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I am Director of Media Relations and Managing Editor of the University News Bureau at Lawrence Technological University, a nationally recognized STEM university in Southfield, Mich. I was previously Director of Communications and Media Relations at The Engineering Society of Detroit, a professional organization for engineers and scientists, also in Southfield. I maintain this tech news site on behalf of both LTU and ESD.

EnvisionTEC Previews High-Speed 3D Printer for Dental Market

DEARBORN — The 3D printer manufacturer EnvisionTec Friday plans to preview a new high-speed printer to joint the company’s Vida line for dental professionals.

The unveiling will come at the LMT Lab Day in Chicago Feb. 24-25. Now in its 33rd year, LMT Lab Day is the largest dental lab event in the United States. Sponsored by LMT Communications Inc., publishers of LMT, or Lab Management Today, it showcases printers, scanners and other machinery to the dental lab industry.

The new Vida cDLM is the second 3D printer based on EnvisionTec’s patented and groundbreaking Continuous Digital Light Manufacturing (cDLM) technology, which allows for accurate, high-speed 3D printing with fewer supports.

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Gentherm Profits Dip

NORTHVILLE — Gentherm Inc. (NASDAQ: THRM), the Northville-based manufacturer of thermal management products, reported net income of $26 million or 71 cents a share in the fourth quarter of 2016, down from $28.4 million or 78 cents a share a year earlier.

Revenue was $236.5 million for the quarter, up from $212.3 million a year earlier.

For the full year, net income was $76.6 million or $2.09 a share, down from $95.4 million or $2.62 a share in 2015. Revenue was $917.6 million, up from $856.4 million in 2015.

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Esperion Provides Drug Development Update, Financial Results

ANN ARBOR — Esperion Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ:ESPR), the pharmaceutical startup working on a new class of cholesterol-reducing drugs, provided a drug development update and financial results for 2016.

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NASA Taps Michigan Tech Prof to Lead $15M Space Research Institute

HOUGHTON — Michigan Technological University Professor Greg Odegard will lead a new, multidisciplinary and multi-institution Space Technology Research Institute.

The institute is funded by a $15 million 5-year grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Odegard, pictured at right above, is the Richard and Elizabeth Henes Professor of Computational Mechanics at Michigan Tech and associate chair and director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics. He is also an adjunct professor of materials science and engineering at Tech.

Odegard’s team will include 22 faculty members from 10 universities, two companies and the U.S. Air Force Research Lab. Their STRI is called the Institute for Ultra-Strong Composites by Computational Design or US-COMP.

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LTU Kahn events featured on M2 TechCast

SOUTHFIELD — Lawrence Technological University will celebrate the architectural legacy of the legendary Albert Kahn in several events and exhibitions in the days and weeks ahead.

LTU staff highlighted the events on a podcast last week.

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StockX Closes $6M Funding Round

DETROIT – StockX, the online consumer “stock market of things,” announced that it has closed a $6 million round of funding from several celebrity investors, including actor Mark Wahlberg, rappers Eminem and Wale, music manager Paul Rosenberg, former AOL executives Ted Leonsis and Steve Case, singer-songwriter Tim Armstrong, talent manager Scooter Braun, fashion designer Jon Buscemi, and others.

Additional investors include Courtside Ventures, a media and technology venture fund, and  Detroit Venture Partners, both backed in part by Quicken Loans founder and downtown Detroit investor Dan Gilbert.

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Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Grandville, Rochester teams win VEX Robotics at MSU

EAST LANSING — Detroit Catholic Central High School’s VEX Shambots B team won the coveted VEX Robotics Excellence Award and a three-team alliance from Bloomfield Hills, Grandville, and Rochester were high school tournament champions at the 2017 Michigan VEX Robotics State Championship on Sunday, Feb. 19, at Michigan State University.

At the middle school level, Hudsonville Robotics took home the VEX Excellence Award and a three-team alliance that included two teams from Flint’s Carman Ainsworth Middle School Robotics and the Technology First team from Lambertville were tournament champions.

There were 76 teams, including 48 high school and 28 middle school teams, competing at the 2017 state games, all working for the right to represent Michigan in the 2017 VEX Robotics World Games in Louisville, Ky., April 19-25.

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SVSU to host FIRST Michigan high school robotics championship

UNIVERSITY CENTER – Saginaw Valley State University will welcome nearly 5,000 high school students from across Michigan for the statewide FIRST Robotics competition Wednesday, April 12 through Saturday, April 15. Including professional mentors and family members, an estimated 7,500 people will descend on the Great Lakes Bay Region for the competition, which is designed to inspire students to pursue careers in the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

“We are dedicated to growing the next generation of passionate STEM individuals,” said Gail Alpert, president of FIRST in Michigan. “The robot is the vehicle we use to help them understand fields from mechanical engineering to computer science to business.”

SVSU President Donald Bachand said hosting the FIRST Robotics competition is a good fit for SVSU academically.

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New auto wiring diagnostic from Clinton Twp. Firm

CLINTON TWP. — Tweddle Group has introduced a new automotive wiring diagnostic system, Tracer.

The company says today’s automotive wiring diagrams are incredibly complex. Consequently, automakers and dealerships lose significant revenue to the investigation of Diagnostic Trouble Codes. These issues also create costly repairs during end-of-line testing, when vehicles must be taken offline just before shipping and held in repair areas within the manufacturing plant. Current testing systems can spot an issue with a vehicle, but can’t isolate root cause and can’t help the technician find the issue in a visual, specific area of the vehicle. Vehicles are often unnecessarily dismantled. Days may be wasted and cumulative repair costs can be massive.

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