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cold-rolled steels 0.030 to 0.125 in. thick at speeds to 362 ft./min., it features cen- tralized operator controls for the straightener and reel, giv- ing the operator a single point of control.
Hypertherm Forms Corporate Venture- Capital Arm
Hypertherm, a Hannover, NH-based provider of industri- al cutting systems and soft- ware, announced the forma- tion of Hypertherm Ventures, a corporate venture-capital arm seeking partnerships with universities, startups, entre- preneurs and early-stage com- panies to commercialize advanced-manufacturing tech- nology in strategic interest areas. Those areas include industrial cutting, welding and thermal processing; robotics
and automation; machine learning and augmented intel- ligence; industrial Internet of Things; additive manufactur- ing and 3D metal printing; and nanotechnology.
WMU Opens Advanced Manufacturing Lab
One year after announcing a collaborative effort with Grand Rapids Community Col- lege and West Michigan man- ufacturers, the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) Lab at Western Michi- gan University-Grand Rapids has opened. The Grand Rapids location represents WMU’s largest regional cam- pus, with its main campus in Kalamazoo, MI.
The 15,000-sq.-ft. AMP
Lab combines prototyping, training and small-scale man- ufacturing with the opportuni- ty for individuals to earn col- lege credits toward degrees or certifications. The facility includes 3D printers and scan- ners, a CAD/CAM lab, plasma cutter, laser cutter, welding station, metrology equipment and prototyping tools.
Department of Labor Approves Additive Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Apprentice- ship (OA) has approved its first- ever, industry-vetted Additive Manufacturing (AM) Technician Registered Apprenticeship.
Development of the AM Technician Registered Appren- ticeship was an America
Makes initiative through Apprenticeship Works—the National Advanced Manufac- turing Apprenticeship Pro- gram, a collaborative project between the America Makes, Robert C. Byrd Institute, National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers and Tooling U-SME.
Tooling Tech Group Earns IATF Certification
Tooling Tech Group, a Macomb, MI-based automo- tive-tooling company, announced that its Majestic Industries division has passed an audit to attain the Automo- tive Quality Management Sys- tem IATF 16949:2016 certifi- cation for production of metal stampings and stamping dies.
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