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Gladiator Releases Next-Generation SX2 Inertial Sensors

Gladiator Technologies has released an upgraded product line of low noise, high speed MEMS inertial sensors. The next-generation SX2 line offers major advancements in performance including ARW as low as 0.0018˚/s/√Hz, 600 Hz Bandwidth, up to 10 kHz data rate and digital message delay below 100µs through improvements to Gladiator Technologies’ lightning-fast VELOX processing technology.

Products included in the SX2 upgrade include the G300D Triaxial GyroscopeLandMark 005 IMU, and the LandMark 007 and LandMark 007X IMUs designed for high dynamic applications. Each product offers customers common performance features and unique choices for gyroscope rate up to 2000˚/s and accelerometer range up to 200g.

Each of the SX2 products features Gladiator Technologies’ cutting-edge VELOX technology designed to drive high speed filtered outputs without sacrificing gyro and accelerometer sensor performance.

Gladiator Technologies’ SX2 Products:

Key Features

  • As low as 0.0018°/s/√Hz ARW
  • 600 Hz Bandwidth
  • 075°/s Bias Over Temperature
  • VELOX Processing

Further technical information is available at Gladiator Technologies website; https://gladiatortechnologies.com/sx2.

About Gladiator Technologies

Gladiator Technologies designs, manufactures, ultra low-noise, high performance MEMS-based inertial measurement systems and sensors for aerial, land and marine applications. All design and manufacturing is performed in Gladiator’s factory, certified to AS9100D, NIST-800 Compliant and on path to CMMC Certification.

Learn more about Gladiator Technologies at https://gladiatortechnologies.com.

Alloy Specialties Selects Hexagon’s Tempo

Precision aerospace part manufacturer Alloy Specialties has become one of the first adopters of a new robotic quality inspection technology, Tempo, from Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division that has enabled the company to increase its production capacity and staff productivity through automation.

Tempo comes from a series of Hexagon products designed to help manufacturers begin automating their quality processes in a way that doesn’t require large-scale investment and disruption. The part loading system enables teams to queue multiple inspection jobs and sort rejected parts, and easy operation means anyone can operate a coordinate measuring machine (CMM). By using Tempo, Alloy Specialties is able to improve productivity by extending production time, improving labor efficiency throughout the day and aiding ‘lights-out’ operations.

The use of Tempo is part of a continuous push by Alloy Specialties to increase automation and, along with program revisions, has contributed to 50 percent faster quality inspection processes. This, in turn, is enabling the company to reduce costs and meet increased demand. As a result, Alloy Specialties is considering investing in an additional Tempo System in 2021.

Hexagon is working with manufacturers, like Alloy Specialties, to automate their quality processes in a way that doesn’t require a substantial one-off investment. There is much to be gained from the implementation of smart manufacturing technologies, such as increased efficiency, productivity and process innovation. But the cost of adopting new technologies can be prohibitive if outsourced to a system integrator. Such projects can also involve significant disruption as production lines are adapted, and staff are trained to use new solutions and work in a new way.

Making small incremental investments in automating quality processes, through solutions like Tempo, can help manufacturers address immediate challenges and prepare for broader transformation.  For example, Tempo is helping Alloy Specialties free up their skilled professionals, enabling them to take on more work while keeping staff costs down. In the current climate, the need to stagger shifts and schedule jobs with less staff on site can lead to resourcing issues. Making metrology processes more automated and more accessible empowers more agile cross-functional teams.

About Hexagon

Hexagon is a global sensor, software and autonomous solutions provider. Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division provides solutions that utilize data from design and engineering, production and metrology to make manufacturing smarter. For more information, visit hexagonmi.com.

Hexagon has approximately 20,000 employees in 50 countries and net sales of approximately 3.8bn EUR. Learn more at hexagon.com.

Henkel Expands Partnership with InterPRO

DÜSSELDORF, Germany, Jan 20, 2021 – Henkel and InterPRO Additive Manufacturing, a service bureau based in Connecticut, USA, are expanding their partnership to drive the adoption of 3D printing solutions in industrial markets. As part of the collaboration InterPRO will serve as an application development partner, accelerating the commercialization process for large opportunities in additive manufacturing.

Adaptors for medical bio-reactor equipment developed and printed by InterPRO and Henkel with Loctite 3843 black.

“We are delighted to announce the expansion of our collaboration with InterPRO,” says Dr. Simon Mawson, senior vice president and global head of 3D printing at Henkel. “With decades of development experience, InterPRO has a deep knowledge in adopting additive manufacturing to reduce the time and cost to engineer, test and manufacture new products. In combination with Henkel’s leading portfolio of photopolymer materials we aim to further accelerate the adoption of additive manufacturing for the production of industrial parts. Over the past two years, we have already worked collaboratively to test new materials, onboard new applications, and convert production work to digital light processing (DLP) based 3D printing technologies.”

“The initial collaboration with InterPRO was very successful and promising,” adds Cindy Deekitwong, global head of marketing for Henkel’s Incubator Businesses. “The Distek application is a great example. Together we were able to help a medical device company leverage additive manufacturing to produce the high quality, low volume parts they needed. Building on that foundation we aim to open new opportunities for many more customers across industries.”

Henkel has a longstanding experience in material chemistry. The company’s line of Loctite branded photopolymer 3D printing materials is uniquely positioned to address the needs of customers in many markets. Among other attributes, Henkel’s materials offer similar strength characteristics compared to fused deposition modeling (FDM) processes with a smoother surface finish, making them an ideal choice for use in industrial production. Unlike older resin-based technologies, the printed parts maintain their mechanical properties over time without becoming brittle or changing color.

For more than two decades InterPRO has offered an array of additive manufacturing services, utilizing many different technologies including FDM, multi jet fusion (MJF) and large format stereolithography (SLA). In recent years the company also began offering DLP 3D printing on the Origin P3 printer, enabling them to fully leverage the materials portfolio from Henkel.

“We have learned over the years that asking our clients to adopt new processes and materials requires a cohesive ecosystem of printers, service and material partners,” says Dan Straka, president of InterPRO. “Henkel has come to the market with an incredible range of engineered materials that push the boundaries of what photo-cured thermosets have typically offered in the past. Between the advanced materials and support, InterPRO has been able to deliver production worthy, customer facing parts that rival traditional methods of production.”

With advancements in DLP technology and Henkel’s portfolio of photopolymer resins, more and more industrial customers are considering 3D printing as a viable alternative to traditional manufacturing methods like injection molding and CNC machining. Among its advantages, additive manufacturing’s lower upfront cost reduces risk. Without having to pay for expensive tooling, companies can afford to green-light more ideas and produce small batch parts for niche applications.

As an application development partner, InterPRO will assist Henkel in developing new production applications in the medical, consumer, industrial and aerospace markets. Customers will benefit from InterPRO’s knowledge and experience in the additive manufacturing industry. The service bureau will provide engineering services, including Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM), in addition to production and finishing services, helping qualify each application from concept to finished part.

“We’re excited to grow our relationship with Henkel as an Application Development Partner,” Dan Straka adds. “Our complimentary skills and expertise will better enable both companies to support our clients’ increasing needs in this unprecedented time of challenges and risks.”

To learn more about Henkel’s unique line of photopolymer 3D printing materials, please visit LoctiteAM.com.

To learn more about InterPRO, please visit interpromodels.com.

About Henkel

Henkel operates globally with a well-balanced and diversified portfolio. The company holds leading positions with its three business units in both industrial and consumer businesses thanks to strong brands, innovations and technologies. Henkel Adhesive Technologies is the global leader in the adhesives market – across all industry segments worldwide. In its Laundry & Home Care and Beauty Care businesses, Henkel holds leading positions in many markets and categories around the world. Founded in 1876, Henkel looks back on more than 140 years of success. In 2019, Henkel reported sales of more than 20 billion euros and adjusted operating profit of more than 3.2 billion euros. Henkel employs more than 52,000 people globally – a passionate and highly diverse team, united by a strong company culture, a common purpose to create sustainable value, and shared values. As a recognized leader in sustainability, Henkel holds top positions in many international indices and rankings. Henkel’s preferred shares are listed in the German stock index DAX.

For more information, please visit www.henkel.com.

About InterPRO

For more than two decades, InterPRO has been helping clients solve their prototyping and manufacturing challenges by offering an array of 3D printing services including large format stereolithography (SLA), multi jet fusion (MJF), fused deposition modeling (FDM), cast urethane parts, rapid silicone and custom finishing.

See how InterPRO can help you by visiting www.interpromodels.com.

Altair Partners with Rolls-Royce Germany

TROY, MI, Jan 20, 2021 – Altair, a global technology company providing solutions in data analytics, simulation, and high-performance computing (HPC), announced that it has signed a memo of understanding (MoU) with Rolls-Royce Germany to collaboratively connect artificial intelligence (AI) and engineering to derive business value across Rolls-Royce’s engineering, testing, and design of aerospace engines.

Industries globally are increasingly seeking ways to leverage data analytics and AI to significantly increase revenues, cut costs, and reduce risks. Forward-thinking organizations like Rolls-Royce Germany are undergoing groundbreaking digital transformations and have identified engineering as a key area. In particular, the collaboration with Altair will address structural analysis and testing, bringing together vast amounts of historical product and in-service data from disparate sources to unlock new AI-driven engineering use cases to drive significant business value.

“As a pioneer of the convergence of data analytics and engineering, it’s a natural fit for Altair to collaborate with Rolls-Royce Germany, an organization that sees the power of technology and the potential of AI to unlock game-changing business value,” said James R. Scapa, founder and chief executive officer, Altair. “The demand for easy-to-use, low/no code, yet flexible AI and machine learning tools has never been greater. It is an honor to be the technology provider of choice to help Rolls-Royce Germany boost its business while also further evolving our data analytics solutions.”

The Altair and Rolls-Royce Germany collaboration will address a wide variety of use cases, including applying data science to the vast amounts of engineering testing data, which can lead to a significantly reduced number of sensors needed. This single use case alone has the potential to reduce recurring costs by millions of Euros.

“We share a common vision on the convergence of AI and engineering to drive significant positive business outcomes. Altair has unique domain expertise and best-in-class, low-code data analytics technology. This collaboration will enable us to bridge the gap between engineering and data science, and empower our engineers to truly be engineers, focused on extracting the benefits of machine learning and AI from our data,” said Dr. Peter Wehle, head of innovation and R&T, Rolls-Royce Deutschland. “Ultimately this collaboration will help to democratize our data analytics, enabling our engineers to make better daily data-driven decisions, and transform our business and products.”

Rolls-Royce has been using AI and advanced data analytics at the heart of its business for more than 20 years, including in its world-leading engine health monitoring service, as well as manufacturing. It has recently announced two breakthroughs in AI ethics and trustworthiness, which it will publish for free on its website later this year.

Initially, Rolls-Royce Germany will leverage Altair Knowledge Works – a collaborative end-to-end data analytics platform – to enable engineers to apply machine learning (ML) methods utilizing simulation data, test data, manufacturing data, and operational data. Knowledge Works is designed so users can easily and efficiently access disparate data sources and formats in a low code/no code environment, transform the data, use it to build ML models, and share knowledge discovery across the business.

About Altair

Altair is a global technology company that provides software and cloud solutions in the areas of data analytics, simulation, and high-performance computing (HPC). Altair enables organizations across broad industry segments to compete more effectively in a connected world while creating a more sustainable future.

To learn more, please visit www.altair.com.

Protolabs Acquires 3D Hubs

MAPLE PLAIN, MN, Jan 20, 2021 – Proto Labs, Inc., a global technology-enabled digital manufacturing leader, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire 3D Hubs, Inc., a leading online manufacturing platform that provides engineers with on-demand access to a global network of approximately 240 premium manufacturing partners. The transaction creates the world’s most comprehensive digital manufacturing offer for custom parts, providing Protolabs with a network of manufacturing partners to fulfill a breadth of capabilities outside of its current envelope, as well as a broader offering of pricing and lead time options.

“The addition of 3D Hubs provides Protolabs a platform to evolve our service model to provide unprecedented manufacturing flexibility to our customers,” said Rob Bodor, Protolabs’ current VP and GM of the Americas and incoming president and chief executive officer. “Our combined organizations will provide the market an industry-leading digital manufacturing solution to serve their needs from idea to prototype to full end-use part production. Together we can fulfill nearly every custom manufacturing need across the product life cycle.”

Founded in 2013, 3D Hubs has facilitated the production of over 6 million custom parts and products through its digital platform. 3D Hubs provides customers with instant pricing and design feedback, and orders are fulfilled through thoroughly vetted premium manufacturing partners in over 20 countries worldwide, offering vast manufacturing capacity and a broad range of manufacturing capabilities at a variety of competitive pricing levels.

“The entire 3D Hubs team is thrilled to join Protolabs and continue to revolutionize the manufacturing industry through innovation. At 3D Hubs, our goal is to empower companies to create revolutionary products through supply chain efficiency and reliability. We are confident that partnering with Protolabs will help us advance that mission,” said Bram de Zwart, co-founder and chief executive officer at 3D Hubs.

“3D Hubs’ company culture lives and breathes engineering and fast-paced innovation; our team is very excited to partner with Protolabs to build the best on-demand manufacturing solution imaginable,” said Brian Garret, 3D Hubs’ co-founder and chief product officer.

Under the terms of the agreement, closing consideration of $280 million will be funded with $130 million in cash and $150 million in Protolabs common stock. An additional $50 million of contingent consideration is payable subject to performance-based targets over two years after close, funded with 50% cash and 50% Protolabs common stock. Protolabs has also established an employee incentive fund payable to 3D Hubs employees based on achievement of both financial performance and employee retention targets.

Protolabs anticipates the acquisition of 3D Hubs will accelerate its revenue growth rate and be marginally dilutive to non-GAAP earnings per share in 2021. 3D Hubs’ 2020 revenue is estimated to be $25 million and the company’s revenue has had a compound annual growth rate of over 200% since 2017. The transaction is expected to close by the end of January, subject to customary closing conditions.

“The acquisition of 3D Hubs is part of the continued evolution of Protolabs as the digital manufacturing leader, serving more and more of our customers’ needs,” said Vicki Holt, Protolabs’ chief executive officer. “Protolabs’ leading in-house technology-enabled manufacturing services combined with 3D Hubs’ global network of premium manufacturing partners will yield the greatest value to our customers for years to come.”

About 3D Hubs

3D Hubs is an online manufacturing platform that provides companies with on-demand access to a global network of manufacturing services. Users can easily upload their design, instantly receive a quote, and start production at the click of a button. Founded in Amsterdam in 2013, 3D Hubs has produced more than 6M parts using various manufacturing technologies. The company has raised over $30M in funding from Balderton Capital, EQT Ventures, Endeit Capital, Hearst Ventures, DOEN, Future Shape, Rockstart, and other investors.

Visit 3dhubs.com for more information.

About Protolabs

Protolabs is the world’s leading source for digital manufacturing services. The technology-enabled company produces custom components in as fast as 1 day with automated 3D printing, CNC machining, sheet metal fabrication, and injection molding processes. Its digital approach to manufacturing enables accelerated time to market, reduces manufacturing costs, and enables supply chain agility throughout the product life cycle.

Visit protolabs.com for more information.