Fundamental research touches our lives in a myriad of ways. Here are some technologies – thanks to decades of fundamental research – that make our everyday lives better. Learn more here and on the infographic below.
Manufacturers around the country open their doors today and throughout October, inspiring more young people to make manufacturing a career choice. Let us know what you did to celebrate MFG DAY 2018.
Below is a look at how MFG DAY has inspired, impacted the future generation of workers.
The L.S. Starrett Company will open its doors again this year to welcome students/schools, state representatives, and the community to participate in Manufacturing Day on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, from 10am – 12pm at Starrett Corporate Headquarters located at 121 Crescent Street, Athol, MA.
October is recognized as Manufacturing Month and thousands of manufacturers across North America participate to educate millions about modern manufacturing and generate interest in the manufacturing trades to build a stronger, skilled workforce. Starrett will be giving guided tours at its facility in Athol. Attendees will learn how a Starrett punch is manufactured from start to finish, and contests will be held during each tour. Tours will begin with showing a "How It's Made" video. There will also be several fascinating precision measurement demonstrations and manufacturing technology discussions designed to educate and inspire. Popcorn will be served at the end of each tour.
Aurora, IL – Mitutoyo America Corp. officials announce the grand opening of the newest M3 Solution Center, Oct. 25, 2018 from 8am to 3pm in Mason, Ohio. The 13,500ft2 facility is conveniently located for customers to schedule appointments for product demonstrations, assistance with application challenges and metrology solutions, as well as product and educational training seminars. The M3 Solution Center, located at 6220 Hi Tek Court, Mason, Ohio, showcases Mitutoyo America’s dedication to its customers’ needs by offering complete solution services of the latest metrology technological advances. The showroom will feature the Mach Ko-Ga-Me system, as well as other equipment displayed at IMTS 2018 including a Mach 3A CMM, QV Active, Crysta-Apex EX 5-axis CNC CMM with PH20, optical comparator with M2-2D interface, U-Wave Fit, and HR-530 hardness tester.
During the celebration, attendees will have an opportunity to tour the facility and take part in several product demonstrations. Scheduled highlights include
- Interactive tool table: Available all day, it provides a look at tool specifications and shows unique features of select individual specialty tools, attendees can try the individual products and interact with them
- 8:30am – Automated metrology solutions: Mitutoyo’s team of engineers available to show shop floor integration solutions, automated measurement cell technology, and custom measurement solutions
- 10:00am – Vision systems for high accuracy measurement: Demos on QV Active release, PFF, QV stream system technology and touch probe, optional software releases, micro technology, white light interferometry
- 1:00pm – Introduction to electronic data collection and real-time SPC: Experience the full capabilities of MeasurLink SPC data collection software and various ways of getting the data from gages to the SPC software; demos will include data collection using USB direct cables, wireless transmitters, USB Multiplexers
- 2:30pm – Fundamentals of surface roughness: Learn what surface analysis is and necessary calibration steps; the importance of tip wear and checks
“At Mitutoyo, custom solutions are an integral part of who we are. Our goal is to always provide timely, quality metrology solutions to our customers that are convenient and practical for their businesses,” says Terry Davis, regional sales manager. “At an M3 Solution Center everything is provided under one roof, so the customer can have easy access to all of the latest technology available in one place and interact with the tools to ensure we are providing them with solutions that address their core concerns and aren’t just talking about product functionality.”
Mitutoyo has a total of nine M3 Solution Centers throughout the U.S.
For more information about the Mitutoyo Open House in Mason, Ohio, on Oct. 25, 2018, or to RSVP, please email Chase Heikkila by Oct. 12, 2018.
One of the current research priorities of NASA is related to long-term space missions, which undoubtedly will bring enormous technical and human challenges to be carried out successfully and safely.
Some of these challenges have to do with the health and well-being of astronauts during these missions, challenges that can range from quick access to customized medical applications, parts, or medical instruments manufactured on demand, prosthetics, orthoses, or elements for emergency treatment and rapid wound closure, among many others.
One of the technologies that can solve many of these challenges is 3D printing, which due to its enormous versatility and relative low cost would allow building in situ an infinity of objects that might be needed in these long-term missions.
But not everything is perfect with 3D printing since it has been determined that one of the serious problems inherent in this technology is due to the porous nature of the polymers and the complex geometries of the 3D printed objects that create the risk of hosting a high bacterial load.
This is why NASA Nebraska Space Grant in collaboration with the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the Chilean company based in the USA, Copper3D, have begun a study about the potential of a new antibacterial material for 3D printing, a polymer of Polylactic Acid (PLA) containing a patented additive based on copper nanoparticles and other enhancing elements, which eliminates a wide range of fungi, viruses, and bacteria called PLACTIVE.
Daniel Martínez, director of innovation and co-founder of Copper3D, says, "The use of this new antibacterial 3D printing technology has several potential applications. Our main focus has been the development of antibacterial materials with applications in the field of medicine and rehabilitation, such as medical/surgical instruments, orthoses, prostheses, applications in the dental world, and healing of complex wounds. But now we want to go a step further and verify the potential of this technology in other types of challenges associated with the problems of the future of long-duration space missions.”
Dr. Claudio Soto, medical director and co-founder of Copper3D, notes, "This new material has already passed very exhaustive laboratory tests in Chile and the USA, with microbiological burden reduction studies that have demonstrated their ability to eliminate in a few hours +99.99% of dangerous bacterial strains such as Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus, strains that are also very present in the hospital environment, causing millions of infections and deaths per year worldwide.”
The researcher of the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Jorge Zuniga Ph.D. and scientific director of this study says, "The objective of this research is threefold:
- Describe the development of 3D printed prostheses with antibacterial filament
- Verify the antibacterial properties of 3D printed prostheses
- Develop a remote fitting methodology and determine patient satisfaction after using a 3D printed antibacterial finger prosthesis
This study will also set the scientific basis for future studies on the impact of this new technology on countless new antibacterial applications that solve serious health and functional problems both on earth and in space.”
Andrés Acuña, CEO and co-founder of Copper3D, says: "Our company started with a strong emphasis on innovation and our focus will continue to be linked to innovation and development of new materials and products that achieve a real impact on the quality of life of the people. We are very excited about the results that may come out of this study with Dr. Jorge Zuniga, the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and NASA. We think that this collaboration could be maintained over time to explore new technologies in the field of additive manufacturing that can save lives in complex contexts such as intra-hospital infections and environments as hostile as long duration space missions.”