Responding to Member Needs

SEMA Member News—January 2019

Responding to Member Needs

ETTN Tools to Enhance Engagement, Improve Prototyping

  ETTNFor the past several years, the SEMA Garage has provided members with a range of rapid-prototype (3-D) printed materials, from standard ABS plastic to high-performance ULTEM 9085.
   

In keeping with its mission to identify and communicate knowledge of evolving trends and new technologies, the Emerging Trends & Technology Network (ETTN) has created an online platform to engage and reach engineers practically 24/7 at either their workplaces or via their mobile devices as they travel.

The new platform, known as Facebook Live, covers topics focused on best practices and the latest trends in automotive product development, manufacturing and vehicle technology. Live chats will be delivered by a selected group of subject-matter experts and will be available exclusively through the ETTN Facebook page. However, access to the ETTN live chat is not limited to ETTN members. Participants are encouraged to ask questions about the subject matter, which will be answered during each chat.

Upgrading Rapid Prototyping

3-D PrinterSEMA Garage has upgraded its 3-D printer’s hardware to run Stratasys’ new material, Nylon 12 Carbon Fiber.  
   

For the past several years, the SEMA Garage has provided members with a range of rapid-prototyping (3-D) printed materials, from standard ABS plastic to high-performance ULTEM 9085. But while those rapid prototypes have proven their worth through multiple applications, ETTN members and others voiced interest in pushing the limits of plastic rapid prototypes into a more durable test application.

As a result, the SEMA Garage has upgraded its 3-D printer’s hardware to run Stratasys’ new material, Nylon 12 Carbon Fiber (Nylon 12CF), a blend of Nylon 12 resin and chopped carbon fiber. The combination provides the highest flexible strength and stiffness-to-weight ratio, and it is one of the strongest materials in the fused deposition modeling material portfolio.

The new material also has the ability to undergo higher load and durability testing as well as generate a strong yet lightweight rapid prototype. According to SEMA, Nylon 12CF will follow the same uniform process set for previous materials, in which members pay only for the cubic-inch amount of material that is required for the job.

  Rob SimmonsEdelbrock’s Rob Simons has been chosen to serve as the network’s in-coming chair-elect.
   

ETTN Selects New Chair-Elect

Edelbrock’s Rob Simons has been chosen to serve as ETTN’s incoming chair-elect. He will assume the position on July 1.

“For the past two years, I have been honored to serve as a member of the ETTN select committee,” Simons said. “The knowledge and camaraderie that I’ve gained from working with [everyone] has been more than I could have imagined. I believe that my experience as an engineer and leader, as well as my 20 years of industry experience and contacts, can be of significant value to the organization in the chair-elect role. I will work diligently to ensure that ETTN is the voice of our engineers and technical professionals.”

 

 

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