Courtesy of Gina Scala, Stratasys 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.
Looking to maximize your summer break? Our hands-on Fab Lab workshop series for STEM instructors returns July 16th and 17th at Marlborough High School in Marlborough, MA and August 6th-15th at EDCO Collaborative in Bedford, MA. We’re excited to welcome educators from all over New England looking to make big gains in their Fab Lab know-how. Topics to be conquered include beginner and advanced laser cutting, Fusion 360 CAD for 3D printing and CNC milling, VCarve for CNC routing and reverse engineering! Workshops and details: All workshops run from 9:00 – 3:00 P.M. Marlborough High School, 431 Bolton St, Marlborough, MA 01752: CNC Furniture Making Workshop (2-day event) – July 16th & 17th – $495 – Click here EDCO Collaborative, 36 Middlesex Turnpike, Bedford, MA 01730: Intro to Using CorelDRAW with Your Laser – August 6 – $150 – Click here Advanced Laser Engraving & Cutting Applications – August 7 – $150 – Click here Intro to VCarve Pro for CNC Routers – August 8 – $150 – Click here Using Fusion 360 CAD/CAM for CNC Milling Applications – August 13 – $150 – Click here Using Fusion 360 and Meshmixer for Advanced 3D Printing Applications – August 14 – $150 – Click here Introduction to Reverse Engineering – August 15 – $150 – Click here Register early to reserve your spot! Take a look back at our 2018 inaugural Fab Lab Bootcamp here.