Protolabs, Wohlers Associates Partner for Additive Mfg

MINNEAPOLIS, MN, MARCH 22, 2019 – Digital manufacturer Protolabs has teamed with leading additive manufacturing (AM) consultants Wohlers Associates in a joint effort to accelerate design for manufacturing knowledge around 3D printing. The two like-minded organizations are bringing decades of combined AM experience to an immersive course created to help engineers and designers develop practical methods and strategies to get the most from different 3D printing technologies.

“Designing for AM offers unique challenges and opportunities not found in traditional design methods,” said Wohlers. “Protolabs brings tremendous depth of expertise and leadership in 3D printing. We’re thrilled to work together to equip attendees with technical skills and manufacturing knowledge needed to unlock the full potential of additive manufacturing.”

The course is another step towards Protolabs’ larger goal of advancing industrial 3D printing as a legitimate production player in the manufacturing industry. Last year the company joined GE Additive’s Manufacturing Partner Network and later became a founding member of MIT’s Center for Additive and Digital Advanced Production Technologies (ADAPT)—a consortium focused on scaling new manufacturing technology through research, education, actionable insights, and an MIT-based ecosystem that pairs industry and academia.

“Additive manufacturing has moved well beyond this worn-out notion that it has to prove its worth—we’ve seen firsthand its maturation over the years and have literally 3D printed millions of parts during that time,” said Protolabs’ President and CEO, Vicki Holt. “We know it’s an extremely valuable prototyping tool but it has now made significant strides in materials and technology where production is its logical next phase. Collaborating with the world’s leading additive experts—and those who look to leverage that technology to its fullest—will serve to proliferate the education and adoption of 3D printing.”

About Protolabs

Protolabs is the world’s fastest digital manufacturing source for rapid prototyping and on-demand production. The technology-enabled company produces custom parts and assemblies in as fast as 1 day with automated 3D printing, CNC machining, sheet metal fabrication, and injection molding processes. Its digital approach to manufacturing enables accelerated time to market, reduces development and production costs, and minimizes risk throughout the product life cycle. Visit for more information.

About Wohlers Associates, Inc.

The company offers an unparalleled window into additive manufacturing and 3D printing. The independent consulting firm of 32 years provides technical, market, and strategic advice on the new developments and trends in rapid product development and AM. Wohlers Associates counts nearly 270 organizations in 26 countries among its clients. Separately, the company has provided advice to more than 180 investors.

Dassault, IPACS Partner for IIoT

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA, MARCH 23, 2019 – Dassault Systemes and IPACS, an Australian technology company specializing in the collection, monitoring and reporting of real-time asset performance in various industries, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (“MoU”) to jointly pursue technical and business opportunities in key industries in Australia, namely natural resources, defence, marine and offshore, cities and territories.

Dassault Systemes and IPACS went through a value assessment during a pre-qualification phase for the South Australian Government’s marine and defence industry supply chain program, the “Virtual Shipyard”, to develop a strong domestic defence industry that will support the Federal Government’s Future Submarines and Future Frigates programs set to commence in 2020.

In the course of the assessment, Dassault Systemes and IPACS identified each other as partners with strong and desired skills for technical and business collaboration as they explore opportunities in natural resources, defence and other key industries in Australia. Under the terms of the agreement, Dassault Systemes will collaborate with IPACS to create a first-of-a-kind industrial demonstrator in Internet of Things (“IoT”) for joint exploration of these business opportunities, which will leverage IPACS’ IoT sensing technology and Dassault Systemes’ software solutions on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

“IPACS currently operates South Australia’s pioneering Remote Operation Centre for the state’s resources industry,” said Kailash Nath Sriram, Managing Director and CEO of IPACS. “This new industrial IoT demonstrator will be a fantastic platform for IPACS in expanding our expertise to service other major industries. We look forward to working with Dassault Systemes to explore new opportunities in natural resources, defence and other key industries in the state.”

The collaboration also further extends Dassault Systemes’ ongoing successful partnerships with local companies in Australia for industry capability development and expansion, notably the “Virtual Shipyard” program in South Australia to help the state’s enterprises build their digitalization capabilities for future defence projects and global supply chains.

Said Masaki Sox Konno, Managing Director, Asia Pacific South, Dassault Systemes. “As a technology partner to IPACS, already an established player in South Australia’s resources sector, Dassault Systemes brings its global expertise and best practices in industrial processes and digitalization solutions to the collaboration. We look forward to working together with IPACS to jointly expand our technological capabilities to serve the natural resources sector, defence and our other key industries in Australia.”

About Dassault Systemes

Dassault Systemes, the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, provides business and people with virtual universes to imagine sustainable innovations. Its world-leading solutions transform the way products are designed, produced, and supported. Dassault Systemes’ collaborative solutions foster social innovation, expanding possibilities for the virtual world to improve the real world. The group brings value to over 250,000 customers of all sizes, in all industries, in more than 140 countries. For more information, visit

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IPACS are leaders in Australia in the collection, monitoring and reporting of real-time asset performance in industries including mining and resources, defence, energy and manufacturing. IPACS provides secure, reliable and low-cost collection and transmission of remote sensor data – across any enterprise and from anywhere in the world. IPACS’ suite of technologies – which include IT infrastructure management, asset data management, analytics and dashboards – provide real-time feedback on the performance of critical assets, wherever they are located. For more information, visit

AutomationDirect Introduces DN-FE-16T Crimping Tool

The DN-FE-16T crimping tool from AutomationDirect has a rotatable die and a trapezoidal crimp profile. The crimper is self-adjusting for use with insulated and non-insulated wire ferrules in sizes from 26 to 8 AWG. The crimp head is rotatable to accommodate crimping from the side or from the front.

This crimper is identical to AutomationDirect’s two existing self-adjusting crimpers, other than having the rotatable die and trapezoidal crimp profile. The crimpers arefor crimping a range of insulated and non-insulated ferrules, crimping terminals, and connectors.

DN-FE series crimpers feature controlled-cycle ratchet action (with emergency release) to ensure crimps are completed according to specification every time. The crimpers are well balanced to avoid slipping and provide a low handle force for larger ferrule sizes. The design provides access within confined spaces; a non-slip grip pad allows applying pressure against a surface for more crimp force.

About AutomationDirect

In business since 1994, AutomationDirect is a distributor offering thousands of industrial automation products for electrical control systems, including PLCs, operator interfaces, AC drives, motors, stepper systems, sensors, motor controls, enclosures and more.