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ASME Foundation Wins Grant for Technical Workforce Dev

NEW YORK, NY, Apr 24, 2024 – The ASME Foundation has been awarded an $800,000 multi-year grant from ECMC Foundation to help underserved community college and CTE students persist to graduation and enter the technical workforce or transition to a four-year institution to complete a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or related technical field. ECMC Foundation is a national foundation whose North Star goal is to eliminate equity gaps in postsecondary completion by 2040.

The ASME Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the world’s premier professional society for multidisciplinary engineers. The two-year grant, Accelerating Engineering Pathways for CTE Students in a COVID-Changed World, expands ASME’s Community College Engineering Pathways program to a total 15 community colleges (including five minority-serving institutions) and helps implement and evaluate STEM-focused activities and resources, which include work-based learning programs and professional networks for underserved students.

“The ASME Foundation is proud to partner with ECMC to open doors of opportunity for underserved students seeking to transition from community college to high-paying, in-demand careers in engineering-related fields,” said Stephanie Viola, executive director of the ASME Foundation and managing director of ASME Philanthropy. “This significant grant advances our work to build the technical workforce for the 21st Century while closing the equity gap that leaves too many women, rural learners, and students of color behind.”

ASME’s Community College Engineering Pathways program connects community college and continuing technical education students to opportunities for specialized training, internships, apprenticeships, and jobs. At the same time, it provides resources to community colleges to expand their employer networks and align curricula to the needs of local and national employers.

A companion program, HBCU Engineering Pathways, helps engineering students at historically Black colleges and universities expand their professional networks, participate in ASME student sections and activities, and connects employers to graduates of HBCUs and other minority-serving institutions.

“ASME’s project builds necessary capacity across existing successful engineering programs to improve student persistence, completion, and post-graduate employment outcomes,” said Anna Fontus, program officer at ECMC Foundation. “This project will generate new learnings on best practices in the field, and encourage increased collaboration between industry associations and community colleges”

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than three million technical jobs are currently unfilled in the United States. Contributing to the employment gap is a severe equity gap, with women representing only nine percent of US mechanical engineers and members of BIPOC communities only 11 percent. The ASME Foundation’s philanthropic programs in engineering education, career resources, and innovation support aim to correct these inequities by empowering more people from underrepresented groups to pursue technical careers.

About ECMC Foundation

ECMC Foundation a national foundation whose North Star goal is to eliminate equity gaps in postsecondary completion by 2040 so that underserved learners have greater opportunity for social and economic mobility. The Foundation’s mission is to improve higher education for career success among underserved populations through evidence-based innovation. ECMC Foundation makes strategic grants and program-related investments to support both nonprofit and for-profit ventures, guided by a strategic framework that aims to advance systemic change by removing barriers to postsecondary completion; building the capacity of organizations, institutions and systems; and transforming the postsecondary ecosystem. Learn more about ECMC Foundation by visiting www.ecmcfoundation.org and our parent company, ECMC Group, by visiting www.ecmcgroup.org.

About ASME Foundation

The ASME Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), supporting an array of programs in three core pillars: engineering education, career engagement, and global development. With the goal of empowering tomorrow’s technical workforce, the ASME Foundation advances equitable access both to professional opportunities and to engineering innovations that improve quality of life.

For more information, visit www.asmefoundation.org.

About ASME

ASME helps the global engineering community develop solutions to real world challenges. Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME is a not-for-profit professional organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing, and skill development across all engineering disciplines, while promoting the vital role of the engineer in society. ASME codes and standards, publications, conferences, continuing education, and professional development programs provide a foundation for advancing technical knowledge and a safer world. In 2020, ASME formed the International Society of Interdisciplinary Engineers (ISIE) II & III LLC, a new for-profit subsidiary to house business ventures that will bring new and innovative products, services, and technologies to the engineering community.

For more information, visit www.asme.org.

EvolveLAB Joins Vectorworks Partner Network

COLUMBIA, MD, Apr 24, 2024 – Global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc., part of the Nemetschek Group, has welcomed data-driven app developer EvolveLAB to its Partner Network to provide customers direct access to AI-powered visualization app Veras. Bringing a mature AI technology fine-tuned for high-quality visuals straight into Vectorworks, this seamless integration allows customers to enhance their creative workflows, gain efficiency using predefined prompts, and perfectly balance AI flexibility and precision in creating impactful visuals.

The Veras integration joins Vectorworks’ recently released AI Visualizer and will provide customers with additional options to harness AI’s potential, specifically for visualization. Vectorworks Architect, LandmarkSpotlight, and Fundamentals professional license customers will benefit from the added ability to explore AI iterative designs and to create visuals of their 3D models, even in the earliest stages of their design process.

“We are excited to partner with the EvolveLAB team to bring Veras and its trusted capabilities to Vectorworks users,” said Vectorworks Senior Director of Rendering and Research Dave Donley. “This collaboration underscores our dedication to empowering designers with cutting-edge tools that not only enhance their creativity but also boost their efficiency. Acting as a complement to our AI Visualizer, the integration of Veras enriches our customers’ toolkits, offering them unparalleled flexibility, speed, and the capability to vividly visualize and seamlessly share their unique design visions with the world.”

The integration introduces a new web palette within Vectorworks, enabling the creation of high-quality project imagery based on a 3D model and natural language or predefined prompts. Customers can refine and iterate imagery from previously created images and generate up to four images simultaneously, streamlining the visualization process.

“We are honored to bring additional AI ideation and rendering to the Vectorworks community by incorporating Veras into its software,” said EvolveLAB President Bill Allen. “From this partnership, we look forward to the tremendous value it will add to an already amazing application.”

Customers can explore Veras’ capabilities by installing the Veras plugin using the “Install Partner Product” command from the Vectorworks Help Menu. To stay in the loop on upcoming features, integrations, and plug-ins, visit the Public Roadmap.

About Vectorworks, Inc.

Vectorworks, Inc. is an award-winning design and BIM software provider serving the architecture, landscape architecture, and entertainment industries in 85 countries. Creating intuitive software since 1985, we’ve become the preeminent software built to manage the entire design process. Globally, more than 685,000 users are creating, connecting, and influencing the next generation of design with Vectorworks on Mac and Windows. Headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, with offices in the UK, Canada, Australia, and Japan, Vectorworks is a part of the Nemetschek Group.

For more information, visit vectorworks.net.

SprintRay Introduces MIDAS Digital Press 3D Printer

MIAMI, FL, Apr 24, 2024 – SprintRay, the leader in dental 3D printing, unveiled the company’s most significant innovation to-date to over 250 dental professionals at 3DNext, their summit in Miami. The Midas Digital Press 3D Printer is poised to not only transform dental restoration practices but also inspires an entirely new understanding of the future of 3D printing capabilities.

Midas changes the game for fabricating chairside restorations. It uses patent-pending Digital Press Stereolithography (DPS) to easily print highly viscous, ceramic-filled materials previously thought unprintable.

With Midas, SprintRay revealed the first and only Digital Press Stereolithography (DPS) technology and patent-pending Resin Capsule System, enabling the use of previously unworkable and highly viscous resins with 3D printing. The combined product and technology process sets an entirely new standard for what has been previously possible in 3D printing.

“Materials, more than anything, have dictated what is possible in the dental restoration field,” said Amir Mansouri, Ph.D., co-founder and CEO of SprintRay. “The introduction of Midas revolutionizes both the manner in which material is transformed and reveals an entirely new paradigm of what can actually be printed. Until now, materials like ceramics were too thick for traditional 3D printers to handle. Midas changes everything. Not only does this innovation handle today’s ceramic-based materials but sets the stage for future advances in composites and ceramics. We are on the brink of a new era in biomaterial innovation, and we’re thrilled to be leading the charge.”

The Midas Resin Capsule contains everything needed to print a restoration. The pressurized resin chamber houses viscous material that is pressed and dispensed into the build area using hydrodynamic principles. When finished, the build platform is extracted along with the printed restoration.

When Midas becomes available to dental professionals later this year, it will be the first truly new 3D printing methodology to be commercialized in four decades. Combined with SprintRay’s all-new AI Studio design software, chairside design and delivery of restorations will be a faster and more seamless experience than ever before.

Dr. Wally Renne, DMD, a global leader in digital dentistry and co-founder of MOD Institute, said, “SprintRay’s Midas, in my opinion, is the biggest breakthrough in dentistry since September 1985, when the first CEREC inlay was milled. SprintRay has invented a new way to 3D print called ‘digital press stereolithography,’ easily enabling the chairside fabrication of crowns, inlays, onlays and veneers. Their first Midas resin will have over 70% ceramic filler and can be printed in under eight minutes. And that’s just the beginning. Their announced partnership with Ivoclar for material development sets a tone for a very exciting future. Digital dentistry was just upended.”

Simultaneously print three ceramic composite crowns in <8 minutes. Midas sets a new standard for the chairside fabrication of restorations with lifelike aesthetics and outstanding mechanical properties. Midas can also print up to three full contour crowns, six inlays/onlays or nine ultra-thin veneers in a single job.

Digital Press Stereolithography, No Training, Zero Maintenance:

Midas and DPS eliminates viscosity limitations and creates a new platform for material innovation. The patented process removes the boundaries chemists have previously faced to change the mechanical properties and aesthetics of resin. Midas is the first 3D printer ever to use Digital Press Stereolithography (DPS), eliminating the need for large resin vats and other reusable parts. Utilizing a vacuum-sealed Midas Resin Capsule that can print up to three units in less than eight minutes, Midas delivers an incredibly clean, simple workflow without viscosity limitations.

The AI Design Studio:

Complementing the printer, SprintRay introduces AI Studio, a cloud-based design software that automates the creation of dental restorations. AI Studio integrates today with 3Shape, Dexis, and Medit scanners to give doctors the ability to edit and change the design including margin editing, positioning and adaptation adjustments, and edits to anatomy – all without requiring any CAD experience. A single click sends designs to Midas, including any STL design file from any dental design software or lab for maximum convenience.

“Midas has changed what we view as possible in 3D printed materials. This new open platform allows an entire industry of material science innovators to explore a new galaxy of solutions. Biomaterial has a very exciting future that is going to result in monumental benefits for our customers and patients alike,” said Ehsan Barjasteh, Ph.D., head of the SprintRay Biomaterial Innovation Lab.

Midas and AI Studio, combined with NanoCure, signify a monumental advancement in dental restoration manufacturing, characterized by speed, simplicity, and groundbreaking innovation in restorative materials. The waitlist for Midas is now open, with deliveries set to begin in Q4 2024. For more information visit sprintray.com

About SprintRay

SprintRay is a dental technology company that builds end-to-end 3D printing ecosystems for dental professionals. SprintRay designs and manufactures user-friendly and cutting-edge dental solutions including 3D printers and post-processing ecosystems, 3D printing software featuring AI technology, and innovative 3D resins. Dental care providers can deliver best-in-class service by leveraging SprintRay’s highly-specialized, affordable technologies.

For more information, visit https://sprintray.com/.

Modelithics EXEMPLAR Library for MATLAB Launched

TAMPA, FL, Apr 24, 2024 – Modelithics, the leading independent provider of accurate RF/microwave models for multiple EDA simulation software tools, is pleased to launch the new Modelithics EXEMPLAR Library for MATLAB.

The release of the new Modelithics EXEMPLAR Library for MATLAB includes almost 50 Microwave Global Models representing nearly 3,500 components for many of today’s leading component suppliers, including Amotech, Coilcraft, Johanson, Kemet, Kyocera-AVX, Murata, Passive Plus, Presidio, and Vishay. The EXEMPLAR Library is designed to include models that run many example tutorial projects on the Modelithics website.

The Modelithics EXEMPLAR Library for MATLAB adds to Modelithics’ vast collection of highly accurate circuit simulation models. It expands the available resources to enable today’s design engineers to go from concept to product faster and more efficiently in MATLAB. Modelithics models are to be utilized within RF Toolbox, a MATLAB add-on from MathWorks, to build networks of RF components, such as filters, transmission lines, matching networks, amplifiers, and mixers. RF Toolbox provides functions, objects, and apps for designing, modeling, analyzing, and visualizing networks of radio frequency (RF) components. RF designers can use RF Toolbox and Modelithics EXEMPLAR library to develop wireless communications, radar, and signal integrity applications.

The Microwave Global Models for MATLAB include Modelithics’ advanced model features, including part value scalability, solder pad-size scaling, de-embedding, and substrate scaling. The part-value scalability of Microwave Global Models makes them ideal for tuning and optimization. Therefore, it is not necessary to manually substitute individual models during a design process. Modelithics Microwave Global Models also scale substrate characteristics, providing designers with a solution that extends beyond traditional solutions, like S-parameter files. While an S-parameter file only contains device measurements performed on one specific substrate, Modelithics microwave global models are valid over a continuous range of substrate properties determined by the substrates used in the model extraction process.

For more information regarding the new Modelithics EXEMPLAR Library for MATLAB, please review the v24.0 release notes. To request a free trial, visit Modelithics.com/MVP/MATLAB. The Modelithics EXEMPLAR Library is also free for qualified educational institutions for one year of renewable access through the Modelithics University Program. For more details on the Modelithics University Program, visit modelithics.com/home/university.

About Modelithics, Inc.

Modelithics, Inc. was formed in 2001 to address the industry-wide need for high accuracy RF and microwave active and passive simulation models for use in Electronic Design Automation (EDA). Modelithics’ premium product is the Modelithics COMPLETE Library, which includes the CLR Library, containing measurement-based Microwave Global Models for a multitude of commercially-available passive component families, as well non-linear diode models, non-linear transistor models, and system level component models. Modelithics’ services also address a wide range of custom RF and microwave measurement and modeling needs. Modelithics product offerings also include the Modelithics mmWave & 5G Library, Modelithics System Components Library the Modelithics COMPLETE+3D Library. Modelithics is a registered trademark of Modelithics, Inc. Microwave Global Models, System Components Library, and CLR Library are also trademarks of Modelithics, Inc. The Modelithics Vendor Partner (MVP) Program allows for collaboration and open communication during the development of advanced data sets and models for commercially available microwave components and devices, with flexible sponsorship and distribution arrangements for the resulting data and models. An example of such an arrangement is the Modelithics Qorvo GaN Library and the Modelithics MACOM GaN Library. Both of these vendor specific libraries are distributed for free by Modelithics under sponsorship of Qorvo and MACOM, respectively. Modelithics also offers a Standard & Custom Test Fixture and Accessory Product Line, including legacy parts from J Micro Technology for a family of thin film Alumina substrate components.

For more information, visit www.Modelithics.com.

About MathWorks

MathWorks is the leading developer of mathematical computing software. MATLAB, the language of engineers and scientists, is a programming environment for algorithm development, data analysis, visualization, and numeric computation. Simulink is a block diagram environment for simulation and Model-Based Design of multidomain and embedded engineering systems. Engineers and scientists worldwide rely on these products to accelerate the pace of discovery, innovation, and development in automotive, aerospace, communications, electronics, industrial automation, and other industries. MATLAB and Simulink are fundamental teaching and research tools in the world’s top universities and learning institutions. Founded in 1984, MathWorks employs more than 6,000 people in 34 offices around the world, with headquarters in Natick, MA, USA.

For additional information, visit mathworks.com.

Kalray Joins Arm Total Design

GRENOBLE, France, Apr 24, 2024 – Kalray, a leading provider of hardware and software solutions to accelerate data intensive workflows from Cloud to Edge, announced that it has extended its collaboration with Arm by joining Arm Total Design. Through a deeper connection to industry leaders who are leveraging Arm Neoverse Compute Subsystems (CSS), Kalray can help more companies integrate its unique AI and data acceleration technology and help Arm ecosystem partners commercialize AI-based solutions in a fraction of the time and cost usually needed.

Arm Total Design helps accelerate and simplify the delivery of custom silicon based on Arm Neoverse CSS and has grown to more than 20 partners, including the top three leading foundries, ASIC design houses, IP vendors, EDA tool providers, and firmware developers who are driving leading-edge innovation.

Kalray is already working to integrate Arm Coherent Mesh Network (CMN) technology to help easily connect Kalray’s advanced AI and data processing acceleration solution to Arm Neoverse CSS.

As a member of the Arm Total Design ecosystem, Kalray can move swiftly with the latest Arm technologies and thus ease the access to Kalray’s advanced AI and data processing capabilities to adopters of Arm Neoverse technology – and in doing so, facilitate their rollout of AI across numerous use cases and industries.

“The proliferation of AI has led to an unprecedented demand for more compute power and flexibility, which is a driving force behind the momentum of Arm Neoverse in the data center and beyond,” said Eddie Ramirez, vice president of go-to-market, Infrastructure Line of Business, Arm. “Kalray is bringing its expertise in AI acceleration and efficient data processing to the Arm Total Design ecosystem, enabling partners to more easily integrate these capabilities as they build custom silicon solutions to maximize performance and efficiency.”

“AI workloads are exerting profound changes in the semi-conductor industry with their insatiable demand for data processing,” said Eric Baissus, Kalray CEO. “Kalray is proud to be among the best of the best in the industry as part of the Arm Total Design ecosystem. We look forward to helping more technology players to use the AI and data acceleration capabilities of Kalray’s DPU technology so they can deliver innovative AI processing solutions across the industry.”

About Kalray

Kalray is a technology innovator specializing in software and hardware solutions to accelerate data-intensive workflows in media & entertainment, high-performance computing, and artificial intelligence. Their comprehensive product range features ngenea, a leading data acceleration platform, as well as accelerated data processing cards for storage and compute.

With Kalray solutions, customers can scale their infrastructures to efficiently meet the performance and capacity needs of data-intensive tasks, all without being tied to specific data formats or vendors.

Founded in 2008 as a spin-off from the French CEA research lab, Kalray has corporate and financial backing from notable investors such as Alliance Venture (Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi), NXP Semiconductors, and Bpifrance.

For more information, visit www.kalrayinc.com.

Aviko Launches Centric PLM

to Replace Legacy System

CAMPBELL, CA, Apr 24, 2024 – Aviko, Europe’s largest producer of potato products, went live with Centric Software’s product lifecycle management (PLM) solution to support growth and manage product specifications. Centric Software provides the most innovative enterprise solutions to plan, design, develop, source and sell food & beverage and consumer products to achieve strategic and operational digital transformation goals.

Founded in 1962, Aviko has expanded to become one of the top five worldwide producers of chilled, frozen and dried potato products. Aviko operates in more than 110 countries and produces 25% of all french fries in Europe.  Aviko is backed by Dutch parent company Royal Cosun and is on a growth trajectory.

Aviko’s plans include strengthening their leadership position in Europe and expanding market share all around the world. Extending their product portfolio with value-added potato products is also part of the mix and they needed a robust PLM solution to achieve those goals.

Aviko’s legacy PLM was reaching its end of life and upgrading the system would have been costly and time-consuming. The PLM was heavily customized, functionality was limited and Aviko needed a solution that supports their growth and development.

“We needed a modern solution to support our growth plans, manage product specification processes and enhance customer service in multiple markets and regions,” says Maaike Renssen-Alberts, project manager at Aviko. “We specifically looked for a solution to automate manual work and to meet the demands of operating in 110 markets.”

After an extensive vendor evaluation process, Aviko chose Centric PLM to improve management of technical product data throughout the lifecycle and support the product packaging development process.

Centric PLM is now used by several teams at Aviko including quality, regulatory, packaging, commercial operations, innovation and procurement.

With the new PLM system, Aviko is streamlining all product related data. This makes it easier and quicker to access, update and share information about ingredients, additives, semi-finished products, packaging materials and products across the company’s departments and production plants.

Centric PLM also plays an important role in end-to-end packaging development, as the system holds all relevant labeling information for specific regions and channels to ensure quick generation of compliant labeling briefs. With PLM’s single data source, cross-functional teams will have full visibility of project progress, bolstering efficiency and internal collaboration on packaging and labeling briefs, artwork proofing and managing and sourcing packaging items.

“With Centric PLM’s ‘single source of truth,’ we can streamline notifications and changes in formulation, recipes and regulations across markets to ensure regulatory compliance and launch new product variations more quickly. We can also store supplier data, claims, certificates and contracts in one place,” explains Renssen-Alberts. “Aviko has entered a new and improved era of software user experience — PLM’s modern, easy-to-use and intuitive interface is making life easier for all of our teams.”

“We are thrilled that Aviko has chosen Centric Software as a digital transformation partner,” says Chris Groves, CEO of Centric Software. “We are delighted to be partnering with such an iconic and innovative company on their journey of growth across multiple markets.”

About Aviko

Aviko was founded by 32 potato growers in 1962 and has since grown to become a global player. In 2002 Aviko became part of Royal Cosun, a modern, future-oriented cooperative with over 8,400 growers. As Europe’s largest producer of potato products in out-of-home and one of the top five global market leaders, Aviko connects people, cultures and tastes by bringing joy to tables all over the world. With a portfolio of more than 100 distinctive potato products, Aviko operates in more than 110 countries. Aviko’s 2,500 colleagues are driven by the large potential of our products and the impact they have on quality, service, innovation and sustainability in our chain: ‘from farm to fork’.

For more information, visit corporate.aviko.com.

About Centric Software

Silicon Valley-based Centric Software provides an innovative product concept-to-customer platform for producers, brands and retailers of all sizes in the food & beverage industry, food service and grocery retail sectors. Centric Software works closely with customers to achieve more efficient project management and safer product development, execute a competitive retail and product strategy, increase agility, speed time to market and get closer to consumers, resulting in maximized revenues and margins.

Centric Software is a subsidiary of Dassault Systèmes, the world leader in 3D design software, 3D digital mock-up and PLM solutions.

For more information, visit www.centricsoftware.com.