Jan. - Feb. 2021
Train the Trainer Session Focused on Fusion 360®
The winter Edu2Mfg Train the Trainer "Designing for Manufacturability using Fusion 360®" session was held on January 23. Dan Frank, UC Davis Ag Manufacturing and Tim Paul, Technical Manager Fusion Education with Autodesk®, presented the three and a half hour program. The 11 participants represented three California Community Colleges and eight high schools from Truckee to Sacramento as well as guests from San Diego. Below are some of the topics that were covered:
  1. Why would I 3D print vs Machine, Weldment or Blacksmith 
  2. How to choose manufacturing process
  3. How to estimate time (R&D manufacturing process, people, setup, machine, 3D print - allow for alternative design process with less time and design for 3D printing)
  4. Technology limitations for strength and usability
  5. Design to understand how support structures will affect outcome
  6. Effect of features on printed outcomes (windows vs pockets, when and how to thread and Design for Machining)
  7. Tool Sizes to reach into areas
  8. Setup orientation
  9. Risk management (time and tool/machine/work holding)
  10. Parametric Design/Environment model (duplicated concepts in CAM Toolpath, risk management and design for weldment)
  11. Forming and fabrication technologies
  12. How do technologies effect the modeling decisions
  13. Rough sketch with notes
Project Update
Shop Talk Connects Instructors
The Edu2Mfg Shop Talk was held on Tuesday, January 26. During Shop Talk, 18 instructors and partners heard a follow up on Pilot City's success in setting up internships and shared ideas on how they design successful online advisory meetings. To join future Shop Talk calls, please Click Here to request access and/or get on the list for future notifications.
Watch Shop Talk: Previous recorded Shop Talk calls are available on the Edu2Mfg website.
Resources: See List of Shop Talk Resources on the website.
Student Pet Product Design Contest
Autodesk® Fusion 360® is inviting students to participate in a statewide CAD design competition. The goal is to "design a product related to pets." The competition runs from March 1 - April 9. Students can do it individually or a teacher can incorporate it as a class assignment. Find more details on Autodesk® contest online.
Sierra College Hybrid Advanced Manufacturing Courses
The Sierra College Advanced Manufacturing courses are being offered in a hybrid format with lecture on online and in-person labs. Although the semester started January 27, several courses that do not have prerequisites still have openings. If interested, please contact Jeff Briggs who can help prospective students with late registration.
Best Practices for Virtual Advisory Meetings Sought
We are all familiar with inviting industry partners to in-person on advisory meetings where they can network with each other, communicate changing business needs, talk to students, tour lab spaces and engage in a lively in-person discussion on the pros and cons of changing curriculum or updating equipment. But what are you doing now?
With COVID, instructors are seeking effective ways to attract manufacturing representatives to online meetings, virtually collect their insights to guide their programs and provide a valuable experience through the screen. What has worked for you to engage industry partners and collect their insights? How are you adapting your advisory meetings? Please email Jeff Briggs with your thoughts and ideas so we can develop best practices to benefit everyone.
New Robotics Program at CSU Chico Taking Applications
Students can now apply for the new Advanced Manufacturing and Applied Robotics BS program at California State University Chico. Graduates of this unique, multidisciplinary program are expected to become future leaders in California's dynamic manufacturing industry. Learn more at the Chico Advanced Manufacturing webpage.
Robotics Competition to Improve Building Envelope for Energy Efficiency
With over $5 million in prizes, the overarching goal of American-Made Challenge E-ROBOT is to catalyze the development of minimally invasive, low-cost and holistic building envelope retrofit solutions that make retrofits easier, faster, safer and more accessible for workers. Successful competitors will provide solutions that provide significant advancements in robot technologies that will advance the energy efficiency retrofit industry and develop building envelope retrofit technologies. Learn more about the E-Robot competition.
SVMI was originally organized by manufacturers in the greater Sacramento region to work with educators and industry partners to proactively develop vocational, educational and workforce initiatives and programs leading to fulfilling manufacturing career paths for our region's students and workforce. The group recently changed its name from an initiative to the Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Alliance (SVMA) to reflect the maturing organization's successful partnerships.
Sierra College Delivers Employer Training
Since 2003, Sierra College Training & Development has customized employer training to develop manufacturing employees’ skills and increase productivity. Businesses that train staff report increased efficiency as well as retention of skilled workers. During COVID, online training is available by making contact through the Sierra College Training website.
You're Invited to a Smart Manufacturing Webinar on Feb. 17
The Community Colleges in San Diego and Imperial counties have invited those in the Sacramento region to attend their manufacturing webinars on AutoDesk®, Smart Manufacturing, Automation, Health & Manufacturing and Industry Collaboration.
The February Advanced Manufacturing Sector Discussion Forum topic is Smart Manufacturing Technologies on Feb 17, 2021 at 3 PM. Register in advance for Smart Manufacturing Technologies. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Folsom Cordova Adult School Seeks Welding Instructor
The Folsom Cordova Adult School is hiring a part-time welding instructor. The class is 17 weeks each fall and spring session and held Monday - Thursday 4-8 PM. The start date is March 1, 2021 or later when a minimum of 12 students are enrolled. Applicant qualifications include: three years of work experience, high school diploma and designated Subjects Credential in Building and Construction Trades, or Manufacturing and Product Development (or preliminary credential while meeting the remaining requirements). Contact Rhonda Balmain, Principal, FCUSD Adult Education.
Feb. 18 -- 10 AM CMTC Pivoting to New Products
Feb. 23 - 2 PM Parallax and cyber.org - What's a Microcontroller? for Python with the micro:bit v2.0 Module Part 1 
Mar. 23 -- 2 PM Parallax and cyber.org - What's a Microcontroller? for Python with the micro:bit v2.0 Module Part 2
Jeff Briggs . Regional Director . Advanced Manufacturing North Region 
916.316.8100 . JeffBriggs@SierraCollege.edu . http://www.edu2mfg.org/ 
Hosted at Sierra College . 5100 Sierra College Blvd., Rocklin CA 95677
Funding provided in part through Sierra College Grant #19-452-001, administered by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office.