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SME and Stratasys Announce Fanuc-Inspired SkillsUSA Additive Manufacturing Winner

Friday, July 19, 2019
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers and Stratasys, provider of additive manufacturing solutions, have announced the winners of their co-sponsored 2019 Additive Manufacturing Competition, held during the 55th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, KY, June 24-28. SME and Stratasys also partnered with Fanuc, provider of robotics, CNC systems and factory automation, and the inspiration behind this year’s challenge, which required participants to design, fabricate and apply an end-of-arm tool in a simulated real-life manufacturing robotics scenario involving a full-production sedan assembly line. Participants demonstrated their ability to conceptualize, design, iterate and apply a 3D-printed tool, aided by a robot running a pre-installed program. More than 6500 career and technical education students--all SkillsUSA state contest winners--competed in 103 different hands-on trade, technical and leadership fields.

The winning teams received gold, silver and bronze medals from SkillsUSA as well as scholarships from the SME Education Foundation (for high school participants), a one-year subscription for Tooling U-SME classes, RAPID + TCT conference passes (for postsecondary participants), Solidworks' 3D-CAD design software and a MakerBot Mini printer (gold medal winners). Taking top honors were three high school teams--Spring Valley High School (gold), Huntington, WV; Wasatch High School (silver), Heber City, UT; and Millard North High School (bronze), Omaha, NE, as well as three college teams--Wyatt Grogden Butte College, Oroville, CA; Texas State Technical College, Waco, TX; and Catawba Valley Community college, Hickory, NC.

Bosch Joins Xometry Investors

Friday, July 19, 2019
On-demand manufacturing marketplace Xometry, the on-demand manufacturing marketplace, has announced that that Robert Bosch Venture Capital will join the company's recent Series D round. Earlier investors in the round include Greenspring Associates, Dell Technologies Capital, BMW i Ventures, Foundry Group, GE Ventures, Highland Capital Partners, Maryland Venture Fund and Almaz Capital. This investment from Bosch puts Xometry’s Series D round at $55 million. To-date, the company has raised $118 million.

"Xometry's instant quoting engine helps drive efficiency by leveraging AI algorithms to instantly generate a price, lead time, and manufacturability feedback," explains Ingo Ramesohl, managing director for Robert Bosch Venture Capital.

Randy Altschuler, co-founder and CEO of Xometry, adds, "Global expansion is one of our key upcoming initiatives and we look forward to leveraging Bosch's deep manufacturing expertise as we launch in Europe."



XponentialWorks Opens 4.0 Facility

Thursday, July 18, 2019
XponentialWorks, a Ventura, CA-based venture, advisory and product development company specializing in artificial intelligence, digital manufacturing, 3D printing, robotics and the digital transformation of traditional businesses, has announced the expansion of its Innovation Labs and the opening of a new manufacturing facility that will see its floor space double. XponentialWorks expects that this expansion will create dozens of new high-tech and Manufacturing 4.0 jobs, and enhance the innovation and manufacturing infrastructure for the benefit of its portfolio companies, including NXT Factory, Nexa3D and Apollo Robotics, to scale their commercial and manufacturing activities.

UK University Installs Desktop Metal Studio System

Wednesday, July 17, 2019
The University of Sheffield (England) recently took delivery of a Desktop Metal Studio System, becoming one of the UK’s early adopters of the metal 3D printing system. Designed to provide an office-friendly solution for low-volume, low-cost rapid prototyping, it produces tooling, jigs and fixtures. The university is working with Tri-Tech 3D, a provider of 3D solutions, to install their Desktop Metal Studio System at the Royce Translational Center, part of the University of Sheffield's Department of Materials Science and Engineering and a partner of the Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials.

Air Force to Add Fourth Advanced Technology Center

Tuesday, July 16, 2019
The U.S. Air Force announced plans to open its fourth Advanced Technology and Training Center (ATTC) in early 2020 near the Hill Air Force base (AFB), south of Ogden, UT. Operations at the facility include additive manufacturing of metals and polymers and reverse engineering. The Air Force’s other ATTCs are located near Wright Patterson AFB in Dayton, OH; central Georgia near Robins AFB, and Pittsburgh, PA.