Show HP Your Best Color 3-D Design

Color is opening up a world of new possibilities for 3-D printing. It’s helping surgeons create models to prepare for surgery, allowing manufacturers to develop better parts, and enabling customization not previously possible.

How would you use color to elevate 3-D printing? Show HP by submitting your color design to our competition for a chance to win an HP ZBook 15 G5 Mobile Workstation.

Your design should focus on functional color ideas — either new or extended — that benefit the product’s consumer. Color should be used in a way that increases and/or expands the product’s desired function. Be sure to highlight why 3-D printing is the best channel of production for your idea. What benefits come from using 3-D printing for this product?

Deadline: September 5, 2019. More details can be found here.

The public can vote for their favorite design. A winner will be announced by October 15, 2019.

Steps to Enter:

1.     Design a part in .wrl, .3mf, or .obj format.

2.     Save an image of the part in .jpg, .gif, or .png format.

3.     Submit the .jpg, .gif, or .png image file and all other information using the ENTER button below.

4.     If chosen as a winner, entrant must be able to provide a printable file in .wrl, .3mf, or .obj format.

General Guidelines:

Maximum part dimensions: 12 x 6 x 8 inches

Incorporate the use of color in a functional capacity.

Submissions must be in wrl, .3mf, or .obj format.

Winners must be able to provide a printable .wrl, .3mf, or .obj file

Judging Criteria:

Functionality: The design is a functional part that utilizes the advantages of 3D printing.

Aesthetic Appeal: The design includes an aesthetic component that offers an added value.

Utilization of Color: The design uses color in a creative manner that contributes to the functionality of the final part.

By Elhay Farkash
Digital transformation. On the surface, it’s a simple concept — the use of technology to solve traditional business problems.
For manufacturing companies, these problems often include controlling skyrocketing energy costs or increasing plant efficiency.
For a rather simple concept, it’s wreaking havoc across the manufacturing landscape. Thousands of vendors and armies of consultants bombard manufacturers with glossy chartware pitching their version of digital transformation. Each is anchored in perceived areas of expertise. They include a neatly package process with clear starting and end points. Buy a specific software or consulting package, wave a magic wand, pray a little, and voila, your manufacturing facility is digitally transformed.
Next time you find yourself in one of these elementary conversations, run. Fast.
Digital transformation is not a one-time linear process. It has a starting point, but rather than a strict endpoint, the process should move up in a circular fashion, like a spiral. Once results are generated, they should be incorporated back into the process and used to make additional modifications to achieve great performance improvements.  
Real digital transformation more closely resembles an agile DevOps approach to building software, with new capabilities always being incorporated in the design.
Manufacturing facilities are complex operations. By manufacturing standards, some of the “newer” plants are over 25 years old. It is also quite common that a plant built for one specific purpose years ago is used today by a different manufacturer building different products.
Adding to the complexity, no two manufacturing plants in the world are identical. They are all different shapes, sizes, and in different locations. Heating and cooling systems at a plant in the California desert will react differently compared to a plant in Calgary, Canada. And let’s not forget about personal and cultural variances at one manufacturing plant compared to another.  
All these differences come into play when preparing to digitally transform manufacturing facilities.
Whether you’ve already started a digital transformation, are in the middle of one, or just beginning to think about it, here are a few things all manufacturing companies should consider.
Before you start, measure everything. Consultants will often recommend starting with a specific project without having a grasp of baseline data. Knowing exactly where and how big all the gaps are should be a requirement. If something isn’t being measured, get the right sensor on it, and establish baseline metrics.
Identify the best starting point. Knowing baseline metrics affords the opportunity to start with the right project. Some organizations may prefer to pick an aggressive plan that closes the most significant gap. Others may prefer to start with a smaller pilot project that can generate quick results before moving onto bigger projects. Pick the approach that’s right for you.
Create a shopping list. In addition to buying the sensors to establish baseline metrics, identify all the other components needed for your specific digital transformation project. Since every facility is different, they all require different components, sensors, and software. All too often, consultants will bundle this together in standard proposals with premium pricing. Shop around, and only buy what you need.
Implement change, measure again and repeat. Digital transformation doesn’t end once a specific project is complete. It’s just getting started. Armed with the original baseline data and results from digital transformation effort, look for when and where additional modifications can be made. Environmental conditions change. Costs of materials vary. Energy prices fluctuate. Product development needs shift. All this change represents an opportunity to tweak the process and improve results.
Optimize and automate. As you collect more data, up to every 50 milliseconds from some sensors, optimization engines can be created. Over the long term, this can help identify and address potential issues before they create problems in your manufacturing process.
Consultants and niche vendors recommending a linear one-size-fits-all approach to digital transformation will likely take you down a dead-end road. Look for partners that can help navigate your specific digital transformation project up the spiral, offering flexible models that account for modifications and adjustments along the way yielding additional improvements.
Elhay Farkash is CEO of Lightapp, a provider of cloud-based analytics products that make industrial manufacturing plants more efficient.

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Erik Finman first made news when he became the world's youngest bitcoin millionaire (he invested when he was 12 years old and now holds 401 coins). But now Finman is attracting attention by showing some advancements that can be made with 3-D printing. He developed a Doctor Octopus exoskeleton suit, and most of its parts were 3-D printed. 

Features of the suit include:

  • The tentacles use a series of stacked coffee cups;
  • The final weight of the suit is 12.5 pounds;
  • Eight motors power the suit (two per tentacle); and
  • The suit is powered by a lithium motorcycle battery.

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Finman led the project to give the suit to 10-year-old Aristou, who wanted superhuman strength. Aristou is the son of one of Finman's mentors and former bosses, and wanted a suit like that to wear to ComiCon. Finman explains Aristou struggles with hypermobility issues and wanted to create something to "enhance humanity." Finman led the suit's design, development, creation and production, and believes advancements in this suit and similar projects will lead to innovations in the manufacturing, medical and construction fields. 



Menasha Corporation’s 2019 summer interns experienced firsthand one of the corporation’s core values to make a positive difference in the community by sorting and packing diapers and other absorbency hygiene products for infants and adults at Jake’s Diapers in Kaukauna, Wis. Jake’s Diapers has provided tens of thousands of diapers across 20 countries for refugees, veterans, those in poverty and individuals affected by disasters.

Menasha Corporation’s 35 summer interns are part of a formal company intern program and they work at various company locations throughout North America over an 8-week period. Many of the interns attended the volunteering kickoff event at the company’s headquarters in Neenah, Wis.

“It’s important that we let our interns know that our company is a strong supporter of the communities where we live and work,” said Amy Wittig, Talent Management Specialist at Menasha Corporation. “What better way to communicate our values than to actually live them by spending a little time making a difference at an important community organization.” Click here for a quick view of Menasha Corporation’s interns in action. For information about Jake’s Diapers, visit www.jakesdiapers.org.

About Menasha Corporation

Menasha Corporation is a leading corrugated and plastic packaging manufacturer and supply chain solutions provider specializing in retail merchandising packaging and displays, plastic reusable containers and pallets, protective packaging interiors, and packaging supply chain and fulfillment services. Menasha Corporation’s products and services are used by major food, beverage, consumer products, industrial/automotive, health and beauty, over-the-counter pharmaceutical, and electronics companies. Established in 1849, Menasha Corporation is one of America’s oldest privately held, family-owned manufacturing companies. Headquartered in Neenah, Wisconsin, the company employs approximately 6,400 employees in 120 facilities in North America and Europe. For more information, visit www.menashacorporation.com.


The McPherson CertainTeed employees include (from left) Tim Groote, Chris Holloway, Janet Lynch and Jennifer Smith.

CertainTeed takes pride in playing a part of the National Manufacturing Day celebration in McPherson, Kan.

What is unique about CertainTeed’s celebration of National Manufacturing Day at its plant in McPherson, Kan., is that CertainTeed’s activities are just one part of a town-wide, month-long celebration of local manufacturing. This is a town that celebrates its industry, and CertainTeed enjoys being a part of it.

“This will be our facility’s fourth year celebrating National Manufacturing Day,” says Janet Lynch, plant manager of the CertainTeed siding facility in McPherson. “Our town chamber heard about the event years ago and declared October manufacturing month. This is a rural town with a lot of manufacturing.”

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