Editorial Board Member Darryl Boyd Honored

Darryl Boyd, Ph.D., a US Naval Research Laboratory chemist with the Optical Sciences Division and Purdue University College of Science alumni, received the Purdue University College of Science’s “Distinguished Early Career Scientist Award,” for his dedication and contributions to the optical sciences community and continued investment in STEM outreach. Boyd develops novel sulfur-based polymers with unique optical properties, including unprecedented infrared transmission capabilities, to improve materials and devices used by the United States Department of Defense. Boyd is a member of the UV+EB Technology Editorial Board.

NAPIM Hosts May Digital Technology Conference

The National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers (NAPIM) has announced a conference targeted at digital and emerging technologies for ink makers, suppliers, converters and brand owners. RadTech International North America is a Silver Sponsor of the event. Taking place online May 18-19, the 2021 Digital and Emerging Technology Conference is designed to focus on cutting-edge technologies in digital printing and related graphic arts areas. Topics will include Direct to Object Printing, Analog to Digital, Printed Electronics, Edible Applications and Corrugated Digital. For more information or to register, visit www.napim.org. 

RadTech Announces New Board Members

RadTech recently announced two new board members: Dr. Eric Nelson, staff scientist, 3M Corporate Research Process Laboratory Radiation Processing Group, and Dr. Kejia Yang, materials engineer at Align Technology. Drs. Yang and Nelson were selected to fill board openings and will serve through 2022. In addition, Mike Bonner, vice president – Engineering & Technology, Saint Clair Systems Inc., has been elected to join the RadTech Executive Committee as Secretary. The RadTech Board of Directors has also conferred an Honorary Lifetime Membership to JoAnn Arceneaux, now retired, from allnex, in recognition for her service and leadership to the RadTech community. For more information, visit www.radtech.org. 

Mickey Fortune Named Associate Executive Director, Education and Outreach at RadTech

RadTech International North America is pleased to announce that Mickey Fortune has been promoted to Associate Executive Director, Education and Outreach. Fortune has been with RadTech for nearly 20 years, spearheading a number of important new opportunities and initiatives, while overseeing RadTech conferences and educational programming. “To the great benefit of our nonprofit community, Mickey approaches his work with engagement, creativity, leadership, and the desire to provide tremendous service,” says Gary Cohen, Executive Director of RadTech. “His recent accomplishment of almost single-handedly developing, shooting video and editing our important new environmental health and safety video series is a prime example of his wide-ranging skills and contributions.” 

RadTech YP Committee Member Highlight

Matthew Cassoli is a research engineer working at Ford Motor Company’s Research and Innovation Center in Dearborn, Michigan, focusing on additive manufacturing (AM). He focuses on vat photopolymerization processes, where he helped implement some of Ford’s first production parts for AM. He received his B.S. in mechanical engineering at Northwestern University.

What led to your interest in UV/EB technology?

It was not until I started working in a research organization at Ford that I got to work on some of the photopolymer applications with Carbon 3D. I started my role in photopolymer-based additive manufacturing (AM) from a quality-control perspective, and now I am a research engineer focusing on the process side, including looking into what curing units are in each individual machine, understanding what wavelengths we operate on, assessing how repeatable the process is and studying how post-processing can impact quality.

What is the current state of AM in the automotive industry?

Currently, one of the most popular AM use cases is manufacturing aesthetic parts, as it is easy to show the customized parts to the customers and understand the benefits of the AM. But if we can get upstream enough in the design cycle and justify the cost, we can probably maximize what AM can offer, but it is difficult to insert AM in the design cycle, as many automotive parts are shared between different vehicles. I think the key thing is to figure out where AM fits well. Right now, AM works great for specialty parts in customized, low-volume vehicles where individual components can add value to the customers.

How did your experience with RadTech begin?

Last year, I took a basic UV/EB technology online class that was put together by Mickey Fortune at RadTech. That became a very cool resource. Chris Seubert, a technical expert in the Ford painting research team, is a member of the RadTech board. Thanks to him, the Ford AM team has been able to make a lot of connections through RadTech.

The RadTech YP Committee aims to stimulate young professionals’ (YPs) growth in the use and development of UV and EB technology by enhancing interactions among YPs and senior experts within RadTech. For questions or get involved, contact yp@radtech.org.