MANUFACTURING industries, GOVERNMENT programs, FINANCE, ECONOMICS, THREE-dimensional printing, and ORTHODONTIC appliances
The article discusses the U.S. government's multi-million dollar National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute project which will be initially based in the city of Youngstown, Ohio, focusing on the government's attempt to boost the niche manufacturing technology which features three-dimensional rapid prototyping. According to the article, the Invisalign brand of orthodontic braces from manufacturer Align Technology Inc. is one example of an additive manufacturing product.
The article discusses additive manufacturing in Northeast Ohio and a call for proposals by the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute as of December 2012, focusing on an analysis of the 3-D printing and rapid prototyping industry in Ohio. It states that additive manufacturing is used in the plastics industry for low-volume production and prototyping processes.
PLASTICS industries, RAPID prototyping, TECHNOLOGY, and COMPUTER software development
This article reports that Agr*TopWave LLC's PETWall technology to monitor bottle-wall thickness has been integrated with Virtual Prototyping software from Plastic Technologies Inc. (PTI) of Holland, Ohio. The combined technology offers closed-loop control in real time on commercial blow molding systems. PETWall continuously monitors every container during production to verify that material is distributed as specified, and it identifies problems. PTI's Virtual Prototyping analyzes the data generated by PETWall and provides direct feedback to the machine, making adjustments.