Innovation 101 for Manufacturers…

Innovation 101 for Manufacturers…

Aug 22, 2017

“Innovation 101 for Manufacturers: Harnessing the Power of New Business Models, Technologies, and Ecosystems to Bring Value to the Marketplace” By Mark Shortt, Design-2-Part Magazine Going out and seeing what your customers are up against on a daily basis is essential to solving their unmet needs, a pre-requisite for innovation. But manufacturers can also plant the seeds of innovation by establishing a culture that encourages collaboration, play, and experimentation. A new digital age is dawning in manufacturing, steadily making its mark from product design to factory floor operations, and even to finished products that convey data back to the manufacturer. Fueling this transformation are a host of powerful tools—data analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), and dynamic software algorithms—that quicken product development cycles and expand the functionality of products in areas like new materials, 3D printing, electronics manufacturing, automobile manufacturing, and mobile autonomous robots. Using an approach called generative design, engineers today can solve part design problems with the aid of algorithms that enable them to explore a greater range of solutions, including some that are counter-intuitive to traditional thinking. Algorithms are also employed to make mobile, autonomous robots smarter and more adaptive to changing environments in a manufacturing facility (see “Mobile Autonomous Robots Are Built for the Long Haul”). And digital manufacturing apps are now available for shop floor personnel. “We have a set of digital technologies that are exponentially advancing in terms of price / performance, and that is creating increasing opportunity for manufacturing firms to harness some of that capability and potential to deliver more value to the marketplace,” said John Hagel, co-chairman, Deloitte Center for the Edge, in an interview at the Exponential Manufacturing Summit in Boston in May. “At one level, the potential is exponentially increasing. So far, the actual capability is, at best, linearly increasing. So there’s a widening opportunity gap there.” Generative Design Gives Engineers More Solutions to Explore  For the last three years, Autodesk, Inc. has been incubating a technology that takes a different approach to computer-aided design (CAD). Instead of specifying points and lines in a CAD tool, engineers who are using Autodesk’s generative design tool can rely on artificial intelligence to solve for them. “Traditionally, a designer or an engineer...

Made in America – Da/Pro Rubber, Inc.

Made in America – Da/Pro Rubber, Inc.

May 26, 2017

Meet another quality supplier at the Design-2-Part Contract Manufacturing Show. Need rubber or silicone components? This company showed us that they control the process right down to making their own materials in house, now that’s control. The are worth watching and they are a preferred supplier of a Design-2-Part show. Da/Pro Rubber, Inc. is a leading custom manufacturer of precision rubber, TPE and plastic molding products since 1960. The proprietary Da/Pro Process automatically adjusts for rubber compound and rubber part configuration variables. The result is repeatability of precision high tolerance parts of consistent quality in production quantities minimizing the need for secondary deflashing operations. Da/Pro strives for world-class customer service by offering complete in-house capabilities from design assistance for the moldability of the component, rubber compound development, laboratory testing, mold construction, sub-assembly and full service quality assurance. Da/Pro’s precision molded rubber capabilities also include our class 10,000 clean room for molding health care and other precision molded rubber parts requiring special handling. Injection Molding Services Injection Molding Silicone Injection Molding Benefits Compression Molding Process Transfer Molding Process Plastic Injection Molding Comparison of Processes Micro Molding Da/Pro Processes – Custom compression rubber molding and transfer rubber molding consists of an automatically controlled rubber molding machine developed by Da/Pro Rubber. The custom molding complex is designed to adjust for compound or part configuration variables. The molding process is computer-controlled and monitored to maintain consistent molding conditions, thereby assuring duplication of product throughout the molding cycles. Da/Pro is well known for high precision, close tolerance custom molding services and can manufacture liquid injection molding (LIM) to these same demanding standards. Compression molding and LIM services are available in their class 10,000 clean room. 15 Malcolm Hoyt Dr, Newburyport, MA 01950 daprorubber.com (978) 463-8984...

Manufacturer Offers Design Tips for Custom Springs

Manufacturer Offers Design Tips for Custom Springs

May 25, 2017

By Mark Shortt, Design-2-Part Magazine It’s not easy to make a custom spring a reality—that is, to complete the transformation from an idea or concept to a tangible, finished part. Recognizing this, Ritch Froelich set out to help designers understand some of the key considerations required to engineer a custom spring. Froelich is general manager and chief design engineer at Ace Wire Spring & Form Company, Inc., an ISO certified and ITAR registered manufacturer of custom compression springs, extension springs, torsion springs, and wire forms for diverse applications. He wrote a guide, “Proper Requirements of Spring Design,” which Ace Wire Spring has made available to spring designers. The guide covers important factors that designers should consider, for example, when selecting the right material or establishing tolerances for specific applications. Material selection, Froelich said, begins by considering the environment in which the custom spring will perform. Temperature is a key part of that equation. If the part needs to function in temperatures exceeding 650 degrees Fahrenheit, a high-temperature material, such as Inconel, should be specified. “Whereas, if the design requires the spring to work in an ambient temperature environment, perhaps a less costly material, such as oil tempered (spring wire), can be introduced,” Froelich wrote. Another key consideration is whether or not the spring will come into contact with any form of moisture or chemicals, such as chlorine or bleach, according to Froelich. If the part will be used in an outdoor environment that includes exposure to salt water, most professional spring designers would start with T-316 stainless steel, he noted.  “Though there are other, more costly materials on the market, T-316 stainless is highly used in these applications,” he wrote. “If the spring were simply subjected to a high-moisture source, such as tap water, conceivably, a design using T-302 can be implemented.” Other key factors to be considered are cycle life—the amount of cycles that the spring will encounter over its service life—and exactly where the spring will be installed in the application. “If the designer is engineering a spring that works in an engine, and the spring were to be cycled several million times over its lifetime, a material such as chrome silicon...

Made in America – Arctronics

Made in America – Arctronics

May 19, 2017

A great soucre for custom electronics. Printed Circuit boards, Cables, Harnesses and box builds, Arc-tronics knows how to make great components for less with US quality. Since 1972, Arc-Tronics has been providing streamlined solutions for electronic manufacturing services in the industrial, medical, space and defense industries. They are experts in all aspects of production and assembly of printed circuit boards, cable and harnesses, box builds and more. All employees are trained to J-STD-001 standards. All assemblies are built to IPC 610 or 620 Class II or III standards depending on customer requirements. Their customers maintain ownership of custom engineering technology including patents. State-of-the-art equipment ensures the quality of products, from prototypes to production runs, manufactured to exact specifications. Arc-Tronics offers complete technical support on your projects. The in-depth experience of our engineering group is a critical asset for our customers. They are specialists in a broad range of applications, including advanced electronic system design and CAD printed circuit board layout. Their diverse capabilities and expertise assure the fast turnaround of pre-production units and engineering prototypes. Arc-Tronics, Inc. 1150 Pagni Drive Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 P:847.437.0211 F: 847.437.0181...

Google Ventures, BMW, Lowe’s Invest in Desktop Metal

Google Ventures, BMW, Lowe’s Invest in Desktop Metal

May 9, 2017

Featured on D2Pmagazine.com BURLINGTON, Mass.—Desktop Metal, an emerging startup with a mission to bring metal 3D printing to all design and manufacturing teams, recently announced a Series C investment of $45 million, led by GV (formerly Google Ventures), BMW i Ventures, and Lowe’s Ventures. Desktop Metal will use the funding to continue to develop its technology and scale production as the company prepares for its product launch later this year. The company has raised a total of $97 million in equity funding since its founding in October 2015, according to a press release from Desktop Metal. Previous investors include NEA, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Lux Capital, GE Ventures, Saudi Aramco, and 3D printing company Stratasys. Driven by invention, Desktop Metal is committed to accelerating the adoption of metal 3D printing in design and manufacturing through the creation of innovative technology that produces complex parts. “Just as plastic 3D printing paved the way for rapid prototyping, metal 3D printing will make a profound impact on the way companies both prototype and mass produce parts across all major industries,” said Ric Fulop, CEO and co-founder of Desktop Metal, in the release. “We are fortunate to have the backing of a leading group of strategic investors who support both our vision and our technology, and who are pivotal in propelling our company forward as we prepare for our product introduction in 2017.” Desktop Metal has amassed a world-class team of experts in the fields of materials science, engineering, and software, including 75 engineers. Leading the company is Fulop, who was the co-founder of A123 Systems and a general partner at North Bridge, an early investor in leading CAD and 3D printing companies, including MarkForged, OnShape, Proto Labs, and SolidWorks. The leadership team also comprises several MIT professors including Ely Sachs, an early pioneer of 3D printing and the inventor of binder jetting; Chris Schuh, chairman of MIT’s Materials Science and Engineering Department; and professors Yet Ming Chiang, an expert in materials science, and John Hart, who leads the mechano-synthesis lab. Also on the leadership team are Jonah Myerberg, a leader in materials engineering; Rick Chin, one of the early team members of SolidWorks and previously founder...