airline industry's enthusiasm for the new LEAP engine and its groundbreaking technologies," said David Joyce, president and CEO of GE Aviation, headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. "Beginning in 2015, the LEAP engine will experience a dramatic production ramp-up for the remainder of the decade. We are grateful to the entire Indiana team for ensuring that our Lafayette assembly plant will be soon up and running."

"With a nod to our past and an eye on our future, Indiana is a manufacturing state, with decades of experience in building the items that power our world. But we are also a state of innovation, developing the technologies of tomorrow." said Indiana Governor Mike Pence. "GE Aviation's plans in Indiana fuse the two. By selecting Indiana for its new jet engine facility, the company gains a workforce skilled at both developing the big ideas and bringing them to life."

Strong State of Indiana and Purdue University collaboration

Final assembly of the LEAP engine at the Lafayette facility will involve using components and sub-assemblies from GE and Snecma operations and from their suppliers around the world. The LEAP engine will also be assembled at GE's existing engine assembly plant in Durham, North Carolina.

The Lafayette facility will operate a highly advanced assembly line incorporating several new technologies, including automated vision inspection systems and radio frequency parts management to easily spot parts on the shop floor. GE worked closely with the state of Indiana to secure the Lafayette location. The state of Indiana, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), the city of Lafayette, and Tippecanoe County have provided technical support and incentives to ensure a smooth and successful start-up. To prepare for the new factory, GE will work with Ivy Tech at Lafayette for skills and training support.

The plant will be minutes from Purdue University in West Lafayette, which has a long history of collaboration with GE Aviation and its parent, General Electric Co. GE employs more than 1,200 Purdue University alumni, including more than 400 at GE Aviation. Over the past five years, GE has financed more than $2.5 million in research and development projects at Purdue.

GE Aviation leadership has met with Purdue officials to explore opportunities that will closely align the university to the new Lafayette facility. Purdue University is widely recognized as a leader in manufacturing technology, and GE intends to use the new facility as a catalyst for identifying talent and research capability.

"Purdue and GE are continuing to build a broad and strong collaboration in both research and talent recruitment," said Mitch Daniels, president of Purdue University. "In today's world, a strong research university is the best economic magnet a state can have, and today's announcement is a perfect example of that principle in action."

GE Aviation's Long-term Growth Outlook

The Lafayette facility reflects the growth at GE Aviation. Jet engine deliveries for GE Aviation and its partner companies (including CFM International) are slated to grow from 2,442 jet engines in 2013 to about 2,850 in 2016.

GE Aviation and its partner companies have the largest and fastest-growing installed base of jet engines in commercial aviation and a global services network to support them. GE and its partner companies have about 34,000 commercial jet engines in service, and that will grow to 41,000 engines by 2020. GE Aviation employs approximately 44,000 people and operates more than 80 facilities worldwide.

By the end of 2013, GE Aviation's multi-year backlog for equipment and services reached $125 billion, more than a 20 percent growth in one year. In addition to its seven new facilities over the past seven years, GE Aviation is making significant investments in its existing operations across the U.S., including investments of more than $350 million since 2012 in its southern Ohio operations in Cincinnati, Dayton, and Peebles.

Technologies in the CFM International LEAP engine

The CFM LEAP engine to be assembled in Lafayette will be among the world's most advanced jet engines, with carbon fiber composite fan blades and fan case (from Snecma), the latest thermodynamic design, higher bypass and compression ratios, advanced 3-D aerodynamic design and greater use of advanced materials. The engine is targeted for a 15 percent improvement in fuel efficiency compared to its predecessor, double-digit improvement in noise and emissions, and the lowest overall cost of ownership in the industry. Other technology features of the LEAP engine:

Additive manufacturing

At its Cincinnati operation, GE Aviation is using a technology called direct metal laser melting (DMLM) to manufacture LEAP fuel nozzles directly from computer-aided design (CAD) files. The process actually "grows" parts, layer by layer, using metal powder and a high-powered fiber laser. The part maintains the same material properties and density as a traditionally manufactured piece, but the process allows for much more complex geometries than were possible in the past. The resulting part is 25 percent lighter than previous nozzles and five times stronger.

Advanced materials

The LEAP will be the first commercial jet engine with ceramic matrix composite (CMC) components in the hot section, representing a significant technology breakthrough for GE and the jet propulsion industry. CMCs are made of silicon carbide ceramic fibers and ceramic resin, manufactured through a highly sophisticated process and further enhanced with proprietary coatings. GE views CMCs as a differentiator for its next-generation aircraft engines. The ultra-lightweight CMC material supports extremely high temperatures in the high-pressure turbine. CMC benefits include: reduced weight, enhanced performance and improved durability that provides longer time on wing, translating into lower fuel and maintenance costs for customers.

GE Aviation invests $1 billion annually in jet propulsion research and development programs. This long tradition of commitment to new technology has helped GE maintains its leadership position within the industry with a proud list of "firsts" in both military and commercial jet propulsion, tracing back to 1942 with America's first jet engine. GE Aviation, an operating unit of GE, is a world-leading provider of jet engines, components and integrated systems for commercial and military aircraft. GE Aviation has a global service network to support these offerings.

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The ExOne Company (NASDAQ: XONE) ("ExOne" or "the Company"), a global provider of three-dimensional ("3D") printing machines and printed products to industrial customers, announced the planned opening of a new Production Service Center (“PSC”) in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The location, consisting of a 17,240 square foot recently purchased facility, was selected due to its cost effectiveness and close proximity to the Southern California region, home to a significant amount of sand casting and cores business servicing the aerospace, automotive and energy sectors.  As ExOne’s fifth PSC in the U.S. and seventh PSC worldwide, operations are expected to commence in December.

David Burns, President and Chief Operating Officer of ExOne commented, “We have stated our intent to have 15 global PSCs by the end of 2015 and this location will mark another step toward our goal.  Strategically located PSCs facilitate the awareness of our 3D printing technology by our customers and prospects within our targeted verticals, such as those located in the Southern California region.  We have identified 163 foundries in the surrounding area of Las Vegas, making this location logistically ideal to service them.  We expect the addition of this facility will help to drive further revenue growth, consistent with our expansion strategy.”

ExOne’s other PSCs are located in North Huntingdon, PA; Troy, MI; Houston, TX; Auburn, WA; Augsburg, Germany; and Kanagawa, Japan.

ExOne is a global provider of 3D printing machines and printed products, materials and other services to industrial customers. ExOne’s business primarily consists of manufacturing and selling 3D printing machines and printing products to specification for its customers using its in-house 3D printing machines. ExOne offers pre-production collaboration and print products for customers through its seven production service centers (“PSCs”), which are located in the United States, Germany and Japan. ExOne builds 3D printing machines at its facilities in the United States and Germany. ExOne also supplies the associated materials, including consumables and replacement parts, and other services, including training and technical support, necessary for purchasers of its machines to print products.

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3D Systems  (NYSE:DDD) announced that it is investing $10 million to expand its Rock Hill, SC, manufacturing operations generating 145 new jobs. 3D Systems, the recognized 3D printing inventor and global leader is committed to building a future powered by sustainable, localized manufacturing. The company already began hiring for these positions and those interested in job opportunities with 3D Systems should visit the company’s careers webpage.

“To accommodate unprecedented demand for our products, we are expanding our manufacturing operations in the Charlotte Region. We are literally manufacturing the future in Rock Hill and deeply appreciate all the support we’ve received from state and local officials,” said Avi Reichental, President and CEO of 3D Systems Corporation.

“When one of our existing businesses expands, it sends a message to other companies that South Carolina is a place where they can find success,” said Gov. Nikki Haley. “We celebrate 3D Systems’ decision to invest $10 million and create 145 new jobs in Rock Hill. This announcement is another indication that our economic development efforts are on the right track.”

“Today’s announcement from 3D Systems provides another boost to our state’s manufacturing renaissance, and adds to our reputation in the advanced manufacturing sector. Every one of these new jobs will have an impact in Rock Hill and beyond,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

“3D Systems has been a valuable partner since joining the Rock Hill community,” said Rock Hill Mayor Doug Echols. “We’re honored they continue to grow their business here, contributing high quality, high paying, high tech jobs. We’re proud to be offering an atmosphere in Rock Hill that positions companies like 3D Systems for ongoing success.”

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The UMKC Foundation is pleased to announce a $5 million pledge from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to support a new Free Enterprise Center on UMKC’s Volker Campus.

The $14.8 million product development hub — to be used by entrepreneurs, local industry, and high school and college students — is a shot in the arm for entrepreneurship and economic development efforts at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

“We are all in awe when we see what has happened, when we look around the campus and realize the burst of money and energy and enthusiasm and construction — and forward-thinking improvements — that have taken place in these past few years,” said Betsey Solberg, chair of the UMKC Foundation. “Much of the credit for ensuring that the changes on this campus were just about perfect goes to Leo Morton, the man who is so passionate about the potential of UMKC that he runs a sprint and a marathon at the same time, ensuring that the vision we all share for this university is being accomplished.”

A multi-disciplinary initiative, the center will provide a platform for invention, research and education with a wide range of partners, including the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, MRIGlobal and Metropolitan Community College.

The facility will assist entrepreneurs, educators, researchers and industry in the production of prototype devices, manufacturing processes and end products. It is intended to act as a catalyst for entrepreneurs, educators, mentors and collaborators for economic development through product design, innovative education and state-of-the-art research.

The new building will provide the critically needed space to accommodate the rapid growth of two of UMKC’s fastest-growing academic units: the School of Computing and Engineering and the Henry W. Bloch School of Management. The two schools are already collaborating on new initiatives that link technology and management in new and innovative ways.

The Free Enterprise Center will include laboratory space, rapid prototyping equipment, educational/collaborative space and business/technology transfer advisors who will serve the students, faculty and researchers from both schools, as well as local industries, entrepreneurs, artists and K-12 students.

The KC STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Alliance within the School of Computing and Engineering is reaching more than 13,000 middle and high school students in the Kansas City region. This center would provide the KC STEM Alliance space to work with high school students on projects that involve robotics, manufacturing, material science and engineering design.

UMKC Enactus students, who compete in entrepreneurial challenges, will work with these students on the entrepreneurial and business aspects of technology and manufactured products and projects.

The facility also will be used as a laboratory, incubator and prototyping center for all students within the School of Computing and Engineering and all entrepreneurship students within the Bloch School of Management.

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Proto Labs, Inc. (NYSE: PRLB), announced that it has purchased the Plymouth Industrial Building at 2600 Niagara Lane, Plymouth, MN. This new manufacturing location will add an additional 175,000 square feet of manufacturing space to accommodate Proto Labs’ rapidly growing Protomold service, which provides quick-turn injection molding and its Firstcut service, which provides quick turn CNC machining.

Proto Labs intends to invest upwards of $15 million dollars to acquire, clean-up and rehabilitate the building, and to build out the interior infrastructure to accommodate its operation. The building is expected to be operational in the Spring of 2014 and when fully utilized, will employ up to 350 people.

“Proto Labs new Plymouth building will be our fifth building at three different locations in the Twin Cities area,” said President and CEO Brad Cleveland. “Proto Labs multi-million dollar investment in acquiring and rehabilitating this property in Plymouth will help facilitate the continued successful growth of our business.”

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Poly-Nova Technologies has chosen ENGEL as the injection molding machine supplier for the transformation of their manufacturing facility in Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

Poly-Nova Technologies has completed Phase One of their facility transformation. The transformation supports their new corporate philosophy: to bring higher efficiencies and quality to their customers through standardization and automation. To meet the corporate technical standards used globally, Poly-Nova chose ENGEL injection molding machinery. “The new high efficiency ENGEL machinery meets the high technological standards required of our existing molding processes” states Geoff Valeriote, Sales & Marketing Manager of Poly-Nova. “The energy saving benefits of these machines further supports our efforts to increase the energy savings of our production processes.”

The new injection molding machinery will be used for the molding of both homogenous rubber parts and insert over-molded parts. All molding technology used in conjunction with these machines will be wasteless / flashless – a specialty of Poly-Nova’s. Flashless molding is extremely valuable when working with high performance elastomers such as the fluorosilicones and fluorocarbons that are a large part of Poly-Nova’s business.

Supporting production and energy efficiencies

All machines purchased have been equipped with dual material feed systems, eliminating downtime for material changes and increasing flexibility in production. One of the feeding systems chosen was the all-electric ENGEL roto feeder – a rotary hopper for continuous feeding of high consistency rubber (HCR) / solid silicone – which allows these materials to be used much more cost-effectively.

Creating a foundation for Poly-Nova‘s energy saving goals, all the new machines include ENGEL’s servo-hydraulic eco-drive which provides energy consumption rates similar to those of fully electric injection molding machines – by up to 70 percent in comparison to conventional hydraulic injection molding machines.

It’s all about control

ENGEL’s machines meet the high technical standards required by Poly-Nova thanks in part to the flexible and powerful CC 200 controller. Special controller options are easily incorporated and multiple interfaces for auxiliary equipment allow their third party equipment to be seamlessly interfaced and operated through the machine controller.

“The new molding equipment, enables us to standardize our processes and improve overall cost effectiveness,” says Valeriote. “And allows us to be even more competitive in the global market.”

“Poly-Nova have set themselves up to be a state-of-the-art rubber molder” says Steve Elliott, General Manager of ENGEL Canada Inc. “The way they have set up their facility there are few, if any, processes or applications in rubber molding that they cannot accommodate.”

In business since 1996, Poly-Nova services the North American automotive, appliance and energy technology markets as a custom designer and manufacturer of precision rubber products. Proven experts in state-of-the-art precision rubber molding, as well as material development and engineering, they deliver on both quality and reliability -- creating solutions specifically tailored to the application needs of their customers. In their commitment to continuously streamline systems, Poly-Nova has developed multiple proprietary molding processes, providing significant quality improvements and cost savings benefits to customers.

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Mazak Corporation today announced its National Service Department and Training Department will move into the company’s expanded National Technology Center & Center for Multi-Tasking and Manufacturing Excellence in Florence, Kentucky, effective December 18, 2012. All customer training courses will be conducted in the new larger facility beginning the week of January 7, 2013.

The National Technology Center marks the second of three major expansions that will add significantly to Mazak’s Kentucky manufacturing campus, ultimately increasing its total floor space to 800,000 square feet and positioning it as one of the largest machine tool factories in the country. The first of the three expansions was that of the company’s North American Parts Center and Spindle Repair Department, which allows Mazak to now stock over 52,000 unique part numbers valued at more than $65 million to provide customers with one of the industry’s most expansive spare parts inventories. The third and most significant expansion is that of Mazak’s manufacturing plant that will boost the company’s production capacity to as many as 200 machines per month to meet the needs of various types of machines and support.

“The expanded National Technology Center will provide customers with significantly enhanced applications support and customer’s learning opportunities,” said Brian Papke, president of Mazak Corporation. “We will also be able to demonstrate larger-size machines and automation systems to create increased opportunities for process and productivity solutions, including complete turnkey manufacturing systems.”

The National Technology Center, which opened in 1996 and was doubled in size as the result of a 2006 expansion, has now grown from 69,000 to 100,183 square feet of space. Included is the addition of seven new high bay areas in the technology hall that was enlarged by 12,000 square feet, making the entire building a total of 625 feet in length. With an additional 18,750 square feet of office space, which includes a new second story, the Technology Center office area now houses six new dedicated customer-training classrooms and space for the company’s National Service Department and MAZATROL Control Support Group. The facility provides ample room for customer hands-on training courses as well as machine maintenance training classes.

Mazak’s National Technology Center is the hub for its eight Regional Technology Centers and, as such, enhances the company’s customer support capabilities throughout North America. Together, Mazak’s Technology Centers play a key role in the company’s comprehensive Optimum Plus service and support program. Each Technology Center offers full access to advanced Multi-Tasking and five-axis machines, training courses, applications assistance and seminars, parts support and leading-edge networking and manufacturing technologies, which collectively provide Mazak customers with the resources required to achieve lean, efficient manufacturing operations.

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The American Welding Society (AWS) celebrated the grand opening of their new global headquarters in Doral, Florida with an open house ceremony on Friday, November 30th.

AWS is a not-for-profit membership organization that is the world's authority on safe, productive welding. The society publishes the major technical standards used in welding of all types, and certifies welding professionals such as inspectors, supervisors and educators. In addition, AWS publishes technical magazines in three languages and operates trade shows in the U.S., Mexico and Canada.

The organization held a building dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony that welcomed over 200 board members, international counterparts and agents, vendors and community leaders at the recently renovated five-story, 122,482-square-foot building.  Speakers included The Honorable Michael Bileca, Florida House of Representatives and Miguel Otero, Deputy Chief of Staff for Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart. Diaz-Balart has an office in the building.

Calling Miami home for the past 40 years, AWS’s new Doral headquarters is only seven miles from its previous location and offers the society space to expand its membership, publishing, exposition, and educational operations.  The organization currently has over 100 employees and serves nearly 70,000 members worldwide.

“Over the past few years AWS has seen a significantly increasing interest from across the globe in attaining AWS certifications, standards and membership,” said Ray Shook, executive director, AWS. “We’ve launched a global initiative that will allow us to better serve the welding community, and our new modern headquarters in Doral is one of the primary steps to becoming more accessible to our members.”

Bill Rice, AWS 2012 President went one step further to show his commitment to the future of the organization and welding by donating a special bronze sculpture that commemorates welders. The sculpture will sit in the front entrance of the new building. In addition, Rice announced that he and wife Cherry have donated $50,000 for a new scholarship intended to help women interested in welding careers. AWS’s Foundation department will match that donation for a total of $100,000.

The American Welding Society (AWS) was founded in 1919 as a multifaceted, nonprofit organization with a mission to advance the science, technology and application of welding and allied joining and cutting processes including brazing, soldering, and thermal spraying.  Headquartered in Miami, Florida, and led by a volunteer organization of officers and directors, AWS serves nearly 70,000 members worldwide and is composed of 22 Districts with 250 Sections and student chapters.

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Jet Edge Inc. is pleased to announce that Precision Waterjet Concepts Inc. has installed a third Jet Edge waterjet cutting system at its full-service 5-axis and 3-axis waterjet cutting facility in Northern Minnesota.  The thriving water jet cutting service now features three 3-axis waterjet systems and three 5-axis waterjet systems.

Precision Waterjet Concepts’ newest Jet Edge system is a 4’x4’ Jet Edge High Rail Gantry equipped with four abrasivejet cutting heads.  The system is powered by a 150hp Jet Edge waterjet intensifier pump.  The company also has a  Jet Edge Mid Rail Gantry capable of processing materials up to 8’x13’ and a Jet Edge High Rail Gantry capable of processing materials up to 9’x13’, as well as three 5-axis waterjets which process materials up to 144" x 96" x 36”.

An ISO9001:2008-certified company, Precision Waterjet Concepts serves a wide variety of customers nationwide and cuts virtually any material, specializing in AR Plating and titanium.

Precision Waterjet Concepts has grown an average of 20-30% each year since opening in 2002 and has had to relocate three times to accommodate its growth, said Joe Quaal, company president.  In 2008, the company built a state-of-the-art 19,000 square foot headquarters in Pequot Lakes, Minn., designing it especially for the waterjet cutting process and for future growth.

Quaal attributes his company’s success to an overall increase in awareness about waterjet technology as well as to his company’s commitment to quality and its full-service solutions approach that includes CNC programming, intricate 3D cutting, high-volume 2D cutting, CMM inspection, final machining and welding.  The company even machines its own 5-axis fixtures on a vertical machining center to ensure parts are cut to customer specification.

Precision Waterjet Concepts originally started as a 5-axis only shop, but added its first Jet Edge 3-axis waterjet system in 2006 after determining that many customers also needed high-volume parts cutting services that were impractical on a 5-axis system.
“We chose Jet Edge for our 3-axis systems because they are easier to run and maintain than the competitor systems that we looked at, plus we were looking for a manufacturer in Minnesota that could get someone in here quick if there was a problem,” Quaal said.  Quaal also noted that his Jet Edge intensifier pumps have been much less expensive to maintain than a competitor pump that powers his 5-axis systems.

“Our Jet Edge pumps cost 20% less to maintain than our other pump because the Jet Edge seals are less expensive. The seal life is similar, but we save $8,000 to $9,000 a year. The Jet Edge iP60-150s are the best thing on the market.  I will keep putting them in.” In addition to its 3-axis waterjet systems, Jet Edge now offers its Mid Rail Gantry system with Permalign EDGE® taper control and bevel cutting capabilities.

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In January 2013, Mitsui Seiki will open the doors of a new Turbine Technology Center located in the company’s Franklin Lakes, NJ facility.

“Our existing and potential OEM and supply chain customers in the turbo machinery industry will be able to conduct test cuts, apply different processes, experiment with cutting tool designs, and prove out CNC programs,” says Tom Dolan, Vice President. “They will also be able to try different integrated in-process quality control devices and software. The Center’s resources will help them determine the best strategies and solutions for their specific needs in their own factories.”

Likewise Mitsui Seiki will use the Center to further enhance its significant aero and powergen turbine knowledge and applications expertise. Engineers will use the center like a lab to research and develop new, relevant technologies as they become available. The company will also use the Center to refine its own machine designs.

“Our goal is to become our clients’ most responsive source to present, demonstrate, and evaluate new solutions so they can machine their turbine parts more efficiently and effectively,” says Dolan.

The 3000 sq. ft. Mitsui Seiki Turbine Technology Center will have three dedicated 5-axis machining centers that can accommodate small and mid-size turbine components including blades, blisks, and impellers.  Additionally, other related work such as fuel system, disks, vanes, and ancillary parts can be processed. The new Technical Center will be staffed by senior applications engineers with several years of experience in turbine component machining. The company is also in discussion with certain industry and academic collaborators to participate in the Center to contribute to its knowledge base and systems approach in the areas of CAD/CAM, tooling, inspection, and productivity software.

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Global CMM manufacturer, COORD3 Metrology, opened a new North American Sales and Service Center in Wixom, Michigan. Elliott Mills, COORD3 Metrology’s North American general manager says, “COORD3 is aggressively expanding its global reach and introducing new CMM products. North America is an important market for COORD3.”

Mills says, “COORD3 has an installed base of over 3000 CMMs, of which many are in the United States and Mexico. From our new CMM sales and service facility that includes an ISO17025 certified CMM rebuild and remanufacturing center, COORD3 anticipates significant growth in CMM sales heading into 2013.”

Mills explains, “Coord3 Metrology has a wide range of CMM solutions that include, bridge-style, horizontal arm and gantry designs. We offer everything from an entry-level bridge-type CMMs, to sophisticated large gantry CMM designs that are ideal for aerospace and wind energy applications. Our CMM mechanical designs are a benchmark for best-in-class dynamics and metrology performance, as evidenced by the fact that other leading CMM manufacturers incorporate COORD3 structures into their own range of CMM products.”

“Coord3 Metrology has a very flexible philosophy towards the application of CMM software on our machines,” Mills adds. “Today, many manufacturers offer a single specific CMM software solution. COORD3 is very familiar with all of the popular 3rd party metrology software providers and can supply customers with any of these independent metrology softwares. We also recommend what we feel is the best software for a specific part application and skill-set for the user.”

Mills concludes, “We have recently partnered with several companies here in the USA by supplying our CMM structures for integration with their sensor and software technology. One of those companies is PECO in Tipp City, Ohio. PECO is expanding their gear inspection machine range of products with the addition of bridge and gantry vertical gear inspection CMMs, offering both gear and prismatic inspection solutions. This new range of PECO hybrid gear inspection machines was recently showcased at the 2012 IMTS Show in Chicago.  At the same time, COORD3 Metrology is also expanding its network of distribution partners for the USA and Canada.”

Coord3 Industries, based in Torino Italy, is an ISO 9001:2000 certified CMM manufacturer with subsidiary operations in the USA, China and India.

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BASF is strengthening its activities in the field of Metal Injection Molding (MIM) in the Asia Pacific region with two new facilities for Catamold®, its ready-to-mold feedstock for MIM.

BASF will set up a new Catamold® production facility at its Kuanyin site in Taiwan. The new plant will have an annual production capacity of more than 5,000 tons and will start-up in the second half of 2013. In addition, BASF has opened a new technical service lab for the company’s MIM feedstock business in Shanghai, China.The new technical service lab for Catamold® is located within BASF’s Innovation Campus Asia Pacific in Pudong, providing technical support as well as customer training.

Currently, the region Asia Pacific represents approximately 50% share of the global MIM market. “At BASF, we expect that this share will increase to 60% by the year 2020,” said Dr. Stefan Koser, Vice President of BASF’s Metal Systems Business Unit. “ The Asian market is therefore one of the major growth drivers for our Catamold ® business. The investment shows our strong commitment towards the Metal Injection Molding Industry in Asia and will enable further substantial growth potential for this technology ,” Koser added.

“With the new lab we are now able to better and faster serve our customers” said Steven Hung, Head of Regional Business Management Metal Systems Asia Pacific.

Catamold® is BASF's ready-to-mold feedstock for metal injection molding (MIM) and ceramic injection molding (CIM), offering a diverse portfolio of low-alloy steels, stainless steels, special alloys and ceramics. Catamold® is successfully used in various applications: From the automotive industry to consumer goods, from the construction industry to medical or computer and communication technology. With Catamold ® , geometrically demanding parts can be economically manufactured with conventional injection molding machines. It makes metal and ceramics as easy to mold as plastic, opening up new possibilities for making complex components with economic and technical benefits including a high degree of automation, a wide range of shapes, near-net-shape manufacturing, and good mechanical properties.

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Mitutoyo America Corporation, the world's largest provider of measurement and inspection solutions, is pleased to announce the ground breaking for a new corporate headquarters building located at 945 Corporate Boulevard in Aurora, Illinois.
The 159,300 sq. foot, multi-million dollar facility will include a state-of-the-art M3 Solution Center offering the ability to provide interactive product demonstrations; a world-class A2LA Accredited Calibration Lab, supported by fully staffed Field Service and Repair departments; abundant warehouse space necessary for timely distribution of product, parts and accessories; a premier educational facility (Mitutoyo Institute of Metrology), for all training and instructive metrology resources; and free flowing office areas to encourage inter-departmental collaboration and communication.
"Our goal is to provide high-tech, best-in-class metrology services and solutions to our customers and their subsidiaries. The new facility will accommodate all the departments at Mitutoyo so everyone functions cohesively as one all-encompassing team to meet the needs of our customers," states Shigeyuki Sasaki, President; Mitutoyo America Corporation.
To assist with the funding for the new construction Mitutoyo turned to the City of Aurora and a newly approved Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district. This district was developed to stimulate economic development, enhance community vitality through creative growth solutions and provide incentives to corporations to attract private development. Without the support from the City of Aurora and funding through this TIF district, the new headquarters building would not have been pragmatic for Mitutoyo.
The new facility is expected to open in the fall of 2013, which coincides with the celebration of Mitutoyo America Corporation's 50th Anniversary.

Mitutoyo Corporation is the world's largest provider of measurement and inspection solutions offering the most complete selection of machines, sensors, systems and services with a line encompassing CMMs (Coordinate Measuring Machines), vision, form and finish measuring machines as well as precision tools and instruments, and metrology data management software.
Mitutoyo's nationwide network of Metrology Centers and support operations provides application, calibration, service, repair and educational programs to ensure that our 6,000+ metrology products will deliver measurement solutions for our customers throughout their lifetime.

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The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that it has chosen the Terminal Annex Federal Building as the site for its Dallas-Fort Worth regional satellite office. The Terminal Annex Federal Building is located along the southern edge of Dealey Plaza in Dallas and is close to public transportation. The office will operate as a place for small businesses and entrepreneurs to navigate the patent process, meet with examiners, and access USPTO’s comprehensive search databases. The office will also support job creation and stimulate the local economy.

In July, the USPTO announced plans to open a regional office in the Dallas area, along with satellite offices in Denver, and the Silicon Valley region of California. The satellite offices are part of an ongoing effort to create new economic opportunities and to serve regional entrepreneurs more efficiently by getting them the patents they need to attract capital, activate their business plans, and help create more good-paying jobs.

“The Dallas-Fort Worth area is exceedingly rich in engineering talent, patent applicants, and patent grants, and boasts an above average population of potential Veteran employees. This office location positions us well to serve the broad innovation community throughout the Central time zone and the South,” said Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO David Kappos. “We are already underway identifying leadership who know the unique contours of the business landscape to staff the new satellite offices. The USPTO is committed to making certain that American businesses and entrepreneurs have all of the resources they need to grow, create jobs and compete globally.”

The USPTO worked with the General Services Administration (GSA) to select a location in the Dallas-Fort Worth region that is centrally located, affordable, and well suited to the agency’s needs. It also needed to have a strong economic impact on the region, be the best fit for the community, be the most cost-effective, and provide a great place to work for employees, while helping the USPTO fulfill its core mission. The Terminal Annex Federal Building was not only the most affordable, but met all federal regulations for leasing space, while providing the agency flexibility on a move-in date. The building will be leased at a rate well below market price, and the USPTO will partner with GSA to construct its space in the building as quickly as possible.

The Dallas-Fort Worth office will be modeled after the USPTO’s first satellite office in Detroit, which opened in July and is on pace to have more than 100 patent examiners and 20 administrative patent judges on board by the end of its first year of operation. Also in July, the USPTO announced that its Denver office will be located in the Byron G. Rogers Federal Building in central Denver.

The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act of 2011, signed into law by President Obama in September, requires the USPTO to establish at least three regional satellite locations by September 2014 as part of a larger effort to modernize the U.S. patent system.

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Cadence, Inc., a leading provider of medical device outsourcing solutions, announced today that it will open a finished medical device facility in Cranberry Township, PA in the first quarter of 2013.

The 21,000 square foot facility will include up to 10,000 square feet of clean room space and 5,000 square feet of office space.  The company expects to employ as many as 60 people in the new facility located just outside of Pittsburgh.

For Cadence, which has achieved 74% revenue growth in the past three years, entrance into the finished device business is another step in its long-term strategic plan.

“Cadence started as a provider of highly-engineered specialty blades and has evolved into a provider of complex components and sub-assemblies critical to the performance of a variety of medical devices,” said Alan Connor, President of Cadence, Inc.  “Medical device customers are looking to consolidate their supply chains around their most critical and trusted suppliers.  The addition of finished device and sterilization management capabilities allows us to better serve our customers’ needs.”

Pittsburgh was chosen for Cadence’s newest facility because of the availability of employees with specialized medical device knowledge and experience.  Pittsburgh was also chosen for its proximity to existing Cadence facilities.

Marc Mabie, Vice President & General Manager of the Cadence Pittsburgh facility, said, “The Pittsburgh location has enabled us to put together an experienced and proven team from the medical device industry to expand Cadence’s business. We look forward to continued team growth in 2013.”

Cadence, Inc. is a premier contract manufacturing company improving patient outcomes by creating new medical technologies for minimally invasive devices.  Headquartered in the Green Hills Technology Center in Staunton, Virginia, Cadence has over 200 shareholders.  Cadence creates new-to-the-world manufacturing technologies to make devices the world has never seen. This is Outcome-based Manufacturing™.

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3D Systems  (NYSE:DDD) announced today that effective immediately its Quickparts® on demand parts service is expanding globally, extending its reach across Europe. Simultaneously the company is launching its Quickparts proprietary instant online quoting engine in Europe. Continuous demonstrations of Quickparts capabilities will be on display at EuroMold, November 27 – 30, 2012, in 3D Systems booth D48, Messe Frankfurt, Germany.
Quickparts provides quick turn custom manufacturing services for engineers and designers to create real plastic and metal parts fast for their prototyping and production needs.  Using patented QuickQuote® technology, Quickparts is able to provide product designers with a secure “instant online quote” for the manufacturing of real parts including 3D printed parts, CNC machined plastic parts, cast urethane parts, injection molding (tooling and parts), sheet metal parts, and metal castings.
“We are pleased to offer enhanced on demand parts services worldwide through the expansion and integration of the Quickparts brand and capabilities,” said Ziad Abou, Vice President and General Manager, Quickparts, 3D Systems. “Just as important, we are delighted to deliver the full array of Quickparts services across Europe, complete with our instant online quoting starting today!”
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Founded in 1999, Advanced Molding Technologies LLC (Advanced) is officially ready for a new unveiling. Starting with hiring additional sales staff and creating a marketing department, Advanced is expanding in more ways than one. Advanced has gone through a complete rebrand featuring a new look, new website, and new tradeshow booth. Why the change? No industry, even plastics, is exempt from the necessity of remaining relevant - successful businesses rise to meet the challenge.   

One of the only companies to offer ADCF (Animal Derived Component Free) manufacturing to its customers, Advanced has become comfortable competing in niche markets. ADCF Molding is especially relevant for life science, pharmaceutical, and now medical device OEMs concerned about products containing bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) or commonly referred to as mad cow disease. To eliminate this concern, Advanced constructed an ADCF work cell designed to maintain the integrity and cleanliness of the raw materials and molded components throughout the entire manufacturing process. The ADCF work cell was assembled using complete material management, molding equipment, clean room air flow, and part handling equipment designed to mold, handle, and package parts with minimal exposure of the molding environment to human operators.

Additionally, Advanced has leveraged extensive engineering knowledge of mold design, build, and qualification to develop their QUICK MOLDS™ Prototyping System. The basis of this new system: offering lightening-fast turn around times – typically four weeks or less – while still meeting your production quality needs. Emphasizing to customers that “you get what you want, not just what you get.”

As far as physical expansion, Advanced’s facility size is increasing by 50%. The facility is expanding from 33,000 sq ft to just under 50,000 sq ft. Advanced’s forecasted growth requires adding an additional 12 presses to their facility over the next 12-15 months.  

Founded on creating efficient designs and robust manufacturing processes – Advanced now looks forward to continuing its growth with a fresh face.

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Hawk Ridge Systems, a worldwide SolidWorks® reseller of 3D CAD Systems has expanded its coverage in Canada with new offices opening in Ontario, Canada. Hawk Ridge Systems now becomes Canada’s largest SolidWorks Value-Added Reseller with offices in Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta. Hawk Ridge Systems was awarded the #1 Worldwide SolidWorks Reseller honor at SolidWorks World in 2012 and is the leading North American provider of SolidWorks 3D Design Solutions and engineering productivity tools. With the new offices in Ontario, Hawk Ridge Systems is the first SolidWorks Reseller to serve both the East and West coasts of North America.

As the largest North American SolidWorks Provider, Hawk Ridge Systems is committed to serving the needs of SolidWorks customers in Canada. With expertise in engineering design and manufacturing, Hawk Ridge Systems has invested heavily in its engineering team with an overall ratio of 3 engineers to every sales professional. Hawk Ridge Systems provides sales, services, support and training for SolidWorks 3D design, analysis and simulation, product data management and technical communications, as well as computer aided design manufacturing applications.

As Dale Ford, P.Eng, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hawk Ridge Systems says, “Our new coverage in Ontario is just a natural progression for us, serving SolidWorks and 3D design users in Canada. Last year, we expanded into Alberta and increased our coverage in British Columbia. In fact, Canada is the fastest growing geographic market for Hawk Ridge Systems. We are hiring the best and brightest engineers to bring innovation to the SolidWorks community in Canada. We work very hard to gain our customers confidence and trust – they are the reason that Hawk Ridge Systems is the #1 Worldwide SolidWorks Reseller.”

The new Hawk Ridge Systems Training Center in Toronto will offer a full range of courses for SolidWorks, SolidWorks Analysis & Simulation, Enterprise PDM and 3DVIA Composer for technical communications. In addition to classroom-style training, Hawk Ridge Systems provides a wide array of online training courses and productivity tools for SolidWorks, available through the Hawk Ridge Systems Store.

Hawk Ridge Systems is the #1 Worldwide Reseller of SolidWorks, the market leader for 3D CAD Design, Simulation & Analysis, Product Data Management, Technical Documentation, 2D/3D Electrical and CAM Solutions. Consistently recognized as a worldwide innovator in parametric design, Hawk Ridge Systems has received recognition at SolidWorks World as the #1 Worldwide Reseller, the leading service provider, as well as acknowledgment for having the most highly skilled Certified SolidWorks engineers in the world. Providing sales, support, services and training for SolidWorks since 1996, Hawk Ridge Systems has been serving the needs of the engineering and design community for over 17 years. With 15 offices and training centers located in the United States and Canada, Hawk Ridge Systems supports over 19,000 SolidWorks users.

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3D3 Solutions is expanding! Our team moved offices on Friday, October 19 and relocated to the new office on Monday, October 22.

The new office address is:

3D3 Solutions
2nd Floor - 8015 North Fraser Way
Burnaby, BC, V5J 4Z5, Canada

Our office phone number will remain the same at +1 (604) 628 6128.

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Walter USA, LLC, a leading cutting tool manufacturer, hosted 150 people for the inauguration of its new North American Technology Center on October 5, 2012. In attendance was Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch in addition to distributors, business partners and end users of Walter product.

Welcome addresses were provided by Muff Tanriverdi, President Walter Americas and Mirko Merlo, President, Walter AG.  Both speeches cited the history of Walter and the investment in the industry that the company is making with the new center.

In her address, Lt. Gov. Kleefisch cited Wisconsin’s efforts to promote manufacturing and to involve young students in learning trades, while praising Walter for its investment in the industry and the state. The inauguration also featured a presentation by Peter Eelman, Vice President, Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT) who spoke to the success of IMTS 2012 and the continued growth in the country’s manufacturing sector.

In addition to the ribbon-cutting ceremony, a ceremonial tree-planting was held. The tree planting, a company tradition, symbolizes a new beginning and growth.
The Technology Center, a 40,000 sq.ft. and $2.5 million investment is designed to help educate customers, channel partners and employees on Walter’s product offerings, while providing the cornerstone to further enhance Walter Multiply, Walter’s new competence brand that is a multi-level service that transfers technical knowledge across a range of sectors in order to increase productivity.

According to Mr. Tanriverdi, “Walter Multiply will provide service support to our customers in the areas of planning, manufacturing, logistics, maintenance and training. And the tech center will provide the means to arrive at tailor-made programs with the customer in mind.”

The new North American Technology Center provides a fully integrated machine shop for demonstrations and process development for components involving real-world applications and incorporates training and auditorium facilities to provide a resource for customers. It will also house strategic management and administration offices for Walter Americas.

According to Mark Hemmerling, Director of Marketing, “The Technology Center will bring a wealth of knowledge to the market and to our customers, particularly those that do not have the resources to test and develop on their own.”
Tanriverdi added, “Our commitment to customer service and support has always been high and this expansion only reinforces that mission.”

Walter USA, LLC offers an extensive line up of cutting tools for milling, drilling, turning, boring and specialized tooling for unique applications through its competence brands Walter Valenite, Walter Titex and Walter Prototyp. As well as multi-level service programs through its Walter Multiply  brand. Headquartered in Waukesha, Wisconsin the company has a strong network of distributors and field engineers across North America. The Walter name is synonymous with productivity, thanks to more than 80 years of developing cutting tools and inserts that set new standards in production.  

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Thogus, a 62-year old custom injection molder expands services to include rapidly developing medical device market. JALEX Medical, LLC will focus exclusively on biomedical engineering, product development and regulatory/quality assistance. JALEX joins Thogus and Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing (rp+m) under the same roof, fostering accelerated product design through complete production. “Our clients demand flexibility, speed and quality as they compete in the tough, highly-regulated medical device market,” states Matt Hlavin, president and owner of all three companies. “The investment in equipment and personnel is our commitment to fulfilling our client obligation.”
Mr. Hlavin estimates investing $1.6 million in equipment, jobs and facilities in the coming year, expanding on their current 35-acre site. JALEX Medical has worked on medical devices such as a biopsy needle, cervical plates, cranial screws and a PEEK interbody fusion device. JALEX is quickly becoming known for their expertise in compliance consulting along with prototype design and engineering.
Thogus is a full-service injection molding company located in Avon Lake, Ohio, USA. Founders Jack Thompson and Walter Gus established Master Mold & Die in 1950. The tool and die shop led the founders into a whole new world of plastics. In 1958, they changed the name to Thogus Products Company, a combination of the last names Thompson and Gus, and molded their first nylon and polyethylene plastic tube and hose fittings. Now, under the leadership of Jack Thompson’s grandson, Matthew K. Hlavin, the family-owned business is thriving in an industry, location and time when most are not. Thogus turned to rapid prototyping in 2009 when it purchased two machines for fused deposition modeling. The concept was strengthened further when it formed Rapid Prototype and Manufacturing LLC (rp+m) as its own company in 2011.

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GPI Prototype announced that it has completed the installation of a third DMLS machine from EOS.  The additional EOSINT M 270 joins the EOSINT M270 & M280 machines currently being used at GPI to build metal parts additively.  The addition of a third machine establishes GPI as a leader in metal rapid prototyping and expands their DMLS material selection to include aluminum.

DMLS offers many advantages vs traditional tooling including the ability to manufacture complex geometries and shapes not possible with CNC machining. Conformal cooling channels can also be integrated into designs to dramatically reduce injection molding cycle/lead times and lower costs.  GPI offers 6 material choices for DMLS including Stainless Steel (GP1 & PH1), Titanium (Ti64), Cobalt Chrome (MP1), Maraging Steel (MS1) & Nickel Alloy (IN718). GPI is in the testing phase for aluminum and will be dedicating the EOSINT M280 machine to aluminum parts in the next month.

GPI is also proud to announce that they have received their International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) Registration. ITAR regulates the export and import of U.S. military and defense related equipment and information. Companies receiving this certification have corporate procedures and controls in place to ensure compliance.  The ITAR Registration allows GPI to support military and defense-related projects in the United States.

Additional services include Stereolithography (SLA), Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), 3D Printing (3DP), Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), Room Temperature Vulcanization (RTV), Investment Casting, Tooling, CNC Machining, Finishing, Painting and Laser Scanning.

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Aerospace Dynamics International, Inc. (ADI) will increase its titanium machining capacity approximately 40 percent to support Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 programs with a $90 million investment that includes a new 120,000-square-foot facility and acquisition of eight five spindle, five-axis MAG XTi profilers. Upon completion, the expansion will give ADI approximately 600,000 square feet under roof, and require more than 200 new employees to fully staff the operation. This new order follows ADI’s 2011 purchase of two MAG five-spindle three-axis XTi profilers, which were part of an earlier plant expansion that included two MAG U5 portal mills and two MC 1600 boring mills. In addition to machine tools, ADI purchased tooling and applications support from MAG's Productivity Solutions business, and Freedom eLOG® factory monitoring software from MAG Delta 4. According to MAG, ADI’s $36 million machinery purchase is one of the largest single aerospace orders in the history of the company in terms of total value and number of spindles.

“We are producing some significant titanium assemblies and sideframe components for the Airbus A350 that require lots of heavy machining, and we expect these machines to fill a big role in reaching our contracted ramp-up rates,” said ADI President and CEO John Cave. ADI – part of the privately held Marvin Group in Southern California – is an award-winning supplier for leading aerospace OEM's, including Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Airbus, Spirit and others. Its primary contracts include the Boeing 737, 777 and 787; the Airbus A330, A350 and A380; and the Lockheed Martin F-35. The Boeing Company and Spirit AeroSystems named ADI a 2011 supplier of the year.

A new multi-spindle gantry design for ADI

The new 5-axis gantry design utilizes the same high-stiffness frame as the three-axis XTi, which set a titanium metal removal record of 90+ cubic inches per minute in runoff for ADI. “The three-axis version of this machine really proved itself, and the new five-axis version builds on this platform,” Cave said. “We set demanding requirements for the five-axis machines, and MAG stepped up with a complete new approach that is superior to anything else on the market. This is a major breakthrough in gantry design that gives us capabilities we never had before. Setup will be easier and accuracy will be on par with the three-axis design. The rotary axes on each spindle can be independently calibrated and controlled to enhance accuracy and simplify setup. And for three-axis roughing operations, the rotary axes can be automatically locked for additional control over the final machining setup.“

The 40 spindles will be carried on eight individually controlled gantries, with four gantries each mounted on two pairs of 91.4 m (300 ft) X-axis rails. The gantries span a 6 m (20 ft) Y-axis, with a Z-axis depth of 711 mm (28 in). The work envelope between each pair of rails will total 1,300 m2 (14,000 sq ft). Each spindle’s angular A and B axes can travel ±30 degrees, with accuracy ensured by digital scale feedback. For ADI’s application, the machines are equipped with 52-kW (70 hp), 7,000-rpm spindles, and each spindle can deliver up to 1,345 Nm (986 ft lb) of torque into the cut at 40-7,000 rpm. The standard XTi spindle is normally rated 51 kW (68 hp), 3,500-rpm, and produces 2,523 Nm (1860 ft lb) torque.

“A multispindle machine that can rough and finish titanium at this rate gives us a real competitive edge,” Cave explained. “A single-spindle machine runs at roughly the same speeds and feeds, yet our machines complete five parts in the same cycle time, so we are much more efficient than we could be with individual machines. In addition, our infrastructure overhead is reduced, compared to what we would need for 40 discrete machines on the floor.”

MAG introduced the original-model Ti profiler in 2007 in response to surging demand for aerospace titanium parts. “When the OEMs decided to use composite fuselages, we knew the substructures would have to be exceptionally strong and rigid, probably requiring titanium, so we switched our emphasis from aluminum machining to Ti,” Cave said. “This really paid off for us as the percent of Ti in aircraft skyrocketed. Looking at our backlog, we are already considering whether to add another pair of X-axis rails for some additional three-axis machining capacity in our new Building Seven.”

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Poly-Nova Technologies Limited Partnership (PNT-LP) has just completed Phase One of their facility transformation, which includes new ENGEL injection molding machinery, robots, upstream and downstream automation, a new prototype and material development lab and major building renovations.

The completion of Phase One brings Poly-Nova’s new corporate philosophy to the forefront:  to bring higher efficiencies and quality to their customers through standardization and automation.

To enable these higher efficiencies and savings, Poly-Nova has:

  • Added new high efficiency ENGEL injection molding machines, built to meet the corporate technical standards used globally, and providing the company with machines that meet the high technological standards of their existing molding processes and add energy saving benefits.  The high quality ENGEL machine controller provides better process control, which leads to a higher quality and lower cost part.  And the machines have been equipped with a dual material feed system which eliminates downtime for material changes.

  • Established a new prototype and material development lab to meet the growing demand for prototyping.  The new facility has been equipped to allow as close to production variables as possible within in the prototyping space -- true production intent prototyping.  New lab scale molding machinery has been added to the lab in support of these increased prototype requirements.
    • The lab is also an R&D development space, where in-house engineering staff performs material formulation and development – a service extremely unique to Poly-Nova and not typically available outside a material supply house.

  • Renovated the building with energy efficient lighting, and added a bus system for all electrical and process services to allow quick and efficient machine installations.

The new injection molding machinery will be used for the molding of both homogenous rubber parts and insert over-molded parts.  All molding technology used in conjunction with these machines will be wasteless / flashless – a specialty of Poly-Nova’s – which eliminates inconsistencies in typical molding processes, provides minimal material waste, and supplies both quality and cost saving benefits,   Flashless molding is extremely valuable when working with high performance elastomers such as the fluorosilicones and fluorocarbons that are a large part of Poly-Nova’s business.

With the new molding equipment, Poly-Nova is able to standardize their processes, improving overall cost effectiveness, and allowing them to be even more competitive in the global market.

Poly-Nova are also in the process of updating their quality management system from ISO 9001:2008 to ISO/TS 16949, a process which should be complete by early in the fourth quarter of 2012.

As a global provider of custom rubber expertise, Poly-Nova Technologies offers customers a wide variety services that lead to a solution specifically tailored to their application needs.  With elastomer  and liquid silicone molding processes including insert over-molding and bonding, wasteless/flashless molding, cold runner and valve-gate technologies, combined with in-house engineering capabilities in material development, product design and prototyping, Poly-Nova are committed to making better, more effective technical rubber components for your company.

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Rapid Product Development Group, Inc. (RPDG) has announced the addition of a new Hi-Resolution Stereolithography 8000 System and two Viper SI Systems from 3D Systems Corp. RPDG will also be adding Accura 25 plastic material, a durable ABS-like material.

Tony Moran, CEO of RPDG commented, "The additional equipment will help us serve our North America customer ba se with the latest technology. It will also expand our capacity and increase our material offerings. We are committed to providing the highest quality manufacturing services possible."

Rapid Product Development Group, Inc. (RPDG) is a manufacturing and product development firm with quality, speed and customer service at the core of our corporate culture.

RPDG serves a global clientele in the automotive, computer, consumer products, healthcare and industrial equipment industry. The diverse customer requirements are met through our team of highly-skilled engineering and manufacturing professionals. RPDG provides the following turnkey solutions that combine development and manufacturing into one seamless process. RPDG is headquartered in San Diego, CA.

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HTI Plastics made a significant investment this year by purchasing two Krauss Maffei EX Series machines. These machines are all electric with a fast response, direct force transmission and a closed system ensuring absolute cleanliness.  Staying ahead of the competition and utilizing the latest technology has always been our goal at HTI Plastics.

One of HTI’s machines, the 150 ton model, was displayed in Krauss Maffei’s exhibit during the NPE 2012 this past April in Orlando Florida. The machine was shipped from Germany to Orlando, Florida then made its way to Lincoln, Nebraska.

“We are pleased with the new presses and feel it will keep us a step ahead of our competitors and will ultimately lead to better service for our customers and higher precision in the molding of their products and components,” stated Troy Just, division president.

In addition to the new machines, HTI Plastics enhanced its design and engineering capabilities with the addition of simulation software which tests customers’ product designs in real-world environments before manufacture.  This will benefit customers by reducing time to market and the number of prototypes needed before going into production.

As a division of PCE Inc., HTI Plastics benefits from the corporate commitment to capital investments in injection molding equipment that help maintain high product quality, while improving efficiencies and reducing energy consumption.

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GW Silicones announced today the completion of its new facility at the GW Plastics Technical Campus in Royalton, Vermont. The $3.5 million expansion, which began in the fall of 2011, includes a 15,000 square foot expansion that is scalable to 25,000 square feet. The new state-of-the-art Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR) molding and assembly facility is capable of supporting up to 18 new injection machines and features an ISO Class 8 cleanroom along with expanded office, engineering and conference space.

“Our customers are increasingly looking to silicone as an alternative to thermoplastic because of its unique biocompatibility and performance attributes – it is odorless, tasteless, stainless, bacteria-resistant, easy to clean and sterilize, and works extremely well in complex injection molding applications with extremely fine detail and very tight tolerances,” explains Terri Marion, GW Silicones Business Development Manager. “The expansion of GW Silicones reflects our commitment to meeting our customers’ growing demand for cutting-edge silicone applications in the medical device/healthcare and automotive markets.”

GW Silicones, a division of GW Plastics, delivers cost-effective solutions for the complex molding and manufacture of liquid silicone rubber (LSR) and unique multi-material components and assemblies to the medical device/healthcare market. GW Silicones specializes in product design and development, in-house precision tooling, and scientific injection molding along with a variety of contract manufacturing services. “With the recent expansion of our manufacturing facility in Royalton, VT, we can now offer improved production scalability along with our world class speed to market, quality and delivery,” said Mark Hammond, General Manager of GW Silicones.

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Machine Toolworks, Inc., a leading distributor of Mazak machine tools and systems in Oregon, Washington, Northern Idaho and Western Canada, recently moved its headquarters to a larger, more advanced 10,000-squarefoot facility in Seattle, which serves the Pacific Northwest region. A grand opening of this new location is slated for July 25 and 26 and will include cutting demonstrations on various Mazak products.

The new facility enables Machine Toolworks to further support the growth of its business, as well as provide its customers with even more advanced technology and support. A new technology learning center and display area allow Mazak customers from all industry segments to experience the most innovative machine tools available and gain valuable solutions knowledge for boosting productivity and profitability.

“Business across all industry segments is improving nationwide, and it's exciting to see that one of our key strategic partners, Machine Toolworks, is part of this progress,” said Brian Papke, president of Mazak Corporation. “Machine Toolworks has long used their vast manufacturing knowledge and problem-solving expertise to help Mazak customers increase productivity, but this expansion will enable them to increase customer competitiveness like never before.”

Grand opening attendees will discover advanced technology in action on several Mazak machine tools, including the HORIZONTAL CENTER NEXUS 6000, INTEGREX i-200S, VARIAXIS i-600, VERTICAL CENTER SMART 530C and QUICK TURN SMART 250.

The HORIZONTAL CENTER NEXUS 6000 will demonstrate its high-speed machining capabilities. The horizontal machining center's advanced headstock design and highspeed, high-accuracy positioning provide unsurpassed part-processing flexibility and significant reductions in non-cut time. The machine's powerful, 50-taper spindle with a maximum speed of 10,000-rpm utilizes an advanced compact integral spindle/motor, which is designed with low vibration and low heat generation.

Attendees looking to expand their operations through single-setup, multiple-process capability will see the Done-In-One part production power of the INTEGREX i-200S. By consolidating manufacturing operations, this Multi-Tasking machine streamlines workflow and eliminates the inaccuracies that often occur when moving components across multiple machines. The INTEGREX i-200S accurately processes mid-size complex components through twin turning spindles and a milling spindle with the power of a vertical machining center spindle.

The VARIAXIS i-600 is a full simultaneous 5-axis Multi-Tasking vertical machining center that falls within Mazak's Done-In-One concept as it incorporates all processes from raw material input through final machining in just one machine. As such, the VARIAXIS i-600 reduces production lead times, improves machining accuracy and lowers operating expenses. Its fully capable of handling workpieces up to 27.56” in diameter and 17.72” high and for those complex components, such as impellers, requiring ample Y-axis and Z-axis machine strokes.

The VERTICAL CENTER SMART 530C is a compact, highly productive vertical machining center that provides unsurpassed performance and value for a variety of applications requiring heavy-duty machining, high-speed machining or both. It features a powerful 12,000-rpm, 25 hp, 40-taper spindle that delivers 70 ft-lbs. of torque for both high-speed cutting and heavy metal-removal jobs.

Perfect for job shops and other high-production environments, the QUICK TURN SMART 250 CNC turning center will demonstrate how it effectively fuses technology, productivity and value in a high-performance compact 2-axis turning center machine platform. The machine features a highly rigid integral spindle/motor, programmable tailstock, and automatic tool measuring capability for increasing machining efficiency of a variety of applications from aluminum to heavy-duty cutting of steel.

“We take a lot of pride in what we do, and our new facility will enable us to further assist our customers in achieving their production goals by offering part processing support and training,” said Gary Anderegg, owner of Machine Toolworks, Inc. “The manufacturing climate is improving, and we are in a unique position to connect customers with the technology they need to be competitive.”

The new Machine Toolworks facility is located at 14600 Interurban Avenue South, Tukwila, Washington 98168. For questions regarding the facility's grand opening in July, please call 800.426.2052 or email Anderegg at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

In addition to its Washington facility, Machine Toolworks has offices in Wilsonville, Oregon and Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Machine Toolworks employs 11 sales, eight service and four applications engineers to provide support in the regions the company serves.

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Geomagic®, a global company providing 3D technology for digital reality, today announced its expansion into India to support the growing needs of the country’s expanding design and manufacturing industries.

Geomagic’s local presence will enable Indian engineering and manufacturing operations to more easily buy and learn Geomagic 3D scanning and imaging, 3D inspection and touch-enabled modeling solutions, to build more productivity and efficiency into their operations, as well as create digital workflows that reduce waste.

“There is a strong demand for Geomagic solutions in this region, with manufacturers seeking to utilize digital technology to build greater efficiencies into their manufacturing operations,” said Tom Kurke, president and chief operating officer, Geomagic. “Local representation remains a highly important component of Geomagic’s growth strategy, by building relationships with its partners and customers.”

Geomagic’s software and hardware tools enable ease-of-operaton in 3D lean manufacturing operations, allowing significant productivity improvements through using real world 3D data, interactive and organic design, and accurate measurement of manufactured parts. This works within the scope and aim of India’s Twelfth Five-Year Plan draft, for 2012 – 2017, prepared by the Government of India Planning Commission, which addresses the need to innovate and produce products more efficiently. “…India needs more “frugal, distributed, affordable innovation” that produces more “frugal cost” products and services that are affordable by people at low levels of incomes without compromising the safety, efficiency, and utility of the products...”

Geomagic teams in India can now deliver hands-on demonstrations of Geomagic Studio,® Geomagic Qualify™ and its other 3D imaging and metrology tools, as well as provide local support to partners, resellers and customers. These software solutions deliver 3D scans into MCAD formats, including Autodesk Inventor®, CATIA®, SolidWorks® and Creo® (formerly Pro/ENGINEER.) The products also support all standard industry 3D formats for neutral file interoperability, and the latest 2012 releases deliver improved probing, PMI and GD&T tools in inspection and metrology, and improved handling of medium-range data in the 3D imaging field.

Geomagic’s newly acquired Sensable product lines, which include Freeform 3D Modeling and Claytools, as well as the Phantom Haptic device product lines are available for demonstration and purchase through the Geomagic Sensable Group and VCreate Logic Private Limited, located in Bangalore.

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Morris Great Lakes, a division of Morris Group, Inc., broke ground for a new headquarters in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania on July 3.  Morris Great Lakes supplies advanced machine tools and related engineering, technology, and support services to manufacturers of precision machined parts in western Pennsylvania, western New York, and the state of West Virginia.

After reviewing several alternative locations in Pennsylvania and New York, Corey Johnson, President of Morris Great Lakes, chose to keep the company’s headquarters in Butler County.

“We’re very pleased to be staying in Cranberry Township,” states Johnson. “It’s been home to us for almost ten years and after a lengthy search process, we decided that this was the best place for us to build. The location is central to our regional customer base. We’re not only excited about our expanded, new headquarters; we’re excited about helping the area grow.”

The 12,000 square-foot facility will include an 8,000 square-foot state-of-the-art technical center housing machine demonstration areas and test-cutting or trial areas devoted to developing custom turnkey and automated manufacturing solutions for customers. The remaining square footage will be reserved for application engineering, parts, service, and administrative offices. W.K. Thomas and Associates of Butler, Pennsylvania was selected to construct the facility, due to open in December 2012.

Morris Great Lakes currently employs 35 people. It is the exclusive regional distributor of Okuma, Tsugami, Hardinge, and Bridgeport CNC machine tools. In addition to new machine tools, Morris Great Lakes provides engineered solutions, replacement parts, service, preventive maintenance and other services including customer consultation, financing, installation, training, and disposition of retired machines.  Its customers are manufacturers of precision machined parts from virtually every industry, including aerospace, medical, automotive, and heavy industries.

Morris Great Lakes is a division of Morris Group, Inc. whose history of serving the manufacturing community dates back to 1941. Its thirteen divisions form one of the largest machine tool distribution networks in North America. The firm is headquartered in Windsor, Connecticut and employs more than 400.

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The Laser Reproductions casting department is currently expanding its facility to accommodate supplemental pressure tanks. Laser Reproductions currently has two 24” x 48” tanks. As of July 6th Laser Reproductions has added another 24” x 48” tank along with an oversized 36” x 60” tank for larger molds. We have also added a 250 gallon reserve feeder tank to decrease fill times for the oversized tank. These tanks are an important part of the casting procedure. By placing molds in a pressure vessel we can, in almost all cases, eliminate air bubbles and voids in our cast parts.

The expansion is also intended to promote flow. Expanding from 1135 sq/ft to 1500 sq/ft will provide a more productive work environment, more ‘room to breathe’, and the ability to produce better quality parts in a shorter amount of time.

Laser Reproductions is a rapid prototyping service bureau located in Columbus, Ohio. Encompassing 18 SLA machines and a full in-house model shop, LR specializes in Stereolithography (SLA) and Cast Urethane Molds. Other services include SLS, CNC, FDM, DMLS, and Contract Manufacturing.

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Husky Injection Molding Systems today announced additional investments to support its continued growth in China with plans to establish a new manufacturing facility in the region of Suzhou. Ongoing investments will enable Husky to improve local support, reduce lead times and more responsively react to the needs of its rapidly growing customer base in the region.

“Husky has enjoyed long-standing relationships with many customers throughout China. Strong increase in demand for plastics in the region has helped fuel customer growth and we have been fortunate enough to grow with our customers. Today, Asia Pacific represents one of the largest and most dynamic markets the company serves,” said John Galt, Husky’s President and CEO. “Our investment in Suzhou is a step toward ensuring we are able to meet the growing expectations of customers in this region. Our goal is to be increasingly nimble and agile to provide the best, most responsive service and support – not only to China, but to markets globally.”

Purchase of land in Suzhou

Husky recently signed an investment agreement with the local government in Suzhou to purchase 53,000 square meters (80 mu) of land in this region. The area of land is located in the Suzhou New District and is a Greenfield site that has significant opportunity for further expansion beyond the existing land area. Husky plans to establish a state-of-the-art manufacturing location that will further increase local capacity to improve customer support and shorten lead times. The site is expected to be fully operational in 2014 and will add to the company’s already strong presence in China.

Investments to improve local support

Working with the industry’s largest service and sales network, Husky is continuously investing in its global infrastructure to meet customers’ specific needs. Over the last several years, Husky has strengthened its presence and supply chain capabilities in China. Since first establishing a presence in 2004, Husky has more than doubled its footprint in the region and has more than tripled its regional workforce. The Suzhou facility will complement Husky’s existing facilities, most notably the Shanghai Technical Center. Opened as Husky’s Asia Pacific headquarters, the Shanghai location has also doubled its footprint since 2004, expanding in 2006 and again in 2009. It continues to be a central hub for the region and is responsible for a number of key activities, including service and sales, development engineering, human resources, finance, machine assembly and hot runner manufacturing.

To accommodate growing hot runner business in the region, Husky has also made recent investments in hot runner refurbishing, hot runner manufacturing and mold conversion capacity. A key focus of these initiatives is to continue to reduce lead times and improve responsiveness, supporting the company’s overall strategy to serve customers in the region more effectively.

Husky Injection Molding Systems is a leading global supplier of injection molding equipment and services to the plastics industry. The company has more than 40 service and sales offices, supporting customers in over 100 countries. Husky's manufacturing facilities are located in Canada, the United States, Luxembourg, Austria and China.

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Renishaw, the global engineering technologies company is to hold a Grand Opening of its newly acquired and fully renovated Mississauga, Ontario, facility on Thursday July 12, 2012. The formal opening will be performed by Ben Taylor, the Renishaw Group's Assistant Chief Executive, and as well as refreshments, the event will also include active demonstrations of the company's advanced engineering technologies.

Commenting on the new 17,500 sq ft facility, Renishaw Canada's Director & General Manager, Dafydd Williams, says, “This investment marks a further chapter in Renishaw's ongoing commitment to the Canadian market, where we have been successfully trading for more than 9 years. With a strong local manufacturing base for automotive and aerospace, there are many opportunities for Renishaw to assist companies that are striving to raise quality and productivity levels.”

The new facility is a former film studio and is situated within the heart of Canadian industry. It allows Renishaw to expand its operations to support the growing interest in its full range of innovative metrology products, including co-ordinate measuring machine (CMM) probe systems, touch probes and laser tool setters for CNC machine tools, linear and rotary encoders for position feedback, calibration systems for machine performance analysis, Raman spectroscopy systems, plus new gauging, surveying systems and additive manufacturing equipment.

There will be a wide range of active product demonstrations at the opening event, including the revolutionary REVO® 5-axis scanning system and new PH20 5-axis touch trigger probe for CMMs, the new Equator flexible gauging system, plus spindle probing and tool setting driven by Renishaw's Productivity+™ Active Editor Pro measurement software.

Dynascan GIS scan imageThere will also be surveying products from MDL, Renishaw's associate company, including its Boretrak® scanning system used for ‘down hole' scanning applications in the mining and quarrying industry. During the event guests can also be taken around the immediate area in a SUV fitted with the groundbreaking Dynascan® system, which will scan and build up a 3D map of the entire surrounding environment.

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Ambitious climatic goals, electromobility and changes in consumer behaviour see the automotive industry facing major challenges. To provide improved support in coping with these toughening challenges to customers in the automotive industry in future, ENGEL AUSTRIA has founded a technology centre for lightweight composites at its St. Valentin large-scale machine production facility.

"Our goal with this lightweight construction centre is to intensify cooperation on developing composite fibre technologies with our partners", emphasizes Peter Egger, Head of the Technology Centre for Lightweight Composites with ENGEL in St. Valentin. "The focus is on creating highly-integrated and automated system solutions that guarantee our customers a high degree of efficiency and cost-effectiveness in the production of innovative composite fibre components, thus securing a competitive advantage."

Lightweight construction and injection moulding have long since been key concepts for meeting the increasing demands of the transport and mobility sectors. Due to their excellent specific characteristics as lightweight materials, plastics are absolutely indispensable, and injection moulding supports both a high degree of component design freedom and reproducible, functionally-integrative, cost- and resource friendly production. ENGEL continually invests in the future market of lightweight construction and has already defined an important milestone with the ENGEL organomelt process for manufacturing composite fibre components in a single process step, as well as introducing new concepts for in-situ polymerisation.

For many years, ENGEL has been collaborating closely with research institutes and business partners in the field of lightweight construction. The foundation of the technology centre will serve to extend this network. "The precondition for successful lightweight construction concepts is optimum meshing of the material, the design and the production process. This makes close collaboration with partners along the value added chain particularly important for this future-defining topic", says Egger.

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Mazak Corporation today announced that it will significantly expand the company's North American manufacturing plant in Florence, Kentucky. This expansion will allow for increased production and support of new and additional Mazak machine models in Kentucky, and increase the facility's potential production capacity to 200 machines per month to meet surging customer demands. Completion of the expansion is set for the Fall of 2013, and Mazak will host a special commemoration event at that time.

Coinciding with the growth of its production facility, Mazak is bolstering its customer service and support offerings with expansions to its National Technology Center & Center for Multi-Tasking and Manufacturing Excellence and North American Parts Center. Combined, the three significant expansions will add over 200,000 square-feet to Mazak's Kentucky manufacturing campus, increasing its total floor space to 800,000 square-feet and positioning it as one of the largest machine tool factories in the country.

Mazak continuously invests in its North American operations and has expanded its Kentucky campus 15 times since the plant opened in 1974, each time increasing production capacity. The 2012 expansions will allow Mazak to quickly and effectively fulfill customers' evolving needs for advanced machine tool technology and applications support as U.S. manufacturing continues to grow in the energy, aerospace, construction and agriculture equipment, automotive and medical industries. Additionally, Mazak will further increase capacity to export machines worldwide.

“The late chairman and CEO of Yamazaki Mazak Corporation Teruyuki (Terry) Yamazaki had the foresight to manufacture machine tools in the United States to gain an innate understanding of its manufacturing culture and to support the industry in the best possible way,” said Brian Papke, president of Mazak Corporation. “And from the day the company opened its doors in Kentucky, Mazak has continued that dedication to the support of U.S. manufacturing not only through our highly productive and advanced machine tool technology, but also through our unmatched apprenticeship and training programs to help build a stronger highly skilled U.S. workforce.”

As one stage of the manufacturing facility expansion, existing shop production offices currently housed within the plant will move to a new added area, which will create a spacious center aisle within the manufacturing building. The larger floor space will allow for the installation of new additional manufacturing equipment, including a highly advanced manufacturing cell that is unique to the industry and produced exclusively by Mazak.

The new cell will incorporate Mazak's modular PALLETECH system, which allows dissimilar machine tools to be integrated into the same manufacturing cell. To produce whole families of components for Mazak's new larger machine models, the cell will include a Kentucky-built Mazak ORBITEC 20 model Large Part Machining Center, two Mazak Horizontal Center Nexus Machining Centers and a full 5-axis INTEGREX e-1060V Vertical Machining Center.

Expansion of Applications Support

The National Technology Center is the hub for Mazak's eight Regional Technology Centers and, as such, enhances Mazak's customer support capabilities throughout North America. The National Technology Center, which opened in 1996 and was doubled in size as the result of a 2006 expansion, will now grow from 69,000 to 100,183 square feet. Included will be the addition of seven new high bay areas, a second story to its office section and additional square footage for its technology demonstration area. The new office area provides for six new dedicated customer-training rooms and space for the company's National Service Department.

Increase in Parts Support

Mazak's expansion of its North American Parts Center will increase that facility's storage capacity by 25 percent. Two new fully automated vertical lift module storage systems will boost small parts capacity by 5,600 parts, and Mazak is replacing an existing rack system with a new one that will provide 286 more pallets of large part storage. In total, the expansion will allow the Mazak Parts Center to stock over 50,000 unique part numbers - one of the industry's largest inventories of spare parts - valued at more than $65 million and available for immediate same-day delivery for 97 percent of all orders.

“Mazak's original goal for the U.S. manufacturing campus was to allow us to be completely integrated into the market and, as a result, better serve manufacturers,” said Papke. “We have maintained our commitment to this goal over the years, which is evident in the sustained growth and expansion of our facilities. As are our customers, we remain committed to continuous improvement, and providing them with the resources they need as business evolves.”

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With the expansion of its North American Parts Center and Spindle Repair Department, Mazak Corporation continues to invest in the quality and strength of its Optimum Plus service and support program. Mazak will further meet customer needs as a result of the expansion and continue its commitment to always providing one of the industry's largest inventories of spare parts.

As a result of Mazak's approximate $1 million expansion to its North American Parts Center located at its Florence, Kentucky campus, the company now stocks over 50,000 unique part numbers valued at more than $65 million and available for immediate sameday delivery for 97% of all orders. Additionally, Mazak streamlines access to its massive stock of spare parts through its highly successful PartsWeb ordering program that puts customers in touch with the North American Parts Center 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

The Parts Center expansion increases the facility's storage capacity by 25%, growth that will also support Mazak's many new and upcoming machine tool models. Two new fully automated vertical lift module storage systems will boost small parts capacity by 5,600 parts, and Mazak is replacing an existing rack system with a new one that will provide 286 more pallets of large part storage. In total, the expansion allows the Mazak Parts Center to inventory almost 14,000 additional parts to keep customer machines up and running.

Mazak's Parts Center currently ships 1,000 aftermarket parts daily and has the capability to process up to 2,000 orders within a five-hour shift. Since Mazak customers are busy during working hours and most often place part orders late in the afternoons, the Parts Center is staffed well into the evening hours to ensure those orders get same day shipping.

"When a customer purchases a Mazak machine, we are dedicated to providing the best possible support that ensures they receive the maximum return on their investment," says Brian Papke, president of Mazak Corporation. "Parts support is one of the main pillars of our Optimum Plus customer service and support program, and as such, we will continually invest in our North American Parts Center to further support and optimize our customers' manufacturing operations."

Coinciding with the Parts Center expansion, Mazak has also relocated its Spindle Repair and Rebuild Department from inside the manufacturing plant to a fifth building on the Kentucky manufacturing campus. The building measures 65,000 sq-ft and will provide more room for the department to further increase its capacity for incoming spindle work while also ensuring customers the shortest possible turnaround times.

Mazak's certified Spindle Repair and Rebuild Department offers the most reliable and highest quality spindle repair and rebuilding services for all Mazak type spindles - encompassing over 900 different spindle variations for all types of turning centers, vertical and horizontal machining centers and Multi-Tasking machines.

To fulfill all spindle needs, Mazak offers customers the options of purchasing a brand new spindle, having their spindle repaired or acquiring a Mazak rebuilt spindle. Mazak stocks more than 300 rebuilt spindles to provide customers a cost-effective spindle solution delivered in as little as 2 or 3 days. Rebuilt spindles include a 7-month warranty with Mazak installation. The Spindle Repair and Rebuild facility is included in Mazak's ISO certification, so customers are assured of consistent quality in repaired and rebuilt spindles.

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Delcam has expanded the range of equipment within the Advanced Manufacturing Facility at the company’s Birmingham headquarters with the addition of a GOM ATOS ScanBox inspection cell for 3D metrology and reverse engineering, and a Hermle C50 UMT five-axis machining centre.

These latest additions form part of a more general expansion of the Delcam Professional Services subsidiary as demand grows for its process development and prototype manufacturing services.  Delcam’s unique in-house manufacturing facility was incorporated into DPS at the beginning of 2011, after the two groups had worked closely on a number of major projects.  In each case, processes developed by the DPS team were proven within the AMF before being transferred onto equipment at the customer’s site.  

The GOM ScanBox contains the ATOS Triple Scan 3D sensor mounted on a robot, so combining the accuracy of the ATOS blue-light technology with the flexibility of the robot.  This combination offers the highest resolution data from small, detailed parts, while also providing extremely fast scanning of large objects up to two metres in length.  The point-cloud data generated can be used for either reverse engineering or inspection with Delcam software.

The Hermle C50 UMT machining centre offers five-axis machining through the incorporation of a trunion for the a axis and a rotary table to provide the c axis.  This provides an alternative approach to the existing DMG, Mazak and Huron five-axis equipment and so increases the ranges of processes that can be undertaken and components that can be produced.

Another benefit is that the table within the Hermle can be rotated at up to 500 revolutions per minute, so giving mill-turn capabilities.  The main milling spindle is locked in place during turning so that larger loads can be accommodated, while still retaining high speeds and accuracy.

The new equipment will increase the ability of DPS to help its clients to improve their manufacturing processes.  These services are attracting increased demand, especially from the aerospace and power generation industries, as many companies now find that their engineering resource is needed to maintain their on-going operations, leaving them limited capacity to introduce new products and develop new processes.

The new equipment will also be used in testing new developments in Delcam’s software.  Being able to test developments on-site on industrial-sized equipment obviously gives Delcam a major advantage in proving out its programs before they are delivered to customers.

The manufacturing expertise gained from the AMF forms an important part of the comprehensive support given by Delcam to all its customers.  As well as helping the development teams, the experience gained can be passed on to the support staff.  They can use this knowledge to give software users more detailed advice on all areas of their work, including aspects like the best choice of machining strategy and cutter selection, as well as the operation of the software.

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Following the recent expansion of the National Parts Center at its Florence, Kentucky, manufacturing campus, Mazak Corporation today announced another significant expansion, this time of its National Technology Center and Center for Multi-Tasking and Manufacturing Excellence. The expanded facility will provide customers with significantly enhanced applications support and training opportunities, as well as allow Mazak to demonstrate larger-size machines and create increased opportunities for process solutions including complete turnkey manufacturing systems.

The National Technology Center is the hub for Mazak's eight Regional Technology Centers and, as such, enhances Mazak's customer support capabilities throughout North America. The expansion of the National Technology Center will allow for additional collaboration with the regional centers and distributors' technical centers for providing the engineering, development and necessary floor space to perform customer runoffs of larger manufacturing systems to meet current customer demand. Mazak Corporation's eight technology centers are also integral to the network of 36 worldwide technology centers of Yamazaki Mazak Corporation.

With this expansion, the National Technology Center, which opened in 1996 and was doubled in size as the result of a 2006 expansion, will now grow from 69,000 to 100,183 square feet of space. Included will be the addition of seven new high bay areas, a second story to its office section and additional square footage for its technology demonstration area. The new office area provides for six new dedicated customertraining rooms and space for the company's National Service Department.

Mazak is dedicated to continuously investing in its customer service and support facilities and recently opened a new larger Southwest Regional Technology Center in the Houston area as well as expanded its Midwest Regional Technology Center in the Chicago area, with a Grand Opening event for that facility happening June 26 - 28, 2012. To further support this growth and all its Technology Centers, Mazak has also added 30 new applications engineers.

"Manufacturing in the United States is growing, and there are ever increasing opportunities to collaborate closely with our customers to develop innovative solutions that increase their productivity, efficiency and equipment utilization," said Brian Papke, president of Mazak Corporation. "Mazak is committed to doing everything we can to provide manufacturers with access to the most advanced technology and support, which is made possible through our Technology Centers. And as manufacturing continues to grow in North America, we intend to provide our customers with a wide variety of training so they can fully realize the benefits of highly productive new Mazak machines."

Mazak's Technology Centers play a key role in the company's comprehensive Optimum Plus service and support program. Each Technology Center offers full access to advanced Multi-Tasking and five-axis machines, training courses, applications assistance, parts support and leading-edge networking and manufacturing technologies, which collectively provide Mazak customers with the resources required to achieve lean, efficient manufacturing operations.

Mazak Corporation is a leader in the design and manufacture of productivity-improving machine tool solutions. Committed to being a partner to customers with innovative technology, its world-class facility in Florence, Kentucky recently increased its production capacity to 135 machines per month in 2011. Continuous training and development of the workforce has created a "lean" culture, which has created opportunities for continuing growth in America. Mazak maintains eight Technology Centers across North America to provide local hands-on applications, service and sales support to its customers.

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In'Tech Industries announced that strong growth in both the investment casting and industrial rapid prototyping sectors have driven an unprecedented expansion of its line of Stereo-lithography systems. According to company officials, product demand has resulted in the addition of yet another 3D Systems IPro 8000 SLA System, beyond the 12 existing SLA systems already in place.

In'Tech VTM Operations Manager Randy Stevens said, "Industrial growth and demand of quick cast investment patterns are on the rise. With our in-house SLA system maintenance and strong engineering expertise, our SLA systems' downtime is kept to an absolute minimum. These capabilities support our ability to keep our systems tightly maintained and tuned, consistently providing high tolerance parts for the investment casting and industrial markets."

In'Tech expanded its material offerings in the fourth quarter of 2011 with the introduction of 3D Systems' latest resin development of "CastPro." The product proved to have a superior SLA casting resin that provides improved thin wall drainage, superior dimensional stability and strength designed specifically for quick cast patterns. "CastPro's considerable green strength also supports our ability to produce high quality patterns quickly and consistently for customer demands," Stevens explained.

In addition to its leading presence in the injection molding, rapid prototyping and engineering and tooling sectors, In'Tech is also a leader in providing high tolerance medical and dental components. Its acquired expertise and achievements continue to push the limits of stereo-lithography for these markets. The company prides itself in the quick-turn demands of high-precision, quick-cast investment casting patterns, as well as other traditional industrial market applications.

Since 1967, In'Tech Industries Inc. has been a family owned and operated engineering, tooling and manufacturing company specializing in tooling, plastic injection molding and insert molding. In'Tech later diversified its expertise by becoming a leader in engineering support, precision tooling and molding capabilities in the hearing health care and medical marketplace.

In 2000, In'Tech acquired in-house Stereolithography® capabilities to support its own product development as well as to offer services to other medical and dental markets. Today the company is a leading service provider of high-tolerance, high-precision medical and dental components.

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Mitutoyo America Corporation is pleased to announce the opening of the first M3 Solution Center in the south central United States region, located in Birmingham, Alabama. This new, 4,800 sq. ft. showroom is conveniently located so customers can schedule appointments for product demonstrations and assistance with metrology solutions and application challenges.

“Our goal is to provide timely metrology solutions to our customers, in a region that is home to a booming automotive industry. The benefit of opening this new M3 Solution Center was the accessibility in offering an experienced metrology specialist to our customers that could provide up to date and knowledgeable metrology information for any situation they may encounter,” says Mike Dukehart, Regional Sales Manager, South Central region.

The grand opening celebration will be held on Tuesday, May 22 and Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 2100 Riverchase Center, Suite 106, Birmingham, AL. The festivities for the two day event will include facility tours, refreshments, raffles and live demonstrations from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. If interested in attending the event RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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BAE Systems has completed construction of the company’s new state-of-the-art manufacturing center in Austin, Texas, the company announced today at a ribbon cutting event. The new facility will produce an array of technologies for the global defense, aerospace, and security company’s Electronic Systems sector.

“This event marks the Austin campus’ birth as a manufacturing center of excellence with the capability to build many of our electronic systems and products at a higher rate with a lower cost than ever before, making us more competitive in the defense market,” said Lisa Aucoin, director of Integrated Vision Solutions at BAE Systems. “This new facility will enable us to quickly produce and deliver next generation electronic systems directly to our warfighters.”

Technology manufactured in Austin include circuit card assemblies for the company's Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System and Laser Target Locator Module, two of BAE Systems' innovative products which help ensure mission success for armed forces. The facility also will produce advanced network communication systems, precision landing systems, and an array of thermal imaging systems such as thermal weapon sights, which provide enhanced day and night surveillance and targeting capability.

“This expansion by BAE Systems is great news on multiple fronts,” said US. Representative John Carter (R-TX-31). “First of course is new jobs to put people back to work and help Central Texas continue our economic recovery. But, just as important, for both our area and the nation at large, is what kind of jobs. These are high-tech, high-paying private sector manufacturing jobs, exactly what we need to start rebuilding our economy for the long-term. I look forward to working with BAE Systems as they continue to create new high-tech, high-paying jobs in Central Texas.”

BAE Systems is leveraging Austin's competitive economy, the abundance of high-tech employees in the capital area, and the company's facility investments to establish a high-rate, low cost manufacturing capability that will benefit the Austin area and the company. The company currently employs about 525 people in Austin and supports a number of local suppliers. BAE Systems' officials expect to see continued growth opportunities for its customers, suppliers, and employees through this new manufacturing center of excellence.

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The new Dynetics Solutions Complex will expand capabilities in research and development and production for aerospace, cyber and defense products in Huntsville. It is a high-tech prototyping facility, incorporating the latest resources available to produce quality products rapidly and affordably for both commercial and government customers. The opening of the new facility is intended to add 250 to 300 additional jobs over the next three years.

The Solutions Complex, conveniently located on the company’s campus in Cummings Research Park, is 226,500 square feet, expanding Dynetics’ hardware prototyping capabilities in Huntsville to more than 300,000 square feet. It is designed to accommodate commercial and government programs and to provide flexibility for specific customer requirements.

Dr. Marc Bendickson, Dynetics CEO, said, “The name of this facility, ‘The Solutions Complex,’ is intended to convey to our customers our goal to provide a solution here locally to their expanding set of requirements.”

The new facility will provide space for the company’s hardware integration programs; small-quantity specialty item production; large-scale Targets programs; space systems work (including satellite integration); and specialized systems, subsystems and tools development. It will enable consolidation of electronics fabrication and assembly, as well as mechanical test equipment including a thermal vacuum chamber and a shaker table.

The complex will offer the ability to locate government and industry engineers together for collaborative research and manufacturing.

Tom Baumbach, president, said, “Examples of successful projects that have involved collaboration between government and industry engineers include FASTSAT (the Fast, Affordable, Science and Technology SATellite) and lunar lander testbeds, as well as several classified Army missile programs.”

Dynetics employees working on the mating and integration system for Paul Allen’s Stratolaunch air launch system will be located in The Solutions Complex, and more employees will be added to accommodate future projects.

David King, Dynetics executive vice president, said, “Last week, we announced two contracts for which we are competing, the Engineered Prototyping Solutions (ESP) contract with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, and the NASA Space Launch System (SLS) Advanced Booster Engineering Demonstration and/or Risk Reduction (ABEDRR) procurement. Should we be selected for these procurements, much of the work will be performed in this facility.”

Dynetics is also bidding on the Test Execution Services and Launch Augmentation (TESTLA) procurement for the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, which will require the capabilities available in the new facility.

The Open House and Ribbon Cutting for The Solutions Complex was held today on the 23rd anniversary of Dynetics’ becoming an employee-owned company under ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan).

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Objet Asia Pacific Ltd., a subsidiary of Objet Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing,today announced the appointment of an Altech Co. Ltd. subsidiary as a new Objet distributor in the East China region. This appointment expands the partnership between Objet and Altech into the Chinese market, and opens new opportunities to both companies.

Altech has been Objet’s distributor in Japan since 2008. As demand for 3D printers is expected to increase due to recent growth of Japanese companies’ R&D divisions in the region, Objet and Altech signed partnership to start the sales of Objet products in the East China through Altech’s subsidiary which was established  in 2002.

“We are very excited about being appointed as Objet’s distributor for East China. We believe that we can leverage our extensive experience in the 3D printing market in Japan to service Japanese businesses operating in China,” said Mr. Tetsutaro Okuda, Vice President from Altech Shanghai Co. Ltd. “We are setting up a show room equipped with the Objet Connex500 multi-material and Objet30 desktop 3D Printers in Suzhou, where many Japanese manufacturers are based, to better promote and service rapid prototyping in the region.”

"With its huge manufacturing base and growing interest in 3D printing and rapid prototyping, China is an important strategic market for Objet," said Gilad Yron, Managing Director for Objet Asia Pacific and Japan. "It is therefore essential for us to team up with the right local partners. We have full confidence that together with Altech we can provide the best choice for Japanese manufacturers based in China."
About Altech

Established in 1976, Altech is a trading company specialized in importing and selling printing and packaging machinery.  Since then, Altech has expanded its product coverage to manufacturing machinery for optical discs and smartcards, equipment for solar cell production, security devices, computerization services, digital printers, DVD packages, etc, providing its customers in Japan with the world’s leading industrial machinery and products.

Altech Shanghai was established in 2002 as part of Altech’s expansion plan in Asia, particularly in China.  Leveraging its experience as a trading company for industrial machinery and electronics related devices in Japan, Altech Shanghai imports and sells various cutting-edge devices and serves a wide variety of customers including cosmetics, food and beverage, automotive and electronic devices.  Altech Shanghai caters to the needs of not only large Japanese and Chinese enterprises, but also Japanese SMBs planning to enter into the China market.

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Sandvik Coromant officially unveiled its new California productivity center at a VIP event and ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, April 2 followed by an Open House event on Tuesday, April 3, located at 6400 Gateway Drive, Cypress, California.
Over 100 guests attended the VIP event, which included facility tours, guest speakers, and a special ribbon cutting ceremony. Sandvik Coromant Global President, Klas Forsström; Sandvik Coromant President of Market Area Americas, John Israelsson; Sandvik Coromant U.S. President, Jamie Price; and Sandvik, Inc. U.S. President, Rick Askin; joined Productivity Center Manager, Robert Page, in cutting the ceremonial ribbon that marked the official opening of the facility.
“With several large machine builders and industry partners located close by, the new productivity center will make it easier for our southwest customers to develop their workforce, see cutting tool solutions in action and determine which machines to invest in,” said Robert Page. “We will be able to show customers how to equip their machines to achieve the best productivity and quickest payback.”
The event also included a presentation on the importance of innovation, technology and partnership by Jon Finn, Director of Operations at Hartwell Corporation. Greg Jones, Director of Education and Training at the Association of Manufacturing Technology/American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association (AMT/AMTDA) was the guest speaker for the evening and presented on the value of education and training in the metalworking industry. Also in attendance was the City of Cypress Mayor, Douglas A. Bailey, and several local dignitaries including: John B. Bahorski, City Manager; Steve Clarke, Redevelopment Project Manager; Ted J. Commerdinger, Director of Community Development; and Todd Seymore, Cypress City Council Member.
“Sandvik is going to make a great partner for our corporate community here,” said Mayor Bailey. “We’re trying to do the best we can to attract more high quality, technologically oriented businesses like Sandvik, so we’re proud to have them.”
The full-day Open House event on Tuesday, April 3 was attended by 150 local manufacturing representatives that were shown live demonstrations on productivity, quality and tool wear techniques. Several breakout sessions took place throughout the day with topics ranging from education to aerospace and CAM solutions. Attendees were also given the opportunity to take a photo with the Sandvik Coromant technical sponsored Joe Gibbs Racing #18 NASCAR racing car that was on display in the Solutions Lab.
The facility will serve as an added resource to local customers and distributors, focusing on maximizing productivity and profitability for customers. The 17,051 square foot productivity center houses a well-equipped demo lab featuring the latest in machine tool technology, comfortable classrooms and a number of training and meeting spaces. A full schedule of technical training classes as well as industry association meetings and seminars geared toward manufacturing educators and students will be offered.
Sandvik Coromant is a world-leading supplier of cutting tools and tooling systems for the metalworking industry and is represented in 130 countries. 25 state-of-the art Productivity Centers located around the world provide customers and staff with continuous training in tooling solutions and methods to increase productivity. Sandvik Coromant is part of the Tooling business area of the Sandvik Group.

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Kemeera, Inc., a west-coast product development company and Objet Geometries reseller, today announced the launch of FATHOM, a new product development studio for design consulting, 3D printing, model making and rapid prototyping new products.

"We chose the name Fathom because with rapid prototyping, additive manufacturing technologies and 3D printing know-how, people can create anything fathomable," said co-principal Rich Stump "We are very unique in bringing all of this together and taking a design approach to the rapid prototyping industry, and we're excited to open a brand new facility to serve this industry's technology needs."

Today's leading manufacturing engineers and industrial designers use 3D printing to build prototypes early in the design process. The new Fathom product development studio encompasses the necessary elements to assist customers on all of their front end product development needs -- from design to prototyping to silicon molded parts and everything in between. With seven 3D printers, a model shop and finishing tools in the Fathom studio, Kemeera plans to leverage the most cutting edge techniques to help customers achieve their product development goals.

The 3,700 sq. ft. product development studio is located in a historical building in Oakland's Jack London Square. The building was built in 1901 and was a brass foundry with smoke stacks through the ceiling. It is one of the most prominent buildings in Jack London Square.

"We have completely designed the new Fathom space for product development and using cutting edged technology and the most creative staff to help our customers achieve their rapid product development goals," Stump added.

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Walter USA, LLC, a leading cutting tool manufacturer, has announced plans to expand its current facility located here. Apart from strategic management and administration offices, the primary thrust of the expansion will be to create a new Walter North American Technology Center.

The Center will be a state-of-the-art facility with demonstration and application trial areas devoted to involving real-world applications and Walter cutting tool technology. It will be designed to help educate customers, channel partners and employees on Walter product, while providing the cornerstone to further enhance Walter Multiply, Walter’s new competence brand that is a multi-level service that transfers technical knowledge across a range of sectors in order to increase productivity.

Walter Multiply deals with service support to end users in the areas of planning, manufacturing, logistics, maintenance and training. It offers a highly versatile, efficient service package tailor-made with the customer in mind. The package will cover on-site installation, purchasing of components from various manufacturers and specialized training.

According to Muff Tanriverdi, president and CEO of Walter USA, “This expansion not only represents the next step in our ongoing resolve to be the leader in cutting tool support in North America, it is a direct result of the success that we have had over the last several years.”

The 40,000 sq.ft. facility, located just west of the Milwaukee metropolitan area, is slated to officially open in the fall of 2012. It is anticipated that the expansion will lead to new jobs being created in the area. Tanriverdi added, “Our commitment to customer service and support has always been high and this expansion only reinforces that mission, but it’s our people that guide our way to our ongoing success.”

Walter USA, LLC offers an extensive line up of cutting tools for milling, drilling, turning, boring and specialized tooling for unique applications through its competence brands Walter Valenite, Walter Titex and Walter Prototyp. As well as multi-level service programs through its Walter Multiply brand. Headquartered in Waukesha, Wisconsin the company has a strong network of distributors and field engineers across North America. The Walter name is synonymous with productivity, thanks to more than 80 years of developing cutting tools and inserts that set new standards in production. Walter USA, LLC combines over 75 years of U.S.-based tooling production with long-standing traditions of quality and innovation.

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As part of its ongoing commitment to American manufacturing, Mazak will host a special three-day Discover More with Mazak open house at its Midwest Technology Center in Schaumburg, Ill. Slated for June 26 - 28, the event will highlight the facility's recent 18,000-square-foot expansion, powerful cutting demonstrations on the latest productivity-improving machine tools and industry expert presentations. Mazak will also offer a sneak peek of its plans for IMTS 2012 and the expansion of its Kentucky manufacturing operations.

The Midwest Technology Center expansion allows Mazak to further support the continuous upswing of manufacturing business throughout the region as well as provide its customers with even more advanced technology, support and training for increasing their competitiveness. The expansion also offers an increased opportunity for collaboration with local manufacturers with respect to new technology and process development and improvement.

“The vibrant manufacturing market and our long-term commitment to our customers in the Midwest convinced us to accelerate our expansion plans for our Technology Center in Illinois,” said Brian Papke, president of Mazak Corporation. “Business across all industry segments, including automotive, aerospace, medical and energy, is improving in the Midwest and nationwide. The expansion of our Midwest Headquarters and Technology Center gives manufacturers more resources to improve their productivity.”

The Midwest Technology Center's new 124-seat auditorium and two state-of-the-art training rooms give Mazak the means to host more events with its VIP technology partners. In fact, an incredibly diverse array of no-charge classes and seminars will ensure customers achieve a maximum return on their machine tool investments and achieve greater effectiveness in meeting their customers' needs.

Visitors to the expanded Midwest Technology Center will also find spacious areas for turnkey projects and test cuts, as well as expanded machine tool technology demonstration facilities. Such additions give Mazak customers even more opportunity to process actual industry components from various materials, including polymers, steels, aluminum and high temperature alloys, using the latest machine tool technology.

The Midwest Headquarters and Technology Center is one of eight regional Mazak Technology Centers across North America that enables Mazak to work closely with its customers to generate the most innovative ideas for increasing productivity, efficiency and equipment utilization.

Open House Details

Mazak will give its customers a firsthand look at the Midwest Technology Center expansion, real-world application cutting demonstrations, interactive industry expert presentations and a preview of the company's IMTS plans during a special open house event at the Schaumburg, Ill. facility, taking place June 26 - 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Open house attendees will discover advanced technology in action on nearly 20 different productivity-improving Mazak machine tools, ranging from world-renowned vertical machining centers to Done-In-One Multi-Tasking systems. Such machines include the VERTICAL CENTER NEXUS COMPACT, a machining center built for precision medical manufacturing, VARIAXIS i-700, a Multi-Tasking machine that efficiently processes long workpieces in single setups, and the QUICK TURN NEXUS 250 MSY, a turning center that includes a second spindle and offers turning, milling and Y-axis capabilities in a single setup.

The industry expert presentations at the open house will cover topics such as ways to bring manufacturing work back to the United States, the benefits of automation, the economics of spindle utilization and much more.

As part of the IMTS preview, open house guests will discover that Mazak is bringing more to Chicago's McCormick Place than ever before. In fact, the company is introducing an all-new IMTS booth (S-8300) that has everything a manufacturer needs to run a highly productive, quality-driven business, whether they operate a job shop or manufacture specifically for the aerospace, automotive, energy or medical industries. The company will also introduce a new 3-4-5 concept for better tailoring Mazak machines to specific manufacturing applications.

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3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) announced today the opening of a first ever 3D content-to-print innovation center at its Rock Hill headquarters. The company plans to share the disruptive power and compelling impact of its products and services, demonstrating how these solutions transform the way companies create and manufacture new products and consumers experience art, science and music.

The company plans to regularly host thought-provoking ideation sessions for business and consumer thought leaders and shapers geared towards helping entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs discover new approaches to problem solving and develop innovative solutions to disrupt and transform traditional design-to-production methods.

Central to the innovation center is 3D Systems' drive to democratize access, through integrated simplicity and empowerment, to its personal and professional 3D printers, its Cubify™ consumer experience and its rapidly growing on-demand parts services. This unparalleled combination boasts a full complement of 3D Systems' high-speed, full-color and high-definition print capabilities and affordable Alibre CAD solutions.

"It's a real privilege to share our disruptive, affordable and impactful solutions with all who seek to benefit from the emergence of a personal manufacturing revolution," said Abe Reichental, President and Chief Executive Officer of 3D Systems. "This investment clearly demonstrates our complete ideation-to-manufacturing capabilities and underscores our commitment to democratize access and accelerate the adoption of our 3D content-to-print solutions for the benefit of professionals, consumers and educators the world over."

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Biomerics LLC, a leading supplier of polymer solutions to the medical device and healthcare industries, recently completed a 10,000-square-foot expansion at its Salt Lake City, Utah, plant. The expansion included an ISO Class 8 clean room for injection molding and device assembly, a medical device packaging cell, and a fulfillment warehouse.

“We are excited about the new capabilities this expansion provides for customers,” said Travis Sessions, President and CEO of Biomerics. “The additional clean room enables us to have dedicated production areas for material polymerization and compounding, as well as injection molding and medical device assembly. The new packaging and warehouse space expands our capability to manage sterile medical device fulfillment for our customers.”

The facility expansion was managed by Entelen, LLC, a Salt Lake City based design and construction company that specializes in clean manufacturing facilities. “We are focused on this growing market and partnering with innovative biomedical companies like Biomerics,” stated Steve Burt, CEO of Entelen. “We designed the clean room to exceed Federal Standard 209e and ISO Class 8 requirements for cleanliness and to the highest safety standards.”

In addition to the facility expansion, Biomerics has invested $1.5 million in new plastics manufacturing equipment. “The operations team has been focused on expanding and developing our manufacturing capabilities to support the growth,” said Jeff Clark, VP of Operations for Biomerics. “In the past six months, the team has brought online new medical and Pharma compounding lines, an automated material handling system, and expanded our capabilities in injection molding, vibration welding, and device assembly.”

The expansion of this ISO 13485 registered facility has resulted in the hiring of 15 employees and is expected to support the creation of an additional 20 positions over the next 12 months.

Biomerics LLC, headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, is a leading and innovative medical polymer solution provider to the medical device market. Biomerics specializes in biomedical materials, compounding, injection molding, extrusion, and medical device fabrication. Biomerics partners with its customers to increase their profitability via material technology, operational excellence, and customer service.

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GW Silicones, a division of international custom precision injection molder and contract manufacturer GW Plastics, Inc., is in the final stages of a three million dollar expansion of its Royalton, VT Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR) molding operation, adding both cleanroom manufacturing space and new ENGEL injection molding equipment.

Established in 2008 to support the needs of existing GW Plastics customers, GW Silicones has quickly outgrown their original class 8 cleanroom molding and assembly facility, and is undergoing a 15,000 square foot expansion that will provide space for up to 18 new injection molding machines.  The entire facility (scalable up to 25,000 sq ft) is devoted to cleanroom LSR molding and assembly.

“Having reached our current manufacturing capacity, we needed to add additional injection molding systems to meet new business demands.  This meant expanding our facility to match the growth of our LSR business,” states Mark Hammond, General Manager of GW Silicones.

In keeping with their parent company philosophy, GW Silicones also plans their machinery purchases to maintain open capacity in order to take on new business with no delay to the customer.

GW Silicones dedicated to Engel machines

GW Plastics believes that standardization of equipment across all locations is the best way to meet customer and market requirements.  Molds can be moved from machine to machine, facility to facility, and within hours they can be producing precision parts.

At GW Silicones, the machine of choice is ENGEL.  GW Silicones’ current cleanroom is equipped with ENGEL machines ranging from 50-200 tons – the sweet-spot for LSR molding -- with additional machines and robots scheduled for delivery by the end of March.  The new cleanroom will be equipped with all-electric, hybrid and hydraulic machines, giving GW Silicones the ability to match the best machine to each prototype and production molding application.  Multiple screw/barrel assemblies for each press will allow for the molding of parts from fractions of a gram to larger pound shots, providing an extremely wide range of molding capabilities, encompassing the size range of most LSR product requirements.

“The ENGEL machines provide accuracy with the all-electric equipment, production flexibility with the tiebarless clamp design, ease of set up with integrated robotics, and the proven ENGEL technology and reliability,” says Hammond.
GW Silicones frequently incorporates automation into their injection molding cells.  For example, a current cell at GW Silicones includes a 6-axis robot, that operates within the machine envelope, enabling both insert-loading and molded-part extraction.  Two of the new ENGEL systems being added to the expanded cleanroom will include ENGEL viper servo robots.

LSR materials challenge molders

The field of LSR molding is a challenging one.  From the perspective of GW Silicones, there are very few LSR molders capable of manufacturing precision, flash-free componenets and assemblies.  Most are equipped to manufacture only the most basic LSR products, not the high precision, close-tolerance, complex LSR applications that require a specialist like GW Silicones.  GW Silicones customers know that it takes a unique combination of capabilities, expertise and resources to get the job done quickly, effectively and successfully the first time.

When planning their expansion into LSR molding, GW Plastics sought to extend their industry-leading design and manufacturing capabilities to seamlessly integrate GW Silicones into their robust portfolio of full-service customer offerings.  To accomplish this goal, they hired highly-experienced technical and commercial specialists to launch and grow GW Silicones and to ensure that the new division would meet the high standard of expertise and service its customers expect.  This includes in-house LSR mold design and construction as well as niche process capability.

The ability to mold multimaterial (thermoplastics and LSR) components such as 2-shot, insert- or overmolded parts is a specific skill of GW Silicones, and one that gives them a particular niche in the molding marketplace.  LSR can be used to create complex molded parts with finer detail and tighter tolerances than are often possible with other materials.  When molded onto thermoplastic substrates, the resulting multi-material performance options are numerous.  Their familiarity with the demands of LSR processing and their knowledge of material properties, allows the staff at GW Silicones to assist their customers in ways most LSR molders cannot.

The future of LSR molding

Hammond sees exciting growth opportunities for LSR in healthcare, automotive and industrial/consumer markets.  Among the most tested biomaterials, silicones are increasingly desired based on their unique combination of biocompatibility and performance properties:

•    Chemically inert, odourless, tasteless and stainless
•    Bacterial resistant and easy to clean and sterilize
•    Biocompatible and short/long-term implantable
•    Lubricious for less invasive biological applications
•    Temperature flexible – 180ºF to 600ºF
•    Fatigue and compression set resistant
•    Chemically resistant
•    Elongatable – 100 to 900%
•    Dielectric with superior insulating characteristics

Because of these unique properties, LSR is particularly applicable to high-growth healthcare and medical device market segments like cardio- and peripheral vascular, aesthetic surgery, minimally invasive and micro-surgery, in-vitro diagnostics, drug delivery, wireless monitoring, neurostimulation and neuromodulation.

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Wichita State University's National Institute for Aviation Research will be testing aircraft components in the former Britt Brown Arena at the Kansas Coliseum by year end.

Earlier this week, WSU officials and developer Johnny Stevens signed a 10-year lease agreement that will allow NIAR to remodel the arena, which formerly seated 10,000 spectators for events including concerts, professional wrestling, college basketball and professional hockey. The lease includes three five-year options.

"Securing the Britt Brown Arena for NIAR is a tremendous opportunity for Wichita State and our community," said interim provost and professor Keith Pickus. "Not only will NIAR be able to enhance its research and testing capacities, but WSU's presence in the former Coliseum ensures the continued viability of an important community investment."

The newly remodeled facility will house NIAR's Aircraft Structural Testing and Evaluation Center, most of which is located at Hawker Beechcraft's Plant 1. The move will allow the rapidly growing laboratories the space to expand and take on more work.

When remodeling work is complete, the former arena will include approximately 100,000 square feet of laboratory space and 30,000 square feet of office space on two levels with client observation and work areas and a 30-by-70 foot hangar door on the south end.

"NIAR anticipates full occupancy by the year end, with limited occupancy prior to that," said NIAR executive director John Tomblin. "We will more than double the amount of current full-scale structural testing space that exists now and greatly expand the ability to test larger aircraft."

The facility has a clearance height of 48 feet and clear span of more than 240 feet. This will allow testing and research on aircraft including unmanned aerial vehicles, business jets, commercial aircraft and military aircraft.

NIAR's Full-Scale Structural Test Lab tests full-size aircraft parts such as fuselage sections, cockpits, wings and stabilizers before they go into production to ensure they will be able to withstand the forces they will experience during flight. This type of testing also helps to determine the optimum lifespan of aircraft.

This testing will occur on the former arena floor, where Garth Brooks once sold out shows. Offices for the Full-Scale Structural Test Lab will be located in areas that once housed concessions and walkways for spectators.

The former arena will also house additional laboratories that are located at Hawker Beechcraft (HBC), including the Aging Aircraft Lab and the Metrology Lab. NIAR's Environmental Test Labs are also located at HBC, but there are no plans to relocate those facilities at this time.

The Aging Aircraft Lab will share some of the arena floor space and will also occupy the former Thunder Hockey dressing rooms with nondestructive testing and paint removal equipment. Its offices will exist on the second floor in areas that formerly housed concessions, walkways and second-tier seating.

The Aging Aircraft Lab performs structural teardown, failure analysis and nondestructive inspection, including ultrasonic inspection of retired military and commercial aircraft. Programs on the lab's schedule include continuing with the KC-135 tanker analysis program and additional programs including the C-130, Boeing 707, Boeing E-6 and programs for the Federal Aviation Administration.

The Metrology Lab will occupy space on the first floor where storage and workshop space currently exists. This lab is responsible for ensuring that the laboratory equipment used at NIAR is reliable and accurate. The lab also performs this type of work for outside clients to calibrate equipment such as power supplies, timing devices, thermometers, ovens, environmental chambers, scales, accelerometers, PSI gauges and altimeters.

A portion of NIAR's Composite and Advanced Materials Lab will also be housed at the former arena. It will perform testing similar to that of the Full-Scale Structural Test Lab, but on a smaller scale.

Because of ITAR-restricted and proprietary client testing, the facility will be restricted to clients and scheduled guests only. The facility parking areas will also be secured and separate from those of the Kansas Pavilions. The pavilions will not lose parking spaces as a result of the agreement. When the remodel is complete, the public will be invited to an open house to see the transformation.

The National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) at Wichita State University supports the aviation industry by providing research, development, testing and certification services to manufacturers, government agencies and education entities. NIAR laboratories include: Advanced Coatings, Advanced Joining & Processing, Aging Aircraft, CAD/CAM, Composites & Advanced Materials, Computational Mechanics, Crash Dynamics, Environmental Test, Full-Scale Structural Test, Mechanical Test, Metrology, Nondestructive Test, Research Machine Shop, Virtual Reality and the Walter H. Beech Wind Tunnel. NIAR operates on a nonprofit budget that has steadily increased to more than $49 million in fiscal year 2011. NIAR is the largest university aviation R&D institution in the United States. With its location in Wichita, Kan., the Air Capital of the World, NIAR is able to integrate business, government and university entities in cooperative efforts to advance aviation technology. NIAR operates more than 250,000 square feet of laboratory and office space and employs 350. Clients include Boeing, Bombardier Learjet, Cessna, Hawker Beechcraft and Spirit AeroSystems.

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