VMH International http://www.vmhinternational.com Simplifying Product Development Mon, 24 Aug 2015 15:10:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Dream Team Visits the St. Louis Science Center http://www.vmhinternational.com/the-dream-team-visits-the-st-louis-science-center.html http://www.vmhinternational.com/the-dream-team-visits-the-st-louis-science-center.html#comments Wed, 05 Aug 2015 22:08:27 +0000 http://www.vmhinternational.com/?p=2132 Yesterday, the Dream Team took a field trip to the St. […]

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Yesterday, the Dream Team took a field trip to the St. Louis Science Center. We got a behind-the-scenes tour and also glimpsed a sneak peek at the Blue Angels exhibit some of our interns worked on last summer. The F/A-18B Hornet currently sits on display outside the James S. McDonnell Planetarium, and the Dream Team is very excited to soon see guests using our interactive CAD tool to learn more about this fighter jet. A touchscreen display should be mounted on the wall just inside the entrance of the Planetarium so that curious visitors can explore the Hornet’s structure and features.

If you’re planning to visit the SLSC soon, you can expect to see more than just a new Blue Angels exhibit; our friends at the Science Center are also working closely with NASA to develop a new “Mars Trail” exhibit. Guests will be able to program and drive “Mars rovers” through a Mars landscape. The aim is to navigate your rover to a point of scientific interest and collect data, just as an actual astronaut on Mars would. The rovers had been built and programmed by a high-school student in the Makerspace garage, where we also discovered a VGo robot charging in the corner (one of Vecna’s bots which we had modeled earlier in the summer). We then extended our curiosity about the Red Planet by visiting the Omnimax Theater for a showing of “Journey to Space.” Though some may worry that the space program has faded into the background, this film destroys such perceptions by showcasing the NASA’s exciting plans to land astronauts on Mars. “Journey to Space” features interviews with astronauts Chris Ferguson and Serena Aunon, along with an overview of past space achievements and potential for the future.

But of course, the Dream Team couldn’t just view the Omnimax screen from our theater seats; we also got special access to get behind the screen. After maneuvering through a metal catwalk, we were standing above the 5 story, 79 foot diameter dome. We waved at some confused patrons filing in for the next film, took some selfies, and then headed back down to visit the glass-enclosed projection room. We watched the projectionist load the projector and elevate it into position for the show, while on ground level the film followed an intricate path from the reels to the projector. The projection system uses IMAX technology to fill your entire field of vision with crystal clear images, making you feel like you’re in the center of the action. In a 45 minute film, the projector moves more than 10,000 feet (almost 2 miles) of film at 24 frames per second; too fast for even Taylor’s slow-mo video to capture.

We next walked through the Alien Worlds and Androids exhibit, where visitors join scientists in their search for extraterrestrial life. The exhibit showcases and explains technologies used to explore far-away solar systems, along with the scientific development of robots and androids with artificial intelligence. We finished up our visit with a stop at the Planetarium, where we traveled up the retired space mission elevator to see a portion of “The Constellations” show. Though we’ll miss the VIP treatment, the Dream Team is extremely grateful to our friends at the St. Louis Science Center for giving us an amazing tour, and we look forward to visit again soon to see all their exciting plans turn into new exhibits for everyone to enjoy.

-Jordan B.

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Dream Team Visits the Science Center http://www.vmhinternational.com/dream-team-visits-the-science-center.html http://www.vmhinternational.com/dream-team-visits-the-science-center.html#comments Wed, 05 Aug 2015 18:53:47 +0000 http://www.vmhinternational.com/?p=2128 In our last week of this year’s Dream Team, we managed […]

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In our last week of this year’s Dream Team, we managed to setup a business trip to the St. Louis Science Center. The whole experience was a blast! We got a behind the scenes tour of their exhibit creation lab, Omnimax theater, and planetarium. More importantly though (and the main reason we were there), we saw the progress of the new Blue Angels exhibit we contributed on last year. It’s still in progress, but should be implemented within the year! It’s exciting to see our work being used in such a popular place!

Spool of Omnimax Film (Weighs ~260 lbs!)

Spool of Omnimax Film (Weighs ~260 lbs!)

One of the most fascinating parts of the trip was seeing the innerworkings of the Omnimax theater. We were allowed to go behind and above the massive, domed screen to get a closer look. Did you know that the Omnimax screen is perforated with millions of small holes? It’s so the huge speakers can be placed behind the screen and still be able to sound amazing. Next we got to up close with the Omnimax projector and its huge spools of film! Once the reels began feeding film through the projector, I realized how mechanical of a device this was. It seemed to have very little (if any) digital technology to create such an awesome experience for audiences. In a world where nearly everything else is digital, I came to respect this incredibly mechanical system.

– Taylor J.

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We’re excited for what the future holds! http://www.vmhinternational.com/im-excited-for-what-the-future-holds.html http://www.vmhinternational.com/im-excited-for-what-the-future-holds.html#comments Wed, 05 Aug 2015 14:14:30 +0000 http://www.vmhinternational.com/?p=2122 This summer spent at VMH International has certainly be […]

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This summer spent at VMH International has certainly been a successful one. As it draws to a close with my last day being today, I thought I would take the time to give a review of my experiences here at VMH this summer. I had the opportunity to work with several companies and technologies during my time here. Not only did I get to learn NX software, I also got experience working with Teamcenter, Solid Edge, and Keyshot. I was also able to use the Cube 3D printer, which is a brand I have not worked with previously. I worked with a variety of companies representing multiple industries. Those companies include Bull Moose Tube Company, Watlow, and Jet Aviation. Being on the Dream Team has significantly helped assure me that engineering is right for me, and has even helped me to confirm my interest in aerospace and defense engineering. (Being able to see planes land at the nearby airport is an additional plus). I was also able to work with customers firsthand to help solve problems they encountered with NX by doing support calls.

But the internship was not just all work, there was some play involved! The company is a generally fun environment to work in. Throughout the summer I was able to go to a Cardinal’s game with fellow employees, go on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Saint Louis Science Center with the other interns, and have a barbeque for the company as a going away party for all of us interns.

The Dream Team has helped pave the path for me to further my knowledge on engineering as a whole and will definitely help me move on to bigger companies within the aerospace and defense industries. I’m excited for what the future holds and am glad to have been given the opportunity to be a member of the VMH International Dream Team.

-Kayla

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Internship provided practical, engaging, and thought provoking challenges http://www.vmhinternational.com/internship-provided-practical-engaging-and-thought-provoking-challenges.html http://www.vmhinternational.com/internship-provided-practical-engaging-and-thought-provoking-challenges.html#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 22:16:11 +0000 http://www.vmhinternational.com/?p=2137 Working at VMH International has given me the opportuni […]

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Working at VMH International has given me the opportunity to observe all of the different aspects that go into an engineering company. After three years of studying mechanical engineering, I’ve really only gone over the general and obvious side of the field. However, working in the business setting opened me up to the trading, selling and finances that go into running a company. This is really only something you pick up by experiencing the business world, and I’m grateful to have had this experience.

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Throughout the summer I was also able to apply my three years of engineering education into practical, engaging and thought provoking challenges. It was very rewarding to utilize these skills and gain new ones. Using the tools in Siemens NX software opened me up to new design and analysis interfaces. The ones I found the most interesting were the fluid flow and thermal analyses. This job was a very nice change of pace. In classes we usually just plug equations into simplified examples. However while working here I was able to use what I learned in my classes and see the practical applications with the flow and thermal tools in NX.

Karcher Rendering

Karcher Rendering

Overall I would definitely call this a rewarding experience. I went to a medical tradeshow in Chicago, learned how to operate a 3D printer, gained experience with cutting edge software (NX, Autodesk configurators and TeamCenter), as well as worked on the design, analysis, and implementation of a company’s small fluid heater and its user interface. Going into senior year at Wash. U, I am definitely glad I was able to gain great business and engineering experience at VMH. Not to mention I got to display my art talents on our state of the art “word of the day” board.

– Jake G.

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Preparing for the Future http://www.vmhinternational.com/preparing-for-the-future.html http://www.vmhinternational.com/preparing-for-the-future.html#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 22:09:34 +0000 http://www.vmhinternational.com/?p=2135 As an intern at Tekni Group, I have gained experience u […]

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As an intern at Tekni Group, I have gained experience using a variety of CAD programs. I was able to work with fellow engineering students as a part of the Dream Team. This taught me how the benefits of teamwork as each intern brought a different look into our projects as we were all different majors. We also worked with a variety of companies solving their submitted problems whether it be a simple IT request or a design flaw that needed to be fixed and optimized. By working with different companies, I was able to network across a diverse group as well as see how the structures of the companies differed per industry. Due to this internship, I have a greater insight on the direction I will take with my degree, while also gaining the necessary skills for future work.

It has been great working with you guys!

– Audrey M.

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From SOLIDWORKS to NX http://www.vmhinternational.com/from-solidworks-to-nx.html http://www.vmhinternational.com/from-solidworks-to-nx.html#comments Wed, 22 Jul 2015 14:41:02 +0000 http://www.vmhinternational.com/?p=2112 Dream Team member, Kayla talks of her experience with Solidworks and the transition to NX.

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In the one short year that I have been in college, I have gained quite a bit of experience with CAD programs, especially with SOLIDWORKS. The first time I used the program was the summer before my first year of college, and since that time I have used it within engineering classes and even on my own. NX, however, I had never used until being a member of the Dream Team.  I was kind of worried about the transition, as I thought NX would be difficult to adjust to. I was wrong on that! NX turned out to be very user friendly and fairly similar to the software I was used to. I was able to use tutorials within the software to learn new skills, and using the command finder made everything much simpler when I couldn’t find or remember a command’s name. The command finder even recognized terminology from SOLIDWORKS and was able to identify and help me locate the command within the NX interface.

 

 

 

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Being a member of the Dream Team has greatly contributed to my knowledge of engineering software overall, not just with NX! Some things I learned in NX could be applied to SOLIDWORKS, and therefore, I can say I’ve learned more SOLIDWORKS. I’m glad to have had the opportunity to learn NX and am excited to take my knowledge back with me to Youngstown!

-Kayla

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The Dream Team Learns 3D Scanning http://www.vmhinternational.com/the-dream-team-learns-3d-scanning.html http://www.vmhinternational.com/the-dream-team-learns-3d-scanning.html#comments Tue, 14 Jul 2015 15:58:20 +0000 http://www.vmhinternational.com/?p=2095 This week I had the opportunity to meet with Trimble Na […]

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This week I had the opportunity to meet with Trimble Navigation, a manufacturer of 3D scanners, an emerging technology that is starting to make waves in a variety of industries, from construction and automotive engineering to even what I’m interested in: aerospace. A 3D scanner is a device that analyzes real world objects and environments to collect information on shape and appearance, such as color and texture. Scanners work by creating a point cloud on the surface of what is scanned. To get a complete render of the subject, scans are taken from multiple angles, with upwards of hundreds of scans needed, depending on the complexity. After scanning the objects, I am then able to import the data into NX and create a 3D model. Later this week I will be going to a local airport to try the scanners on different aircraft. I will then be able to use the scanned data from the planes to create models in NX, with almost every little detail being exactly as it was on the aircraft I scanned it from.

 3D Scan of an Aircraft Interior

 

-Kayla T.

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Dream Team OMTEC Blog http://www.vmhinternational.com/dream-team-omtec-blog.html http://www.vmhinternational.com/dream-team-omtec-blog.html#comments Mon, 22 Jun 2015 16:25:43 +0000 http://www.vmhinternational.com/?p=2017 This past week I had the opportunity to go to the OMTEC […]

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This past week I had the opportunity to go to the OMTEC trade show in Chicago. As interns, we helped setup and run the booth on the show floor. We had a small 3D printer running throughout the show making bottle openers, which drew in a lot of people to the booth and gave us a chance to show off our design software and 3D printing capabilities. The booth also featured a lot of unique and intricate parts made by the 3D printer. As long as something cool was on the table, people would come up and start a conversation. It was also interesting to see the sales side of engineering, an aspect I’ve never really known before. Almost all engineering degrees focus on the technical, computational, and design side of things, so you don’t learn much on how to actually work in the business world. The trade show taught me how having good marketing, sales, and people skills are essential for maintaining a company as well as your own business connections.

VMH Booth at OMTEC 2015

VMH Booth at OMTEC 2015

Attending the trade show also gave us the chance to walk around and view all of the companies and industries that are involved in the medical field. Maybe it’s because my focus isn’t in biomedical, but it really opened my eyes to how many small industries go into such a broad field. There were booths showcasing everything from choosing the right plastic in surgical tool handles to 3D printing titanium hip joints. It was definitely an eye-opening experience. Not to mention we got to explore Wrigley Field and scarf down a Giordano’s pizza while we were there.

– Jake G.

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The Dream Team Visits OMTEC 2015 http://www.vmhinternational.com/the-dream-team-visits-omtec-2015.html http://www.vmhinternational.com/the-dream-team-visits-omtec-2015.html#comments Fri, 19 Jun 2015 19:41:26 +0000 http://www.vmhinternational.com/?p=2014 OMTEC 2015 was an experience like no other. OMTEC, whic […]

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OMTEC 2015 was an experience like no other. OMTEC, which stands for Orthopaedic Manufacturing & Technology Exposition and Conference, is first and foremost a medical device trade show. Here at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, my co-intern and I witnessed the cutting edge in medical technology. From the 3D printed titanium biomedical implants displayed by Arcam AB, to Gsell Medical Plastics AG’s exhibition of the carbon fiber medical tools and instruments used to perform these surgeries, OMTEC easily gathers a plethora of new and innovative ideas together that challenge the way one thinks about the medical industry. (The all-included catered lunch buffets were an added bonus as well.)

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The VMH Booth at OMTEC 2015

Orchid Orthopedic Solutions, the main sponsor of the show, arranged a small presentation near the end of the second day. As the speaker takes you into an in-depth journey about why the event is held every year and the importance of manufacturing quality parts at competitive prices, I started to realize the significance of this convention to the medical industry and the world as a whole.

Overall, this trade show has taught me a great deal about the advanced engineering behind the scenes of the medical world. Moreover, I was able to benefit from the experience of talking to other engineers at all levels about what they do on the job at their respective companies. At the end of day two, as my team and I began tearing down our both, I was approached by a fellow exhibitor attendee. He was amazed that there were interns at this trade show and explained how his company opted not to bring along any of theirs. This is just another testament as to how fortunate I am to be part of the Dream Team here at VMH International.

– Brandon S.

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Event Recap – High Performance Manufacturing 2015 http://www.vmhinternational.com/event-recap-high-performance-manufacturing-2015.html http://www.vmhinternational.com/event-recap-high-performance-manufacturing-2015.html#comments Thu, 11 Jun 2015 14:07:40 +0000 http://www.vmhinternational.com/?p=1991 VMH and Siemens would like to say thank you to everyone […]

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VMH and Siemens would like to say thank you to everyone who attended High Performance Manufacturing 2015 in Cypress, CA on May 28.

The team from Sandvik were excellent hosts and provided us an outstanding venue to spotlight some exciting speakers, topics, equipment and software solutions to help you be more profitable and competitive.

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