Wohlers Associates Offers New DfAM Course For Managers

Wohlers Associates and America Makes are partnering to offer a one-day design for additive manufacturing (DfAM) course for managers and executives. Following the success of previous DfAM courses conducted for engineers and designers on four continents, this course is the company’s first foray into educating management on wide ranging issues associated with DfAM.

The course is open to the public, with members of America Makes enjoying discounted pricing.

“AM is an inherently multidisciplinary technology,” said Ray Huff, associate engineer and DfAM instructor at Wohlers Associates. “Just as product development teams must rethink the way a product is designed, company management must also gain an appreciation for the new methods, software tools, and considerations that AM presents. Unlocking the vast potential of AM requires a broad understanding of both the opportunities and challenges.”

According to Wohlers Report 2019, the largest application of AM in 2018 is the production of end-use parts, as shown in the following chart. Jigs, fixtures, and other forms of tooling—a combined 18.5%—represent an important range of applications that can save companies a tremendous amount of time and money. End-use parts and tooling rely heavily on designing in a way that optimizes for the AM process. Managers and executives considering the adoption of AM for production applications will gain an advantage over others if they attend this course.

Course presentations, discussions, and hands-on exercises cover the economics of AM, consolidating many parts into one, and topology optimization, which is letting mathematics decide where to place material to optimize the strength-to-weight ratio. The course also covers lattice/mesh structures, the importance of DfAM rules and guidelines, and distortion modeling and simulation. The course includes considerations for metal, polymer, and composite materials, the creation of custom products, and reducing the need for expensive support material. Those attending the course will receive Wohlers Report 2019 at no additional cost. Details on the course are available at this web page.

If you want to learn more about the Wohlers Report 2019, check out our post from earlier this year: Wohlers Report 2019 Academic Activities Chapter By Dr. Ismail Fidan.

 

Mark Your Calendars: Golden Eagle Additively Innovative Lecture Series Fall 2019

The golden eagle is one of the fastest and most agile raptors in North America. As the mascot for Tennessee Tech University (TTU), it is completely appropriate and logical that a majestic bird of prey with a metal material in its name would be used by Dr. Ismail Fidan as he continues to build the Golden Eagle Additively Innovative Lecture Series for Fall 2019.

With a wide range of additive manufacturing subject matter experts, this workshop series features AM advances, industry innovations, design thinking and materials usage.

This is the eighth semester of lectures organized by TTU and Dr. Fidan. Here are the upcoming virtual lectures that you will want to add to your calendar this fall. The lectures are scheduled for 11—11:30 a.m. CST and can be joined via Zoom at that time.

    • Thursday, Sept. 26: Generative Design Will Change the Future of Manufacturing with Shashi Jain, Strategic Innovation Manager at Intel Corporation, Portland, Oregon.
    • Thursday, Oct. 17: Sustaining Accessibility for Kids’ Creativity with Additive Manufacturing with Pisut Koomsap, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Asian Institute of Technology, Pathumthani, Thailand.
    • Thursday, Oct. 31: Design and Additive Manufacturing of Porous Titanium Scaffolds for Optimum Cell Viability in Bone Tissue Engineering with Bingbing Li, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Management, California State University, Northridge, California.
    • Thursday, Nov. 7: FDM based Metal Additive Manufacturing with Haijun Gong, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Manufacturing Engineering, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia.

If you want to know how TTU fully embraced their “Golden Eagle” mascot, you can read the full story here. The Golden Eagle is a terrific reflection of the engineering department ethos that its faculty, staff, and students would be driven to show manufacturing and materials excellence in their work — with block tin, gold, and many other materials and methods.

On February 14, 1925, the nickname ‘Golden Eagles’ was officially adopted. It wasn’t until 27 years later that a tangible mascot found its way to the campus. Several Tech students braved a driving night rainstorm to pilfer a huge block-tin eagle statue from the charred ruins of a resort hotel in Monteagle. They painted the creature – with a wingspan of over six feet – a glistening gold, and suspended it from the rafters for public inspection at the following day’s basketball game in Memorial Gym.”

Golden Eagle Additively Innovative Virtual Lecture Series is partially funded by the NSF Award 1601587, “AM-WATCH: Additive Manufacturing-Workforce Advancement Training Coalition and Hub”. The archive of past Golden Eagle Additively Innovative Virtual Lectures is found here.

Somerset Community College Adds Metal Additive Manufacturing Technology

Last week, TEAMM Network member, Somerset Community College (SCC), made the news by winning a new National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for its Mobile Additive Manufacturing Platform (see link at end of post). This week SCC is making news again for being the first college in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System to add metal additive manufacturing to its advanced manufacturing capabilities.

SCC is home to many “firsts” as far as Additive Manufacturing is concerned. Last year, the college was the first institution of higher education in Kentucky to offer a statewide certificate in additive manufacturing. AM News reported on it here: Somerset Community College Offers 3D Printing Technician Certificate. The school is a leader in workforce development and in additive manufacturing.

The school selected the OpenAdditive™ PANDA laser powder bed fusion system from Universal Technology Corporation for its training and education needs. The PANDA system is affordable and offers openness in design and operation to enhance instructor and student experience in understanding the laser melting additive process.

The system has been installed and includes processing parameters and powder feedstock for printing in tool steel, stainless steel, and other metals. Peripherals include powder recycling and disposal equipment, post-processing equipment, and onsite training, as an integrated solution for metal AM education.

You can learn more about SCC’s Additive Manufacturing program or visit their YouTube channel, The Additive Guru, with videos dedicated to 3D printing such as 3D Printing Motorcycle Batteries.

Read about SCC’s work on the New NSF Grant for Mobile Additive Manufacturing Platform: “In this recent announcement, Dr. Ismail Fidan, Professor of the Department of Manufacturing and Engineering Technology and College of Engineering-Faculty Fellow in Innovation and Techno-Entrepreneurship at Tennessee Technological University, has joined forces with Eric Wooldridge (Principal Investigator) and Elaine Kohrman (Co-Principal Investigator) to create a mobile additive manufacturing platform to aid the future workforces of Tennessee and Kentucky.”

SCC Metal 3D Printing PANDA System
Somerset Community College professor and director of the Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence, Eric Wooldridge explains to students and Curtis Cash, SCC professor of Machine Tool Technology, how the PANDA System operates. The printer is located on the Somerset campus in the MTT lab.

 

New NSF Grant for Mobile Additive Manufacturing Platform

A small community college campus located in Somerset, Kentucky is driving state-of-the-art advances in the field of Additive Manufacturing (AM). With the leadership of Additive Manufacturing Professor Eric Wooldridge, the campus offers several AM courses and a certificate, conducts outreach activities to drive awareness, and runs other funded projects including a new metal Additive Manufacturing capability (see resource links at end of post).

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Mobile Additive Manufacturing Platform Team (Left to Right): Elaine Kohrman, Ismail Fidan, and Eric Wooldridge

The National Science Foundation has just announced a new grant award to Somerset Community College (SCC), led by Professor Wooldridge, to establish a Mobile Additive Manufacturing Platform to enhance the innovation and entrepreneurship infrastructure in both Tennessee and Kentucky.

In this recent announcement, Dr. Ismail Fidan, Professor of the Department of Manufacturing and Engineering Technology and College of Engineering-Faculty Fellow in Innovation and Techno-Entrepreneurship at Tennessee Technological University, has joined forces with Eric Wooldridge (Principal Investigator) and Elaine Kohrman (Co-Principal Investigator) to create a mobile additive manufacturing platform to aid the future workforces of Tennessee and Kentucky.

Both Wooldridge and Kohrman are professors at Somerset Community College (SCC is part of the Kentucky Community and Technical College system). 

In an interview with Professor Wooldridge, he explained that the “Mobile AMP grant is our solution for getting tech momentum around Additive Manufacturing (AM). The more practitioners, users [we have] the more momentum and the more resulting innovations will occur. We’ll be training teachers, companies (through workforce development programs), and, of course, students.”

They want to take students and the entrepreneur-minded to go beyond “printing keychains and trinkets.” This AM training is “getting them used to high-end equipment and advanced design software — additive projects that make something real, solves a real problem, creates a real product,” Wooldridge said.

A key aspect of the Mobile AMP grant is the use of a vehicle with a trailer enabling the movement of  specialized equipment to off-campus sites. This trailer will allow educators to get the equipment safely to schools and locations, optimizing time  and minimizing risk.. The goal “is to add several printers for scaling production and show the capacity for short run production where a person can design something and have 8-10 printers producing products overnight,” Professor Wooldridge explained.

You can keep up with what this new grant project is doing through a new YouTube channel the Somerset team has created: The Additive Guru. They focus on short videos on equipment reviews and best practices, with lab techs and students contributing.

If Professor Wooldridge’s name is familiar, you may remember AM News recently profiled his work developing a 3D Printing Technician Certificate at SCC. Plus, in February of this year, he was part of the Golden Eagle Additively Innovative Lecture Series, an online webinar event that reaches people around the world. Professor Wooldridge’s lecture focused on his 3D printing technician certificate work at SCC. His lab and accomplishments have been recognized and appreciated by the Governor of Kentucky.

Dr. Fidan, of course, is a regular mention here on AM News for his projects serving the global additive manufacturing community. The most recent includes a new type of 3D printer: Tennessee Tech Launches New Mobile Multitasking 3D Printer (A new printer called the TechBot).

Stay tuned here on AM News in the coming school year for SCC and TTU innovations leading the Additive Manufacturing educational community.

Additional Resources

The Lane Report: Somerset Community College adds metal additive manufacturing technology.

From the NSF Award page: “The overarching goal of the project is to enhance workforce development opportunities in additive manufacturing for high school students, community college students, incumbent workers, and manufacturers in underserved regions of Kentucky and Tennessee. Two courses will be developed to include advancements in powder-based printer and metal printer applications. These courses will be integrated into the existing curriculum for the 3D Printing Technician-Level 1 certificate at the institutions. These courses will cover topics such as improved product topology, metal sintering production, advanced composite materials, and generative design concepts and techniques. Customized curriculum on these topics will also be developed and offered in workshops for high school students and incumbent workers.

Workshop on AR, VR, MR, xR in the Manufacturing World from SME

There is a growing interest in virtual reality (VR) as well as related realities, such as augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (MR), and the new “xR” in this week’s SME webinar stands for “extended reality.” 

VR Workshop Edmonds 2018
VR Workshop Edmonds 2018

More info on the SME webinar: AR, VR, MR, xR in the Manufacturing World takes place this Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 2:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time. 

This week, the TEAMM project is also hosting a two-day, in-person workshop on using virtual reality technology as a classroom tool. It will be hosted at Edmonds Community College on August 21 and 22 at Monroe Hall. The 2-day workshop is sponsored by Manufacturing Education Using Virtual Environment Resources (MANEUVER), an NSF project, and will be covering VR-based digital manufacturing (DM) instruction modules. You can read about last year’s workshop here: Virtual Reality Workshop For Digital Manufacturing Education. Photos in this post are from that workshop.

According to the SME webinar web page, “Industry 4.0” and “Smart Factories” initiatives have created expectations for implementation of Augmented, Virtual, and Mixed Realities (AR, VR, MR) with little explanation of the desired effect of employing the technology.

  • When should we use augmented reality?
  • Will AR achieve the same benefits as VR?
  • What extended reality (xR) platform best addresses your engineering needs?

In this session, we will define these disparate technologies and work together to identify where they apply to your enterprise.

Eric Kam is the Marketing and Alliances Director, Manufacturing Business Channel with ESI-Group and will present the webinar.