The California Community College Association for Occupational Education (CCCAOE) will be held remotely for three weeks during March, starting on the third. The theme is “Modeling Inclusiveness leads to a sustainable call to action.” This is a great opportunity to share best practices. The nine day interactive conference will take place March 3-5, 9-11 and 16-18. Learn more from the CCCOAE Spring 2021 Conference flyer.
This issue reviews the winter Edu2Mfg Train the Trainer “Designing for Manufacturability using Fusion 360®.” Find out about student design and robotics competitions. California State University Chico announced an Advanced Manufacturing and Applied Robotics BS program and Sierra College Advanced Manufacturing courses are being offered in a hybrid format. Other seminars of interest to manufacturing instructors and industry partners were announced.
Read the Jan./Feb. 2021 Newsletter.
The winter Edu2Mfg Train the Trainer “Designing for Manufacturability using Fusion 360®” session was held on January 23. Dan Frank, UC Davis Ag Manufacturing and Tim Paul, Technical Manager Fusion Education with Autodesk® presented the three and a half hour program. The 11 participants represented three California Community Colleges and eight high schools from Truckee to Sacramento as well as guests from San Diego. Below are some of the topics that were covered:
- Why would I 3D print vs Machine, Weldment or Blacksmith
- How to choose manufacturing process
- How to estimate time (R&D manufacturing process, people, setup, machine, 3D print – allow for alternative design process with less time and design for 3D printing)
- Technology limitations for strength and usability
- Design to understand how support structures will affect outcome
- Effect of features on printed outcomes (windows vs pockets, when and how to thread and Design for Machining)
- Tool Sizes to reach into areas
- Setup orientation
- Risk management (time and tool/machine/work holding)
- Parametric Design/Environment model (duplicated concepts in CAM Toolpath, risk management and design for weldment)
- Forming and fabrication technologies
- How do technologies effect the modeling decisions
- Rough sketch with notes.
The Community Colleges in San Diego and Imperial counties have invited those in the Sacramento region to attend their manufacturing webinars on AutoDesk®, Smart Manufacturing, Automation, Health & Manufacturing and Industry Collaboration.
The February Advanced Manufacturing Sector Discussion Forum topic is Smart Manufacturing Technologies on Feb 17, 2021 at 3 PM. Register in advance for Smart Manufacturing Technologies. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
10 Steps to Developing the Right Succession or Transition Plan for You
January 12th @ 10:00 – 11:00 AM PT – Register
Prepare for an eventual transition or succession, whether it is to a family member, management, or a third-party buyer.
Strategies for Infectious Disease Prevention
January 20th @ 10:00 – 11:00 AM PT – Register
Learn about the measures employers should take now to protect their manufacturing workforce in the future.
Quality 501: Roadmap to Becoming a Premium Supplier
January 26th @ 10:00 – 11:00 AM PT – Register
Discover the key points that large customers typically demand from their lower-tier suppliers before advancing their status to “Premium Supplier.”
Perry Campbell, CEO of SwissMak, was the featured speaker for Sierra College’s Global Entrepreneurship Week mentor night on November 17. Over 60 attended, watching the mill in action, meeting his staff, touring his facility and asking many questions of the team based in Taiwan. Campbell was a student who benefited from mentoring and resources to set up operations in Taiwan to manufacture the CNC hybrid mill-turn center he invented. At Sierra College, the Affiliate Mentor Program (AMP) is a team of local experts who mentor budding entrepreneurs by commenting on start-up pitches and providing access to resources at no charge.
After the positive response to virtual manufacturing tours on National Manufacturing Day, we are now offering monthly “Breakfast with a Manufacturer” online events. The first offering on November 19 featured Cal Reynolds, President of Snowline Engineering, in Cameron Park. Pete Delosa’s Introduction to Design Engineering class at Golden Sierra Junior-Senior High School in Garden Valley participated.
The monthly presentation is co-sponsored by the Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Initiative (SVMI) and the California Community Colleges North Region Advanced Manufacturing initiative to increase high school students’ awareness of manufacturing careers. Reynolds spent about 25 minutes speaking about his career path in manufacturing, followed by 15 minutes answering students’ questions.
Students appreciated how forthright he was in saying that he hadn’t been a good student in high school. He indicated that if it weren’t for a ROP teacher who took an interest in him and his mechanical abilities, he probably wouldn’t have graduated on time.
Reynolds recalled that the ROP teacher helped get him a job in a machine shop where he began by deburring parts. Over time, he learned to make the parts while operating manual manufacturing machines. It wasn’t until years later, at the age of 39, that Reynolds got his Mechanical Engineering degree from Sacramento State University.
About 20 years ago, Reynolds had the opportunity to buy Snowline Engineering and now is the President of the company. With more than 45 employees, Snowline Engineering manufactures parts for companies such as Space X, Siemens and Honeywell.
When asked what classes he suggested students take while in school, Reynolds encouraged those interested in a manufacturing careers to focus on math and physical science classes. Additionally, he strongly recommended that all students take any class related to technology, since he anticipates that many future careers will require employees to be actively engaged in some form of digital technology.
Improving Food & Beverage Inspection with Automated Machine Vision
December 8 at 10:30 – 11:30 AM PT
Find out how machine vision can help Food & Beverage manufacturers gain real, measurable metrics.
Smart Manufacturing Playbook: The First Steps for Implementation
December 17 a 10:30 – 11:30 AM PT
Learn how to implement smart manufacturing with just enough technology to yield results.
Gain ideas from the Sacramento State University Mechanical Engineering students’ end-of-semester presentations. Sacramento State is making the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Student and Senior Design Showcase examples available online.
On Wednesday, December 2, the ME Graduate Student Showcase included five minute student poster presentations. The names of students and the titles of their poster presentations are available here.
On Friday, December 11, Sacramento State is holding the Mechanical Engineering Senior Design Showcase. The link to a recorded presentation for ME 190 and ME 191 projects will be posted on the department website.
The November 2020 issue of the Edu2Mfg newsletter announces new resources for educators, summarizes National Manufacturing Day virtual tours, lists advisory meetings and industry webinars and offers other information relevant to instructors teaching advanced manufacturing courses.
Nov. 17 – 3:30 PM — Edu2Mfg Shop Talk please Click Here to request access
Nov. 17 – 5:30 – 7 PM – Sierra College Hosts Virtual Mentor Night with speaker Perry Campbell, CEO of SwissMak, a new CNC hybrid mill-turn center. Zoom Link
Nov. 18 – 11 AM – noon CMTC: Top Strategies for Mitigating COVID-19’s Toll on the Economy: Guidance for California Manufacturers Register