Desktop Metal Production System Named “Best of What’s New 2017”



Named “Best of What’s New 2017” by Popular Science

This week, our partners at Desktop Metal collected another prestigious award for their cutting-edge 3D Metal Print Technology. Highlighting the speed and inkjet technology of the Production System, Popular Science recognized Desktop Metal in their “2017 Best of What’s New” engineering category. Desktop Metal’s Production System is featured in the November/December issue of Popular Science Magazine, and is out on the newsstands now.

According to the magazine’s Editor in Chief Joe Brown, “The Best of What’s New awards honor the innovations that shape the future.  From life-saving technology to incredible space engineering to gadgets that are just breathtakingly cool, it’s is the best of what’s new.” To read more about Desktop Metal’s Production System and other ground-breaking engineering technologies, click here

Welding Technology Programs Expand Workforce Development Pipeline

The advanced technologies of today’s vehicles put skilled technicians in high demand, and as the demand for skilled technical workers continues to grow, welding companies like Lincoln Electric and technical colleges like the Universal Technical Institute have been working hard to expand Career and Technical training programs.

Universal Technical Institute and Lincoln Electric

Following strong student interest, the Universal Technical Institute (UTI) opened and then quickly expanded a Welding Technology program. In July, the program opened at the school’s Rancho Cucamonga, California campus. The first class quickly filled to capacity. Next, the program expanded to the Avondale campus in the Phoenix, Arizona area, with classes set to start in January, 2018. The 36-week UTI Welding Technology program will train students as entry-level welders and equip them with the knowledge and skills to work in the transportation, construction, structural, pipe and fabrication industries.

Lincoln Electric is also expanding on their Lincoln Weld School, the longest operating welding school in the world, with the new center is scheduled to open Winter 2017-2018. Lincoln Electric also offers 1-week free Teacher Observer Program; Welding Instructors can signup online or by calling 216-383-2240.

More Info: UTI Welding Training Programs 

More Info: Lincoln Welding School

Welding Training Equipment



New iConnect Table-Top A/C & Refrigeration Trainer!


iConnect TU-805

iConnect Training recently released a new portable HVAC/R Training Unit Series that was first viewed at the HVAC Excellence Show in Orlando last spring.

Perfect for classroom or mobile training, the TU-805 Mobile Table-Top Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Trainer demonstrates basic refrigeration and air conditioning principles in a compact trainer that can easily fit on a lab table. This lightweight trainer weighs only 80 lbs., making it easy to move, transport, and store. The TU-805 design is simple, compact and effective.

Constructed with 4 extra-long, clear sight glasses located at inlet and outlet of the evaporator and condenser, the TU-805 provides an excellent view for observation of oil and refrigerant in fluid and gas stages of operation. Variable speed fan controls allow for simple demonstration of evaporator & condenser load adjustments. This training unit comes with a iConnect® System Analyzer kit for real-time system performance analysis, suitable for display on a large screen or projector.

iConnectTraining provides the finest training units to the educational market. They can be found in high schools, technical colleges, government facilities and other educational settings all over the world. Their training units range from demonstrating simple concepts to illustrating advanced troubleshooting and servicing techniques.

For More Info: Download TU-805 Brochure

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LJ Create to Release Learning Management System Update in November

LJ Create has been providing award-winning, world-class active learning solutions for technical education for over 35 years. LJ Create designs complete systems combining digital cloud content and tailor-made hardware kits that deliver innovative, inspiring learning in science, technology and engineering.

LJ Create will be releasing a significant update to the LJ Create Learning Management System on the 20th of November. This new, faster version will feature an intuitive dashboard interface and enhanced reporting facilities, which will allow users to generate custom reports and export the data! Take a moment to watch a preview:

When accessing LJ Create’s current Flash content in your web browser please view the appropriate ‘Enabling Flash’ PDF from the list below:

– Enabling Flash in Chrome
– Enabling Flash in Internet Explorer 11
– Enabling Flash in Firefox
– Enabling Flash in Edge 14 (and above)
– Enabling Flash in Safari

Keep in mind, for most browsers, this will only enable you to run Flash content from LJ Create’s LMS website. Flash content from other sites will continue to be blocked.

INTECH Center-Shining Example of Workforce Training Closing Skills Gap

U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif. operates a forklift simulator while Kenneth Eaves, from Chaffey College, gives her instructions at the California Steel Industries Campus in Fontana Thursday August 31, 2017. (Will Lester-Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Senator Kamala Harris Visits INTECH Center in Fontana

When it comes to technical jobs in the US, the skills gap is a major issue and highly skilled technicians are in short supply. That’s why California Steel Industries, Chaffey College, the Riverside and San Bernardino Community College Districts banded together to create INTECH; The Industrial Technical Learning Center in Fontana, California. By training and placing workers in the growing fields of robotics, welding, industrial maintenance and other high need areas, INTECH serves as a shining example for future workforce training centers. Sen. Kamala Harris praised INTECH during her visit last week, saying she hopes to share student success stories back in D.C so “hopefully, it can be done in other places”. We’re very proud to share in this great success story, and congratulate our partners at INTECH, RCCD and SBCCD for all their hard work to provide gainful employment opportunities for Californians in the Inland Empire!