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SOLIDWORKS 2016 is Almost Here…

Your Chance to Check Out What’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2016

Make Great Design Happen

SOLIDWORKS 2016 will enable you to jump-start your creativity and Make Great Design Happen. The 2016 Launch Events are designed for both new and current users of the SOLIDWORKS product line. Continue reading

Apprenticeship Grants = Stronger Workforce

President Obama at Macomb Community College

President Barack Obama addresses the crowd Sept. 9 at Macomb Community College. Photo by Ray Skowronek

For years, students have been told not to go into engineering or manufacturing. Some were told manufacturing was a dirty, dead-end career move, while others, during the recent recession, were told that they were never going to find a job in engineering. This is one of the biggest struggles in our industry today, bridging the skills gap that has been left behind by years of this type of career advice. Continue reading

Inspiring the Next Generation of Engineers


Don’t go into manufacturing or engineering; you’ll never find a job.

That’s what so many of today’s young adults were told by their parents and teachers during the recent recession. Times were tough in Michigan, and throughout the country, and many of these jobs did, in fact, disappear for a while. However, the times are definitely changing and it is actually a great time to be getting into the industry. With a predicted 2 million vacant manufacturing jobs in the US by 2025 due to lack of qualified applicants, it’s almost a guaranteed job. Continue reading

Is Pontiac the Next Ann Arbor?

Pontiac ribbon cutting

They say that Michigan is the “comeback” state. Everyone is talking about the revival of Detroit or the startup cultures of Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids. But what about Pontiac? No one ever seems to think of Pontiac as a bustling, exciting downtown… but that is all changing and DASI Solutions is excited to be right in the middle of it. Having moved our headquarters into the downtown wide track loop of Woodward a few years ago, DASI is hoping to build an engineering and business hub right in Pontiac.

We aren’t the only ones excited about the future of our city, though.

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Can we 3D print talent?

David2As a reseller of Stratasys 3D Printers and provider of advanced solutions for design and manufacturing, we at DASI Solutions have seen firsthand the impact these phenomenal technologies can have across all phases of our customers’ businesses. From concept development to design and manufacturing, these technologies are used to provide competitive advantages by helping companies drive the right product to market efficiently with less cost.

This isn’t news to most readers of this blog, and it’s the foundation for justifying the purchase of thousands of 3D printers every year. But have you ever stopped to consider the complexity of these applications and the knowledge and methods necessary to pull them off successfully? Or the skill sets required to identify an opportunity for 3D printing on the shop floor or in the front office?  Who teaches this?

Due to the astronomical adoption rates of 3D printing in companies large and small, it’s obvious that we need more knowledgeable talent in the field. Last August, Wanted Analytics, a business intelligence firm focused on hiring demand and talent supply, stated that jobs requiring 3D printing skills have increased more than 1,800 percent between July 2010 and July 2014 and will continue to grow.

With this kind of growth, many industries are in need of 3D application engineers and technicians; this will continue to be a hot job for future college grads entering the workforce or those looking to realign their career with market needs. Thus, it has also brought an influx of new apprenticeships and 3D-based programs throughout Michigan and the United States to help bridge that gap.

We’ve also witnessed the penetration of 3D printing in the medical and dental fields, with materials and applications that have significantly changed the way doctors and dentists serve patient needs — from bio-models for pre-surgical evaluation, to custom pprosthetics to surgical guides, to mandrels for creating invisible plastic tooth aligners. As 3D printers and their materials continue to evolve, and adoption continues for an expanding global population, so will the demand for technical talent to help customers integrate them into their existing processes.

Historically, the 3D printer manufacturers themselves have been the primary source for developing this front-line talent, with advisors that many times reached back into the earliest days of the industry. But with the explosive growth of the industry, they too are finding it difficult to keep up with the expanding demand for the unique skills required.

Ultimately, educational institutions need to rise to the occasion and develop the necessary skills as an extension of vocational or undergrad programs, including people skills (e.g., presenting, adult education, selling) as well as technical skills (e.g., how to use a micrometer, Vernier, etc.), manufacturing processes, engineering processes, etc.

Until this perfect scenario occurs, if it ever does, the responsibility of the talent development in the 3D printing space falls mostly on the individual and his or her desire to learn, along with their tenacity and access to those already in the know.