Materialise, Saddleback, And NCACT Alliance Promotes Rapid Prototyping


Press Release

Materialise, Saddleback College and NCATC alliance to promote the possibilities of RP technologies to the product development community

Materialise, Saddleback College and the National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers (NCATC) announce a strategic alliance aimed at distributing class-leading Rapid Prototyping (RP) know-how and RP data preparation software to NCATC members.

The NCATC is a network of higher education resources providing technological and educational services to business and industry. NCATC strives to increase the national awareness of the most current and emerging technology, processes, and equipment through its strategic alliances.

Today, RP technologies are becoming widely available. Furthermore, with these RP technologies a complete new fashion of manufacturing can be addressed: true digital manufacturing. A striking example is the hearing aid industry, which in two years has made a complete conversion from artisan manufacturing to full digital processing. As such RP technologies are reshaping certain industries as we speak. One can anticipate that the digital manufacturing will continue to change the way we look at product development today.

The growing importance of RP technology and the vast amount of possibilities it offers to a wide variety of users incited the NCATC to establish its Technology Transfer Program. The main objectives of the program are to create RP awareness throughout the NCATC members and to promote the possibilities of RP technologies and infrastructure to its members, by performing training classes and information seminars.

Materialise, one of the drivers in software development for Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing, and Saddleback College are the newest Technology Transfer Partners in this program.
Materialise' cutting-edge Magics software offers fast and easy-to-use solutions for STL handling, STL editing and work preparation for Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing processes. Over the years, the software has grown into a common platform for the RP community.
Saddleback College houses an advanced RP Technology Competence Center and is a certified Materialise training center. The expertise they have developed in the field will assist educational institutions apply the power of Magics software to the product design and RP process.

Through this partnership, the NCATC members will be able to gather RP know-how and to experience how Magics software can assist in benefiting most from RP technology.


About NCATC
The National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers is a network of higher education resources that advocates and promotes the use of technology applications that enhance economic and workforce development programs and services. Specific objectives of NCATC are:
►        To increase the national awareness of technology centers and their positive impact on America's competitive ability and economic growth through education, training, technology transfer and demonstrations of techniques, processes and equipment.
►        To develop and facilitate the exchange of workforce development programs among NCATC members, providing for the efficient and effective use of information, expertise, training materials and equipment.
►        To provide a forum for new and emerging technologies, their applications and ideas on new services that Coalition centers may use to strengthen the workforce development programs and objectives in their respective regions.
►        To make information available to Coalition members on other services, programs and technologies that will enhance their ability to assist the economic and business development of their communities.


About Saddleback College

Saddleback College entered this field as a result of a 3 year National Science Foundation grant to develop curriculum and identify skills necessary to be successful as an RP technician. Saddleback has also been awarded a state economic development grant to assist companies in the area to adopt this technology, and to provide initial assistance "Lean Product Development" and RP. The college has purchased two different RP technologies in 3D printing, and will be adding Sony's SLA technology to the lab this spring. As a result of the agreement with SONY, Saddleback College will become the national training centre and provide assistance to their customers in equipment and software applications.

About Materialise

Materialise started out in 1990 as a Rapid Prototyping Service Bureau and has since grown to become one of the leaders in software development for Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing processes. Materialise software equips customers to accomplish their most challenging tasks with ease. The software can be summed up this way: integrated solutions whose key element is design automation, and whose goal is to offer a competitive advantage by driving efficiency and cutting costs. The company has development, sales and training offices all over the world. Its software development team is the largest in the sector.



Review Article Be the first to review this article
SolidCAM: Program your CNCs directly inside your existing CAD system.


Featured Video
Editorial
Jeff RoweJeff's MCAD Blogging
by Jeff Rowe
Siemens Goes ECAD With Mentor Graphics Acquisition
Jobs
Mechanical Engineer for IDEX Corporation at West Jordan,, UT
Senior Structural Engineer for Design Everest at San Francisco, CA
GIS Analyst II for Air Worldwide at Boston, MA
Business Partner Manager for Cityworks - Azteca Systems, LLC at Sandy, UT
Upcoming Events
Design & Manufacturing, Feb 7 - 9, 2017 Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA at Anaheim Convention Center Anaheim CA - Feb 7 - 9, 2017
Innorobo 2017 at Docks de Paris Paris France - May 16 - 18, 2017
Display Week 2017 at Los Angeles Convention Center 1201 S Figueroa St Los Angeles CA - May 21 - 26, 2017



Internet Business Systems © 2016 Internet Business Systems, Inc.
595 Millich Dr., Suite 216, Campbell, CA 95008
+1 (408)-337-6870 — Contact Us, or visit our other sites:
AECCafe - Architectural Design and Engineering EDACafe - Electronic Design Automation GISCafe - Geographical Information Services TechJobsCafe - Technical Jobs and Resumes ShareCG - Share Computer Graphic (CG) Animation, 3D Art and 3D Models
  Privacy Policy Advertise