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PARIS, France, Oct 19, 2017 – ESI Group is a leading innovator in virtual prototyping software and services for manufacturing industries, announces the release of ESI PAM-COMPOSITES 2017. The latest version of this leading process simulation software for manufacture of composites, addresses fiber reinforced structural and semi-structural components and multi-material thermoformed acoustic and cosmetic interior parts and trim for vehicles and aircraft.

Comparison between simulated grid with ESI PAM-COMPOSITES (left) and physical grid (right) on a synthetic automotive floor carpet

Process and design engineers, be they in the automotive or aeronautic sectors, must create lightweight, strong and durable composite components that will meet all quality requirements at an affordable cost. With PAM-COMPOSITES 2017, they can create a simulated part that matches the exact nature of the composite material, improve process stability, and reduce manufacturing defects for a vast range of composites types and manufacturing processes.

While past improvements to the software focused on continuous fiber reinforced composite parts with high structural performance expectations, PAM-COMPOSITES 2017 targets the thermoformed acoustic and cosmetic multi-material components typically used in automobile and aircraft interiors. This new version gives users the ability to accurately determine the noise and vibration response (NVH or Noise, Vibration & Harshness) of the manufactured product by predicting the stiffness and thickness in each location of the formed part. Typical defects, such as tearing and skin texture modifications induced during manufacturing, can also be anticipated and corrected through simulation. This cost-effective solution enables process and design engineers to evaluate the manufacturing of composite parts even more accurately and to reduce time consuming and expensive physical trials.

Consequent to evolving automotive regulations, there has been an evolution in materials used in car interiors. Recently, Japanese floor carpet manufacturer Kotobukiya Fronte needed to quickly move from manufacturing rubber carpets to new synthetic materials carpets; a challenge they addressed quickly thanks to PAM-COMPOSITES. Takumi Fujino, Acoustic & Simulation Group/R&D Department Kotobukiya Fronte Co., Ltd states: “ESI PAM-COMPOSITES is equipped with the features and parameters necessary for carpet analysis. The analysis accuracy and the usability are excellent, and graphical display of analysis results is easy to understand, which is why we rate it highly. We consult with ESI daily about various matters such as how to reduce calculation time or what kind of modeling is necessary. ESI Japan is also actively and frequently providing information. We recognize that the early practical application of simulation of sound absorption type carpet is largely owed to support from ESI Japan.”

Also new in PAM-COMPOSITES 2017, the solution now includes a grid tracing tool that allows engineers to analyze the length variation on each segment of the grid as they would do on physical prototypes. Moreover, the new element elimination functionality allows the visualization of physical holes or fiber separations generated during the thermoforming of composite products. PAM-COMPOSITES 2017 is dedicated to supporting automotive and aircraft interior designers and process engineers who, thanks to its process-oriented graphical interface, no longer need to be experts in finite element analysis.

For more information about ESI PAM-COMPOSITES, please visit

About ESI Group

ESI Group is a leading innovator in virtual prototyping software and services. Specialist in material physics, ESI has developed a unique proficiency in helping industrial manufacturers replace physical prototypes by virtual prototypes, allowing them to virtually manufacture, assemble, test and pre-certify their future products. Coupled with the latest technologies, virtual prototyping is now anchored in the wider concept of the Product Performance Lifecycle, which addresses the operational performance of a product during its entire lifecycle, from launch to disposal. The creation of Hybrid Twin, leveraging simulation, physics and data analysis, enables manufacturers to deliver smarter and connected products, to predict product performance and to anticipate maintenance needs.

ESI is a French company listed in compartment B of NYSE Euronext Paris. Present in more than 40 countries, and addressing every major industrial sector, ESI Group employs about 1200 high-level specialists around the world and reported annual sales of €141 million in 2016.

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New Matter Announces MOD-t 2nd Gen Desktop 3D Printer

PASADENA, CA, Oct 19, 2017 – New Matter, Inc. a leading desktop 3D printing company, announced the MOD-t (2nd Gen). New Matter revolutionized the 3D printing industry only three years ago by crowdfunding and successfully delivering the highest quality, most affordable desktop 3D printer ever seen. The MOD-t (2nd Gen) builds on that foundation by delivering the industry’s best user experience, latest technology, and exceptional print quality. No other desktop 3D printer in the world provides the MOD-t (2nd Gen)’s unique combination of ease of use, performance, and elegant design. The new MOD-t will begin shipping in Spring 2018 with preorders beginning today through Kickstarter.

The New Matter MOD-t (2nd Gen) Desktop 3D Printer.

“Today, we take another major step toward making the magic of 3D printing accessible and affordable for every home and classroom,” said Steve Schell, chief executive officer and cofounder, New Matter. “With the MOD-t (2nd Gen), we’re raising the bar for desktop 3D printers the world over – especially for the next generation of critical thinkers and problem solvers. We were humbled by the outpouring of support for our original record-breaking crowdfunding campaign and are excited to bring the new MOD-t to the community through this new campaign.”

With the introduction of the MOD-t, New Matter pioneered cloud-based software for desktop 3D printing, transforming the user experience. Now, New Matter continues to break down the barriers that kept 3D printing technology out of the hands of consumers. My New Matter, the printer’s new cloud-based software, gives consumers real-time wireless control of their printer along with the ability to create and share 3D designs with the online community. This new innovation makes the 3D printing experience easier than ever before.

“New Matter has always emphasized what others in the industry overlook – that ease of use is at the heart of practical value,” noted Ethan Imboden, vice president, head of Venture Design, at design and strategy firm frog. “They provide a seamless path from digital creation to tangible build, and are always looking for opportunities to improve this experience. frog and New Matter’s shared commitment to human centered design is at the heart of our partnership in making elegant, simple and affordable 3D printing solutions available to all.”

The MOD-t (2nd Gen) features include:

  • Lightning Fast Processing Power – Vital printing tasks like motor control, trajectory planning, and data transfer are independently addressed, managed, and improved through all-new dual processing architecture.
  • Excellence, Perfected – Dual, independently working fans optimize thermal performance, making 3D prints the highest quality possible and improving layer adhesion throughout. In addition, the new cooling system makes for a significantreduction in operating noise compared to the already remarkably quiet MOD-t.
  • Ingeniously Simple – When introduced, the MOD-t boasted a revolutionary patented XY motion system that completely eliminated the need for manual calibration and bed leveling. In the MOD-t (2nd Gen), New Matter improves on this design with an attached build tray, making for higher resolution prints and a near perfect print success rate.
  • Elegant Design – Designed by frog, the MOD-t is widely recognized for its simplistic beauty. The MOD-t (2nd Gen) carries forward the same aesthetic with the addition of a completely sealed printing environment, eliminating draft, containing heat, and reducing the overall printing noise.
  • Designed For a Wireless Future – Improved networking technology inside the MOD-t (2nd Gen) provides a completely wireless experience from start to finish, and allows control from any device including Chromebooks, tablets, and smartphones.

“We have deployed the New Matter MOD-t across the entire Archdiocese of Baltimore and our 3D printing initiative is now ubiquitous among all our schools,” said James B. Sellinger, chancellor of education, Archdiocese of Baltimore. “The printer’s reliability, robustness, ease of use as well as the high level of support provided by New Matter have all been nothing short of excellent. Our fleet of MOD-ts has proven to be quiet enough to operate while classes are actually in session, especially when compared to a variety of printers we’ve piloted. Can’t wait to see what exciting things the MOD-t (2nd Gen) will bring!”

“New Matter has made tremendous progress since the launch of the original MOD-t and we’re thrilled to build on that momentum with the Kickstarter campaign,” said Bill Gross, cofounder, New Matter, and, founder, Idealab. “We’re particularly excited that educators across the country are recognizing that the MOD-t is the simplest, most reliable way to adopt 3D printing into the classroom. We’re exhilarated at the opportunity to bring the MOD-t (2nd Gen) with all of its new features to even more educators and consumers alike, all of whom will undoubtedly come to appreciate its simplicity, reliability, and the elegance of its design.”

Pricing and Availability

When released in Spring 2018, the MOD-t (2nd Gen) will further New Matter’s mission to make 3D printing affordable and easy to use for consumers and educators alike. Beginning today, preorders for the printer are being taken through the company’s Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign.

Pricing for the MOD-t (2nd Gen) pre-order:

  • Super Early Bird: $149 (First 100)
  • Early Bird: $199 (250)
  • General: $249
  • Bundle: $299

About New Matter

New Matter makes the benefits of 3D printing accessible and affordable to every classroom and home by providing the best, most seamless user experience of any desktop 3D printer. The award-winning New Matter MOD-t is the most elegantly simple printer for both educational institutions and consumers, delivering the highest quality and reliability in the industry. The company is backed by leading venture capital firms and is an operating company of technology incubator Idealab.

New Matter and MOD-t are registered trademarks of New Matter, Inc. in the United States.

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HP Launches ZBook x2 Detachable PC Workstation

LAS VEGAS, NV, Oct 19, 2017 – At Adobe MAX, HP showcases the world’s most powerful detachable PCdesigned to solve the performance and mobility needs of artists, designers and digital imaging professionals who need to push Adobe Creative Cloud and other professional applications to the limit. The performance of the HP ZBook x2, the world’s first detachable workstation,15  increases productivity and allows digital creators and storytellers the freedom to work when and where inspiration strikes.

HP ZBook x2 (Image Courtesy of HP website)

HP’s reinvention of detachable PCs began earlier this year with the introduction of the HP Spectre x2 and the HP Elite x2. Today’s introduction of the HP ZBook x2 completes HP’s trifecta with its most powerful detachable solution targeted for the creative community. With this new offering, HP is extending its PC leadership by pioneering a new era for detachable PCs that offer superb performance, elegance and efficiency.

“As the world’s most powerful and first detachable PC workstation, there is no device better suited to turn the vision of artists and designers into reality,” said Xavier Garcia, vice president and general manager, HP Z Workstations, HP Inc. “With the HP ZBook x2, we are delivering the perfect tool to accelerate the creative process – with unprecedented power, performance and natural ease-of-use. This device will make it easier than ever for creators to do what they do best – bring inspiring new ideas to life and enrich the world around us.”

Liberating Digital Creativity

HP ZBook x2 (Image Courtesy of HP website)

The HP ZBook x2 allows designers to effortlessly create with quad-core Intel Core processors2, twice the memory of any other detachable PC3 and NVIDIA Quadro Graphics that deliver 73 percent higher graphics performance compared to the Surface Pro4. A quiet, dual-fan active cooling system is designed to dissipate heat from the powerful graphics card and processor. To better meet the needs of the creative community, including Adobe users, HP also developed customizable, application-aware HP Quick Keys, to provide artists with 18 time-saving shortcuts.

“At Adobe, our goal is to accelerate creativity.  Creative Cloud is the platform that enables us to deliver powerful innovation in our apps and cloud-based services supported by Adobe Sensei with artificial intelligence at the heart of every customer experience,” said Mala Sharma, vice president and general manager, Creative Cloud Product, Marketing and Community. “Adobe is thrilled with our collaboration with HP, which we know will further fuel creativity and give Creative Cloud members more power and freedom to create wherever inspiration strikes.”

HP ZBook x2 (Image Courtesy of HP website)

Today, many creative professionals use multiple devices such as a MacBook Pro plus an iPad to accomplish the same tasks that can be done on the HP ZBook x2. Knowing that ultimate mobility is important, HP created a single device that delivers the same performance capabilities from inking to docked mode.

HP’s most versatile detachable to date, the HP ZBook x2 operates in four modes: laptop, detached, docked and tablet.

  • In laptop mode, the HP ZBook x2 is a powerful mobile workstation with a keyboard leveraged from the HP ZBook Studio.
  • In detached mode, it allows users to create on the tablet with HP’s most accurate and expressive pen while still having full access to all of their shortcut keys with the Bluetooth®-enabled keyboard off to the side.
  • In docked mode, the HP ZBook x2 can power two additional 4K displays or five total displays.
  • In tablet mode, it maintains full graphics performance allowing users to capture ideas with powerful NVIDIA 3D graphics.

Using HP’s most natural pen with the HP ZBook x2, users can create without interruption as the pen never needs to be charged. The battery-less, HP-designed pen based on Wacom EMR technology, responds instantly to every nuance of the artist’s hand for natural motion. The HP ZBook x2 offers 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity with multi-directional tilt capabilities and includes a dedicated eraser.

As a member of the world’s most secure and manageable mobile workstation family10, the HP ZBook x2 features HP Sure Start Gen311 for BIOS  protection, TPM 2.0 for hardware-based encryption to secure credentials, secure authentication methods through the Smart Card Reader and HP’s Client Security Suite Gen312 to protect data, device and identity, including facial recognition and fingerprint reader.

HP ZBook x2 Highlights

The HP ZBook x2 embodies the intersection of mobility and performance in a fully-machined, aluminum and die-cast magnesium body starting at just 3.64 pounds5 and 14.6 mm thin when in tablet mode, and 4.78 pounds5 and 20.3 mm in laptop mode. The HP ZBook x2 has a stunning 14-inch diagonal, 4K multi-touch display with an optional 10-bit, one-billion color6 HP DreamColor display calibrated to 100 percent of Adobe RGB. The HP ZBook x2 has the world’s most advanced detachable PC display16 and includes an anti-glare touchscreen allowing users to immerse themselves while working in any lighting condition. At the desk, it can power dual 4K displays from the HP ZBook Dock with Thunderbolt™ 37.

This detachable PC has up to 10 hours of battery life13 for maximum productivity and ultra-fast recharge (50 percent in just 30 minutes8). The HP ZBook x2 offers up to 4.2 GHz of Intel Turbo Boost, 32 GB RAM over dual channels for more responsiveness under heavier workloads like complex layering in Photoshop. The model’s HP Z Turbo Drive storage is up to 6X faster than SATA SSD and up to 21X faster than traditional HDD storage. The HP ZBook x2 offers up to 2 TB9 of local PCIe storage and incorporates a full-sized SD card slot, perfect for professional photographers. Using the dock or Thunderbolt 3 ports on the HP ZBook x2, it can transfer large files from cameras, external storage, phones and other peripherals.

Designed to go anywhere and handle the toughest workloads, the HP ZBook x2 mobile workstation is designed to pass MIL-STD 810G testing14. The HP ZBook x2 also undergoes dozens of tests for certification and optimized performance with the industry’s leading software providers like Adobe and Autodesk.

HP ZBook x2 Pricing and Availability

HP ZBook x2 is scheduled for availability in December starting at $1,749. The datasheet is available here.

About HP

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

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1. Based on detachables from vendors as of October 3, 2017. Power based on processor, graphics and memory.

2. Multi-Core is designed to improve performance of certain software products. Not all customers or software applications will necessarily benefit from use of this technology. Performance and clock frequency will vary depending on application workload and your hardware and software configurations. Intel’s numbering, branding and/or naming is not a measurement of higher performance.

3 Based on memory capacity of detachables from vendors as of October 5, 2017.

4. Based on Cinebench R15 open GL testing as of Oct. 5th, 2017 using max configurations for HP ZBook x2 and Microsoft Surface Pro announced May 23, 2017.

5. Weight will vary by configuration.

6. Optional HP DreamColor display with 1 billion colors is sold separately.

7. Sold separately or as an optional feature

8. Recharges your battery up to 50% within 30 minutes when the system is off or in standby mode. Power adapter with a minimum capacity of 65 watts is required. After charging has reached 50% capacity, charging will return to normal. Charging time may vary +/-10% due to System tolerance.

9. For hard drives, GB = 1 billion bytes. TB = 1 trillion bytes. Actual formatted capacity is less. Up to 30GB (for Windows 10) of system disk is reserved for system recovery software.

10. Based on HP’s unique and comprehensive security capabilities at no additional cost among vendors as of January 2017 on HP Mobile Workstations with 7th Gen Intel Processors.

11. HP Sure Start Gen3 is available on HP EliteBook, HP ZBook, and HP Z Workstation products equipped with Intel 7th generation or later processors.

12. HP Client Security Suite Gen3 requires Windows and Intel or AMD 7th Gen or later processors.

13. Windows 10 MM14 battery life will vary depending on various factors including product model, configuration, loaded applications, features, use, wireless functionality, and power management settings. The maximum capacity of the battery will naturally decrease with time and usage. See for additional details.

14. MIL STD 810G testing is pending and is not intended to demonstrate fitness for US Department of Defense contract requirements or for military use. Test results are not a guarantee of future performance under these test conditions. Accidental damage requires an optional HP Accidental Damage Protection Care Pack.

15. Based on workstation market data as of October 11, 2017.

16. Based on detachables from vendors as of October 5, 2017 comparing display resolution, color gamut and maximum colors supported.

IMAGINiT to Present Clarity 2018.1 at AU 2017

OWINGS MILLS, MD, Oct 19, 2017 – Ten industry experts from IMAGINiT Technologies will lead 13 sessions at Autodesk University (AU) 2017. IMAGINiT will also demonstrate the new release of IMAGINiT’s Clarity 2018.1 and Clarity Owner Data Portal software on the tradeshow floor in booth B109. AU takes place November 14 to 16, 2017 at the Venetian Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, NV.

“In addition to taking to the stage to share our knowledge with AU attendees, we’re also excited about the opportunity to reconnect with customers from across Canada and the US,” says Bill Zavadil, senior vice president of professional services at IMAGINiT Technologies. “This year, through 13 educational sessions and strategic discussions at the IMAGINiT booth, our diverse team of experts will share insights that help organizations optimize their 3D design processes.”

IMAGINiT Classes at Autodesk University

AEC Presentations

Manufacturing Presentations

In addition to informative AU classes, IMAGINiT experts will showcase the latest edition of their popular IMAGINiT Clarity family of products, including Clarity Owner Data Portal (ODP) at booth B109. New updates to IMAGINiT Clarity allow users to delve deeper into the valuable data stored in building information models, improving model management for BIM coordinators, administrators and the entire project team.

To experience live demonstrations, learn more about IMAGINiT’s collaboration, reality capture and BIM solutions, and have your questions answered by IMAGINiT’s software development experts, visit IMAGINiT booth B109 at AU 2017.

About IMAGINiT Technologies

IMAGINiT Technologies, a division of Rand Worldwide, advances the way architects and engineers design, develop, and manage projects. Customers of this leading professional services and technology company include organizations in the building, infrastructure, manufacturing and facilities management industries. Organizations of all sizes work with IMAGINiT Technologies to gain competitive advantages through expert technology consulting, implementation, training, and support services. As one of the world’s largest integrators of Autodesk 3D design and engineering software, the team leverages uunrivaled industry experience to design systems that accelerate innovation while improving project quality and profitability.

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Hawk Ridge Acquires Symmetry Solutions

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, Oct 19, 2017 – Hawk Ridge Systems, a leading provider of 3D design and manufacturing solutions, has announced that it has acquired Symmetry Solutions. The combined company will create one of the largest and most comprehensive North American DS SOLIDWORKS Reseller networks with 17 offices serving 18,500 clients with coast-to-coast coverage in the United States and Canada.

Symmetry Solutions, a leading DS SOLIDWORKS reseller in the Midwest, will be joining the Hawk Ridge Systems family. The combined resources of the companies will provide expanded 3D design and manufacturing solutions. Hawk Ridge Systems and Symmetry Solutions are leading providers of 3D design solutions from DS SOLIDWORKS and 3D printers from HP and Markforged. With the merger, Symmetry clients will now have access to manufacturing software from CAMWorks and a wide array of productivity software tools and services that were previously only available to Hawk Ridge Systems clients.

“The combined partnership of Symmetry Solutions with Hawk Ridge Systems makes so much sense,” says Dale Ford, president and CEO of Hawk Ridge Systems. “Not only do we share the same passionate vision for our clients’ success, but we also share very similar cultures. The triple win is that we can offer more solutions to more people – based on what they need to excel in their business. Building out the team with Symmetry in the Midwest completes our ability to offer a full spectrum of solutions – from design to manufacturing.”

Symmetry Solutions president, Paul Rudin agrees, “Our clients know my mantra – the client is everything, first and foremost. The merger is going to let us bring in more resources and leverage the very deep bench of technical and engineering expertise that Hawk Ridge Systems is known for. That means we will be able to offer more solutions to help solve our clients’ critical business challenges. To be a part of the Hawk Ridge Systems family is a win for our clients, our team and our partners.”

The combined company serves 18,500 customers from 17 offices and has 210 people. The company will continue business as usual and will merge under the Hawk Ridge Systems umbrella in January, 2018.

About Hawk Ridge Systems

Hawk Ridge Systems is a leading provider of 3D design and manufacturing solutions, including DS SOLIDWORKS, CAMWorks, and 3D Printers from HP and Markforged. Recognized as a global leader by DS SOLIDWORKS, Hawk Ridge Systems has been awarded the #1 Worldwide SOLIDWORKS Reseller title many times since its inception in 1996. Based in the Silicon Valley, Hawk Ridge Systems has 17 offices in the US and Canada, providing coast-to-coast coverage in North America.

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About Symmetry Solutions

Symmetry Solutions is the leading provider of 3D engineering design software and 3D printing solutions in the Midwest, including DS SOLIDWORKS and 3D printers from HP and Markforged. Symmetry Solutions is recognized as a leader in customer service and was named #1 in North America for SOLIDWORKS Subscription Support Services. Territory coverage includes Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Fullerton College Selects Hexagon’s CMM Technologies

For Metrology Program

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence has announced its portable and stationary coordinate measuring machine (CMM) technologies will be integrated into a new Metrology Program offered at Fullerton College, North Orange County, in Fullerton, CA. Fullerton College is a equipped machinist trade schools in California. Starting in the Fall of 2018, students will learn how to use a wide array of measurement and inspection tools including ROMER Absolute arms, laser scanners, CMMs and more. The new curriculum will enable students to study the science of measurement and acquire job skills that are in high demand by science laboratories and industries using advanced manufacturing technologies such as aerospace, defense, automotive, medical, and power generation. Students can begin work toward a Metrology Certificate of Achievement with several compulsory courses currently available. For more program information, visit

The Metrology Program is a natural extension of the Machine Technology curriculum already in place at Fullerton College. Course study will cover fundamental metrology concepts and offer hands-on usage of shop floor CMMs and portable measuring machines (PCMMs) for practical measurement and inspection operations conducted in machine shops and manufacturing cells. The ROMER articulating arm is a versatile measurement tool designed to meet the needs of almost any measurement application, whether scanning or touch-probing. This portable CMM provides the foundation for Fullerton College’s rigorous program of electives designed to prepare students for scientific research and today’s data-driven manufacturing environments. The ROMER Absolute arm with integrated RS4 laser scanner will provide the means for precision 3D data capture across a range of surfaces and applications. 

About Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence is leading metrology and manufacturing solution. For more information, visit

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence is part of Hexagon (Nasdaq Stockholm: HEXA B;, a global provider of information technologies that drive quality and productivity across geospatial and industrial enterprise applications.

RAF Electronic Hardware Launches Website

SEYMOUR, CTOct 19, 2017 – RAF Electronic Hardware, a MW Industries company, is inviting engineers and project managers to visit its new website, designed to provide a user-friendly experience including an advanced interface for part search/selection, access to detailed product information, engineering data, 3D models and free on-demand CAD drawing downloads.

RAF Electronic Hardware, an MW Industries company (PRNewsfoto/RAF Electronic Hardware, an MW)

The new RAF website provides quick and easy access to RAF’s entire range of fasteners, spacers, standoffs, handles and more, totaling hundreds of thousands of parts. Advanced filtering options help to easily identify the right component to fit any design engineering project.

Once a part is selected, users can download CAD drawings in every major format, along with specification sheets, 3D Models and 2D sales drawings. CAD drawings can be dragged and dropped directly from the website into an open project.

The new website is also tailored for use on any device, from mobile phone, to tablet and desktop and offers extensive engineering data resources, guides and news updates to keep visitors informed. RAF’s team of customer service representatives, and engineers are available for inquiries through the contact page.

For customers ready to buy, RAF’s extensive network of distributors are listed in an easy to search database. CAD drawing files, spec sheets, and 2D drawings are labeled with the RAF part number to ensure ordering desired components is seamless and easy.

Users can visit the new site at

About RAF Electronic Hardware

RAF Electronic Hardware, a MW Industries company ( is the nation’s leading manufacturer and supplier of electronic hardware fasteners and CNC precision turned components in a range of materials and finishes. RAF is ISO 9001:2015 Certified and is DFARS, ITAR, REACH and RoHS compliant.

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About MW Industries, Inc.

MW Industries, Inc., headquartered in Rosemont, Illinois, has been a leading provider of highly engineered springs, specialty fasteners, machined parts and other precision components for more than 50 years. The company excels at rapid prototyping and design of hard-to-make products made from specialty materials. MW Industries serves more than 23,000 customers in over 35 countries. Its 45,000-plus products are sold through a combination of direct sales, catalogs and distributors to original equipment manufacturers and aftermarket customers in aerospace, medical, electronics, energy, agriculture/construction, transit, heavy trucks, automotive replacement, industrial, consumer products, and military.

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CADENAS Announces Engineering Newcomer 2017 Winners

AUGSBURG, Germany, Oct 19, 2017 – For the fourth time now, pupils and students from technical colleges, universities and other educational facilities had the opportunity to submit their design ideas in order to compete. Among other things, entire college classes from Germany, Austria as well as abroad in Europe and beyond took part in this year’s Engineering Newcomer Challenge.

The design competition was thrilling until the last second

Winners of Engineering Newcomer 2017 during the award ceremony on October 11 at the Motek exhibition in Stuttgart

31 teams and individuals participated this year in the popular design competition sponsored by CADENAS, norelem, the Bundesarbeitskreis Fachschule für Technik and Solidpro. The winners were given attractive cash prizes and an award, which will give their careers a boost. “We are experiencing an increase in participants from year to year, upcoming engineers worldwide are seeing the Engineering Newcomer Challenge,” explains Jürgen Heimbach, CEO of CADENAS.

1st place went to Tim Schobel from the University of Stuttgart. He developed a drive unit with freewheel function for walkers

Engineering Newcomer is seen by instructors as a useful addition and extension to school education. Gerd Kock, from the Berufsförderungswerk Schömberg explains: “As an instructor of 20 upcoming technical product designers, the challenge came at the right time. I was thus able to provide training in the fields of product development, management and design theory parallel. All the trainees were motivated and were able to implement interesting projects consisting of development, design, documentation, production, assembly and practical testing.”

Winners of Engineering Newcomer 2017

During the award ceremony on 11th October at the Motek exhibition in Stuttgart, Germany, the norelem fair stand was bursting at the seams: Numerous visitors consisting of participants of the challenge and the winners with representatives from their education institutions, as well as the jury members, gathered to find out who took which place.

1st place went to Tim Schobel from the University of Stuttgart. He developed a drive unit with freewheel function for walkers. The electric drive serves as an aid for walking downhill and uses its own drive for uphill – users need less power and obtain greater safety. The jury rewarded the idea with 2,000 euro for the student and the same for his university.

The class TM2C from the Munich Technical College enjoyed 2nd place this year with their Industry 4.0 compliant production line.

The class TM2C from the Munich Technical College enjoyed 2nd place this year. With their Industry 4.0 compliant production line, the pupils tackled a personal problem: The existing specialist classroom for control and automation technology was not big enough for two classes. The problem was worked on for a year until they were able to come up with their own classroom. The work was well worth it, as the class TM2C and their school each received 1,000 euro prize money.

Sebastian Benedikt, Pierre Breitwieser and Matthias Henkel of the Technical College of Allgäu were able to convince the jury with the development of their Twinwheeler – a roller with petrol or electric motor based on an aero wheel and a monowheel. The design is well suited for leisure activity as well as a secondary vehicle. The third place winners and their technical college were awarded 500 euro each for their project.

A small extra for the most creative education institutions

Starting in 2017, there is a small extra prize given to the most active schools and education institutions: They receive an additional cash prize of 500 euro for frequent participation in the Engineering Newcomer competition. Each project submitted is evaluated and counts for 1 point. The winning schools receive additional points: 1st place receives 10 more points, 2nd place 6 points and 3rd place 3 additional points.

Sebastian Benedikt, Pierre Breitwieser and Matthias Henkel of the Technical College of Allgäu were able to convince the jury with the development of their Twinwheeler

This year, for the first time, the Technical College of Munich was awarded the title of the “Most Creative Engineering College”, with a total of 20 points and an additional 500 euro towards the college’s fund.

More information about all the projects of Engineering Newcomer 2017 can be found here:


CADENAS is a leading software developer in the areas of Strategic Parts Management and parts reduction (PARTsolutions), as well as Electronic Product Catalogs (eCATALOGsolutions). With its customized software solutions, the company acts as a link between the component manufacturers with their products and the purchasers.

With its 320 employees at 17 international subsidiaries, the name CADENAS (Spanish: process chains) has been standing for success, creativity, support and process optimization since 1992.

More information can be found on their homepage at: