It’s the start of a new decade, and we’re excited for what 2020 will bring! But before we launch into the new year, we wanted to reflect back on all the updates, innovations, and more we’ve experienced in 2019:
We achieved several certifications this year, including ISO 9001:2015 certification and Safety Committee certification. Both of these certifications have contributed to our goals of providing consistent products and services in a regulated environment while enhancing customer satisfaction and maintaining a safe and healthful workplace.
We 3D printed for a good cause in early 2019 by producing 3D printed NFL logos for the Ed Block Courage Awards Foundation, and will also contribute in 2020. Through partnership with the NFL, the Foundation cultivates awareness at each child abuse/at-risk youth facility (labeled Courage Houses) and helps to raise funds for their programs and initiatives.
We launched a new video page on our website featuring three unique video types: ProtoPoints, Technology Features, and Around the Office. We also began a new video series called ManuFeaturing, in which we highlight each member that makes up our amazing team of additive manufacturing experts here at ProtoCAM, as well as an In-Action series that we will continue to expand in 2020.
This year we welcomed a new member of our additive manufacturing technician team, Dave Everett. Dave joined us as an AM Technician/ Specialty Finisher/ Molder with ample experience in art, design, and finishing. We also had the pleasure of working with a temporary team member in the form of our additive manufacturing summer intern. Nick joined us as our additive manufacturing intern this year, having participated in the Project Lead the Way Pre-Engineering Program (a top STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Math] program) in high school. We look forward to taking on more interns in the future through Governor Tom Wolf’s State Local Internship Program (SLIP), which provides for summer internships with local employers across Pennsylvania.
We brought in some new equipment to further increase our part production. An additional Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) printer and processing station has allowed us to better meet our customers’ deadlines and increase our speed and productivity. We also expanded our MJF material offerings with the addition of PA 12 Glass Beads.
We produced several case studies discussing the products we created for both local events and longtime customers. We also published several blog posts delving into everything from environmental preservation, to medical advances in the industry, to checking in with our summer intern about all he learned here at ProtoCAM.
This year we also had several visitors to our facility, including Deputy Secretary of Safety and Labor Management Relations, Jennifer L. Berrier, culinary students from Lehigh Career & Technical Institute, Lehigh University students, and many others.
We showcased our products at many events and tradeshows this year, which allowed us to reach new markets and customers. From our yearly trade shows like the Additive Manufacturing Users Group Conference, the Design-2-Part shows, and the ICI Technical Conference & Expo, to our Innovation Day open house, to lots of local events right here in Allentown, PA, we love meeting up with all our customers and contacts to show off our latest part and prototype samples to both experts in the business, and future engineers.
2019 was a celebration of ProtoCAM’s 25 years in business, and we were thrilled to celebrate this milestone with innovations in our facility and website, the introduction of new equipment, the publication of a variety of blog posts, case studies, and other contributions to our learning center, and with an overall streamlining of our operations. In 2020, we’re looking forward to continuing to offer our customers the latest innovations and technology available to provide them with unmatched quality, customer service, and delivery. We’re ready to see what’s coming in 2020, and we look forward to sharing it with you, our valued customers!