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Additive Manufacturing In Space: 3D Printing In Zero-G

by Jonathan D. Kriek on Sep 11, 2015

SpaceX - Space Exploration Technologies Corp

You are on the the International Space Station (ISS) and it's time for the required routine filter replacement, but there's a slight issue - "houston we have a problem we can't find the filter cap". No problem you think, just order another right? Here's the stats on that: Estimated time of arrival is six (6) months on the next supply from Earth costing around $10,000 for every pound of items transported. You know you can fire up the 3D printer back at NASA and have this part completed in 45 minutes, but what about space?

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Topics: Innovation, Real World Experiences, Manufacturing, Autodesk Fusion 360, Additive Manufacturing, 3D Printing

Compelling Use Case for Autodesk Design Web Format (DWF) on the manufacturing floor

by Jonathan D. Kriek on Jul 10, 2015

It's no secret that despite all the technology in Engineering your shop floor most likely still uses paper drawings. Engineering has Autodesk Vault PDM ensuring you get the latest revision, Non-CAD users can retrieve the drawings from the Vault web client, and there's integrated ERP and Autodesk PLM360 to keep the rest of the organization abreast of the most up to date information about those designs, but ultimately you still see a stack of paper drawings being distributed in the shop to various centers complete with weld slag, grease, and hand written notes.

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Topics: Autodesk Inventor, Innovation, Autodesk A360, Autodesk Vault, Real World Experiences, Autodesk AutoCAD, Manufacturing, Autodesk DWF, 3D Visualization

Walking Through History at the Planes of Fame Airshow

by Jonathan Landeros on May 6, 2015

Last weekend, I spent Friday through Sunday volunteering at the Planes of Fame airshow.

Volunteering meant everything from carrying fences, helping with crowd control, carrying boxes, and doing it all in temperatures that sometimes exceeded 90 degrees.

"Are you hydrating?" Was our battle cry.

I came home sunburned, exhausted, and sore.

But it was an incredible experience, and an amazing walk through history on so may levels.

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Topics: Real World Experiences, Planes of Fame, Airshow

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