Juliann Grant, Author at Adaptive Corp

Author: Juliann Grant

03 Apr 2020
Adaptive Helps COVID-19 Response with 3D Printing

Adaptive Helps COVID-19 Response with 3D Printing

Adaptive was asked to help respond to the need for 3D printed medical equipment to combat the COVID-19 virus.  Markforged announced it was working on developing models for a testing swab to collect cells for testing of the COVID-19 virus as well as for printing face shields for medical personnel.

“The nice thing about 3D printing is that it’s very fast.” CEO Greg Mark said. “Get a group of 20 printers and printing 10 to 14,000 swabs a day.”The testing swab will require state approvals before being released.

The testing swab will require state approvals before being released.

In order to ramp up on these efforts, a couple of our large manufacturing customers who operate large 3D Printing farms such as Cummins and Caterpillar had Adaptive assist their teams to create working 3D Printing templates distributed by Markforged and others.  These organizations are using their 3D Printing capacity toward supporting the needs of local medical teams and hospitals.  Among the products being made include Face Shields and No-Touch Door handles.

Face Shields3D Printed Onyx Face Shields


Markforged released files that are ready to go for 3D Printing face shields for medical personnel.

Instruction and build files are available for download, click on the image to download the PDF:

No-Touch Door Handles

These door handles reduce the spread of infection.  A template is below:

Source: https://www.materialise.com/
Source: https://www.materialise.com/

How can Adaptive help your business?

  1. We have in-house 3D printers and 3D scanners and 3D Printing service bureau partners for mass production.
  2. If you want to develop a 3D printing model to support a medical/healthcare-related effort, contact us.
  3. We can generate short-run production parts or tooling/fixturing components if your normal sources of supply are disrupted.

America Makes logo

Adaptive supports “America Makes” through our partnership with Youngstown Business Incubator that has a 3D Printing Center as part of its Additive Manufacturing program.  Adaptive also partners with  Celero Partners for mass produced 3D printed parts.

25 Mar 2020

Solving High Tech’s Top Six Critical Business Issues (eBook)

A recent ebook from Tech-Clarity, “Solving High Tech’s Top Six Critical Business Issues,” reinforces what many in the high-tech product development world know: it’s a tough marketplace out there. New technologies offer exciting opportunities for innovation, but they also create implicit requirements for companies whose success depends on responding to ever-changing consumer desires.

This is a particular challenge given that lack of response to market trends could mean irrelevance and even obsolescence. In the drive to make connected, smart products, the pressure is on to be first or early to the market to capture share, but also to deliver something new and exciting for the market. We are all aware of products we once used that are no longer in existence. I was an early adopter of the PalmPilot (several versions), now they are nowhere. One study projects that 50% of the current S&P 500 will be replaced over the next decade. It happens to the best of them… Polaroid, Prime, DEC, Wang, just to name a few. No one wants that to happen to their company.

What are the critical business issues that organizations need to address to prepare for the future? Tech-Clarity identifies six:

1. Taking cost out

It is noted that 70% of a product’s cost gets locked in during the design cycle.  Are you using the right tools to fully optimize your design? Using a platform of simulation tools like 3DEXPERIENCE will help design teams fully assess a given design such as the best material, the ideal weight, the full load anticipated, hot spots on boards.  Identifying these characteristics early in the design process will play a significant role in designing right the first time before producing a prototype.

Top Engineering Challenges in High Tech Source: Tech-Clarity

2. Avoiding quality problems

One solution to this is creating a single source of truth for data management. In a separate study, Tech-Clarity found that 20% of time engineers are not working with the right data. This is a big issue for high tech who have mechanical, electrical and systems engineers working on the same project. Using a collaborative PLM platform that manages all product data will enable greater team efficiency and reduce quality issues down the line.

3. Achieving shorter product development schedules

Productivity gains rarely happen by maintaining current processes. When the right process changes get put into place, significant gains can be realized. Creating a collaborative design process ensures that all the teams have access to the right data when it’s needed. In high tech, a combined ECAD-MCAD platform is the key to bringing all the pieces together to shorten the design cycle and mitigate risks by putting the right checkpoints in place. Tech-Clarity identifies that 23% of the time engineers spend their time just “looking” for the right information. This gets even more time consuming when companies have multiple systems to check. A platform approach like 3DEXPERIENCE can remove these roadblocks and increase the throughput of all involved.

4. Facilitating innovation

Being nimble and agile is critical for high tech companies due to the rapidly changing needs of their consumers. Many design teams need to pivot off a current design but improve on it and create more interesting capabilities. Managing across engineering disciplines is critical for facilitating innovation and enables cross-pollination of ideas. Having an ideation repository can help spur new approaches to old designs along with a platform that manages data and other information in one place to support real-time collaboration.

Cost Impact of Design Changes Source: Tech-Clarity

5. Ensuring performance and reliability

Heat and vibration are the two biggest culprits that cause performance and reliability problems. It’s important to work with a team who has deep experience with electromagnetic simulation such as low-frequency applications such as electric motors to high-frequency applications such as sensors and antennas. There are many aspects to setting up multiphysics models correctly, never mind understanding the tools behind them. The good news is when you do work with experienced consultants (like Adaptive), we can help establish a testing and analysis process from concept through to final validation phases. Further, the process will also document and incorporate these tests into your design process so that you know why decisions got made and have access to the supporting data behind it.

6. Compliance with environmental and regulatory requirements

Consumers are hot on environmental-friendly products, and high-tech companies have the opportunity to work with materials that are recyclable and have better sustainability. Beyond pleasing consumers, high tech companies need to make sure they are in compliance with RoHS and other local regulations as it relates to their product life and obsolescence. A strong PLM platform can help ensure that the right steps are documented and signed off to meet compliance regulations.

Overall, the eBook supports an integrated platform for PLM to bring together ECAD and MCAD systems, the mechanical, electrical and system engineering teams and their design processes. A single version of the truth for data and contextual information (2D and 3D drawings) need to be accessible and a fundamental building block for any product lifecycle management (PLM) platform. Implementing tools that will not only enable but also promote and even require collaboration and virtual simulation, among other functionalities, will enable companies to overcome many of the unique challenges faced by the industry.

To download the ebook, you will need to go to the Tech-Clarity site.

If you want to learn more about how your organization can address these critical business issues with a powerful PLM platform that addresses many of these challenges, call us at (440) 257-7460 or click below to schedule a demo.

Other resources that may be of interest:

On-Demand Webinar: Electromagnetic Simulation for Design & Analysis of Antennas & MW/RF Components

White Paper:  Solving Critical Engineering Challenges for Electric Vehicles

23 Mar 2020

10 Tips for Being Productive Working at Home

While the world is rapidly adapting to the “new normal”, many office employees are finding themselves working from home for the first time.  Adaptive has been operating as a virtual organization since the company was founded.  We have discovered that working virtually offered our team the greatest flexibility to be productive, maintain balance, and be ready to respond to changes in the world.  Our good friends at Razorleaf came up with these 10 suggestions to help with staying productive while working from home:

  1. Get ready like you are going to work

The first thought when working from home is “oh boy, I can go to work in my slippers!”.  While that is true, it is really important to get ready like you are going to work. Shower, shave, do whatever you do to help you prepare for your day.  Getting in this regular habit makes it easier to be mentally ready, and then if someone has a surprise video conference for you, you will be prepared.

  1. Consider your workspace.

Set up a work-like environment at home when possible.  Sitting on your bed or couch might seem like a good idea, but it invites distraction.  If you can find a quiet corner to set up, or better yet, a desk/office space, that will be ideal.  Also consider what is behind you when you are participating in a video conference.  Take a look at what others may see when you communicate on video.

  1. Buy a good wireless headset

This seems obvious but we included it anyway. The two models that were recommended by our team include:

  1. Jabra Elite 65T Bluetooth to cellphone or laptop
  2. Plantronics Savi W420-M Binaural Wireless USB Headset Lync/MOC

These two headsets may not be the latest version available.  Visit http://www.headsetplus.com for more options.

  1. The MUTE button is your friend

We cannot emphasize this one enough.  Please check your mute button when you are doing home things while on a call (putting something in the dishwasher, laundry, running water, etc). We are not recommending that you should do those things, but it is one of the benefits of being at home.  Even our experienced work-at-home team has found themselves forgetting this little chestnut and guaranteed someone will call you out.

  1. Make a daily task list

This is just a good practice anyway but when you start working at home, you can find yourself disorganized quickly.  By creating a list that you can review at the end of the day and reset in the first thing in the morning, you’ll be on the right track for productivity.

  1. It is business as usual, forget you are at home

Working at home for those who normally do recognize it’s a privilege, and for many right now it is a necessity.  Your business needs you to be productive and do your job like you usually do.  Once you get in the work zone, you forget you are there. There are differences socially, but you can make fresh coffee whenever you want.  It also brings us to our next important point.

  1. Communicate more not less

When you lose the social aspect of being in an office, you don’t have the chance to “run something by you” in the hall or at the coffee pot. What’s important is to not lose those opportunities to socialize ideas.  Pick up the phone and call someone; use Microsoft Teams or whatever collaboration tool your company provides.  It is good etiquette to send a text, message or chat to someone to see if they are available for a conversation because you can’t see what they are doing or if they are free.  Make time for more conversations and you will not feel the social loss as much. Try not to email your way through all your communications with your team, customers, and vendors.  Email can quickly introduce misunderstandings and overtones that were not originally intended. Email is good for many things, but it should not replace all your communication methods.

  1. Keep/establish ground rules of availability – and communicate that to your team and your household

Set a schedule and stick to it – breaks, lunch, workouts, etc.  Let your team know of your availability windows.  In addition, now that many are working from home with family around them, it’s even more important to let your household know when you will be unavailable to talk with them.  Kids do not always fully understand that you are working, so if you can close a door or put up a sign that indicates when they can come in and when they cannot, it will help you stay sane.

  1. Wrap up the day to account for your time

Remember that list you put together in #5? Take a few minutes at the end of your day to review that list and see how you did.  Don’t be surprised that you got off track or deviated from your initial plan. It happens at home just like it does at work.  You may discover you are more productive at home.  Reset your list for the next day and wrap up your work just like you do in the office.

  1. Remember to stop working – be done with your day

One of the biggest traps in working from home is that your day sometimes doesn’t end. You find yourself going back to the laptop to send one more email or complete one more task.  It’s fine to do that, but just make sure you are able to turn off work at some point.  Your mind and body need the break to recharge and prepare for a new day.

If we can help your organization with business continuity strategies, we’d love to talk. Specifically, we can assist with:

  • Recommending tools to support remote access for virtual workforce like video conferencing
  • Setting up hosted environments and licenses to support remote users
  • Using the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to support remote collaboration and data management
  • Short-run production parts or tooling/fixturing components if your normal sources of supply are disrupted
  • Providing remote training
  • Offering supplemental resources to keep things on track

Contact us anytime, we are just a phone call (440-257-7460) or email away.

This article was posted in collaboration with Razorleaf.

20 Mar 2020
2020 Adaptive Customer Conference

Customer Conference 2020: Harness the Power of 3DEXPERIENCE

We are happy to share that we have set the date and location for our 4th Annual Customer Conference! 

We are watching the COVID-19 situation closely and anticipate that September will be a safe time for travel and being with other people. We will keep you updated as decisions are made.  In the meantime, it might help to have something to look forward to as our event is always enjoyable with great learning around PLM and the technologies that surround the process.

Monday, September 28th – Wednesday, September 30th, 2020

Location: The Alexandrian, Alexandria, VA

We selected this location because it is part of the Autograph Collection among Marriott properties.  Autograph Collection properties have exclusive, unique characteristics paired with a superior level of service that is memorable and enjoyable.  

Old Town Alexandria is a beautiful area, especially in the Fall, and is fantastic for exploring our nation’s history right outside front door of the hotel.  

This year’s theme is “Harness the Power of 3DEXPERIENCE“. Our agenda is currently in development, more details will be shared as they become available. 

Special Events Planned

Monday Evening:  Ghost and Graveyard Tour

Follow a Colonial-costumed guide by lantern light through the charming streets of Alexandria’s historic district: Old Town. During this entertaining tour, you’ll hear ghost stories, legends, folklore, unsolved mysteries, tales of romance and angry ghosts looking for revenge. This is a one hour walking tour and covers approximately 6 blocks.

Tuesday Evening Customer Appreciation Event:   Guided Monument Tour aboard the Cherry Blossom Riverboat


See the famous monuments of Washington, DC from an entirely new perspective on this narrated sightseeing cruise. Travel along the Potomac River to see the plethora of famous monuments and landmarks, with stunning reflective views of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Washington Monument, Arlington Memorial Bridge, and more.


Bookmark Our Conference Page

We will be making continuous updates about our 4th Annual Customer Conference on this page. Agenda details will be shared as we develop our tracks and themes.  Reserve your spot today, registration is free for Adaptive customers!

03 Mar 2020

Three Things to Know about Adaptive and COExperience 2020

Adaptive is participating in 3 big ways at 2020 COExperience in Miami, FL on April 26-29, 2020.  We are exhibiting, speaking and the exclusive sponsor or the 3D Printing Derby!

In case you didn’t know. 2020 COExperience, formerly the user group for Dassault Systemes CATIA users, is now an international conference with an audience that represents all aspects of Dassault Systemes 3DEXPERIENCE users including ENOVIA, SIMULIA, CATIA, DELMIA, EXALEAD, and more.  

1.  Adaptive is exhibiting in Booth #112

Visit our booth and see the latest in our Markforged 3D Printers and Creaform 3D Scanners , and get a demonstration of one of our 3DEXPERIENCE workflows that leverages the power the platform and hardware:

  1. Reverse Engineering – We will show you how we take a 3D SCan of a part, recreate the surface and prepare it for 3D Printing.
  2. Design for Additive Manufacturing – Using CATIA Generative Design, we will take a scan of a part, optimize its shape and surface, and use it to make a 3D Printed Part.

2.  Adaptive is the exclusive sponsor of the 3D Derby! Did you sign up yet to race your car?

COE’s 3DDerby Competition is back! An attendee favorite, the format is similar to a Pinewood Derby, except the cars are not be made of wood – they are 3D printed!  Participants’ can sign-up during their conference registration process and design their cars with the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. Designing a car can take as little as an hour of your time. All cars will be available at COExperience on April 26th!

Awards for both the fastest car and the best designed car will be given.  Racing will take place and prizes will be awarded during COExperience.

Click here to download the 3DDerby Getting Started Guide!

Are you ready to submit your car? Download the submission instructions here.

3. Frank Thomas is Speaking on Additive Manufacturing at COExperience, Session 2166

Monday, Apr 27, 020 (03:20 PM – 04:10 PM)

Session #2166:  Leveraging Additive Manufacturing offers a way to streamline the creation of inspection fixtures and tooling

Session Description: After production, parts are checked against tolerances to ensure their geometries meet specifications. This requires customized hardware in the form of CMM fixtures and go/no-go gauges. These fixtures must be rigid, precise, and conformal; as a result, they are typically machined or constructed from modular kits. Both options have their pain points: machining the complex surfaces of an inspection fixture is costly and slow, while modular inspection kits are less precise and take time to set up and take down.

Additive manufacturing offers a way to streamline the creation of inspection fixtures and keep valuable manufacturing resources focused on producing revenue-generating parts. 3D printed inspection fixtures are precise, conformal, and can be made with minimal skilled labor. Adaptive will demonstrate leveraging composite 3D printing provides sufficient strength and durability, resulting in long-lasting, reliable fixtures that do not require CNC bandwidth.  3D printing offers a way to prototype and iterate tooling designs before they go into final production, reducing costs and compressing the development time by an order of magnitude. Secondly, many tools themselves can be 3D printed out of composites.

Learn more or Register for COE today.  Early bird registration expires March 13, 2020.

We hope to see you in Miami!