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Next Meeting - 3D Printing - Please note different location this month!

 

The New England Mid-Range Users Group is organized as a resource for users of IBM System i, i Series and AS/400 systems. If you were looking for the New England M User's Group (MUMPS) goto www.nemug.org


 

Date: Wednesday, June 17,  2015
Time: 5:30 Arrive, 6:00 Presentation, 7:30 Dinner
Place: Whipple Hall, RI College, 600 Mount Pleasant Avenue, Providence, RI 02908
Topic: 3D Printing
Speaker: Dr. Charles McLaughlin, Professor of Technology Education, RI College
Dinner: Buffet served in the President's Dining Room in the Donovan Dining Hall

Cost:  There is no cost for this meeting, but we do need to know ahead how many people are attending so there is enough food on the buffet.  Mail to Aurora Technologies, C/O NEMUG, 5 Old Nasonville Road, Harrisville, RI 02830 or register on the NEMUG web site, www.nemug.com

R.S.V.P .  to Aurora Technologies.  Register on the web, www.nemug.com
 or e-mail aurora@auroratechedi.com
or call: (401) 765-3721, FAX. (401) 766-4591.  Include your name, company, e-mail address, number attending and your meal choice.  We must receive your reply no later than Friday, June 12. 2015
 


3-D Printers Add to Innovative Teaching at RIC

Officials from Electric Boat visit with Professor of Technology Education Charles McLaughlin in RIC’s 3-D manufacturing center. There’s some magic happening inside the manufacturing center at Rhode Island College – and it’s no small thanks to new, innovative equipment, including 3-D printers. “To have this opportunity is unreal,” said RIC senior Aleksandar Todorovich. “The sky is the limit.” Todorovich, a biochemistry major, has used the two 3-D printers in Whipple Hall to create hold-in-your-hand models of such things as a (miniature) human skull rendered from an anonymous MRI test.
This was an exercise in regenerative medicine, in which the MRI scan was compressed to generate an image of the patient’s entire skull. That image was then sent to the 3-D printer, which printed the model right before Todorvich’s eyes. Models are printed with resin, a synthetic compound that UV light hardens in the printer. While that might be the most exciting model he’s produced so far, it’s only an inkling of how these printers will benefit RIC students across several disciplines, including art, biology, chemistry, psychology and technology studies. Students will be able to generate 3-D models of their work, offering them more than an image printout of their designs and research. A 3-D printer also will be housed inside Alex and Ani Hall, the college’s new, modernized art center. This printer will use ASB plastic to print models, the strongest plastic used for this practice. Professor of Technology Education Charles McLaughlin said students have been enthusiastic about the manufacturing center’s new equipment, which includes a laser cutter, pneumatic trainer and CNC router. At a recent open house, McLaughlin and RIC freshman Nick Wattendorf, who is studying technology education, demonstrated the laser cutter’s ability to produce coasters, key rings and other items using cardboard, metals and birch veneer wood. The CNC router, a computer controlled machine, is used for similar work and has the ability to cut hard materials, including aluminum and steel.

“Instead of just designing, students are producing useful products and things they enjoy,” McLaughlin said. “This is front-end design. There is magic in the designing, and the machines make it real.” Wattendorf said he expects use of the equipment will give him a better understanding of his work and an edge when it comes time to showcase all he has learned. “This gives me a means to create. It’s not just a visual,” he said.
McLaughlin said the pneumatic trainer, a workbench designed to simulate various air-powered tools, is used to teach technology students the latest manufacturing trend. It also, he said, has teaching possibilities beyond the RIC classroom, as professionals across the state need pneumatics training. [From RIC Website]

 


 

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Many Thanks to these Member Companies for Supporting NEMUG this Year!

A & H Worldwide
A.J. Oster
Aurora Technologies
Callico
Cape Cod Bay Systems
Compu-Call
FGX
Hart Engineering
IntelliChief
iTech
Jerry Perreault
Jewel Case Corporation
JH Lynch
John Dowling
K & M Associates
NATCO
National Amusements
Sterngold
Teamsters Pension Fund
The Moore Company  

Message from the Vice President

We had a really great meeting on May 20th. Aaron Bartell from Krengel Technology Inc. came and delivered an entertaining double session on Intro to Rails and Node.js. Aaron is currently the Director of IBMi Innovation at Krengel Technology Inc. His career with Krengel Technology began in 2005, where he pioneered the development and release, in 2006, of RPG-XML Suite at www.rpg-xml.com. Since then Aaron has invested his time and efforts serving the customer base of Krengel Technology and the greater IBMi community—eventually earning the designation of IBM Power Systems Champion in 2012. Today, Aaron's focus includes implementation of the Ruby on Rails framework for IBM i customers, enhancing the value of RPG-XML Suite, and advancing the adoption and contribution to open source technologies that strengthen the value IBM i creates as a business computing platform. Aaron is an excellent speaker and we hope to learn from him again.

For our June meeting we will see and discuss something different! Come and hear Dr. Charles McLaughlin, professor of Technology Education at RI College speak to us about how new technologies are changing our world. He will show us the new innovative 3-D printers in the Manufacturing Center at RI College. I look forward to learning about this interesting new technology and seeing you at the next meeting!

Dawn Dawson, Vice President NEMUG

 

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President, Dick Ferrara, NATCO
Vice President, Dawn Dawson, The Moore Company
Treasurer, Eileen Newell, FGX International
Secretary, Faith Lamprey, Aurora Technologies
  
 


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