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Chicago's DMDII Announces Research Awards to Partners Across the US



The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), a UI LABS collaboration established in 2014, announced today that it has issued its first five national contract research awards. The contracts are valued at more than $7 million, include 14 DMDII partners from across the United States, and will fund research aimed at advancing the field of digital manufacturing and design. Full Article

Notes on Keynotes at Gear Expo 2015

Executive Editor James D. Sawyer


It’s unexpected when the opening keynote presentation of a trade show is not on the first day. Yet, it was an unexpected circumstance that kept Steven Hsieh of the Auto Parts Alliance (APA) from being able to present his keynote address, “Navigating the Chinese Auto Industry,” on October 20 at Gear Expo 2015 and the co-located ASM Heat Treating Society gathering in Detroit. While show attendees likely would have benefitted greatly from Hsieh’s insights on how APA could help them expand their businesses globally, what became the opening keynote perhaps gave them insights into a manufacturing approach that, long term, could provide more of the attendees even greater benefits. Full Article

How Medtronic in Mexico Ran (Nitinol) Rings around Competitors

Senior Editor Michael Anderson


In his WESTEC Keynote, Medtronic VP Mexico Operations Gerardo de la Concha described how a uniquely empowered task force was able to develop an endovascular Nitinol ring at a fraction of the old cost. Full Article

'Impossible Objects' Become Possible with New 3D Process

Digital Editor Katelyn DaMour


When Bob Swartz first saw a 3D printer in person, at a MIT laboratory where he worked as a consultant, he was only casually interested in the technology. Swartz, a lifelong inventor and entrepreneur, had worked at his late father’s manufacturing plant when he was younger but had since moved away from the industry. He studied both mathematics and computer science as a graduate student and went on to found several software and patent licensing companies. Full Article

IACMI Designates Composite Prototyping Center as its Anchor Partner in the Northeast Corridor

PRESS RELEASE - Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing


Plainview, NY—The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing (IACMI) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Composite Prototyping Center (CPC Plainview, NY) outlining a collaborative arrangement in which both will work to bring advanced composite materials and technologies to the marketplace.
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Michelin Group and Fives Join Forces To Become a Major Metal 3D Printing Player



Michelin and Fives today announced the creation of a joint venture aimed at developing and marketing industrial machines and production shops on a global scale via metal additive manufacturing technology commonly known as metal 3D printing. Full Article

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