- Job research and applications
- Health care information
- Online educational opportunities for both children and adults
- Ease of comparing purchase prices and finding the best deals
- Manage finances or research other things that would be a benefit
Creating opportunity and community in 3D printingThere’s a lot going on in the field of 3D printing:
- Oversight: For example, anyone could make airplane parts using additive 3D printing, but who will regulate those parts to ensure that they are created to a safe standard?
- Education: Developing educational opportunities for younger students as well as those who want to work in the field.
- Policies: Policies concerning everything from environmental protections to user safety.
- Research: With this budding technology, there is still a lot of room for exploring. New materials are being tested and developed, who will create the next big material to change the future of additive manufacturing?
- Create stronger cooperation between companies, schools, and individuals involved in 3D printing in New Mexico.
- Foster cooperation between organizations to increase the benefits of 3D printing to New Mexico.
- Make a contribution to New Mexico STEM education in the area of 3D Printing.
Growing benefits of similar groupsPADT is leading a similar group in in Phoenix, Arizona, run by the Arizona Technology Council. It has grown to over a hundred members and they meet once a month. One of the benefits that have come from this group includes an increased accessibility to SBIR grants. This is due to the fact that members have access to a wide variety of experts who are experienced in creating strong proposals.
Meeting every quarterIf you are a user, manufacturer, researcher, or seller of additive manufacturing tech, then consider adding your unique views and input to this group. Meetings will be held once a quarter. Presentations will be limited to an educational or technical presentation that is of interest to the group (i.e. no sales pitches). Meanwhile, the group is also looking for members to join the steering committee. The steering committee will meet virtually once a month, listen to the overall group’s interests and ideas, and help steer the group to successful and productive meetings.
Gathering support from the communityTech ideas like the 3Dprinting group and the NMTC, continue to get great support from the Albuquerque community. Rio Bravo Brewing Company supplied space for free in their upstairs meeting room, and PADT supplied beer from Rio Bravo and food from Garcia’s Kitchen.
Getting involvedTo keep up to date on the next meetings, sign up for the NMTC newsletter and we’ll let you know when the next one is scheduled.
On November 30 I attended a presentation held on the UNM South Campus regarding the status and future of the Optics and Photonics industry. It is vital to many cutting edge technologies, and continuing advances are key to our national security. It also has long had a significant presence in New Mexico.
The NMOptics Website summarizes the talks:
The National Research Council of the National Academies recently produced a report on the future of the optics industry entitled, Optics and Photonics, Essential Technologies for our Nation. The New Mexico Optics Industry Association (nmOptics) and UNM Center for High Technology Materials (CHTM) co-sponsored the Co-chair of the Report Committee, Dr Paul McManamon, who gave an overview presentation on Friday November 30 at UNM. In addition, SPIE sponsored Steve Anderson, Former Editor of Laser Focus World and a photonics industry expert, who presented the economic impact of the Report on the photonics industry. Dr Michael Dougher, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, and John Garcia, Secretary for Economic Development for the City of Albuquerque, spoke on the impact of the Report and the high technology industry for Albuquerque’s future.
The Web Site with the Optics and Photonics Report and other resources is here: www.opticsandphotonics.org
In Doctor McManamon’s presentation, he announced a coordination meeting for the proposed National Photonics Initiative on 28 Feb 2013 at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC. As major corporate research labs (e.g. Bell Labs, Xerox PARC, GE Labs) have been closed or reduced in funding, the Initiative may include a Research Consortium to advance the technology. Major corporations crucially dependent on Optics and Photonics may prefer to fund the Consortium, rather than build their own labs.
See information about the Center for High Technology Materials (one of the presentation’s sponsors) at: http://www.chtm.unm.edu/
For more information about the New Mexico Optics Industry Association (also a member of the “JT8” group of New Mexico’s leading Technology Associations), visit: http://nmoptics.org/