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Engineering & The Women That Shaped The Field

March 16, 2016
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March is Women’s History Month and we would like to take a moment honor some of history’s most prominent female engineers. There have been many women before us that helped define a disciple and engineer change. We do not often stop to think about the technology they developed, but these women made incredible contributions to society and deserve credit for leaving a lasting mark. While a list of prominent female engineers could be pages long, we decided to focus on a handful of pioneers.

Engineering Pioneers

Below are five women that made in enormous impact on the engineering profession…

  • Martha Coston. Developed and secured the patent (in 1859) for signal flares. Her three-light design is an example of timely and effective product engineering and is said to have helped the North win the war. This technology is still used by the U.S. Navy today.
  • Grace Murray Hopper. Programmed some of the first computers. During her lifetime as a leader in the field of software development concepts, she contributed to the transition from primitive programming techniques to the use of sophisticated compilers. She believed that “we’ve always done it that way” was not necessarily a good reason to continue to do so.
  • Helen Augusta Blanchard. One of the greatest inventors of the industrial eraholding 28 patents and often referred to as “Lady Edison”.
  • Ellen Henrietta Swallow. The first woman accepted to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and earned her second B.S. there in 1873. A pioneer in industrial and environmental chemistry who went on to teach at the MIT Woman’s Laboratory.
  • Emily Warren Roebling. Responsible for the day-to-day construction of the Brooklyn Bridge. The dedication and hard work put into the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge by Emily Warren Roebling was noted by Congressman Abram S. Hewitt at the dedication ceremonies prior to the opening of the bridge. Emily was the first to cross the Brooklyn Bridge after it opened on May 24, 1883.

There are no doubt many more women who have helped propel the engineering discipline forward. Design News recently published a piece, 10 of History’s Greatest Women Inventors You Should Know, and many of these women did not get credit at the time for their work, but their inventions have shaped technologies that have changed our lives and the course of history.

Encouraging Girls to Pursue Engineering Careers

It is no secret that STEM careers are increasing at a rapid rate while the qualified applicant pool is relatively stagnant. We need more women to engage in engineering studies and become leaders in the industry. Breaking down the negative stereotypes associated with engineering and encouraging students to pursue the discipline are just a couple of the most basic ways in which we can help girls become excited about the field. Here are a few ways to make engineering come “alive” for students…

  • Expose them to women that have pioneered in the engineering profession.
  • Engage in family, or classroom, activities that spark curiosity and require creative solutions. A simple Google search leads to many results on engaging introductory engineering activities.
  • Empower and motivate them to take challenging math and science courses in high school and college.
  • Share your experience of the engineering profession with them. Many students have never met an engineer, so this is a chance to talk about what your job entails and why it is a fulfilling career.

For additional ideas, check out our Encouraging Our Future Engineers & Innovators post.

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The Menehune Mount Is Now On Kickstarter

March 1, 2016
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This past November our President and Chief 3D Officer, Collin Kobayashi, had the honor of participating as mentor for the Menehune Hat Clip team at Startup Weekend Honolulu. The Menehune Hat Clip is a simple mount that attaches right to your hat and allows you to connect your GoPro to capture that ‘perfect shot’. This team of young entrepreneurs went on to capture First Place at Startup Weekend Honolulu and then tied for First Runner Up in the Global Startup Battle Champions track! While they were quite possibly the youngest team participating in Startup Weekend, their determination and drive helped propel them to the top.

After Startup Weekend, the team knew that they wanted to continue to fine tune their idea and eventually get it into the hands of consumers. Instead of focusing on a mount solely for GoPro, the design was altered and became a universal mount for any recording device. The prototypes have been designed and tested, manufacturing partners have been procuredhowever, first funds need to be raised. Their Kickstarter page, Menehune Mount, is now live!

If you are into vlogging or taking event action shots, you are going to want to check out the Menehune Mount. The mount has been designed to easily hold your GoPro or iPhone and can attach to many surfaces (tent fabric, poles, magnetic surfaces). The compact design makes it lightweight to carry around or mount on the bill of your hat. Learn more about the Menehune Mount and all of the testing that went into perfecting its design on Kickstarter or the Menehunes website.

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Happy Holidays & Best Wishes

December 22, 2015
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From our 3D Innovations family to yours…

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Startup Weekend Honolulu 2015

November 20, 2015
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*UPDATE (12/14/2015): The results are in, and the Menehune Hat Clip tied for 1st Runner Up in the Global Startup Battle! Such an accomplishment for these hardworking students. Way to go!

**UPDATE (12/7/2015): The Menehune Hat Clip is a Champions Track Finalist in the Global Startup Battle 2015! The Championship Track judges will now be scoring the 12 remaining teams and a winner will be announced later this week.

Last weekend our President and Chief 3D Officer, Collin Kobayashi, had the honor of participating as a team mentor at Startup Weekend Honolulu. This was the eighth Startup Weekend Honolulu event but the first time 3D Innovations was involved.

Before the event Collin was approached by entrepreneurs Evan and Kari Leong and asked about participating as an additional mentor for their two oldest children, 12-year-old Buddy and 10-year-old Koko, who were eager to test out an idea at Startup Weekend. Their children had the idea to develop a new camera hat clip that was both durable and secure, from this idea the Menehune Hat Clip was born. Both children are avid sports enthusiasts and found that current hat straps for camera mounts were flimsy, which did not provide for a stable and secure mounting system. Both boys experienced this problem first hand while trying to capture ‘POV’ (point-of-view) shots while surfing and knew that there had to be a better way.

One of the children had seen a 3D printer at school, but had never used it before. He was intrigued by the idea that you can design something with software and in a very short time, be able to produce the part into a physical prototype. Collin was able to teach them software basics while educating them about additive manufacturing technology.

menehune“This was my first Startup Weekend event and wasn’t really sure what to expect other than having two days to not only come up with a design, but get as much market research conducted as possible and develop a prototype that met the needs of users. Combining my expertise in product development and their parents vast knowledge in business/entrepreneurship, we equipped the kids with a toolkit to get the project completed. This was not only an educational experience for them, but for us as well. It was rewarding to see them learn and ask questions about why we needed to do things a certain way,” said Collin.

In the end, these hardworking students were satisfied with both the design and prototypes, and turned their focus on presenting the idea to a panel of judges and audience members. The Menehune Hat Clip was the first prize winner and the brothers were quite possibly the youngest participants across Global Startup Battle 2015, which connect Startup Weekend events in over 250 cities around the world. We can’t wait to see the Menehune Hat Clip push forward and into stores one day.

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2015 Advanced Manufacturing Conference

October 23, 2015
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This week we were in attendance at the inaugural Advanced Manufacturing Conference here in Honolulu. The focus of this event was on advanced manufacturing technologies and companies that represent this growing industry. Below is a short summary of our experience at the conference with some of our thoughts on the subject sprinkled in.

Advanced manufacturing is reshaping the current manufacturing landscape. Industry leaders in Hawaii understand that major manufacturing shifts are taking place, and want to assist the local manufacturing community in harnessing and implementing these emerging technologies.

Focusing on Infrastructure

Currently the manufacturing community in Hawaii is still relatively small, but with a heightened focus on economic development, workforce development, energy infrastructure and policies there is significant growth potential. However, with growth comes challenges; high energy costs make it cost prohibitive to run power hungry equipment and without high-speed broadband manufacturing productivity is significantly hindered. These are certainly a couple issues that need to be addressed before Hawaii experiences a manufacturing “boom” per se.

Our local aerospace, aquaculture, astronomy, biomedical, robotics and scientific industries have a clear and defined path towards utilizing advanced manufacturing technologies. The internet of things (IoT), big data and additive manufacturing are just a few of the technologies that would not only increase efficiency for these businesses, but would enhance competitive advantages on a local, national and global scale as well.

Developing a Skilled Workforce

While we know that the manufacturing community here can grow, another major factor in that growth is workforce development. Access to skilled professionals is vital.

Supporting future workforce demands means that an increased focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, at all grade levels, is necessary. Fostering children’s innate curiosity and encouraging them to search and discover on their own, develops the necessary STEM centered mindset. Access to STEM resources and technology in the classroom will also provide invaluable hands-on experience that over time translates into a high-tech workforce.

Skilled STEM professionals will be require to support advanced manufacturing technologies such as Programmable Logic Controller (PLC), Product Lifecycle Management solutions (PLM), automation/programming, design, robotics, software, and maintenance support.

High Technology Development Corporation (HTDC) has a plan to support and increase the human infrastructure by introducing a strategic plan called 80/80. This plan seeks to have 80,000 high technology jobs that pay $80,000+ per year by 2030.

Harnessing Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) Technology

There is no doubt that additive manufacturing is synonymous with advanced manufacturing. Stratasys was in attendance and brought various samples of parts made with their wide array of additive manufacturing machines. With the continuous development of new materials and finishes, the application of 3D printing can continue its transition to additive manufacturing, and have a profound impact on product development, prototyping, and manufacturing sectors.

Businesses and leaders in Hawaii have the drive and desire to grow our local manufacturing and technology sectors. With continued support and focus on initiatives at all levels, these industries will not only grow but thrive, making Hawaii a technology and manufacturing hub.

We are eager to see what the future holds!

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Hawaii Doubles Down on Commitment to Innovation

July 8, 2015
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htdc-bill-signingThis past Tuesday (June 7, 2015) Governor David Ige enacted two pieces of legislation aimed at supporting innovative small businesses and manufacturing here in Hawaii. Collin Kobayashi, our President & Chief 3D Officer, along with many other business owners and state agencies had been working behind the scenes to help provide testimony and garner support for these bills. Collin is the Co-Chair on the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii’s Light Industrial Manufacturing Group and provided support to boost the bills. “It was an honor to have the opportunity to be there while Governor Ige signed both bills into law.”

“State agencies responsible for promoting and improving innovation and technology in Hawaii received a $4 million boost at a bill-signing ceremony held in Governor Ige’s office Tuesday (KHON 2 News).

Below are summaries of each bill…

  • SB 1001: Establishes a manufacturing development program through the High Technology Development Corporation (HTDC) to provide grants to manufacturers in the State for the purchase of and training of employees to use manufacturing equipment and improvement in energy efficiency of manufacturing equipment.
  • HB 1069: Expands the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program by appropriating funds for HTDC to provide grants to businesses with a federal small business innovation research phase II or III award.

High Technology Development Corporation (HTDC) executive director Robert Melton said “the actions of the governor and the Legislature will give us a big boost toward reaching our 80/80 goal announced this year, with the aim of creating 80,000 jobs earning $80,000 by 2030 in fields involving technology and innovation”.

You can view video of the ceremony and scroll through the pictures posted by the Governor’s office.

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The 2nd Annual Honolulu Mini Maker Faire

May 12, 2015
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3D InnovationsThe 2nd Annual Honolulu Mini Maker Faire was this past Saturday at ‘Iolani School, and we must say that it was another fantastic event! The turnout was exceptional and there was a wide variety of technology on display. The hard-work and dedication by all of the volunteers was very evident.

There were makers from various industries and everyone was eager to learn. We were happy to impart our 3D printing knowledge on everyone that stopped by our booth. We answered many questions about 3D printing technology, applications for the technology and how it can be integrated with product design and prototyping. The community of makers in Hawaii is quickly expanding and we can’t wait to see what is in store for the 2016 Honolulu Mini Maker Faire.

You can check out photos from the event on Flickr and we shared a couple on our 3D Innovations Facebook page as well.

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3D Innovations: Upcoming Events

March 12, 2015
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Spring is almost here and, it’s a busy time around our office. We have a few upcoming events that we are very excited about and wanted to share with you!

The first event is next week, March 18-20th, and it’s a free 3 Day AutoCAD Workshop for Students in grades 7 to 12. This event is in partnership with STEMworks and will be held on Oahu at the Manoa Innovation Center from 9 am – 3 pm. You can learn more about the workshop on the STEMworks Facebook page and can quickly register on Survey Monkey.

On March 26th our President & Chief 3D Officer, Collin Kobayashi, will be speaking at the Hawaii Pacific Export Council monthly seminar, “Emerging Global Trade Trends: Where Are the Future Profit Pools?” discussing how Additive Manufacturing (3D printing) is making a global impact on business.

April 17 & 18th we will be at the annual Hawaii STEM Conference on Maui. We look forward to this event each year because the students are so excited and inspiring!

This May 9th is the Honolulu Mini-Makerfaire 2015 at Iolani School and we will be participating again this year. It is always fun connecting with local makers and the entrepreneurship community. Learn more about the Maker Faire on the official website and register for a FREE early bird ticket!

We will be sharing event updates and photos from each event on our Facebook, Twitter and Google+ pages so be sure to check them out!

If you are in town, we would love to see you at an event, please stop by and say hello!

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2014 Hawaii STEM Conference Event Summary

May 7, 2014
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Our President and Chief 3D Printing Officer, Collin Kobayashi, was a participant at the Hawaii STEM Conference over the past weekend and below is his summary from the event…

Hawaii STEM Conference“The 2014 STEMWorks Conference included over 300 students from 15+ schools across the state.  With breakout sessions from 3D Design to Game Design, students were exposed to many industry technologies and got opportunities to learn about them from experts.  The conference also included onsite design competitions which included Digital Media, Game Design, 3D Design (Product Design) and Video Design.  Students were given tasks for each competition and were required to produce content according to the specifications given.

Guest speakers included a mapping expert from National Geographic, Economic Development leader, and former technology student turned entrepreneur.  They shared their knowledge and expertise, providing insight on the importance of technology and the various applications available.

All in all, it was another great event that showcased the STEM projects and activities going on in the state and collaborative effort in providing opportunities to our future workforce.”

View pictures from the event on our 3D Innovations Facebook page!

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The Hawaii STEM Conference is Quickly Approaching

April 30, 2014
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Hawaii STEM Conference

The annual Hawaii STEM Conference is almost here! We are thrilled to be a partner again this year for such a wonderful event!

At this year’s conference 3D Innovations will be hosting several breakout sessions covering areas of 3D Design and 3D Printing. (To view the entire list of breakout sessions please click here.)

In addition to these breakout sessions, 3D Innovations will be hosting a Design Competition, where students will be given a design task to create a design based on specific requirements. They will have most of Friday and Saturday to complete their designs. Each team will then  present their final design solutions to a panel of judges for review.

Each year this conference becomes larger and reaches even more students in Hawaii. The turnout for this 5th annual Hawaii STEM Conference is sure to be extraordinary and we look forward to sharing our passion for STEM education with all of these young minds. Hope to see you there!

Further conference information can be found on the official website.

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3D Innovations is a full service 3D Engineering/Design company – from the 3D Design to a fully functional 3D Prototype & Product.

3D Academy, A Division of 3D Innovations, LLC provides training services specializing in 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) and 3D Printing Technology.