Author: Rich Novicky

Stratasys Partners with Dassault Systèmes to Improve Performance of Additively Manufactured Production Parts

LOS ANGELES—– The 3D printing and additive manufacturing technology company Stratasys Ltd.  is partnering with Dassault Systèmes to provide next generation design tools that improve the functionality, efficiency, and weight ratio of additively manufactured production parts, the companies said in a press release. The companies have collaborated on design and simulation capabilities for Dassault Systèmes’ 3DExperience platform, which support Stratasys’s FDM® 3D printers and materials. These new capabilities include design optimization for lighter weight parts that are 3D printed in a fused deposition modeling (FDM) process, using less material than a traditional manufacturing technology to achieve the same performance. Weight savings increase efficiency and reduce cost beyond what is possible with traditional manufacturing processes, the release said. The new design and simulation capabilities also include strength and fatigue analysis that provides confidence to expand applications for load-bearing 3D printed FDM parts and provide the tools needed to support part qualification, according to the release. They also include print process simulation, which is said to provide further insights into the residual stresses and performance of the 3D printed FDM part. “For additive manufacturing to reach its true potential, engineers need tools that will allow them to harness the virtually limitless geometric freedom that it provides,” said Scott Berkey, CEO, Simulia, Dassault Systèmes, in the release. “By fully simulating the unique characteristics of the FDM process, we’re able to bring unprecedented...

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Elysium Draws Business Leaders to First Global Summit on Validating Model-Based Definition

SOUTHFIELD, Mich.—Elysium Inc., a global provider of interoperability software, hosted its first global user and partner summit in Huntington Beach, California this January.  Attendees included a select group of engineering-driven organizations, many of which are engaged in implementing Model-Based Definition (MBD) for all-digital manufacturing processes. Elysium products are used to translate, repair, and ensure the product data quality and interoperability of 3D CAD/CAM and CAE models. Joining the Elysium summit were Boeing, Gulfstream, Google, Rockwell Collins, Renault Sport Formula One Team, Zodiac Aerospace, Adient (Former Johnson Controls Automotive Seating), and Karma Automotive. Also in attendance were Kuka Systems, Advanced Integration Technology, BC Engineering & Design, Parker Hannifin, and Parker Aerospace, Elysium Inc. reported in a press release. “Each company that attended our summit has diverse engineering systems and partners,” said Annalise Suzuki, director of technology and engagement for Elysium, in the release. “They absolutely must work from a unified digital model that conforms to the highest standards of accuracy for designing, machining, and passing product information to stakeholders across their organizations. “With the accelerating rise of automated work cells, we’re seeing a commensurate supporting investment by industry leaders who are concerned about ensuring that data quality doesn’t hold back the processing speeds offered by new technologies grounded in MBD,” she continued. “Increased production throughput and quality are key ingredients for profitability and customer satisfaction, whether in aerospace industries or...

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Software Reported to Save Manufacturers Millions by Connecting Traceability Systems Among Numerous Plants

RENO, Nev.—Leading2Lean, a cloud-based lean manufacturing software provider, has introduced TraceCloud, a new CloudDispatch engine designed to identify possible manufacturing problems across disparate systems in different plants. TraceCloud is reported to eliminate the cost and risk of removing existing traceability systems and replacing them with a standardized system across all plants—an expense of upwards of tens of millions of dollars. It’s common for companies to use different traceability systems for each of their plants. Discovering issues and tracking them across various systems can take days and tie up precious IT resources ultimately needed in other areas. Some discovery processes may even include shutting down production. With TraceCloud, companies can access aggregated data from multiple locations and systems and find issues in just minutes, according to a release from Leading2Lean. TraceCloud is reported to save manufacturers hours and days of research and discovery, and alert users to possible quality problems across multiple devices and platforms. When a problem is detected—because of a faulty product, for example—TraceCloud is able to quickly alert production teams about the problem, and allow for quick access to the data necessary to identify the root cause. Manufacturers can then contain the suspect material, ultimately preventing the quality issue from being perpetuated or shipped. Once the system has contained the material, TraceCloud enables quick decision-making based on facts and data collected from systems at various production plants...

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FogHorn Recognized as Top 10 IoT Company Globally

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—FogHorn™ Systems, a developer of edge analytics and machine learning software for industrial and commercial Internet of Things (IoT) applications, has been recognized by the U.K.-based media website Appcessories as one of 10 IoT Companies to Watch in 2017, the company announced recently. In addition to FogHorn, the article also included industry giants Qualcomm, Cisco, Intel, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, Google, Tesla, and IBM as leading IoT companies in its top 10 list. According to the article in Appcessories, “It is not just the big names dominating the IoT landscape; some smaller companies are also taking big steps in securing their future when IoT goes big. If its past is anything to go by, FogHorn Systems is poised to be one of the key drivers of IoT.” This announcement is the third recent public acknowledgement of FogHorn’s leadership and innovation as an industrial IoT (IIoT) startup. In December, CRN Magazine recognized FogHorn as one of the Top 10 Coolest IoT Startups, as well as a Top 10 Coolest Startup in all of technology for 2016. FogHorn also led a field of eight companies recognized by HPE Matter, a digital magazine produced by Hewlett Packard Enterprise as the number one Hottest IoT Company expected to make the biggest splash in 2017. “Being included on the Appcessories list of companies to watch underscores FogHorn’s expanding recognition as a leading...

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PTFE Coated Hypotubes Combine Lubricity and Durability, Company Says

NORWOOD, Mass.—A PTFE coating can be applied to stainless steel and nitinol hypodermic tubing used in medical devices without altering their physical properties, according to Applied Plastics Co., Inc. of Norwood, Massachusetts. Applied Plastics offers a PTFE Coating Service that applies a precise coating onto stainless steel and nitinol hypodermic tubing, providing optimum lubricity without flaking, cracking, or altering the tubing’s physical properties, the company said in a press release. Exhibiting the high slip resistance required for medical device manufacturing, these hypotubes are chemically inert, bio-compatible, and operate up to 288°C. Applied Plastics’ PTFE Coating Service is reported to provide superior adhesion due to a proprietary tubing surface preparation, and is available in green, grey, black, and blue colors. According to the company, PTFE can be applied with ±0.0001-inch to ±0.0004-inch tolerance on OEM hypotube variations, including spiral, skived, flared, crimped, ground, and slotted types.  The PTFE Coating Service is priced according to material, quantity, and special customer requirements. The firm can also source the...

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Sandia’s Solar Glitter Moves Closer to Market with New Licensing Agreement

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —An Albuquerque company founded by a Sandia National Laboratories scientist-turned-entrepreneur has received a license for a “home-grown” technology that could revolutionize the way solar energy is collected and used. The licensing agreement between mPower Technology Inc. and Sandia was signed Jan. 23. The agreement covers microsystems enabled photovoltaics (MEPV), according to a press release from Sandia. “This is an important milestone,” said Murat Okandan, founder and chief executive officer of mPower, in the press release. “It is an extremely exciting time in the solar industry with the upcoming critical, rapid change in the worldwide energy infrastructure. A lot of things are coming together and we’re excited to be part of it.” MEPV uses micro-design and micro-fabrication techniques to make miniature solar cells, also known as “solar glitter.” Dragon SCALEs are small, lightweight, flexible solar cells that fit into and power devices or sensors of any shape or size, including wearable ones. The high-efficiency cells can be integrated into satellites and drones, biomedical and consumer electronics, and can be folded like paper for easy transport. Dragon SCALEs also make possible new shapes and materials and faster, cheaper installation of solar energy systems on buildings, said Okandan. The product offers higher voltage, greater reliability, and lower energy costs than standard silicon photovoltaic (PV) cells, he added. “The key limitation to silicon is that if you bend and flex...

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3DX Uses Binder Jet Process to Print Intake Manifold Parts for Jessco Racing

SEATTLE, Wash.—3DX Industries, Inc. has completed 3D metal printing of intake manifold flanges for Jessco Racing Ltd., of Bellingham, Washington. 3DX has been working with Jessco to manufacture the high performance parts for use on Jessco’s custom land speed record motorcycle. The motorcycle is being designed by Jessco to attempt to set the world record for the fastest motorcycle in the 3000cc class. The bike will need to exceed speeds of 250 mph to be successful. The date for this world record event is expected to be late summer of 2017. “We had tremendous difficulty finding a process to manufacture the flanges for this specific application due to the intricate design and rigorous demands that will be on the bike and the engine,” said Mike Eaton, president of Jessco Racing, in a press release. “The fit needed to be perfect and required some difficult angles dealing with tight tolerances to be incorporated into the design. Conventional manufacturing techniques were not giving us what we needed. The 3D metal printed prototype manufactured by 3DX was a perfect fit, and we could not be happier with the result.” 3DX uses an additive manufacturing process, otherwise known as three-dimensional printing, which materializes an object—or mold for an object—layer by layer out of powdered material, a binding agent, and a digital file. The process is also referred to as Binder Jet Technology. Binder...

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Proto Labs Introduces Rapid Insert Molding Service

MAPLE PLAIN, Minn.—Proto Labs Inc., an online and technology-enabled quick-turn manufacturer, recently launched its insert molding service at the Pacific Design & Manufacturing show in Anaheim, California. The new capability expands the company’s rapid injection molding offerings and can produce 25 to 10,000-plus insert-molded parts in 15 days or less, Proto Labs said in a press release. “We’re delighted to now be delivering a new service that designers and developers have been asking us for,” said Proto Labs CEO Vicki Holt, in the release. “As we help companies large and small accelerate their product development with our digital manufacturing methods, insert molding offers another important tool for these companies to make prototype or end-use parts as quickly as possible.” Insert molding is the process of over-molding thermoplastic material around a preformed component (an insert) to create a finished part that incorporates multiple materials. The inserts are generally metal parts that are used to reinforce the mechanical properties of the plastic part. The metal inserts are placed into the mold to form the part, Proto Labs said in the release. A variety of components are manufactured with insert molding, such as electronic parts, medical equipment, housings, knobs, handles and dials. These components are found in several industries, such as medical, automotive, and consumer products. Product designers and engineers frequently turn to insert molding to improve part strength while trimming part...

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Sintavia Develops Exclusive Process for 3D Printing F357 Aluminum

DAVIE, Fla.—Metal additive manufacturer Sintavia, LLC, recently announced that it has developed full end-to-end parameters for producing additively manufactured parts in F357 aluminum, as well as other Al-Si alloys, for use in precision manufacturing. Sintavia’s proprietary process for printing F357 aluminum powder was developed specifically to address aerospace and automotive industry needs for components with low density, good processability, and heat conductivity. Though most aluminum alloy parts are manufactured using traditional casting practices, Sintavia is changing the landscape for industries looking to expand beyond traditional manufacturing in foundry-grade aluminum alloys, Sintavia reported in a press release. “We are seeing an increased demand for additively manufactured Al-Si parts from both the aerospace and automotive industries,” said Doug Hedges, Sintavia’s president and chief operating officer, in the release. “With Sintavia’s comprehensive manufacturing capabilities, we have developed processes to make F357 aluminum specimens and quickly test them to demonstrate they meet or exceed these industries’ strict validation parameters.” Sintavia (www.Sintavia.com) says that its exclusive processes are designed to meet critical engineering requirements at every step. By establishing a procedure that not only includes pre-build material analysis, but also post-production heat treatment and stress relief, the company reports that it is able to produce additively manufactured (AM) components proven to exceed original design strength by up to 125 percent at net densities of near 100 percent. Through the performance of strength validation at...

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Solar Pipe Rack Fittings Receive UL 2703 Approval

CINCINNATI, Ohio—Hollaender® Manufacturing  has received UL 2703 Recognized Component Approval under Intertek ETL mark No. 5006508 for its Speed-Rail® brand solar pipe rack fittings. The Speed-Rail slip-on pipe fittings are used with aluminum or galvanized steel to easily and cost-effectively build solar panel racking systems. UL 2703 is a solar industry standard that covers rack mounting systems; mounting, grounding, and bonding components; and clamping and retention devices for specific flat-plate photovoltaic (PV) modules and panels that comply with the Standard for Flat-Plate Photovoltaic Modules and Panels. Hollaender said in a press release that Intertek conducted thorough and rigorous testing, which showed that specific Speed-Rail fittings form a safe and reliable bond with assured electrical continuity. A proprietary set screw developed by Hollaender is used to secure the fitting to the pipe, and penetrates the surface of the pipe. When properly installed, the set screws are electrically bonded to the pipe and bracing, thereby fulfilling the grounding and bonding requirements of UL 2703. Testing was done with both galvanized steel and aluminum pipe. Hollaender’s Speed-Rail fittings, made of 535.0 aluminum-magnesium, are reported to be strong, lightweight fittings that are highly corrosion-resistant. They come in a wide variety of fixed and adjustable configurations, including the tees and flanges most commonly used in solar panel installations. They are backed by a 10-year warranty against corrosion and can be used with galvanized steel...

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Custom Fabricated Sapphire Windows Reported to Meet Harsh Subsea Requirements

PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Meller Optics Inc., has created custom sapphire windows that can withstand extreme pressures and the rigors of harsh subsea applications while providing optimum visibility, Meller said in a press release. Meller Sapphire Windows are reported to be well-suited for subsea UAV applications requiring a clear, hard optical material that can withstand high pressures to 10,000 psi and resist salt water, chemicals, and fast moving particles. With a Mohs 9 hardness that is second only to diamond, the sapphire windows can be custom manufactured to specification in a wide range of sizes with varying thicknesses, mounting profiles, steps, and edge treatments to assure a reliable fit and seal. Meller Sapphire Windows can be made in sizes from ¼-inch to 10-inch diameter and from ½mm to 1 inch thick, depending upon configuration, and can include A/R coatings. Other sapphire optics include domes and lenses with focal lengths from ¾ inch to 1,000 mm or greater, and surface finishes from 60-40 to 40-20 scratch-dig, depending upon size and...

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Sandia Using Kinetics, not Temperature, to Make Ceramic Coatings

Room temperature coatings make design, fabrication flexible ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—Researcher Pylin Sarobol explains an elegant process for ultrafine-grained ceramic coatings in a somewhat inelegant way: sub-micron particles splatting onto a surface. That splatting action is a key part of a Sandia National Laboratories (www.sandia.gov) project to lay down ceramic coatings kinetically. By making high-velocity submicron ceramic particles slam onto surfaces at room temperature, Sarobol and her colleagues avoid the high temperatures otherwise required to process ceramics like alumina and barium titanate. Coating at room temperature makes microelectronics design and fabrication more flexible and could someday lead to better, less expensive microelectronics components that underpin modern technology. The kinetic process produces nanocrystalline films that are very strong and could be used as protective coatings against wear, corrosion, oxidation, and the like. Sarobol, who works on coatings and additive manufacturing, said it’s difficult to consolidate ceramic coatings and similar hard materials and then integrate them into devices with materials that have relatively low melting temperatures. Because ceramic components are processed at temperatures of about 1,300 degrees Fahrenheit (700 degrees Celsius) or more, it can be difficult to combine them with certain materials that have particular functions within electrical and mechanical devices. For example, current miniature waveguides require micro-machining out a tiny piece of electromagnetic material and gluing it onto another material. “The ability to put down ceramics at room temperature means you...

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Metric Shaft Components Are Reported Suitable for Mechanical Drive Systems

WILMINGTON, Mass.—An expanded line of metric shaft collars, couplings, and mounting components from Stafford Manufacturing Corp. is suited for use in mechanical drive systems and structural applications, Stafford said in a press release. More than 800 items are available in the expanded line, including the Grip & Go™ quick release handle, which can convert a standard shaft collar into a rapidly adjustable locating device, and Staff-Lok™ Shaft Collars, which reposition without tools. Among the new items are flange shaft collars, face mounting collars, and heavy-duty shaft collars and couplings. Stafford’s metric shaft components are available in 3 mm to 80 mm I.D. sizes and are offered in aluminum, steel, stainless steel, and thermoplastics, depending upon style. Standard metric items include set-screw, 1-piece, 2-piece, and hinged styles, along with couplings in 1-, 2-, and 3-piece styles, with or without keyways, and inch-metric shaft couplings and adapters, the release said. Stafford Manufacturing Corp. (www.staffordmfg.com) is an ISO 9001:2008 certified manufacturer of shaft collars, couplings, and specialized mechanical drive and structural components. In addition to more than 4,000 catalog parts, Stafford manufactures problem-solving parts for leading OEMs, contract manufacturers, and industrial distributors. The company’s engineered mechanical components are found in numerous types of equipment, including conveyors, packaging machinery, processing equipment, recreational products, medical instruments, storage systems, and consumer...

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GM to Invest $1 Billion in U.S. Manufacturing Operations

DETROIT—General Motors (GM) will invest an additional $1 billion in U.S. manufacturing operations that include multiple new vehicle, advanced technology, and component projects, the company announced recently. Details of individual projects will be announced throughout the year, GM said in a press release. The company also announced it will begin work on insourcing axle production for its next generation full-size pickup trucks, including work previously done in Mexico, to operations in Michigan, creating 450 U.S. jobs. “As the U.S. manufacturing base increases its competitiveness, we are able to further increase our investment, resulting in more jobs for America and better results for our owners,”  said GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra, in the release. “The U.S. is our home market and we are committed to growth that is good for our employees, dealers, and suppliers and supports our continued effort to drive shareholder value.” GM’s announcement is part of the company’s increased focus on overall efficiency over the last four years. With a strategy to streamline and simplify its operations and grow its business, GM reports that it has created 25,000 jobs in the U.S.—approximately 19,000 engineering, IT, and professional jobs and 6,000 hourly manufacturing jobs—and added nearly $3 billion in annual wages and benefits to the U.S. economy over that period. At the same time, GM reports that it has reduced more than 15,000 positions outside the U.S.,...

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Pexco Celebrates American Manufacturing by Opening Extrusion Center of Excellence

ALPHARETTA, Ga.—Pexco LLC, a North American specialty plastics developer and manufacturer, marked Manufacturing Day last fall by opening its Extrusion and Engineering Center of Excellence (ECOE) at the company’s Philadelphia-area facility. “Too often it is said that ‘we don’t make things anymore’ or ‘manufacturing jobs have all gone overseas,’ said Pexco CEO Neil Shillingford, in a company release. “That’s not true, and the Extrusion Center of Excellence is proof. This center exists to support the dynamic industrial plastics market all across North America and American manufacturing in particular.” The center offers engineering consultation and design services for companies that require custom-extruded products or components. It is focused on the industrial market, including the lighting, filtration, and traffic safety sectors, as well as customers in other fields that require specialized plastic extrusions or custom-engineered parts. To demonstrate its commitment to skilled American manufacturing and its Philadelphia operation, Pexco announced a multi-year investment in the Bucks County Technical High School in Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania, in support of its Manufacturing Academy program. The school targets vocational education and career readiness for students and adults in manufacturing and other disciplines. The pairing between businesses and education not only facilitates community relations, but also benefits American manufacturing and the development of the next generation of skilled workers necessary to compete in the global economy. “We are more than happy to make this investment and...

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American Elite Molding Expands Commitment to U.S. Manufacturing Throughout Supply Chain

CRESTVIEW, Fla.—American Elite Molding  is expanding its commitment to American manufacturing to every point throughout its supply chain by utilizing American-made raw materials and supplies, such as bags, boxes, and labels. The company produces more than 1.5 billion cable ties annually at its plant in Crestview, Florida, using nylon manufactured by DuPont in the United States with local employees. The plant was recently expanded by 20,000 square feet, adding 40 new high-quality jobs. The company plans to double in size within the next five years while maintaining all production processes in the United States and endeavoring to use all American suppliers, the company said in a press release. “We have grown by double digits every year since we opened our doors as an American manufacturer in 2004,” said American Elite Molding CEO and Founder Robert Sires, in the release. “We see enormous competitive advantages in keeping all of our production here in the U.S., including quality control, reduced distribution costs, and faster shipping times. “We also find that having our management and staff in one location facilitates innovation, problem-solving, and productivity,” Sires continued. “As part of our commitment to American manufacturing, we want to help other American companies succeed and grow; to this end, we work with our clients as partners to ensure that they are getting the products they need when they need them.” American Elite Molding (www.americanelitemolding.com),...

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Hyundai Dymos to Set Up Seat Manufacturing Capability at Elio Motors’ Shreveport Facility

PHOENIX—Elio Motors, Inc. recently announced Hyundai Dymos as its seating manufacturing partner. Hyundai Dymos will set up production capability onsite at Elio Motors’ Shreveport, Louisiana, manufacturing facility. The Hyundai Dymos investment in this production capability will help create additional jobs in Shreveport and will provide just-in-time seating inventory to Elio Motors, which is expected to help control costs. “This is another step in the right direction for our company, our future customers, and the Shreveport community,” said Paul Elio, founder and CEO of Elio Motors, in a press release. “We are thankful for Hyundai Dymos’s manufacturing support, its commitment to our long-term success, and its commitment to Shreveport.” The move further supports Elio Motors’ plan to bring many of its core suppliers into its manufacturing facility in Shreveport. The onsite supplier team helps control costs by reducing inventory and simplifying logistics. Bringing its supplier partners to Shreveport is also “good for the community’s economy,” the company said in the release. Hyundai Dymos was launched by Hyundai Motor Group in 1994. In addition to Shreveport, the company has North American operations in West Point, Georgia, San Luis Potosi, Mexico, Monterrey, Mexico, and Farmington Hills, Michigan. “Elio Motors is a unique and innovative company, both in their vehicle design and how they interact with their supplier partners,” said Randy Baker, general manager of sales, marketing, and quality, assigned to Elio Motors....

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