Monday, May 27, 2013

Sun Microsystems - SunDC - 4:30pm on Wednesday July 17th at Coastal Flats in Tyson's !

Attention Sun DC Alum!

There is going to be another summer Sun reunion party on Wednesday July 17, 4:30 p.m. at the same location we did last year -

Coastal Flats, Tyson's Corner Center (Tyson's 1). 

In order to help prepare the staff at Coastal Flats for the crowd, please respond to sundcreunion  ( at ) if you can attend!  Please also help us spread the word and forward to all your old Sun friends.

We hope to see everyone there!

CRenshaw, DEdstrom, DWalker, KFox, REbling

Memorial Day 2013

Thanks to my father John Kenneth Edstrom who did two tours of duty in Vietnam as an officer in the Air Force.  My father is also in the very unique category in that he was awarded TWO BRONZE STARS for the two tours of duty for his countless acts of bravery in his two years in Vietnam.  The Bronze Star Medal is a United States Armed Forces military decoration that may be awarded for bravery, acts of merit, or meritorious service.  

Thanks to my cousin Chris Edstrom who has done two tours of duty in Iraq and two in Afghanistan and who is back to both countries now as a contractor.  Thanks to Dr. Harry Foxwell, Paul Warndorf and Brad Kirley for their service to our country.

History of Veterans Day as stated at

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 an armistice between Germany and the Allied nations came into effect. On November 11, 1919, Armistice Day was commemorated for the first time. In 1919, President Wilson proclaimed the day should be "filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory". There were plans for parades, public meetings and a brief suspension of business activities at 11am.

In 1926, the United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I and declared that the anniversary of the armistice should be commemorated with prayer and thanksgiving. The Congress also requested that the president should "issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples."

An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) was approved on May 13, 1938, which made November 11 in each year a legal holiday, known as Armistice Day. This day was originally intended to honor veterans of World War I. A few years later, World War II required the largest mobilization of service men in the history of the United States and the American forces fought in Korea. In 1954, the veterans service organizations urged Congress to change the word "Armistice" to "Veterans". Congress approved this change and on June 1, 1954, November 11 became a day to honor all American veterans, where ever and whenever they had served.

In 1968 the Uniforms Holiday Bill (Public Law 90-363 (82 Stat. 250)) made an attempt to move Veterans Day to the fourth Monday of October. The bill took effect in 1971. However, this caused a lot of confusion as many states disagreed with this decision and continued to hold Veterans Day activities on November 11. In 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed Public Law 94-97 (89 Stat. 479), which stated that Veterans Day would again be observed on November 11 from 1978 onwards. Veterans Day is still observed on November 11.

Harry Foxwell always sends out a nice email to Sun employees (and I imagine others).  Two years ago, he asked the question: Do you know where your veterans are?

Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery:
National World War II Memorial:
Marine Corps Memorial:
US Navy Memorial:
Air Force Memorial:
Korean War Veterans Memorial:
Vietnam Veterans Memorial:
Vietnam Women's Memorial:
Iraq Veterans Memorial:

Department of Veterans Affairs:

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Cunningham car and 1933 dietrich KB Lincoln V12 at Katie's Koffee Klatch

At Katie's Koffee Klatch there was an original Cunningham.  I knew nothing about the Cunningham until Steve and Mike Ferry educated me on this very unique race car.  Below are the two brothers who inherited this car.  Their uncle and father purchased it originally and it was literally left in a field for some time until they decided to have it completely restored.  The two brothers recently inherited this great car. 

Julie's grandparents on her mom's side name was Cunningham, so that got my attention as well.

Here is the brief history snippet from wikipedia on the creator of this car - Briggs Swift Cunningham II (January 19, 1907 – July 2, 2003) was an American entrepreneur and sportsman, who raced automobiles and yachts. Born into a wealthy family, he became a racing car constructor, driver, and team owner as well as a sports car manufacturer and automobile collector.

He skippered the first victorious 12-Metre yacht Columbia in the 1958 America's Cup race, and invented the eponymous device, the Cunningham, to increase the speed of racing sailboats.

He was featured on the April 26, 1954 cover of Time magazine, with three of his Cunningham racing cars. The caption reads: Road Racer Briggs Cunningham: Horsepower, Endurance, Sportsmanship. He became an early member of the Road Racing Drivers Club (RRDC), an invitation-only club formed to honor notable road racing drivers.

The October 2003 Road & Track magazine article, "Briggs Swift Cunningham—A Life Well Spent", states that "by building and sailing his own ships, and building and racing his own cars, Briggs Cunningham epitomized the definition of the American sportsman." He was inducted into the America's Cup Hall of Fame in 1993, the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 1997, and named to the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2003."

The one brother that Steve, Mike and I were speaking with (the driver in the photo above) echoed the story on the racing stripes that is also listed on wikipedia:  "Cunningham's cars were the first to be painted with racing stripes. The traditional Cunningham racing colors were blue stripes on white, at that time the international racing colors of the United States. Carroll Shelby, who competed against Cunningham and his team, adopted these colors and revived the Cunningham Team stripes for his own brand of race cars."

Below is one of the coolest four door convertibles I have ever seen - 1933 dietrich KB Lincoln V12

Checkout the video that is on YouTube on this very unique car.

There is a great article on RM Auctions on a similar 1933 Lincoln Model KB Convertible Sedan by Dietrich.  Below is a snippet.  (you should go check out the complete article and the photos there as well).

"150 bhp, 447.9 cu. in. L-head V-12 engine, three-speed manual transmission, solid front axle and live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel power-assisted mechanical brakes. Wheelbase: 145"

• One of 15 built, four known in the CCCA
• 96.5 points, first place at CCCA 2011 National Grand Classic
• Single-family ownership for a half century, including former president of Lincoln Owners Club

The 1920s were a time of mechanical improvement at Lincoln. Four-wheel brakes, initially fitted for police service, were adopted across the board in 1927. For 1928, the engine was bored out to 385 cubic inches, which, with larger valves and higher compression, improved its torque characteristics. Rubber engine mounts were added in 1929 to reduce vibration, and the brakes were changed to the internal-expanding type, with cooling fins added to the rear drums.

In 1931 came a new model, the K. A cruciform-braced chassis frame had a wheelbase of 145 inches and allowed a much lower stance. A new peaked radiator and longer hood combined with more flowing fenders to give the car a more graceful, streamlined look. Underneath, synchromesh and free-wheeling were added to the transmission, and cable-operated Bendix Duo-Servo brakes were adopted. The engine, too, was new, with five main bearings. Although it had exactly the same displacement as its predecessor, higher compression and better manifolding netted a third more horsepower.

For 1932, Lincoln took a page from the Cadillac playbook and introduced a V-12 engine in the new KB model. But where Cadillac’s was a 45-degree overhead valve unit of 368 cubic inches making 135 bhp, Lincoln went for a 65-degree L-head displacing 447.9 cubic inches. It weighed half a ton and developed 150 bhp. In a final nod to Henry Leland, it used fork-and-blade connecting rods, though it would be the last Lincoln engine to do so. For one final season the V-8 returned, as a Model KA on the short 136-inch wheelbase used in 1930."

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Thanks to Ken Tock and Gary Bronson of MacKintok - MTConnect: To Measure Is To Know

Thanks to Ken Tock and Gary Bronson of MacKintok for highlighting my book - MTConnect: To Measure Is To Know on their homepage!

Thanks guys!

Ken and Gary have done a fantastic job with MTConnect and are real thought leaders in manufacturing.  MacKintok is the company that did such a fantastic job with the MTConnect website and MTConnect Forum!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Thanks to Dave McPhail and John Rattray of Memex Automation - MTConnect: To Measure Is To Know

Thanks to the great folks at Memex Automation - Dave McPhail and John Rattray - for showcasing my book, MTConnect: To Measure Is To Know at Memex Automation!

Memex Automation have been real leaders in the area of MTConnect - with Dave and John leading the way.  Dave McPhail has led the two most important white papers the Institute has delivered:
  • Getting Started With MTConnect:  Connectivity Guide
  • Getting Started With MTConnect:  Shop Floor Monitoring, What's In It For You?

Thanks Dave and John!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

ISO 13399 and MTConnect - Nice Article in Mold Making Technology

There is a nice article in Mold Making Technology called, "Kennametal Takes Leadership Role Supporting MTConnect® and ISO 13399".

Tom Muller at Kennametal and Kennametal are huge supporters of MTConnect and this article does a nice job of talking about the importance of working with other standards to continue to enhance MTConnect.  

ISO 13399 is very important standard that we have adopted at MTConnect.  Below is some high level info on ISO 13399.

As wikipedia states:  "The official title of ISO 13399 is Cutting tool data representation and exchange.

 ISO 13399 is an International Standard for the computer-interpretable representation and exchange of industrial product data. The objective is to provide a mechanism that is capable of describing product data regarding cutting tools, independent from any particular system. The nature of this description makes it suitable not only for neutral file exchange, but also as a basis for implementing and sharing product databases and archiving, regarding cutting tools.
Typically ISO 13399 can be used to exchange data between CAD, CAM, CAE, PDM/EDM and other CAx systems.

The usage of the ISO 13399 standard will simplify the exchange of data for cutting tools. Expected results are lower cost for managing the information about tools and a more accurate and efficient usage of manufacturing resources. The ISO 13399 has been developed with contributions from AB Sandvik Coromant, the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Kennametal Inc, and Ferroday Ltd."

Below is from the Mold Making Technology article:

"Cutting tools can be an extremely valuable data source for shops to monitor, collect, and study, says Tom Muller, senior manager, Innovation Ventures Group, at Kennametal Inc. He chairs the MTConnect Institute’s working group on cutting tools and reported to the conference on ISO 13399 – Cutting Tool Data Representation and Exchange. Noting that MTConnect is a protocol and that ISO 13399 is an international standard, Muller demonstrated that MTConnect does not have to go into the standards development business."

The article goes on to state, "Since ISO 13399 already defines and standardizes such cutting tool attributes as cutting diameter, edge angle, body diameter, overall length, functional length, and functional width, among many others, MTConnect can simply adopt the ISO 13399 definitions and achieve a consistent language for exchanging data between machine tools, tool data management systems, presetters, and even CAD/CAM systems. Shops can literally monitor a customer’s project from art to part, efficiently gathering data from every step."


Sunday, May 19, 2013

Agreeing With Ted Nugent's Brother On Background Checks

Most of my relatives have guns and love to hunt.  I think that is fantastic and support them 100%.  I read an article, by Ted Nugent's brother Jeffrey, which is very thoughtful and well written.  It appears in today's Washington Post .  Jeffrey Nugent is listed as the former president and chief executive of Revlon.  The article is titled, "Jeffrey Nugent says his brother Ted Nugent is wrong on background checks".

Mr. Nugent states, "'I believe strongly that expanding and improving mandatory background checks will keep a lot of people who aren’t entitled to Second Amendment rights from having easy access to guns. As of today, a convicted felon can find a gun show or a private seller and buy a firearm without a background check. That loophole should be closed. Every gun transaction must include a thorough background check. Why would responsible gun owners want to protect people who threaten not only our safety but our gun rights?"

Mr. Nugent goes on to say, "The NRA has it wrong: Irresponsible gun owners are bad for everyone. If you shouldn’t have access to a gun, then there should be no way for you to access a gun! Can anyone argue with that?

Consider the mentally ill, one of the biggest threats to firearm safety. How do we preserve their rights to health privacy while keeping firearms out of their hands? It’s a huge concern, given the role mental illness has played in recent gun-violence tragedies. While some states have made progress, it’s far from universal.

But convicted felons, people with restraining orders against them and those with a history of mental illness can still find ways to purchase weapons. No one should stand for this.

According to another article that appeared in April in the Washington Post (that is often quoted):

 "Nine in 10 Americans support expanding background checks on gun purchases in a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll, an extraordinary level of agreement on a political issue and a finding that’s been duplicated in nearly every major public poll. "

The actual number is 91% of ALL Americans want background checks.  Of course this makes sense. But, as we all know, most politicians do not listen to the American people, they listen to what affects their wallets.  What affects their wallets is donors and lobbyists.  Most politicians are scared to death of the NRA and afraid that they will be "scored by the NRA" or "primaried" and lose their jobs and thus their income.

It has been stated by some pundits that it certainly appears that the NRA was for background checks until President Obama was for background checks:
"New York magazine, in a January 2013 story, dug up the advertising campaign LaPierre mentioned in his testimony. Titled "Be reasonable," the NRA ads that ran in national newspapers said, "We think it's reasonable to provide for instant checks at gun shows just like at gun stores and pawn shops. But what's unreasonable is how the proposed Lautenberg legislation ignores the 250,000 prohibited people, like felons, who've walked away from gun stores — instead of being prosecuted for a federal felony for trying to buy a gun."
Mr. Nugent ends his well written article with, "Let’s see if the NRA and its new leaders step up and do what is right. If not, it will get done without them. We all have a role here, especially to protect our children. Who is going to be the voice for them?

This requires nothing less than a major culture shift. It’s been done before. We just have to do it again."

Mr. Nugent is partially right.  It will require an organization that has the money and leadership that the NRA has and is in it for the long haul.   Maybe "Mayors Against Illegal Guns" can do it.  We'll see....

Monday, May 13, 2013

Press Release: Author Uses Computer Industry’s Best Practices to Ignite A Revolution in Manufacturing

Dave Edstrom
Virtual Photons Electrons, LLC
(703) 829-six zero five nine

Author Uses Computer Industry’s Best Practices to Ignite A Revolution in Manufacturing
In many manufacturing facilities around the world, the production environment has not changed for generations. Stack lights still proclaim when equipment is malfunctioning, and shop owners, as well as plant operators, have very little insight into what is really happening on the shop floor. Manufacturing will undergo a revolution that obliterates these stagnant trends, predicts author Dave Edstrom, if machine shop owners and plant operators embrace the open mindset of the computer industry and apply the open standards that make it easier for IT equipment to interoperate.
According to Edstrom, a computer industry veteran who spent over two decades as a leader at Sun Microsystems, the best resource machine shop owners can use to start this revolution is MTConnect®. “Think of MTConnect as simply the Bluetooth® of manufacturing that makes it easy to get information off your manufacturing equipment,” says Edstrom. “MTConnect is not an application, but it makes it very easy for applications to read data in a common and universal format. ‘Different Devices, Common Connection’ is what we say about MTConnect.”
In his new book, MTConnect: To Measure Is To Know, Edstrom explains the lessons of open systems and how to think about problem solving, learn about MTConnect from a business perspective, and understand the MTConnect standard and protocol.
“Sun Microsystems forever changed the world of computing in many significant ways,” says Scott McNealy, co-founder, president and chairman of the board for Sun Microsystems. “Dave's book, MTConnect: To Measure Is To Know, is a great way to not only learn about this game-changing technology called MTConnect, but to understand how the open system principles, that we believed so strongly in at Sun Microsystems, can be applied to manufacturing.”
According to John Byrd, former president of AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology, “MTConnect will be more important in the 21st century for manufacturing than CNC was for manufacturing in the 20th century.”

To truly understand and embrace MTConnect, Edstrom first notes that a strong shift in thinking is required by most manufacturers.  Through MTConnect: To Measure Is To Know, Edstrom explains how thinking like an IT industry leader will help ensure successful use of MTConnect.

“It is first a book about how to properly think about open systems and technology and, most importantly, how to apply that thinking in manufacturing followed by the specifics on MTConnect,” says Edstrom. “This is both a business and a technical book.”

According to Edstrom, those who would benefit from reading this book and learning about MTConnect include:
·       Anyone who wants to understand the right way to think about technology and its business and technical implications
·       Shop owners, plant managers, and anyone in manufacturing interested in improving productivity
·       Industry thought leaders
·       MTConnect® Institute participants
·       Equipment suppliers
·       Students
·       Professors
·       Software developers
·       Distributors
·       Integrated Software Vendors (ISVs)
·       Integrators
·       Consultants
·       Anyone wanting to learn more about open systems, problem solving, and how to think about the application of technology
·       Anyone wanting to learn more about MTConnect
For more information please visit

Dave Edstrom is the CEO/CTO for Virtual Photons Electrons, president and chairman of the board for the MTConnect Institute and has been in the computer industry for more than 34 years. Edstrom worked for Sun Microsystems for almost 23 years in a variety of leadership positions. He has held a variety of positions ranging from an assembler programmer, technical management, system engineer, chief technologist, technical director, and principal engineer for a variety of companies. Edstrom, along with Dr. David Patterson of University of California at Berkeley, planted the seed and helped lay the foundation for MTConnect at the 2006 Association for Manufacturing Technology’s (AMT) Annual Meeting at Lake Las Vegas, Nevada. Edstrom was named president and chairman of the board for the MTConnect Institute in May 2010 and continues in that role today.  MTConnect® is a registered trademark of AMT - The Association for Manufacturing Technology.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Virtual Photons Electrons Becomes MTConnect Institute Partner

On April 21st, 2013, my company, Virtual Photons Electrons, became an MTConnect Institute Partner because of the dollar amount (over $50,000) of "in kind" hours contributions that I made for the [MC]2 2013 Conference.

Institute Partners - $50,000
  • rotating logo recognition on front page - 2 years
  • 40 hours of MTConnect Institute experts time  --WAIVED
  • Press release announcement to media --WAIVED
  • Feature story on the front page of --WAIVED
  • Recognition and benefits for each year as an [MC]2 Gold Sponsor

Thursday, May 9, 2013

[MC]2 2013 - Big Success in Cincinnati

This appears in the May 8, 2013 IMTS Insider

MC2 logo
-By Penny Brown and Dave Edstrom
NOTE: Penny Brown works for AMT and wears many hats including writer, editor, interviewer, on camera talent, ...
On April 9-11 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the second [MC]2 MTConnect: Connecting Manufacturing Conference was held and it was a big success. [MC]2 is about all the many ways that shops and plants are connecting with MTConnect to truly know what is happening on the manufacturing floor so they can improve production.
It is important to understand that MTConnect is not an evolution in manufacturing, but a revolution. MTConnect is making possible the dreams and desires of generations of manufacturers, machine tool builders and manufacturing equipment providers who all want to see the same goal of different devices having a common connection on the plant floor. [MC]2 2013 was a true inflection point for manufacturing with a strong lineup of fantastic speakers, moderators, panelists and instructors.
[MC]2 2013 kicked off with a keynote from Steve Fritzinger, Virtualization Alliance Manager for NetApp and economics contributor for BBC, titled “Manufacturing with Darwin, Moore and Metcalfe,” which stressed a company's need for adaptation and continual change in order to remain competitive. He also stressed that MTConnect implementers need to use dedication and focus to see results. “Initially, going to an automated shop floor is like going to the gym on January 1,” Fritzinger said. “If you stick with that resolution and see it through, you'll see results. But if you don't, you'll just end up back where you started.”
MTConnect Challenge logo
As the day's sessions continued, an exciting announcement was made regarding the kickoff of the MTConnect Challenge, a DoD-sponsored competition that seeks ideas and applications for MTConnect, with a total of $250,000 in cash prizes for finalists and winners. Those seeking more details about this competition can learn more This is an extremely exciting announcement and really proves how important MTConnect has become in not only manufacturing, but in the United States Department of Defense.
Day two opened with a keynote from John Meyer, Senior Technical Competitive Analyst with IBM, titled “Processing Zetabytes: The Technologies Enabling Big Data and Analytics,” which focused on the evolution of computing, the rise of big data and the opportunities this data creates. Meyer showed that the exponential growth in big data will be led by sensor data, and MTConnect will be critical in the world of massive analytics in years to come.
Throughout the conference there were panels, business sessions and technical workshops, hands-on labs to show how to write MTConnect adapters, and a concluding keynote from Douglas Woods, President of AMT, discussing the technological future of manufacturing and the need to ensure the industry's strength in the United States. “I think what is so cool about the [MC]2 is that it shows the ever increasing importance of MTConnect and open interoperability standards to propel manufacturing technology to new heights,” Woods said. “I can remember people questioning whether anyone would come to the first [MC]2 event a year or so ago, let alone attend a second event a year later. But the large number of attendees at both events makes obvious the criticality of this standard and the interest from users, developers, builders, media, etc. to accelerate manufacturing into the world of big data, analytics and productivity enhancement applications.”
The first [MC]2 in 2011 laid out the foundation for MTConnect, describing the pillars of the standard. [MC]2 2013 built upon that success. As we look out into 2014, we are going to increase the emphasis of the manufacturing solutions that are being built using MTConnect. [MC]2 2014 will connect manufacturers to the solutions that will save time and money by being more productive. They will have the information they need anytime, anywhere and on any device. We will connect developers to the tools they need to develop agents and adapters as well as client applications. We will connect exhibitors to manufacturers. We will connect professors and students to those in manufacturing who are the thought leaders. We will connect those new to MTConnect to the most exciting change to manufacturing since the invention of the CNC. MTConnect – Different Devices, Common Connect. Stay tuned for details on [MC]2 2014!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Thanks to Dr. Dornfeld's mention of my book at Green Manufacturing Berkeley

Sincere thanks to Dr. Dave Dornfeld, who is the Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and is the Will C. Hall Family Professor of Engineering at the University of California Berkeley, for mentioning my book, MTConnect: To Measure Is To Know, on his Facebook Green Manufacturing page!

Dave has been involved with MTConnect since the very beginning, his a huge supporter of MTConnect, globally recognized thought leader in manufacturing and just a great guy.  In the Facebook Green Manufacturing post, Dave references "Dornfeld's Law" or "Dornfeld's Rule".

Just as a reminder of the history of Dornfeld's Law or Dornfeld's Rule, here is what I wrote three years ago on April 6th, 2010:

Dave made a very interesting statement regarding slicing through the data of any presentation.   What Dave basically said was, "anytime you see 40% in a presentation you should be suspect.  The presenter likely did not want to put in 50% because it would be viewed too high and 30% would be viewed as not being significant."

I got a real chuckle out of that and said to Dave, "I think we need to call that "Dornfeld's Law"

Monday, May 6, 2013

Huge Thanks to Ken Tock of MacKintok

A very special thanks to Ken Tock, President of MacKintok, for such a nice posting of my book, MTConnect: To Measure Is To Know on MacKintok's homepage!

MacKintok's Ken Tock and Gary Bronson have been true thought leaders with MTConnect and manufacturing.  The MTConnect website and MTConnect Forum were created by MacKintok.    Ken and Gary have made countless contributions to MTConnect over the years and are real thought leaders in both manufacturing and website design.

There are no better partners to MTConnect and no better friends to Virtual Photons Electrons than MacKintok.

Thanks Ken and Gary!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Thanks to Mark Albert of Modern Machine Shop - Very Nice Review of MTConnect: To Measure Is To Know

I would like to offer my since thanks to Mark Albert, Editor-in-Chief of Modern Machine Shop, for his very nice review of my book - MTConnect: To Measure Is To Know.

Mark states, "The first part of the book is mostly Dave’s personal account of how (and why) MTConnect was first proposed and then aggressively developed under the main sponsorship of AMT—The Association for Manufacturing Technology."  

Mark later states, "The second part of the book builds on that background to explain the inner workings of the standard and the open system principles underlying them. This part is more technical, but is written for readers who are not Information Technology specialists (although they will benefit from Dave’s clarity)."

I am really glad that Mark points out, "Dave’s message about machine monitoring is especially timely and urgent."  This was the theme of [MC]2 2013 as well and is critically important for the success of manufacturing.
I greatly appreciate Mark's honest and well written review of my book as well as the pointer to Amazon.  We have no better friend of MTConnect than Mark Albert.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Hillsborough Vineyards - Suprise Visit

A week ago, Julie and I had dinner in Harper's Ferry and then, with no planning beforehand, make a last second stop in one of Loudoun County's many Wineries.  We stopped at Hillsborough Vineyards for a few glasses of wine. John was in town for a funeral and he and Michael were visiting their grandparents in Burke.  John and Michael made a decision coming home from Burke to stop by Hillsborough Vineyards.  We were there for 20 minutes when both Julie and feel these hands on our shoulders, we look up and it is John and Michael. 

NAMII Visit - National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute

We had an MTConnect Institute Board Meeting last week at NAMII - National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute and we were very fortunate to get a tour from Ralph Resnick!  Everyone in manufacturing knows Ralph as being a true industry icon and thought leader.  Ralph is President & Executive Director for the National Center for Defense Manufacturing & Machining (NCDMM) as well as the Founding Director National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII).  I am sure there are many more hats he wears, but I believe those are the two primary hats he wears today.  Ralph's a great guy.  Ralph is on the MTConnect Board of Directors is why we were there in Youngstown, Ohio at NAMII.

When President Obama talks about the cool stuff going on in manufacturing, he will directly reference NAMII.

Below is from NAMII's homepage discussing NAMII's Vision:

"NAMII’s singular focus is to accelerate additive manufacturing technologies to the U.S. manufacturing sector and increase domestic manufacturing competitiveness by:
  • Fostering a highly collaborative infrastructure for the open exchange of additive manufacturing information and research.
  • Facilitating the development, evaluation, and deployment of efficient and flexible additive manufacturing technologies.
  • Educating students and training workers in additive manufacturing technologies to create an adaptive, leading workforce."
 I love the sign NAMII has (photo below):

Checkout the cool photos below at NAMII of Ralph showing us the cool additive technology!