EWI Colorado – Capabilities and Services on the Front Range

By Marcie Willard on Tuesday, July 25th, 2017 in Advanced Automation, Advanced Manufacturing, EWI – Company, In-Process Monitoring, In-Process Sensing, Manufacturing Innovation, Modeling & Simulation, NDE and Inspection. No Comments

EWI Colorado opened in the fall of 2016, unveiling our latest state-of-the-art lab and facility.  This center of excellence was established in partnership with the City of Loveland, the Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Alliance (CAMA) and the State of Colorado to offer the region direct access to EWI’s full range of experts and provide expanded technical servicesRead more


Testbeds: A Fast, Efficient Path to Continual Innovation — new paper

By Rebecca Gurk on Monday, July 3rd, 2017 in Additive Manufacturing, Control Technologies, First Time Quality, In-Process Monitoring, In-Process Sensing, Manufacturing Innovation, Manufacturing Technology, Metal 3D Printing, NDE and Inspection. No Comments

Testbeds are an effective tool for innovation, allowing manufacturers to develop and prove out new technologies and manufacturing approaches without shutting down production. By providing a bridge between research and the factory floor, testbeds empower manufacturers to innovate new joining processes and develop new in-process quality-control techniques. Furthermore, testbeds allow development to take place entirelyRead more


EWI’s Additive Manufacturing Consortium

By Frank Medina on Monday, June 26th, 2017 in Additive Manufacturing, EWI – Company, In-Process Monitoring, In-Process Sensing, Laser Processing, Manufacturing Innovation, Materials Engineering, Metal 3D Printing, Metal Composites, NDE and Inspection. No Comments

In 2010, EWI established the Additive Manufacturing Consortium (AMC) as a national consortium of industry, government, academic, and non-profit research organizations. The AMC’s mission is to accelerate and advance the manufacturing readiness of metal AM technology. The specific goals of the AMC are to: 1) foster technical interchange by presenting timely case studies and currentRead more


3D Vision-guided Robotics for Industrial Applications — New Paper

By Ron Brown on Thursday, June 15th, 2017 in Advanced Automation, Advanced Manufacturing, Flexible Automation, In-Process Monitoring, In-Process Sensing, Manufacturing Innovation, NDE and Inspection, Technology Innovation. No Comments

Advanced robot-based object detection, recognition, and gripping technologies have seen increasing use as manufacturers transition from mass production to customization to meet customer demands. As a result, today’s modern robotic systems must be able to recognize a changing environment and adapt to it. Advanced vision techniques ranging from low-resolution systems with a large field ofRead more


Welcome to New EWI Member Optonicus

By Christine Filippetti on Thursday, May 25th, 2017 in Consumer Electronics, Control Technologies, Defense, Government, In-Process Monitoring, In-Process Sensing, Laser Processing, Manufacturing Technology. No Comments

We are pleased to announce that Optonicus is a new member of EWI. The company, headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, is focused on the research, development, and marketing of intelligent optical systems used by commercial and government organizations. The company’s INFOCO product family of intelligent fiber collimators and arrays is used to improve performance for atmospheric imaging, laser communications,Read more


Laser Ultrasonic Testing: An EnLIGHTening Advancement in NDE — new paper

By Lindsey Lindamood on Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 in Aerospace, First Time Quality, Heavy Industry, Heavy Manufacturing, In-Process Monitoring, In-Process Sensing, Laser Processing, NDE and Inspection, Technology Innovation, Ultrasonic Processes. No Comments

Laser ultrasonic testing (LUT) is a powerful inspection technology capable of detecting flaws such as cracks and delaminations while simultaneously determining material density and elastic properties. While LUT has traditionally been used for aerospace applications and with structural composites, advances in the technology now make it well-suited to an array of other industry applications. ARead more


Flaw Generation in L-PBF Additive Manufacturing — New Paper

By Rebecca Gurk on Monday, February 20th, 2017 in Additive Manufacturing, First Time Quality, In-Process Monitoring, In-Process Sensing, Manufacturing Innovation, Manufacturing Technology, Metal 3D Printing, NDE and Inspection. No Comments

In-situ monitoring of powder bed fusion (PBF) and nondestructive evaluation (NDE) of additively manufactured components are two of the current challenges that must be addressed to facilitate the full utilization of additive manufacturing (AM) in industry. To help address these issues, precise methods of producing intentional flaws must be developed to enable monitoring and inspectionRead more


Additive Manufacturing Leader Frank Medina – Coming to an Event Near You

By Rebecca Gurk on Monday, January 30th, 2017 in Additive Manufacturing, Advanced Manufacturing, Aerospace, In-Process Monitoring, In-Process Sensing, Manufacturing Technology, Materials Engineering, Metal 3D Printing, NDE and Inspection, Space Exploration. No Comments

If integrating or optimizing additive manufacturing processes in your company’s operations is important to you, then you want to spend some time with Frank Medina, Additive Manufacturing Technology Leader at EWI. Frank directs a team of solution-focused AM experts who work to help manufacturers with technical and innovation challenges in six primary areas: material/process development, processRead more


EWI Colorado — Growing Recognition Throughout West and Beyond

By Marcie Willard on Tuesday, January 24th, 2017 in Advanced Manufacturing, Aerospace, Automotive, Control Technologies, EWI Network, In-Process Monitoring, In-Process Sensing, Manufacturing Competitiveness, Manufacturing Innovation, Manufacturing Technology, NDE and Inspection. No Comments

Recently, Company Week interviewed Rick Gardner, Director of EWI Colorado, to learn how the center can help manufacturers become more efficient, more effective, and more competitive.


In-process Monitoring and Detection of Cross-contamination in Laser Powder Bed Fusion Additive Manufacturing – New Article

By Rebecca Gurk on Monday, January 16th, 2017 in Additive Manufacturing, Advanced Manufacturing, Aerospace, Defense, EWI – Company, First Time Quality, Heavy Manufacturing, In-Process Monitoring, In-Process Sensing, Laser Processing, Manufacturing Innovation, Manufacturing Technology, Metal 3D Printing, Space Exploration, Technology Innovation. No Comments

New article by EWI Applications Engineer Mahdi Jamshidinia describes the use of a photodetector to identify and quantify cross-contamination during laser powder bed fusion (L-PBF), as well as the use of computed tomography (CT) and metallurgical analysis to verify predictions of part quality.