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NIU EIGERlab December 2015 Newsletter

Center for Product Development to host News Conference, Open House and Innovation Tuesday Meetup

You’re Invited!

Clients, partners and innovators are invited to check out the new location of the NIU EIGERlab’s Center for Product Development during a series of activities at the center on Tuesday, December 8.

NIU EIGERlab and 3D Platform will be announcing a strategic partnership. 3D Platform is a leading manufacturer of large-scale, industrial-class 3D printers. Based in Roscoe, Illinois, 3D Platform is a company of skilled mechatronics engineers who embraces rapid advances in technology to innovate, design, and build next generation equipment for rapid prototyping.

NIU EIGERlab hosts a monthly Innovation Tuesday Meetup. December’s Meetup will cap off the December 8 activities, including presenters on the changing world of 3D design, new 3D printer platforms and current advancements in 3D print materials.

When: Tuesday, December 8

2 PM | News Conference

3:00 – 5:30 PM | Open house

5:30 – 7:30 PM | Innovation Tuesday Meetup Speakers from: 3D Platform, Computer Aided Technology (CATI) and the Center for Product Development Center

Where: NIU EIGERlab’s Center for Product Development, 5299 Zenith Parkway, Loves Park, IL 815.965.3522 | Northwest of Rock Cut State Park and the new Woodward location between Perryville and Forest Hills roads

Register for the Innovation Tuesday meetup online via Meetup or email,


NIU’s President Baker, “Fueling the Region’s Economic Engine”

America doesn’t make things anymore.

We’ve all heard that sadly common complaint, and maybe we’ve thought it true. But, I’m happy to say, the naysayers who spread that idea are entirely wrong.

Proof that our country is still working – still dreaming, still brainstorming, still building, still creating the kinds of jobs that forge a prosperous future – came earlier this week in Rockford.

I made trips Monday and Tuesday to the Forest City, the first to celebrate the news that the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute will open its first chapter there and, one day later, to mark the 20th anniversary of NIU-Rockford and exciting changes to the NIU EIGERlab.

For businesses and the people they employ, these announcements offered good news about the “stateline” region and illustrated the depth of our commitment to helping drive the economy.

Rockford’s DMDII chapter is “the place” for area small- and medium-sized manufacturers “to share ideas, develop and learn about industry-changing new technologies and contribute to the American manufacturing revolution.”

Those aren’t my words.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos and other elected officials and local business leaders heard that from Dean Bartles, executive director of DMDII and chief manufacturing officer for UI LABS, of which the institute is a collaboration.

Click here for the complete article.


Burress’ secure “Shark Tank” connection

CONGRATULATIONS to Tracie and Glen Burress! November 20th it was announced that they made a connection with “Shark Tank’s” shark, Daymond John, CEO of FUBU.

Daymond’s company, “FUBU is an American clothing and hip hop apparel company. It includes casual wear, sportswear, a suit collection, eyewear, belts, and shoes. The name is considered to be an acronym for “For Us By Us”.

Click here to visit the sockTABs website. 

Please see the “NIU EIGERlab in the News” section below for the Burress’ media coverage.

Click here for the complete December Newsletter.

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