Women’s pleasure has long been stigmatized — wrapped up in social constructs and gendered expectations. So designing a line of sex toys for women was anything but an easy journey. Ti Chang, industrial designer and co-founder of luxury sex toy brand CRAVE, discusses the ups, downs and in-betweens of trying to bust through stigma and start conversations using innovative design as the centerpiece.
Going for Gold: how 3D printing helps Team USA Luge become more competitive
Jon Owen // Team USA Luge
Luge racing is a demanding sport – where just fractions of a second can mean the difference between victory and defeat. Traveling at more than 80 miles per hour, riders depend on comfortable, aerodynamic and custom sled designs to win races. Learn how additive manufacturing solutions from companies like Stratasys are being put to the test in the creation, production and testing of this competitive racing gear – enabling athletes to move faster in the shop and on the track.
Solving the manufacturing labor crisis with women
Danielle Applestone // Daughters of Rosie
Talk Abstract: Daughters of Rosie works with manufacturers that want to hire women. Currently we are focused on the US manufacturing labor crisis and filling 600,000+ open positions. If we do nothing, the number of unfilled jobs will grow to 2 million by 2025, primarily due to the retirement of the baby boomer generation. We support the manufacturers and the women by establishing women-only training programs on-site or at local technical colleges and retention plans for the manufacturers who hire them. The manufacturers gain access to an untapped resource, easing the demands of hiring and supercharging their ability to scale. Women in the program get the support and community they need to enter into the fields of advanced manufacturing, electronics, and IT, where they are currently underrepresented. In essence, we are taking the current skilled-labor crisis head-on and using a play from WWII by focusing on the training and placement of women.
Exhibition and coffee — 10.55am – 11:30am
Main sessions 11:30am - 1:00pm
Gap-to-Zero: the next revolution in manufacturing & rise of hardware entrepreneurs
Suchit Jain // SOLIDWORKS
Talk Abstract: How do makers, manufacturers, and engineers achieve gap-to-zero distance between design and making? This session paints a future where design software speaks the language of additive manufacturing for 3D printing. See how the uprising of AR/VR technologies is helping achieve Gap-to-Zero by providing new multi-sensory environment to improve design and making. Walk through software and machine integration scenarios where unstructured manufacturing achieves faster concept to product realization. See examples that illustrates how new process techniques, tools, and design interfaces create innovation in model generation and intelligent machines – at the click of a button.
The dawn of AI for creatives: the next age of mechanical innovation
Paul Sohi // Autodesk
In every design or engineering exercise, we as creatives are looking to innovate, to do more with less, and to always do something better than what came before us. Parallel to this we are expected to produce faster, more efficiently, and cheaper, with less time than ever. The demand from consumers, as well as investors has created a world where design exploration is under immense pressure, not necessarily enabling the incubation of multiple ideas. However the popularisation of AI, and with it, the emergence of AI for designers and engineers is bringing in a new age of conceptulisation, design exploration, and manufacturable parts with it.
CAD and the product designer: what’s new, what’s coming and what you should be doing now
Paul Sagar // PTC
Products are becoming more complex than ever: more software, electronics, hardware, sensors, and microprocessors. Welcome to the era of the IoT, the convergence of physical and digital, one of the most exciting times in our careers. You need a plan to take advantage of both the opportunity the IoT represents and the ever-increasing speed of change. Join Paul Sagar, VP of CAD Product Management, as he shows you how Creo enables you to keep up with the top trends in CAD. Whether you are interested in Augmented Reality, Additive Manufacturing, Smart Connected Products or Simulation Driven Design, Creo has the capabilities you need.
Lunch and Exhibition 1.00pm - 2:00pm
Metcalf small ballroom
Main sessions 2.00pm - 3:30pm
Recharge your design process
Kathy Shottes // Siemens
Across every industry, modern products are increasingly intelligent and connected, designed to improve our productivity and simplify our daily lives. But, designing those products is anything but simple. Today’s complex electromechanical systems, where electronics and software control mechanical designs, require seamless collaboration across multiple engineering disciplines – mechanical, electrical, software and manufacturing – and across digital and physical workspaces. Fortunately, next-generation solutions are available now to help you navigate todays modern design challenges. Learn more about best-in-class ECAD-MCAD solutions from the Solid Edge portfolio and recharge your design process.
Cloud CAD Spreads Its Wings: Goodbye Files and PDM Systems
Jon Hirschtick // Onshape
Modern design teams need to work faster than ever before, and they can’t afford the friction and gridlock of old- generation CAD and PDM. As a result thousands of engineering companies have recently adopted new generation cloud CAD tools, amassing over 5,000,000 of hours of usage. What’s the latest in cloud CAD technology? The big news for cloud CAD in 2018 was the introduction of full-cloud Release Management, Workflow and Enterprise-class control and analytics tools. We will explore how full-cloud CAD provides great data management and workflow without the friction and gridlock of old-generation file-based PDM systems.
New data structures For engineering workflows
Blake Courter // nTopology
Generative design we define as “capable of production,” & thus according to this definition, all engineering is generative. This talk is about how to use computation to represent an engineering workflow. A key part of this is the underlying data representation – it must be continuous & smooth, like a surface, but represent a volumetric object. Requirements are: You must be able to visualize (on your screen), manufacture from (3D print / CNC), & understand the physics from this representation of a 3D object.
Exhibition and coffee — 3.30pm – 4:00pm
Main sessions 4.00pm - 5:00pm
Manufacturing supply chains: the quick demise
Mike Geyer // Fictiv
Manufacturing stands on the precipice of a truly disruptive ‘tech moment’. The factories of today will soon be thought of like the taxis and payphones of yesterday. This massive industry still runs on email and spreadsheets yet competition among product developers has never been more fierce. Volatile global politics and shifting policies will rip static, inflexible supply chains to shreds. We are forcing the issue at Fictiv by ushering in a new paradigm to dynamically connect demand with supply and allow anyone to bring new products to market eight times faster.
Jesse Coors-Blankenship, CEO of Frustum, will discuss how new generative design tools are shaping a future where engineers have complete freedom of design to leverage the unique capabilities of additive manufacturing. The demonstration will include practical examples of parts automatically designed by state-of-the-art topology optimization technology. Part of the presentation will also involve discussion on how software is becoming more aware of the manufacturing method, in this case metal printing, and automatically factoring that into the design process ensuring design for manufacturing.
3D design utopia
Jeremy Luchini // Luchini Designs
If you like car design, digital modeling, prototyping, and cool manufacturing ….then this is for you. Rated L, for Loud – this presentation comes packed with stimulating visuals and technical insights. Jeremy will discuss several of his exciting vehicle projects currently underway here in the New England region.
Additive Manufacturing 11:30am - 1:05pm
3DEXPERIENCE Platform for production additive manufacturing
Jing Bi // Dassault Systemes Simulia
While Additive Manufacturing (AM) has opened up possibilities for product design that were not even contemplated before, the industry still struggles with unknowns: part distortions, residual stress, microstructure defects etc. The 3DEXPERIENCE Platform on premise/cloud connects from design to production amongst designers, machine specialists and analysts. It starts the journey creating functional generative designs with one click from topology optimization addressing AM specific constraints. After build preparation engineers could choose to perform a detailed thermo-mechanical analysis to predict complex physics – such as microstructure evolution and as-built material behaviors – or fast stress analysis for compensated designs. Rated as first place in residual stress prediction by NIST AM Benchmark, the process simulations are validated and can be performed regardless of the process type (SLM, FFF, FDM, LDED, EDAM, MJFTM, SLS etc.) and material (Ti64, aluminium, steel, IN625, IN718 etc.).
Hardware should be like software. Hardware engineers should also be software engineers
David Benhaim // Markforged
In the future most mechanical engineers will also be software engineers. That statement doesn’t mean that hardware engineers will write software, although some will and should. What it means is that hardware engineers will begin to decompose, build and maintain systems like software engineers do. I developed this idea when Markforged was just starting and ran it by some of my mechanical engineering counterparts – all of whom disagreed that things would ever change. Over the last 5 years I’ve slowly introduced software engineering best practices into their workflows and watched them adopt them and consequently benefit from a new way of thinking. During this talk we’ll explore some of the differences between hardware and software engineering development processes, what recent changes in technology unlocks right now, what will likely be unlocked, and what we can learn from each other as we continue to build more advanced technology.
Powerful solutions for metal AM simulation
Dr Masha Petrova // Ansys
This year, ANSYS launched its solution for simulation of metal additive manufacturing (AM), enabling customers to quickly transition metal AM R&D efforts into successful manufacturing operations.
This talk will describe this best-in-class solution that allows simulation of the entire AM process from design to print, including determining the best machine, part set-up and material configurations before physically having to print anything, greatly reducing, and potentially eliminating, physical trial and error.
Learn how ANSYS additive manufacturing simulation tools can help engineers, designers and machine operators to improve their AM designs by allowing users to more efficiently set up builds, simulate best part orientation, and automatically generate physics-based support structures. Discover how ANSYS’s additive process simulation helps customers to detect and prevent distortion, residual stresses and blade crashes. Learn how engineers and scientists can execute parametric studies and accelerate validation studies for metal print process and material development with insight into phase transformation, full thermal history, simulation of sensor outputs, meltpool characteristics, porosity and microstructure.
Analyzing AM with CT
Lu McCarty // Volume Graphics
Computed Tomography is the natural partner to Additive Manufacturing for analyzing deformations and defects in complex 3D printing geometry.
Lunch and Exhibition 1.05pm - 2:00pm
Additive Manufacturing 2:00pm - 3:35pm
Designing for printed prostheses
Evan Kuester // 3D Systems
3D printing has delivered a growing impact to the design and production of prostheses and assistive devices. Each new technology delivers a new way to create objects that truly express the client’s needs. With 3D Systems expert, Evan Kuester, explore the history, developments, and the variety of ways additive manufacturing has changed the way prosthetic devices are conceived, produced and perceived.
Are we there yet?
Tatjana Dzambazova // Velo3D
Additive Manufacturing is exciting, inspiring, intriguing and promising. Designers look forward to freedom of design, contract manufacturers and service bureaus want new opportunities to delight their customers, and OEMs seek to challenge their current practices and achieve high throughput of production quality impossible designs. That said, AM is not yet walking the talk; the gap between the reality and the promise prevents AM from becoming a fully adopted solution for production manufacturing.
Velo3D was founded to challenge limitations and develop solutions to bring AM to the next level. Join Tanja to learn more.
Joule printing: the fastest way to make the hardest parts
Duncan McCallum // Digital Alloys
Talk Abstract: Despite great interest, the use of metal additive manufacturing in production applications has been limited by high production costs, slow printing speeds, complexity, and quality issues. Current methods take too long to be practical, or require the use of dangerous materials, specialized hardware, and multiple complex finishing steps involving shrink compensation software, chemical baths, and furnaces.
Joule Printing™ solves these challenges. The core invention was inspired by a few simple observations:
Low production costs require both an inexpensive raw material and high printing speeds.
Printing speed is gated by how quickly heat moves to the desired melting location.
Metal 3D printers work by positioning and then melting raw material to build up 3D parts. For optimal speed, cost, and repeatability, the process should use as few steps as possible.
Repeatable quality requires an ability to directly measure and control the melting process.
Securing the digital supply chain
Joe Inkenbrandt // Identify3D
This presentation will give a brief overview of how digital manufacturing is disrupting the supply chain and how manufacturing companies can better protect the digital flow of information from design to in-field use. Although distributed manufacturing introduces new cybersecurity vulnerabilities, these vulnerabilities can be mitigated through a variety of processes, tools, and technology. Joe will address the benefits and security challenges of new manufacturing technologies such as 3D printing, CNC, and Hybrid machines.
Social mixer & exhibition (Metcalf large Ballroom) --- 5.10pm - 6.30pm
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