On October 18th, the inaugural Fourth Revolution Awards hosted by manufacturing innovation centers mHUB, UI LABS and IMEC took place in Chicago, Illinois honoring talent and achievements in the region’s manufacturing community.
Product development experts from Fisher Unitech were there to celebrate along with other technology enthusiasts and visionaries in the greater Chicago manufacturing community. Keep reading to learn more about this intelligence and technology driven event and more about the mHUB community.
What is the Fourth Revolution?
Unlike the Industrial Revolutions of the past, the Fourth Revolution is changing how we engage with the world across all industries, and it’s happening at unprecedented speeds. This technological revolution will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another.
Technological advances in the Fourth Industrial Revolution fuse physical product development with digital processes and all disciplines, economies and industries are impacted. Central to this revolution are emerging technology breakthroughs in fields such as the Internet of Things, autonomous vehicles, 3D printing, robotics and artificial intelligence.
Highlights from the Fourth Revolution Awards ceremony in Chicago
Over 250 attendees from the local manufacturing and innovation communities were in attendance at the Fourth Revolution Awards ceremony. Governor Rauner gave a brief speech stressing the importance of technology-based businesses in Chicago. He would like the area to be the next Silicon Valley. Deputy Mayor, Bob Rivkin, also spoke about how exciting it was to have this growing community doing innovative things in the community.
There were well over 100 Fourth Revolution Award applications evaluated by about 40 judges. A winner was chosen for each of the following seven awards presented: Community Empowerment Award, Product Design of the Year Award, Small and Mid-Sized Manufacturer of the Year Award, Startup of the Year Award, Corporate Champion Award, Manufacturer of the Year Award and the Innovation of the Year Award that went to Fisher Unitech’s customer, Impossible Object.
Impossible Object provides composite-based additive manufacturing technology (CBAM), which is fundamentally different from conventional additive manufacturing technologies. Their innovation allows manufacturers to make efficient parts quickly, cheaply, and locally.
Fisher Unitech joins Chicago’s mHUB innovation center and community
mHUB is Chicago's first innovation center for physical product development and manufacturing. It’s a community of product designers, developers, entrepreneurs, engineers and manufacturers.
mHUB fosters connections between local manufacturers, university researchers and Chicago’s entrepreneurial community of makers and technologists, as well as investors who are eager to support new businesses. Through these connections, mHUB ensures that the Midwest region’s manufacturing industry continues to grow, lead, and reduce the cost and barriers to entry for physical product innovation.
Fisher Unitech’s move into mHUB aligns with its mission to fundamentally improve manufacturing in America
Fisher Unitech recently joined the mHUB community by moving its Schaumburg, Illinois office to mHub’s innovation center in downtown Chicago. As a provider of software and hardware for product development, including SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software, Artec scanners, Stratasys and Desktop Metal 3D printing technologies, the move brings Fisher Unitech into a location with other innovators in the community.
Fisher Unitech’s mission is to fundamentally improve manufacturing in America by delivering, supporting and training customers on the best product development software and additive and subtractive manufacturing solutions available. Being located in the mHUB innovation center will bring even more value and resources to our customers in the Midwest region’s manufacturing industry and universities while furthering growth in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
For more information about mHUB visit www.mhubchicago.com.
About the Author
Christa Prokos is a marketing manager at Fisher Unitech. She researches and writes about the latest business trends and technologies impacting manufacturers, including 3D printing, SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD design and product data management tools, product lifecycle management, virtual reality, and the Internet of Things. Christa has worked as a high tech marketing and communications professional since 2000. You can follow her on Twitter: @ChristaProkos.
Fourth Revolution Awards images courtesy of Adam Schalke and Danny Levy.
mHub image courtesy of mHUB.