April 2016 - In This Issue:
An Optical Microscope being calibrated at the ADAPT Center at Colorado School of Mines
For a complete listing of events, visit our website 
Beers & Gears Rescheduled! 
April 20th @ 2-6pm
Breckenridge Brewing
Due to inclement weather, the March Beers & Gears event will now be held on April 20th:

Join Manufacturer's Edge and Arapahoe Community College as we tour our client Karcher and learn about the Karcher Management System. This will be followed up by a tour of Breckenridge Brewery's state of the art brewery in Littleton. The event will conclude with beer and a networking session. Sponsored by BKD CPAs and Advisors & Neenan Archistruction. This event is for manufacturers only and attendance is limited to 2 people per company. 

Find out more and register here
Northern Colorado Manufacturing Partnership Expo 
April 28th @ 9am-5pm
The Ranch | Loveland 
T he Northern Colorado Manufacturing Partnership is presenting NOCOM 2016, a show for Northern Colorado Manufacturers to highlight the vast available industries and knowledge in the area. This event will feature over 75 exhibitors, spotlight presentations, a speaker hall featuring industry leaders and a Women in Manufacturing forum, reception, B2B Lounge and more.

Booths start at $275, with attendee tickets available at $10 in advance or $15 day of, with students getting to attend for only $5 (includes $5 food/drink coupon). There is an add on ticket for the Women In Manufacturing Forum Luncheon for only $10.

Limited Sponsorships are available! For Sponsorship Opportunities contact event chair Mike Synder - msnyder@epocs.com

Find more information here
ADAPT Open House  
June 23 @ 5-8pm
CO School of Mines 
ADAPT is seeking academic and industry partners to extend Additive Manufacturing; a cross-cutting technology poised to touch every manufacturing sector.

Join us for an open house at the new ADAPT Advanced Characterization Center at Colorado School of Mines (Brown W230, 1610 Illinois St. Golden, CO 80127) on Thursday June 23, 2016 from 5 - 8 pm. We will demonstrate our new facilities (including the new Zeiss Xradia Versa 520 X-ray Microscope), provide informal debriefs of our first 6 months of R&D efforts, and answer any questions you may have about ADAPT. More importantly, this will also be the first formal outreach event for our center, so come help us celebrate with drinks and heavy appetizers.
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Arrival of the Zeiss X-Ray Machine Expands Capabilities
-Nathan Morimitsu, Manufacturer's Edge

Over the last few months we have been working closely with our partners at the Colorado School of Mines, Faustson Tool and Machine, Lockheed Martin, Ball Aerospace and the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade to create what will be a true asset for the state of Colorado, the Alliance for Development of Additive Processing Technologies, or ADAPT Center.

The recent arrival of a Zeiss Xradia 520 Versa Sub Micron X-Ray Imaging machine, coupled with optical microscopes capable of near real time 3D imaging and some of the brightest minds in metallurgy and manufacturing processes expands the diagnostic and non-destructive capabilities of the Center to a level not matched anywhere in the world. This public/private partnership is designed to not only improve the capabilities of the founding members, but to define the standards by which 3D Printed metal parts are gauged around the globe. Membership fees are still being finalized, but the program is being designed so even the smallest company working with additive technology will be able to afford access to the research and findings of the ADAPT Center.

You can see the facilities in action at the open house on Thursday June 23, 2016 from 5 - 8 pm. We will demonstrate our new  the new Zeiss Xradia Versa 520 X-ray Microscope, provide informal debriefs of our first 6 months of R&D efforts, and answer any questions you may have about ADAPT. Check the left column for more details.

Those of you coming to the NOCOM Expo on April 28th will be treated to a keynote session about the ADAPT Center with Faustson's Heidi Hostetter and Aaron Stebner, PhD from the Colorado School of Mines. This will be a great introduction to the Center's capabilities and how manufacturers will be able to leverage the knowledge and research to improve their products and processes. 
Governor's Award for
Excellence in Exporting
Application deadline is April 15
The World Trade Center Denver is accepting  
applications and nominations for the prestigious Governor's Award for Excellence in Exporting. It will be awarded on May 19th at World Trade Day, the largest international business conference in the region! The award winner will be recognized by the Governor's Office of Economic Development and International Trade and the World Trade Center Denver for their contribution to Colorado's economy. The application is easy to fill out and the deadline to apply is April 15, 2016.

Please view the World Trade Center website www.wtcdenver.org for more details or email Stephanie Garnica at stephanie@wtcdenver.org.
NOCOM Expo Speakers Announced
Attendee Tickets on Sale Now, Booths Still Available
Manufacturer's Edge is excited to once again be a part of the Northern Colorado Manufacturing Partnership Expo. This year's event includes a great lineup of speakers, as well as a panel forum on the roles women play in manufacturing. This event will not only help connect manufacturers with service providers and their supply chain, but also allow them to showcase the exciting world of modern manufacturing to secondary and post secondary students who may be looking for a career. 

The subjects and speakers this year include:

Using Your Northern Colorado R+D Resources: EWI & FourFront 
Jahr Turchan, FourFront & Chris Kiminas, EWI
Small Manufacturers AdvantEDGE Program 
Glenn Plagens, Colorado SBDC & Sumer Sorensen-Bain, Manufacturer's Edge

3 Key Ideas that will Revolutionize Your Marketing Strategy Bruce McDuffee, Manufacturing Marketing Institute
NOCOM Women in Manufacturing Forum
Facilitator: Daria Kotys-Schwartz, PhD
Panelists: Heidi Hostetter,  Malia Miller, Sarah Johnson, Mary O'Neill, Laura Davis
Impairment Testing in a Changing Workplace Environment
Dr. Lori Guasta, Ph.D,  Predictive Safety
Colorado National Center of Excellence to lead the nation in Additive Technology 
Heidi Hostetter & Aaron Stebner PhD, ADAPT Center
Good Widgets to A Culture of Quality: Understanding the Change to ISO 9001:2015 
Export Opportunities for Colorado Manufacturers 
Karen Gerwitz, World Trade Center Denver
Workforce Development - Real Need, Real Opportunity 

As of the writing of this, there are still a handful of booth spaces still available for the NOCOM expo on April 28th at The Ranch in Loveland, CO. Attendee tickets are also available starting at $5 for students and $10 for non-students ($15 day of show). For more details visit nocomfg.com
Middle-market innovators steal the show at the inaugural Colorado Manufacturing Awards 
Innovation Key to Winners Success
Bart Taylor, Company Week

Colorado's largest company was a finalist as were other signature manufacturing and supply-chain brands, but middle-market companies flashing process and product innovation stole the show at the inaugural  Colorado Manufacturing Awards  April 6 at Denver's brilliant ART Hotel. 

The awards were organized and presented by CompanyWeek and  Manufacturer's Edge with help from  CACI, the Colorado Chamber of Commerce, and the  Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Alliance
 (CAMA).  Winners were chosen from 10 categories, including nine industry categories plus the supply chain. For a complete list of winners and highlights from the event read the full article on CompanyWeek.
Kids Connection Update: New STEM School to Launch in Broomfield
Visioneering Event to Be Held April 18
Date: April 18, 2016
Time: 9:30am-2pm
Event Location: Adams 12 Educational Support Center
Address: 1500 East 128th Avenue, Thornton, CO
RSVP to Kellie Lauth

STEM Landing is an E5 campus designed to support an entrepreneurial ecosystem that converges economy, education, and the environment. The campus, being developed in Broomfield, will converge industry, academia, and environment and include office space for companies, conference facilities, and work experiences for each student. The visioneering event on April 18th is an opportunity to get in on the ground floor and swap ideas.

"Imagine a new STEM campus P-20, where P-12 education and industry/start ups coexist...we invite you to dream big with us about the possibilities.We're so excited to see everyone at the event. The agenda will follow via email. This is a tremendous opportunity to redesign, co-construct what is possible in not only education but in economic development. We truly appreciate your time and understand if you cannot stay all day!"
- Kellie Lauth


9:30-10:00  Networking Coffee 
  • Scott Laband - Why a campus like this is so important economically and educationally
  • City of Broomfield Charles Ozaki - message of support and their vision
  • STEM Landing - Adams 12 team (Kellie, Kerry, Jeanette, Janette) - share the vision and overview
  • Dan Cohen (McWhinney) - message of support -Keeping the momentum and passion for the project
10:45-11:45  Breakout sessions - small group brainstorming/explore possibilities

  Report out and debrief
12:15-1:00  LUNCH - student presentations and industry speaker 
1:00-2:00 Site-specific planning and Closing
Learn More About Advanced Manufacturing in Colorado
Explore a Variety of New Tools From Colorado Helps Advanced Manufacturing (CHAMP)
CHAMP has introduced a number of different tools, available on their website, to help you explore the current manufacturing landscape. Need a better way to visualize the entire manufacturing industry? Know someone who needs more information about the wide variety of jobs that are available in Advanced Manufacturing? Are you working in another industry, but looking to move into manufacturing? CHAMP has a tool for that! Check out all of the exciting things they have to offer at  cocareeractiontools.com.

While you're there, be sure to take a look at this month's "Day in the Life" article profiling the day-to-day life of a machinist. Here is an excerpt:

It's easy to say that people in Advanced Manufacturing love their jobs but is it really true? We want straight to the source to find out.

Kyle Hughes works as a Machinist for one of Colorado's best manufacturing companies. When asked what he likes about his job he told us " I love to work with my hands and make tangible things."

Kyle aspired to this role because of his dad. "My father was a machinist and I remembered being in awe seeing the parts he would make out of piece of metal. We always worked on projects together as I was growing up and it piqued my interest for a career in building things ."

Read the full article here.