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Register: Attend RMI GreenTech Series After-Hours Social

RMI is pleased to announce its new GreenTech Series, a monthly FREE after-hours social outreach series focusing on innovative Maryland manufacturers who are producing energy efficient technologies and services.

Come join us from 4-7 p.m. on August 19 at the Baltimore Museum of Industry as we feature RMI Green Team member, Matt Turpin, President of Zentech Manufacturing, which is the largest electronics contract manufacturer in the state of Maryland. Zentech designs and manufactures circuit-board-based products primarily for defense, medical and dental clients. The company services more than 45 clients whose product line ranges from aircraft radar systems in the defense arena; to blood diagnostics, sleep apnea diagnostics and dental applications in the medical fields; to LED lighting.

General Motors Baltimore Operations Promotes Manufacturing at Maryland Elementary Schools

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Red Pump Elementary School, photo via BaltimoreSun.com

On Tuesday, May 20, Chad Henige, Edward Tilley, and Gregory Cleaver from General Motors Baltimore Operations visited Red Pump Elementary School in Bel Air, MD to talk to students about manufacturing electric motors and supply chain logistics. They discussed how the principles of magnetism apply to electric motors, how the motors are built, and the logistics involved in shipping the electric drive units to Korea. [Read more...]

Register: Join WTCI and RMI to get an inside look at General Motors

Along with the World Trade Center Institute (WTCI), we are proud to to present “Inside General Motors.”

Get a look inside the facility and see where A1000 transmissions, 6-speed torque converters and Chevrolet Spark EV electric drive motors are produced!

General Motors Baltimore facility was named No. 1 in Green Business by the Baltimore Business Journal in 2011. By attending, you’ll learn more about green practices.

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Green Team Member Medifast: A Great Weight-Loss and Energy-Reduction Model 

Medifast2Dr. William Vitale founded Medifast in 1980 primarily as a doctors’ and physicians’ referral business that provided specially formulated meal-replacement plans for life-saving weight loss. Today, the business has expanded as a business-to-consumer sales company that provides meal-replacement products for everyday consumers.  The company started out providing low-calorie shakes, using doctors and hospitals as the channel for product distribution. To-date, Medifast products and programs have been recommended by more than 20,000 doctors and used by more than a million customers.

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RMI Green Team Member Maryland Thermoform Prides Itself on Innovation and Custom Solutions

Maryland ThermoformAt its heart, Maryland Thermoform’s business is all about heating a sheet of plastic, draping it over a mold and allowing it to cool for various customer design needs. But it’s much more than that. Technologically, it gets more complicated than molding plastic sheeting.

“Thermoforming is a very creative process. It’s kind of like a black art,” said Scott Macdonald, CEO of Maryland Thermoform.

The process can be very symmetrical or very artsy.

“You can develop products with your hands or machinery. It can look as if you made it by hand, and to me that’s very cool,” Macdonald said.

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RMI’s NextGenM Energy Forum Recap

Leading Maryland Manufacturers Publicly Endorse RMI Energy Efficiency Approach
Companies in RMI program project annual savings of $597,000

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Over 250 manufacturing stakeholders came together at RMI’s Energy Forum in Timonium to learn about RMI’s new energy efficiency program, which was launched last fall, and heard directly from the first two groups of companies who are participating.

The event was hosted by the Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland (RMI) in partnership with the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) and the Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership, and featured an address by Governor O’Malley, an address by MEA Director Abigail Hopper, an executive panel discussion, a town hall meeting and networking opportunities.

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Green Team Member U.S. Gypsum Continues to Create Innovative Products

U.S. Gypsum

For more than 110 years, Chicago-based United States Gypsum (a subsidiary of USG Corporation) has been a leader in producing innovative construction materials like Ultra Lightweight drywall and joint compound used throughout the residential and commercial environment. While you’re strolling the aisles of Home Depot, you’re sure to see USG’s unique Ultra Lightweight products on display. Or, while you’re visiting the new Disney’s Cruise Line Terminal or NASCAR’s new Hall of Fame, you will see USG products prominently featured in their design construction.

But, did you know that U.S. Gypsum also had its hand in the construction of the tallest building in the world?

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Governor Martin O’Malley, Leading Women Manufacturing Executives to Speak at NextGenM Energy Forum

Leading manufacturers and top influencers are set to speak at RMI’s NextGen M Energy Forum on June 3. While the event will be headlined by keynote speaker Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, there are other top speakers at the forum to discuss best practices, energy efficiency tips and more. These speakers include some of the top women in Maryland manufacturing: Meg Sheetz, President and COO of Medifast, Donna Kreis, Environmental Manager of Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems, and Deanna McGill, Systems Administrator at Maryland Thermoform.

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UMD Alumni Hatch Sub-$300 3D Printer, Raise $3.3 Million on Kickstarter

M3D  The Micro produced by Maryland manufacturer M3D

Two University of Maryland graduates have designed The Micro, a consumer-friendly, sub-$300 3D printer, and are quickly staging one of the most successful Kickstarter campaigns of all-time to produce it, hauling in $3.3 million with more than 10,000 backers.

The Micro raced past its $50,000 goal in just 11 minutes and hit the $1 million mark in 25 hours, faster than the Pebble watch, which took 28 hours.

Now, with less than 24 hours to go in a 30-day campaign, this is the last chance to order from the first batch of The Micro 3D printers on Kickstarter, a Web-based funding platform for creative projects.

3D printing, also called additive manufacturing, is a process of making a three-dimensional solid object of virtually any shape from a computer-generated digital model.

“A 3D printer is a magical box that creates things,” said Michael Armani (B.S., mechanical engineering, 2005 and Ph.D., bioengineering, 2010), co-founder of M3D, the company he launched with David Jones (B.S., computer science, 2006). “It’s that simple. There is nothing on your desk one second, and the next you have it.”

Weighing just two pounds, medium watermelon-sized and box-shaped, The Micro can be used to create anything from custom jewellery, cookie cutters, everyday objects around the house, and even real engineering and artistic prototypes, according to the company. Much like a paper printer, The Micro attaches to a computer, through which users download or create models using M3D’s software, which company officials say is as interactive and enjoyable as playing a game. Once a model is selected, users hit print and the object is made.

“Starting with a seamless design, we created the Micro by preserving the best features of existing printers and redesigning everything else,” said Jones. “What’s more, we kept the cost of The Micro low by ensuring that it’s both space and power efficient, using as much power as a tablet would use. We are excited to be a part of the 3D printing revolution, and hope that The Micro will play its part in changing the way people build, innovate and create.”

Not only did Armani, Jones and the M3D team, which includes four others with UMD affiliations, create the most affordable 3D printer, they also claim 15 additional innovations over current models:

  1. Most space-efficient 3D printer ever made
  2. Lightweight, portable design fits nicely on a desk
  3. Micro motion chip provides completely automatic leveling and calibration
  4. Most quiet 3D printer ever made
  5. Lowest power consumption 3D printer ever made
  6. Carbon fiber rods: light, sturdy, self-lubricating and long-lasting
  7. Ceramic heater for rapid heat-up, power efficiency, reliability and safety
  8. Available in bold colors: silver, black, blue, red, orange and green
  9. New filament materials like Chameleon PLA.
  10. Inspirational Micro filament spools
  11. Modernized touch-capable software
  12. Replaceable print beds for alternative materials
  13. Replaceable nozzles for experimenters
  14. Designed for fast assembly in the U.S. for quality control
  15. An ABS-based print bed allows you to print larger ABS parts.

The Micro is powered by what the company collectively calls Micro Motion Technology™, a series of next generation innovations that together create precision at a fraction of the cost.

M3D plans to assemble its printers in the U.S. and is seeking manufacturing space in Montgomery County, Md. The company is based in Bethesda. Armani and Jones met at UMD in 2002 while auditing a biology class that neither of them needed to graduate. Their friendship has grown ever since.

A serial entrepreneur, Armani won $5,000 in Mtech’s UMD $75K Business Plan Competition in 2010 for CloudSolar, a company he launched to develop solar energy technologies.

Additional UMD-affiliated M3D team members include: Danny Lee (B.S., 1989), Su Lee (economics, 2011), Aliaksandr Mamonau (electrical and computer engineering and computer science, expected fall 2015), and Syed Rahman (mechanical engineering, expected 2015).

High-resolution screenshots, logos and headshots are available here. For more information, please visit The Micro’s website here and M3D’s website here.

 

source University of Maryland,  MTECH  http://www.mtech.umd.edu/news/press_releases/the_micro.html

RMI’s successes in lowering manufacturers’ energy bills covered in The Baltimore Sun

Leadership Meeting at GM Baltimore Operations

Leadership Meeting at GM Baltimore Operations

Thanks to a $3 million grant, we have had the opportunity with target energy efficiency opportunities with Maryland manufacturers in the BGE service territory, in partnership with the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA).

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