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Richard Childress Racing, ANSYS Partner for Simulation

PITTSBURGH, PA, Feb 16, 2018 – Richard Childress Racing (RCR) will improve racing times with ANSYS through a new, multi-year partnership. RCR will leverage ANSYS Pervasive Engineering Simulation software to more accurately predict machine performance and enhance vehicle speed on the race track by enabling a true digital twin of a race car.

RCR debuted the new Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in competition this past weekend at Daytona International Speedway. Photo Credit: Getty Images (PRNewsfoto/ANSYS, Inc.)

A fraction of a second on the race track can determine which team takes the trophy, so NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series teams must constantly improve speeds to stay competitive. A digital twin of the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 will arm RCR engineers with a more complete understanding of how the physical racecar will operate under race track circumstances that are nearly impossible to test. Sensors and actuators on the physical car are used to build a digital twin that enables data capture, real-time analytics monitoring and predictive maintenance testing – empowering engineers to optimize vehicle performance before race days.

RCR used ANSYS multiphysics simulation software to develop and enhance the physical 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, which will debut this season. With ANSYS, RCR reduced drag and optimized structural components of the car and suspension to improve speed. Through the expanded partnership, RCR’s engineering and aerodynamics teams will even further advance the car – refining aerodynamics and drastically reducing expensive wind tunnel testing time when compared to traditional testing methods.

“Our competitive advantage is absolutely dependent on our ability to use simulation in all areas of our racing efforts,” said Dr. Eric Warren, chief technology officer, RCR. “Our partnership with ANSYS will empower us to implement a true digital twin and set a new benchmark of performance development and efficiency.”

“RCR is a true pioneer in innovation on and off the track,” said Shane Emswiler, vice president and general manager of mechanical, fluids and electronics, ANSYS. “Building a digital twin will deliver accurate, insightful and reliable results that impact performance every week during race season. Using ANSYS Pervasive Engineering Simulation throughout the entire racecar lifecycle, RCR will race faster, safer and more aerodynamic vehicles.”

ANSYS joins RCR’s family of more than 40 corporate partners and technical partners, including Dow, Zeiss Industrial Metrology and Microscopy, PTC, Okuma America, Roland DGA and Lucas Oil.

About Richard Childress Racing

Richard Childress Racing is a renowned, performance-driven racing, marketing and manufacturing organization. Incorporated in 1969, RCR has earned more than 200 victories and 17 championships, including six in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with the legendary Dale Earnhardt. RCR was the first organization to win championships in the NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Its 2018 Cup Series lineup includes two-time NASCAR champion and 2017 Coca-Cola 600 winner Austin Dillon (No. 3 Dow/American Ethanol/AAA Chevrolet) along with 2008 Daytona 500 champion and 2013 Brickyard 400 winner Ryan Newman (No. 31 Caterpillar/Grainger/Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s/Liberty National Chevrolet). Its XFINITY Series program includes a multi-driver lineup with the No. 3 Chevrolet including Austin and Ty Dillon, Jeb Burton, Shane Lee and Brendan Gaughan, first-year RCR driver Matt Tifft (No. 2 Nexteer Chevrolet) and second-year XFINITY Series driver Daniel Hemric (No. 21 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet).

For more information, visit rcrracing.com.

About ANSYS, Inc.         

If you’ve ever seen a rocket launch, flown on an airplane, driven a car, used a computer, touched a mobile device, crossed a bridge, or put on wearable technology, chances are you’ve used a product where ANSYS software played a critical role in its creation. ANSYS is the global leader in Pervasive Engineering Simulation. We help the world’s most innovative companies deliver radically better products to their customers. By offering the best and broadest portfolio of engineering simulation software, we help them solve the most complex design challenges and create products limited only by imagination. Founded in 1970, ANSYS employs thousands of professionals, many of whom are expert M.S. and Ph.D.-level engineers in finite element analysis, computational fluid dynamics, electronics, semiconductors, embedded software and design optimization. Headquartered south of Pittsburgh, PA, USA, ANSYS has more than 75 strategic sales locations throughout the world with a network of channel partners in 40+ countries.

Visit www.ansys.com for more information.

FARO Q4 Results, Conf Call on Feb 22, 8:15AM ET

FARO has announced that after the market closes on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 it will release its financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2017. In conjunction with the release, Dr. Simon Raab, president and CEO, and Bob Seidel, chief financial officer, will host a conference call and simultaneous live audio webcast on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 8:15AM Eastern Time.

Persons wishing to access the conference call may do so by dialing +877-888-4294 (US) and +785-424-1877 (International) and using the passcode FARO or by logging on at www.faro.com/Q4-2017earnings. Alternatively, you may also access the call via FARO’s website, www.faro.com, clicking on Investor Relations, Conference Calls, and the relevant date.

Replays of the conference call will be available beginning February 22, 2018 through April 22, 2018 by calling +1-800-925-9356 (US) or +1-402-220-5385 (international). No code is required. If you are unable to participate during the live webcast, the call will be archived on www.faro.com.

About FARO

FARO is the provider of 3D measurement and imaging solutions for factory metrology, construction BIM-CIM, product design, public safety forensics and 3D machine vision. FARO develops and markets computer-aided measurement and imaging devices and software. Technology from FARO permits high-precision 3D measurement, imaging and comparison of parts and complex structures within production and quality assurance processes. The devices are used for inspecting components and assemblies, rapid prototyping, documenting large volume spaces or structures in 3D, surveying and construction, as well as for investigation and reconstruction of accident sites or crime scenes.

FARO’s global headquarters is located in Lake Mary, FL. The company also has a technology center and manufacturing facility consisting of approximately 90,400 square feet located in Exton, PA containing research and development, manufacturing and service operations of its FARO Laser Tracker and FARO Cobalt Array Imager product lines. The company’s European regional headquarters is located in Stuttgart, Germany and its Asia Pacific regional headquarters is located in Singapore. FARO has other offices in the United StatesCanadaMexicoBrazilGermany, the United Kingdom, FranceSpainItalyPoland, Turkey, the NetherlandsSwitzerland, India, China, Malaysia, Thailand, South Korea, Australia and Japan.

More information is available at www.faro.com.

Vectorworks’ Japanese Distributor A&A Wins ‘BCN AWARD 2018’

COLUMBIA, MD, Feb 16, 2018 – Vectorworks, Inc., a global design and BIM software developer, congratulates its Japanese distributor, A&A Co., Ltd., for receiving a 2018 BCN AWARD in the CAD software category. A&A received the award due to its 37.6 percent Japanese market share. Vectorworks outranked software providers Lilac System Inc. (27.3 percent market share) and Photron Limited (20.9 percent market share). Market share is based on statistics accumulated from 2,608 stores of 23 companies providing sales reports to BCN Co., Ltd.

For 19 years, BCN Co., Ltd. has collected the sales data of major domestic electric appliance mass merchandisers, personal computer specialty shops and net shops in Japan. Based on these numbers, the BCN AWARDs recognize manufacturers with the highest total annual sales volume.

“It is a great honor to receive the best prize for the CAD software category for two consecutive years with Vectorworks software,” said Takashi Yokota, president of A&A Co., Ltd. “This is a result of our customers’ support and partners’ collaboration, and we deeply appreciate them. We will continue to do our best to deliver attractive products and services to the market.”

This year, 56 product provider companies received prizes in 117 different categories, with a range of software categories including business software, communications software and education/learning software. This win marks the eighth year that A&A was recognized with a BCN AWARD, winning first place in 2017, second place from 2013 to 2016 and third place in 2012.

“A&A’s achievement with this award victory is extremely impressive, because despite the highly competitive Japanese market, they were able to not only win, but they also managed to increase their market share growth by 5.6 percent,” said Vectorworks CEO Dr. Biplab Sarkar. “We are extremely grateful for A&A employees’ hard work and dedication, which made achieving this accomplishment possible.”

To learn more about the award-winning Vectorworks line of design software for the architecture, landscape and entertainment industries, visit www.vectorworks.net.

About Vectorworks, Inc.

Vectorworks, Inc. is a global design and BIM software developer serving over 650,000 professionals in the architecture, landscape and entertainment industries. Since 1985, they’ve been committed to helping designers capture inspiration, nurture innovation, communicate effectively and bring their visions to life. With their cross-platform software, designers can build data-rich, visual models without sacrificing the design process, while collaborating efficiently throughout the project life-cycle. Headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, with offices in Atlanta, Georgia, Newbury, England and London, England, Vectorworks is a part of the Nemetschek Group.

Learn how we empower designers to create experiences that transform the world at vectorworks.net.

Carbon Partners with DENTCA, DREVE

To Provide 3D Manufacturing Solution for Dental, Orthodontic Labs

REDWOOD CITY, CA, Feb 16, 2018 – Carbon, a Silicon Valley-based digital 3D Manufacturing company, continued its momentum in delivering a complete 3D manufacturing solution for the dental market with the announcement of two new partnerships with DENTCA and DREVE. Through these collaborations, Carbon is continuing to change how the dental world produces customized products – with the introduction of new 3D-printed dentures with DENTCA; and gingiva masks and trays with DREVE.

“While 3D printing is not new to the dental market, Carbon provides a complete solution with a very unique partnership approach, enabling dental labs to easily design and manufacture customized, high-quality products for their customers,” said Brian Ganey, general manager of Carbon’s Oral Care Business. “Carbon is transforming manufacturing in the dental industry with robust and reliable 3D printers, a wide range of industrial-grade dental materials, and next-gen software that enables all these pieces to work together seamlessly. But we don’t stop there: Carbon also provides continuous one-to-one service and support, meaning we engage closely with each of our dental customers to understand their individual requirements and develop new production-quality materials, so the range of materials will continue to grow. We’re there at every step of the process.”

Carbon offers a revolutionary alternative to 3D printing, fusing light and oxygen to rapidly produce products from a pool of resin. Its Digital Light Synthesis (DLS) technology, robust and reliable 3D printers, and unique programmable and biocompatible liquid resins deliver a complete solution for all dental production needs. Carbon’s solution significantly improves efficiency and accuracy, reduces time from design to manufacture, and provides important features such as part traceability and serialization through next-gen software design tools. With Carbon, everything is digitally traceable, down to a unique ID that can automatically be engraved or embossed on any part. This unique ID can be used to identify the digital historical record of the part, including identifying the specific printer, resin, and even post-processing protocols that were involved in making that part – which is incredibly valuable for highly regulated industries like dental, where the FDA will increasingly require part-specific data to ensure product performance and patient safety.

With DENTCA, the world’s first CAD/CAM denture company, Carbon dental customers will now have access to the first FDA-cleared (Class II) materials for 3D-printed dentures – DENTCA Denture Base II and DENTCA Denture Teeth for Carbon printers. When used together, these two materials produce high-quality, digitally-manufactured dentures that any dental technician or operator can easily make without having any traditional denture fabrication knowledge. The DENTCA Denture Try-in material is also available as part of the solution for temporary fit evaluation before production of the final product.

Through its collaboration with DREVE comes two new dental materials – DREVE FotoDent gingiva and DREVE FotoDent tray for Carbon printers. These materials enable dental and orthodontic laboratories to rapidly 3D manufacture gingiva masks and dental impression trays with Carbon’s technology.

In addition to these new third-party resins, Carbon also partnered with Whip Mix late last year to develop Whip Mix Surgical Guide for Carbon printers. Sold by Whip Mix for use on Carbon printers in the United States, the clear resin is ideal for fast production of dental surgical guides using Carbon’s DLS technology.

Availability

The new DENTCA and DREVE materials are slated to be available by end of March. The Whip Mix Surgical Guide for Carbon printers is currently available. Interested customers should visit www.carbon3d.com/industry/dental-materials and click on the relevant tile for more information.

For more information about Carbon, visit www.carbon3d.com.

About Carbon

Carbon is a Silicon Valley-based company working at the intersection of hardware, software, and molecular science to deliver on the promise of digital 3D manufacturing. The company empowers its customers and partners to evolve beyond using 3D printing for basic prototyping to producing at scale by revolutionizing how they design, engineer, make, and deliver their products. With Carbon’s Digital Light Synthesis technology and its SpeedCell system (M Series printers and Smart Part Washer), manufacturers can unlock new business opportunities such as mass customization, on-demand inventory, and differentiated products made with unique functional materials. Carbon’s solutions also provide substantial operational efficiencies, such as the elimination of tooling costs and decreased time to market.

To learn more, visit www.carbon3d.com.

PI Updates E-709 Digital Piezo Nanopositioning Controllers

PI (Physik Instrumente) L.P. has expanded its successful E-709 family of low-cost digital piezo nanopositioning controllers with a new plug-in module for the C-885 PIMotionMaster modular controller system.

Modular System, up to 20 Cards per Rack

The PIMotionMaster system allows the combination of different drive technologies, controlled through one interface via one software package. For example, stepper motor stages, closed-loop servo motor positioners, and fast piezo-driven nano-focus devices can now be operated from one controller. Up to 20 control cards can be plugged into one 19” rack.

Digital Servo Controller with Piezo Power Amplifier and Software

The latest piezo control module, the E-709.1CC885, supports functions including wave generator, data recorder, auto zero, and I/O triggers. With a sensor update rate of 10kHz, two notch filters and linearization algorithms based on 5th-order polynomials it provides exceptionally accurate motion with sub-nanometer precision. The E-709 card combines a power amplifier (-30 to 130V output), signal conditioning circuitry for capacitance sensors and a digital servo. Piezo controllers with digital servo offer the advantage of higher linearity, and easy access to advanced features in comparison to conventional analog piezo controllers. A comprehensive software package is included: drivers for LabVIEW, dynamic libraries for Windows and Linux, MATLAB, MetaMorph, µManager, Andor iQ. Interfaces include USB, SPI, RS-232, and analog.

Watch how easy start-up is https://www.youtube.com/embed/p5ETTb_wKeQ?rel=0

Plug & Play for Multiple Types of Motors and Drive Systems

After the modules are installed in the rack, individual axis configuration and movement is easily set-up using the included PIMikroMove software, a comprehensive Windows GUI that does not require programming knowledge for commissioning or direct operation.

Modules are currently available for PI translation/rotation stages equipped with:

  • DC motors
  • 3-phase motors
  • Stepper motors
  • Piezo flexure positioners
  • Piezo ultrasonic motors
  • PiezoWalk nanopositioning motors
  • Piezo inertia motors

Applications

Fields of applications include precision motion control in automation, nanopositioning, photonics, semiconductor testing, laser machining.

Standard and Custom

PI has in-house engineered solutions with over 4 decades of experience working with customers to provide products that meet application demands, and can quickly modify existing product designs or provide a fully customized OEM part to fit the exact requirements of the application.

About PI

PI is a leading manufacturer of air bearing stages, piezoelectric solutions, precision motion control equipment, and hexapod parallel-kinematics for semiconductor applications, photonics, bio-nano-technology, and medical engineering. PI has been developing and manufacturing standard & custom precision products with piezoceramic and electromagnetic drives for 4 decades. The company has been ISO 9001 certified since 1994 and provides innovative, high-quality solutions for OEM and research. The PI group employs more than 1,000 people worldwide in 15 subsidiaries and R&D / engineering centers on 3 continents.

Acconeer AB’s A1 SRD Radar Sensors Available Thru Digi-Key

THIEF RIVER FALLS, MN, Feb 16, 2018Acconeer AB‘s A1 SRD radar sensors are available for immediate shipment worldwide through Digi-Key Electronics, a global electronic components distributor, thanks to a new distribution agreement.

Acconeer A1 Radar Sensor (PRNewsfoto/Digi-Key Electronics)

The A1 radar sensor is based on a unique patented technology enabling mm accuracy with very low power consumption. The sensor is based on PCR (Pulsed Coherent Radar) technology, that gives several strong advantages including extremely high range resolution while only consuming micro watts of power, and offers unique possibilities for integration into other devices. Attributes include accuracy, low current consumption, motion and gestures, material identification, and easy integration.

“We are very happy to launch our innovative radar sensor with Digi-Key,” said Lars Lindell, CEO at Acconeer. “With their global distribution and customer base, Digi-Key can help Acconeer reach out to customers worldwide.”

Acconeer’s ground-breaking 3D sensor technology creates endless possibilities in a wide range of application for multiple industries, including: robots & drones, mobile & wearables, IoT, power tools & industrial, healthcare & fitness, and automotive.

Key Characteristics

  • mm Accuracy – distance mm accuracy for one or multiple objects
  • Movement & Speed measurement – continuous measurements up to 1500 Hz
  • Material identification – distinguish between materials with different dielectric constant.
  • Microwatt – enables integration into any battery driven device
  • Optimized integration – small one chip solution with embedded RF and antenna solution that requires no need for aperture
  • Robustness – not compromised by any natural source of interference such as noise, dust, color, direct or indirect light

“We’re excited to partner with Acconeer and leverage the unique characteristics of their radar sensor to enable material identification and motion detection for our customers designing advanced sensing applications,” said David Stein, VP, global semiconductors at Digi-Key. “The need for power efficient, advanced, high precision 3D sensors in a small form factor is growing, and we believe our new partnership with Acconeer will assist in driving global technology trends into the future.”

For more information about Acconeer’s radar and sensor products and to view their entire product listing, visit their Supplier Center page on the Digi-Key website.

About Acconeer

Acconeer is a leading radar sensor company based in Lund, south Sweden, in Ideon, the country’s hottest region for wireless technologies. Acconeer has developed a truly leading ultra-low power, high precision 3D sensor which will revolutionize the way that mobile devices interpret their surroundings. Acconeer’s ultra-low power and millimeter precision sensor is a robust and cost-effective solution for applications ranging from virtual reality and gaming to security and robot control. Information from the sensor can also be used to identify different materials, These are just some examples of the wide range of possibilities of application areas for the sensor.

About Digi-Key Electronics

Digi-Key Electronics, headquartered in Thief River Falls, MN, USA, is an authorized global, full-service distributor of electronic components, offering more than 6.8 million products, with over 1.4 million in stock and available for immediate shipment, from over 750 quality name-brand manufacturers. Digi-Key also offers a wide variety of online resources such as EDA and design tools, datasheets, reference designs, instructional articles and videos, multimedia libraries, and much more. Technical support is available 24/7 via email, phone and webchat.

Additional information and access to Digi-Key’s broad product offering can be found by visiting www.digikey.com.

HP Launches Device as a Service for Apple

PALO ALTO, CA, Feb 16, 2018 – HP Inc. today unveiled an expansive new set of Device as a Service (DaaS)1 offerings for customers and channel partners, including the launch of DaaS for Apple. HP will provide support for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and other Apple devices used by commercial customers in mixed operating system (OS) environments. The company also introduced new virtual reality (VR) solutions and predictive analytics capabilities available as a service to support a broader range of customer needs.

“Our customers are seeking new ways to better manage the expansion of device types and operating systems across their workforce. With the launch of DaaS for Apple, HP is offering the leading multi-OS device management solution and raising the bar on service delivery,” said Bill Avey, global head and general manager, Personal Systems Services, HP Inc. “Our expanded support for mixed operating system environments across every phase of the device lifecycle, combined with our continued expansion into VR and data analytics, is providing smart, simplified solutions for the modern workforce and unlocking new growth opportunities for our customers, our channel partners, and our business.”

The growth of HP DaaS comes as corporate IT departments are seeking new ways to manage both HP and other manufacturer devices more efficiently and effectively. HP has delivered strong growth in its services business, with HP DaaS now available from nearly 100 channel partners around the world.

The right devices for the job

As part of HP’s expanded DaaS offering, customers will be able to pair iPhone, iPad, Mac, and other Apple devices with HP’s world-class support, managed services, and analytics. HP estimates that by 2020 there will be 9 billion commercial devices worldwide2, with an average of four devices per user3. Mixed-device environments are the norm in today’s world and becoming increasingly difficult and costly for organizations due to the number of devices, managing multiple device types, OSes, and vendors.

HP is embracing mixed-device environments by offering complete solutions to customers extending far beyond HP-manufactured hardware. DaaS for Apple is the latest example, currently offered directly from HP in the U.S. with plans to expand to other countries and select channel partners over the next year.

Additionally, the HP DaaS product line includes the latest and most innovative HP devices. The new HP Virtual Reality solutions, including the HP Z4 Workstation and HP Windows Mixed Reality VR headset, are now available as a service through HP DaaS. The HP Z4 Workstation is ideal for design, engineering, simulation, and visualization, and it can easily handle tasks that require high-frequency processing, multiple cores and high-powered GPUs. The HP Windows Mixed Reality VR headset delivers a stunning immersive computing experience due to its1440x1440 resolution per eye and up to a 90Hz refresh rate4. Users will enjoy six degrees of freedom, no tracking boundaries, and the included wireless motion controllers.

Analytics, insight, and unified endpoint management

According to IDC5, 63 percent of commercial IT managers say their resources are drained by device management and would like to be able to focus on other IT projects such as mobility, business applications, and security initiatives. To help free up resources, HP is expanding its real-time hardware analytics and proactive device management capabilities. This service from HP enables customers to analyze hardware performance, detect potential problems in advance, and proactively implement corrective actions. The unique data analytics capabilities of HP DaaS are now available on Windows, Android, iOS, and macOS devices – creating a multi-OS solution that’s designed to boost IT efficiency and improve employee experiences.

Tailored solutions and maximum flexibility

HP DaaS agreements can also be tailored to fit customers’ unique needs by easily adding specific device lifecycle services. Today the company introduced HP Tech Café Market Enhanced, an end-to-end vending and storage solution that provides instant access to accessories and 24/7 lockers for device swaps or repairs. In addition to vending and storage, HP will manage the ordering, replenishment, and reporting for customers. The solution supports the needs of an increasingly mobile workforce and significantly simplifies life for IT departments.

For more information about HP Device as a Service, please visit www.hp.com/go/DaaS or see them at Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona on February 26 – March 1, 2018.

About HP

HP Inc. creates technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere. Through their portfolio of printers, PCs, mobile devices, solutions, and services, we engineer experiences that amaze.

More information about HP Inc. is available at www.hp.com.

1. HP DaaS plans and/or included components may vary by region or by Authorized HP DaaS Service Partner. Please contact your local HP Representative or Authorized DaaS Partner for specific details in your location. HP services are governed by the applicable HP terms and conditions of service provided or indicated to Customer at the time of purchase. Customer may have additional statutory rights according to applicable local laws, and such rights are not in any way affected by the HP terms and conditions of service or the HP Limited Warranty provided with your HP Product.

2. HP Proprietary Research, 2017

3. Strategy Analytics Global Internet Device Forecast Report, 2014

4. To enable full 90 fps performance on the VR headset, an HDMI 2.0 or later connection is required with the graphics solution provided by the PC

5. IDC Commercial IT Needs and Biggest Challenges: IDC DaaS Americas Study, October 2016

Stratasys, USA Luge Partner for Additive Manufacturing

MINNEAPOLIS, MN and REHOVOT, Israel, Feb 16, 2018 – Advancing its winning track-record as a global leader in applied additive technology solutions, Stratasys announced the company has teamed with USA Luge to inject additive manufacturing into its quest for gold in Pyeongchang, South Korea this month. Harnessing the power of Stratasys Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printing technology, the luge team is now able to more rapidly and cost-effectively build and test customized racing sleds tailored to the body of each athlete.

Team USA worked with the Composite Solutions Group at Stratasys to gear up for the Winter Games (Photo: Business Wire)

USA Luge is tapping into a wide range of high-performance materials from Stratasys to 3D print key layup and sacrificial tools used during manufacturing of carbon-fiber composite sleds. The advanced functionality of FDM enables an unprecedented level of customization not possible with standard composite fabrication – a critical success factor in racing sleds that often travel at speeds upwards of 87 miles per hour.

Additive manufacturing is key for engineering mandrels for the racing team’s Doubles Tower – a composite structure at the sled’s front, used to accurately position riders’ legs during competition. Extremely difficult to fabricate due to complex, trapped-tool geometry – the structure guarantees proper athlete fit and position while racing. Leveraging the Stratasys ST-130 sacrificial (wash-out) tooling material, team designers were able to 3D print the mandrel, layup and cure the composite structure, and wash-out the tooling material – all in less than one week.

“Competitive luge racing is an extremely demanding sport where fractions of a second are the difference between winning and losing. Our riders depend on comfortable, aerodynamic sled designs to win races,” said USA Luge technical programs manager, Jon Owen. “In teaming with Stratasys, we’ve become much more competitive on the world stage – continuously adjusting designs and running them on the track much faster than traditional processes. Additionally, we’ve balanced both comfort and performance by tailoring the sled to each rider’s body, while minimizing fabrication cost and time.”

Image of the “Doubles Tower” mandrel, 3D printed with Stratasys ST-130 sacrificial wash-out material (Photo: Business Wire)

Based on the success of Doubles Tower construction, Team USA has pushed the technology even further by 3D printing the entire sled body layup tool. This particular design incorporates a removable middle section, allowing tool length to adjust based on each rider’s height. Driven by these efforts during prototyping, designers are currently using this same tooling for final sled components during competition.

“Stratasys customers push the limits of performance, efficiency, and reliability for 3D printed rapid tooling, prototypes and production parts. Partnering with USA Luge highlights a perfect example of an environment where our additive manufacturing technology enables customers to meet critical needs in specialized applications,” said Scott Sevcik, vice president of manufacturing solutions at Stratasys. “We’re proud to partner with Team USA, one of the best teams in winter sports, to help them apply the power of FDM technology to keep moving faster, in the shop, and on the track.”

Competitive luge races in Pyeongchang are taking place February 10-15, with Stratasys-powered sleds leading the way. For more information on how Stratasys can accelerate your business and lean manufacturing strategies, please visit: http://www.stratasys.com/solutions/additive-manufacturing.

About Stratasys

Stratasys is a global leader in applied additive technology solutions for industries including aerospace, automotive, healthcare, consumer products and education. For nearly 30 years, a deep and ongoing focus on customers’ business requirements has fueled purposeful innovations—1,200 granted and pending additive technology patents to date—that create new value across product lifecycle processes, from design prototypes to manufacturing tools and final production parts. The Stratasys 3D printing ecosystem of solutions and expertise—advanced materials; software with voxel level control; precise, repeatable and reliable FDM and PolyJet 3D printers; application-based expert services; on-demand parts and industry-defining partnerships—works to ensure seamless integration into each customer’s evolving workflow. Fulfilling the real-world potential of additive, Stratasys delivers breakthrough industry-specific applications that accelerate business processes, optimize value chains and drive business performance improvements for thousands of future-ready leaders around the world.

Corporate Headquarters: Minneapolis, MN and Rehovot, Israel.

Online at: www.stratasys.comhttp://blog.stratasys.com.

Epicor Recognized in 2017 Leadership in Automation Program

As First Team Honorees in ‘MES/MOM Software’ Category

Epicor Software Corp. announced that PMMI Media Group’s Automation World magazine has announced the First Team category leaders in the 2017 Leadership in Automation Program. Epicorwas awarded a place on the First Team in the “MES/MOM Software” category.

Automation World, the leading business magazine serving automation professionals, launched the community-based Leadership in Automation Program in January 2017.

Automation professionals are invited annually to vote for their favorite automation vendors in unaided-recall surveys. Over two dozen categories are featured, which represent the wide variety of automation technologies, software and products in use by today’s manufacturing professionals across the discrete, batch and continuous process manufacturing industries.

Leadership in Automation First Team Honorees are recognized in Automation World’s January 2018 issue, available here: http://www.automationworld.com.

About Epicor Software Corp.

More than 45 years of experience with Epicor Software’s customers’ business processes and operational requirements are built into every solution―in the cloud or on premises.

For more information, connect with Epicor or visit www.epicor.com.