In the 1980’s we saw the introduction of a new technology
that was called Rapid Prototyping that gave us rough physical parts that had
been designed within the CAD systems of the time.
That technology has grown and developed into what we now
refer to as 3D printing. However many people still see this process only being
used for the creation of prototypes or extremely small production of plastic
On April 6th, join us at TechSandBox as we
shatter these myths and take a look at the cutting edge of 3D printing today
and look at what the future holds for this manufacturing method. And learn about a 3D printer that can print continuous stand
carbon fiber, Kevlar and fiberglass
new materials that OPM offers allows true production of parts by offering a
material that is stronger and lighter than materials being
used in conventional manufacturing processes.
- Gemma Downey, R&D Technologies
- Daniel Oliver, Founder Intelligent Mobility and Business Development Lead for Voxel8
- Paul Martin, President, OPM
- Dan Topjian, Sr. Applications Engineer, MarkForged
Moderated by Dan Hulub
Dan Oliver is a former systems
engineer with Honeywell Aerospace and founder of Intelligent Mobility
International, a social entrepreneurship enterprise he established to provide long-lasting,
low-cost wheelchairs throughout the world. After earning his MBA from the Harvard
Business School. Dan was a Blavatnik Fellow, where he spent a year
commercializing science from the Lewis Lab. Dan received his B.S. in Mechanical
engineering from the California Institute of Technology.
Gemma Downey works as a 3D printing consultant with R&D
Technologies located in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. Downey joined R&D
Technologies team in 2013 after graduating from the University of Rhode Island
with a degree in Biomedical Engineering. Her job at R&D Technologies is to
find solutions to customer needs by the addition of rapid prototyping to
customers’ design and manufacturing process. R&D Technologies specializes
in 3D printer sales and service for companies throughout New England,
including Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine and
Vermont. Don't need your own 3D printer but need your parts made? No problem.
R&D offers full service 3D printing for customers across the
U.S. via our in-house service bureau. She holds a degree from University
of Rhode Island in Biomedical Engineering. http://www.rnd-tech.com/
Dan Topjian, Sr. Applications Engineer, MarkForged
Dan Topjian has spent 18+ years in the semiconductor
industry. He then spent 8+ years in the 3D printing industry (Z Corporation /
3D Systems), in Application Engineering. Education: Northeastern University, 1987,
BSEE Electrical Engineering
The world's first 3D printer that can print continuous stand
carbon fiber, Kevlar and fiberglass.
Have you ever 3D printed a part that wasn’t strong enough? The revolutionary Mark One prints with the
strength of aluminum. Now you can have the dependability of CNC parts with the
flexibility of 3D printing.
Paul Martin, President,
OPM Aerospace & Industrial, holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering from
California State Polytechnic University and an MS in Engineering from the
University of California, Los Angeles. He is a graduate of the Industrial
College of the Armed Forces. Mr. Martin served in civil service with the U.S.
Air Force and the Federal Aviation Administration, performing a range of flight
Paul has over 40
years of experience in the aerospace industry, supporting major programs in
commercial, defense, energy, shipbuilding, specialized defense electronics and
other industry sectors. In his career, Mr. Martin served as Executive Vice
President with full P&L and operational responsibility for the Lockheed
Martin Skunk Works®, where he provided strategic direction as part of the
leadership team of the company. Mr. Martin then moved to Sikorsky Aircraft,
where he was responsible for military and development activities, with a
multi-billion dollar P&L.
In this new role at Oxford Performance Materials, Mr. Martin leads the expansion of the company’s business in the aerospace and
industrial sectors and will continue to serve as a member of OPM’s Board of Directors.
May 4, 2015:
Microprocessor system design for early stage product development (click to register)
In order to get investors and
customers excited about ‘an idea’, it is often necessary to develop a proof of
concept. This is as true in the world of control systems and electronic
design as it is in biotech and application software.
Tonight we have Microtest Technology engineers who will walk us through an example of the process of
prototype development using development kits, chips and processors readily
available at low cost to the market. They will then describe how to take the
proof of concept to the next step of design for manufacture.
Moderated by Art Martin,
former CEO, FloDesign, and Business Advisor, MSBDC
Instructional design: Mike Walker, Microchip Technology, Mark Hoffman and Tom Bombard, Arrow
Case Example: Alex
Pina, Avalanche Energy
Art Martin is
a senior business advisor/ technology specialist at the Massachusetts Small
Business Development Center at Clark University. He advises nearly 200 small business clients and
entrepreneurial ventures annually. In that role he provides assistance to
technology related startups, including management advice on best practices,
business and product development, business planning, access to capital,
marketing, operations and other aspects of running a small technology based
business. He also advises clients in business acquisition and turnaround
has an impressive track record in business management with a particular
emphasis in companies where the end product is the innovative refinement of
technology. He has been a founder of
multiple start-up companies and has more than 40 years of experience as an
entrepreneur. Most recently he held the position as President and Chief
Executive Office of FloDesign, Inc. of Wilbraham, MA. He assumed leadership of
this incubator company during the successful spinout of FloDesign Wind Turbine (Ogin,
Inc.) and went on to be instrumental in the spinout of FloDesign Sonics. Under Art’s
leadership, FloDesign, Inc. was the recipient of three Phase I and two Phase II
SBIR’s. Of particular interest was the
successful DOE Phase II that resulted in the design and development of a 1KW
Hydrokinetic Water Turbine with integral rim drive generator. Art
was also Founder and CEO of SFA, Inc. where he spent 16 years leading this
instrument company specializing in robotic chemistry workstations for the
earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Robotics Engineering from the
University of Massachusetts and a Masters of Education from Boston College.
Alex Pina is the founder of Avalanche
Energy, a solar thermal company focused on delivering affordable and minimalist
products to our customers. Avalanche Energy was recently awarded the Rising
Star Award by the Cleantech Open Northeast Region, and is located at Greentown
Labs in Somerville. He spent four years at MIT Lincoln Laboratory
developing ruggedized hardware and optical systems for field use and
deployment. He received his B.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering and M.Sc. in
Engineering and Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His
interests include hardware system design and testing, solving puzzles, and
playing ice hockey.
Mike Walker is the regional distribution manager for Microchip. He has exetensive experience
managing, promoting and selling products and services within the
semiconductor industry and in-depth
experience managing the sales channels in the electronic components
industry. His core competencies including managing salesrepresentative
activities, distribution interface and end customer relationship.
Mark Hofmann is a Field Applications Engineer (FAE) from Microchip
Technology. Prior to joining Microchip, he spent the last dozen years bringing
digital hardware and firmware solutions to market for a wide range of different
industries including: Networking Equipment, scientific instrumentation,
security, and life safety. As an FAE at Microchip, he assists customers with
component selection, hardware and software troubleshooting, and manufacturing
of electronic systems.
When he’s not directly supporting Microchip’s mission,
he maintains his sanity by helping out various makers on social media with
software and hardware issues. He then loses it again by volunteering to coach
two middle school FIRST Lego League teams and helping a high-school robotics
team. Mark holds a BSEE from the University of Hartford.
Thomas Bombard, joins this panel and is a Field Applications Engineer at Nu
Horizons Electronics, An Arrow Company.
Contact the Chairs if
you have an interest in serving on the Steering Committee. One year+
commitment, attendance at committee meetings and programs, ability to
attract panelists/speakers/cases and organize/ moderate the program 2x a year in a timely fashion. Build a strong(er) network, meet interesting people, lead, and help. Membership included as a small reward fro us to you.
Committee: Lori Jones, Dan Hulub, Kapeel Krishana, Sharad Mehta
Committee Chair Lori Jones