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How Medtronic in Mexico Ran (Nitinol) Rings around Competitors

Senior Editor Michael Anderson


In his WESTEC Keynote, Medtronic VP Mexico Operations Gerardo de la Concha described how a uniquely empowered task force was able to develop an endovascular Nitinol ring at a fraction of the old cost. Full Article

'Impossible Objects' Become Possible with New 3D Process

Digital Editor Katelyn DaMour


When Bob Swartz first saw a 3D printer in person, at a MIT laboratory where he worked as a consultant, he was only casually interested in the technology. Swartz, a lifelong inventor and entrepreneur, had worked at his late father’s manufacturing plant when he was younger but had since moved away from the industry. He studied both mathematics and computer science as a graduate student and went on to found several software and patent licensing companies. Full Article

Michelin Group and Fives Join Forces To Become a Major Metal 3D Printing Player



Michelin and Fives today announced the creation of a joint venture aimed at developing and marketing industrial machines and production shops on a global scale via metal additive manufacturing technology commonly known as metal 3D printing. Full Article

Pitt Researcher Receives nearly $800,000 from DOT NETL for Additive Research

PRESS RELEASE University of Pittsburgh


PITTSBURGH Engineers at the University of Pittsburgh are leading a national research effort to utilize additive manufacturing in developing stronger coatings for materials used in harsh environments, such as the super-heated interior of a gas turbine. Minking Chyu, PhD, Leighton and Mary Orr Chair Professor of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, will lead the Pitt researchers, who received a cooperative agreement totaling $1,015,490, including $798,594 from the Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and $216,896 in matching funds from Pitt. Full Article

Sapa Gears Up North American R&D Center

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


Sapa is gearing up a North American research and development center as the company seeks to expand its aluminum automotive parts business in the region. Full Article

Manufacturing Hub LIFT Announces First Project

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


A Detroit based group that’s part of an initiative of the Obama administration to speed development of advanced manufacturing announced its first project. It involves iron alloys and reducing the amount of metal needed to make parts. Full Article

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