SAP and Stratasys announced that SAP is establishing along with Stratasys, a global network of 3D printing co-innovation labs to educate and enable customers, employees and partners on the adoption of additive manufacturing as an integral part of the manufacturing production line. Unveiled in conjunction with charter co-innovation partner Stratasys, this initiative builds on SAP’s more than 40 years of experience across the industry. Digital manufacturing and co-innovation sites are currently being rolled out across Paris, France; Johannesburg, South Africa; Walldorf, Germany; and Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, and Palo Alto, California, in the United States.

“SAP and Stratasys share a common vision of the tremendous value distributed manufacturing brings to customers’ supply chains,” said Pat Carey, senior vice president, Sales, North America, Stratasys. “Harnessing this potential fully requires that 3D printing be seamlessly integrated with enterprise workflows for certification, planning, procurement and production. By participating in this initiative, it’s now possible to combine SAP’s leadership in these areas with our premier 3D printing solutions and services ecosystem. We look forward to further driving 3D printing adoption with these co-innovation customers.”

The SAP® Distributed Manufacturing application is intended to make 3D printing a valuable part of digital manufacturing by helping co-innovation customers and partners to transform the extended supply chain. Services related to SAP Distributed Manufacturing connect 3D printing to familiar business processes to help manufacturers achieve production and logistical cost savings and reduce complex supply chain issues. The new 3D printing co-innovation facilities offered by SAP will provide an interactive learning and design thinking environment. It enables SAP customers, partners and employees to further develop and test active business cases and applications of the latest distributed manufacturing technology.

“Manufacturers and their suppliers and production partners increasingly recognize the potential of 3D printing in smart digital supply chain strategies that are optimized with unprecedented speed and efficiency,” said Hans Thalbauer, senior vice president, Extended Supply Chain and IoT, SAP. “SAP is fast building a co-innovation network with leaders like Stratasys that share our vision for making connected, real-time distributed manufacturing a reality for our customers.”

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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.

New LMI Headquarters
9200 Glenlyon Parkway
Burnaby, British Columbia
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Canada
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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.”

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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Materialise is proud to announce the opening of a new 3D Printing Center of Excellence in Malaysia. The facility aims to become a competence center within Materialise for DLP 3D printing technologies, and has the potential to enhance Malaysia’s role as a driver behind 3D Printing in Asia.

This initiative will see local research teams developing new 3D printing applications, preparing 3D Printing applications for the market, and becoming a knowledge center within Materialise for this technology. The teams will also investigate 3D printing anatomical models and other medical devices with DLP technology, thereby providing valuable input to further enhance the functionality of Materialise’s 3D printing software suites for the benefit of end-users working with DLP 3D printers.  Many 3D printer OEMs, who already count on Materialise as a trusted software partner, will also play a role in the new Center of Excellence through their collaboration.

“We are delighted to open this competence center in Malaysia today. It provides the missing link between our existing engineering and software development in Malaysia, and our actual knowledge of the 3D printing process. This will benefit our customers and partners enormously, as it brings us closer together in knowledge, technology and even proximity. It will also benefit Malaysia, as it will build local knowledge and develop applications well suited for the region.” Wim Michiels, General Manager of Materialise Malaysia.

The inauguration was attended by Mr. Fried Vancraen, Chief Executive Officer of Materialise, Mr. Wim Michiels, General Manager of Materialise Malaysia, Dato' Wan Hashim Wan Jusoh, Deputy Chief Executive Officer III of Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA), Ms. Pak Mei Yuet, Head - Technology Innovation Ecosystem of Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) and H.E. Mr. Daniel Dargent, the Belgian Ambassador to Malaysia.

For more information, visit: www.materialise.com

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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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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.”

For more information, visit: www.3dsystems.com/solutions/healthcare

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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.”

For more information, visit: www.voxeljet.com

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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.

For more information, visit: www.GWPlastics.com

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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.

For more information, visit: www.AerojetRocketdyne.com

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Lightweight metals leader Alcoa (NYSE: AA) officially opened its state-of-the-art jet engine parts facility in La Porte, Indiana. The facility doubles Alcoa’s capacity in La Porte and provides new capabilities that broaden its reach in engines for large commercial aircraft. The new plant will meet increasing demand from makers of best-selling jet engines, growing Alcoa’s value-add business in aerospace.

Innovation is at the heart of the La Porte expansion,” said Alcoa Chairman and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld. “We combined some of the world’s best metallurgists, product engineers and manufacturing experts to broaden our capabilities and deliver the highly advanced components our customers need to build jet engines at high volumes.”

The approximately $100 million, 320,000-square-foot expansion, announced last year, enables Alcoa to manufacture single piece structural parts—components that encase the rotating parts of an engine—that are nearly 60 percent larger than those already produced in La Porte. These new capabilities have broadened Alcoa’s reach into wide- and narrow-body aircraft engines. As an example, the new facility will supply structural components for the PurePower® and other engines under a 10-year, $1.1 billion contract with Pratt & Whitney announced last year. The La Porte facility also is partnering with other major aerospace engine manufacturers and their partners to supply parts for next-generation engine programs.

The facility employs the latest in high-tech, advanced manufacturing equipment, including digital x-ray and blue light technology for enhanced quality assurance. It also 3D-prints resin patterns for metallic prototypes and uses automated casting furnaces with advanced controls to meet precise product specifications.

The plant grows Alcoa’s value-add business in the soaring aerospace market and complements Alcoa’s acquisition of TITAL, which established titanium structural casting capabilities in Europe, and expanded its aluminium casting capacity. Alcoa is the world leader in jet engine blades and vanes, and through the La Porte expansion and TITAL acquisition, is becoming a leader in structural parts.

Indiana Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann and other state and local dignitaries today are joining Alcoa executives, employees and aerospace customers to celebrate the opening of the plant which will create 329 jobs by 2019. The facility has already added 155 of those positions.

“Alcoa is building on our state’s advanced manufacturing leadership, as well as providing increased opportunities for high quality careers for our community,” said Indiana Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann. “Alcoa is one of several aerospace companies choosing to expand in the Hoosier State, together announcing plans to invest more than $900 million and create more than 1,200 new jobs in the coming years.”

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation has offered Alcoa up to $4 million in conditional tax credits based on the Company’s job creation plans. In addition, the city of La Porte has approved tax incentives worth $7.1 million over a 10-year period.

“The City of La Porte is proud to celebrate this plant expansion with the Alcoa Team,” said La Porte Mayor Blair Milo. “This advanced facility grows our partnership with Alcoa and creates advanced manufacturing job opportunities for our community. We are excited to build on our partnership with Alcoa as it continues to enjoy growth and success.”

This is Alcoa’s second plant opening in Indiana in just over a year. In October 2014, the Company announced the opening of its $90 million greenfield state-of-the-art aluminum-lithium facility—the largest in the world—in Lafayette, Indiana. The Lafayette cast house can produce more than 20,000 metric tons (44 million pounds) of aluminum-lithium annually. Aircraft manufacturers are increasingly turning to lighter and stronger aluminum-lithium alloys, which are less expensive than composites and enable increased fuel efficiency and lower maintenance costs.

Alcoa has been growing its multi-material aerospace business to capture growth in the global aerospace market in support of its broader transformation, and has become a leader in jet engine components and aircraft structures. Alcoa acquired global titanium leader RTI International Metals, aerospace components manufacturer TITAL and global jet engine parts leader Firth Rixson. On a pro forma basis, Alcoa’s 2014 aerospace revenues reached $5.6 billion following these acquisitions, making it one of the world’s largest aerospace parts manufacturers.

Alcoa also has grown organically. It opened the world’s largest aluminum-lithium facility in Lafayette, Indiana, launched expansions to increase jet engine parts production in La Porte, Indiana and Hampton, Virginia, began installation of advanced aerospace plate manufacturing capabilities in Davenport, Iowa, announced plans to double its coatings capabilities for jet engine components in Whitehall, Michigan, announced an investment in technology that strengthens the metallic structures of traditional and additive manufactured parts in Whitehall, Michigan and announced plans to expand its R&D center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to accelerate the development of advanced 3D-printing materials and processes.

For more information, visit: www.alcoa.com/laporte

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3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced the grand opening of the 3DS Culinary Lab, a groundbreaking new culinary innovation center in the epicenter of the Los Angeles culinary community, laying the groundwork for education and engagement around the potential for 3D printed food.

The 3DS Culinary Lab will serve as a learning, collaboration and exploration space, where chefs, mixologists and culinary innovators can experience the intersection of their traditional craft and 3D printing. It is also designed to be a testing ground where the industry can experience 3DS' ChefJet Pro culinary printer firsthand ahead of its release, provide input for future development, and explore market opportunities and innovations.

"We are thrilled to open this amazing collaboration space to bring a new era of digital craftsmanship and technology to the culinary community," said Liz von Hasseln, Creative Director, Culinary, for 3DS. "We're bringing together partners and collaborators from across the food service and hospitality industries, as well as chefs, mixologists and artisans to explore the wide-open landscape for 3D printed food."

3DS Culinary will also host events at the space for leaders in the hospitality, event and culinary communities, as well as symposiums and master-classes that explore and shape the future of 3D printed food. 3DS plans to host programming that is industry-focused to address professionals in smaller, hands-on settings. Initial programming includes events centered on 3D printed food fundamentals in sweet, savory and mixology, as well as a quarterly Chef Night for culinarians to come together and experience the potential for 3D printing, and a symposium style event for discussions on the potential for artistry that 3D printing brings to culinary professionals. Click here for more information, or to inquire about availability.

The 3DS Culinary Lab features a demonstration kitchen furnished by KitchenAid, and a 3D printing kitchen highlighting the ChefJet Pro culinary printers. At its opening, guests enjoyed dishes and signature cocktails that incorporated 3D printed elements and were created in collaboration with influential local culinarians:

  • Josiah Citrin, of two-Michelin Starred Mélisse Restaurant, Santa Monica

  • French Onion soup: 3D printed onion powder cube, burrata cheese, oxtail broth
  • Pumpkin Waffle: 3D printed pumpkin and maple waffle, quail egg, bacon

 

  • Mei Lin, Winner of Bravo's Top Chef Season 12

  • Passionfruit dessert: passionfruit curd, raspberries textures, toasted yogurt, bee pollen crumble with 3D printed passionfruit flower
  • Wagyu Steak Tartare: sansho pepper, mitsuba, japanese pickles, 3D Printed wasabi egg

 

  • Matthew Biancaniello, Cocktail Chef, Author of "Eat Your Drink"

  • Handcrafted cocktail containing bergamot infused tequila, curry leaf, chamomile flowers, and currants, with a candy-cap mushroom 3D printed garnish
  • Savory cocktail with tomato base and 3D printed crystal of smoked salt


For more information, visit: www.3dsystems.com/culinary

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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.

For more information, visit: www.geaviation.com

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Boeing opened its new research and technology center in St. Louis. The facility will serve as the company's regional hub for collaborative technology development with academic institutions and research partners in systems technology.

Boeing leaders joined local dignitaries and employees for a ribbon cutting and tours of the research labs. With more than 180,000 square-feet devoted to the creation and development of technologies for use in current and future Boeing products, the Boeing Research & Technology-Missouri (BR&T-Missouri) research center has grown significantly since it was first announced in 2013.

"We're building a deeply talented workforce here that will make important contributions to future products," said Nancy Pendleton, leader of the BR&T-Missouri research center. "The new BR&T-Missouri research center allows access to and development of cutting-edge technologies across a broad spectrum of research areas, which will help launch the next hundred years of innovation."

New labs and capabilities in Missouri include the Non-Destructive Test Lab, the Human Systems Integration Center, a Polymer Synthesis Lab, and the soon-to-be-built Collaborative Autonomous Systems Lab. More than 700 engineers, technicians and staff at BR&T-Missouri will develop a variety of other technologies that include systems, digital aviation and support technology, rate-independent production and next generation materials.

"Missouri is a great place for us to be – the proximity to local talent and research partners gives us access to some of the best minds in the industry," said Pendleton. "Our research agreements with Missouri University of Science and Technology and St. Louis University are just one more way we are advancing technologies."

"Today marks another exciting chapter in Boeing's continued growth in St. Louis," Missouri Governor Jay Nixon said. "Already the headquarters of Boeing Defense, Space & Security, the company's St. Louis campus continues to grow and diversify, creating hundreds of high-tech jobs and strengthening our economy. This state-of-the-art research and technology center is a great testament to our enduring partnership with Boeing, the dedicated men and women who work there, and the strong bipartisan effort to position Missouri to compete for next-generation aerospace jobs."

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-Missouri rounds out the company's 10 other research centers around the world in Australia, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Russia and the United States, including Alabama, California, South Carolina and Washington.

For more information, visit: www.boeing.com

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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.

For more information, visit: www.boeing.com/company/about-bca/south-carolina-production-facility.page

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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.

For more information, visit: www.renishaw.com

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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.

For more information, visit: www.arcam.com

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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."

For more information, visit: www.scanlab.de

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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.

For more information, visit: www.FlowWaterjet.com

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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.

For more information, visit: www.niar.wichita.edu

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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.”

For more information, visit: www.exone.com

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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.”

For more information, visit: www.protolabs.com

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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.

For more information, visit: www.protolabs.com

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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 www.atimetals.com then “ATI Products” and “Powder Metals.”

For more information, visit: www.atimetals.com/products/Pages/powder-metals.aspx

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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.

For more information, visit: www.gpiprototype.com

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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.

For more information, visit: www.mcortechnologies.com

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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.

For more information, visit: www.csiro.au/en/Research/MF/Areas/Metals/Lab22

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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."

For more information, visit: industries.ul.com/additive-manufacturing

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America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, is proud to announce its plans to open its first America Makes Satellite Center on the campus of the Institute’s Platinum-level member, The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), in conjunction with UTEP’s renowned W.M. Keck Center for 3-D Innovation.

Kevin Creehan, Ph.D., America Makes Deputy Director of Technology Transition, made the announcement on the first day of presentations at the America Makes Spring 2015 Program Review and Members Meeting, which was held on April 14-16, at the Williamson College of Business Administration Conference Center at Youngstown State University (YSU). In attendance for the announcement were UTEP’s Ryan Wicker, Ph.D., P.E., Director and Founder of the Keck Center and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Eric MacDonald, Ph.D., P.E., Associate Director of the Keck Center.

During his remarks, Dr. Creehan said, “Real-world technology transition takes place because of the activities and pursuits that collaborative and symbiotic relationships provide. With this new America Makes Satellite Center model, we are able to expand our current regional, industrial and technological footprint while further maximizing the reach and capabilities of the satellite through enhanced collaboration. We are proud to name America Makes member, The University of Texas at El Paso, as the site for the first America Makes Satellite Center.”

To ensure the long-term success of an expansion, America Makes decided to roll out the strategy as a pilot program, similar to the Institute’s own founding as the pilot Institute for the National Network of Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) infrastructure. A short list of potential members for consideration for an America Makes Satellite Center was generated and compared to America Makes’ prerequisites and operational requirements. After internal and external vetting and an on-site evaluation, UTEP with its acclaimed W.M. Keck Center for 3-D Innovation was ultimately selected as the pilot America Makes Satellite Center.

“This expansion strategy to establish our first Satellite Center at UTEP marks a new level of national reach for America Makes,” said Ralph Resnick, America Makes Founding Director and NCDMM President and Executive Director. “It also capitalizes on the synergies between America Makes and UTEP’s Keck Center as both of our organizations are dedicated to accelerating the adoption of additive manufacturing and 3-D printing technologies to increase our nation’s global manufacturing competitiveness.”

“This new relationship is beneficial for both America Makes and UTEP,” said Keck Center Director Ryan Wicker, Ph.D. “UTEP brings an armada of state-of-the-art equipment, cutting edge research, education and workforce training to the partnership, and UTEP stands to benefit from the national and international spotlight on America Makes. NCDMM, the parent organization, has a broad base of defense and industrial partners that will afford UTEP dramatic new opportunities.”

UTEP President Diana Natalicio enthusiastically described the new relationship as “a testament to the preeminence of research underway at UTEP. Exciting new technologies developed on this campus are attracting the attention of the nation and the world.”

Ed Morris, America Makes Director and NCDMM Vice President, added, “On behalf of all of us at America Makes, we are excited to make this announcement as it demonstrates the strength and the success of the collaboration model that America Makes was founded upon. We envision that the America Makes Satellite Center at UTEP’s Keck Center will be the first of many in a future, expansive network of Satellite Centers throughout the country. We look forward to working closely with UTEP and the Keck Center to get the America Makes Satellite Center up and running.”

With more than $80 million in annual research spending, UTEP is dedicated to becoming the first national research university serving a 21st century student demographic. The University’s outstanding record of receiving extremely competitive grant awards reflects the quality of UTEP’s faculty and their sustained commitment to excellence while also maintaining an academic environment dedicated to addressing the educational needs of students.

Founded in 2001 as part of a $1 million grant by the W.M. Keck Foundation, UTEP’s Keck Center is a lab like no other. Led by Director and Founder Dr. Wicker, the Keck Center features a 13,000-square-foot, state-of-the art facility with more than 50 additive manufacturing machines and more than 50 involved faculty, staff, students and researchers with multiple successful national and international collaborations. The lab showcases a unique blend of additive manufacturing equipment and facilities to perform fundamental research, allowing for trailblazing discoveries to be made in limitless arenas of science including 3-D printed electronics, airplanes and satellite components, human augmentation, biomedical implants and future energy systems.

Currently, UTEP’s Keck Center is leading an America Makes member team, comprised of the University of New Mexico, Youngstown State University, the Lockheed Martin Corp., Northrop Grumman Corp., rp+m, Inc., and Stratasys, Inc., on a $2.2 million award grant to further 3-D printing technologies for rapid manufacturing of aerospace systems.

For more information, visit: keck.utep.edu

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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.

For more information, visit: www.creaform3d.com

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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.“

For more information, visit: www.nlr.nl

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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.”

For more information, visit: www.bi-link.com/the-hardware-store

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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.

Voxeljet of America Inc.
41430 Haggerty Circle
Canton, Michigan 48188
Tel +1 734-808-0025

For more information, visit: www.voxeljet.de

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Colliers International has arranged a long-term, 32,500-square-foot lease for The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) at Overlook Corporate Center, a Class-A trophy office building located at 150 Clove Road in Little Falls, New Jersey.

The not-for-profit membership organization will relocate its New Jersey operations from 22 Law Drive in Fairfield, NJ to occupy the entire sixth floor of the 415,000-square-foot property in the first half of 2015. The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) facilitates collaboration, knowledge sharing, and skill development across all engineering disciplines, while promoting the vital role of the engineer in society.

"This new location, which will house approximately 120 employees, meets the organization's growing space needs and creates space efficiencies to accommodate changes taking place within their industry," said Leon Manoff, Vice Chairman with Colliers International who represented ASME in the transaction with assistance from Executive Managing Director John Cunningham.

Manoff also noted that Colliers has enjoyed a 12-year relationship with ASME and has represented them in all of their real estate endeavors throughout the country in New York, Washington D.C., Atlanta, and Houston.

“ASME is excited to be at Overlook Corporate Center,” said Thomas G. Loughlin, executive director of the Society. “In the search for the new office space, we considered many factors ranging from on-site amenities to easy access for our commuting staff.  Overlook Corporate Center meets all of our current and future needs and will play a part in the Society’s continuing evolution and growth.”

“Overlook Corporate Center is currently undergoing a multi-million dollar enhancement program to better every aspect of the tenant experience,” said Richard Mirliss, Executive Managing Director at Colliers International, who along with Executive Managing Director Richard J. Madison, and Director Anthony Rinaldi exclusively represents ownership, Theta Holding Company, L.P. “The full-scale renovation, designed by architecture firm Gensler, has been a major draw for tenants like ASME. The tenant was also attracted to the property’s amenities, diverse tenant mix, and close proximity to the Montclair State University train station.”

As part of the enhancement program, ownership is: upgrading all common areas of the building including the lobby, elevator cabs, bathrooms, corridors, and cafeteria; and developing a state of the art conference center, fully equipped fitness center, and a grab-and-go cafeteria with a coffee bar.

Perched on a hill at the juncture of Routes 46 and 3, Overlook Corporate Center is minutes from the Garden State Parkway and I-80, and offers stunning panoramic views of New York City and New Jersey. The facility includes covered parking, a full-service cafeteria, Wi-Fi access, 24-hour security, onsite ownership and management, and immediate access to mass transit.

Other tenants in the building include Morgan Stanley, Roche / Genentech, Cantel Medical, Telerx Healthcare Connexions, and Systra Consulting.

Colliers International is a global leader in commercial real estate services, with over 15,800 professionals operating out of more than 485 offices in 63 countries A subsidiary of FirstService Corporation, Colliers International delivers a full range of services to real estate users, owners and investors worldwide, including global corporate solutions, brokerage, property and asset management, hotel investment sales and consulting, valuation, consulting and appraisal services, mortgage banking and insightful research.

ASME helps the global engineering community develop solutions to real world challenges. Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME is a not-for-profit professional organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing and skill development across all engineering disciplines, while promoting the vital role of the engineer in society. ASME codes and standards, publications, conferences, continuing education and professional development programs provide a foundation for advancing technical knowledge and a safer world.

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Xavier University recently signed an agreement with MakerBot to bring a MakerBot® Innovation Center to the university’s campus. Xavier University joins a growing number of universities throughout the country that offer MakerBot Innovation Centers, which are designed to empower organizations to innovate faster, collaborate better and compete more effectively. Xavier is the first university in the Midwest and the first private college in the United States to implement a MakerBot Innovation Center. MakerBot is providing the consulting, technical support and training required to implement the MakerBot Innovation Center and will work closely with Xavier’s faculty to develop a curriculum that introduces professors and students to the world of 3D printing and its real-time possibilities.

“We’re so excited to be the first private institution in the country and the first university in the Midwest region to partner with MakerBot,” said Shawn Nason, chief innovation officer with Xavier University. “Our mission at Xavier University is to educate our students so that they are able to make the world a better place. We’re positioned to do just that with the unique 3D printing and prototyping technology of MakerBot! With these innovative MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers, we will transform how our students learn here at the Xavier Center for Innovation and beyond. With MakerBot, we’ll not only be ‘making’ 3D objects in our classrooms, but helping shape the leaders and innovators of future industries as well.”

The MakerBot Innovation Center at Xavier is a custom, centralized and scalable 3D printing solution that has been developed to meet the specific needs of the university. It is designed to create an environment in which entrepreneurialism, education and innovation can be cultivated and encouraged in the Cincinnati area and beyond. With the MakerBot Innovation Center, students, faculty and the community are provided opportunities to collaborate on Real-Time Prototyping™, model making and small-scale creative and manufacturing projects. This provides a unique way to prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow by putting them at the forefront of technology and giving them access to a thriving community of innovators. With dedicated spaces for startups and networking, the MakerBot Innovation Center at Xavier is designed to attract local entrepreneurs, innovators and researchers. It will serve as a local innovation hub where students from different academic disciplines can gain invaluable hands-on experience by collaborating with entrepreneurs and researchers on real-world projects.

The MakerBot Innovation Center for Xavier includes 31 MakerBot® Replicator 3D Printers (25 MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printers, three MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D Printers and three MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printers), a large supply of MakerBot PLA Filament, several MakerBot Digitizer™ Desktop 3D Scanners and MakerBot MakerCare® Protection Plans. At the core of the MakerBot Innovation Center is the MakerBot Innovation Center Management Platform, a proprietary and innovative 3D printing software platform that links all 30+ MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers together, provides remote access, print queuing and mass production of 3D prints, and is designed to streamline productivity and staffing of the center. The scalable design of the MakerBot Innovation Center allows Xavier the option to easily add additional MakerBot 3D printing technology in the future.

“The MakerBot Innovation Center has garnered huge interest since we first introduced the concept last year, and we’re excited that Xavier University has decided to work with us to unleash the creative potential of 3D printing on its campus and in the Cincinnati area. The passion for innovation and 3D printing at Xavier is contagious and we can’t wait to see what comes out of their MakerBot Innovation Center,” noted Jenny Lawton, CEO of MakerBot. “We’re particularly thrilled to provide the team at Xavier with Consulting from MakerBot to help develop a curriculum that integrates 3D printing. This is an important step that will help introduce more students, community members and entrepreneurs to the idea of 3D printing and how this technology can help them visualize and memorize complex theoretical concepts, gain hands-on experience and unleash their creativity.”

Xavier University’s MakerBot Innovation Center is being built in conjunction with Consulting from MakerBot and training for university staff is being provided by MakerBot Learning.

For more information, visit: www.xavierinnovation.com

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The American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII) opened its new 100,000 square-foot innovation acceleration center in Detroit by exhibiting new technologies that use lightweight metals and announcing its new program name, LIFT — Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow.

The $148 million center will facilitate partnerships among major research institutions and manufacturers to accelerate the transfer of new manufacturing technology from the research lab to the production floor. It will work with such lightweight metals as aluminum, magnesium, titanium and advanced high-strength steel alloys and focus on new technologies to cast, heat treat, form/shape, join and coat them. This activity will build upon the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) and Advanced Manufacturing Partnership to capitalize on recent breakthroughs in materials modeling, theory, and data mining to significantly hasten discovery and deployment of advanced materials while decreasing their cost.

ALMMII is a non-profit organization founded by three partners, The University of Michigan, The Ohio State University and EWI, an independent research and development organization based in Columbus, Ohio. It was selected last year to operate LM3I, the Lightweight and Modern Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute, one of five institutes set up by the U.S. government to maintain America’s manufacturing leadership. Known as the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation, each institute has a particular focus. While LIFT accelerates technologies using lightweight metals, others will advance technologies in power generation, digital manufacturing, additive manufacturing, photonics, and advanced composites.

“This is an important day for the future of American manufacturing jobs and the security of our country,” said Executive Director Lawrence Brown. “Taking weight out of vehicles that move people and goods and carry out military missions is a national imperative, because as we succeed, we will be saving energy, saving money, and creating jobs.”

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said that with its history of manufacturing innovation and available workforce, Detroit was the perfect fit for LIFT.

“What you see here is not just about advancing technology, it’s about advancing people,” said Mayor Duggan. “The education and training collaborations will help prepare Detroiters for employment opportunities to design, build and repair the next generation of lightweight vehicles.”

Chief Technical Officer Alan Taub said that LIFT is an ideal public/private partnership. “Our industry partners, with input from government agencies, will set the priorities of our effort,” Taub said. We will create collaborations to focus on the opportunities manufacturing companies identify to take breakthroughs from the best research institutions around the country and commercialize them as certified, production-level processes. Our work will cross-fertilize developments in several industries — including defense and commercial applications in aerospace, automotive, marine and railroad.”

Education and Workforce Director Emily Stover DeRocco said, “You can’t sustain new processes and materials without the necessary talent, so a critical part of our effort will be preparing an educated and skilled workforce, confident in using new lightweighting technologies and processes. Our location along the I-75 Industrial corridor serves five states with the nation’s highest concentration of metal manufacturing, and we expect to be generating new opportunities throughout the region.”

Michigan is the perfect location for LIFT, said Paula Sorrell, Vice President of Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Venture Capital for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).

“Michigan already has the world’s highest concentration of automotive research and development facilities, so it is a terrific location for this collaborative enterprise,” Sorrell said. “We know we will have to work together as government, research institutions and private companies to grow our manufacturing base, and LIFT will be an important part of that effort.”

“The partnerships coming out of LIFT and the other institutes will have a significant impact across many industries,” said Andre Gudger, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy, Department of Defense. “LIFT will make a difference because it will be working closely with a world-class network of academic and other research institutions and industry-leading companies in transportation and defense — along with smaller companies that are developing exciting new processes to work with lightweight metals. This cutting edge technology will help develop the kind of vehicles and equipment we need to ensure our military maintains its fighting edge over our adversaries today and in the future.”

Industry partners that provided exhibits for the ribbon-cutting included: American Bureau of Shipping, Alcoa, American Foundry Society, Boeing, Comau, DNV, Eaton, Flash Bainite, GREDE, Johnson Controls, Materion, Metalsa, QuesTek, TARDEC, and Tenneco.
About LIFT

LIFT is operated by the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII) and was selected through a competitive process led by the US Department of Defense under the Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing Innovation (LM3I) solicitation issued by the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research. LIFT is one of the founding institutes in the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation, a federal initiative to create regional hubs to accelerate the development and adoption of cutting-edge manufacturing technologies.

For more information, visit: www.lift.technology

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Mohawk College has officially opened Ontario’s first Additive Manufacturing Resource Centre in Canada’s manufacturing heartland.

Engineering Technology students and faculty are already working with 43 industry, education and government partners on applied research projects.  Digital images are turned into three-dimensional prototypes and parts made out of titanium, aluminum, nickel, stainless steel, bronze and other metals.

The $2 million centre received $720,000 in funding from both the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Ontario Research Fund, with additional support from industry partners. Mohawk is one of only three postsecondary education institutions in Canada with the capacity to manufacture metal parts for industry.

Additive manufacturing joins digital health and smart grid technologies as Mohawk’s three areas for applied research.

Additive Manufacturing Resource Centre

  • The Additive Manufacturing Resource Centre serves as a test lab for advanced manufacturers and a living lab for Mohawk’s Engineering Technology students.
  • Only three colleges and universities in Canada have 3D printers that can produce metal parts. Mohawk’s centre is the only one of its kind in Ontario.
  • The $2 million Additive Manufacturing Resource Centre received matching $720,000 grants from both the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Ontario Research Fund, with additional funding from industry partners and the college.
  • The centre features two advanced printers that turn digital images into three dimensional models, prototypes, tooling and production parts made out of titanium, aluminium, nickel, stainless steel, bronze and other metals. The centre also has plastic printers for creating preliminary designs.
  • Mohawk is already working with 43 advanced manufacturers and government and education partners on applied research projects that:
    • Test the feasibility of making existing products using additive manufacturing.
    • Improve the designs of existing products and reduce costs.
    • Design new products that cannot be manufacturing using conventional processes.
    • Develop and test new materials to manufacture products using additive manufacturing.
  • In addition to the Additive Manufacturing Resource Centre, Mohawk also conducts applied projects with industry, education and government partners at the Mohawk eHealth Development and Innovation Centre (MEDIC) and the Applied Research Centre in Energy.
  • More than 4,500 students are enrolled in Mohawk’s Faculty of Engineering Technology program and the collaborative Bachelor of Technology degree program in partnership with McMaster University. Applied research capstone projects are incorporated into the students’ curriculum and co-op work terms.

For more information, visit: www.mohawkcollege.ca

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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.

For more information, visit: www.ge.com

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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.

For more information, visit: www.lassonde.utah.edu/studios

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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.

For more information, visit: www.3dsystems.com

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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 www.3dsystems.com/careers

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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.

For more information, visit: www.renishaw.com

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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.

For more information, visit: www.concept-laser.de

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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.

For more information, visit: www.eos.info

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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.

For more information, visit: www.linearmold.com

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.

For more information, visit: ntu.edu.sg

The Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] Space Systems Advanced Technology Center (ATC) has opened a new state-of-the-art laboratories building that will enable the company to provide innovative technical solutions to customers with more agility and efficiency.

The Advanced Materials & Thermal Sciences Center, with 82,000 square feet of floor space, will house 130 engineers, scientists and staff. The new laboratories will host advanced research and development in emerging technology areas like 3-D printing, energetics, thermal sciences, nanotechnology, synthesis, high temperature materials and advanced devices.

“This magnificent new facility will be home to many of the innovative technologies that will help shape the future of space payloads, satellites and missile systems,” said Dr. Kenneth Washington, vice president of the ATC. “Scientists and engineers here are creating advanced materials like our CuantumFuse™ nano-copper, which promises to make more reliable electrical connections in space and other applications. We’re also perfecting technologies to manage the heat generated by on-board satellite sensors. Our new microcryocooler is the smallest satellite cooler ever developed, another example of the ground-breaking technologies we’re advancing in this lab.”

The new building was designed and constructed to achieve a Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices including sustainability; water efficiency; energy efficiency and atmospheric quality; use of materials and resources; indoor environmental quality; and innovations in upgrades, operations and maintenance. The U.S. Green Building Council’s Building Rating System is a voluntary national standard for high-performance sustainable buildings.

“Our new Materials and Thermal Sciences Center is not just a home for innovation, it’s a shining example of the benefits of sustainable, environmentally-friendly practices,” said Marshall Case, vice president of Infrastructure Services at Lockheed Martin Space Systems. “By replacing two other buildings that are each 50 years old with this new facility, we’ll save $1 million in annual maintenance costs, cut energy costs by more than 60 percent, and reduce our carbon footprint. This new facility is better for the environment, more affordable for our business and more versatile for our technologists.”

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 115,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2013 were $45.4 billion.

For more information, visit: www.lockheedmartin.com

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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.

For more information, visit: www.geaviation.com

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A multi-partner team led by UI LABS has been selected to receive a $70 million award from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) for the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation (DMDI) Institute.

The federal investment for the DMDI Institute will be used to establish the Digital Lab for Manufacturing (Digital Lab), led by UI LABS, a Chicago-based research and commercialization collaborative. Along with the $70 million cooperative agreement, UI LABS has secured an additional $250 million dollars of support from industry, university, government, and community partners to form the $320 million Digital Lab.

“This is a transformative opportunity to shape the future of American Manufacturing,” states Warren Holtsberg, Chairman of UI LABS.  “We salute the vision of the President and the confidence the Department of Defense placed in UI LABS to be that change agent.”

The 18-month effort to develop the vision and plans for the Digital Lab was steered by a dedicated core team of individuals from UI LABS, the Office of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the Office of Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, and World Business Chicago.  The Illinois Science & Technology Coalition, the University of Illinois, Northwestern University, and the University of Chicago also made significant contributions as members of the core planning team, in collaboration with a broad set of partners spanning 17 states.  McKinsey & Company supported the team by providing fact-based research and analysis.

“This new Digital Lab has the potential to revolutionize the way the United States approaches manufacturing and a major effort will be centered in Illinois,” states U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL). “Partners from across the state including the Quad Cities Manufacturing Laboratory, the Blue Waters Supercomputer at the University of Illinois, Northwestern University, the Illinois Institute of Technology, the University of Chicago, Southern Illinois University, Northern Illinois University, and the City Chicago will be at the forefront of innovative, industry-driven research that will make America more competitive on the global stage. Illinois will undoubtedly benefit from the thousands of jobs created through this research.”

"Illinois is at the forefront of a high-tech manufacturing revolution and that means our state will be Ground Zero for creating the high-tech jobs of the future,” Governor Pat Quinn said. "This first-of-its-kind digital hub will make companies more competitive and stronger by providing them with the most cutting edge tools and technologies. It will be the birthplace for innovations that will change the world in which we live, work and play."

“This solidifies Chicago’s place as the epicenter of the digital manufacturing revolution that will create thousands of jobs here and make our city the place where the greatest 21st century innovations are born,” said Mayor Emanuel. “This cutting-edge Digital Lab will ensure that the City of Big Shoulders remains the City of Big Discoveries for years to come.”

“We are grateful for the backing of our many industry and community partners as well as the bipartisan support from federal, state and local officials across the U.S.,” said UI LABS Interim Executive Director Caralynn Nowinski.  “We are especially proud of the recognition and collaboration from our incredible university and industry partners who are helping UI LABS realize its vision to be a platform for public-private partnerships that will enhance our nation’s competitiveness.”

Digital Lab for Manufacturing (Digital Lab)

The Digital Lab will be headquartered in Chicago and connected to a network of manufacturing research sites across the United States.  As a pillar of President Obama’s investment in U.S. Manufacturing, the Digital Lab will be the nation’s flagship research institute in digital manufacturing and design innovation and a world-class, first-of-its-kind manufacturing hub with the capabilities, innovation, and collaboration necessary to transform American manufacturing.

The Digital Lab will apply cutting edge mobile, cloud, and high-performance computing technologies to the manufacturing challenges of the DoD and industry. By utilizing the Digital Manufacturing Commons (DMC), an open-source online software platform, the Digital Lab will create online networks of people, manufacturing machines, and factories. In turn, this will enable real-time collaboration and analysis of big data during the design and manufacturing processes - reducing the time and cost of manufacturing, strengthening the capabilities of the U.S. supply chain, and reducing acquisition costs for DoD.

The world’s most competitive manufacturing companies have come together to invest in the Digital Lab under the leadership of UI LABS.  Key industry investors, including General Electric, Rolls-Royce, Procter & Gamble, Dow, Lockheed Martin, Siemens, Boeing, Deere, Caterpillar, Microsoft, Illinois Tool Works and PARC among many others, have partnered with leading universities, local government, and community organizations to launch this $320 million institute.

Jobs & Economic Impact

The Digital Lab’s applied research will spur the creation of thousands of jobs in advanced manufacturing fields and make the U.S. economy more competitive, generating billions of dollars of value for the DoD and the U.S. industrial base.  Many of these new jobs will require new skills, and the workforce must follow.  The Digital Lab is a vehicle for workforce development, through partnerships with community colleges, local economic development organizations, and national associations, including SME, a leader in manufacturing workforce development, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Manufacturing Institute, and Project Lead the Way.

Digital design tools allow for new product development to be accelerated by up to 50 percent, by expanding business opportunities and improving the supply chain security, putting U.S. companies ahead of international competitors.  Additionally, the DMC, which is the centerpiece of the Digital Lab approach, will expedite the production of parts and services, expanding markets and the base of suppliers, and driving innovation in related goods and services.

Digital Lab Team

The UI LABS-led consortium includes:

  • World-class technology companies as well as both defense and commercial manufacturers, including General Electric, Rolls-Royce, Procter & Gamble, Dow, Lockheed Martin, Siemens, Boeing, Caterpillar, Deere & Company, Illinois Tool Works, Microsoft, PARC, among many others
  • Next-generation technology companies working alongside 10 of the Top 50 best performing U.S. manufacturers.
  • The nation’s premier engineering schools, one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers, and nationally-recognized education and workforce partners.
  • 6 of the top 20 engineering schools in the U.S.
  • More than 12% of all engineering / computer science students graduating annually in the U.S.
  • Partners are regionally anchored in the Midwest, spanning Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Missouri, and Nebraska.  Additionally, the team includes world-class university partners from beyond the Midwest, including Texas, Colorado, New York, and Oregon, to leverage the best research and technology in the country and deploy solutions on a broad scale.
  • Network of local, regional, and national organizations, community colleges, and MEP partners, providing connections to over 220,000 small and mid-sized companies.

Digital Lab Leadership

The Digital Lab is led by Executive Director Dean Bartles, Ph.D., who has 35 years of successful manufacturing operations, program management, marketing, and R&D at leading U.S. Defense firms.  Dr. Bartles has spent the past 13 years as VP at General Dynamics - Ordinance and Tactical Systems.

The Digital Lab’s technology leader is Chief Technology Officer William King, Ph.D., a globally recognized leader in manufacturing and design innovation. Dr. King is the College of Engineering Bliss Professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where he leads a research group whose work crosses boundaries between science, technology, and commercialization.  Dr. King has been founder, advisor, or director at a dozen early stage technology companies with a focus on manufacturing, materials, and nanotechnology.  He is the winner of numerous research awards and was named by Technology Review Magazine as a person whose innovations will change the world.

About UI LABS

As a Chicago-based research and commercialization collaborative, UI LABS brings industries, universities and government together to apply real solutions to tomorrow’s most important business, economic, and cultural challenges.  UI LABS actively cultivates and channels talent and resources, fosters unbiased collaboration to bring new ideas to market, and drives economic growth and competitiveness.

Caralynn Nowinski, M.D., serves as the Interim Executive Director for UI LABS. In her capacity as the Associate Vice President for Innovation & Economic Development at the University of Illinois, Dr. Nowinski was one of the founders of UI LABS.  She offers a unique perspective to the University’s and UI LABS’ efforts to foster innovation, encourage collaboration, and stimulate Illinois competitiveness, drawing from her past experiences as an entrepreneur, physician and venture capitalist.

For more information, visit: digitallab.uilabs.org

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New steps are being taken to strengthen the manufacturing sector, boost advanced manufacturing, and attract the good paying jobs that a growing middle class requires. A North Carolina headquartered consortium of businesses and universities, led by North Carolina State University, will lead a manufacturing innovation institute for next generation power electronics.

In last year’s State of the Union address, the President proposed a series of three new manufacturing institutes that the Administration can create using existing resources - this is the first of those institutes.  In May, a competition was launched for these three new manufacturing innovation institutes with a Federal commitment of $200 million across five Federal agencies – Defense, Energy, Commerce, NASA, and the National Science Foundation, building off the success of a pilot institute headquartered in Youngstown, Ohio.  The additional two institutes led by the Department of Defense – focused on Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation and Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing – are still in the selection process and will be awarded in the coming weeks.

Each institute is to serve as a regional hub designed to bridge the gap between applied research and product development, bringing together companies, universities, institutions, and Federal agencies to co-invest in technology areas that encourage investment and production in the U.S.  This type of “teaching factory” provides a unique opportunity for education and training of students and workers at all levels, while providing the shared assets to help companies, most importantly small manufacturers, access the cutting-edge capabilities and equipment to design, test, and pilot new products and manufacturing processes.

The new manufacturing innovation institute announced in North Carolina is focused on enabling the next generation of energy-efficient, high-power electronic chips and devices by making wide bandgap semiconductor technologies cost-competitive with current silicon-based power electronics in the next five years.  These improvements will make power electronic devices like motors, consumer electronics, and devices that support our power grid faster, smaller, and more efficient.   The winning team, led by North Carolina State University, brings together a consortium of leading companies that included some of the world’s leading wide band gap semiconductor manufacturers, leading materials providers, and critical end-users with universities on the cutting edge of technology development and research, all in a vibrant and entrepreneurial region that can serve as the foundation for ongoing U.S leadership in this important technology.  The Department of Energy is awarding $70 million over five years, matched by at least $70 million in non-federal commitments by the winning team of businesses and universities, along with the state of North Carolina.

The announcement is another step forward toward creating a national network of up to 45 manufacturing innovation institutes, which will also require legislation from Congress. In July 2013, Senators Brown (D-OH) and Blunt (R-MO) and Congressmen Reed (R-NY) and Kennedy (D-MA) co-sponsored bipartisan legislation in both the Senate and House that would create a network for manufacturing innovation led by the Department of Commerce consistent with the President’s vision, helping the United States to take advantage of this unique opportunity to accelerate growth and innovation in domestic production and create the foundation for well-paying jobs that strengthen the middle class.  The President will continue to support this bipartisan legislation and will work with Congress to get it passed, and will continue to make progress where he can through existing authority to boost these partnerships that are key to supporting high-quality manufacturing jobs.

Additional Background on the Next Generation Power Electronics Innovation Institute:

The Next Generation Power Electronics Institute will provide the innovation infrastructure needed to support new product and process technologies, education, and training to become a global center of excellence for the development of wide bandgap semiconductor devices and industry-relevant processes.  The DOE-supported manufacturing innovation institute’s headquarters will be located on North Carolina State University’s Centennial Campus. The university will also host some of the institute’s shared research and development facilities and testing equipment, as well as workforce development and education programs.

In the last century, silicon semiconductors transformed computing, communication and energy industries, giving consumers and businesses more and more powerful devices that were once unimaginable. Today, as we reach the limits of silicon-based electronics for some critical applications, WBG semiconductors offer a new opportunity to jumpstart the next generation of smaller, faster, cheaper and more efficient power electronics for personal devices, electric vehicles, renewable power interconnection, industrial-scale variable speed drive motors and a smarter, more flexible grid.

The institute will provide shared facilities, equipment, and testing and modeling capabilities to companies across the power electronics supply chain, particularly small and medium-size manufacturers, to help invent, design and manufacture new semiconductor chips and devices. The institute will also pair chip designers and manufacturers with large power electronic manufacturers and suppliers, to bring these technologies to market faster and will offer training, higher education programs and hands-on internships that give American workers the skills for new job opportunities and meet the needs of this emerging and globally competitive industry.

Compared to silicon-based technologies, wide bandgap semiconductors can operate at higher temperatures and have greater durability and reliability at higher voltages and frequencies – ultimately achieving unprecedented performance while using less electricity. These technologies can reduce the size of consumer electronics like laptop adapters by 80% or the size of a power station to the size of a suitcase.  By supporting the foundation for a strong wide bandgap semiconductor manufacturing base, the United States can lead in some of the world’s largest and fastest growing markets from consumer appliances and industrial-scale equipment to telecommunications and clean energy technologies.

The winning consortium, led by North Carolina State University and headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, includes the State of North Carolina and:

  • 18 Companies: ABB, APEI, Avogy, Cree, Delphi, Delta Products, DfR Solutions, Gridbridge, Hesse Mechantronics, II-VI, IQE, John Deere, Monolith Semiconductor, RF Micro Devices, Toshiba International, Transphorm, USCi, Vacon

  • 7 Universities and Labs: North Carolina State [Lead], Arizona State University, Florida State University, University of California at Santa Barbara, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory

Background on DOD-led Manufacturing Innovation Institutes:

Competitions continue for the two Department of Defense led manufacturing innovation institutes, which will be selected and awarded in the coming weeks.  Those institutes will focus on technologies critical to the Department’s needs that also have broad commercial applications across different manufacturing industries that will help to drive U.S. leadership in the technologies and skills needed to encourage job-creating investment in the U.S.

The two institutes are:

  • Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation: Advanced design and manufacturing tools that are digitally integrated and networked with supply chains can lead to 'factories of the future' forming an agile U.S. industrial base with significant speed to market advantage. A national institute focusing on the development of novel model-based design methodologies, virtual manufacturing tools, and sensor and robotics based manufacturing networks will accelerate the innovation in digital manufacturing increasing U.S. competitiveness.

  • Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing: Advanced lightweight metals possess mechanical and electrical properties comparable to traditional materials while enabling much lighter components and products. A national institute will make the U.S. more competitive by scaling-up research to accelerate market expansion for products such as wind turbines, medical devices, engines, armored combat vehicles, and airframes, and lead to significant reductions in manufacturing and energy costs.


For more information, visit: www.ncsu.edu/power

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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.

For more information, visit: www.exone.com

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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.”

For more information, visit: www.3dsystems.com

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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.

For more information, visit: www.umkc.edu/umkc-foundation

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GE (NYSE:GE) and Chicago Ideas Week (CIW) announced GE Garages, a skill-building center that serves as an advanced manufacturing fab lab for technologists, entrepreneurs and makers. Opening on September 20, the GE Garages space will host a month of free hands-on maker workshops, conduct trainings on high-tech prototyping equipment and offer learning opportunities through a curated guest speaker series.

Powered by TechShop and developed in partnership with Skillshare, Quirky, Make and Inventables, GE Garages aims to spark interest and greater participation in advanced manufacturing through making. The GE Garages location will also function as the headquarters for Chicago Ideas Week, a premier annual gathering of global thought leaders and an innovation platform that inspires, connects and activates the city of Chicago and beyond.

Linda Boff, Global Brand Marketing Executive Director, GE said, “The next industrial revolution is occurring all around us, driven by innovations in technology and manufacturing. There’s something for everyone to discover at GE Garages. Within the Midwest, Chicago Ideas Week is a critical driver of this evolution, providing a forum for inventors, manufacturers and innovative entrepreneurs to gather and collaborate.”

GE Garages guest speakers will include Massimo Banzi, co-founder of the Arduino project and an open-source hardware advocate who works with clients such as Prada, Whirlpool and Adidas; Edward Ford, founder of Project ShapeOko; and Zach Kaplan, CEO of Inventables, among many more. Weekly hands-on classes will offer participants access to 3D printers, Arduino kits, CNC mills, a laser cutter, and an injection molder, while workshops will include instruction in how to design digitally manufactured lamps, brilliant homes, “weather clocks,” and other brilliant technologies.

Jessica Malkin, Executive Director, Chicago Ideas Week said “CIW Headquarters will truly be a hub for new ideas and innovation for the city. With free access to some of the most insightful entrepreneurs, data scientists and software and industrial engineers at GE Garages, Chicagoland locals and CIW attendees alike have a unique chance to experience the advanced manufacturing revolution first-hand and take part in Ideas Week.”

Over the past two years, GE has invested heavily in the Chicago area, which hosts many of the company’s businesses, including Transportation’s headquarters, Capital and Health IT, increasing its Chicago-based employees by 33 percent. GE’s operations have also created an economic impact of nearly $3 billion throughout the city over that period of time. GE has also contributed more than $4.5 million annually to the Chicago area through grants, volunteerism, company donations, and employee charitable contributions. Statewide, GE supports one in 385 Illinois jobs and creates an economic impact of $4.45 billion.

Located at 401 N. Michigan Avenue in Chicago, GE Garages will be open to the public from September 20 through October 20, Tuesdays through Sundays.

For a full schedule of workshops, hands-on training and speaker sessions, visit: www.ge.com/garages

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Hannover Fairs USA announced that it has chosen to move its North American headquarters to 8755 W. Higgins Road in Chicago, Illinois. The office will bring 10-15 full time employees from its current location in New Jersey.

“Hannover Fairs’ decision to locate its North American headquarters in Chicago is testament to the progress we are making in expanding the tourism and convention industry, and I welcome them to Chicago,” said Mayor Emanuel. “I am completely committed to the growth of this critical industry, and attracting as many conventions and visitors as possible. This industry employs tens of thousands of people and contributes hundreds of millions of dollars to our economy, and I am pleased to see its continued growth."

Hannover Fairs is a subsidiary of Germany’s Deutsche Messe, one of the world’s largest event organizers. Deutsche Messe owns and operates the Hannover Fairgrounds in Hannover, Germany, the world’s largest exhibition site. The company chose to relocate in Chicago to embrace the city’s leading convention status and talent base, as well its access to U.S. and world markets.

“Moving to Chicago just makes good business sense for Hannover Fairs USA,” said Larry Turner, President & CEO of Hannover Fairs. “By relocating our office to Chicago from the Northeast, we are closer to our customers and partners. Many of our North American industrial event exhibitors and attendees are located in the upper Midwest so relocating to Chicago was a logical step to better serve our constituents. Chicago also provides an extremely supportive business community that embraces mid-market businesses and the development of long-term business relationships.”

“This is welcome news for Chicago’s visitor industry,” said Don Welsh, President and CEO of Choose Chicago. “Increasing business and leisure travel to Chicago is a central component of Mayor Emanuel’s economic development strategy and one that I’m happy to report is delivering positive results, especially from overseas markets.  We are seeing great traction out of Germany now that we have representation in the market. Chicago offers the infrastructure that is critical for successful and impactful events -- central location, skilled labor, diverse hotel inventory, and unmatched dining, culture and entertainment.”

Hannover Fairs’ selection of Chicago brings together two key aspects of the Chicago’s Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs, called for by Mayor Emanuel to accelerate growth in the region. World Business Chicago (WBC) is currently implementing the Plan’s strategies to make Chicago a premier destination for conventions and business travel, as well as to increase the region’s attractiveness as a center for business services and headquarters.

“We are pleased that Hannover Fairs recognizes Chicago’s assets as a leader in the convention industry, as well as an unmatched location for corporate headquarters,” said Jeff Malehorn, President & CEO of World Business Chicago. “By locating in Chicago, Hannover Fairs will find the talented workforce it needs, along with unparalleled access to the world. We look forward to working with them for years to come.”

For more information, visit: www.hfusa.com

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The Chicago Public Library is opening the CPL Innovation Lab at the Harold Washington Library Center. Already used by a variety of industries from retail to banking to universities, innovation labs offer organizations a place to test new ideas for services, programs and products. The third floor space at the Chicago Public Library will allow CPL to quickly experiment with new ideas and approaches in order to be more customer focused and able to adapt to the community’s changing needs.

The first innovation experiment in the space is the Maker Lab, part of the growing movement of hands-on, collaborative learning environments in which people come together to share knowledge and resources to design, create and build items. CPL is the first large urban library to experiment with a maker space. Made possible with a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to the Chicago Public Library Foundation, the Maker Lab will be open to the public from July 8 through December 31, 2013. While a number of maker spaces exist in Chicago, this will be the first free maker space open to the public.

Created in partnership with the Museum of Science and Industry, the Library’s Maker Lab offers the public an introduction to technology and equipment which are enabling new forms of personal manufacturing and business opportunities. After the six month run, the Library will evaluate the project to determine the fit with the Library’s mission and the ability to bring the project, or elements of it, to a wider audience in the neighborhood branches.

The Lab will offer access to a variety of software such as Trimble Sketchup, Inkscape, Meshlab, Makercam and equipment including three 3D Printers, two laser cutters, as well as a milling machine and vinyl cutter.

In addition to Open Lab hours during which patrons can work with staff members to master new software and create personal projects, a variety of programs and workshops will be offered throughout the seven day schedule of the Maker Lab. Family workshops will be offered every Sunday afternoon to foster invention, creation and exploration of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math), the focus of this year’s Summer Learning Challenge.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer Chicagoans the opportunity to learn firsthand new technologies and skills used in today’s manufacturing at the library,” said Commissioner Brian Bannon. “The Maker Lab is the first of several ideas we plan to test over the next few years in the Innovation Lab, as we focus on expanding access to 21st century ideas and information to our communities.”

In developing the space and the programs, the Chicago Public Library created an advisory board comprised of City Colleges of Chicago, Northwestern University Department of Mechanical Engineering, Columbia College Chicago, Westport Public Library, Arts Alliance Illinois, San Francisco Children’s Creativity Museum, New York Public Library, Ann Arbor District Library, Pumping Station: One and FreeGeek Chicago. All these organizations lent advice to the process as well as programming elements.

The Chicago Public Library continues to encourage lifelong learning by welcoming all people and offering equal access to information, entertainment and knowledge through materials, programs and cutting-edge technology. Through its 79 locations, the Library provides free access to a rich collection of materials, both physical and digital, and presents the highest quality author discussions, exhibits and programs for children, teens and adults.

For more information, visit: www.chipublib.org

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Competitions are being launched to create three new manufacturing innovation institutes with a Federal commitment of $200 million across five Federal agencies – Defense, Energy, Commerce, NASA, and the National Science Foundation.  To build off the initial success of a pilot institute headquartered in Youngstown, Ohio, the President announced in the State of the Union that his administration would move forward and launch three new manufacturing innovation institutes this year.

The President’s manufacturing agenda starts with his vision for a National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI).  The President’s FY14 Budget includes a $1 billion investment at the Department of Commerce to create the NNMI, a model based on approaches that that other countries have successfully deployed.  Each institute would serve as a regional hub designed to bridge the gap between basic research and product development, bringing together companies, universities and community colleges, and Federal agencies to co-invest in technology areas that encourage investment and production in the U.S.  This type of innovation infrastructure provides a unique ‘teaching factory’ that allows for education and training of students and workers at all levels, while providing the shared assets to help companies, most importantly small manufacturers, access the cutting-edge capabilities and equipment to design, test, and pilot new products and manufacturing processes.

The Department of Defense will lead two of the new Institutes, focused on “Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation” and “Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing”, and the Department of Energy will be leading one new institute on “Next Generation Power Electronics Manufacturing”.  

All three institutes will be selected through an open, competitive process, led by the Departments of Energy and Defense, with review from a multi-agency team of technical experts.  Winning teams will be selected and announced later this year.  Federal funds will be matched by industry co-investment, support from state and local governments, and other sources.  Like the pilot institute, these Institutes are expected to become financially self-sustaining, and the plan to achieve this objective will be a critical evaluation criterion in the selection process.  DOD and DOE are opening the competition for the three new institutes immediately.

Technology Areas for New Institutes:

Consistent with existing authority, Federal agencies have selected technology areas that have broad commercial applications but meet critical mission needs.  The selected technology areas also build off existing multi-agency priority initiatives like the Materials Genome Initiative.  The three topic areas are:

  • Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation: Advanced design and manufacturing tools that are digitally integrated and networked with supply chains can lead to  'factories of the future' forming an agile U.S. industrial base with significant speed to market advantage. A national institute focusing on the development of novel model-based design methodologies, virtual manufacturing tools, and sensor and robotics based manufacturing networks will accelerate the innovation in digital manufacturing increasing U.S. competitiveness.

  • Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing: Advanced lightweight metals possess mechanical and electrical properties comparable to traditional materials while enabling much lighter components and products. A national institute will make the U.S. more competitive by scaling-up research to accelerate market expansion for products such as wind turbines, medical devices, engines, armored combat vehicles, and airframes, and lead to significant reductions in manufacturing and energy costs.

  • Next Generation Power Electronics: Wide bandgap semiconductor based power electronic devices represent the next major platform beyond the silicon based devices that have driven major technological advances in our economy over the last several decades.  Wide bandgap technology will enable dramatically more compact and efficient power electronic devices for electric vehicles, renewable power interconnection, industrial-scale variable speed drive motors and a smarter more flexible grid; in addition to high-performance defense applications (e.g. reducing the size of a sub-station to a suit case).

Pilot Institute

In August 2012, the Administration announced the winner of an initial $30 million Federal award to create a pilot institute, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII).  Headquartered in Youngstown, Ohio, NAMII consists of a consortium of manufacturing firms, universities, community colleges, and non-profit organizations primarily from the Ohio-Pennsylvania-West Virginia ‘Tech Belt’.  NAMII was selected from amongst twelve teams from around the country that applied for the award.  The members of NAMII will co-invest $40 million against the initial Federal award.

For more information, visit: www.manufacturing.gov

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Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) company, partnered with the University of Connecticut to establish one of the nation's most advanced additive manufacturing laboratories, the Pratt & Whitney Additive Manufacturing Innovation Center.

"We are excited to further strengthen our partnership with Pratt & Whitney, an industry leader in using additive manufacturing technology," said Susan Herbst, president, University of Connecticut. "Our partnership with Pratt & Whitney is a great example of how industry and universities can work together to enhance research capabilities."

This state-of-the-art facility will be used to further additive manufacturing research and development, and is the first in the Northeast to work with metals rather than plastics. Additive manufacturing is the process of joining materials to make objects from 3D model data, usually layer upon layer, as opposed to subtractive manufacturing methodologies. Materials are added, versus the traditional subtractive methods such as stamping, forging, computer numerical controlled machining, to precise geometries determined by CAD drawings.

"The University of Connecticut's outstanding technical capacity complements our fundamental research needs and will help us continue to grow our additive manufacturing capabilities," said Paul Adams, Pratt & Whitney's chief operating officer. "Additive manufacturing is complimentary to traditional methods by enabling new innovation in design, speed and affordability. It is necessary to build the next generation of jet engines. We are currently using additive manufacturing to build complex components with extreme precision for the flight-proven PurePower® commercial jet engine."

Pratt & Whitney invested more than $4.5 million in the Pratt & Whitney Additive Manufacturing Center and over the next five years will invest more than $3.5 million in the facility. In 2010, Pratt & Whitney established a research Center of Excellence at the University of Connecticut. The Pratt & Whitney Center of Excellence at UConn focuses on fundamental and applied research initiatives that support the design and development of more efficient gas turbine engines. UConn's primary research is in the field of advanced sensors, diagnostics and controls.

The University of Connecticut is one of the nation's leading public research universities. UConn's main campus in Storrs, CT is admitting the highest-achieving freshmen in University history. As a Carnegie Foundation Research University, the University of Connecticut has more than 100 research centers and institutes supporting its teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions.

Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, auxiliary and ground power units, small turbojet propulsion products and industrial gas turbines. United Technologies Corporation, based in Hartford, Conn., is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the global aerospace and building industries.

For more information, visit: www.engr.uconn.edu

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The evolution of technology has already changed life as we know it. One retail destination in River North plans to make the Windy City known for its support of a growing tech industry that is revolutionizing manufacturing.  Beginning Monday, April 22, Chicagoans will have the opportunity to explore this technological innovation firsthand at The 3D Printer Experience (316 N. Clark Street), a 3D printing destination with a focus on experiential education, creation and innovation.

The 3D Printer Experience introduces consumers and businesses alike to an industry that President Obama said in his 2013 State of the Union Address “has the potential to revolutionize the way we make almost everything.”

Becoming increasingly accessible to consumers, 3D printing allows users to create almost any object they can imagine, by using commonly available software to direct the assembly of an object, usually plastic, layer by layer. It’s already commonly utilized in on-demand manufacturing, prototyping and architectural models.

The new 3D Printer Experience is composed of three parts where visitors can explore how to use this cutting-edge technology to create any object they imagine. People can have their head scanned and replicated as a 3D portrait, printed in just a matter of minutes. They can also channel their own creativity and design a one-of-a-kind pendant with a custom, fun and easy-to-use application available within the retail space. While visitors wait for their 3D print-outs, they can visit the “Inspiration Lounge” to select an item and see it made before their eyes. Guests can also enjoy and purchase items from a gallery of unique objects.

“We want people’s imaginations to explode with possibilities,” says co-founder Mike Moceri. “The 3D Printer Experience is part of the third industrial revolution, turning passive consumers into active producers.”

With a 1,800-square-foot interior retail space designed by eco-architecture firm 2 Point Perspective and the design team at Friedman Properties, The 3D Printer Experience features more than 20 3D printers on site, ranging from casual home use, to DIY production, to an industrial grade laser sintering machine by EOS.

The 3D Printer Experience is intended to be a collaborative environment where people can better understand this new technology and speak with industry experts about the positive impact 3D printing is making on the world.  A number of local teachers, artists, graphic designers and entrepreneurial experts are already donating their time and supporting this exciting movement to encourage sharing of information and growing consumer and community engagement.

The 3D Printer Experience has gained the support of technology pioneers including Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and was the collaboration of a group of talented and innovative thinkers committed to the future of Chicago, including Julie Friedman Steele, Mike Moceri, Bobby Zylstra and Matt Spergel.

While 3D printing has been around since the 1980s, it wasn’t until recently that the current patents expired, making 3D printing models and machines available to the masses. Today, anyone can channel their creativity, concept an idea and begin manufacturing one, 100 or 1,000 printed 3D objects – all on demand. Entrepreneurs can get started and purchase their own personal 3D printer or print objects directly through The 3D Printer Experience.

“It’s only a matter of time before mass manufacturing is a thing of the past as personal customization begins to take center stage,” said Friedman Steele. “3D printing represents freedom and independence, not having to rely on mass-produced items. We’re moving from a consumer-based economy to producing your own goods for personal and community-based needs.”

The 3D Printer Experience also houses a live-streaming production studio dedicated to 3D printing and other future trends. Visitors can register for upcoming 3D printing workshops such as Introduction to 3D Scanning, and introductory and intermediate 3D Modeling.

This social revolution will only continue to expand. Beginning this June, The 3D Printer Experience will showcase a new sustainability method with a desktop system that grinds waste plastic into filament that can be used to print new 3D objects. For instance, a plastic soft drink bottle or the leftovers of your latest 3D printing experiment will become the raw materials for your next creative inspiration.

Located in the heart of River North at 316 North Clark Street, The 3D Printer Experience is the only retail destination of its kind in the Midwest. With more than 20 3D printers in-house and exciting new modeling applications for visitors to try, The 3D Printer Experience is introducing a bright future of personal, desktop manufacturing dedicated to helping people down a new path of greater creativity and independence.

For more information, visit: www.The3DPrinterExperience.com

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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.

For more information, visit: www.poly-nova.com

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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.

For more information, visti: www.mazakusa.com

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Online micromanufacturer, MicroFab Lab, has become an authorized partner with Kyocera Micro Tools. Since 1987, Kyocera Micro Tools has designed and manufactured tight tolerance carbide cutting tools for a broad range of markets including the electronics and medical industries.

Utilizing the latest technology, MicroFab Lab delivers low cost per hour access to world-class equipment and US-based engineers to assist a variety of industries to create micromanufactured devices.

“We are excited to become an authorized partner with Kyocera Micro Tools,” begins Mike Adelstein, of MicroFab Lab. “Both companies have a commitment to quality and accessibility. It’s a perfect fit.”

MicroFab Lab is a division of leading micromanufacturer Potomac Photonics. In business since 1982, Potomac Photonics has been recognized by commercial and government agencies for innovative contributions to medical device manufacturing and electronics fabrication. Potomac’s high-tech facility is located in Lanham, MD, is ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 13485:2003 certified. MicroFab Lab uses Potomac’s equipment and US-based engineers to make micromanufacturing affordable and accessible.

For more information, visit: www.microfablab.com

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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.

For more information, visit: www.aws.org

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.

For more information, visit: www.mitsuiseiki.com

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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.

For more information, visit: www.coord3-cmm.com

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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.

For more information, visit: www.basf.com/catamold

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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.

For more information, visit: www.mitutoyo.com

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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.

For more information, visit: www.uspto.gov

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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™.

For more information, visit: www.cadenceinc.com

Published in Cadence, Inc

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.

For more information, visit: www.advancedmt.com

On Wednesday, November 7, Dr. Masahiko Mori, President of Mori Seiki Co., Ltd. and a member of the Supervisory Board of Gildemeister AG, addressed key members of the local government, manufacturing community and press at the ribbon cutting of the newly-built Mori Seiki Manufacturing facility. His message for the audience was one of projected continuing prosperity and support for the US manufacturing sector.

Dr. Mori referenced the new factory, a first for the company in America, as a resource not only for manufacturers seeking horizontal machining centers, but, as a collaborative partner for general manufacturing concerns, such as factory automation.

Digital Technology Laboratory

The ribbon cutting ceremony’s audience also included the staff of both Mori Seiki Manufacturing and the adjacent Digital Technology Laboratory (DTL).  Over 80 staff members are employed at DTL – an R&D center that collaborates with Mori Seiki Japan on a 24-hour work cycle to support global manufacturing solutions.  The factory and R&D center comprise a combined 291,000 sq. ft.; spread over 19.2 acres in Davis, CA, with eight additional acres reserved for future expansion.

Behind the Scenes

In addition to the ceremonial ribbon cutting, behind-the-scenes tours of the factory gave a glimpse inside the $50 million state-of-the-art facility.

Mori Seiki NHX4000, NHX5000 and NHX5500 machines are being built at the Davis, CA plant, with column and medium part machining on three NHX10000 machines installed with a linear pallet pool (LPP) system with 60 pallets.  The highly automated factory also boasts two NH6300 machines with 40 pallets that machines pallets and small castings.

The large machining area is equipped with two Toshiba MPC-B Series 5-face, high-performance machines.  With capacity for up to 180 tools and up to 44,092 lbs, this Toshiba cell controlled by DTL’s own LPS III software is able to efficiently produce large NHX Series castings, which are then cleaned by air blow robots.

The castings used in NHX production at the Davis campus come from the same foundry as the NHX machines produced at factories in Japan.  Over forty percent of the machine components are produced domestically, with spindles and ball screws being imported from Mori Seiki Japan. Domestic content will continue to be increased in the future, as additional suppliers are secured.

To maintain economic and environmental standards, the factory performs dry and minimum quantity lubricant (MQL) machining only, with chip evacuation by vacuum, in a temperature controlled facility.  Production started in July of 2012 and current capacity is 80 units per month.

NHX4000 Series Production

The NHX4000 horizontal machining center is ideal for the machining of workpieces of up to 24.8 inches by 35.4 inches, with a loading capacity of up to 880 lbs. Through an in-depth analysis of current market needs, Mori Seiki has improved the already high level of performance of the NH Series. The NHX4000 offers cutting capacity equivalent to the previous NH model, with improved features for greater productivity and efficiency.

For more information, visit: www.moriseikimfgusa.com

Published in DMG Mori Seiki

Dassault Systèmes has been awarded Best New Workplace by the CoreNet Global New England Chapter as part of their 2012 Awards of Excellence. Best New Workplace is given to a project that demonstrates innovation in design, use of real estate, functionality, and/or technology that has supported the organization’s mission and contributed to its successful positioning in its market.

Dassault Systèmes’ new 227,000 rsf campus located in Waltham, Mass includes office, technology lab, data center space, a virtual reality center, and is the company’s North American breakthrough facility for implementing and experiencing unique virtual worlds with Dassault Systèmes technology. Dassault Systèmes also has expansion options for an additional 100,000 rsf on the campus to accommodate future growth. The bold design and high visibility of 175-185 Wyman Street serves as an impressive cornerstone and a permanent landmark on America’s technology landscape for generations to come. The new building is a showcase for sustainable innovation – having received LEED Gold Certification and including such features as: HVAC units that use chemical-free electrostatic water treatment units, realizing roughly a 30% reduction in energy consumption over older units, and 2,000 tons of recycled steel.

Yolaine Fleury Design served as Dassault Systèmes’ corporate interior designer. Dassault Systèmes engaged Jones Lange LaSalle as its leasing agent and also for project management. The interior architecture was designed by Elkus Manfredi Architects, with Columbia Construction providing pre-construction and construction management services.

Al Bunshaft, Managing Director, North America for Dassault Systèmes said, “Our goal with this project was to bring together more than 800 employees from locations in Concord and Lowell, and create an inspiring environment that would energize our employees, improve collaboration and stimulate creativity and problem-solving and a place where we could imagine with our clients new ways of bringing products to market. Special recognition goes to Yolaine Fleury who had the unique ability to capture the DNA of Dassault Systèmes and communicate it through our interior design.”

Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, provides business and people with virtual universes to imagine sustainable innovations. Its world-leading solutions transform the way products are designed, produced, and supported. Dassault Systèmes’ collaborative solutions foster social innovation, expanding possibilities for the virtual world to improve the real world. The group brings value to over 150,000 customers of all sizes, in all industries, in more than 140 countries.

For more information, visit: www.3ds.com

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Northwest Nazarene University’s new engineering program received an equipment grant from Hewlett Packard (HP) today that allows for creation of a 3-D design, visualization and prototyping lab. This groundbreaking, high-tech lab will allow NNU students to incorporate HP’s leading-edge hardware and software into an innovative engineering curriculum.

This state-of-the-art test bed for applying HP’s latest computing, scanning and printing technology will be integrated into a truly modern engineering education at NNU.

Features of the lab allow students to:

  • Utilize Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM), modeling, visualization and prototyping tools with a 3-D design theme throughout all four years of the BS in engineering degree program.
  • Quickly and inexpensively translate their new creations from the realm of their own imagination to actual fabricated objects and products that can be tested and refined.
  • Gain more in-depth learning and understanding of design through improved visualization, tactile manipulation and rapid turnaround prototyping of student designs.
  • Give rise to new, innovative undergraduate research and design projects through collaboration with HP and other local and regional high-tech companies.

“Engineering design is an integral part of any engineering program,” said Dan Lawrence, chair of the NNU department of physics and engineering. “It is where we start and finish all our students. Whether learning the basics of computer-aided design or putting a senior design project together, this laboratory will give our students the best tools available to achieve excellence in their endeavors,”

The lab will roll out in two phases, the first of which will begin by the end of 2012 and the second for the 2013-14 school year.

Other highlights of the lab’s capabilities include:

  • Open-source 3-D printers and rapid prototyping of plastic and metal parts to check form, fit and functionality
  • 3-D scanning of objects for the purpose of replication and reverse engineering
  • Large format engineering 2-D printing
  • 3-D numerical modeling and finite element simulation
  • 3-D video and solid model animation and rendering capability for fast design iteration

“Supporting growth and development of the engineering programs in our local universities and colleges is critically important to developing the technical talent pool in the valley, and it also creates more opportunities and options for our local high school graduates looking to pursue a technical career path,” said Jim Nottingham, vice president for HP, Boise. “We believe that providing these schools with world-class technology from HP will enhance the quality of education and ultimately the caliber of technical graduates from these programs.”

NNU students, as well as visiting K-12 student from the Treasure Valley, will be able to gain critical hands-on experience in sophisticated 3-D engineering technology. The learning lab will also contribute to NNU’s new engineering program achieving initial ABET accreditation in 2014. NNU currently offers engineering physics, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering specializations with over 60 students enrolled.

For more information, visit: www.nnu.edu

Obtaining a ‘best-in-class’ Net Promoter® Score (NPS) once in 12 months is exciting for any business, but for four consecutive months and counting, RedEye On Demand has found its stride as the leader in the developing additive manufacturing industry when it comes to delivering quality service. RedEye On Demand, a rapid prototyping and direct digital manufacturing service provider, and business unit of Stratasys, Inc. (NASDAQ: SSYS), recently achieved monthly Net Promoter Scores of 70 and greater, which is rated as best-in-class and achieved by successful consumer companies such as Amazon, eBay and Dell. Once October scores are finalized, RedEye On Demand anticipates to have achieved this rating for the fifth month in a row.

“Our customers rate our performance on four primary points – on-time delivery, quality, service and price,” said Jim Bartel, vice president at RedEye On Demand. “As a result, we have world-class programs and processes in place to live up to these customer expectations.”

Bartel credits these programs for the company’s successful NPS. Programs include ISO 9001:2008 and AS9100C certifications, which provide structure for a quality management system that strives for consistency, efficiency and customer satisfaction, as well as a closed-loop process for gathering and following up on customer feedback. Additionally, RedEye On Demand continues efforts to reduce lead times while increasing on-time delivery performance, which is notable because there is no industry standard for on-time delivery since 3D printing is still emerging in the manufacturing world.

“We are striving to set the industry standard in rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, and we’re starting with internal goals,” said Bartel. “These goals hold the team accountable by delivering parts to customers on time and in excellent condition.”

Recently the company expanded its existing Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) and PolyJet services with the addition of cast urethane molding, a complementary capability that strengthens the company’s ability to support its customers’ rapid prototyping and manufacturing needs through the entire product development cycle. The expanded service helps customers realize the benefits in time and money associated with utilizing one source for conceptual 3D modeling, rapid prototyping and short run production needs.

For more information, visit: www.redeyeondemand.com

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The facility houses the first Arcam additive manufacturing machine, which uses electron beam melting to fuse metal powders into complex shapes layer by layer, in the southern hemisphere. The system creates three-dimensional parts from metals including titanium alloys, nickel and hard steel alloys.

CSIRO's expertise in titanium manufacturing includes electron beam melting, coldspray and thermally assisted machining. The new facility is part of CSIRO's Future Manufacturing Flagship.

"Additive manufacturing is an emerging technology capable of changing the future of manufacturing in Australia and we are keen to facilitate the adoption of new technologies which will benefit Australian businesses," Director of CSIRO's Future Manufacturing Flagship Swee Mak said.

"We have invested in a suite of technologies and research, which combined with our links with RMIT and Monash University, provide industry a unique opportunity to explore and engage in forward-thinking design and production techniques."

CSIRO has identified additive manufacturing as a key opportunity for the manufacturing sector in Australia and has expertise in core supporting technologies, including materials science, polymer science and metal fabrication.

Industrial commercial additive manufacturing activities CSIRO is engaged in include the development of titanium pipe with Future Titanium Technologies and the production of aerospace hardware through the Joint Strike Fighter program with Ferra Engineering.

"Additive manufacturing has been used for rapid manufacture of prototypes where its speed of production is advantageous. It can also be used for manufacture of complex, high-value components for industrial applications, and is especially useful for short production," titanium research leader in the Future Manufacturing Flagship John Barnes said.

"Companies that want to take on additive manufacturing face a number of practical challenges. We've been providing technical advice to solve problems and helping businesses to access these technologies for nearly ten years now."

The titanium research facility will be showcased to industry at an ‘open house' event on December 5 at CSIRO's Clayton site.

For more information, visit: www.csiro.au

Published in CSIRO

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.

For more information, visit: www.3d3solutions.com

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Shapeways detailed their plans to bring manufacturing back to New York City with their "Factory of the Future," a new 3D Printing facility being built in Long Island City. Currently under construction, the "Factory of the Future" is en route to becoming the biggest consumer-facing 3D Printing manufacturing facility in the world, with the potential to 3D Print three to five million unique products a year on high-end, industrial size printers. At 25,000 square feet, the expansive facility will house between 30 to 50 industrial-size 3D Printers and create as many as 50 manufacturing jobs in a year's time.

"We're doing something that's never been done before. We are manufacturing, post-processing, cleaning, sorting, and shipping thousands of unique items on a daily basis right here in New York," said Peter Weijmarshausen, Shapeways CEO and Co-Founder. "Why make things overseas and then ship them here? Let's make things local again."

The Factory is set to be fully operational in January 2013, and will be open for tours. Build out plans include the addition of state of the art 3D Printers, including EOS Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), Projet UV Cured Acrylic Resin Printing, and ZCorp full color printing, some of which can make up to 1,000 objects in a day. There will also be a Shapeways Lab dedicated to research and development of new materials, post-production techniques, and community experimentation.

Weijmarshausen added, "It was only a few years ago that we started 3D Printing in the Netherlands with one machine. Now, we have over 7,000 Shapeways Shop Owners running their business on our platform, nearly 200,000 users making unique products come to life, and a team of 60 employees making this vision a reality. We're excited to be able to open our doors to the public here in New York and show people the infinite possibilities 3D Printing enables."

Mayor Bloomberg was on site at the facility for the ribbon cutting ceremony and stated, "New York City the center of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship is a natural home for Shapeways, and we look forward to seeing what kinds of exciting products and quality jobs they can create."

Shapeways also announced its support of the NYC Economic Development Coalition's rapid prototyping initiative and New York's Next Top Makers competition, helping entrepreneurs bring their innovative products to market. Shapeways will be hosting a custom 3D Printing Bootcamp for the winners, providing guidance on 3D design, rapid product iteration, and material innovation. "This contest will make sure New York City stays on the cutting edge of 3D Printing, an exciting new industry with virtually unlimited potential, and which could completely revolutionize manufacturing," said Mayor Bloomberg. The NY start-up will also sponsor $300 worth of 3D Printing for each of the 6 winning teams. Shapeways Designer Evangelists will also support the winners with ongoing mentorship.

"The Factory of the Future builds on New York's proud tradition of manufacturing excellence by creating the jobs of tomorrow starting today," said Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Kenneth Adams. "Under Governor Cuomo's leadership, high-tech, cutting-edge companies, like Shapeways, are choosing to bring their business and jobs to New York."

On Shapeways, individuals can make, buy and sell their own products. By providing a platform for our community members to share ideas and gain access to cutting edge technology, we're bringing personalized production to everyone, whether you're already designing in 3D or are looking to find something just right. We 3D Print everything on-demand, which means that every order is customized and personalized.

Headquartered in New York with offices in Eindhoven and Seattle, Shapeways is a spin-out of the lifestyle incubator of Royal Philips.

For more information, visit: www.shapeways.com



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NAMII, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, held its open house and official ribbon-cutting ceremony last Thursday at the Youngstown Business Incubator (YBI) Annex, to an outpouring of industry and community support from a crowd of more than 200 in attendance.

“NAMII’s opening ceremony was a resounding success. The implications of NAMII’s award and opening in this time and place are enormously significant and far reaching not only for the additive manufacturing sector and the manufacturing industry as a whole, but also for the community of Youngstown, the Tech Belt region of the Eastern Ohio/Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia, and our nation,” said Ralph Resnick, NCDMM President and Executive Director and Acting Director for NAMII. “It is a game changer. With NAMII leading and fostering an unprecedented level of industry collaboration, the additive manufacturing sector is poised to revolutionize theU.S.manufacturing industry.

“Additive manufacturing technology has the capability to dramatically transform the way we make things,” Resnick continued. “Unlike traditional manufacturing methods that subtract material to make parts, additive manufacturing essentially grows parts. We are on the cusp growing the U.S. manufacturing industry into a dominant economic force and it started right here in Youngstown with the official opening of NAMII.”

In her opening remarks at the ceremony, Barb Ewing, YBI Chief Operating Officer, echoed this sentiment, saying “At its most fundamental level, the goal of this program is to restore American manufacturing to its predominant position in the world’s economy and to rebuild our industrial base and create quality jobs for our future.”

Ms. Ewing emceed the open house and ribbon-cutting event and in addition to Mr. Resnick, speakers at the NAMII opening included U.S. Representative Tim Ryan (OH-17); U.S. Representative Jason Altmire (PA-4); and T. Sharon Woodberry, City of Youngstown Economic Development Director. Also in attendance to represent NAMII member, Youngstown State University (YSU), and participate in the ribbon cutting was Dr. Cynthia Anderson, President of YSU.

Congressmen Ryan and Altmire were the co-founders of the Cleveland to Pittsburgh Tech Belt Initiative. Congressman Ryan also secured funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for NAMII. Ms. Woodberry worked tirelessly with YBI and NAMII on behalf of the City of Youngstown and Youngstown City Council to secure community support to bring NAMII to the city and funding for building renovations. Additional funding for the renovations was provided through a collaboration between YSU and Ohio Department of Administrative Services, as well as the Youngstown Foundation.

“We look forward to the all-hands meeting and are very excited to get down to business and build on the positive momentum of the open house event,” said Mr. Resnick.

NAMII is a public-private partnership with member organizations from industry, academia, government, and workforce development resources all collaborating with a singular, shared vision to transition additive manufacturing technology to the mainstream U.S. manufacturing sector. Based in Youngstown, Ohio, NAMII is the pilot institute for the newly established National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI). NAMII is managed by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM).

For more information, visit: www.namii.org

Photo Credit: National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM)

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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.  

For more information, visit: www.walter-tools.com/us

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EnvisionTEC, Inc., a leading manufacturer and distributor of patented 3D rapid prototyping and manufacturing solutions, announced today that it has relocated into a new 39,000 square foot facility in Dearborn, Michigan.  With more than two times the space than the previous location in Ferndale, Michigan, EnvisionTEC's new global headquarters will house the North American operations team, including sales, marketing, customer support, training and distribution.

The new building's increased capacity supports the company's strategic objectives to further expand its product offerings, maintain its superior customer support, and create operational efficiencies to meet the needs of a rapidly expanding global 3D Printing market.

EnvisionTEC, Inc., is a leading manufacturer and distributor of patented 3D rapid prototyping and manufacturing solutions for global organizations focused on time-to-value for their customers.  Since their first patent submission 1999, EnvisionTEC has developed and released solutions for desktop application up to large scale enterprises and manufacturers.  EnvisionTEC's solution platform provides organizations of any size the capability to rapidly manufacture true to life and functional duplications of any CAD generated STL file with 3D representation that is unmatched in the industry.  With nearly 100 patents, EnvisionTEC enjoys working with a strong customer and partner base in MCAD, jewelry, automotive, dental, medical, sporting goods, aerospace and consumer packaged goods.

For more information, visit: www.envisiontec.com

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Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) deepens its investment in sustainable operations, opening five new green office spaces this year in San Francisco, Milan, Beijing and Farnborough, UK. The company is targeting LEED certification for its new facilities, which would bring Autodesk’s total to 13 LEED-certified offices, covering 25 percent of its 1.8 million square foot real estate portfolio.
 
“By using our own software to design and build these spaces, we’re not only reducing our greenhouse gas footprint, but also providing real working examples of sustainable design for our customers.”

“At Autodesk, we are focused on accelerating sustainable innovation, and one way we do this to use our own facilities and operations as a testing ground for new ideas, workflows and solutions,” said Joe Chen, vice president of corporate real estate and facilities at Autodesk. “By using our own software to design and build these spaces, we’re not only reducing our greenhouse gas footprint, but also providing real working examples of sustainable design for our customers.”

New Spaces Feature Reduced Energy, Green Power and Repurposed and Recycled Materials

Each of the new office spaces is a major contributor to Autodesk’s environmental impact reduction strategy; most are powered by green energy, bringing renewables to nearly 30 percent of the company’s energy use. The office designs include reduced lighting energy requirements of up to 35 percent and increased ventilation efficiency of up to 30 percent as compared to American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) standards. Many of the new spaces feature efficient plumbing fixtures, which can reduce water use by more than 40 percent over conventional fixtures. And all offices prioritize re-used, recycled and locally sourced materials and furnishings, as well as utilize low- or no-VOC finishes. The spaces were all designed to meet or exceed LEED certifications.

Reducing Carbon Impacts through Sustainable Design Choices

Autodesk uses its own 3D design software to design collaborative, open office spaces for its more than 7,000 employees worldwide. Partly through the use of sustainable design in its real estate portfolio, Autodesk has been able to help reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 33 percent since 2009.

In the company’s newly-opened San Francisco Steuart Tower space, cloud-based energy analysis powered by Green Building Studio within Autodesk Revit software helped ensure efficient design. In the UK’s new Farnborough office, an environmentally-focused design helped Autodesk save $1M in overall costs every two years. The project’s design partner used Autodesk 3ds Max Design visualization software to help create photorealistic renderings that helped educate employees about the new space, resulting in more working from the space than in previous offices. And in Beijing, the company’s new offices were designed with daylighting in mind, which will be modeled in Autodesk Ecotect Analysis to supplement the LEED submission process.

For many of the new office spaces, Autodesk and its design teams employed Building Information Modeling (BIM), an intelligent 3D model-based design process. BIM provides insight for creating and managing building and infrastructure projects faster, more economically, and with less environmental impact.

For more information, visit: usa.autodesk.com/ecotect-analysis

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MakerBot, the Brooklyn-based global leader in the 3D printing technology, has opened its first retail location in New York. The MakerBot Store, opened to the public on September 20th. The MakerBot Store opening follows three exciting announcements from MakerBot all on the same day: two new Desktop 3D Printers and a brand new software package, MakerWare.

“I have dreamed of opening this store ever since we started MakerBot. Technology like our Desktop 3D Printers has to be seen to be believed,” said Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot. “The MakerBot Store is a utopia for creative explorers, and it’s full of MakerBot-made things that make perfect gifts.”

Visitors to the MakerBot Store will have the unprecedented opportunity to experience MakerBot technology, such as the just-released MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer, live and in-person. The machines will be up and running, and patrons will have the chance to purchase amazing gifts and accessories made on MakerBot Desktop 3D Printers, created at the company’s workshop.

The MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer will also be available for immediate purchase at the MakerBot Store, as will MakerBot PLA and ABS Filament, which are available in more than 30 colors.

Other attractions at the store that will be sure to delight 3D printing enthusiasts all the way from hobbyists to professional engineers and designers include:

  • A MakerBot Gumball machine with a variety of MakerBot-made products to choose from.
  • Ongoing demonstrations by MakerBot 3D Design staff
  • Really cool project installations such as the MakerBot Marble Run, a giant contraption made almost entirely on MakerBot Desktop 3D Printers.
  • And much, much more.

Store Location and Hours
The MakerBot Store 298 Mulberry St. New York, NY 10012 (347) 457-5758
Open: Mon-Sat 12 PM-7 PM; Sun 12 PM-6 PM

Founded in 2009, Brooklyn-based MakerBot® has grown to be a global leader in desktop 3D printing. MakerBot had 16% market share of all 3D printers (industrial and personal) made from 2009 to the end of 2011. In 2011, MakerBot had 21.6% market share. There are over 13,000 MakerBot Desktop 3D Printers in use by engineers, designers, researchers, and people who just like to make things. The first generation MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer was named “Best Emerging Tech” at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The company has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Economist, Wired, The Colbert Report, Fast Company, Engadget, Make: Magazine, Rolling Stone, Time.com, IEEE Spectrum, CNN, Financial Times, NPR, Vogue Italia and many others.

For more information, visit: www.makerbot.com/retail

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Renishaw's assembly facility at Woodchester in Gloucestershire has been named as the UK's Best Electronics & Electrical Plant at the prestigious Best Factory Awards 2012 held on 28th September in London. The honour was achieved against strong competition from global brands, with the Renishaw operation being awarded the title ahead of Sony UK Technology Centre and Siemens MR Magnet Technology.

The judges, which were led by Cranfield University's Institute of Management, noted Renishaw's “unerring commitment to in-house manufacture” which it considers essential to ensure quality, delivery and to support product development timescales. The award citation said, “Ultimately, the combination of astute supply chain management, strategic operations planning and class-leading automated technology make this stand-out OEM a worthy winner of the Best Electronics & Electrical Plant prize.”

Renishaw was also recognised for its global leadership in the field of industrial measurement: “Some manufacturers are simply synonymous with their technology area – when it comes to metrology, they don't come any bigger or better than Renishaw.”

The Woodchester facility carries out the design, development and assembly of components for a wide range of metrology products, including laser calibration devices, probe heads for co-ordinate measuring machines, laser tool setters for machine tools and optical encoders for precision position feedback.

At 15 000m2, and with 348 employees working in manufacturing roles at the site, Renishaw's Woodchester assembly plant is the largest of four assembly facilities within the Renishaw Group, and it operates within an environment of high innovation, constant change and a huge range of saleable parts which are produced in low volumes. The facility includes a full electronics production capability including printed circuit board (PCB) layout, assembly and test.

Gareth Hankins, Director of Renishaw's Group Manufacturing Services Division, who together with Woodchester Site Manager, Gui Festa, collected the award, said, “A tremendous amount of work has gone in to making Renishaw's manufacturing site at Woodchester the world class facility that it is today. It is a testament to the quality and motivation of our employees at Woodchester that we have won this award and all of us are very proud to be recognised in this way.”

Dr Marek Szwejczewski, Director of the Best Factory Awards at Cranfield University commented: "Contrary to what some would have you believe, we still manufacture goods in this country; the UK is one of the top 10 manufacturers in the world and the sector is responsible for 46% of UK exports and around 2.5 million jobs.”

For more information, visit: www.renishaw.com

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3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) announced today that it has taken the next step in its partnership with the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII), the federal initiative to enhance the competitiveness of U.S. industry, with the delivery of two leading production grade additive manufacturing printers to the innovation center located in Youngstown, Ohio. This institute will bridge the gap between research, product development and manufacturing, and will provide companies, particularly small manufacturers, with access to cutting-edge capabilities and an environment to educate and train employees in additive manufacturing skills and technologies.

"3D Systems pioneered the development and commercialization of additive manufacturing technology and is proud to be part of this visionary government initiative to localize manufacturing and enhance competitiveness," said Cathy Lewis, Vice President of Global Marketing, 3D Systems. "With seven distinct 3D print engines, we are uniquely positioned to cover the broadest range of additive manufacturing applications and empower industries with tomorrow's competitive tools and skills today."

The additive manufacturing institute will be managed by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining and is the first center in the National Network of Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI). The NNMI institutes will serve as regional hubs of manufacturing innovation, and will be known as world-class centers for applied research, technology incubation, and commercialization.

For more information, visit: www.namii.org

Published in 3D Systems

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) opened a new Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) today at the Western Illinois University Libraries in Macomb, Ill., to better serve the intellectual property (IP) needs of the public.

“PTRCs are the face of the USPTO on a local level,” said Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO David Kappos. “They promote innovation and entrepreneurship and help ensure that potential filers have access to the resources they need as they begin their quest for commercial success.”

Currently, PTRC-designated libraries can be found in 46 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. This network of more than 80 public, academic, state, and special libraries assists a variety of customers including inventors, IP attorneys/agents, business people, researchers, entrepreneurs, students, and historians.

In addition to offering free electronic services and resources to support the IP needs of local and state patrons, the Western Illinois University Libraries PTRC will employ USPTO-trained librarians to provide customer assistance on the use of the agency’s patent and trademark databases and public seminars on IP topics for novice and experienced users.

The modern PTRC network has its foundations in the 1800s when Congress provided printed copies of patents to libraries for use by the public. The USPTO established training support and membership standards for these diverse libraries in 1977.

For a list of current PTRC libraries and locations, visit: www.uspto.gov/ptrc

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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.

For more information, visit: www.poly-nova.com

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Proto Labs, Inc. (NYSE: PRLB), a leading online and technology-enabled quick-turn manufacturer, today announced the launch of a new website which offers a virtual tour of its global manufacturing facilities.

The launch of the new website provides everyone the opportunity for an insider’s look at the Protomold Injection Molding service, the Firstcut CNC Machining service and the technology behind Proto Labs quick-turn manufacturing operation. The tour, features both video and photos from Proto Labs manufacturing facilities located in Maple Plain, MN, Telford, England and Tokyo, Japan.

“We’re pleased to release this website for the many customers, applicants and investors who have wanted to tour our facilities and learn more about Proto Labs,” said Brad Cleveland, President and CEO. “This new website allows us to open our doors and showcase to the world what makes Proto Labs the fastest producer of prototype and low volume parts in the world.”

To view the tour, visit: www.protolabs.com/tour

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The installation of a new rapid prototyping facility at the University of Southampton is set to transform Engineering design and teaching activities and better equip students for employability in a changing world.

Rapid prototyping, or 3D printing, is regarded as the third industrial revolution in manufacturing. It has been widely accepted as a modern product design, which provides greater design freedom, faster design process, more efficient materials usage and tool-less manufacturing.

3D printing works by converting 3D CAD engineering drawings into solid objects from nylon powder using laser melting. The object is built, layer by layer, with each layer the thickness of a human hair. It allows designers and engineers to create complex and lightweight parts rapidly.

Researchers in Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton have embraced the techniques and have already produced a number of world firsts, including the first 3D printed plane and the first fully rapid prototyped air vehicle, the ASTRA (Atmospheric Science through Robotic Aircraft) Atom, to enable low cost observations of the physical parameters of the atmosphere.

The installation of the new £300k state-of-the-art facility, which includes access to expert design staff, a powder-based 3D Systems ZPrinter Z650 machine, a plastic photopolymer-based ZBuilder Ultra along with associated consumables (both supplied by Emco Education Ltd), and two BFB3000 rapid prototyping colour printers housed in a newly refurbished lab, is funded by Engineering and the Environment at the University and Southampton’s Student Centredness Fund. The facility will significantly enhance undergraduate engineering degree programmes at all levels and will also further link to wider education and outreach activities across the University.

Using this new facility, students will able to use their theoretical and practical knowledge to create designs, have them printed off within a few hours and walk out of the lab physically holding what they have designed.

Professor Simon Cox, Associate Dean, Enterprise in the University’s Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, comments: “The ability to take designs from a CAD workstation to fully functional prototypes is truly inspirational and exciting for students across all of our engineering disciplines and brings together the excellence and passion of University staff to create a distinctive Southampton engineering experience.”

Andy Ure, second year MEng Aeronautics and Astronautics student, says:

“Having access to the world-class 3D printing facilities has allowed me to develop my design skills in a way that was not possible before. Instead of having my final designs simply shown on a screen, the new printer makes it possible for me to bring them to life. Furthermore, having this opportunity has helped me better understand a quickly developing field that will become essential in the future industrial environment.”

For more information, visit: www.southampton.ac.uk/engineering

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) will be playing an integral role in the new National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute announced this morning by the U.S. Department of Commerce and Department of Defense in Youngstown, Ohio.

The $30 million grant was awarded to the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining as a partnership between dozens of companies, universities and nonprofit organizations in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The goal of the pilot institute, scheduled to launch in September, is to increase the successful transition of additive manufacturing technology to manufacturing enterprises within the United States. The announcement was made by White House National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling, Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank, Under Secretary of Defense Frank Kendall and other senior administration officials.

SME will be heavily involved in technology transition and dissemination, and the education and training of practitioners through the institute. The Society has been instrumental in the advancement of additive manufacturing technology since the mid-1980s, with its Rapid Technologies & Additive Manufacturing Community and as the organizer the industry-leading RAPID – Additive Manufacturing Solutions event. SME’s RTAM members are continuing to develop industry standards in partnership with ASTM.

Additive manufacturing was identified by the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership as the technology with the most potential to enhance American manufacturing abilities. Additive manufacturing, sometimes called “3-D printing” and previously known as “rapid prototyping,” is a group of technologies that build up objects by adding materials, usually by laying down many thin layers as opposed to traditional machining that creates objects by cutting material away.

“Through the technical expertise and passion of its members, SME has helped to move this technology forward,” said Debbie Holton, SME director of industry strategy and events. “SME’s core purpose is to share manufacturing knowledge, and we look forward to supporting the NAMII by communicating the discoveries and capabilities of the institute and attracting industry support and participation. SME will also be supporting the institute’s workforce development initiatives.”

In an effort to help the NAMII gain momentum, SME is “loaning” Holton to the institute for six months. Utilizing her understanding of the manufacturing industry and experience in working with manufacturing practitioners to advance and share knowledge, she will serve as the AMII deputy director of technology transition and dissemination.

The NAMII will be led by longtime SME member Ralph Resnick, FSME, NCDMM president and executive director and acting director for NAMII who is “…honored to be chosen to lead this significant effort.”

Additionally, SME will hold its RAPID – Additive Manufacturing Solutions event in Pittsburgh, June 10-12, 2013, to advance the work of the AMII, share knowledge gained, provide updates on the technology developments and highlight the services and capabilities of the institute.

The NAMII serves as the pilot institute for the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation introduced by President Obama earlier this year. Each institute will integrate capabilities and facilities required to reduce the cost and risk of commercializing new technologies and to address relevant manufacturing challenges on a production-level scale. The institutes will bring together industry, universities and community colleges, federal agencies, and regional and state organizations to accelerate innovation by investing in industrially relevant manufacturing technologies with broad applications.

“In the same way that additive manufacturing technology shows what’s possible, the NAMII also shows what industry can accomplish when we collaborate and join together,” said Holton. “We're excited for where this will take technology and the manufacturing industry as a whole.”

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) is the premier source for manufacturing knowledge, education and networking. Through its many programs, events, magazines, publications and online training division, Tooling U, SME connects manufacturing practitioners to each other, to the latest technologies and to the most up-to-date manufacturing processes. SME has members around the world and is supported by a network of chapters and technical communities. A 501(c)3 organization, SME is a leader in manufacturing workforce development issues, working with industry, academic and government partners to support the current and future skilled workforce.

For more information, visit: www.sme.org

Published in SME

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.

For more information, visit: www.gwplastics.com/en

Published in GW Plastics

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.

For more information, visit: www.machinetoolworks.com

Published in Mazak

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.

For more information, visit: www.geomagic.com/en/how-to-buy/geomagic-offices

Published in Geomagic

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.

For more information, visit: www.morrisgreatlakes.com

Published in Morris Group

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.

For more information, visit: www.laserrepro.com/model-development

Published in Laser Reproductions

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.

For more information, visit: www.husky.ca

Published in Husky

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.

For more information or to register, visit: www.renishaw.com/grandopening

Published in Renishaw

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.

For more information, visit: www.engelglobal.com

Published in ENGEL

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.”

For more information, visit: www.mazakusa.com

Published in Mazak
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