NextFlex Offers Innovations Days Virtually on August 3-5

The virtual conference will dive into the next generation of electronics and how it will be used to solve real world problems. Sessions include:

  • 3 keynotes (one each day)
  • Live from the NextFlex Fab
  • Panel: Next Generation Visionaries – Meet the Rising Stars
  • Panel: The Great Debate – Overcoming Barriers to Commercialization
  • NextFlex Workforce Development Programs retrospective

The conference is supported by major national universities and industry representatives. Learn more.

Instructors Attend CTE Lab Tour at Laguna Creek High School

On July 13, 2021, Rob Haworth at Laguna Creek High School in Elk Grove hosted CTE instructors at a gathering supported by Edu2Mfg and SVMA. The purpose was to tour the lab and share projects to give everyone fresh ideas to enhance their practice and engage students in skills that can lead to manufacturing careers.

According to Haworth, the get-together would provide an opportunity to discuss tools and equipment. “I shared my experience with small machines — good and bad,” said Haworth. “I told the group about my experience with the PathPilotHUB online controller for Tormachs – that was a huge win during COVID.”

As part of the program, Haworth explained the Laguna Creek High School process for designing and machining parts.  “I have the whole Titan Building Block Series saved as good G-code on each of our machines,” said Haworth.  “During the tour, I walked everyone through our machine operation, tool selection, tool offset measurements, material prep and then Op1 & Op2 for everyone.  Along the way, I showed the other teachers how I’ve organized our tooling and tool library.” Learn more about the Laguna Creek Manufacturing program.

Craig Todd of Pleasant Grove High School reported that the training was excellent. “The training really put a lot of things in perspective and I appreciated that it was hands-on,” said Todd. I enjoyed Rob’s insight and enthusiasm.”

The next events will be on July 27 at Golden Sierra High School in Garden Valley and on July 29 at Folsom High School in Folsom. Contact Steve Dicus for more information.

Teachers Visit Roseville High Manufacturing Lab

On Thursday June 17, 2021, SVMA and Edu2MF brought together teachers in the Engineering Manufacturing lab at Roseville High School. Steve Dicus, Edu2Mfg, credits host John Fuller with organizing a beneficial program. “It was a rousing success,” said Dicus.   “The conversations between the teachers were filled with: how do you teach this, or where do you get that, and of course, it was really good to see others who have weathered the same pandemic created storm.”

Participants in Roseville High School manufacturing lab tour check out waterjet.

Dicus indicated that several teachers who were new to the group were very appreciative of the opportunity to meet face to face with others. “They felt the genuine willingness of all the teachers to offer support where needed,” said Dicus. 

For example, one of the participants was planning to purchase a waterjet. “Our host John, and several others who have waterjets, were able to lend some ideas on model/brand and how to include it in a curriculum,” said Dicus.  “Another teacher wanted to connect with an instructor who couldn’t attend.  So, a virtual introduction was set up after the gathering.”

According to Dicus, most schools indicated that they would be in-person for the fall term. “Even though local design, engineering and making programs have been challenged these past few months, it appears they will be open and ready to continue instructing the rising generation,” said Dicus.

June 2021 Edu2Mfg Newsletter announces events

In the June issue of the Edu2Mfg newsletter, readers will find a summary of the “train the trainer” professional development for teachers, recent events such as a Mechatronics career fair, upcoming manufacturing courses in the region, new design challenge google drive where instructors can share their projects and announcements of upcoming seminars and activities.

Read the June 2021 Newsletter.

SME Manufacturing Expo Planned for October

In celebration of National Manufacturing Day, SME will host a Manufacturing Expo on October 1, 2021 from 7AM-4PM at the Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Dr., Rancho Cordova CA. The Expo will connect the regional manufacturing network and is presented by the California Community Colleges North Far North Regional Consortium. Companies interested in being sponsors or exhibiting and those interested in attending can register at the SME 2021 Expo website.

Sierra College Hosts Training for Manufacturing Teachers

On Saturday, May 22, the North Regional California Community College Advanced Manufacturing initiative (Edu2Mfg) brought together eight high school and community college instructors came together at an approved gathering in the Sierra College Mechatronics lab . Emerging from the government imposed restrictions, participants expressed delight to be attending the in-person training after suffering from a year of zoom fatigue.
Roy Ingram, Sierra College Mechatronics instructor, kicked off the gathering by providing each attendee with a battery, wire and a magnet. They were tasked to construct their own simple motor. The activity spawned a discussion on how electromagnetism and current flow made the motor spin.
During the session, Louie Garcia, Sierra College Building Trades instructor, described how he made a Litchenberg Wood Burning device. After he demonstrated its use, Steve Dicus with Edu2Mfg that they had to hold the teachers back who wanted to try the new process. “We are hoping to hold a workshop this summer where participants can make and take one of these devises for their labs,” said Dicus.

To add value to the training, each participant brought a teaching aid, student project or something to share that the others might find useful, explained Dicus. “Pete Delosa, Golden Sierra High School, described how he challenged his students to build a simple bridge to create the maximum span with a single piece of 8.5 x 11 paper,” said Dicus. “Pete graciously agreed to set up a Google drive folder where all the teachers could upload simple student challenges they use to give other instructors ideas for lesson enhancements. During the session, other teachers chimed in with projects and student challenges they used to engage and instruct their students.”
At the end of the program there was a consensus that participants would like to visit each other’s shops and labs over the summer to gain fresh ideas on ways to engage the “rising generation.”

Sierra College Mechatronics Career Fair Held at Harris & Bruno

The Sierra College Mechatronics career fair was held on May 21 at Harris & Bruno International in Roseville. Students had an opportunity to talk with many Sacramento area manufacturing companies to learn about employment openings.

Tony Osladil, Mechatronics Department Chair, Sierra College, reported that industry partners responded positively to the event. “Despite our reduced number of graduates this semester due to COVID distancing requirements in our labs, I was glad to hear that businesses indicated that it was well worth the time to come and talk with students,” said Osladil. “I look forward to getting back to our usual 20+ graduates per semester starting in the fall.”
Not only did Harris & Bruno host the event, the company graciously provided lunch for the attendees. “The barbeque was excellent,” said Osladil. “With the college still being hesitant to have events on campus, Harris & Bruno’s hosting of this event was greatly appreciated. The company has been a partner of the Mechatronics program since our very beginning over 15 years ago and continues to be a valued industry partner and leader in the local business community. Thank you to Courtney, Teresa, and Nick for making this happen.”
Osladil indicated that the next Sierra College Mechatronics career fair will be planned for November 2021. In the meantime, he is taking feedback from companies on ways to enhance the event. Contact Tony Osladil.

Autodesk® to Host CAM Summit June 15-16

Autodesk® will host the 2021 EDU CAM Summit on June 15-16, 9AM to 1 PM. Attendees will hear from leading faculty and industry experts to learn how they are forging the way in academia to align with Industry 4.0. Attendees will also see live demonstrations of Adaptive Roughing and 3D and multi axis machining. Speakers include:

  • Carl Bass, Former Autodesk® CEO
  • Mark Terryberry, Applications Engineer, HAAS Automation
  • Dika Handayani, Assistant Professor, California State Polytechnic University — Pomona
  • Josh McDowell, Assistant Professor, Danville Community College
  • Trian Georgeou, Lecturer, California Polytechnic University — San Luis Obispo

Presentation and discussion topics will include:

  • CAD for CAM
  • Adaptive Roughing in machining
  • Diversity in manufacturing
  • The future of manufacturing in America
  • Modern Technology in Manufacturing today
  • 3D and multi axis

Go to the EDU CAM Summit Registration page. Check out the Summit flyer.

April 2021 Newsletter for Manufacturers and Educators

In the April Advanced Manufacturing newsletter, learn about the impact Chris Potts of Kratos had on students at Consumnes Oaks High School. Also, a new manufacturing apprenticeship developed by the Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Alliance has been approved by the Department of Labor. In addition, find out about upcoming advisory meetings, career fairs, presentations and professional development.

Read the April 2021 edition of the Edu2Mfg Newsletter.

SVMA Speaker Series Features Garner Products – April 20

The Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Alliance (SVMA) is starting a new Virtual Speaker Series. It is intended to be a platform for manufacturers to showcase their products and services, foster peer to peer collaboration and build knowledge of the local supply chain. Michelle Stofan and Justin Stofan of Garner Products Inc. will be the first featured speakers in the series starting in April. Garner Products Inc. is based in Roseville and designs, manufactures and sells equipment that delivers complete, permanent and verifiable data elimination. Register here for the SVMA Virtual Speaker program on Tuesday, April 20, from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM. The recorded program is below: