From the desk of Mike Galiazzo, president of RMI:
IndustryWeek published the introductory remarks I made at the October 7, 2014 Baltimore Manufacturing Forum, when I introduced Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. IndustryWeek titled the piece in their October 27, 2014 online edition, “A Challenge to Manufacturers to Aim Higher.” It is about manufacturing, contributions to social well being and the conversations we need to have to define our future as an industry and a nation.
Dundalk High School Students in Homeland Security Completer Program to Attend Lunch with Congressman Ruppersberger
In response to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the Department of Homeland Security was created by President George W. Bush. With the creation of this cabinet department, new and exciting careers are available for those professionals interested in protecting our homeland. These careers include law, emergency management, immigration and customs, secret service, transportation, travel security and terrorism protection.
Dundalk High School is the only school in Baltimore County offering a completer program in Homeland Security for students interested in careers in this field. Coursework includes Foundation in Homeland Security, Criminal Justice, Science, GIS, and an internship. [Read more...]
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.
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...]
At 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.
Leading Maryland Manufacturers Publicly Endorse RMI Energy Efficiency Approach
Companies in RMI program project annual savings of $597,000
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 twelve represented companies were: Northrop Grumman, U.S. Gypsum, Chesapeake Specialty Products, Green Bay Packaging, Medifast, Sun Automation, Maryland Applied Physics Corporation, Zentech, Ellicott Dredges, Maryland Thermoform, Danko Arlington and General Motors Baltimore Operations.
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.
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?
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:
- Most space-efficient 3D printer ever made
- Lightweight, portable design fits nicely on a desk
- Micro motion chip provides completely automatic leveling and calibration
- Most quiet 3D printer ever made
- Lowest power consumption 3D printer ever made
- Carbon fiber rods: light, sturdy, self-lubricating and long-lasting
- Ceramic heater for rapid heat-up, power efficiency, reliability and safety
- Available in bold colors: silver, black, blue, red, orange and green
- New filament materials like Chameleon PLA.
- Inspirational Micro filament spools
- Modernized touch-capable software
- Replaceable print beds for alternative materials
- Replaceable nozzles for experimenters
- Designed for fast assembly in the U.S. for quality control
- 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).
source University of Maryland, MTECH http://www.mtech.umd.edu/news/press_releases/the_micro.html
Manufacturers: Looking to save money on your energy spend? Look no further than our “NextGen-M Energy Forum,” which we are hosting in partnership with the Maryland Energy Administration. Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley will serve as the event’s keynote speaker.
The event will also feature 12 leading Maryland manufacturing companies who are committed to our energy efficiency program.
In addition to Governor O’Malley, Abigail Hopper, Director of the Maryland Energy Administration, will also speak.
Don’t miss out on the forum, which will offer practical and tested ways to cut costs through the reduction of energy spending.
Get more information on the event here.