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Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.

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Upcoming and Archived Classes

High Performance Tapes and Liquid Adhesives - Sponsored by 3M

Nov 10, 20162:00pm EST
With an emphasis on tapes we will outline the benefits and challenges of both thin and thick double sided tapes. A comparison of liquid adhesives vs. tapes will help in making a choice including advantages in manufacturing components and long term bonding performance. A summary and conclusions will point out the future of these products.
Nov 9, 20162:00pm EST
We will discuss the physical form and performance properties of tapes and liquid adhesives and outline the methods of application of these products. The entire process of forming a bond between substrates will be described.
Nov 8, 20162:00pm EST
We will give an introduction to both liquid adhesives and tapes and describe why and where they are used compared to mechanical fastening. The importance of cleaning and treatment of surfaces will be emphasized. The design of joints to maximize the performance of adhesives will be covered.

Leveraging Advances in Computer-Aided Design Tools in 3D Printing - Sponsored by Stratasys

Sep 29, 201611:00am EDT
The final day of this three-day course will offer descriptions of how these CAD tools have worked in additive manufacturing to produce 3D parts for a variety of industries. These case studies will show samples reaching from medical, to wearables, to aerospace, and more.
Sep 28, 201611:00am EDT
On this second day of our three-day course, we will describe what tools are available in additive manufacturing and how their use has revolutionized design for manufacturing methods. Topics to be covered with examples include CAD (computer-aided design), solid models, and mesh models.
Sep 27, 201611:00am EDT
This first day of our three-day course will provide an overview of additive manufacturing methods, as well as materials used in additive manufacturing. From that, we will discuss the benefits of additive manufacturing in tooling.

Materials Matter - Selecting the Right Materials for Your Manufacturing Process and Application - Sponsored by Proto Labs

Jun 30, 20162:00pm EDT
Material choices also help determine ideal manufacturing processes and sequences. In a bigger picture, they can also spell success or failure of mission-critical processes like lean, quality validation and certification. We will take a detailed look at how material choices can affect your development and manufacturing processes overall, with special attention paid to various aspects of typical development and manufacturing processes in automotive, medical, aerospace, and electronics industries.
Jun 29, 20162:00pm EDT
Material selection decisions can be made much more effectively with some knowledge of the materials, behavior and properties. We will present key decision factors that should guide your material selection proces and discuss the various relevant properties of the materials, while comparing and contrasting types of materials for particular manufacturing processes, applications and industries. We'll look at critical attributes such as biocompatibility, temperature durability, and water resistance.
Jun 28, 20162:00pm EDT
We will take a comprehensive look at the wide range of popular metals, plastics and polymeric materials that are used in additive manufacturing (aka 3D printing), CNC machining and injection molding. Your choice of the best material for a particular project is often a very complex decision, and depends on many important considerations which differ by manufacturing process, application and industry. We will give you clear, concise guidelines to help guide you in your material selection process.

Precision Sub-Fractional Motor Technologies: How to Match the Best Technology for Your Application - Sponsored by MICROMO

Oct 1, 20152:00pm EDT
Step motors are an example of a technology that takes on the characteristics of both AC and DC motors. Step motors can operate as synchronous AC motors or take on the characteristics of positioning servos in either case without feedback. We will examine the use of steppers in precision motion applications with a focus on PM and consideration of v/r and hybrid technologies. Real world examples will help us better understand how and why the technology makes sense.
Sep 30, 20152:00pm EDT
Brush DC PM motor technology continues to be used in a wide variety of applications because it is a simple and inexpensive way to implement a motion system. Despite the pundits who said brushless would replace Brush DC PM technology, wholesale, Brush DC PM motors are very much in demand and the motor technology of choice in many applications. Why pay for performance you don't need? Coreless versions and Piezo motors, an interesting variation on mechanical commutation, will be examined.
Sep 29, 20152:00pm EDT
Brushless PM motors became the 'darling' of the electric motor industry about 20 years ago. It took developments in semiconductors (power devices and microprocessors) to vault this technology into prominent status. In this first of three sessions on electric motors used in precision applications, we will examine the reasons why sub-FHP brushless motors have led to a vast increase in uses. The attendee will have a way to judge when and why brushless is best over competing technologies.

Rapid Prototyping Advances with Inkjet-Based 3D Printing - Sponsored by Stratasys

Aug 27, 20152:00pm EDT
Inkjet based printers are capable of producing multi-colored parts with varied mechanical properties simultaneously in one build. We'll discuss where these parts are being applied today, what enhanced photopolymer materials are used in production cases as tools or aids, and case examples of inkjet-based printing in multiple diverse industries.
Aug 26, 20152:00pm EDT
Painting, bonding, perfecting: How to finish your Inkjet printed parts to a variety of specs. In this class we'll cover ways to improve surface finish through build orientation and post-process support removal, how to finish a photopolymer part without deteriorating surface quality, and methods of bonding your part together. We'll discuss a variety of materials with their varying processes to discover which material best matches a particular application.
Aug 25, 20152:00pm EDT
This class provides a quick overview of 3D printing processes widely used today including sintering, extrusion and metal printing technologies before diving into the pros and cons of alternative methods versus Inkjet-Based 3D printing. We'll cover the benefits of using Inkjet printing for common and unique applications in medical, consumer and entertainment fields and what it can do to speed up production.

From Rapid Prototyping to Quick-Turn Production: A User s Guide - Sponsored by Proto Labs

Jun 4, 20152:00pm EDT
Get practical knowledge on choosing a viable production method for your part. Could you use additive manufacturing for final part production, or would you need CNC machining or injection molding? Each process has its advantages and disadvantages, including material processability, geometry limitations and part repeatability. Learn the different techniques used for quick-turn, low- to mid-volume part production before a potential shift to large-scale manufacturing with steel tooling.
Jun 3, 20152:00pm EDT
This class presents an evaluation of material options as well as performance factors that impact the design and engineering of additive parts. Following the prototyping stage, material choice and part geometry have to be finalized, in addition to production planning and manufacturing process selection. You'll learn how a 3D-printed concept evolves into a functional prototype for form and fit testing and then into a final part that is suitable for increased production.
Jun 2, 20152:00pm EDT
The Maker and desktop 3D printing movements may have been dominating the general press, but this class will focus on comparing industrial-grade additive manufacturing technologies like stereolithography, selective laser sintering and direct metal laser sintering used to produce higher quality prototypes and low-volume production parts.

Focus on Manufacturing Using 3D Printing - Sponsored by Stratasys

Feb 5, 20152:00pm EST
Compliance standards established by IEC, ISO and other regulatory organizations provide guidelines for manufacturers to follow when designing, producing and testing consumer electronics designs. There are also global standards to keep in mind. Learn more about the various standards that designers should be aware of in order to be compliant.
Feb 4, 20152:00pm EST
Manufacturing demands the right materials for product performance. In many cases 3D printing can (additive manufacturing) deliver. Get a fast and comprehensive brief on what materials are now available in 3D printing - the list is growing! We'll also make sure you know what details to consider and touch on standards that are often used to qualify a material for an application.
Feb 3, 20152:00pm EST
3D printing has moved beyond design and testing, to become a useful tool for manufacturing. It's important to understand when 3D printing is right for a particular manufacturing application.

Staying Connected 24/7: Safeguard Consumer Electronics with Proper Circuit Protection - Sponsored by Littelfuse

Dec 11, 20142:00pm EST
Compliance standards established by IEC, ISO and other regulatory organizations provide guidelines for manufacturers to follow when designing, producing and testing consumer electronics designs. There are also global standards to keep in mind. Learn more about the various standards that designers should be aware of in order to be compliant. This session also includes time for questions and answers on consumer electronics circuit protection, applications and standards topics.
Dec 10, 20142:00pm EST
In today's consumer electronics designs, everything must be smaller, lighter and faster. The technology must never lose connectivity. Users spend countless hours of hands-on time with their devices and, as a result, they represent the biggest electrostatic discharge (ESD) threat. This session addresses various circuit protection applications - from touchscreens and rapid recharging to communications ports - identifying the problems and best solutions for both ESD and lightning surge protection.
Dec 9, 20142:00pm EST
Today's consumers are more connected than ever. Smartphones, tablets and wearable tech are all experiencing tremendous growth. Electrostatic discharge (ESD) can easily damage today's high-tech semiconductors - and users are the biggest ESD threat. Proper circuit protection is needed. This session addresses consumer electronics market growth and answers these questions: What is circuit protection? Why is it important? What are the issues designers should be aware of in their design development?

Keep the Lights On: Safeguard LED Lighting with Proper Circuit Protection - Sponsored by Littelfuse

Nov 13, 20142:00pm EST
Compliance standards have been established by EnergyStar, DOE, IEC and other regulatory organizations, providing guidelines for manufacturers to follow when designing, producing and testing LED lighting designs. There are also global standards to keep in mind. Learn more about the various standards that designers should be aware of in order to be compliant. This session also includes time for questions and answers on related LED lighting circuit protection, applications and standards topics.
Nov 12, 20142:00pm EST
As the LED lighting market continues to grow across several application segments, the demand for both high-reliability and ROI continues to increase. Regardless of the LED application, circuit protection is needed to safeguard sensitive electronic circuits from electrical threats and meet industry standards for safety and reliability. This session addresses numerous circuit protection applications - from outdoor street lights to indoor area lighting - identifying the problems and best solutions.
Nov 11, 20142:00pm EST
The future of LED lighting technology is certainly bright. In spite of fluctuations in the economy and the general lighting industry, LED lighting occupies a significant portion of the overall lighting market. To succeed in this market, electronics engineers must incorporate reliable circuit protection that deliver a strong ROI for their LED designs. This session addresses the LED lighting market growth and answers these questions: What is circuit protection? Why is it important to LED lighting?

The Design of Hydraulic Systems - Sponsored by Gates Corporation

Oct 30, 20142:00pm EDT
Hydraulic pumps are a crucial component in hydraulic systems. This class discusses the sources of pump inefficiencies. Additionally, the presenter will discuss how pump inefficiencies are affected and predicted under operational conditions, namely system pressure and pump rpm.
Oct 29, 20142:00pm EDT
Every hydraulic system experiences a certain percentage of losses due to the component inefficiencies and the plumbing used. This class will present the basic calculations needed to quantify the losses in the hydraulic conductors depending on the flow pattern through the conductors.

3D Printing Trends in Manufacturing - Sponsored by Stratasys

Oct 30, 201411:00am EDT
The Minnesota industrial design and product development company Worrell has enthusiastically embraced 3D printing in its medical device business. In this class, Worrell shares how it has managed to take a new look at injection molding and how your business can benefit from doing the same.