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Focus on Fundamentals: Collaborative Robots - Technology, Building a Robot Cell, and Advanced Programming

Live Date: August 3, 4, 5, 2021
Duration: 3 Day Webinar Series - 60 min each

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Known for their low cost and easy installation, collaborative robots have seen explosive growth in the last 10 years, and are projected to continue the same trajectory across every manufacturing industry. On Day 1 of this three-day Focus on Fundamentals series, you will learn about the technology behind collaborative robots, what makes them safe and easy to operate, and how to execute a simple pick-and-place operation. On Day 2, you’ll learn how to design a collaborative robot cell for deployment, including which cobot end-of-arm tools are right for the application, and the importance of understanding reach and payload. Day 3 of the series puts it all together to show fully deployed, real-world cobot cells in action.

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How Collaborative Robots and Humans Working Together is the Future

Live Date: July 22, 2021
Duration: 60 minutes

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Manufacturing is suffering from a nationwide skilled labour shortage. Every industry and every company is facing the challenge of attracting and retaining people who want to work in manufacturing. Join us to understand how collaborative robots can help your company attract and retain your next generation of workers. 

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Prototyping Update: How, When and Where to Use 3D Printing Together with Injection Molding

Live Date: July 21, 2021
Duration: 60 minutes

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Product development professionals who work with prototyping and readying those prototypes for production suffer from the misconception that additive manufacturing (3D printing) and injection molding are competing technologies. In fact, the two technologies, can be used in tandem. The benefits of using both – instead of choosing one – can help your team attain unmatched benefits in several areas: material usage, rapid prototyping, faster production, cost-effectiveness, and the manufacture of challenging part geometries. This webinar will help you understand how to use each method to its greatest advantage; register now!

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3 Simple Steps to Ensure Your Design Uses the Right Connectors and Cables

Live Date: July 15, 2021
Duration: 60 minutes

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In today’s world of complex and high-speed data devices in communications, automotive harnesses, and industrial equipment networking design, the connectors and cables often determine the overall system performance. But how does an engineer or technician select the correct terminal and connecting hardware for specific environments?

This webinar will address what factors you need to consider when selecting connectors and cables to optimize system design in high-speed communication, autonomous automotive, and modern industrial applications.

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How to Kickstart Linear Motion Innovation and Benefits in Five Critical Areas

Live Date: June 16, 2021
Duration: 60 minutes

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Calling all mechanical engineers, design engineers, mechanical engineering directors, VP’s and Managers: If you're struggling to reinvigorate your inspiration for building better machines, machine tools, medical equipment, 3D printing applications, and whatever your next linear motion automation project involves…this new webinar is for you.

When you join us, you'll get new hands-on tips for working with the latest linear guidance and measurement technology. You'll learn how to streamline your next machine design and reduce complexity with the single-rail Advanced Measuring System (AMS).

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Exploring Sensors in HVACR Systems

Live Date: June 10, 2021
Duration: 60 minutes

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Sensors are an integral part of most heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) systems — helping to not only maintain a comfortable indoor climate but also to enable the HVACR system to perform properly. From the ventilation system to the cooling, heating and refrigeration equipment within a facility, the sensor technologies help reduce downtime, improve productivity, and lower maintenance costs while also improving efficiencies and reducing operating costs. In this webinar, you will learn how sensors and HVACR systems are evolving to meet the industry needs for much finer control and improved performance and efficiency. You will also discover the sensor devices that are designed for these rugged HVACR environments and include wider operating ranges, better accuracies and enhanced performance that are transforming the HVACR industry.

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Busting the Myths of Micro Molding: Grabbing Opportunities and Overcoming Challenges

Live Date: May 20, 2021
Duration: 60 minutes

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Tune in on May 20 as plastics engineering expert Davide Masato, PhD, sets the record straight on myths and misconceptions about the miniaturization of plastic parts. Masato will shine a light on the differences between micro molding and conventional injection molding, tooling, rapid prototyping capabilities, and more — all from a product and process design perspective to help you turn engineering issues into winning applications. You'll also get the latest on technology trends and applications, including the increasingly significant role 3D printing technology plays in micro molding.

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Motion Control Solutions to Solve Your Engineering Demands and Challenges

Live Date: April 22, 2021
Duration: 60 minutes

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As motion control use cases evolve, engineers face more demands and expectations, from ensuring safety to increasing performance and reducing costs. Join us to discover the motion systems that provide the tools to meet those challenges head-on. 
Functional safety cuts workplace hazards, boosts productivity, and encourages the use of technologies like collaborative robotics. Smart components harvest data to be used for predictive maintenance and analytics. All this combined with the latest generation of industrial Ethernet and wireless connectivity, modern motion systems deliver enhanced performance, increased productivity, reduced downtime, and lower cost of ownership.

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Automation Equipment Is Getting Smarter and Easier to Use

Live Date: April 8, 2021
Duration: 60 minutes

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Manufacturing and process control operations are turning to automation. Industry 4.0 technology demand and implementation has increased, sparked by the need for nimble processing equipment efficiencies in response to a global pandemic. The quality of the automation equipment itself has greatly improved with this demand, from motors and servo drives to sensors and vision systems.  

Join us as we explore the key advancements in automation equipment technologies that will pave way for efficient end-to-end autonomy.

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Time to Rethink Enclosures | How Thin-Films are Transforming Product Design

Live Date: April 7, 2021
Duration: 60 minutes

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While off-the-shelf enclosures have historically been used to provide basic product protection, trends including ruggedization, miniaturization, and cost-cutting measures are prompting engineers to explore new options. Enclosures add bulk, weight, and expenses that can introduce considerable design constraints. Additionally, most enclosures are built to prevent the ingress of water, solvents, and dust, presenting reliability threats when the case itself is compromised. 

Thin-film coatings and nanocoatings protect at a sub-assembly and PCB level with beneficial features such as dielectric properties and thermal management at minimal thinness. Using thin-film coatings, designers can eliminate sub-enclosures, cut excess costs, weight and bulk, or augment enclosures for failsafe reliability. Is it time to rethink your electronic component protection strategy?

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Saving Lives – The Value of Speed to Market in Medical Device Development

Live Date: March 25, 2021
Duration: 60 minutes

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The need to bring medical devices to market quickly was never more evident than in 2020. In this webinar you will learn how to compress the product development process without sacrificing product features or the necessary physical product testing required to ensure product reliability and production efficiency.

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Intro to Electric Vehicle, Transportation, and Autonomous Vehicle Charging Systems

Live Date: March 18, 2021
Duration: 60 minutes

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There’s more to know about charging electric vehicles than the simplicity and comfort of plug and play. Alistair Munro of Lean Direct Canada, a subsidiary of Munro and Associates joins us in this webinar to examine what’s new, and what’s available in charging technologies. We’ll cover lithium-ion batteries, autonomous park-and-charge, ultra-fast DC charging networks, wireless charging, and the benefits and drawbacks of each. As a bonus, we’ll take a look into the continually developing technology behind EV charging.

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Collaborative Robot Applications in the Electronics Industry

Live Date: March 16, 2021
Duration: 60 minutes

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Smaller, easier and quicker to program and typically one-third to half the cost of traditional industrial robots, collaborative robots are more than being noticed in electronics manufacturing. Cobots are able to perform a multitude of tasks, from assembly and dispensing tasks to quality inspection and packaging. They are even an ideal “coworker” to take over certain production line cells, enabling human workers to stay socially distant when necessary.

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Addressing Aerospace Manufacturing Challenges

Live Date: February 18, 2021
Duration: 60 minutes

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There are many challenges associated with manufacturing parts for use in aerospace applications. This webinar will address the challenges associated with quality materials, manufacturing, and related processes; airworthiness and type approval processes; the regulatory challenges with the supply chain, logistical issues the risks associated with these challenges; and how to address them.

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Welding Solutions for E-Mobility: How new laser technologies can advance your battery manufacturing

Live Date: February 2, 2021
Duration: 60 minutes

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Need to weld delicate or heat sensitive materials, join dissimilar materials or weld copper? Learn in this webinar how Coherent ARM fiber lasers offer an ideal solution for demanding, cost sensitive, mass production e-mobility welding applications.

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Automation 201 – Clarifying Your Requirements for Project Success

Live Date: January 28, 2021
Duration: 60 minutes

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In our popular "Automation 101" webinar, Epson helped guide automation professionals with a simple step-by-step framework for getting started with robotics. Automation 201 picks up where 101 left off by taking a deeper dive into the critical topic of understanding your project requirements and their associated performance trade-offs. Whether you are new to automation or a seasoned veteran, this webinar will leave you with business-ready insights based on Epson's nearly four decades of experience and leadership in industrial robotics.                                                                  

Automation 201 will provide both new and experienced automation professionals with insight and understanding around core automation requirements and their associated performance trade-offs.

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Rapid Iterations Enable Innovation for Medical Device Development

Live Date: January 26, 2021
Duration: 60 minutes

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The ability to rapidly iterate on a product design enables engineers to more confidently innovate and add new features to their products. In this webinar you will learn how medical device OEMs are leveraging simulation and rapid physical prototyping to prove out new product features while not only maintaining launch timelines but also vastly reducing product and production risks.

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High-Precision Motion Control Techniques And Why They're Important

Live Date: January 21, 2021
Duration: 60 minutes

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Precision motion control is an essential technology for a variety of market sectors ranging from microelectronics to automotive to military and aerospace. There is much more to achieving high-accuracy, high-repeatability motion than simply buying the highest resolution feedback device available, however. Positioning performance is a combination of controls, feedback, gearboxes, couplers, and support structures like linear guides.

In this webinar, we will discuss key concepts and techniques involved in designing and building high-performance motion systems, and paths to success.

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Medical Batteries: Overcoming Engineering Challenges with Design Best Practices

Live Date: December 09, 2020
Duration: 60 minutes

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This live webinar will address some unique challenges that occur when designing battery packs for Class I, II & III medical applications and will provide best practices for design engineers based on lessons learned.  

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How it’s Measured: Contact Measurement for Small Parts in Medical Device

Live Date: November 18, 2020
Duration: 60 minutes

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Quality Control is one of the most important parts in medical device manufacturing, but one of the last to be automated. Collaborative robots are transforming manufacturing and now entering into the quality space using technologies that automate contact measurement, data collection, sortation all with a high precision and repeatability.

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Battery Packs for Motive Applications: Design Best Practices

Live Date: November 18, 2020
Duration: 60 minutes

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Outside the spotlight of electrical vehicles, lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries are also being adopted for a wide range of non-automotive applications. These industrial, medical, and military applications are transitioning from Lead Acid batteries to Li-ion while others are going through their own ‘electrification’ and moving away from internal combustion engines. Each of these applications is developing their own standards to ensure the safe transition to Li-ion in their respective markets. During this live webinar, industry experts will provide insight into the impact these new standards are having on battery pack design with a focus on motive applications.

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Bi-Directional electric vehicle and automotive applications

Live Date: November 12, 2020
Duration: 60 minutes

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Today’s vehicles consume more power due to onboard computer and infotainment systems, making it more economically feasible to store the required energy in 48V batteries and convert it to 12 Vdc as required. Bi-Directional DC-DC converters play an important role in these systems, and understading these converters is crucial. System designers and EV engineers will learn about DC-DC converters, 48V electrical systems, and much more during the course of this presentation.

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Medical Miniaturization: Addressing the Design Risks

Live Date: November 12, 2020
Duration: 60 minutes

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The rapid increase of miniaturization in medical device development has exploded alongside similar advances in consumer electronics, semiconductors, sensors, micromotors, actuators and material science. The integration of these advanced devices makes the resulting system more susceptible to design and testing pitfalls. Perhaps nowhere is this challenge greater than in the application of in-body miniaturized wirelessly connected sensors, electronics and actuators. Laboratory support systems are also impacted. This webinar will address these risks and how designers are changing their processes to avoid them. A case study will be used to highlight some of the technical aspects of this challenge. 

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Discover How This 3D Printer Lets You Print Big Parts at a Low Price

Live Date: November 10, 2020
Duration: 60 minutes

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Say goodbye to expensive and time-intensive outsourcing of large scaled 3D printed parts. With the Form 3L, a cost-effective large-format 3D printer, you can now bring your biggest ideas to life in-house at an unprecedented price point.

We’re broadcasting a “talk show” style webinar with Form 3L Product Manager Kyle McNulty, and Form 3L Engineering Program Manager Caitlin Reyda. They’ll dive deep into the technology behind the Form 3L, walk you through three real large scale prints, do a live demonstration of using this new printing technology..

P.S. We’ve set up a new studio with three cameras on set so you’ll get an immersive learning experience.

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How to Avoid Product Failure by Design

Live Date: October 28, 2020
Duration: 60 minutes

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As you design a product with integrated electronics, you consider factors such as cost-effectiveness, sustainability, and product features, but are you accounting for variables that could lead to unexpected failure? Liquids, corrosives, contaminants, and temperature fluctuations are just some examples of environmental constituents that could render your circuitry useless, opening your business to unnecessary costs and claims as well as reputation and brand damage. This presentation is critical for design engineers, new product development teams, R&D, and anyone interested in providing a more reliable product experience. 

In this technically-focused webinar, you will learn how to prevent and eliminate costly repairs and service calls by adopting next-generation thin-film and nanocoating solutions. You will discover how these solutions can provide a more reliable and durable product experience while delivering incremental benefits associated with your design's thermal and electrical properties. Finally, you'll hear practical examples on how leading OEMs have achieved greater product performance and customer satisfaction through a systematic approach of providing better product protection.

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The Parts Under the Hood, Part 1: Electronics

Live Date: October 15, 2020
Duration: 60 minutes

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Whether engine parts or the electronics that run the engine and entertain the driver, auto components are at the heart of all the advances in the automotive industry -- and electronics suppliers and software providers are on the leading edge. Nearly 25% of the car’s cost involves electronics, and advances in electronic components and software have turned the car into a more attractive place, not to mention a safer place, for the driver. Join us as we examine and explore these components.

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Automation and Robotics in Packaging

Live Date: October 1, 2020
Duration: 60 minutes

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In this webinar author, robot futurist and changeover wizard John Henry will discuss how robots are currently used to automate packaging and how he expects them to be used in the future.

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The Right Amount of Stress: Reworkability of Gap Fillers in EV Battery Packs

Live Date: September 30, 2020
Duration: 60 minutes

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This webinar will examine how the fast-growing electric vehicle market demands robust and efficient thermal management solutions for battery packs, such as gap fillers and thermal pads.

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New Gap Filler Technologies for Battery Thermal Management

Live Date: September 29, 2020
Duration: 60 minutes

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Dow MobilityScience™ presents Dow’s expansive DOWSIL™ silicone portfolio for Transportation and Mobility. The Dow transportation team will be presenting on the wide breadth of silicone materials, focusing on gap filler technologies for thermal management, including the new DOWSIL™ TC-5515 LT Thermal Gap Filler. 
Erica Everett, Marketing Manager for Transportation & Mobility will open with an intro on Dow, with highlight of our MobilityScience™ platform and resources. Afterwards, our Technical and Service Development Scientist, Ken Weidner, will present on silicone gap filler materials with focus on the newly launched TC-5515 LT Thermal Gap Filler. DOWSIL™ TC-5515 LT Thermal Gap Filler provides various benefits such as heat dissipation, lower total cost and weight, good durability, low flame risk and ease of application process for battery modules and cooling panels for EV Battery pack assembly.

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Back-to-School with DesignCon + Design News: Free Webinar Series

Live Date: September 28 - October 2, 2020
Duration: 60 minutes

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September 28, 2020: Beginner's Guide to RF & Microwave PCB Design
September 29, 2020: Open-Source Software Tools for Signal Integrity
September 30, 2020: Hidden Challenges in 112-Gb Channel Design & Modeling
October 1, 2020: Current Distribution, Resistance & Inductance in Power Connectors
October 2, 2020: PCB Material Characterization with One Measurement

Join DesignCon and Design News in this five-part Back-to-School webinar series presented by expert engineers from the electronics chip, board, and system industries. These sessions will walk through several use cases, illustrate how to use various tools to solve a range of design problems, present practical workshops, and provide attendees an understanding of why some design looks good on paper but fails once implemented. Attendees will also hear updates on DesignCon 2021 and receive a discount code for the upcoming in-person conference.

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Can You Automate Innovation with Generative Design?

Live Date: September 22, 2020
Duration: 60 minutes

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The future of your organization is dependent on your product design team creating breakthrough products that exceed customer expectations, boost sales and beat the competition.  With looming deadlines and budget constraints, it can be hard for executives to foster innovation in their product design teams.
While Generative Design can be a great source of new, awe-inspiring designs, it also addresses these challenges by automating the creation of designs in practical and pragmatic ways. Not only does it cut down on design exploration costs, but also creates a new, faster way for your product designs team to work together.

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Is 5G the Future of Autonomous Vehicles?

Live Date: September 17, 2020
Duration: 60 minutes

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This webinar will explore how emerging 5G cellular communications technology is addressing the shortcomings of DSRC and 4G-cellular LTE to enable advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). In addition, the webinar will delve into the concept of a “living room” on wheels.

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Connected Health: The Miniaturization of Medical Part 2

Live Date: August 27, 2020
Duration: 60 minutes

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This new Design News webinar will examine the phenomenon of medical miniaturization and look at the components and methodologies that enable a new breed of products for use in everything from autonomous home monitoring systems to minimally invasive surgery.

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How to Identify Good Collaborative Robot Projects

Live Date: August 25, 2020
Duration: 60 minutes

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Statistics show that collaborative automation is the fastest growing segment in the industry, and for good reason: cobots are safe, easy to use and quick to deploy. To get started, you’ll need to take a critical look at your manufacturing operations to identify which tasks are best automated by cobots. This webinar will help you walk through that process to ensure that cobots are a good fit for your application(s).

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Innovations in Automated, Robotic Small Part Contact Measurement and Sorting for Medical Device

Live Date: July 22, 2020
Duration: 60 minutes

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Collaborative robots are one of the most exciting technology developments in the automation industry in decades. Cobots are finding their way into many areas of manufacturing; especially for high-mix small-batch operations. Automated small part inspection is now available for quality departments: freeing up labor, increasing accuracy and automating the collection of critical data and sorting parts. Adding inspection robots into quality control for medical part manufacturing can be transformational for companies that want to retain and attract talent.
 
Join us for this educational webinar where we will have industry experts discuss the pros, cons and steps to implementing Cobots in Quality Control.

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How to Design for Additive Manufacturing (SLA)

Live Date: July 21, 2020
Duration: 60 minutes

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Since the rules of additive manufacturing are very different from the rules of injection molding and machining, making the right design decisions for 3D printing can be challenging. By learning key design guidelines for stereolithography (SLA) additive manufacturing, you’ll be able to reduce trial and error steps, produce functional parts in less time, and save on material costs.

In this webinar, we’ll teach you essential print process physics and additive manufacturing material challenges. We’ll walk through a presentation packed with visual examples for SLA manufacturing design guidelines and five methods to design for assembly.

Attend this webinar and learn:

  • How to optimize the design of an example part to save $500 in material costs, 80 hours of machine time, and manual labor time.
  • Design guidelines for holes, lattices, overhangs, fins, ribs, and nesting.
  • How to avoid print failures related to adhesion, warping, lack of support structures, and more.
  • How the rules of product development and manufacturing change without tooling costs.

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