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Colorado Manufacturing Design Engineers Fill GE Additive’s Design for Additive Manufacturing Course

Posted on | October 17, 2017 | No Comments

State, partners, sponsors bring world leaders in additive manufacturing to Denver to strengthen Colorado’s role as technology leader

 

Denver, Colorado – H2 Manufacturing Solutions, which provides a broad scope of problem-solving services to manufacturers, in cooperation with GE Additive and Manufacturer’s Edge, today announced GE Additive’s Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM) course October 24 and 25, 2017 is full. With support from Colorado OEDIT, sponsors Key Bank and Key Equipment Finance, and partner The 3D Printing Store, a select group of Colorado manufacturing design engineers benefit from two full days of cutting-edge training that benefits them, their teams and employers, and Colorado’s advanced industries.

 

Noting the high level of interest in the course and how quickly it filled, Tom Bugnitz, CEO of Manufacturer’s Edge, observed, “In the world of 3D metal printing, GE’s LEAP Engine is the gold standard. The 19 additively manufactured fuel nozzles in the engine were engineering and fabrication breakthroughs that improved performance and safety. This is not theory or a futuristic vision. These people have ‘been there and done that.’”

 

This event, as part of Manufacturing Month, is presented to 50 Colorado manufacturing professionals as part of the outreach commitment Manufacturer’s Edge made to the Utah MEP, the University of Utah, and the U.S. Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment to help advance knowledge of additive manufacturing in the Rocky Mountain West. This event and its cutting-edge information is normally $3,000 per seat. It is free of charge to registered Colorado manufacturing engineers as part of Manufacturer’s Edge’s commitment to the Colorado manufacturing community.

 

“GE has taken a leadership role in real-world additive manufacturing and demonstrated how this technology can and will be used for creating and manufacturing high-value parts using optimized designs and materials. The 3D Printing Store shares this vision for additive manufacturing and is pleased to be part of this important event with the lead team from GE sharing their expertise with industry leaders in Colorado,” said Debra Wilcox, Co-Founder, The 3D Printing Store

 

The class is led by Chris Schuppe, engineering leader at GE Additive. GE expects industrial 3D printing to forever change the manufacturing world as we know it. This is one step that Colorado design engineers are taking now to ensure they are prepared for that change. Topics covered in the course include an introduction to additive manufacturing, design for additive manufacturing, additive material characteristics and selection, additive part selection, machine and part qualification, as well as break-out exercises and open discussion.

 

About H2 Manufacturing Solutions

H2 Manufacturing Solutions offers a broad range of services to help manufacturers navigate the daily challenges of the modern manufacturing world. Our one-stop shop addresses any business challenge a manufacturer encounters, from representing best-in-class equipment and service providers to operational improvement consulting to business development strategies to technical expertise. At H2, our mission is to make manufacturers’ day-to-day challenges more manageable and less frustrating. Our promise is to deliver Honest. Hardworking. Results. For more information, contact H2 Manufacturing Solutions at 970-692-3344 or h2@h2manufacturingsolutions.com. Visit H2 Manufacturing Solutions on the webFacebookTwitter, or LinkedIn.

 

About Colorado OEDIT

The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) works with statewide partners to create a positive business climate that encourages dynamic economic development and sustainable job growth. Under the leadership of Governor John Hickenlooper, we strive to advance the state’s economy through financial and technical assistance in support of local and regional economic development activities throughout Colorado.

 

About Manufacturer’s Edge

Manufacturer’s Edge is a statewide manufacturing assistance center, partially funded by the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). Manufacturer’s Edge encourages the strength and competitiveness of Colorado manufacturers through onsite technical assistance through coaching, training, and consulting, collaboration-focused industry programs, and leveraging government, university and economic development partnerships.

 

KeyCorp

KeyCorp’s (NYSE: KEY) roots trace back 190 years to Albany, New York. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Key is one of the nation’s largest bank-based financial services companies, with assets of approximately $135.8 billion at June 30, 2017. Key provides deposit, lending, cash management, insurance, and investment services to individuals and businesses in 15 states under the name KeyBank National Association through a network of more than 1,200 branches and more than 1,500 ATMs. Key also provides a broad range of sophisticated corporate and investment banking products, such as merger and acquisition advice, public and private debt and equity, syndications and derivatives to middle market companies in selected industries throughout the United States under the KeyBanc Capital Markets trade name. For more information, visit https://www.key.com/. KeyBank is Member FDIC.

 

Key Equipment Finance

As a division of KeyBank National Association, Key Equipment Finance (KEF) manages approximately $12 billion in assets and acquires $4.5B in equipment annually. The company has major management and operations bases in Denver, Colorado (headquarters), Albany, New York and Toronto, Canada. Through approximately 300 financing professionals nationwide, KEF delivers a wide array of business-to-business equipment financing solutions to organizations of many sizes and types, focusing on four distinct markets:

  • Businesses of all sizes in the U.S. (from small business to large corporate);
  • Equipment manufacturers, distributors and value-added resellers;
  • Federal, provincial, state and local governments as well as other public sector organizations; and
  • Lease advisory and syndications support for corporations looking to optimize risk and revenue.

 

The 3D Printing Store

Established November 2012 by cofounders Debra Wilcox and Kenton Kuhn, The 3D Printing Store was the first brick-and-mortar retail store to offer face-to-face 3D design, 3D scanning, and 3D printing services to businesses and consumers. With four locations in Colorado and several pending store openings outside the state, it is believed that The 3D Printing Store is the largest business of its kind.

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GE Additive’s Design for Additive Manufacturing Course Comes to Denver

Posted on | September 6, 2017 | No Comments

October 24&25 class brings world-class information to Colorado manufacturing designers and engineers

Denver, Colorado – H2 Manufacturing Solutions, providing manufacturers a broad scope of problem-solving services, in cooperation with GE Additive and Manufacturer’s Edge, brings GE Additive’s Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM) course to Denver October 24 and 25, 2017. The State of Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) will provide classroom space at 1625 Broadway Street, 8th floor, Denver, CO 80202.

 

“Additive manufacturing is fundamentally changing how manufacturing is done, and the biggest gap is designing parts to realize all the benefits additive provides,” said H2 Manufacturing Solutions CEO Heidi Hostetter. “We’re thrilled to bring the world’s leading experts in additive manufacturing design to Colorado to share their knowledge. H2 and Manufacturer’s Edge saw this as another way to help the ongoing effort to make Colorado a leader in additive manufacturing.”

 

“With additive manufacturing, design innovation is free,” said Chris Schuppe, engineering leader at GE Additive. GE has stated that industrial 3D printing will forever change the manufacturing world as we know it. This is one step that design engineers can take to ensure they are prepared for that change.

 

Schuppe will lead the class, and bring other GE Additive experts along as instructors. In 2012 he led GE Aviation’s engineering design team, which made significant improvements to the CFM International LEAP engine fuel nozzle. In November 2014 his team developed and tested a CT7 GE helicopter engine designed and made with almost 90% additive parts and systems. His teams have also been responsible for creating additive heat exchangers and developing additive applications for many other programs.

 

The CFM LEAP fuel nozzle tip combines 20 parts into one for a 400% increase in durability and 25% reduction in weight and was one of the first additively manufactured jet engine components certified by the FAA. This translates into a savings for an airline flying a plane with CFM’s next-generation LEAP engine, thanks to a part that combines many engineering and manufacturing steps into one, and can only be made using additive manufacturing.

 

Schuppe’s teams created and generated more than 50 patents in 2016. He also led the engineering function for GE’s acquisition of Concept Laser and Arcam – both makers of additive manufacturing machines. In October 2016 he became engineering integration leader for GE Additive, GE’s new business focused on accelerating the additive adoption rate across many industries such as Automotive, Aerospace, Energy, Medical and Dental.

 

Topics covered in the course include an introduction to additive manufacturing, design for additive manufacturing, additive material characteristics and selection, additive part selection, machine and part qualification, as well as break-out exercises and open discussion.

 

This event and the cutting-edge information it presents is normally offered at $3,000 per seat. It will be free of charge to the first 55 manufacturing professionals from Colorado who register. Lunch will be provided by Manufacturer’s Edge.

 

What: GE Design for Additive Manufacturing Course

Dates: October 24 & 25, 2017

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Place: 1625 Broadway St, Suite 820, Denver, CO 80202

Cost: Free. To register, visit this web page.

Course attendance is limited to two attendees from any company/organization.

 

About H2 Manufacturing Solutions

H2 Manufacturing Solutions offers a broad range of services to help manufacturers navigate the daily challenges of the modern manufacturing world. Our one-stop shop addresses any business challenge a manufacturer encounters, from representing best-in-class equipment and service providers to operational improvement consulting to business development strategies to technical expertise. At H2, our mission is to make manufacturers’ day-to-day challenges more manageable and less frustrating. Our promise is to deliver Honest. Hardworking. Results. For more information, contact H2 Manufacturing Solutions at 970-692-3344 or h2@h2manufacturingsolutions.com. Visit H2 Manufacturing solutions on the webFacebookTwitter, or LinkedIn.

 

About Colorado OEDIT

The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) works with statewide partners to create a positive business climate that encourages dynamic economic development and sustainable job growth. Under the leadership of Governor John Hickenlooper, we strive to advance the state’s economy through financial and technical assistance in support of local and regional economic development activities throughout Colorado.

 

About Manufacturer’s Edge

Manufacturer’s Edge is a statewide manufacturing assistance center, partially funded by the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). Manufacturer’s Edge encourages the strength and competitiveness of Colorado manufacturers through onsite technical assistance through coaching, training, and consulting, collaboration-focused industry programs, and leveraging government, university and economic development partnerships.

Stampede, Colorado Cowgirl Roundup & Art Show Honor Tami Spaulding, Remember Patsy Moskalski

Posted on | June 16, 2017 | No Comments

Greeley, CO – The Inaugural Colorado Cowgirl Roundup, benefiting the Greeley Stampede Art Scholarship Fund, remembers Patsy Moskalski, the first woman on the Stampede Committee; and honors Tami Spaulding as its 2017 Cowgirl.

 

This event, in conjunction with the Greeley Stampede’s 18th Annual Stampede Western Invitational Art Exhibit & Sale, takes place Sunday, June 25, 2017 at Island Grove Regional Park. A Cowgirl Roundup Reception goes from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm with mimosas and light snacks. Attendees will watch American Bull Fighting at 1:00 pm. The group will then move to the Bunkhouse at 3:00 pm, where a ceremony with music will be held to remember Patsy and honor Tami. Cash bar and free hors d’oeuvres provided. Parking is included. Find this event on the Mountain States Art Trail Facebook page.

 

Moskalski passed away 10 years ago, and this event was designed to honor her memory as a true trailblazer and recognize a woman of significant accomplishments. The first woman chosen for that honor is Tami Spaulding.

 

Tami Spaulding, who has been riding horses since age 2 and is a REALTOR with The Group Inc., has been chosen as the first Cowgirl Roundup Honoree, organizers note, because she’s known for her integrity, professionalism, and treating everyone she encounters with respect and dignity. Much of that comes from her experience growing up living the “cowgirl life.” She honors her family, friends, business relationships and herself by always being honest, respectful and caring. Like all cowgirls, Tami is hardworking and gets the job done with little fuss and fanfare.

 

Tickets ($50/person or $75/couple) for the Inaugural Colorado Cowgirl Roundup can be purchased online at coloradocowgirlroundup.com or by calling 970-381-5817.

 

Sponsors include The Children’s Health Place, Mountain States Art Trail, The Group Inc. Real Estate, Nanci Garnand at RE/MAX Eagle Rock, The Stitchin Den, Christine McDonald and Ben Sartin of Wealth Strategies Group, Bank of Colorado, The Group Realty Inc., Shannon Marketing Communications, and Greeley Chophouse.

 

Additional sponsorship packages are available. Email oduby80634@aol.com for details.

 

More information on the Stampede Western Invitational art show can be found on the web at stampedewestern.com or greeleystampede.org/p/artshow and on Facebook at facebook.com/StampedeWestern.

 

New Small Business Workshop Offered June 22-23 in Loveland

Posted on | June 16, 2017 | No Comments

Complimentary Strategic Success Tools event gives power back to small business owners

Loveland, CO – For small business owners struggling to juggle operating a business, while at the same time keeping track of everything related to marketing, the Strategic Success Tools workshop offers a solution. On the mornings of June 22 and 23 at Loveland’s Embassy Suites, join local Realtor Nanci Garnand and small business marketing expert Dr. Sonja Jackson to learn the secrets of attracting new business, capturing leads, tracking prospects, and staying connected with past, current and future clients. There is no cost for this event, but reservations are required and seating is limited.

Sign up today and learn:

·        Where to find your ideal customer

·        How to attract & capture your ideal customer

·        How to stay connected with prospects for higher conversion

·        How to stay connected with current and past clients for more referrals

“I have a true passion for helping small businesses succeed,” Nanci said. “To that end, I’ve prevailed on my marketing partner, Dr. Sonja Jackson, to come out to Loveland and spend a couple of days helping me help you. We will help you come up with a step-by-step plan to find potential clients/customers, stay in contact with them, and convert them into paying customers.”

Gone are the days of opening your doors and having customers flock in. Now you must navigate the online and offline worlds when all you really want to do is deliver a dream-come-true experience to your clients.

People say you must get online. You must advertise on Google, Bing, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. You must Post, Pin & Tweet. You must follow-up. You must have a funnel (whatever that is). Right? Is there a method to this madness? Absolutely.

Nanci & Sonja have been navigating these waters successfully since Bing was GoTo.com and before Google would even take your advertising dollars! Now, they’ve condensed 15 different marketing programs valued at over $15,000 into a bite-sized, get it rolling, easy-to-implement program.

There is no cost for six hours of high-quality instruction and a custom, 20-minute consultation about your business with Nanci and Sonja, but reservations are required and spots are limited. For more information, or to register, visit strategicsuccesstools.net, email Nanci@StrategicSuccessTools.com, or call (970) 227-1327.

U.S. Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment Funds Mountain West Advanced Manufacturers Network

Posted on | May 10, 2017 | No Comments

Adapt 

Test case integrates R&D, OEMs, contractors and subs to efficiently employ AM processes, expand markets and increase resiliency

Golden, CO –ADAPT, the Alliance for the Development of Additive Processing Technologies, a research consortium focused on developing technologies to accelerate the certification and qualification of 3D printed metal parts, in cooperation with the University of Utah, has received funding from the U.S. Department of Defense for the first phase of the Mountain West Advanced Manufacturer’s Network (MWAMN). From the approximately $2.7 million in funding, roughly $1.5 million will go to Colorado School of Mines and ADAPT.

 

“This program creates a new manufacturing platform to advance economic and workforce resilience in response to changes in defense spending,” said ADAPT Technical Director Aaron Stebner. “Enabling manufacturers to efficiently deploy additive manufacturing processes helps diversify their product offerings, expand into non-defense markets, and provide resilient employment and value to their communities and the economy independent of defense spending.”

 

The MWAMN leverages ADAPT’s existing data infrastructure built with funding from a State of Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade Advanced Industries Accelerator grant and funds from founding member companies. This data infrastructure will help inform product and material change-overs; create new innovations and diversification; accelerate product development; and reduce reliance on the defense industry while improving the ability respond to new Department of Defense requirements.

 

Other network members include Citrine Informatics; Carnegie Mellon’s NextManufacturing Center; and the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership organizations from Colorado and Utah, Manufacturer’s Edge and the MEP Center at The University of Utah.

 

“Additive manufacturing holds the promise of enabling manufacturers to quickly adapt to changing market needs compared to traditional manufacturing methods,” noted Heidi Hostetter, ADAPT industry board chair. “Today, building new parts or switching materials with this technology takes too long. MWAMN is focused on radically shortening that time, lowering costs, and reducing the negative economic impact on companies and communities when defense programs and spending changes.”

 

Together, members will network past, present, and future defense-supported metals manufacturers directly with advanced manufacturing research and development centers via a centralized, artificially intelligent database. This platform will enable defense manufacturing contractors to efficiently use AM processes to shorten product development cycles, expand product mix, enter new non-defense markets, increasing economic diversification of their businesses along with economic and workforce resilience.

 

About ADAPT

The Alliance for the Development of Additive Processing Technologies (ADAPT) is a research and development organization dedicated to the creation of next-generation data informatics and advanced characterization technologies for additive manufacturing technologies. ADAPT uses these tools to help industry and government qualify, standardize, assess, and optimize advanced manufacturing processes and parts. Several levels of membership to the ADAPT consortium are available. Founding industry members include Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Faustson Tool, Lockheed Martin, Citrine Informatics. Grant funding from the Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade (OEDIT) was provided to Manufacturer’s Edge and The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership. For more information, find ADAPT on the web, LinkedIn,Facebook, or Twitter.

Spatial Corp. Joins ADAPT

Posted on | April 27, 2017 | No Comments

New member brings 3D software development expertise

Golden, CO –ADAPT, the Alliance for the Development of Additive Processing Technologies, a research consortium focused on developing technologies to accelerate the certification and qualification of 3D printed metal parts, welcomes new member Spatial Corp., the leading provider of 3D software development toolkits for design, manufacturing, and engineering solutions, including leading additive manufacturing hardware producers.

 

“Spatial will use its membership in ADAPT to bolster our technical expertise in additive manufacturing and strengthen our relationships in the industry. We also believe that our existing partnerships with many AM hardware and software providers can expand ADAPT’s capabilities,” said Ray Bagley, Director of Product Management for 3D Modeling and Additive Manufacturing.

 

Bagley added that Spatial views membership in ADAPT as a valuable extension to the company’s additive manufacturing market strategy. Supporting research that advances the broader adoption of additive manufacturing is directly in line with Spatial’s goal to help grow the market for its customers.

 

“Spatial’s membership in ADAPT adds a member focused on the software workflows for 3D printing, which is also at the heart of many of our data-driven research activities. Through both 3D printing equipment manufacturers and developers of specialty software applications, Spatial accelerates the efficient industrial application of 3D additive manufacturing. This area of expertise represents another strong partnership for our organization and its members,” said ADAPT Technical Director Aaron Stebner.

 

About Spatial

Spatial Corp, a Dassault Systèmes subsidiary, is the leading provider of 3D software development toolkits (SDKs) for technical applications across multiple industries. Spatial’s 3D modeling, 3D visualization, and 3D interoperability SDKs help accelerate 3D innovation and expand what is possible. Customers are able to maintain focus on core competencies, while reducing cost and time-to-market. For over 30 years, Spatial’s 3D SDKs have been adopted by many of the world’s most recognized software developers, manufacturers, research institutes, and universities. Headquartered in Broomfield, Colorado, Spatial has offices in the USA, Germany, Japan, China, and the United Kingdom. For more information on Spatial, visit web, LinkedIn, Facebook, or Twitter.

 

About ADAPT

The Alliance for the Development of Additive Processing Technologies (ADAPT) is a research and development organization dedicated to the creation of next-generation data informatics and advanced characterization technologies for additive manufacturing technologies. ADAPT uses these tools to help industry and government qualify, standardize, assess, and optimize advanced manufacturing processes and parts. Several levels of membership to the ADAPT consortium are available. Founding industry members include Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Faustson Tool, Lockheed Martin, Citrine Informatics. Grant funding from the Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade (OEDIT) was provided to Manufacturer’s Edge and The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership. For more information, find ADAPT on the web, LinkedIn,Facebook, or Twitter.

NoCo Hemp Expo is Center of the Hemp Universe this Weekend

Posted on | March 28, 2017 | No Comments

Cutting-edge research, creative applications, and state-of-the-art production all come together March 31 and April 1 at the largest hemp-centric event in the country

Loveland, CO – This Friday and Saturday NoCo Hemp Expo, the largest hemp-centric event in the U.S., brings together speakers, exhibitors, and an audience from around the globe to learn about the latest research, production advances and applications in the industrial hemp industry. The event, with B2B industry focus Friday, March 31 and consumer focus on Saturday, April 1, is at The Ranch Events Complex, off I-25 in Loveland, Colorado.

“There’s no place on the planet for those interested in the hemp industry where they can go to learn more and to get connected,” said NoCo Hemp Expo Founder Morris Beegle. “From policy makers and legislators, to big cultivators and processors, to the most creative product manufacturers, to the leaders in research, you’ll find them under one roof in Loveland this week.”

Just last week, Beegle noted, sponsor and presenter Botanical Genetics, announced new industrial hemp plants with zero tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the principal psychoactive constituent in cannabis. “Heavy-handed federal regulations have focused undue attention – some say paranoia – on trace amounts of THC in hemp,” said Beegle. “This important breakthrough is the latest step in taking away this misguided concern and relieving the handicap that has prevented the U.S. hemp industry from reaching its full potential as an economic engine, job creator, and global leader.”

Choose from a variety of demonstrations, presentations and panels, including keynotes by John Roulac, founder and CEO of hemp superfood producer Nutiva; Shaun Crew, founder and president of Hemp Oil Canada; hemp farmer, author, and evangelist Doug Fine; Jason Freeman, organic and fair supply chain specialist; Bob Hoban, managing partner of the Hoban Law Group; and former CIA Director James Woolsey, keynote speaker of the sold out Hemp Summit taking place on Friday.

Products and services on display made from or incorporating hemp include clothing and apparel; foods; body care; botanical extracts; nutraceuticals; bio-plastics; building materials; paper, and more.

Hemp machinery, processing, and service providers attending include those involved with decortication; extraction; planting and harvesting; seed dehulling and oil pressing; irrigation; soil nutrient management; lab testing; genetics; seeds; legal services; distribution; greenhouses; farm consulting; and nano technologies.

NoCo Hemp Expo 4 is presented by CBDRx who are launching their new consumer brand, Functional Remedies. The Let’s Talk Hemp Stage is presented by The Hemp Road Trip. Friday’s Hemp Summit Room is presented by Cannopy Corporation. Saturday’s Hemp Summit Room is presented by Industrial Hemp Research Foundation, this year’s non-profit beneficiary. And The Pathway to Freedom Party is presented by Botanical Genetics.

For tickets to the Expo and access to the full range of programming during Friday’s Industry Day and Saturday’s public events, visit http://nocohempexpo.com/ticket-sales/.

About NoCo Hemp Expo 4, Colorado Hemp Company and TreeFreeHemp

WAFBA LLC (We Are For Better Alternatives) is home to the NoCo Hemp Expo, TreeFreeHemp and Colorado Hemp Company, located in Loveland, Colorado and operating since 2012. Areas of focus include product and brand development, marketing, printing, production, events and advocacy. Learn more at NocoHempExpo.com, and find us on Facebook and Twitter.

NoCo Hemp Expo 4 Showcases Fashion Alley & Global Hemp Village

Posted on | March 22, 2017 | No Comments

Expo areas focus on innovative, creative applications of hemp

Loveland, CO – The NoCo Hemp Expo, the largest hemp-centric event in the U.S., has announced programming details for its Fashion Alley and Global Hemp Village during this year’s event on March 30 and April 1 at The Ranch Events Complex off I-25 in Loveland, Colorado.

“The rest of the world has quite a head start on the U.S. given the outdated regulations our nation still has on the cultivation and uses of hemp as a natural resource,” said NoCo Hemp Expo Founder, Morris Beegle. “As we work to modernize domestic hemp legislation and policy, thought leaders and innovators from around the world can show us, today, the many ways hemp can be used in a profitable, sustainable way to build companies and create jobs.”

Fashion Alley is sponsored by Hempy’s, which makes “planet inherited goods” and EnviroTextiles, providing “fabric for our future.” Hempy’s, based in Glenwood Springs, CO, specializes in 100% hemp, 100% made in America products. EnviroTextiles, also based in Glenwood Springs, manufactures and imports more than 100 hemp fabrics from around the world. Fashion Alley exhibitors also include Hemptique, Vital Hemp, Recreator, Satori Movement, and others.

Visitors to the NoCo Global Hemp Village can travel the world of hemp through vendors from Nepal, Poland, South Africa, the Czech Republic, France, Croatia and Germany. The Village features innovative products and ideas from these international exhibitors, including hemp honey, soap, sneakers, and more. Learn about the latest in textiles and accessories, hemp beauty products, hemp foods, along with nutritional and therapeutic applications.

For tickets to the Expo and access to the full range of programming during Friday’s Industry Day and Saturday’s public events, visit http://nocohempexpo.com/ticket-sales/.

Major sponsors of NoCo Hemp Expo 4 include CBDRx, offering vertically integrated hemp extract services to the industry; EnerHealth Botanicals, promoting health and wellness products for your body and mind; and Nature’s Love, providing quality hemp extracts and Sub Zero Extracts offering extraction technology to the industry.

About NoCo Hemp Expo 4, Colorado Hemp Company and TreeFreeHemp

WAFBA LLC (We Are For Better Alternatives) is home to the NoCo Hemp Expo, TreeFreeHemp and Colorado Hemp Company, located in Loveland, Colorado and operating since 2012. Areas of focus include product and brand development, marketing, printing, production, events and advocacy. Learn more at NocoHempExpo.com, and find us on Facebook and Twitter.

ADAPT Welcomes New Member Big Metal Additive

Posted on | March 17, 2017 | No Comments

Adapt

BMA brings large additive manufacturing capabilities for aluminum parts

Golden, CO –ADAPT, the Alliance for the Development of Additive Processing Technologies, a research consortium focused on developing technologies to accelerate the certification and qualification of 3D printed metal parts, welcomes their most recent member, Big Metal Additive, a new company that specializes in larger build metal additive manufacturing.

“I have been pioneering large additive manufacturing capabilities for aerospace and spacecraft applications for almost two decades and now I am excited to launch Big Metal Additive (BMA) to satisfy complex designs that meet the needs of a broad range of customers,” said BMA Founder Slade Gardner. “Colorado is the right place to be for this company launch especially with the powerful technology support that comes with ADAPT expertise.”

BMA uses a proven wire-fed, arc-based additive manufacturing method to create large, complex design structures from aluminum. The first BMA machine is a 4ft x 4ft custom-built machine from a best-in-class manufacturer of custom-made 5-axis and 3-axis CNC routers based in Colorado Springs, CO. BMA has configured this first machine for large-scale industrial additive manufacturing that can be done in an open shop environment.

“ADAPT is excited to welcome Big Metal Additive to our membership. This Colorado startup is focused on new technologies for bigger, lightweight structures and thus brings a new length scale to our membership and research activities. We are excited about this great partnership that will draw on previous research efforts and offer deep learning for better machine control,” said ADAPT Technical Director Aaron Stebner.

About Big Metal Additive

BMA was founded by Slade Gardner, formally a distinguished fellow at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. The Golden, Colorado based startup provides large additive aluminum components. Most metal additive manufacturing machines have a build volume less than a cubic foot. BMA’s build volume is more than 15 cubic feet. Dr. Gardner has a wealth of experience specifying and configuring necessary equipment for these builds with specific expertise in large scale wire based additive metal processes. For more information, visit www.bigmetaladditive.com.

About ADAPT

The Alliance for the Development of Additive Processing Technologies (ADAPT) is a research and development organization dedicated to the creation of next-generation data informatics and advanced characterization technologies for additive manufacturing technologies. ADAPT uses these tools to help industry and government qualify, standardize, assess, and optimize advanced manufacturing processes and parts. Several levels of membership to the ADAPT consortium are available. Founding industry members include Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Faustson Tool, Lockheed Martin, Citrine Informatics. Grant funding from the Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade (OEDIT) was provided to Manufacturer’s Edge and The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership. For more information, find ADAPT on the web, LinkedIn, Facebook, or Twitter.

NoCo Hemp Expo 4 Announces Details on Artists & Activists Tent, Concert and After Party

Posted on | March 8, 2017 | No Comments

Thursday and Saturday night concerts bookend track with two full days of programming designed specifically for artists and activists

Loveland, CO – The NoCo Hemp Expo, the largest hemp-centric event in the U.S., has announced details of its opening and closing concert events, as well as programming highlights from the Bluebird Botanicals Artists & Activists Tent. Thursday night’s kickoff concert is at the Aggie Theater in Fort Collins. Saturday night’s Honor the Earth after-Expo concert is at Avogadro’s Number in Fort Collins. The A&A Tent will be part of the Expo on March 31 and April 1 at The Ranch Events Complex located off I-25 in Loveland, CO.

“Particularly given the current political climate and the long-standing bias at the federal level against hemp, the involvement and passion of the public through art and activism has been and is still vital to the cause of advancing the industry,” said NoCo Hemp Expo Founder Morris Beegle. “We have more work to do, and we want to educate and involve more people, as well as recognize and celebrate the successes and accomplishments we’ve achieved so far.”

The NoCo Hemp Expo kickoff concert at the Aggie Theater is Thursday, March 30 at 204 S. College Avenue. Doors open at 8:00 pm with Colorado favorites Musketeer Gripweed kicking things off  at 9:00 pm, followed by the adventurous, uncompromising and inspiring Marco Benevento who takes the stage at 10:45 pm. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 day of show. Tickets for the kickoff concert can be purchased here.

On March 31 and April 1 at the outside Expo arena, visit the Artists and Activists Tent sponsored by Bluebird Botanicals Friday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm and Saturday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. For tickets to the Expo and access to the Artists & Activists Tent, visit http://nocohempexpo.com/ticket-sales/.

Friday’s Featured Segment:

2:30-5:30 pm – Cannabinoid Conversations Q&A Open Forum:

A lively discussion with industry experts on growing hemp for high cannabinoid profiles, lab testing, pesticides, extraction processes, manufacturing methods, regulations, compliance, quality control, pricing, keeping it craft/going industrial, lobbying, legislation, and more.

Saturday Highlights:

10:00-10:15 am – Gemma Ra Star – Earth Blessing and Song

10:15-11:00 am – Marcus Ginon, RoseBud White Plume – First Nation / Water Protectors

12:00-12:30 pm – Marc Ross – Corporate Responsibility and Community Engagement

12:30-1:00 pm – Steve Hoffman – Hemp, Regenerative Agriculture and Climate Change

1:30-2:00 pm – Nikki Florio – Buds and Bees: How Hemp Helps Save Pollinators

3:30-4:00 pm – Speaker – Ed Lehrburger – Biorefining the Future

Music throughout the day by Dave Beegle with special guests including Aviva Vuvuzela.

Saturday night’s Honor the Earth Post-Expo Concert is at Avogadro’s Number from 8:00 pm to 1:00 am. Colony Funk will perform with special guests, including Aviva Vuvuzela from Aviva and the Flying Penguins. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Tickets for the after-Expo concert are available here.

Major sponsors of NoCo Hemp Expo 4 include CBDRx, offering vertically integrated hemp extract services to the industry; EnerHealth, offering hemp-based supplements and nutraceuticals; and Sub Zero Extracts/Nature’s Love, offering extraction technology to the industry.

About NoCo Hemp Expo 4, Colorado Hemp Company and TreeFreeHemp

WAFBA LLC (We Are For Better Alternatives) is home to the NoCo Hemp Expo, TreeFreeHemp and Colorado Hemp Company, located in Loveland, Colorado and operating since 2012. Areas of focus include product and brand development, marketing, printing, production, events and advocacy. Learn more at NocoHempExpo.com, and find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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