Geofabrica wins nation’s premier dual-use advanced manufacturing technology competition at GVSETS 2022

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Geofabrica wins nation’s premier dual-use advanced manufacturing technology competition at GVSETS 2022

August 18, 2022 | Media Contact: Kris Sape - Director of Communications - kris.sape@geofabrica.com

(Auburn Hills, MI – August 18, 2022) Geofabrica Inc. won the nation’s premier dual-use advanced manufacturing technology competition at GVSETS this week, sponsored by the Michigan Defense Center (MDC/MEDC) in partnership with SAE Government Technologies™ and in collaboration with the U.S. Army Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC).


Geofabrica CEO George Caravias presented the winning innovative manufacturing pitch: Large Mold Fabrication Using Additive Friction Stir Deposition, which will be performed at the new Advanced Manufacturing Commercialization Center (AMCC™) to develop production process solutions and drive transition of advanced manufacturing parts to defense programs of record.


Located in Sterling Heights, Michigan, the AMCC features state-of-the-art, government-owned metal additive manufacturing and post-processing capabilities. Geofabrica will use the AMCC’s Friction Stir Additive Deposition (FSAD) system for the project. FSAD is the central tool for the U.S. Army’s cutting-edge Jointless Hull 3D printing initiative.


“We are excited to begin working with the AMCC to help develop improved production processes and commercialize additive manufacturing technology,” Caravias said. “Geofabrica has a long history of developing advanced manufacturing solutions that solve challenges for both Government and commercial manufacturing customers. We look forward to working with the engineers and scientists that are part of this effort.”


Vicki Selva, Executive Director of the Michigan Defense Center, congratulated Geofabrica on its winning proposal and expressed excitement for the potential advancements this collaboration may produce. “The State is pleased to support this award to Geofabrica to begin to forge this path to the future of manufacturing,” Selva said. “Innovation is in Michigan’s DNA. This new tool has the potential to drive efficiencies and revolutionize mold, tools, and die-cast manufacturing.”


The annual Ground Vehicle Systems Engineering & Technology Symposium (GVSETS) is organized by the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) – Michigan Chapter.


About Geofabrica

Geofabrica is a manufacturing technology development company specializing in customized additive manufacturing systems for factory and expeditionary applications. We build innovative solutions to unlock the economic and production potential of 3D printing and additive technologies for metal, plastic, and composite applications. We create application-specific devices and processes to help customers overcome the limitations of current technologies and help them achieve a competitive advantage within the evolving digital manufacturing landscape.


About Michigan Defense Center

The Michigan Defense Center (MDC) is an operation of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation focused on the support, protection, and growth of Michigan’s defense and homeland security missions and the Michigan businesses that support our nation’s security and our military’s safety. The MDC is the State of Michigan’s lead voice on the defense and homeland security economy and guides the state’s policies and programs to protect and grow this important sector of the economy. The MDC acts as a liaison between the state and defense interests in the federal government, defense agencies, the defense industry, academia, and the defense community and supporting organizations.


About SAE Government Technologies

The SAE Industry Technologies Consortia (SAE ITC®) established SAE Government Technologies™ (SAE GT) in April 2022.  The SAE GT will build upon the success of the Defense Automotive Technologies Consortium (DATC™) to solve mobility challenges government agencies face as they seek to modernize.  By leveraging the SAE ecosystem of mobility expertise, key industry partnerships, and extensive knowledge delivery capabilities, SAE GT will drive innovation and technology transfer between government and industry. Industry will also be able to engage with the government through the Advanced Manufacturing Commercialization Center (AMCC™) advancing SAE GT’s mission to serve the community. The purpose of the AMCC is to develop production process solutions as well as inform and drive transition of advanced manufacturing parts to defense programs of record.


About U.S. Army DEVCOM Ground Vehicles Systems Center

The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) Ground Vehicle Systems Center, located at Detroit Arsenal in Warren, Michigan, is the nation’s laboratory for advanced military automotive technology. The DEVCOM Ground Vehicle Systems Center is one of eight science and technology domains within the command, which has the mission to ensure decisive overmatch for unified land operations to empower the Army, the joint warfighter, and the nation. The center’s mission is to research, develop, engineer, leverage and integrate advanced technology into ground systems and support equipment throughout the lifecycle.


About the Advanced Manufacturing Commercialization Center

The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC) Materials Division is working with SAE Government Technologies™ (SAE GT) to establish the Advanced Manufacturing Commercialization Center (AMCC™) to develop production process solutions and inform and drive transition of advanced manufacturing parts to defense programs of record. This effort is contracted through the Commercial Technologies for Maintenance Activities (CTMA) cooperative agreement and the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS).

Geofabrica builds custom ultra-low flow venturi device for improved powder dosing control

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Geofabrica builds custom ultra-low flow venturi device for improved powder dosing control

May 9, 2022 | Case Study

(Auburn Hills, MI – May 9, 2022) – Geofabrica customizes manufacturing systems to help clients overcome engineering roadblocks and achieve targeted production goals.  Our strengths include: diagnosing, re-designing, prototyping, optimizing, and implementing production system upgrades.


Recently, a Detroit-based manufacturer engaged Geofabrica to solve a powder flow problem they were having with their precision material deposition system.  The client was expanding their capabilities, unfortunately the new powders they wanted to use were out of specification for their equipment, and deposited very unevenly. Precious material was being wasted and their manufacturing yield fell significantly short from their target.


Geofabrica’s engineers examined the manufacturing system behavior, modeled the powder flow, and designed a custom ejector venturi that was uniquely adapted to the new material.  We 3D printed and tested versions of the new nozzle to optimize its performance. The result was a smooth, ultra-low flow deposition capability, specifically for powder with poor flow properties.


Three weeks later, the client was up and running with a simple drop-in upgrade. They achieved their quality objective, saved money, and expanded their production capability, with few changes to their production equipment.


About Geofabrica

Geofabrica is a manufacturing technology development company specializing in customized additive manufacturing systems for factory and expeditionary applications. We build innovative solutions to unlock the economic and production potential of 3D printing and additive technologies for metal, plastic, and composite applications. We create application-specific devices and processes to help customers overcome the limitations of current technologies and help them achieve a competitive advantage within the evolving digital manufacturing landscape.

Geofabrica builds application-specific 3D printers for Red Hawk Manufacturing

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Geofabrica builds application-specific 3D printers for Red Hawk Manufacturing

September 13, 2022 | News

(Auburn Hills, MI – Sept 13, 2022) – Geofabrica delivered four custom 3D printers to Red Hawk Manufacturing, expanding their capabilities to provide low-to-medium-volume part production of industrial-quality plastic and composite parts for automotive, aerospace, and defense applications.

 

Red Hawk’s growing production operations required machines specifically built and optimized for cost-effective, high-yield FDM additive manufacturing. Our engineering teams collaborated to ensure the printers were built for seamless integration into Red Hawk’s digital manufacturing and monitoring systems. Geofabrica’s printers increase Red Hawk’s production yield, reducing the number of failed parts and printer downtime. 

 

Red Hawk’s Michigan facility features large and small-format 3D printing capabilities, producing parts from durable plastic and fiber-filled thermoplastic composites, ranging in size from 6-foot to 1-foot dimensions. Red Hawk is expanding its post-processing capabilities to enable joining and finishing of 3D printed parts using technologies provided by Geofabrica.

 

Red Hawk’s manufacturing engineering team works with customers to design the optimal way to make each part, taking maximum advantage of the additive processes and the integration of conventional manufacturing with additive manufacturing. 

 

Visit www.redhawkmfg.com for more information.

News & Events Geofabrica CEO provides testimony in support of SBIR Program at congressional hearing

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Geofabrica CEO provides testimony in support of SBIR Program at congressional hearing

Apr. 6, 2022 | News

(Auburn Hills, MI – April 6, 2022) – George Caravias, CEO of Geofabrica, provided testimony to the U.S House of Representatives Subcommittee on Research and Technology today.  The hearing, chaired by Michigan Congresswoman Haley Stevens, was entitled “SBIR Turns 40: Evaluating Support for Small Business Innovation.

 

The purpose for the hearing was to review the role of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program in translating Federally funded research into commercial development, generating new economic growth, as well as assisting federal science agencies in meeting their respective missions. George joined representatives from the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and Iowa State University.  

SBIR Programs fund a diverse portfolio of startups and small businesses across technology areas and markets to stimulate technological innovation, meet Federal research and development needs, and increase commercialization to transition R&D into impact. 

 

About Geofabrica

Geofabrica is a manufacturing technology development company specializing in customized additive manufacturing systems for factory and expeditionary applications. We build innovative solutions to unlock the economic and production potential of 3D printing and additive technologies for metal, plastic, and composite applications. We create application-specific devices and processes to help customers overcome the limitations of current technologies and help them achieve a competitive advantage within the evolving digital manufacturing landscape.

Geofabrica Donates to Haven House

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Geofabrica Donates to Haven House

Dec 14, 2021 | News

This year Geofabrica chose to participate in HAVEN of Oakland County’s Annual Gift Giveaway. HAVEN is Oakland County’s only comprehensive program for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. The Gift Giveaway team gathers new item donations to create a special “shopping” event for HAVEN residents and their children. Geofabrica’s staff members donated 70 holiday gifts, ranging from toys to essential items such as diapers, socks, and blankets. 

 

About Haven House

As Oakland County’s only comprehensive program for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, HAVEN provides shelter, counseling, advocacy and educational programming to nearly 30,000 people each year. HAVEN has helped domestic violence and sexual assault victims and their families escape abuse and create safer lives for over 40 years. Visit www.haven-oakland.org.

 

About Geofabrica

Geofabrica is a manufacturing technology development company specializing in customized additive manufacturing systems for factory and expeditionary applications. We build innovative solutions to unlock the economic and production potential of 3D printing and additive technologies for metal, plastic, and composite applications. We create application-specific devices and processes to help customers overcome the limitations of current technologies and help them achieve a competitive advantage within the evolving digital manufacturing landscape.

Geofabrica Welcomes Visit by Congresswoman Haley Stevens

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Geofabrica Welcomes Congresswoman Haley Stevens

Dec 14, 2021 | News

(Auburn Hills, MI – December 14, 2021) –  Congresswoman Haley Stevens (D-MI) visited Geofabrica as a part of her Manufacturing Monday series.  CEO George Caravias led the Congresswoman on a tour of the Auburn Hills facility that features engineering and electronics laboratories, demonstrations of point-of-need manufacturing systems, and large-scale plastic and metal 3D printing capabilities.  Discussions centered on Geofabrica’s technology development and advancing defense systems readiness.

 

“Thank you to Congresswoman Stevens for understanding the challenges and opportunities for Industry 4.0 manufacturers like Geofabrica,” said Caravias.  “She has been a major supporter of southeast Michigan manufacturing and we are please that she included us on her latest Manufacturing Monday visit.” 

 

About Geofabrica

Geofabrica is a manufacturing technology development company specializing in customized additive manufacturing systems for factory and expeditionary applications. We build innovative solutions to unlock the economic and production potential of 3D printing and additive technologies for metal, plastic, and composite applications. We create application-specific devices and processes to help customers overcome the limitations of current technologies and help them achieve a competitive advantage within the evolving digital manufacturing landscape.

Geofabrica is nominated for 2021 Michigan Celebrates Small Business Award

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Geofabrica Receives Best Small Business Award

July 20, 2021 | Press Release

(Auburn Hills, MI – July 20, 2021) – Geofabrica has been named SmartZone Best Small Business by Michigan Celebrates Small Business and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Geofabrica was nominated through OU Inc. SmartZone, and will join other Michigan-based companies in attendance for the 17th annual Michigan Celebrates Small Businesses gala on Tuesday, July 20, 2021.

 

“We’re honored to have been selected as an awardee in this year’s Michigan Celebrates Small Business,” said George Caravias, Geofabrica’s CEO. “As an  early stage company, our team has become adept at rapidly implementing technology improvements to create strategic advantage in manufacturing.”

 

Michigan Celebrates Small Businesses is a non-profit (501c3) organization that is composed of statewide funding organizations that provide small businesses with resources to help their company grow. Since 2005, MCSB has hosted the awards gala to celebrate and honor the impact small businesses have on our communities and state. MCSB makes small businesses their priority and will continue to support, connect, and celebrate small businesses in Michigan.


Michigan’s SmartZones include technology business accelerators that provide services and partner with tech transfer offices, facilitate the commercialization of technology emerging from research in Michigan universities and private companies. There are over twenty SmartZones across Michigan, each serve distinct geographical locations where technology-based firms, entrepreneurs and researchers are located in close proximity. The businesses selected have demonstrated growth through technology commercialization, success with innovation, and a strong relationship with SmartZone.  
 

 

About Geofabrica

Geofabrica is a manufacturing technology development company specializing in customized additive manufacturing systems for factory and expeditionary applications. We build innovative solutions to unlock the economic and production potential of 3D printing and additive technologies for metal, plastic, and composite applications. We create application-specific devices and processes to help customers overcome the limitations of current technologies and help them achieve a competitive advantage within the evolving digital manufacturing landscape.

Manufacturing on Demand: Geofabrica is proud to be part of Project DIAMOND

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Manufacturing on Demand: Geofabrica is proud to be part of Project DIAMOND

January 20, 2021 | Press Release

(Auburn Hills, MI – January 20, 2021) – Geofabrica has been selected to participate in Project DIAMOND (Digital, Independent, Agile Manufacturing on Demand), an initiative to create the country’s largest 3D printer network on blockchain technology platform.  Project DIAMOND was established through CARES ACT funding grants to help strengthen supply chains for personal protection equipment during the pandemic. 

 

Automation Alley, Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center, helped facilitate the distribution of funds and equipment, including 300 3D printers for small and medium-sized Oakland and Macomb County manufacturers. Geofabrica joins a network of 300 interconnected 3D printers that stand ready to print PPE or other equipment that may be needed during future emergency supply chain disruptions.

 

“We are honored to participate in Project Diamond,” said Geofabrica CEO, George Caravias. “This program aligns with Geofabrica’s mission to utilize 3D printing and additive manufacturing technology to help overcome the limitations of current manufacturing methods.”

 

 

About Automation Alley

Automation Alley is a World Economic Forum’s Advanced Manufacturing Hub (AMHUB) for North America and a nonprofit Industry 4.0 knowledge center with a global outlook and a regional focus. We facilitate public-private partnerships by connecting industry, education and government to fuel Michigan’s economy and accelerate innovation. Our programs give businesses a competitive advantage by helping them along every step of their digital transformation journey. We obsess over disruptive technologies like AI, the Internet of Things and automation, and work hard to make these complex concepts easier for companies to understand and implement. Visit automationalley.com.

 

About Geofabrica

Geofabrica is a manufacturing technology development company specializing in customized additive manufacturing systems for factory and expeditionary applications. We build innovative solutions to unlock the economic and production potential of 3D printing and additive technologies for metal, plastic, and composite applications. We create application-specific devices and processes to help customers overcome the limitations of current technologies and help them achieve a competitive advantage within the evolving digital manufacturing landscape.