Parallax Offer for Mechatronics Instructors

Teach Mechatronics? Parallax Inc. is offering Propeller 2 Developer Bundles to those teaching Mechatronics to sample and provide feedback.

Parallax announced: “To support the professors with Fall 2021 course integration in mind, we’re sampling a half-dozen Propeller 2 Developer Bundles for evaluation, through March. The requirements of the program are basic: you’re a mechatronics professor; you’ll participate in one Zoom focus group meeting with other mechatronics professors in May to share ideas; and, you’ll provide us with some feedback on your interests for applications.” Send your request to the Parallax Inc. Education Hotline.

Student Can Access Autodesk® Fusion 360® Works From Any Browser

Di Jin, Account Manager, Autodesk Education Experiences, Autodesk®, announced at the February Shop Talk that Autodesk® Fusion 360® is now available as a web app for all students and educators — no download required. Jin has been an amazing resource to educators during COVID, according to Jeff Briggs, Regional Director, Advanced Manufacturing, North Region. “Di attends the Shop Talk to share updates and takes educators’ questions and ideas back to the Autodesk® team,” said Briggs.
Many manufacturing instructors use Autodesk® Fusion 360®, an integrated 3D CAD, CAM, and CAE tool, to prepare students with critical skills for employment. The company learned that as many as 600,000 students across California lacked computing devices for remote instruction, according to State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Thurmond, at the California Department of Education.
Autodesk® announced: “In a move to promote equality of opportunity and access to technology, Autodesk is making Fusion 360 available on all devices with a modern browser. The move marks a continued push for accessibility in the Autodesk Education Community, following the widespread success of Fusion 360 for Chromebooks.”
To get started with the Fusion 360 web app, visit the Autodesk® website from any device with a keyboard (this excludes tablets and mobile phones such as iPads and iPhones), and log in using your educational account credentials. For more information, please visit the Autodesk® FAQ page.

Train the Trainer Session Focused on Fusion 360®

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:

Participants in the class learned how to design for manufacturability using Fusion 360®
  • 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.

SVMI Becomes SVMA

SVMI was originally organized by manufacturers in the greater Sacramento region to work with educators and industry partners to proactively develop vocational, educational and workforce initiatives and programs leading to fulfilling manufacturing career paths for our region’s students and workforce. The group recently changed its name from an initiative to the Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Alliance (SVMA) to reflect the maturing organization’s successful partnerships.

Robotics Competition to Improve Building Envelope for Energy Efficiency

With over $5 million in prizes, the overarching goal of American-Made Challenge E-ROBOT is to catalyze the development of minimally invasive, low-cost and holistic building envelope retrofit solutions that make retrofits easier, faster, safer and more accessible for workers.

Successful competitors will provide solutions that provide significant advancements in robot technologies that will advance the energy efficiency retrofit industry and develop building envelope retrofit technologies. Learn more about the E-Robot competition.

San Diego & Imperial Community Colleges to Offer Webinars

Watch for the specifics about planned webinars that will be of interest to manufacturing educators being offered by the Community Colleges in San Diego and Imperial counties. They include AutoDesk, Smart Manufacturing, Automation, Health & Manufacturing and Industry Collaboration. The first program begins in February. For information, contact Monica Rosas.

RuffStuff Hosts Podcast With Keith Granno, Selway Tools

RuffStuff Specialties is an off road vehicle parts production business based in Loomis. The company manufacturers do-it-yourself fabricator parts for vehicles such as suspension components, steering kits, brake kits, differential covers and various other weld on components. As part of their podcast series, Keith Granno from Selway Tools was recently a guest with RuffStuff leaders, Garrett Kittredge, CEO, Zack Love-Fredrickson, President and Mallory Kittredge, CFO.

Selway sells CNC manufacturing tools, including Haas and many others. With support from Sierra College STEM grants, many Placer and Nevada County schools were able to establish CNC labs with support and tools purchased from Selway. Granno has worked with educators throughout the Sacramento region.

Listen to the podcast for tips on purchasing new tools, selecting equipment, recommendations for entrepreneurs setting up machine shops and advice on what works and what doesn’t. Additionally, they discuss how the field has changed and the potential for students who choose manufacturing careers. Enjoy listening to the fun, fast moving conversation that will give you insights on this exciting industry. RuffStuff Podcast #18 Chatting with Keith from Selway

During the podcast, Granno recognized the impact of Carol Pepper-Kittredge, who retired from Sierra College, in supporting schools in the Sacramento region in developing machining programs to prepare students for emerging jobs in advanced manufacturing. From 2007-2014, Sierra College, with SB70 funds, Center for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT) and Strong Workforce investment, was significant in re-starting the regional workforce in CNC machining. Granno, with Selway’s network of experts, helped educators select appropriate tools as well as with programming and tooling.

Manufacturing has been making a come back in the United States over the past four years. With access to sophisticated machines and advanced software, employers are seeking skilled workers. In the Sacramento region, colleges and high schools have ramped up machining teaching programs to prepare those employees, with help from Keith Granno at Selway. Additionally, as machining is becoming more automated, the rapid growth is creating a need for experts in robotics.

Thanks to RuffStuff Specialties for allowing us to share this podcast. RuffStuff has been a long-time supporter of manufacturing education.

CMTC Upcoming January 2021 Webinars for Manufacturers

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.”

Run Autodesk® Fusion 360® on a Chromebook

Educators are encoruaged to join this webinar to learn how to create and verify an Autodesk Education account, and how to install Autodesk software. Note that every educator and student (13 or older) who wants to run Autodesk software on a personal computer will need to go through this process.

The webinar also cover how to run Autodesk® Fusion 360® on a Chromebook with an Autodesk Education account.

Who: Educators, School IT Administrators, and Autodesk Student Ambassadors who need to get students access to Autodesk education software.
When:

December 2020 News for Manufacturing Educators

Education to Manufacturing publishes a newsletter to keep employers and educators updated on on resources, webinars, events and other opportunities to work together to fill the skills gap for hands-on technicians and STEM employees in the the greater Sacramento region. Edu2Mfg is a California Community Colleges regional Advanced Manufacturing program. Read the Edu2Mfg December 2020 newsletter.