January 2016 - In This Issue:
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Introduction to 3D Modelling and Printing

Never made a 3d model or print? This class is for you! 
We'll start with creating a model in the free, web based Tinkercad. We'll then walk through the process of printing the models on Loveland CreatorSpace's Lulzbot Mini 3D printers. While your model is printing, we'll cover maintainance and other information you'll need for 3D using the 3D printers successfully at Loveland CreatoSpace!

Date: January 10th, 2016
Time: 2PM - 5PM
Cost: $10/person
Event Location: Loveland CreatorSpace, 
320 Railroad Ave, Loveland, CO

Register  here
Swiss Turning Class
at Front Range CC  

Does your company have a Swiss Turning center? Are you planning to buy one? Do you want to cross-train your employees to raise shop productivity?
FRCC Swiss Class Starts January 11.
Find out more and register here
Grant to support Small Manufacturers in Colorado
December 10th was a big day for Colorado manufacturing.  First, the state funded a consortium of industry, academic, and public partners to build the first ever Metal Additive Manufacturing Center to be housed at the Colorado School of Mines which will provide ground breaking research on creating viable metal additive parts Second, they also funded another consortium to create the Small Manufacturers Advantage (SMA) Program, a program to help small and start-up manufacturers grow their business more quickly and successfully. 
The SMA has been in development in one way or another for the last two years.  Manufacturer's Edge, which is the Colorado arm of the Federal Manufacturing Exchange Partnership ( MEP), visited centers in California and Washington to understand their model for serving the small manufacturing community.  That effort led to a pilot program in Arvada, called the Arvada Manufacturing Initiative where, to date, 6 small manufacturing firms have been served with strategic coaches that help with everything from capacity planning, to operational excellence, to growth strategies
In parallel, Glenn Plagens, Senior Director of the North Metro Denver Small Business Development Center ( SBDC) was also trying to serve this manufacturing demographic through an SBDC pilot program.  In that program the SBDC served 4 manufacturing companies which led to significant impact for the companies, several awards and supplemental funding from the Small Business Administration (SBA). 
A number of other organizations have also successfully worked independently to serve the manufacturing community of small (fewer than 19 employees) and start up (in business less than 5 years) firms. Still, there was always something missing.  What was missing was a one stop shop that could serve all the small manufacturer's needs. 
The Small Manufacturers Advantage Program is the answer.  The SMA is a partnership program that is leveraging and coordinating a number of key Colorado organizations, such as Manufacturer's Edge, the Small Business Development Center, the State of Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade ( OEDIT), the World Trade Center and the Procurement Technical Assistance Center ( PTAC) to provide integrated support to small manufacturers.  The SMA program will be open to manufacturers across Colorado who meet eligibility requirements for the program.
The funding is provided in three parts; one third from Manufacturer's Edge, one third from OEDIT, and one third from a contribution from any small manufacturer served by the program.  The total budget will be nearly one million dollars over the 3 year program.  The program leverages state and federal funds to bring industry experts to support the challenges each organization is facing.  This expertise could be in business finance, marketing, operational excellence, growth services, export assistance and beyond.
So how do you participate? 
  • The company must be located in Colorado
  • The total company headcount should be fewer than 20 employees
  • The company must be a manufacturing company
  • Demonstrated support and commitment by the owners and executives to improve the business
  • The company must be willing to report the impact of the project to OEDIT and Manufacturer's Edge
  • Commit to supporting and implementing recommendations to maximize the results
If you meet that simple criteria then you can apply through on online application that will become available in March of 2016.  Once the application is completed, a joint meeting will be set up with a Manufacturer's Edge staff along with an SBDC team member.  This program is a three-year statewide initiative that we all believe will significantly impact the Colorado small manufacturing community.  For questions please contact Sumer Sorensen-Bain, Chief of Programs and Operations for Manufacturer's Edge at 303.981.2144 or Glenn Plagens, Senior Director of the North Metro Denver SBDC at 303.460.1032.
It's Not Too Late to Get Your Company to Hannover!
Be a Part of the World's Largest Industrial Tradeshow
The US Department of Trade is still actively seeking interested exhibitors to be a part of the USA Partner Country Pavilion at Hannover Messe 2016, the worlds largest industrial trade show! 

Companies with high quality, leading edge technologies in the following sectors should seriously consider exhibiting at Hannover Messe:

* Factory and Process Automation, Systems Solutions, and Industrial IT
* Energy, Integrated Energy Systems, and Mobilitec
* Digital Factory, Integrated Processes and IT Solutions
* Industrial Supply, Industrial Subcontracting, and Lightweight Construction
* Research & Technology - R&D and Technology Transfer

Read more about US Involvement in this year's exhibition: http://export.gov/hannovermesse/ and promotional webinars: http://export.gov/hannovermesse/webinars/index.asp 
3D Printing Colorado's FutureMetal
Advanced Industry Infrastructure Grant gives Colorado 
an Additive Manufacturing Advantage 
Tom Bugnitz - CEO Manufacturer's Edge
Tom Bugnitz, CEO Manufacturer's Edge
Reprinted from Company Week
When the right project meets the right people with the right motivations, great things can happen. Personal agendas disappear, trust is built, resources mesh, and a common vision emerges that can benefit not just those involved, but the larger community too. When this happens, it can be a model for how things can be done to move an entire state forward.

Such has been the case over the last two years, culminating last week as I watched the state's  Economic Development Commission allocate $2.5 million to position Colorado as the premier center for advanced metal additive manufacturing.  OEDIT's Advanced Industry Infrastructure Grant Program was the source of the funding, and this was by far the largest grant ever awarded through this program.

The "right project" will build a practical research center in Colorado that will provide testing, performance analysis, and materials knowledge about 3D metal printed parts, especially as those parts apply to aerospace and advanced manufacturing. This is an area that is critical to pushing America forward in advanced manufacturing, and Colorado will be in the lead. This project will produce tangible, usable results starting within the next few months, and with the infrastructure built by this grant well into the next decade. In fact, work has already started in determining what and how to manufacture test parts, and the first analysis will begin shortly.

The "right people" were a team pulled together by Heidi Hostetter and Alicia Svaldi, the energy and brains behind  Faustson Tool, one of the leading aerospace precision machine shops in the world. Hostetter convened a diverse group of organizations and people that included Faustson, with knowledge of precision machining and 3D metal additive manufacturing; the  Colorado School of Mines and two of its star professors in materials and metallurgical science;  Lockheed Martin, represented by a distinguished materials engineer and former NASA researcher;  Ball Aerospace, contributing expertise in materials research and aerospace engineering; and  Manufacturer's Edge, the Colorado Manufacturing Extension Partner, bringing connections to  NIST and the large community of small manufacturers who will also benefit from the research.

Lockheed Martin, Faustson, Colorado School of Mines, and Ball Aerospace stepped up not only with people and expertise, but money: Those four organizations matched the $2.5 million with over $5 million of their own money to get this center off of the ground. To paraphrase the old joke, that isn't contribution, that's commitment.

The "right motivations" were simple and shared by everyone on the team: Make Colorado the leader for knowledge and expertise in how to make the best 3D metal additive parts in the world, especially in aerospace. At every step of the process, as the project was being formed, everyone kept one goal in mind: Make Colorado companies, academia, and people the best there is in this field, and let the world know that Colorado is the place to come to be on the leading edge of this research and commercial application.

We believe that this is how things should work in pushing Colorado forward into advanced manufacturing. Partners that include public and private companies, service organizations that support manufacturing, a major research university, and OEDIT, the economic development arm of the State of Colorado, all working together and contributing expertise, people, and money can build an asset that will bring benefits for years to come. A multi-faceted team producing tangible results immediately and for the long term, that help one of our key industries as well as manufacturing in general, can prove to the community that these partnerships can work, can produce results, and are wise and necessary investments.

I personally thank the entire team that pulled this proposal together, the economic development commissioners, and OEDIT Executive Director Fiona Arnold and her entire AI team for their support, assistance, and willingness to invest in such an important project. We are committed to making this a model for such partnerships, and we look forward to doing great things for Colorado and its manufacturers.
Kids Connection Updates
Adams 12 STEM Launch Looking for Engineers with Magnetic Personalities 
Hey Engineers! STEM Launch Third Graders invite you to be part of our Magnet Design Sprint. 

Help foster the inquisitive minds of the next generation of engineers!  Our third graders will be participating in a rapid prototyping design sprint using magnets in an invention. We are looking for engineers, physicists, design experts and science-minded individuals to facilitate a small group of students through the design process.  Kids will come with an understanding of magnetic forces and plans for their inventions. You will help support your group in producing a physical prototype. The day will be structured, but fast-paced and exciting.   

February 9, 2016 9:00am-2:00pm  At the Adams 12 Educational Support Center 1500 E. 128th Ave. Thornton, CO 80241 - RSVP to Marti Page  (720) 972-7099

There is More to Craft Brewing than the Beer
Co-founders Josh Van Riper and Brian LeFevre are aiming to bring automation to small breweries worldwide. 
-from Company Week

The business partners have resumes that intersect squarely at brewing and automation. Van Riper started  Odyssey Beerwerks in Arvada in 2013 as LeFevre ran  Colorado Automation & Design in Aurora.

After consulting for Anheuser-Busch in Colorado and California 2011-12, Van Riper brought that knowledge to Odyssey after buying a  Cask manual canning system "and automated some things around it." He sensed an opportunity with 4,000 breweries in the U.S., the most in history, and only "a small handful" of companies providing automation to the market.

"We both have automation backgrounds," says Van Riper, citing his experience with control systems and LeFevre's mechanical engineering expertise. "Brian finally started seeing what I had been saying. The market for brewery equipment is only going to be getting bigger. I was willing to sell Odyssey to focus on this."

Twin Monkeys' target market is "small packaging breweries," says Van Riper, before they graduate to regional scale.

All Twin Monkeys products are named for rivers: The Yukon is a dual-headed keg washer, and the Yampa is a tabletop canning system.

- Read More On Company Week