I’m pleased to report that over the past several months, we’ve been working closely with NIST MEP on a nationwide webinar series to educate its members on 3D printing.
For those of you who aren’t familiar, NIST is the National Institute for Standards and Technology. Its goal is to use measurement science to advance innovation and it is in charge of maintaining all of the physical measurement standards for science and industry. In fact, if you are a stickler for knowing the time down to the second, you can set your clock by the official US time clock, which is maintained by NIST.
NIST engages with industry as part of its innovation mission and the MEP – or Manufacturing Extension Partnership – is one of its programs to do that. MEP is a nationwide collection of manufacturing consultancies in each state that helps small to medium-sized manufacturers.
NIST MEP has a huge impact on small and medium-sized manufacturers, providing consulting and support resources from its network of 51 MEP centers across the country and through a network of 1,300 trusted advisors. In 2016 alone, more than 25,000 manufacturers have leveraged NIST MEP.
Per Connie Palucka of Catalyst Connection, one of the MEPs that helped develop the series with us:
"MEP helps manufacturers improve their operations, increase revenue and thrive in today’s technology-driven economy. We partnered with America Makes and 3Diligent to develop this webinar series to educate manufacturers about the benefits of additive manufacturing. Together, our goal is to de-risk this advanced technology, facilitate its adoption and help manufacturers realize the full value of additive manufacturing." –Connie Palucka, NIST MEP
The last organization to help sponsor the webinar series is the America Makes learning initiative, which is committed to sharing information about additive manufacturing and accelerating its adoption across the US.
3Diligent is an ideal education partner for NIST-MEP in development of this series given its tremendous breadth of additive manufacturing technologies, its status as a member of America Makes, and its belief in the NIST-MEP mission to support small to medium manufacturers.
As a company that supports enterprise customers from multinationals and independent inventors alike, we welcome the opportunity to share information about this incredible technology and provide small and medium businesses a means to access the latest and greatest additive manufacturing has to offer, in addition to our machining, casting, and injection molding capabilities.
The 3-part webinar series focuses on three major topics: introduction to additive technology, process tradeoffs and applications, and practical next steps for companies that are interested in using additive manufacturing technology for prototyping, tooling, replacement parts, or production applications.
The webinar series was initially shared with MEP centers in the greater vicinity of America Makes headquarters in Youngstown, Ohio and is currently being shared with clients from MEP centers in that area. We are in discussions about expanding the program to other geographies in the coming months.
We're thinking of bringing this content to the rest of the manufacturing world via our own seminar series. Let us know if you would be interested in this content by filling out the form below so that we can let you know when we’ll be presenting the series.