Kratos Hosts March Breakfast with a Manufacturer

Kicking off the month of March, Chris Potts, Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineer with Kratos, hosted Edu2Mfg’s “Breakfast with a Manufacturer.” Potts spent 35 minutes sharing his experience in engineering with the 23 students from Matt Winn’s, Consumnes Oaks High School in Elk Grove, Principles of Engineering A class.

Kratos develops and fields transformative, affordable systems, platforms and products for national security and communications needs. Kratos is changing the way breakthroughs are brought rapidly to these markets through proven commercial technology approaches, including proactive research and streamlined development processes. Kratos is focused in areas where tech advances can have a force multiplier effect, such as unmanned systems, satellite communications, C5ISR, warfighter training and combat systems.

Potts shared with the students what got him interested in the field of engineering while he was in high school. He detailed his journey of strengthening his knowledge at California State University Sacramento where he earned both a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering.

As part of the presentation, Potts shared some nonproprietary 3D modeled images he had created for the drones that Kratos produces. In addition, he talked about rapid prototyping and composite engineering systems used at Kratos.

Potts encouraged the students to keep up their proficiency in the various digital formats, as this will be essential to staying current with the ever-changing world of technology. At the same time, he stressed the need to become proficient in being able to use pencil and paper to communicate an idea via a sketch.

Join April 2021 CMTC Webinars

Quality 503: Improving Your Root Cause and Corrective Action Process

April 13 – 11:00am Root cause analysis is a collective term that describes a range of tools and techniques used to uncover causes of manufacturing problems. It is a foundational element of Six Sigma, every Quality program certification, and an integral part of a manufacturer’s continuous improvement approach. We will examine the proper application of its elements in this technical webinar. Register

Current State of Metal Additive Manufacturing: Processes & Materials
April 15 – 10:00am Learn about how the latest advances in Additive Manufacturing (AM) processes and materials for metals manufacturing can create new opportunities for innovation and profitability. CMTC Event Information

Strategic Planning
April 28 – 11:00am During this webinar, Marketing and Management Consulting Principle Lawrence Kirsh will provide an overview of Strategic Planning and how it differs from a business or financial plan, its importance to a company, and the key aspects of a strategic plan. CMTC Event Information

CADENCE Defense Industry Manufacturing Internships will be Offered at Sierra College

Sierra College was selected to participate in the Governor’s Office Department of Defense (DoD) CADENCE grant student internship project. CADENCE project activities will focus on supporting California suppliers in the defense innovation and manufacturing base that are involved in the advancement of specific key technologies or supply chains including microelectronics, fifth-generation (5G) wireless technology, cyber, space, artificial intelligence, and fully networked command, control and communications (FNC3).

Defense manufacturing community consortium firms will benefit from access to a pipeline of talent to meet their workforce needs. CADENCE includes 15 project components executed by a consortium comprised of community, industry, state agencies, and educational institutions. This will provide an experiential learning opportunity where students can benefit from real world applications to their course of study. Colleges will benefit from faculty who bring the needs of industry to the classroom and infuse industry-validated curriculum into their educational programs.

This unique work-based learning project, managed by the California Community Colleges (CCC) Business & Entrepreneurship Sector, involves placing 20 student interns and 10 faculty externs at California defense manufacturing community consortium firms. Each college selected will receive $8,500 ($8,000 for faculty stipends plus $500 for faculty travel expenses).

Sierra College will recruit two student interns from Cybersecurity and Business Entrepreneurship programs, and two faculty mentors.  The faculty externs/coaches will act as liaisons between the California defense manufacturing community consortium companies and student interns. Faculty members will oversee recruitment of student interns, help negotiate the scope of the student internships with the companies and advise the students as they perform the internships. Students will also be encouraged to enroll in their college’s work experience/work study programs to earn college credit for the paid internships.

Learn more at: Governor’s Office DoD CADENCE Student Internship Project

Partners Offer Training to Develop Manufacturing Employees

Several partnerships in the Sacramento region are preparing people, especially those who lost jobs during the COVID pandemic, to enter manufacturing careers.

The California Mobility Center (CMC) and Charles A. Jones Career & Education Center have partnered to prepare workers for manufacturing jobs through the CMC Careers Pathways Program, supported by the Sacramento COVID Relief Workforce Recovery Program. The primary focus is to assist participants with employment placement. They offer an 80-hour job readiness training, technical training, internships and job placement. Results include:

  • 297 Community Based Organization (CBO) participants
  • 285 CBO Job Readiness completers
  • 38 students enrolled in technical training at Charles A. Jones Career & Education Center
  • 8 people placed in manufacturing employment
  • 17 people placed in internships

The Charles A. Jones (CAJ) Career & Education Center and Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Alliance (SVMA) are collaborating to offer entry-level training to attract people to the manufacturing industry. Synbyo, Aerometals, Comcast, Farm Fresh 2U and Siemens are supporting the “Manufacturing Cares” program by hiring participants. So far, 12 have found employment and seven are currently interning with CMC.

Moving forward, the CAJ Career & Education Center is adding forklift and OSHA 10 safety training as stand alone courses. In addition, the 90-hour introduction to manufacturing course will be repurposed to prepare individuals to be machine operators, ready for apprenticeship training and employment programs. Learn more at Manufacturing Cares.

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.