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Okay Industries Introduces NexTech Labs

Friday, November 15, 2019

Okay Industries, a New Britain, CT-based contract manufacturer that engineers components and subassemblies for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the medical device and industrial markets, is pleased to announce the addition of NexTech Labs. These state-of-the-art prototyping and process development labs are dedicated spaces, with advanced equipment, resources and staff who work collaboratively with customers to solve complex engineering design challenges.

NexTech Labs provide 3D printing for quick-turn feasibility testing, tooling and fixtures and offer multi-axis, high-speed CNC machining, laser tube cutting, laser welding, marking and surface treating with integrated design software and advanced robotic technologies.

“NexTech Labs bring our resources and expertise to a space where we can directly collaborate with customers,” says Sean Stowik, director of sales and marketing at Okay Industries. “We can get products to market faster and solve issues early in the design stage, which ultimately lowers production costs and improves manufacturability.


Siemens Acquires Atlas 3D

Thursday, November 14, 2019
Siemens, Plano, TX, has announced today that it has signed an agreement to acquire Atlas 3D, Inc., a Plymouth, IN-based developer of software that works with direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) printers to automatically provide design engineers with the optimal print orientation and requisite support structures for additive parts in near real-time. Atlas 3D will join Siemens Digital Industries Software, where its solutions will expand additive manufacturing capabilities in the Xcelerator portfolio of software.

Community College Receives Grant for Mobile Additive Manufacturing Platform

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Somerset Community College, Somerset, KY, has received a grant award from the National Science Foundation's Advanced Technological Education program for its work on the Mobile Additive Manufacturing Platform (Mobile AMP) for 21st Century STEM Workforce Enhancement to enhance the innovation and entrepreneurship infrastructure in Tennessee and Kentucky. 

As part of a multi-state outreach partnership with Tennessee Technological University (TTU), SCC will build a trailer and a mobile education system for the transport and on-site set up of advanced additive manufacturing equipment. The additive manufacturing equipment will include powder-, resin-, and metal sintering based 3D printing technologies, allowing students, teachers, and manufacturing professionals to receive hands-on training with advanced equipment and materials.

The grant also will allow SCC and TTU to provide training in advanced design technologies used by companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Ford and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. In addition, SCC and TTU will train participants in generative design through its partnership with Autodesk.


Optomec Delivers 500th Industrial 3D Printer

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Optomec, Inc., a provider of additive manufacturing equipment and software, announced that it has delivered its 500th 3D printer (shown), an Aerosol Jet system for use at a division of General Electric, which now has more than 20 Optomec systems in use across GE’s aviation, healthcare, power, and oil and gas units. 

Optomec’s installed base of 500 Industrial 3D printers includes almost 300 of its Aerosol Jet systems for 3D printed electronics and more than 200 Lens directed energy deposition units.

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GF Divisions to Add New Facility in Mexico

Tuesday, November 12, 2019
GF Machining Solutions and GF Piping Systems, Lincolnshire, IL, announced plans to enhance their direct sales and service support to customers in Mexico with the opening of a new Nuevo Leon joint headquarters.

In late October of this year, the companies conducted a groundbreaking ceremony for the 75,000-sq.-ft. facility that will include a state-of-the-art showroom and warehouse space. To help streamline the sales process and shorten delivery times for customers, the facility will also serve as a strategically located central distribution center for Mexico.