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September 29 - Day 3: Ranging 3D Printed Parts through CAD
Focus on Fundamentals 9/29/2016
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The final day of this three-day course will offer descriptions of how these CAD tools have worked in additive manufacturing to produce 3D parts for a variety of industries. These case studies will show samples reaching from medical, to wearables, to aerospace, and more.
September 28 - Day 2: Design Decisions: CAD and Models
Focus on Fundamentals 9/28/2016
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On this second day of our three-day course, we will describe what tools are available in additive manufacturing and how their use has revolutionized design for manufacturing methods. Topics to be covered with examples include CAD (computer-aided design), solid models, and mesh models.
June 30 - Day 3: The Impact of Material Choices on the Core Business of Manufacturing
Focus on Fundamentals 6/30/2016
Material choices also help determine ideal manufacturing processes and sequences. In a bigger picture, they can also spell success or failure of mission-critical processes like lean, quality validation and certification. We will take a detailed look at how material choices can affect your development and manufacturing processes overall, with special attention paid to various aspects of typical development and manufacturing processes in automotive, medical, aerospace, and electronics industries.
June 29 - Day 2: How Materials’ Characteristics Drive the Best Material Choices
Focus on Fundamentals 6/29/2016
Material selection decisions can be made much more effectively with some knowledge of the materials, behavior and properties. We will present key decision factors that should guide your material selection proces and discuss the various relevant properties of the materials, while comparing and contrasting types of materials for particular manufacturing processes, applications and industries. We’ll look at critical attributes such as biocompatibility, temperature durability, and water resistance.
June 28 - Day 1: Which materials? Which processes? Sorting Through the Choices
Focus on Fundamentals 6/28/2016
We will take a comprehensive look at the wide range of popular metals, plastics and polymeric materials that are used in additive manufacturing (aka 3D printing), CNC machining and injection molding. Your choice of the best material for a particular project is often a very complex decision, and depends on many important considerations which differ by manufacturing process, application and industry. We will give you clear, concise guidelines to help guide you in your material selection process.
October 1 - Day 3: PM Stepper Motor Technology, Advantages/Disadvantages, Selected Application Examples Examined
Focus on Fundamentals 10/1/2015
Step motors are an example of a technology that takes on the characteristics of both AC and DC motors. Step motors can operate as synchronous AC motors or take on the characteristics of positioning servos in either case without feedback. We will examine the use of steppers in precision motion applications with a focus on PM and consideration of v/r and hybrid technologies. Real world examples will help us better understand how and why the technology makes sense.
August 25 - Day 1: Comparison of Inkjet-Based vs Other 3DP Methods
Focus on Fundamentals 8/25/2015
This class provides a quick overview of 3D printing processes widely used today including sintering, extrusion and metal printing technologies before diving into the pros and cons of alternative methods versus Inkjet-Based 3D printing. We’ll cover the benefits of using Inkjet printing for common and unique applications in medical, consumer and entertainment fields and what it can do to speed up production.
June 4 - Day 3: What’s Next After 3D Printing?
Focus on Fundamentals 6/4/2015
Get practical knowledge on choosing a viable production method for your part. Could you use additive manufacturing for final part production, or would you need CNC machining or injection molding? Each process has its advantages and disadvantages, including material processability, geometry limitations and part repeatability. Learn the different techniques used for quick-turn, low- to mid-volume part production before a potential shift to large-scale manufacturing with steel tooling.
June 3 - Day 2: Design Considerations for Manufacturability
Focus on Fundamentals 6/3/2015
This class presents an evaluation of material options as well as performance factors that impact the design and engineering of additive parts. Following the prototyping stage, material choice and part geometry have to be finalized, in addition to production planning and manufacturing process selection. You’ll learn how a 3D-printed concept evolves into a functional prototype for form and fit testing and then into a final part that is suitable for increased production.
June 2 - Day 1: Review of Industrial Additive Manufacturing Options
Focus on Fundamentals 6/2/2015
The Maker and desktop 3D printing movements may have been dominating the general press, but this class will focus on comparing industrial-grade additive manufacturing technologies like stereolithography, selective laser sintering and direct metal laser sintering used to produce higher quality prototypes and low-volume production parts.
February 5 - Day 3: Design for Direct Manufacturing with 3D Printing
Focus on Fundamentals 2/5/2015
Compliance standards established by IEC, ISO and other regulatory organizations provide guidelines for manufacturers to follow when designing, producing and testing consumer electronics designs. There are also global standards to keep in mind. Learn more about the various standards that designers should be aware of in order to be compliant.
February 4 - Day 2: 3D Printing Materials for Direct Manufacturing
Focus on Fundamentals 2/4/2015
Manufacturing demands the right materials for product performance. In many cases 3D printing can (additive manufacturing) deliver. Get a fast and comprehensive brief on what materials are now available in 3D printing – the list is growing! We’ll also make sure you know what details to consider and touch on standards that are often used to qualify a material for an application.
December 11 - Day 3: Consumer Electronics Standards
Focus on Fundamentals 12/11/2014
Compliance standards established by IEC, ISO and other regulatory organizations provide guidelines for manufacturers to follow when designing, producing and testing consumer electronics designs. There are also global standards to keep in mind. Learn more about the various standards that designers should be aware of in order to be compliant. This session also includes time for questions and answers on consumer electronics circuit protection, applications and standards topics.
December 10 - Day 2: Consumer Electronics Circuit Protection Applications
Focus on Fundamentals 12/10/2014
In today’s consumer electronics designs, everything must be smaller, lighter and faster. The technology must never lose connectivity. Users spend countless hours of hands-on time with their devices and, as a result, they represent the biggest electrostatic discharge (ESD) threat. This session addresses various circuit protection applications – from touchscreens and rapid recharging to communications ports – identifying the problems and best solutions for both ESD and lightning surge protection.
December 9 - Day 1: Consumer Electronics Overview & the Importance of Circuit Protection
Focus on Fundamentals 12/9/2014
Today’s consumers are more connected than ever. Smartphones, tablets and wearable tech are all experiencing tremendous growth. Electrostatic discharge (ESD) can easily damage today’s high-tech semiconductors – and users are the biggest ESD threat. Proper circuit protection is needed. This session addresses consumer electronics market growth and answers these questions: What is circuit protection? Why is it important? What are the issues designers should be aware of in their design development?
November 13 – Day 3: Understanding LED Lighting Standards
Focus on Fundamentals 11/13/2014
Compliance standards have been established by EnergyStar, DOE, IEC and other regulatory organizations, providing guidelines for manufacturers to follow when designing, producing and testing LED lighting designs. There are also global standards to keep in mind. Learn more about the various standards that designers should be aware of in order to be compliant. This session also includes time for questions and answers on related LED lighting circuit protection, applications and standards topics.
November 12 – Day 2: Circuit Protection for LED Lighting Applications
Focus on Fundamentals 11/12/2014
As the LED lighting market continues to grow across several application segments, the demand for both high-reliability and ROI continues to increase. Regardless of the LED application, circuit protection is needed to safeguard sensitive electronic circuits from electrical threats and meet industry standards for safety and reliability. This session addresses numerous circuit protection applications – from outdoor street lights to indoor area lighting – identifying the problems and best solutions.
November 11 – Day 1: LED Lighting Market Overview & the Importance of Circuit Protection
Focus on Fundamentals 11/11/2014
The future of LED lighting technology is certainly bright. In spite of fluctuations in the economy and the general lighting industry, LED lighting occupies a significant portion of the overall lighting market. To succeed in this market, electronics engineers must incorporate reliable circuit protection that deliver a strong ROI for their LED designs. This session addresses the LED lighting market growth and answers these questions: What is circuit protection? Why is it important to LED lighting?
October 30 - Day 3: Hydraulic Pumps Efficiency Prediction
Focus on Fundamentals 10/30/2014
Hydraulic pumps are a crucial component in hydraulic systems. This class discusses the sources of pump inefficiencies. Additionally, the presenter will discuss how pump inefficiencies are affected and predicted under operational conditions, namely system pressure and pump rpm.
October 30 - Day 3: Injection Molding With 3D Printing Molds
Focus on Fundamentals 10/30/2014
The Minnesota industrial design and product development company Worrell has enthusiastically embraced 3D printing in its medical device business. In this class, Worrell shares how it has managed to take a new look at injection molding and how your business can benefit from doing the same.
October 29 - Day 2: Quantifying Losses in Hydraulic Systems
Focus on Fundamentals 10/29/2014
Every hydraulic system experiences a certain percentage of losses due to the component inefficiencies and the plumbing used. This class will present the basic calculations needed to quantify the losses in the hydraulic conductors depending on the flow pattern through the conductors.
October 29 - Day 2: End-Use Parts
Focus on Fundamentals 10/29/2014
3D printed parts are strong and durable enough to be used as end-use products. Jack Stubbs is proving this by 3D printing anatomically accurate mannequins to be used in medical training. Listen in as he describes how 3D printing end-use parts has changed the way the University of Minnesota Medical School is teaching students.
October 28 - Day 1: Jigs & Fixtures and Tooling
Focus on Fundamentals 10/28/2014
Additive manufacturing can drastically reduce costs and accelerate delivery when substituted for current methods of making jigs and fixtures. Learn more when David Baker, President of Worxsimple, discusses how his company is using 3D printing in its work cycle.
October 16 - Day 3: Automotive Electronics Standards
Focus on Fundamentals 10/16/2014
Test standards have been established by the Automotive Electronics Council (AEC) Component Technical Committee and other regulatory organizations to provide strict guidelines for manufacturers to follow when designing, producing and testing vehicles. Learn more about the various standards designers should be aware of in order to be compliant. This session also includes time for questions and answers on related automotive electronics circuit protection, applications and standards topics.
October 15 - Day 2: Automotive Electronics Circuit Protection Applications
Focus on Fundamentals 10/15/2014
In modern automotive designs, all on-board electronics are connected to the battery and alternator. Due to its instability, the alternator output requires further conditioning before it can be used to power other systems. Protecting the vehicle’s performance and safety systems are vital to ensuring the safety and well-being of the driver and passengers. This session addresses numerous circuit protection applications – under the hood and in the cabin – identifying the problems and best solutions.
October 14 - Day 1: Automotive Electronics Overview & the Importance of Circuit Protection
Focus on Fundamentals 10/14/2014
Today's automotive designs include nearly 100 microprocessors; the number of processors is expected to double in 5 years. All on-board electronics – from in-dash displays to the latest connected technologies – all need circuit protection. This session addresses the automotive electronics market and the answers to these questions: What is circuit protection? Why is it important to automotive electronics? What are the issues designers should be aware of in the development of their designs?
October 2 - Day 3: Using SoC FPGAs as ‘C’ Implementation Platforms
Focus on Fundamentals 10/2/2014
Modern SoC FPGAs can be used as platforms for ‘C’ language-based software development to further hide ‘hardware’ details from the software-centric developer. Tools such as SDK for OpenCL promote software-centric design and result in implementations that exploit both hard CPUs and fabric-based accelerators. An example design for Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) will be used to illustrate the tool flow for ‘C’ based development.
October 1 - Day 2: Using SoC FPGAs as IP Integration Platforms
Focus on Fundamentals 10/1/2014
This class will show how SoC FPGAs can be used as IP integration platforms, delivering enhanced flexibility to the software developer. Hard IP for processors, peripherals, and memory can be combined with soft (fabric) resources for additional peripherals and algorithm acceleration. Example applications in motor control and automotive drive train controllers will illustrate how easy it is to create the optimal target platform for embedded software development.
September 30 - Day 1: An Introduction to SoC FPGAs
Focus on Fundamentals 9/30/2014
This class provides an overview of the capabilities of SoC FPGAs and how they can be used as a familiar development platform for embedded software. The additional flexibility that SoC FPGAs have over traditional MCUs and CPUs makes them much more efficient for integrating IP and accelerating algorithm performance. SoC FPGAs can help reduce overall system cost and risk.
August 14 - Day 3: Problem Solving With Plastic Bearings
Focus on Fundamentals 8/14/2014
Problem-solving day: Plastics can solve some really complex problems in the trickiest applications. Learn about a range of tricks and tools that are available to help find the solution to bearing issues in your applications. Discover a range of free tools and databases that can help discover the best solution for applications with special considerations and requirements.
August 13 - Day 2: The Right Plastic Bearing Material for Any Application
Focus on Fundamentals 8/13/2014
Plastic bearings can be found in everything from sterile lab equipment to heavy-duty offshore equipment. Discover a range of plastic bearing materials and geometries that suit this wide array of applications. From hot to cold, and occasional light-duty movements to constant, extremely heavy loads, there’s a plastic material developed to conquer just about anything.
August 12 - Day 1: Plastic vs. Metal
Focus on Fundamentals 8/12/2014
You may be surprised to hear the applications that are taking advantage of plastic bearings. While metal may still win out in some cases, plastic bearings can be just as effective and reliable as metals, if not more so. Learn the differences in technologies and how to decide which material is best for the task at hand.
May 1 - Day 3: Multi-Axes Control Architectures
Focus on Fundamentals 5/1/2014
The next step in complexity is combining several axes to perform a coordinated motion. This class reviews the different concepts that can be used. The motion control example for a delta robot illustrates how high-level multi-axes control can be achieved.
April 30 - Day 2: DC Motor Data Sheets & Selection Rules
Focus on Fundamentals 4/30/2014
This class starts with a short review on DC motor design types and their properties. We will look at the operational limits of DC motors and their behavior. A practical motor selection example will illustrate what we have learned up to this point.
April 29 - Day 1: A Systematic Approach to Drive Selection
Focus on Fundamentals 4/29/2014
This class will provide a framework for drive selection. We will review the general requirements of drives used in robotic systems. We will deal systematically with the selection criteria of an individual axis, including power and mechanics, as well as control and environmental aspects.
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A study by the Swiss government determined the type of human errors that lead to engineering disasters and ranked those errors by percentage.
General Motors’ growing commitment to electric cars took a new turn last week, as the giant automaker said it would use EV batteries in the future to help boost its use of renewable energy.
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