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Carlo Poloni, President of ESTECO, Interview

Carlo Poloni, President of ESTECO, takes a look back at how optimization technology has changed over the years and talks about the company’s plans to expand the reach and capabilities of its technology

Looking back over the last ten-fifteen years, how has the use of optimization technology changed?
Essentially it has gone from being a specialists-only tool to becoming the norm in engineering design. Back in the 1990’s, optimization tools were the purview of highly specialized designers and the tools themselves were limited in scope due mainly to the scant availability and usability of models. Because optimization was so specialized, it wasn’t considered a crucial element in the design process, as the problems it could be used for were limited to the area of expertise of the specialist. The optimization process is exponentially more effective when design targets are high; if you maximize the mission of a product, the optimization becomes strategic and extremely effective. If your scope is limited to the design of a small component, it is not as strategic to the company. In a nutshell, 15 years ago, the technology was there but it wasn’t useable, or rather, it was usable only for the elite community capable of understanding its value in a small environment and in a specific application.

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e-Design researchers speak at university in Japan

Center for e-Design researchers Frank Sup and Professor Ian Grosse were invited faculty speakers at the Division of Human Mechanical Systems and Design at Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan from May 19-23. Their visit was hosted by Professor Shigeru Tadano and Professor Toshiro Ohashi. During their visit, they presented their research on biomechanics and biorobotics, met with the faculty and students of Human Mechanical Systems and Design division, and explored collaborative opportunities between the Center for e-Design at UMass Amherst and Hokkaido University.

$3 Million SMART Investment at the University at Buffalo

The University at Buffalo has announced the establishment of three new Communities of Excellence — an innovative and integrated approach to addressing critical societal challenges through impactful interdisciplinary research, education and engagement. One of the three selected concepts, the Sustainable Manufacturing and Advanced Robotic Technologies (SMART) has Kemper Lewis and Ken English as two of the four community leaders and represents over $3 million in University investment. The community will focus on advanced manufacturing and design by developing the next generation of manufacturing technologies, processes and education that enable sustainable, cost-effective production of high-quality, customizable products. Read the full story here.

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May Newsletter

We are happy to share the Center for e-Design May Newsletter! In this edition the research site at UMass Amherst, and industrial members Raytheon and PTC are featured. Other news and updates around the Center are also found in this edition.

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April Newsletter

Please find attached our April Center for e-Design Newsletter. Inside you can read more about the featured research site Brigham Young University and featured industry members Boeing and Pratt & Whitney. News and updates from other sites are included as well!

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March Newsletter

We are pleased to share our March newsletter. Inside the March edition you will find a feature on the Center for e-Design site, Oregon State University, and industry partner, Oregon BEST. Also included are success stories and spotlight news.

We hope to see you next week in Portland for our IAB meeting!

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February Newsletter

We are delighted to share our February newsletter. Inside the newsletter you will find a feature on a research site and an industry member. This addition features Iowa State University and Caterpillar. Also in the newsletter, are success stories, spotlights, and upcoming events. The upcoming IAB meeting, April 7-9, hosted by Oregon State in Portland, Oregon.

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ESCO Corp Hosts IAB Meeting

ESCO Corporation will host the full-day meeting at their new innovation space at the upcoming Industrial Advisory Board Meeting held in Porland on April 7-9. ESCO Corp. is a global parts manufacturing company with more than 100 years in Portland.

IAB Meetings are an excellent opportunity for current and potential members to learn about the Center for e-Design’s research through project presentations, one-on-one interactions with researchers/students, and group discussions revolving around industry needs. Additional information can be found on the IAB meeting website.

Engineering Team Using 3D Printers to Test Health Device Designs

A team of researchers in Sundar Krishnamurty’s mechanical and industrial engineering laboratory is putting a couple of new, high-end 3D printers through their paces now in their temporary location in Elab II while they await the buildout of new facilities at the Life Sciences Laboratory (LSL), expected to be finished in 2016.

The short, squat Connex 350 by Stratasys can handle two different materials with different mechanical properties, for example one more flexible, the other more rigid. The user pours a semi-liquid goop in, and shaped objects come out.

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