AET Labs is delighted to announce MIT superstar, entrepreneur, and champion of women in STEM, Shreya Dave as our headliner for this year’s Dig it. Fab it. Make it. MIT “2018 Innovator Under 35” and Via Separations CEO and co-founder, Ms. Dave will share her path to entrepreneurship and inspire us with her genuine passion and contagious enthusiasm for research, design and engineering. On a mission to change the profile of energy use in the production of commodities on a global scale, Dave earned acclaim in 2017 when MIT-powered venture firm The Engine selected Via Separations start-up as one of only seven initial investments to back out of 500+ pitches. She and her co-founder developed a materials technology for industrial separation processes that use 10 times less energy than traditional methods. This revolutionary membrane straining technique has the potential to save as much energy as taking all the cars and trucks off the roads in the U. S. every year! Learn more about the innovative manufacturing process in the video below. When not sporting a lab coat, Shreya’s busy supporting and inspiring the next generation of female engineers through her featured guest video series on Career Girls, a website founded on the dream that every girl around the world should have access to diverse and accomplished women role models to learn from their experiences and discover their own path to empowerment. We hope you will join us on May 17th at WPI from 9:00 – 2:00 to hear more from this dynamic young woman and share this special day of innovation and exploration with the New England STEM community. Click here to learn more or to register for Dig it. Fab it. Make it. 2019. Click here for a look back at Dig it. Fab it. Make it. 2018.
Courtesy of Gina Scala, Stratsys Apr 23, 2019 For many years, 3D Printing was an abstract concept. The technology “could” be used to advance innovation, streamline design cycles, and power manufacturing, but there was little or no proof. Industries started to explore how to align additive manufacturing across business, but there were few use-cases to lean on. Fast-forward to present day and industrial-grade additive manufacturing is having a real and significant impact on markets ranging from aerospace to consumer packaged goods. But with this maturity comes an entirely new set of challenges. The industry is at a place where 3D printing can actually reshape traditional manufacturing processes. As proven by Stratasys use-cases, the technology is quite effective at disrupting legacy models to boost innovation and design, power time-to-market. and accelerate revenue. But be careful – there’s still a ton of work to be done in education and training to bridge the gap between industry and academia. The new Deloitte Insights report (co-authored by Stratasys and the Lanterman Group) stresses the critical nature of collaboration across business and education environments. Only by working together can the two better prepare and train the next-generation of additive manufacturing talent – effectively scaling AM into production uses. Based on countless interviews with both academics and industry experts, the piece analyzes best approaches to achieving a highly-capable additive manufacturing workforce through education. Deloitte’s report notes today’s educational institutions are in a unique position to bridge this skills gap. Tools at their disposal include curriculum development, construction of world-class facilities, cutting-edge research, and accelerated internships – each exposing students to the right AM technology, know-how and real-world implementations. The missing element is real and long-lasting partnerships across industry leaders, educators, and even students. But good news – the market is well aware of this gap, and seems willing to advance both design and process knowledge. To make this possible, both market and academic leaders must start directly focusing on five “musts” in workforce evolution: Multi-disciplinary understanding of core AM knowledge sets, including material science, design and engineering Robust design education and knowledge – specifically Design-for-AM (DfAM) Programs to nurture powerful and innovative thinkers Awareness of AM’s link to transforming legacy manufacturing processes Construction of a business-case and ROI mindset And while there’s no single approach to fit every circumstance, there are readily available methodologies, approaches and strategies that every company and academic institution CAN and SHOULD adopt – moving from opportunity to implementation. Now’s the time for each to step back and uncover the best approaches to connecting and collaborating with one another. That’s the only way true transformation is possible. Want to take a closer look at the Deloitte research and use cases from Stratasys users? Learn more about the power of Stratasys’ industrial-grade technology – and then access the Deloitte paper here.
Stratasys is transforming 3D printing again! Today, April 1st, Stratasys presented their answer to industry-ready additive tech to the world at AMUG 2019, and the superior capabilities of this desktop sized 3D printer are no joke. “The F120 is designed to be easier to own, but with industrial strength,” said Gina Scala, director of marketing, global education, Stratasys. This versatile, desktop-sized system is being presented at a price point 40% lower than models with comparable capabilities. “We’re making it easier to use and more accessible than ever before for the folks that it matters to,” said Scala. “This is all about accessibility, it’s set up to empower the next generation of designers, engineers and educators. It has an industrial grade feature set but it’s at a price point that’s more manageable for small to medium sized design firms.” Features that underscore the F120’s accessibility: Plug and Print capability: The F120 is easy to install and set up, and requires minimal know-how. Even novices can get started 3D printing from the get-go. Allows for multiple uses in a single system: the versatile F120 can support everything from rapid prototyping and tooling to full manufacturing. Prints up to 3X faster than competitive solutions: Not to mention, expanded print time capabilities with round-the-clock printing dependability and performance. Want to learn more? Stay tuned to our social platforms and make sure to register for Dig It. Fab It. Make It. on May 17, 2019 at WPI. Gina Scala will introduce this industry-changing system to attendees from the New England edu community, and demonstrate how it will expand what’s possible in today’s engineering programs.
Apr 2 – 2019 | | by Felipe Castaneda, Senior Creative Manager, MakerBot MakerBot expands its 3D printing educational ecosystem with a new program aimed to empower students with design thinking and creative problem-solving skills through real-world design applications. MakerBot, a global leader in 3D printing, bridges the 3D printing skills gap with the launch of the MakerBot Certification™ Program for Students. This certification program gives middle school and high school students a proven edge with hands-on design thinking and 3D printing skills training. MakerBot, which has its popular 3D printers in over 7,000 K-12 schools in the U.S., empowers students with tools and resources to help them better prepare for their futures. The adoption of 3D printing in classrooms has become increasingly widespread as educators turn to new methodologies to drive student engagement and enhance STEM and STEAM learning. However, many students today are still lacking the critical skills that will launch them into 21st-century careers. “We recognized very early on that teachers needed more than just a 3D printer; they needed a learning tool. As a result, we developed a full line of offerings for educators, including the MakerBot Certification Program for Educators, launched in April 2018. Following the success of the program, teachers wanted a similar program for their own students,” said Nadav Goshen, CEO of MakerBot. “We are excited to announce the MakerBot Certification Program for Students to provide them with 3D printing skills training. This program will not only help them to develop critical thinking skills and how to innovate with a MakerBot 3D printer but also enable educators to integrate 3D printing into their curriculums further.” The MakerBot Certification Program for Students includes content developed by design education professionals and 3D printing experts. Students learn the fundamentals of 3D printing and 3D design and develop their creativity, design thinking and problem-solving skills. Students gain confidence in operating a MakerBot 3D printer, applying learned skills to real-world applications, making strategic design decisions, and applying advanced 3D printing skills to build high-quality prototypes. Students earn their certification by completing the four-part online course series. Each course module focuses on an integral aspect of design thinking or 3D printing. After completion, students will receive an .STL file of a MakerBot Certification Program for Students award that they can 3D print as a symbol of their achievement. The certification modules include: 3D Printer Operator – Learn how to set up and manage your MakerBot 3D printer, create your first prints, and troubleshoot common issues. Design Thinking – Learn how to solve real-world design challenges using critical problem-solving skills including observation, ideation, and design. Applied Design Thinking – Learn how to build on the fundamental Design Thinking skill set and approach your own projects with creative problem-solving skills. Design for 3D Printing – Become a MakerBot 3D printing expert and learn how to apply advanced 3D printing skills for building exceptional models. “The MakerBot Certification Program for Educators has allowed me to expand my 3D printing curriculum. I have been able to easily explain […]