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Additive manufacturing finds a place in Arizona

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Guest Editor Dhruv Bhate holds son Reyansh (center) during a PADT open house that was part of the 2017 Arizona SciTech Festival.

Creating a Connected Community am a relative newcomer to additive manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing. But in four years, I have gone from appreciating the industry from the outside to becoming a part of it. This has been a personal journey of discovery on many different levels but perhaps most enriching to me was uncovering how strong of an engineering and manufacturing community we have here in Arizona—and how much willingness and potential we have to accomplish more together. As the pendulum that is the economy swings between nationalistic desires and global realities, what does not change is we have most of our richest experiences and forge our strongest bonds within our local community. While a community is many things and serves many purposes, one may well ask: What role does a community have to play in the growth of an emerging technology like AM? In summer 2016, with the support of the Arizona Technology Council, we set out to find out just that by establishing an open committee of individuals and organizations that worked with or wanted to learn more about AM technologies. One of the unique aspects of AM is the sheer diversity of manufacturing processes, materials and applications it covers under one umbrella. While community members have aspects unique to their process and application, several elements of the thread connecting concept to end product are shared. As a result, many of the skillsets leveraged are the same.





It is fully compatible to state that companies have shared needs in AM while they pursue their individual competitive advantages for their unique applications. Our community thus can create the conditions that bring us together, help us articulate our shared goals, enable collaboration to achieve these, and develop our local workforce to enable our visions to come to fruition. This is what our AM committee is seeking to achieve by translating this broad mission into concrete, actionable items. I am tempted to reprise a thought I often have had in the past: Can Arizona be the leading state in additive manufacturing and how can our community help get us there? Today, I believe this is the wrong question for the community to be charged with addressing. It is like asking whether your local farmers market the best in the country? It simply doesn’t matter. What matters is that Arizona creates the conditions that allow the community members to connect with each other in ways that are not otherwise possible outside of it. Through such organic connection, we may all well achieve a success that is greater than the sum of our parts. Or as we could perhaps say in 3D printing—but don’t—a part that is greater than the sum of its layers. DHRUV BHATE is a senior technologist at Phoenix Analysis

& Design Technologies (PADT), where he leads R&D efforts in additive manufacturing with a focus on high performance polymers, metals and biomaterials. He previously was at Intel in Chandler, where he developed several laser-based manufacturing processes. He has two patents, nine peer-reviewed journal publications and more than 30 conference presentations to his name.

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TAKING SHAPE Additive manufacturing finds a place in Arizona


he year was 1997 when Renee Palacios got the offer to work for a new company called Stratasys and sell something called “rapid prototyping.” Never heard of it? Neither did she nor did seatmates on flights when exchanging small talk for the ever-popular opener “What do you do?” Time has passed and she now is the Arizona-based sales director for another new company called Carbon, which produces additive manufacturing equipment. Still a new term? How about 3D printer? “It’s an easy transition now” even when talking to somebody not in the industry talk about additive manufacturing, Palacios says. Whether you’re a manufacturer or hobbyist or even a Best Buy patron, you’ve come to know additive manufacturing—or 3D printing—as the

process of materials being deposited in layers to create a product. As the term takes hold, different sectors are coming together to help shape another economic engine for the state. Although the basic idea of additive manufacturing (AM) isn’t new, why has it taken so long for more people to know about it and see its potential? Palacios and Chris Ross, IoT product innovation engineer at Intel in Chandler, say the expiration of patents has made a difference, bringing down prices. “In a sense, a lot of these technologies aren’t new,” Ross says “We’ve just given them new names and there’s a lot more hype around them today so more people are aware of it.” That includes the Internet of Things (IOT). Ross says. He explains IOT in its historical form was more industrial focused vs. the current wave for more consumer-focused products. “Intel had IOT before was called IOT,” Ross says of what the company formerly called the Embedded Systems Group. While the basic premise is the same, Palacios notes that the AM industry definitely has changed as people and companies are more reliant on it. The reasons include printer parts with better quality and speed as the materials have improved. She is on the front line of a new process pioneered by Carbon. Its printers use CLIP (continuous liquid interface production), a photochemical process that makes it possible to produce parts with exceptional mechanical properties, resolution and surface finish. The plus is that CLIP products are both isotropic and monolithic. In layman’s terms: They are solid. This helps the products become ideal for Carbon’s target customers, which Palacios says are low-volume manufacturers. Another materials improvement has been the use of the traditional manufacturing mainstay, metal. According to Wohlers Report 2016, metal AM was a top performer. That’s no surprise to Greg Colvin, an AM technical fellow at Honeywell Aerospace in Phoenix with a background in material science and ties SPRING 2017 AZTECHCONNECT.COM



to the metals industry stretching back to his metallurgist grandfather. While composites are slowly eating into metals applications for manufacturing, he’s certain metal still dominates. Consider, for example, the strength of polymers goes down at extreme temperatures, Colvin says. Also, “these metal parts have a lot more value proposition opportunity generally speaking than polymers,” he says. “That’s where the real cash is in many cases.” With Arizona’s strong defense industry—including companies like Honeywell, Boeing and Raytheon—Colvin says AM has value for the few metals manufacturing in the state. Aerospace and defense companies have all made large investments, particularly in metal AM, Ross says. “They’ve actually accepted the technology and utilize it,” Palacios says. All three also agree on another area: the need for more trained workers in AM. It’s not enough to buy a printer and start a business. For those involved in metal AM, Colvin says, companies still need someone with a materials science background to verify and validate product quality. He, Palacios and Ross all are excited about the work underway to provide postsecondary training in Arizona, especially at Arizona State University and Mesa Community College. Ross also notes educators in K-12 also are using the 3D printing components of modeling and design to teach critical skills sets. “It’s something that they see as important for students to start engaging at a young age,” he says of his observations as co-founder of FreeForm, which focuses on 3D printing efforts of schools, businesses and entrepreneurs. Even as the additive manufacturing community takes shape, there’s little doubt it’s here to stay. “If companies have teetered with using additive for either product development or manufacturing and haven’t jumped on, they need to,” Palacios says. “It’s coming full force.”



COMMITTEE SERVES AS MANUFACTURING GATEWAY Without making waves, some members of the state’s additive manufacturing community have made new U.S. Navy contacts that ultimately could be productive to both sides, thanks to the efforts of an Arizona Technology Council group launched less than a year ago. That’s just one of the highlights resulting from the Council’s Additive Manufacturing Committee, which since July has offered monthly meetings at member sites to 30 to 50 people who consider additive manufacturing as their livelihood or new possibilities for their companies. “For people who are interested in additive, this is a good forum for them to get familiar with the different types of technology without having to invest in it as well,” says committee cochair Joe Manzo, CEO of Titan Industries. Through these connections, there have been cases of attendees teaming together to apply for grants together, he says. But perhaps most noteworthy was October’s meeting attended by 13 program managers representing Naval Sea Systems Command, Naval Air Systems Command, the Office of Naval Research and the U.S. Marine Corps. With the assistance of the Arizona Commerce Authority, the program managers also toured sites of larger committee members, including Boeing, Honeywell, Orbital ATK and Raytheon Missile Systems. “That helped strengthen the federal focus on Arizona as a location for additive,” Manzo says. “I know personally it helped us because we’ve had contact into the Navy where if we had certain applications that made sense marine-wise, we could call and present to them directly.” A more typical meeting starts with a discussion about what’s happening in the committee and the industry as a whole. The host company then leads an educational session on what it does before offering a tour. A different site is chosen each month to highlight the work that people are doing locally, Manzo says. The meetings are open to both Council members and non-members.

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with course competencies. Also, the MCC team is working with the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) to Arizona university and college prepare determine levels of courses that can AM researchers and techs be taught to meet the society’s criteria for certification. MCC’s AM instructor, Dirk Begell, already has earned his eng Hsu and Leah Palmer have seen SME certification, Palmer says. Arizona’s future workforce and it most Meanwhile at ASU, the program also is definitely includes trained additive manevolving, Hsu says. New faculty are being brought ufacturing (AM) professionals. That’s why both in to build the core team, with plans to build the are heavily involved in preparing the programs curriculum around team members. There is also that will provide the homegrown training for an open approach to the type of students who will both AM researchers and technicians. pursue AM. “Students with any sort of engineering Based at Arizona State University’s background can be working in this field and the Polytechnic School in Mesa, Hsu is princireason is additive is not just mechanical, chemical pal investigator of the Advanced Multi-Scale or material,” Hsu says. “It’s a combination of many Manufacturing Lab of the Ira A. Fulton Schools different things.” of Engineering. In this role, he clearly sees the Even though planning continues to accomneed for AM researchers by manufacturers and plish the full scope of what ASU and MCC the training opportunities it presents for ASU. intend to set up, Hsu and Palmer are confident “There’s a lot of potential among the sheer of the results they will be able to offer graduates number of partners in the Phoenix area,” Hsu and employers. “If this works for a big company, says. “There’s no comparison (of opportunities) it will work for any smaller company that’s now if you look at all the other universities.” trying to do (work) with 3D printing and they As executive director of the Arizona need one guy,” Palmer says. At ASU, “our vision Advanced Manufacturing Institute at Mesa Community College (MCC), Palmer already has is to provide essentially vertical integration in a sense that someone comes in and wants to work witnessed the excitement as manufacturing lab in specifically the mechanics of this particular visitors—from prospective students’ parents to additive process then that person, with the right potential business partners in the pipeline— background, would be able to go through these realize the college is serious about training when they see the heavy investment in 3D print- advanced training program and do research,” ers already on-site. “Additive manufacturing was Hsu says. With such distinct outcomes, it should be the ahhh, the wow. ‘You’re doing this?’” she says of the reaction to the new offering to technicians no surprise that the colleges are not competing against one another. In fact, Palmer says her in training. team already has met with Hsu and Malcolm At this stage, MCC offers a Design for Green, the Fulton Schools associate director of Additive Manufacturing class in its machining corporate engagement, to explain their intent. certificate program, with 24 students already “Hsu is working on research, he’s not produchaving gone through the course. “And they’re ing techs, so we’re a good marriage,” she says. hungry for more,” Palmer says. There definitely In addition, “what it gives us is a pathway for is more to come. The school has been working individuals who have come to MCC that have with curriculum and content specialists, she says, as well as mapping actual job descriptions excelled and now want to go to the next level” at ASU, Palmer says. from Honeywell Aerospace so there is a match






FITTING SOLUTIONS Printing offers options for treatments and prosthetics


hen it comes to healthcare, each treatment can be as unique as the patient. After all, there is no promise that one size fits all. That’s especially true when it comes to attempting to heal or even replace a part of the human body. To help surgeons plan and families prepare for procedures that lie ahead, the Cardiac 3D Print Lab at Phoenix Children’s Hospital has produced patient-specific 3D models that provide an accurate representation of a patient’s anatomy. In the last four years, the lab has produced more than 350 models of heart anatomy alone and has since branched into orthopedics, general surgery and neurosurgery, says Justin Ryan, a research scientist in the lab and an Arizona State University post-doctoral researcher. That means printing models of brains, ears, skeletal structures and blood vessels. “The hope and the concept here is that we produce a better-informed surgeon or clinician prior to going into the operating room,” Ryan says, “which will hopefully translate to a lot of downstream effects—faster surgery, more optimal surgery and less time under anesthesia.” The work at the hospital starts with medical images derived directly from the patient. So far, that has included CT scans, MRI scans and some experimentation with ultrasound, he says. “So every model is unique to a specific patient,” he says. In turn, this gives the opportunity for a surgeon to look at the heart before the operation or explain to a family what a child’s anatomy is like. For a patient who’s gone through traumatic surgery or radiation therapy, the hospital later will print, for example, a brain tumor then allow him or her to smash it as a cathartic expression of getting over their disease or struggle, Ryan says. The lab is now involved in a project to help a



special group of patients—those without limbs— live life to the fullest and perhaps move similar hospital labs in a new direction. A group of ASU Material Sciences students made a connection to the lab through the Arizona Technology Council the Additive Manufacturing Committee of. One of the goals of this senior capstone project is to explore the different implications for prosthetic arms, not just for adults but for children as well, says Brian Zucker, one of the students. Using an open-source design, they have printed an arm and assembled it. With the installation of electronics such as muscle sensors to create movement supplied by Ryan, the students have started testing. But the eye-opener came when a prosthetics expert reviewed their work and declared it wouldn’t work due to issues such as materials being too brittle. “In his eyes, he really couldn’t see it being able to serve as a prosthetic arm for someone that would do its job well,” says Zucker. After realizing “this might be a lot harder than we first,” they have moved into testing different printed materials to see which ones would be best. And there have been life lessons such as sensitivity leading to renewed commitment. The students have met and heard about the need of a woman who lost her arm starting just above her right elbow in an ATV accident. They’ve learned about insurance companies not quick to cover prosthetics for young children who quickly outgrow their arms or instead provide longer arms for them to grow into. That led Zucker and his team to consider the potential of doing a laser scan of a child existing arm and use the results to print almost an exact replica so the prosthetic fits correctly. “And the great thing about 3D printing is you can keep doing this” as the child grows, he says. With Zucker’s team focused on materials for their prototype as graduation approaches, he says this is a project that can continue with future groups that explore prosthetic improvements. “In the very near future we hope to” fit the resulting arm on a patient, Ryan says.


BRACE FOR IMPACT U.S.-China trade could be in for rocky ride BY KAREN R. DICKINSON


here is no crystal ball about the future of trade between the United States and China. There are as many opinions as pundits. We do know the U.S. and China are interdependent, with many integrated supply chains and cross-border investments. Peter Navarro, the White House National Trade Council director, and Wilbur Ross, the U.S. secretary of commerce, argue that a trade war with China would mean short-term supply chain disruptions and job losses but that eventually investments in the U.S. would compensate. Planning now is critical to avoid your becoming a short-term casualty in such a trade war. SUPPLY CHAIN IMPACTS Increased tariffs on Chinese imports will be passed on as higher prices from Chinese suppliers and reduce your competitiveness vis-à-vis non-U.S. competitors as they continue sourcing from China without increased tariffs. If the Trump administration does impose a blanket 45 percent tariff, monitor your industry to determine if your company is at risk. For example, tariffs in the auto and aerospace sectors could

have devastating effects, given the dependence on global supply chains and Chinese parts. Businesses in many other industries rely on Chinese suppliers as well. Now is the time to develop contingency plans if you source from China. When the U.S. imposed tariffs on bedroom furniture, Chinese companies moved their manufacturing to Vietnam. Contact your Chinese supplier to see if it has factories outside China or may be considering opening a factory in the U.S. Consider new suppliers in countries with U.S. free trade agreements such as South Korea. 3D printing may offer an entirely new option for manufacturing certain components. Develop alternative supply options now so you are prepared if a trade war impacts your industry. IMPACTS ON EXPORTS TO/ INVESTMENTS FROM CHINA China can retaliate for increased U.S. tariffs in a number of ways. For example, Chinese tariffs may be increased on U.S. company imports or the government may require agencies and state-owned companies to stop purchasing U.S. goods. China already has announced a plan to retaliate for U.S. tariffs by purchasing planes from France’s Airbus instead of Boeing, and switching food import contracts from U.S. suppliers to those in Australia and Canada. U.S. industries at risk include aviation, technology, financial services, tourism and agriculture. For your day-to-day business, plan for payment delays. Chinese currency is not convertible, meaning Chinese companies must obtain approval to exchange their renminbi (RMB) for foreign currency. China implemented measures in 2016 to slow the outflow of foreign exchange reserves. These were implemented without official regulations or guidance, resulting in uncertainty and delays in cross-border transactions as banks sought People’s Bank of China and State Administration of Foreign Exchange opinions on whether to approve foreign exchange requests. continued on page 011 SPRING 2017 AZTECHCONNECT.COM



Gov. Doug Ducey meets with students at CSO Capitol Summit.

MORE THAN A FESTIVAL Student and educator programs show reach of SciTech


hen the Arizona SciTech Festival debuted in 2012, it was declared a success as more than 222,000 guests attended more than 200 events. Fast forward to the February launch of this celebration of science’s sixth season: More than 800 organizations planned to stage nearly 1,500 events for an audience total exceeding 400,000. “It’s just a really great testament to the phenomenal engagement that the community has or interest in STEM, and really attending these sorts of opportunities,” says Jeremy Babendure, Arizona SciTech’s executive director. The efforts of Babendure and his SciTech team also led to the birth of a program called the Chief Science Officers that has attracted the attention of the White House and the Governor’s Office while crafting a template for other states to follow. In addition, SciTech is turning its attention to creating a community of practice for educators. The Chief Science Officers (CSO) program began as a way to boost students’ voices in their schools and the community while increasing student interest and career awareness in science, technology, education and math



(STEM) through activities and events. The number of CSOs has grown from last year’s inaugural class size of 138 from 78 schools to this year’s 220 from 120 schools. Babendure says the program is on track to have more than 300 students from 150 schools next year. Interest has gone far beyond the schools. Arizona’s Office of the Governor in late October hosted a CSO Capitol Summit where the students learned about civic action and STEM. CSOs also were given opportunities to pitch their ideas to Gov. Doug Ducey for his feedback. One idea came from Dhruv Iyer, a student at Chandler’s Hamilton High School, who proposed having a student serve as a member of state boards such as the Board of Education. Taking it farther, he already has met with Board of Education President Reginald Ballantyne III and Executive Director Karol Schmidt, says Babendure, and has been invited to pitch his idea to the rest of the board. The summit was followed in late February with another collaborative day called the Cabinet Meetings at the Honeywell Aerospace site in Deer Valley. “It was more focused on workforce

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and careers with the intention that they’re going to take this information and hopefully bring elements of that experience back to their peers and really cultivate ideas that can be done around civic action,” Babendure says. The White House also has shown interest in the CSO program, leading to a May 2016 presentation where he and six CSOs met with members of the Office of Science and Technology Policy. The trip prompted Dhruv to submit a letter about the event to Science magazine, which accepted it for publication. “He actually has a published article in Science magazine, which is the hardest magazine any scientist can get into,” Babendure says. “It’s the highest impact factor.” Since then, it seems a corridor has opened for the CSOs between Arizona and Washington, D.C. President Obama’s team got wind of an idea that Sage Foreman, a student at Centerra Mirage STEM Academy in Goodyear, originally suggested at the Capitol Summit. Sage was invited back to the White House to propose his idea for a national field trip day to the president before he left office. “His of the students’, in my opinion, was the most feasible and likely the reason why he’s probably one of few that is actually implementing his idea,” says Babendure. Meanwhile, SciTech has shifted part of its attention to an initiative called the Arizona STEM School Community of Practice. It came about after hearing from educators expressing interest in having STEM schools, looking to develop STEM schools or already being at STEM schools. Following a kickoff in May 2016, the schools gathered at Grand Canyon University in September to showcase different elements of their STEM schools. That was followed by a conference at Centerra Mirage STEM Academy in January where speakers shared information on requested topics. The final meeting of this group will be held in April at the Burton Barr Library in Phoenix. “It’s been a great way to bring all together all these different schools from the communities to partner,” says Babendure, adding that planning has begun to grow and refine the Community of Practice in the 2017-2018 school year.

Escalating China-U.S. tensions could lead to a similar slowdown of payments from your Chinese distributors and customers as they experience delays in obtaining approvals to obtain dollars to pay your invoices. For example, new rules may require Chinese translations of documents be filed before funding. Now is the time for stricter enforcement of payment terms with Chinese distributors and customers, and to consider requiring payment before product shipment or letters of credit. Another creative option may be to sell to your Chinese distributor’s or customer’s Hong Kong affiliate. Your Chinese investors also may experience approval delays to exchange RMB for dollars. In investment agreements, negotiate refundable breakup fees, which you keep if the Chinese investor cannot obtain transaction approval or pay in dollars by a date certain. If your investor does not have a Hong Kong affiliate, suggest it form one and fund it on a regular basis so funds are easily available. Alternatively, require deposits or advance service fees so the Chinese investor can move money gradually out of China. Finally, for payments to use your intellectual property in China, increase up-front license fee vis-à-vis ongoing royalties, require royalty payments in advance and more often, and require annual proof that your Chinese investor has sufficient funds in a bank outside of China to pay royalties during the upcoming year. The results of the April meeting between Presidents Trump and Xi could help you gauge how quickly to implement contingency plans. As stated poetically in a Communist Party paper, “[t]here are flowers in front of the Chinese Commerce Ministry Gate, but sticks as well, hidden behind the door. Both are waiting for the Americans.” Your job now is to avoid the sticks. KAREN R. DICKINSON is an international

business and intellectual property attorney at Polsinelli.




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dditive manufacturing—known as 3D printing—is revolutionizing how engineers design parts that make our lives better, healthier and more efficient. And Arizona is a center for excellence in this fast-growing space. Imagine being able to take a titanium powder as fine as dust, melting it at 3,500 degrees Fahrenheit and turning it into aerospace parts. That’s what the rocket scientists at Titan Industries do on their giant, $1.2 million 3D printers. The end result is a lighter, stronger version of a traditionally made part. How? It’s all in the design. Traditional parts start with a large chunk of material, which is reduced using a variety of methods such as a laser cutter or waterjet. Additive technology works the other way. A computer-aided design tells the printer to build the part adding one ultra-thin layer of material at a time, whether it’s plastic, aluminum, titanium or steel. Titan isn’t alone. Numerous companies and organizations in the Grand Canyon State are using 3D printers to make airplane, rocket and automotive parts lighter and stronger. They’re making cars, prosthetics, medical devices and all kinds of unique components that require complex designs.



Arizona gains strength as center for 3D printing

Tempe-based PADT has been a leader in this space for a few decades now. The core of its business is 3D printing, advanced simulation and design for companies and organizations large and small, including the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. Just a few months ago, the company, along with Honeywell, Arizona State University and Concept Laser, launched the Southwest’s largest 3D printing research facility at ASU Polytechnic in Mesa. The 15,000-square-foot facility will have a variety of research and development applications for students and industry. PADT co-founder Eric Miller credits Arizona’s talent pipeline as helping to put the state on the map as an additive hub. “The talent from the universities is excellent. We have firstrate research institutions in the state: Polytech, ASU’s Tempe campus, U of A—they just have fantastic students,” he says. “They are well-educated and able to work in the workforce. It’s been a really, really good experience for us. And we work with them on research, as well. It’s been a really important partnership.” Like Titan, a huge portion of PADT’s business comes from aerospace. It makes sense: Arizona has one of the most robust A&D sectors in the United States. A report released in February by Wells Fargo Securities ranked Arizona as the No.

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1 state for aerospace manufacturing in 2016, and the state was also ranked No. 1 for Aerospace Manufacturing attractiveness by PwC in 2016. In fact, while 3D printing may seem like the future to the general public, it’s been used for decades by Arizona’s aerospace giants. “Arizona is a leader in practical additive manufacturing. Honeywell, Orbital, Boeing, Raytheon—they are all out front,” Miller says. Titan saw opportunity in aerospace, as well. Its 3D printers melt titanium powder, which costs $100 per pound, uses an electron beam. The company makes, designs and tests complex brackets, heat exchangers, manifolds and engine parts for aerospace and defense companies, as well as companies in other sectors. “It’s perfect because the aerospace industry is an early adopter of this technology due to the characteristics of it: low volumes, higher performance,” says Joe Manzo, co-founder of Titan Industries. “Having so many aerospace companies locally, as well as local aerospace manufacturers, has really helped us to grow the business here in Arizona as opposed to another place in the country.” Titan recently was awarded a Small Business Innovation Research grant from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Missile Defense Agency. The $150,000 grant, awarded to technology firms with the serious potential to commercialize their products, will be used to advance Titan’s titanium-based manufacturing capabilities in the aerospace and defense sector. Titan used the Arizona Commerce Authority’s SBIR Training program to learn about and successfully apply for the grant, and also has participated in other ACA programs that have helped the company refine its business model, expand its manufacturing expertise and fine-tune its presentation skills, including the RevAZ and “Pitch Perfect” programs. Miller, who helped launch PADT in 1994, has been around long enough to see the evolution of the additive space. He says something special is happening in Arizona’s innovation ecosystem. (Read Miller’s column in the Phoenix


Business Journal) “The ecosystem itself has changed hugely. What we had was world leaders in many different industries not talking to each other. One thing that’s really changed—and the ACA gets a lot of credit for this—is they got people together, like our Additive Manufacturing group through the (Arizona) Technology Council.” Arizona is in a great position to reap the rewards from this growing business sector. Just look at how global companies like GE are behaving. The aerospace giant announced this month that it plans to sell 10,000 3D printing machines in a decade. The company already makes jet engine parts using 3D printers and invests billions of dollars annually in the additive sector. Manzo sees great growth there, as well. “In the next decade you are going to see a big shift on the percentage of parts that are manufactured using this method,” he says. Manzo says some experts forecast that in the next 10 to 15 years, one in three parts on aerospace systems will be built using additive manufacturing. “I honestly believe Arizona has all the ingredients to be a hub for this technology. Universities are investing in it. The companies here will consume this talent. The supply base is being grown out here, as well,” he says.

The rocket scientists at Titan Industries in Tempe.

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Message from the Governor

Arizona Offers Thriving Ecosystem for Additive Manufacturing


ince taking office, it’s been a priority of mine to relentlessly pursue a culture of innovation and encourage policies that reward 21st century business models. In Arizona, we are gaining a national reputation as a place to test new ideas. Our state was one of the first to welcome self-driving vehicles, we’ve embraced the sharing economy and our startup community is thriving. Our efforts have shown that when we support innovators with big ideas, our economy thrives. So, it’s no surprise that Arizona is an emerging epicenter for additive manufacturing, otherwise known as 3D printing. The Grand Canyon State is home to a variety of additive manufacturing operations that make everything from medical devices to rocket and airplane parts. In fact, because Arizona has long been one of the leading aerospace and defense hubs in the country, additive manufacturing has been in our state far longer than many people know. Some of the earliest adopters of 3D printing include aerospace companies like Honeywell, Raytheon, Orbital ATK and Boeing—companies that all have significant operations here. Just last month, economists at Wells Fargo Securities reported Arizona was the best place for aerospace manufacturing in 2016 and in 2016, Arizona was ranked No. 1 in Aerospace Manufacturing Attractiveness by PwC. Additive manufacturing plays a significant and growing




role within that sector. Overall, advanced manufacturing in Arizona contributed more than $23 billion to the state’s gross domestic product in 2015. The sector’s roughly 4,700 manufacturing operations employ more than 157,000 people. In this edition, you’ll get a sense of how our entire innovation ecosystem comes together to grow 3D printing sector. You’ll read about how startups like Titan Industries uses titanium powder to make parts for airplanes and rockets, and how established companies like PADT are leading the way in helping to grow 3D printing in Arizona. And you’ll see how our world-class universities are pushing boundaries with research and simulation, and in training the next generation of engineers who will be designing and building parts on 3D printers. In fact, Arizona is home to a new partnership that includes Honeywell, PADT and Arizona State University, which just last month opened the largest 3D printing research facility in the Southwest. It’s an impressive operation—and shows how Arizona’s true spirit of collaboration between the public and private sector can push forward innovations. We will continue to create a welcoming and innovative environment for additive manufacturers, as well as all businesses that want to bring their technologies to the marketplace in our state. As an entrepreneur myself, that mindset is in my DNA. The future is now—and it’s right here in Arizona.



Interactive Ground becomes starting point to build inventions


major challenge facing today’s innovator is the ability to objectively test new technology and demonstrate its capabilities to the consumer. Testing and demonstration are critically important steps that must be taken prior to manufacturing and successful market entry. Specialized facilities and independent testing analysis establish a strong foundation for product development and market adoption. The University of Arizona Tech Park provides Interactive Ground to develop, test, evaluate and demonstrate products to investors and customers. The UA Tech Park offers an ideal environment by connecting industry, university and community in the pursuit of technology innovation and commercialization. The accessible, state-of-the-art resources of the UA Tech Park help new businesses in early-stage development, as well as established companies expand their product development capacities. Tech Parks Arizona, the organization that encompasses the UA Tech Park, focuses on industry sectors that align with the strengths of the university’s research enterprise and regional industry. These technology sectors include sustainable mining, aerospace, defense and security, health and biosciences, intelligent transportation systems and smart vehicles, advanced energy, and arid lands agriculture and water. The UA Tech Park provides companies with an ideal place to develop their products and prove their technologies to the marketplace. The prime example of the UA Tech Park’s capacity to assist companies with product development is the Solar Zone, the largest, multi-technology, grid-connected solar technology proving ground in the United States. At the

Solar Zone, participating companies can test, evaluate and demonstrate new technologies for solar energy production and storage under ideal and uniform environmental conditions while producing energy for partner Tucson Electric Power. Testing different systems sideby-side under identical operating conditions allows developers to determine which systems are most efficient and economical. It also allows them to understand the long-term reliability and efficiencies of their technologies, and to apply that information to continue to improve their technologies. With the integrated connectivity between Tech Parks Arizona and the university, UA brings various programs, services and opportunities to support new product development. Tech Launch Arizona (TLA), which includes Tech Parks Arizona, is the office that commercializes inventions stemming from university research. Working with faculty and researchers, TLA helps to define and protect the university’s intellectual property, prepare early-stage inventions for market readiness through asset development funding, and license these technologies to existing companies and startups to create social and economic impact. The robust support system of the university helps create impact by building innovations from the ground up. Entrepreneurs are successfully developing and launching businesses with the close-knit support system of the university. These success stories are developing a culture of innovation, thus encouraging more inventors to develop and more partners to support the growing businesses climate. The impacts of technological advancements resonate throughout the region. Technology innovations are being developed to address the market needs. New technology is even being developed to assist the inventor in the development process. The impacts are far-reaching, demonstrated through business growth, wealth creation and social well-being. SPRING 2017 AZTECHCONNECT.COM




Visitors at the grand opening of the Manufacturing Research and Innovation Hub.


s 3D printing evolves, the field of manufacturing is experiencing a paradigm shift through additive manufacturing. Beyond the change of producing parts layer by layer via computer control, the industry is now thinking about design in new ways and reconceptualizing engineering design. To stay competitive at the forefront of this industry, Arizona State University’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering has launched the Manufacturing Research and Innovation Hub. Located in Mesa on the Polytechnic campus—home to the Polytechnic School, one of the six Fulton Schools—the 15,000-squarefoot space is the largest additive manufacturing research facility in the Southwest. It boasts $2 million in cutting-edge plastic, polymer and metal 3D printing equipment along with advanced processing and analysis capabilities that enable students, faculty and industry partners to stay on the cutting edge of the rapidly growing additive manufacturing sector. Honeywell Aerospace, Concept Laser Inc., Phoenix Analysis & Design Technologies Inc. (PADT) and Stratasys Ltd. partnered with the Fulton Schools to establish the Hub. There are many more opportunities for ASU—and the Polytechnic School in particular— to partner with local industry in manufacturing. There are upwards of 4,500 small and medium size manufacturing companies in the state that need new talent, says Malcolm Green, associate director of corporate engagement at the Fulton Schools.



ASU and industry partner for manufacturing research

Dean Kyle Squires notes that along with being the largest engineering school in the country, the Fulton Schools will soon also be the largest producer of talent through the number of students graduating with bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. “To maintain that status, we’ve got to have the kinds of tools, technologies and people that draw industry to the table,” Squires says. “This facility has the tools and techniques that will advance our educational programs.” The Polytechnic School is a natural home for this type of center, as it houses the only manufacturing undergraduate degree program in Arizona and one of only 22 manufacturing engineering programs in the country accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. The Fulton Schools’ manufacturing program, and the resources and facilities available at the Hub present a great opportunity for both ASU and industry, says PADT co-founder Rey Chu. “The industry is hungry for well-educated talent,” he says. “That’s so important and that’s what I see as the opportunity with this Hub: to allow industry to team up with university researchers and graduate students who do wonderful work that really lays the foundation for us to grow and benefit the community, the industry and the whole economy.” MONIQUE CLEMENT is a science writer for Arizona State University’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.



RAPIDLab turns innovative concepts into reality


ohn Tester is taking innovation from concept to reality in the university’s RAPIDLab, a centralized prototyping resource equipped with state-of-the-art 3D printers, coordinate measuring devices and other machines used to create prototype parts. Tester, the NAU mechanical engineering professor who launched the lab more than five years ago, explains, “The lab is a service organization that creates designs based on faculty research so they can be shared with other researchers and with industry.” The lab, which has provided real-world learning opportunities to several engineering students, also offers industrial expertise, advising researchers about the viability and manufacturability of products. RAPIDLab stands for Realization of Advanced Products and Innovative Designs Lab. Mechanical engineering lecturer Sarah Oman, RAPIDLab engineer Kate Carroll and the lab’s support staff work with Tester to help NAU researchers develop a variety of prototypes. A precise bullet-holding device developed in the lab enables the researcher to easily use a variety of bullets in his system. Another device is a tool that can identify the presence of chemicals and compounds in water. When Kiisa Nishikawa, Regents’ professor and director of NAU’s Center for Bioengineering Innovation, had a concept that could lead to creation of a foot-ankle prosthetic device, she sought Tester’s engineering help to make the motor in the prosthesis work as though it were a muscle. The interdisciplinary project funded through a grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation has turned into

a multi-year collaboration with the prosthetics company iWalk. Tester also works with researchers like Robert Kellar, the associate professor of practice who leads NAU’s Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Lab. Kellar’s research focuses on biomaterials, biocompatibility, cell and tissue culture, stem cell biology, and wound healing. Recently, Tester and Kellar collaborated on a device designed to automate the testing of compounds and treatments for tissue regeneration. “The device will help speed up the testing process by a factor of 12,” said Tester. Other recent developments include a dissimilar materials 3D printer, a new type of machine designed to spur innovations related to “smart” materials development and testing. “Turning ideas into products, sometimes facilitated by the RAPIDLab’s engineering and manufacturing expertise, is part of the university’s mission,” said Lesley Cephas, director of NAU Innovations, NAU’s technology transfer unit. “NAU has an obligation as a public university to further expertise and research capacity that benefits the citizens and the economy of Arizona.” KERRY BENNETT is Northern Arizona University’s research communications officer. Connect at

RAPIDLab engineer Kate Carroll and Professor John Tester evaluate a prototype device.





Focus on fat cells to boost cancer patient survival

Dr. Haiyong Han


achexia, or wasting syndrome, is a condition characterized by a loss of weight, weakening of muscles, fatigue, weakness and significant loss of appetite. Cachexia (pronounced: kuh-kek’-see-uh) comes from the Greek kakos (bad) and hexis (condition). It is evident in a variety of medical afflictions, including pulmonary disease, tuberculosis, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, congestive heart failure and even hormonal deficiencies. The syndrome really is a “bad condition,” especially among cancer patients, where it is responsible for more than 20 percent of cancer-related deaths. And cachexia is found in higher numbers in certain types of cancer. For example, more than 80 percent of patients with advanced pancreatic cancer—now the No. 3 killer among all cancer type—have cachexia. Thanks to a $175,000 grant from the Hearst Foundations, the Phoenix-based Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) is trying to find ways to prevent—even reverse—cachexia and help cancer patients survive. TGen researchers have proposed that cachexia is associated with a cancer-caused conversion of white fat (stored fat) into brown fat (energy-burning fat). This brown fat is associated with



mammals in circumstances requiring high energy, such as babies to maintain body temperature immediately after birth, bats in flight, and bears to initiate the search for food after long periods of hibernation. If that conversion of white fat into brown fat can be stopped, cachexia could be reversed, eliminating the weight loss, muscle weakness, anemia and loss of appetite. In turn, people—especially cancer patients—would feel more like living. “Cachexia eventually leads to a situation in which the patients just don’t want to live anymore,” said Dr. Haiyong Han, associate professor of TGen’s Clinical Translational Research Division and co-investigator of the Hearst-funded study. “If we find a basic way to control cachexia, we have the ability to get it into a clinical trial and immediately begin to help patients.” This TGen study proposes to first test potential methods of reversing cachexia in preclinical models of pancreatic cancer. If initial laboratory tests are positive, a clinical team—led by Gayle Jameson, an HonorHealth Research Institute nurse practitioner, and Dr. Daniel Von Hoff, TGen physician-in-chief—will move swiftly to try to help patients with pancreatic cancer. TGen and collaborators in recent years have initiated three regimens of treatments that have improved the survival of patients with advanced pancreatic cancer. STEVE YOZWIAK is the senior science writer for the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen). Connect at


2017 BISGROVE SCHOLARS Automated manufacturing researcher among winners


n Arizona State University researcher’s proposal to develop an automated manufacturing platform for micro and nanomaterials that introduces three-dimensional control is among the five winners of the 2017 Science Foundation Arizona Bisgrove Scholars Award winners. The annual awards, now in their sixth year, help attract, support and retain in Arizona exceptional and innovative new researcher talent. Created with the support of philanthropist Jerry Bisgrove, the foundation has awarded more than $4 million to 21 scholars working in research performing institutions across the state. Each of this year’s recipients will receive $200,000 to support their research. Besides ASU’s Bruno Azeredo, the other winners are Jiangqaing Chen, Michael Marty, Luke McGuire and John Shaibley, all from The University of Arizona (UA). Azeredo is an assistant professor of manufacturing engineering and member of the ASU Manufacturing Research Innovation Hub. His proposed research project also is expected to increase throughput by integrating in-line metrology (measurement) systems. The platform will prototype complex 3D optical devices such as lenses with unprecedented anti-reflective properties. These optical devices operate in the infrared range and can dramatically improve the performance of biomedical sensor detectors in space technology and interconnect for silicon photonics. Azeredo’s research focuses on the design of 3D-manufacturing platforms to enable scalable fabrication of micro and nanomaterials for applications in biomedical devices, optics, microelectronics and energy harvesting. He earned his B.S. in engineering mechanics, M.S. in theoretical and applied mechanics, and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, all from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Cheng is an assistant professor of systems and industrial engineering. He will conduct research on the development of advanced quantitative methods

Bruno Azeredo of Arizona State University

and algorithmic tools for optimization problems in the presence of uncertainties. Prior to joining UA, he was a postdoctoral researcher at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, Calif. Cheng earned his B.S. in mathematics and applied mathematics from Shanghai University, China, and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Paris-Sud, France. Marty is an assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry who studies membrane proteins and lipids with mass spectrometry. He earned his B.A. in chemistry and mathematics at St. Olaf College, graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Marty completed his Ph.D. in chemistry as a Springborn Fellow at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. McGuire is an assistant professor of geosciences who will investigate increases in soil erosion and debris flow susceptibility in areas recently burned by wildfire. He received his B.S. in mathematics from Bucknell University. After earning his Ph.D. in applied mathematics from UA, McGuire worked as a postdoctoral researcher with the U.S. Geological Survey Landslide Hazards Program. Schaibley is an assistant professor of physics who will research nanoscale optical and electronic technologies based on recently discovered two-dimensional semiconductors, atomically thin materials that are only three atoms thick. He earned his B.S. in physics and mathematics from Purdue University then obtained his M.S. in electrical engineering (optics) and Ph.D. in physics from the University of Michigan. SPRING 2017 AZTECHCONNECT.COM


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