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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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

Published in 3D Systems

The National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) will be featured at the SME Technology Interchange at WESTEC 2015, September 15-17 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The SME Technology Interchange is part of an ongoing collaboration between NASA and SME to advance technology use in the manufacturing industry for regional economic development.

Business leaders and technology experts from NASA will be at WESTEC 2015 with select technologies to share their expertise, identify new resources and forge partnerships with companies of all sizes. The SME Technology Interchange aims to drive economic growth by showcasing technology and process innovation, and connecting manufacturers with new solutions and expertise available from NASA.

“The SME Technology Interchange is a great way for NASA to engage with the manufacturing community to foster and grow new business and technology opportunities,” said Robert J. Shaw, PhD, director, Ventures and Partnerships, NASA. “The WESTEC event provides us with an opportunity to be involved with a broad and diverse set of manufacturers and allows us to uncover collaboration opportunities in the region and industry.”

WESTEC attendees will have an opportunity to see mature technologies developed by NASA including additive manufacturing, communication and guidance systems, advanced materials and nanotechnology. NASA experts and business leaders will be available to discuss industry applications and best practices in production, as well as development and co-development opportunities.

“NASA has a long history as a technology innovator and the SME Technology Interchange is a great opportunity to bring their leadership in research and innovation to the manufacturing community,” said Lauralyn McDaniel, industry manager, SME. “Attendees will be provided with a unique opportunity to explore these technologies and build an avenue for growth.”

The SME Technology Interchange will be hosted on the WESTEC 2015 exhibition floor, Sept. 15-17 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

For more information, visit: www.westeconline.com/smetech

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SME has released details about the Medical Manufacturing Innovations (MMI) Series, which will spotlight companies and information at WESTEC 2015. Southern California is recognized as having the highest level of medical device and biomedical manufacturing development in the world, and this year’s event will reflect that through education sessions and an exclusive keynote.

In his keynote, sponsored by Autodesk, Gerardo de la Concha, vice president of Mexico operations at Medtronic, will share insight from his company’s experience spearheading a skunkworks project to reverse engineer and develop a medical device using Nitinol, a metal alloy of nickel and titanium with the unique properties of shape memory and super elasticity. These properties allowed the Medtronic team to take a new approach to development and create unique devices.

Originally created in the aerospace and defense sector, skunkworks projects are becoming more prominent for companies that are looking for ways to accelerate innovation.

“Medtronic’s skunkworks project was a truly creative and collaborative opportunity for our team, and a significant learning experience,” said de la Concha. “By sharing some of the lessons we learned, we hope to help other companies understand the issues and challenges they may face as more of them look to this process for future innovation.”

Medical manufacturing is expanding into new areas every day, due to the support and involvement of groups like the National Institute of Health and SME, world-class research centers, and biotech hubs dedicated to research, development and innovation. Leading indicators point toward continued accelerated growth in medical production, correlating with population changes and an increase in personalized medicine.

In addition to the keynote, WESTEC will provide opportunities for attendees to network with and learn from leading companies in the areas of implantable devices, prosthetics, orthopedic implants, dental devices, additive manufacturing/3D printing, and more.

“We have seen tremendous growth in medical manufacturing in recent years, and there is a great deal of progress and innovation coming from the companies involved in this sector,” said Lauralyn McDaniel, industry manager, medical at SME. “As the industry has evolved, especially in the western region, we recognize how important it is to provide attendees with a range of opportunities and tools that they can use to innovate and grow.”

Through WESTEC’s MMI Series, attendees will have access to a wide range of critical technologies and resources to support the next generation of quality-of-life and life-saving products.

WESTEC attracts between 12,000 and 15,000 industry professionals and provides attendees networking opportunities, complimentary education sessions, keynotes, and interactive manufacturing technology exhibits. The event features representatives from growing industries, like aerospace, medical, energy, and transportation, as well as large Fortune 500 OEMs and smaller companies that provide the engineering, design, and manufactured components supporting the industry.

The event will take place September 15-17 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

For more information or to register, visit: www.westeconline.com

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Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS) announced a partnership with 3D Systems, a leading provider of 3D content-to-print solutions, to pilot 3D printing services in two stores in New York City and Los Angeles.

Each store features an immersive 3D printing experience center that lets consumers and small businesses create personalized products and use 3D printing hardware. Customers can also bring in their own 3D print-ready files to have them printed.

“3D printing offers enormous potential for small businesses, and by using Staples, they can print with the technology without having to invest in it,” said Damien Leigh, senior vice president of business services for Staples, Inc. “The test with 3D Systems will help us learn about our customers’ needs for a local 3D printing service, and how Staples can help them make more happen for their business through 3D printing.”

“Staples established reputation as a leader in home office and small business solutions makes them an ideal partner for testing out live, consumer-facing 3D print services,” said Rajeev Kulkarni, 3D Systems’ vice president and general manager, for consumer products division. “We have been thrilled with the retail experience and response from our audience, and the difference it makes being able to see, touch and experience 3D printing.”

With the new experience centers, both small businesses and consumers are able to learn more about 3D printing through demonstration areas where they can use design software and see 3D Systems printers in action. Each store will have a photo booth to capture customers’ facial images for the purpose of personalizing 3D products like figurines, and customers can also print personalized smart phone cases.

Each store has an expert from 3D Systems on-site, along with trained Copy & Print associates to help guide customers on their 3D printing journey. The items will be printed on site or through 3D Systems and shipped directly to their offices or home.

Staples previously announced in May of 2013 that it would be the first major U.S. retailer to carry 3D printers, with the launch of the Cube® from 3D Systems on Staples.com. The company has since rolled out 3D printing hardware and accessories in a limited number of stores, and expanded its overall product selection.

For more information, visit: www.staples.com/sbd/cre/products/140330/33886/index.html

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and NASA Jet Propulsion Lab Engineer Adam Steltzner will respectively open and keynote WESTEC, the premier West Coast manufacturing event. Mayor Garcetti was recently elected to office and has championed manufacturing since hitting the campaign trail. Steltzner, a media darling, has been a public figure in NASA’s Mars rover project. Produced by SME, WESTEC 2013 will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center October 15-17, 2013.

“The Mayor can direct policy and bring stakeholders together to drive manufacturing growth in the region,” said Christine Longroy WESTEC event manager. “And highlighting NASA’s technological feat with the Mars rover connects manufacturing to scientific advancements.”

As the leader of America’s second largest city, Mayor Garcetti has made business innovation and manufacturing a major priority of his administration. Prior to assuming office, the Mayor was instrumental in shifting Los Angeles forward by enhancing the City’s technological implementation and know-how. As part of his economic agenda, Mayor Garcetti has actively encouraged increased manufacturing in the Los Angeles area. In his opening address, the Mayor will talk about the need for technology innovation and opportunities for manufacturing in the region.

As the face of the Mars Science Laboratory mission for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Steltzner serves as the chief landing engineer and landing system development manager and was responsible for the entry, descent and landing phase to ensure that the intricately designed Mars rover vehicle landed safely. Steltzner’s keynote speech at WESTEC is entitled “A Different Way to Get to Mars – The Engineering Challenge.” In his speech, Steltzner will detail the unique engineering and manufacturing issues facing NASA’s team which has been described as an unprecedented feat of technology.

For nearly 50 years, WESTEC has built a reputation as the West Coast’s premier technological showcase and innovation for the manufacturing industry. Generations of manufacturers have used the event as a forum to find cutting-edge equipment, explore advanced technologies and learn innovative new production methods to help grow their businesses. Many of the industry’s top equipment manufacturers have unveiled technological breakthroughs at WESTEC from software, cutting tools, 3D printers to multitasking machines.

For more information or to register, visit: www.westeconline.com

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3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced that it has acquired The Sugar Lab, a start-up micro-design firm based in Los Angeles, California, dedicated to 3D printing customized, multi-dimensional, edible confections in real sugar. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The Sugar Lab adopted 3D Systems' Color Jet Printing (CJP) technology to print on a sugar bed using different flavored edible binders that meet all food safety requirements. 3D Systems plans to immediately integrate The Sugar Lab 3D printing technique into its professional and consumer content-to-print platforms with a variety of production-quality applications as well as the ability to 3D print indulgences at home.

"The overlap of technology, food and art is so rich, and the potential for customization and innovation is limitless," said Liz von Hasseln, cofounder of the Sugar Lab.  Existing commercial applications for printable sugar include complex sculptural cakes for weddings and special events that are made possible only with 3D printing, and customizable confections for bake shops and restaurants. Continued von Hasseln, "We see our technology quickly evolving into a variety of flavors and foods, powered by real food printers for professionals and consumers alike and we could not think of a more qualified partner than 3D Systems to help make that a reality."

"I believe there is a social covenant for indulgence that begins with desserts and The Sugar Lab will accelerate our ability to bring edible 3D printables to the masses while empowering chefs, restaurateurs and confectioners with never before explored digital creation tools for food," said Avi Reichental, President and CEO of 3D Systems. "We are absolutely thrilled to partner with two kindred spirits; Liz and Kyle von Hasseln to quickly re-purpose our core 3D Systems print technology and jointly create delicious, custom confections."

The Sugar Lab was founded by Kyle and Liz von Hasseln, a husband and wife architectural design team in Los Angeles. They wanted to make a friend a birthday cake but didn't have an oven so they decided to try to 3D print a cake instead. After a period of trial and error that lasted well beyond her actual birthday they successfully printed a tiny cupcake topper that spelled her name in cursive sugar. She loved it and they thought others would as well so they officially started The Sugar Lab in their studio in Silver Lake.

For more information, visit: www.the-sugar-lab.com

Published in 3D Systems

3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) announced today that it will showcase its 3D content-to-print portfolio at the Siggraph 2012 Conference and Exhibition, August 7 – 9, at the Los Angeles, Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA.

Siggraph professionals are invited to check out the new ProJet™ 3500, capable of printing high definition, durable, precision parts and the company's full color ZPrinters® that made Laika Studio's "ParaNorman" movie possible using ZPrinted puppets. Hypr3D mobile capture, shape and print tools will be on hand to play with. For a quick start on your project, animators and digital sculptors are encouraged to visit The3dStudio.com, and all conference attendees are welcomed to experience and touch the company's stunning FreshFiber™ functional, 3D printed electronics accessories.

"We are grateful to be part of the creative Siggraph community," said Cathy Lewis, Vice President of Global Marketing, 3D Systems. "We are particularly excited to bring our growing suite of Cubify® create-and-make tools and apps to Siggraph as part of our commitment to democratize creativity."

3D Systems is a leading provider of 3D content-to-print solutions including 3D printers, print materials and on-demand custom parts services for professionals and consumers alike. The company also provides CAD software and plugins, and affordable consumer create-and-make printers, apps and services. Its expertly integrated solutions replace and complement traditional methods and reduce the time and cost of designing new products by printing real parts directly from digital input. These solutions are used to rapidly design, create, communicate, prototype or produce real parts, empowering customers to create and make with confidence.

For more information, visti: www.siggraph.org

Published in 3D Systems

In its second year, the SIGGRAPH Business Symposium provides an intimate, interactive forum for open, frank conversations among leaders and executives in the visual effects, gaming, and media arenas as they explore the present and future of the industry. SIGGRAPH 2012 welcomes visionary leaders and experts from a broad spectrum of the computer graphics industry, including animation, education, motion pictures, gaming, and visual effects, to this year’s Business Symposium in Los Angeles, 5 August 2012.

This full-day event is an exclusive opportunity for attendees to gain high-level, experiential vantage point insight from the producers and executives who have all forged unique paths to their current roles and now design the industry’s direction. The day begins with breakfast and round-table discussions of the day's agenda. Possible topics include visual-effects production, marketing, international law, education, business development, and other areas related to the industry's current issues. The morning session provides a foundation for the day – an opportunity to hear from leaders on the global stage what they experience from their particular perspective, followed by featured speakers Carl Rosendahl and John Textor, both visionary leaders who influence the direction of our industry in vastly different manners.

Throughout the day attendees will join in-depth discussion and have ample time to interact with their peers before the afternoon session closes. The Symposium provides a look into newer business models from some of the people and companies defining the future.

SIGGRAPH 2012 will bring thousands of computer graphics and interactive technology professionals from six continents to Los Angeles, California for the industry's most respected technical and creative programs focusing on research, science, art, animation, music, gaming, interactivity, education, and the web from Sunday, 5 August through Thursday, 9 August 2012 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. SIGGRAPH 2012 includes a three-day exhibition of products and services from the computer graphics and interactive marketplace from 7-9 August 2012. More details are available at SIGGRAPH 2012 or on  Facebook and Twitter.

For more information, visit: s2012.siggraph.org

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As the March event approaches, WESTEC, the West Coast's definitive manufacturing event, is gearing up to be a showcase for innovation and industry growth. The show – which is being redefined in 2012 – is adding several new features and opportunities for exhibitors and attendees to better share their collective vision and ideas for the evolving industry. WESTEC takes place at the Los Angeles Convention Center, March 27-29.

The event – organized by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers – will feature nearly 400 manufacturing solution providers, including more than 50 new exhibitors, showcasing the latest in machine tools, technologies and manufacturing advancements that are driving the industry. Manufacturing executives from the aerospace, automotive and energy industries will participate in panel discussions and share strategies and initiatives that are fostering growth and greater results within their organizations.

"We have designed WESTEC 2012 for industry leaders and innovators to identify new ways to support the growth of manufacturing," said Christine Longroy, event manager. "There are a lot of great things happening in manufacturing right now, and we want to work together to prepare for its continued growth and progress."

Unique to this year's event are a series of personal tour packages of leading West Coast manufacturers, including SpaceX, Edelbrock, National Oilwell Varco and Robinson Helicopter Company. Tours will include a technical session led by industry experts, company tour, complimentary lunch and an exclusive show floor experience.

Leading manufacturing executives from the aerospace, automotive and energy industries will participate in a panel discussion and share strategies and initiatives that are driving growth and greater results within their organizations.

The event will also feature a Learning Lounge hosted by industry experts who will help attendees gain new perspectives and manufacturing solutions in a casual, collaborative environment.

New products and technologies covering a myriad of topics, from automation and metalworking to 3D printing and production, will be showcased in the WESTEC Theater. The Theater will allow exhibitors to demonstrate their product and technology, highlighting how it will improve the manufacturing process. The Emerging Technology Showcase will also explore industry breakthroughs, focusing on nanotechnology, additive manufacturing and micromanufacturing.

WESTEC will kick off with a dynamic keynote from Tom Kelley on how companies can Grow Manufacturing Through Innovation. Kelley is a best-selling author and the co-founder of IDEO – named by Fast Company as one of the 50 most innovative companies.

"We are creating a truly interactive experience for this year's event," said Longroy. "Company leaders will help drive the evolution of manufacturing, and WESTEC is an opportunity for them to share their thoughts and plans for the future of the industry."

WESTEC, the region's definitive manufacturing event, returns in 2012 to the Los Angeles Convention Center. A true manufacturer's think tank, WESTEC is a platform where creativity, vision and strategy join forces to spotlight the promise of ground-breaking products for vital global markets.

For more information, visit: www.westeconline.com

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3D Systems (NASDAQ: TDSC) - announced today that it will showcase its suite of personal and professional 3-D Printers at the SIGGRAPH 2010 Conference and Exhibition at the Los Angeles Convention Center from July 25 – 29, 2010.

The company plans to present its powerful 3D Printers in the exhibit hall and demonstrate the practical application of its printing solutions through participation in the SIGGRAPH Conference track, The Studio. The Studio is a dedicated five day program offering attendees an interactive opportunity to learn how to create and print three-dimensional objects with the newest computer-aided design and manufacturing software, 3D scanners and the latest 3D printers.

“We are pleased to exhibit our exclusive line of 3D Printers at SIGGRAPH,” said Cathy Lewis, vice president of global marketing, 3D Systems. “We are particularly excited to have our V-Flash® personal printer and our ProJet™ 3000 high definition professional printer as part of The Studio and offer attendees the opportunity to experience the potential of 3D printing at their finger tips,” concluded Lewis.

Now in its 37th year, the SIGGRAPH conference is the premier international event on computer graphics and interactive techniques. SIGGRAPH 2010 is expected to draw an estimated 25,000 professionals from five continents to Los Angeles, California.

When is SIGGRAPH? July 25 - 29, 2010 (Exhibit: July 27 – 29, 2010)

Where is SIGGRAPH? Los Angeles Convention Center - Los Angeles, CA, USA

For more information, visit: www.siggraph.org/s2010

Published in 3D Systems

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