Political Talk on Display at Maker Faire

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Political Talk on Display at Maker Faire

By James Lomuscio

From leather crafts to electric vehicles, from 3D printing to a hamster train and from robots to soft weaponry Medieval battles, creative minds were on full display at today’s seventh annual Maker Faire with venues throughout town.

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Not all candidates showed up. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Carolanne Curry via Facebook

Founded by Westporter Mark Mathias, this year’s event under crisp blue skies broke out from its usual place at the Westport Library and Jesup Green to include the entire Baldwin parking lot, Veterans Green, the Westport Historical Society and even Town Hall.

The League of Women Voters of Westport (LWVW)-sponsored event at Town Hall was perhaps the most challenging and urgent in terms of innovation and creativity -– how to fix the State of Connecticut.

On the auditorium’s stage, each one of dozen gubernatorial candidates, Democrats, Republicans, independents, unaffiliated and a Libertarian, offered his or her solutions for a state nearly all said was in crisis mode. 

The malaise each promised to fix included: out-of-control; taxes; failing transportation infrastructure; irresponsible state spending; having the nation’s third highest electricity costs after Alaska and Hawaii; and a worrisome exodus of businesses and residents hurting real estate values.

“I think this bridges both,” First Selectman Jim Marpe said about having gubernatorial hopefuls included in the Maker Faire, which ran from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the LWVW event from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

“This is a weekend in Westport that celebrates innovation, and the League of Women Voters has been innovative in bringing together virtually all of the gubernatorial candidates, which gives Westport an opportunity to hear their platforms and points of view regardless of their political affiliation.”

LVWW President Sheila Ward had 21 candidates lined up and in the program, but only 12 showed. Among the no shows was Bridgeport Mayor Joseph Ganim, a Democrat, whose name was the most recognizable of the candidates.

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, a Republican, and Westporter Steve Obsitnik, were not on the list of those scheduled to appear.

Among those on stage were: Democrat Sean Connolly, former commissioner of the state’s Department of Veterans Affairs; Mark Stewart Greenstein, a Democrat who called himself “a voice for independent voters;” Oz Griebel, an unaffiliated candidate, who said he needs 2,500 more signatures to get on the ballot, and Rod Hanscomb, a Libertarian who wants to get rid of the state income tax to woo businesses to the state.

The lineup also included: Jonathan Harris, a Democrat, who told the audience, “the sky is not falling” in Connecticut; Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst, who boasted balancing eight budgets in his town; Westporter Marisa Manley, a lawyer who owns a commercial real estate company; Scott Merrell, a Republican who said the AFL-CIO controls all the unions in the state, which are corrupt; David Walker, a Republican who served as a CEO for five companies and vowed to “fight corruption in this state;” Lee Whitnum, a former Army field artillery officer who said she is bent on “cleaning up the judiciary in this state;” Jacey Whyatt, a Democrat who said she was the state’s first transgender woman running for governor; and Republican Eric Mastroianni, who showed up nearly an hour late and touted his military background.

Ward asked each one a different question that included: how to address income inequality in the state; whether the state should adopt a Net Zero by 2050 policy as Westport has; how to bring energy costs down; how, in keeping with the Maker Faire theme, to bring more innovation to the state; how to fix pension liabilities; how to bring about state education reform; their thoughts on national state reciprocity on concealed carry guns; and school safety.

In response to a question on Net Zero, Greenstein said he was a free market fan.

“I’m very skeptical of what government does,” he said. “Economics and free markets do a better job of getting us clean air.”

Regarding ways to bring more innovation to the state, Hanscomb pointed to the state of Washington, an innovation hub.

“Zero income tax,” he said. “We need to lower the income tax and let businesses run themselves.”

In response to a question on ways to improve the state’s transportation infrastructure, Harris said the answer was better public-private partnerships and reducing permitting times.

Wyatt said improved school safety could be achieved via inconspicuous barriers and bullet-proof glass that did not make students feel they were in an armed camp.

When the question of the state going Net Zero came around to Manley during the second round, she said it was not a priority.

“Net Zero is not something the state should focus on,” she said. “What’s going to bring people back to Connecticut is knowing that they can afford to live here.”


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'Processed food is practically 3D printed. The difference is, this is with fresh, real ingredients …

Lynette Kucsma, founder and CMO of Barcelona-based Natural Machines, believes that in 10 to 15 years, 3D food printers will be a common kitchen appliance, like ovens or microwaves are today.

“It’s not as crazy as it sounds because if you eat anything from a food manufacturer today, you’re practically already eating 3D printed food,”​ she says. “What a food manufacturer does is take food, push it through machines, push it and form it. We’ve taken the exact same concept but shrunk it down to a designed kitchen appliance. But the big difference is, we allow you to use your own fresh, real ingredients.”

Kucsma, who was named one of 2015’s seven ‘tech superheros’ to watch by CNN and presented at this week’s Ingredients Show in Birmingham, speaks a lot about “fresh, real ingredients​”.

In fact, she says one of the main reasons she decided to create Foodini – the name of its 3D printing machine – was to counter the prevalence of processed, packaged food.

A big differentiating factor between 3D printers and other appliances that are already established – Nestle’s Nespresso, for instance, where consumers have to buy the pre-filled capsules – is that Foodini users can choose what goes into the empty, stainless steel capsules, she says.

“It’s designed to get people back into their kitchens, using fresh, real ingredients, which is one of the macro trends at the minute. People want to know where their food comes from and what’s in there.”

Natural Machines is currently engaged in a number of research and development projects with food manufacturers who are keen to understand the technology, see how it can benefit their business and, ultimately, monetise it, Kucsma says.

RAPID + TCT 2018 the 3D Printing Industry preview

Next week I will be reporting live for 3D Printing Industry from RAPID + TCT 2018 in Fort Worth, Texas. For any visitors and exhibitors at the Fort Worth Convention Center, please say hello if you see me. You can also catch me over on Twitter where I will be sharing all the latest news from the exhibition floor.

More than 6,000 attendees are expected at this year’s event covering the length and breadth of the 3D printing industry with over 300 exhibitors and 150+ presentations.

In preparation for the slew of announcements to come next week, we have a preview of upcoming announcements in materials, hardware, software and services.

The Stratasys Continuous Build 3D Demonstrator at RAPID + TCT 2017. Photo by Michael PetchThe Stratasys Continuous Build 3D Demonstrator unveiled last year at RAPID + TCT 2017. Photo by Michael Petch

Lockheed Martin Skunk Works, Mayo Clinic and Wohlers Associates top the bill for keynotes

Keynote speeches this year include:

April 24th – Tomorrow’s Additive Manufacturing: An Aerospace & Defense OEM Perspective by Michael D. Packer, Director of Manufacturing, Advanced Production Programs at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics’ Skunk Works®.

April 25th – Rise of Point-of-Care Manufacturing: Impacting More Patients with 3D Printing by Amy Alexander, Biomedical Engineer at the Anatomic Modeling Lab of the Mayo Clinic and Jonathan Morris, the lab’s co-director.

April 26th – Printing the Future, by Terry Wohlers, Principal Consultant and President at Wohlers Associates, Inc., and principal author of the annual Wohlers Report.

Terry Wohlers speaking at Formnext 2016. Photo by Michael Petch.Terry Wohlers speaking at Formnext 2016. Photo by Michael Petch.

#3DTalk to dispel the myths of additive manufacturing

In the the Keynote Theater at 1.30pm on Tuesday 24th April 2018, Women in 3D Printing and Cyant will be presenting a lively #3DTalk session to dispel the most common misconceptions in additive manufacturing.

Speaking on the panel, hosted by Cyant founder and CEO Barbara Hanna, will be:

– Stacey DelVecchio, Additive Manufacturing Product Manager at Caterpillar Inc.

– Dr. Amy Elliott, Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

– Jennifer Fielding, PhD, Technical Advisor for Propulsion, Structures, and Manufacturing Enterprise Branch at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).

– Miheala Vlasea, PhD, Assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo, Canada.

A separate Women in 3D Printing event will take place on May 1st in London at Here East, more information is available here.

#3DTalk Series logo. Image via 3dtalk.tech#3DTalk Series logo. Image via 3dtalk.tech

Tiertime and MachineWorks releases

3D printing solutions provider Tiertime, headquartered in Beijing, will be announcing three new 3D printers at RAPID + TCT 2018: the UP mini 2 ES, UP300 and X5 machines.

The UP mini 2 ES updates the company’s existing UP mini 2 FFF 3D printer with four new features aimed at ease-of-use, reliability and budget.

UP300 is a larger FFF 3D printer with interchangeable extrudes each suited to a different material class: one for ABS, one for PLA, and one for TPU.

And the X5, dubbed “the crowning achievement for Tiertime in 2018” is the company’s industrial FFF release for continuous 3D printing. Joseph Guo, International Sales and Marketing Director at Tiertime Corporation comments,

“Years ago we recognized the value of inexpensive 3D printing in a low-volume manufacturing environment. The X5 was designed from the ground up with this in mind,”

“The machine fully realizes the potential of the Tiertime Print Queue and is intended to be a workhorse, grinding out print jobs one after another with as little hassle as possible.”

The X5 3D printer from Tiertime. Image via TiertimeThe X5 3D printer from Tiertime. Image via Tiertime

MachineWorks will be displaying “a sneaky preview” of its upcoming Polygonica software release, with improvements to simplification performance, shrink-wrapping technology and automatic handling of laser scan-data and handling point clouds.

Materials and powder handling upgrades

Powder handling specialist Volkmann is introducing the PowTReX additive manufacturing handling system. “Operating at throughputs of above 1100 lbs/hr for stainless steel, and above 660 lbs/hr for aluminum powder,” the company states, “PowTReX keeps the additive manufacturing operation running at peak efficiency.”

Industrial gas provider Linde LLC is showcasing three new technologies to improve the quality of metal additive manufacturing. The new products cover atmospheric gas management on Incoming Quality, 3D Process Quality and Finish Quality streams of powder-based processes.

Adaptive3D Technologies, a Dallas-native resin supplier, is presenting “the world’s highest-strain 3D-printable photopolymer” at RAPID + TCT. According to Kial Gramley, VP of Sales & Marketing at Adaptive3D,  “We believe that material performance is the key that is going to unlock the true potential of Additive Manufacturing,”

“We focus on tough materials that combine strength with high elongation and, as a material supplier, we do not lock our customers into any platform like most companies in this space; we just compete on performance.”

Tough rubber 3D printed material. Photo via Adaptive3D TechnologiesTough rubber 3D printed material. Photo via Adaptive3D Technologies

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Featured image shows The RAPID + TCT 2017 exhibition floor. Photo by Equispheres Inc.

Why 3D Printing Is A Huge Business Opportunity For India ?

The 3D printing material & equipment market in the Asia Pacific is predicted to witness high growth in the coming years

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The 3D printing industry has grown enormously over the past few years. Several sectors like aeronautics, engineering, fashion design, education, healthcare and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) have already started adapting 3D printing in their production process.

According to a research by Global Market Insights, the 3D printing material & equipment market in the Asia Pacific is predicted to witness high growth in the coming years, owing to the substantial growth of manufacturing in sectors like automotive and the rapid technological advancements. This surge in 3D printing will create a whole new category of new jobs and investment opportunities.

Considering the growing importance of this industry, Entrepreneur India spoke to a few experts to know why 3D printing is a huge business opportunity in India.

A New Way to Build Products :

The needs of the India market are evolving along with the changes in the lifestyle of the Indian consumer. Companies are realizing the need for quicker and more efficient alternatives. For Anand Prakasam, Country Manager, EOS (EOS Electro Optical Systems) India, Industrial 3D printing has changed the way sectors such as healthcare, dental, aerospace and infrastructure build products.

For example, EOS in collaboration with CSIO developed a medical 3D-printing solution, to design patient-specific implants in segmentation with patient CT-scan data to generate a 3D-CAD model.

Prakasam added that today, additive manufacturing (the industrial version of 3-D printing) is being used to build a variety of products such as shoes, high rise building, and green automotive parts such as engines to handle evolving complexities in present day cars or even dental implants. Players in the manufacturing industry are now striving towards delivering cutting-edge products, that improve productivity and cost efficiency along with delivering consistent quality.

“The outcome of the adoption of industrial 3D printing is the increased importance given to design during the initial phases of manufacturing. It is no more about just delivering a product, it is about building customizable and design-driven components to catalyze this process, something that mere traditional ways of manufacturing cannot,” he said.

Deliver Business Value:

According to Ajay Parikh, Vice President and Business Head, Wipro 3D, in the last few years, apart from mature markets like US and Europe, specific geographies in Asia like China is gaining a lot of momentum in terms of 3D printing ecosystem. Parikh feels India too is catching up.

“Repeatability, choosing the right type of 3D printing technology for the right type of application and use case is going to be a key consideration for business leaders. Eventually, the technology has to provide business value. As we go forward, in terms of tech maturity, you are going to see, increased build speeds, different energy sources, and raw materials and build techniques with a fair degree of democratization as opposed to a limited number of OEMs(Original Equipment Manufacturer) providers that one sees today,” said Parikh.
Wipro 3D is already witnessing good traction with clients in Space, Aerospace, Defense and Automobile. Parikh believes this will accelerate faster in the future.

Disruption In Manufacturing Industry

3D printing is set to localize manufacturing and contribute to the Make in India movement. Ratandeep Singh Bansal, Director, Next Big Innovation Labs shared that 3D printing technology makes such fast iteration based product development possible in the manufacturing space.

As India makes its transition from a service based economy to a product based economy and the focus moves towards creating jobs in the manufacturing sector, 3D printing technology is playing a key role in aiding this transition and can help us compete with established manufacturing based economies like China.

“Although 3D Printing is a space commonly associated with plastics and metals, a plethora of applications can be found in the medical and biotechnology domains. 3D Bioprinting, an emerging subdomain within 3D Printing, utilizes the technology to combine tissue culture and biomaterials to print human cells and tissues. From prosthetics to implants to organ-on-chip devices, 3D Bioprinting is enabling unique applications in the healthcare domain,” said Bansal

US Navy Explores 3D Printing with Explosive Materials

alt L to R: Naseem Jibrin, Benjamin Ennis, Brandon Ennis and Michael Winn (UTC)

By MarEx 2018-04-16 20:24:00

A small consultancy in Chattanooga, Tennessee is helping the U.S. Navy turn explosives into custom shapes using commercial 3D printing techniques. The staff of E&G Associates – engineers Benjamin Ennis, Brandon Ennis, Nasseem Jibrin and Michael Winn, all graduates of the University of Tennessee – are working on ways to use an off-the-shelf Hewlett Packard 3D printer to create shaped charges. 

HP’s ink-and-thermoplastic powder bed fusion printers have been on the market since 2016, making them a relatively recent arrival (compared with more established 3D printing technologies like material extrusion or laser sintering). Hewlett Packard advertises them for low-cost, rapid prototyping and short-run parts manufacturing.

“The printer spreads the nylon powder and then prints on that flat layer of powder with the ink. Then the printer passes a heat lamp back and forth to make the dark areas melt. And that’s how you get your parts,” Jibrin told UTC’s alumni magazine. “The process is repeated in three steps. Spread a layer, ink the specific selected areas and fuse with heat lamps. You do that over and over again until you build a part.”

HP’s printers are not marketed for bomb-making, but with some careful R&D and a $150,000 federal grant from the Small Business Innovation Research program, the E&G team thinks that the platform can be adapted for military applications. The group is testing nylon powder infused with explosive material, polymer additives and printer ink to create its 3D explosive charges. 

E&G doesn’t have a blast chamber on site to test out the final product, but it has an agreement with the Missouri University of Science and Technology’s engineering department, which has all the equipment needed to detonate samples and study the results. “We’ll test in a chamber that’s basically a giant metal tube. It’s about eight feet high with inch-thick walls,” said Benjamin Ennis. 

E&G’s shaped-charge research is not the Navy’s first foray into 3D printing. Last year, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory worked with Surface Warfare Center Carderock to make a 30-foot submarine printed entirely of thermoplastic resin. The prototype was similar in size and function to the covert infiltration mini-subs used by the Navy SEALs, but Oak Ridge built its model much more quickly, and at a fraction of the normal construction cost.