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Innovations in Automated, Robotic Small Part Contact Measurement and Sorting for Medical Device

Live Date: July 22, 2020
Duration: 60 minutes

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Collaborative robots are one of the most exciting technology developments in the automation industry in decades. Cobots are finding their way into many areas of manufacturing; especially for high-mix small-batch operations. Automated small part inspection is now available for quality departments: freeing up labor, increasing accuracy and automating the collection of critical data and sorting parts. Adding inspection robots into quality control for medical part manufacturing can be transformational for companies that want to retain and attract talent.
 
Join us for this educational webinar where we will have industry experts discuss the pros, cons and steps to implementing Cobots in Quality Control.

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How to Design for Additive Manufacturing (SLA)

Live Date: July 21, 2020
Duration: 60 minutes

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Since the rules of additive manufacturing are very different from the rules of injection molding and machining, making the right design decisions for 3D printing can be challenging. By learning key design guidelines for stereolithography (SLA) additive manufacturing, you’ll be able to reduce trial and error steps, produce functional parts in less time, and save on material costs.

In this webinar, we’ll teach you essential print process physics and additive manufacturing material challenges. We’ll walk through a presentation packed with visual examples for SLA manufacturing design guidelines and five methods to design for assembly.

Attend this webinar and learn:

  • How to optimize the design of an example part to save $500 in material costs, 80 hours of machine time, and manual labor time.
  • Design guidelines for holes, lattices, overhangs, fins, ribs, and nesting.
  • How to avoid print failures related to adhesion, warping, lack of support structures, and more.
  • How the rules of product development and manufacturing change without tooling costs.

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How Cobots Can be Leveraged in the COVID-19 Age

Live Date: June 30, 2020
Duration: 60 minutes

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In just a short three months, COVID-19 has driven global manufacturing into a temporary halt. Now, as manufacturers look to restart operations, leaders struggle to create the “new normal.”  Industry experts cite automation and technology as two key factors in helping companies succeed. Leading the automation pack are collaborative robots or “cobots” – robots that are safe, easy to program and cost-effective.

Attend this webinar and learn:

  • Basics of collaborative robots
  • Ongoing labor issues after COVID-19
  • Real-world examples of how cobots are helping deliver social distancing on the factory floor
  • Reshoring – how cobots can help with incremental automation
  • The role cobots can play in round-the-clock shiftwork to meet tighter delivery schedules

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Advanced Generative Design: A Paradigm to Revolutionize Product Development

Live Date: May 21, 2020
Duration: 60 minutes

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This webinar will provide a vision for how Generative Design, along with technologies like, Simulation, Additive Manufacturing, Advanced Materials, and Artificial Intelligence will converge into an environment that will dramatically change how we develop products and bring them to market.

Generative design software is creating product shapes that cannot be made through traditional machining or casting. With generative design, you can set the parameters of the object and let the software determine what the product will look like. What we’re seeing is stronger, lighter parts that can only be created through an additive process.

Attend this webinar and learn:

  • What generative design is and why it is so important.
  • Why it is now so relevant.
  • The technologies that will enable it.
  • Who should use these tools.
  • What should my company plan to do about it.

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The Tiny World of Miniaturization in Motors and Motion Control

Live Date: March 25, 2020
Duration: 60 minutes

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Motors and motion control components continue to shrink. The trend of miniaturization allows manufacturers to install motors and motion control into smaller and smaller form factors. Miniaturization helps in reducing energy consumption as well as weight, making it attractive to sectors such as aerospace, defense, medical, and science.

Traditional technology requires relatively large designs that are too cumbersome for many applications. The trend toward miniaturization has answered these needs.

This webinar will explore how small, powerful electric motors with a diameter of only a few millimeters have been developed through pioneering innovations and have become useful in many areas of science.

Attend this webinar and learn:

  • Why miniaturization is critical in the motors and motion control market
  • What sectors require small form motors and motion control
  • How applications benefit from miniaturization
  • What are the physical limitations in shrinking motors and motion control
  • What’s the future for miniaturization?

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The Connected Cobot: The Digital World of Collaborative Robots

Live Date: March 10, 2020
Duration: 60 minutes

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Cobots have entered the digital world. Manufacturing is still leading the innovation charge, but non-manufacturing material movement use-cases are close behind. Regardless of the sector, best-in-class users have understood the importance of adding cobots to their digitized operation continuity efforts but also anticipate the complexity of the endeavor.

Attend this webinar and learn:

  • Development of the smart connected robot system
  • The cobot intelligence that offers flexibility
  • Configuration systems that train collaborative robots
  • How cobots are getting networked
  • The future of robot capabilities

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Status of 3D Printing with Metal

Live Date: February 27, 2020
Duration: 60 minutes

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In the last few years, 3D printing with metals has exploded. Conventional powder bed fusion metal AM technologies (laser and e-beam) have continuously evolved with great advances in capabilities and materials. Hybrid methods that incorporate conventional CNC machining and additive manufacturing have been developed around Directed Energy Deposition and Ultrasonic Additive Manufacturing methods. More recently several new metal additive manufacturing (AM) technologies have emerged, including binder jetting, material extrusion, material jetting, vat photopolymerization, and cold spray.

During this webinar, Joe Strauss from HJE will examine each of these metal AM technologies. He will describe the processes and their capabilities, covering relative cost, build size, metals processed, tolerances, and surface finishes.

Attend this webinar and learn:

  • Technical descriptions of current metal AM technologies
  • Relative equipment costs
  • Process capabilities: Build size, metals processed, tolerances

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Introduction to Parts Feeding – Parts Singulation for Robot Automation

Live Date: February 19, 2020
Duration: 60 minutes

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If you have an assembly application and need to build parts, chances are, you will need parts feeding. From bowl feeders to vibratory feeders, there are many solutions available today. Figuring out which one to go with can be daunting. With nearly 4 decades of automation experience, Epson Robots has the expertise to walk you through the process and explain the various feeder types available in the market. We will also take you through areas to consider and how to get started.

Attend this webinar and learn:

  • How to select the right parts feeder
  • Industry Trends
  • Getting to know the essentials
  • Pitfalls to avoid

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Intro to Desktop 3D Printing: Compare FDM, DLP, SLS, and SLA Technology

Live Date: January 30, 2020
Duration: 60 minutes

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When evaluating in-house 3D printing technology it’s important to evaluate four considerations: setting up a print file, print process mechanism, post-processing, and maintenance and scalability.
In this webinar, you’ll gain the foundation you need to start speaking the language of 3D printing.

Learn how parts created from various printing technologies differ across functionality and appearance, and how these differences impact product development and production workflows for engineers and manufacturers.

Attend this webinar and learn:

  • Where the true value in 3D printing ultimately lies and what you should be focusing on.
  • Pros and cons of the print process mechanisms between four 3D printing technologies. 
  • Compare the time it takes for printing, cleaning up, curing, and removing support of parts between technologies.
  • The hidden knowledge it takes to maintain a printer and the costs for expanding.

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Creating Cost-Effective Extruded Aluminum Component Solutions

Live Date: November 20, 2019
Duration: 60 minutes

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Cost is a huge importance when developing or updating products. The tricky part is estimating where to cut cost. Will the cheaper component really lead to the most cost-effective solution? Or will the more costly compenent lead you to the overall lowest cost result?

This webinar will discuss the cost structure of extruded aluminum components, and suggest strategies leading to the most optimized and cost-efficient result.  We’ll explore the cost alternatives in profile design and fabricating the resultant extrusion to get a cost-efficient solution.

Attend this webinar and learn:

  • Understand what elements contribute to the cost of extruded aluminum components
  • Learn how your design decisions impact those cost elements
  • See what design features you can incorporate to improve cost effectiveness
  • Learn how fabrication can improve cost control … and often lower cost!

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Force and Pressure Sensors Critical for IoT Success

Live Date: November 14, 2019
Duration: 60 minutes

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As the Internet of Things moves into the home, office and factory, engineers need a broader array of sensor-based solutions. This webinar will look at those solutions, ranging from simple encoders and proximity sensors to temperature and pressure sensors, as well as cameras, accelerometers, gyroscopes and more. The webinar will also examine a wide range of applications, including medical devices, consumer products, and factory floor machinery.

Attend this webinar and learn:

  • Understand the importance of force sensing in medical, consumer and industrial IOT applications
  • Learn the basics of force and pressure sensors and platforms
  • Discover how to implement force/pressure sensors in system design and test

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Software Tools for Fast and Reliable Product Selection

Live Date: October 30, 2019
Duration: 60 minutes

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Choosing the products best suited for your application requirements can be complicated and time consuming.  Instead of relying on manual calculations and general rules of thumb, software tools are a great way to quickly and confidently select products and even simulate their performance in a specific application.  In this webinar you will learn about software tools for sizing pneumatic cylinders and valves, and simulating their performance.

Attend this webinar and learn:

  • Know what information to gather before getting started with selecting products
  • Understand how to size pneumatic cylinders and valves
  • Realize how software tools can simplify the design process

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Aerospace and the Military Push New Robot Capabilities

Live Date: October 29, 2019
Duration: 60 minutes

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The US military is expected to spend more than a billion dollars in the next five years on robotic research and deployment. Commercially, the aerospace industry is scrambling to fill billions of dollars of backlog. One of the obvious solutions for both: intelligent, connected, traditional, collaborative and autonomous robotics.

Over the coming years we are likely to see significant advances in robot capabilities due to the investments in robotics from the military and the aerospace industry. This webinar will delve into some of the potential uses, applications, technologies, and innovations and that is offered by military and aerospace robotics and automation.

Attend this webinar and learn:

  • Why the military and aerospace industry are investing so heavily in robotics.
  • What robot capabilities are most important to the military and aerospace industry.
  • How will advances from the military and aerospace affect the robot industry?
  • What can we expect to see in the future of robotics?

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Introduction to the Smart Insides of Collaborative Robots

Live Date: October 3, 2019
Duration: 60 minutes

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Robots are getting smarter, safer, and easier to use due to advances in their components. IDC projects that by 2020, 45% of newly installed robots will be equipped with intelligent features. These intelligent robots include sophisticated motion control, motors, microcontrollers, and sensors.

This webinar will explore the advanced technology that drives today’s fixed, mobile, and collaborative robots. We will dive into the advances in motors, motion control systems, microcontrollers, power systems, and sensors. Join us for an introduction to the future of robot capabilities.

Attend this webinar and learn:

  • Development of the smart connected robot system
  • The key components behind robot/human interfaces
  • Configuration systems that train collaborative robots
  • Robot intelligence that offers flexibility
  • The exciting future of robot capabilitiessound

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Production 3D Printing with Carbon® DLS

Live Date: September 19, 2019
Duration: 60 minutes

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Protolabs has partnered with Carbon 3D by officially adding Carbon 3D’s Digital Light Synthesis™ technology to its production-grade 3D printing portfolio in the Americas. This webinar will explore the technology, materials, and mechanical properties of Carbon DLS technology. We will identify when to choose Carbon DLS technology for your parts, and how it will impact your production. Bringing our Stereolithography, SLS, and Injection Molding expertise to the conversation, we will give an overview of how Carbon DLS can be best leveraged for your production parts. 

Attend this webinar and learn:

  • Identify material properties and surface finishes
  • Explore the speed and accuracy of the printer
  • Undestand prototyping vs Production capabilities
  • Compare other 3D printing technologies
  • Compare Carbon DLS to injection molding

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Tesla Model 3 Teardown: The Battery Pack

Live Date: September 5, 2019
Duration: 60 minutes

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Tesla Motors’ long-awaited Model 3 sedan is expected by many to transform the electric car landscape by bringing costs down to mainstream buyers. Key enabling technologies include the Model 3’s battery pack, drive motors, and controlling electronics.

In this Design News webinar, noted automotive engineers Sandy Munro and Mark Ellis of Munro & Associates will walk listeners through a teardown of the Model 3 battery. They will discuss the pack’s design, construction, cooling system, and cell technology, among other key areas. Using photos and technical descriptions of virtually every component, they will provide a detailed look at the Model 3’s energy source, and will explain how it compares to its closest competitors, the Chevy Bolt and BMW i3.

Attend this webinar and learn:

  • How Tesla's Model 3 could transform the electric car landscape
  • The key enabling technologies of the Model 3 sedan, including battery pack, drive motors and controlling electronics
  • The battery pack's design, construction, cooling system and cell technology

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The Smart World of Motors and Motion Control

Live Date: August 22, 2019
Duration: 60 minutes

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Motors and motion control equipment have recently experienced a renaissance of advances. Changes have come in the form of increased performance, improved communication, and ease-of-use. Advances in electronics have had a major impact on motion control equipment, whether they’re integrated into the motor or embedded into the controls and drivers.

This webinar will explore how motors and motion control equipment is experiencing significant miniaturization, which applies particularly to medical and aerospace.

Attend this webinar and learn:

  • Advances in efficiency and performance
  • How miniaturization impacts capabilities
  • How advanced electronics are enhancing motors and motion control
  • How embedded intelligence delivers performance and ease of use
  • Miscellaneous improvements, from lighter equipment to quieter sound

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Rapid Reverse Engineering: Deep Dive Into 3D Scanning With 3D Printing

Live Date: August 6, 2019
Duration: 60 minutes

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When the original CAD design isn’t accessible, scan-to-print workflows can be the fastest way to quickly produce parts that reference real-world components. 

In this 30 minute webinar, we’ll walk through the step-by-step reverse engineering process for installing an aftermarket digital gauge. Learn how to use a 3D scanning and 3D printing workflow to generate replacement parts, machine upgrades, and entirely new aftermarket products.

Attend this webinar and learn:

  • 3 important factors you need to consider to choose the right 3D scanner.
  • Tips for using the right reverse engineering tools, from CAD software to 3D scanners and 3D printers.
  • How to process and repair 3D scanned objects for part replication.
  • How stereolithography (SLA) 3D printing can help you produce end-use parts.

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