Join WiM Oregon for a Chapter Launch and Networking Event!

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WiM Oregon is hosting its first event! Join WiM Oregon members as they promote WiM's newest Chapter at the Launch Party event. Hear Allison Grealis, President of WiM, speak about the work WiM does in supporting women across the manufacturing industry. This will be a great opportunity for local female manufacturing professionals and students to engage and network with women who have experience working in and with the manufacturing sector. The event will include dinner and a cash bar. We hope to see you there!

  Allison Grealis  President Women in Manufacturing (WiM) View Allison Grealis Bio.

 

Allison Grealis 
President
Women in Manufacturing (WiM)

View Allison Grealis Bio.

Date:
Thursday, March 22, 2018

Time
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Location
Laurelwood Brew Pub
5115 NE Sandy Blvd  
Portland, OR 97213

Pricing
$20 for WiM members/nonmembers (this is special offer for nonmembers)
Dinner included with cost.

*Limited space available.

RSVP

Feel free to contact RapidMade's CEO Renee Eaton, the chapter's president at reaton@rapidmade.com, for more information.

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Congratulations to Innovarai and Madorra Medical who are among Portland Business Journal's 2017 Small Business & Innovation awardees!  Their achievements will be recognized and their products showcased on November 1st from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the Portland Hilton Hotel.

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The truck is reserved; the boxes are being packed, and we are counting down the hours - not days - until our move this Friday.  Just a reminder to customers with pending quotes, orders and deliveries, we will be working through Thursday (tomorrow) and packing tomorrow night for Friday's move.  If necessary, we will continue to run rush orders at our old location to ensure delivery dates are met.  Otherwise, we plan to move and install all equipment this weekend with a rolling start up on Monday.

If you have a concern about a specific 3D printing or engineering and design job, please don't hesitate to call our office - or better yet, email us, and we will respond - assuming we are not driving a large truck on I5 South.

Wish us luck!

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“commercial 3D printing system that delivers superior quality physical parts up to 10 times faster and at half the cost of current 3D print systems.”

Look for updates and pictures.

Growing up in Pittsburgh, if you weren't directly connected to the Steel industry, you complained about the rotten egg smell and pollution.  But when the industrial giants went silent in the 70s and 80s, the complaints shifted dramatically to the economic tragedy that was unfolding - the flight of life-long residents and well-paying jobs.   Rhetoric from the recent election aside, Pittsburgh's manufacturing base is both alive and well...

The Pittsburgh Regional Alliance (PRA) recently reported that in 2016 the manufacturing sector accounted for the most investment dollars ($6.1 billion), the most deals (50 companies expanding or relocating), and the most new and retained jobs (3,667).

But as we've continued to see, the type and number of jobs that have been created don't resemble those of the steel-era in any way.

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Hearing of Pittsburgh's adoption of additive manufacturing and other advanced technologies is encouraging if the resulting economic turnaround benefits the greater community.