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Restoring Industrial Components with Directed Energy Deposition Saves Time and Costs

(3D Print.com, 3/12/19) Welding on a micron level to restore and repair parts at a fast pace and cost effective is the core of Directed Energy Deposition or DED, also called laser engineered net shaping or LENS (Optomec’s version of DED). It’s an additive manufacturing process in which focused thermal energy is…

CT stakes high ground in additive-manufacturing arms race

(Hartford Business Journal, 3/11/19) Technology mankind has used for generations to cast and shape metal parts is giving way to “additive” processes, in which digital-laser machinery applies layer upon layer of hot material to create complex parts to fine tolerances. Some three decades after it was first introduced, additive manufacturing…

Nonprofits, colleges share $1M grants for workforce development

(Hartford Business Journal, 2/27/19) Several nonprofits and state colleges are splitting more than $1 million in grants from a quasi-public funder to spur workforce development in Connecticut. The Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA), an agency that lends tax-exempt capital to nonprofits, on Wednesday awarded several grants aimed at…

New technology-assistance program designed to support manufacturing innovation

(Hartford Business Journal, 2/18/19) As the director of strategic partnerships at the Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Michelle Cote is bullish about Hartford’s future. She was part of the planning team that helped draw investment from CTNext, a subsidiary of the state’s venture capital firm Connecticut Innovations, to create…

CWP Targets Training, Development and Marketing to Help Build Connecticut’s Manufacturing Workforce

(Advanced Manufacturing, 11/29/18) Capital Workforce Partners (CWP) is the regional workforce development board in North Central Connecticut; our objective is to help individuals overcome barriers to employment and build the necessary skill sets to meet business hiring needs. Through the American Job Center network, CWP invests in youth development, develops sustainable career pathways…

Female students attend manufacturing summit

(My Record Journal, 11/12/18) Middle School of Plainville Technology/Engineering faculty members Kim Coyle and Camille Westfall and a group of eighth grade female students recently attended the Making It Real: Girls & Manufacturing Summit sponsored by the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology. Read more >