Nearly 200 PNDC members gathered at Benchmade founders Les & Roberta de Asis' home for our annual VIP Summer Bash with stellar networking, delicious NW treats, beautiful music, and drone "rides".

This event was themed around “The Bounty of the Northwest.” Sherpa Design supported one of the food stations featuring the Northwest’s great bounty of food, while networking, building connections and supporting the regional economy.

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Earlier this year Sherpa Design was pleased to work for digital display maker, Planar Systems. The company was quickly moving forward on a new display system using transparent OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) technology. Planar needed a final design enclosure and a working prototype to show off at an upcoming trade show, and contracted with Sherpa Design to get it done.

Planar has been innovating in transparent technology for over a decade, and with their latest version, the company is focusing on display systems for retail companies, museums, and other industries looking for eye-catching displays animated with motion and video.

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In the hopes of inspiring future engineers and manufacturers, nearly 20 high school students visited Sherpa Design on May 8th. Making the trek from Oregon City, students from the Oregon City Service Learning Academy (OCSLA) toured the inner workings at Sherpa Design’s North Portland offices. 

Since OCSLA is a high school focused on both academic curriculum and meaningful community experiences, the tour gave students a real world view of a working design studio and rapid-prototyping machining facility. Students were shown a sample of engineering projects going from start to finish.

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There I was in the doctor’s office. I sat there as the good doc told me I needed an MRI to check out why my right eye was suddenly on the fritz. After I recovered from the initial shock, I thought (sadly enough), "Cool; I remember hearing you can convert MRI and CatScan files into STL data." After the MRI, I asked the tech if I could get a copy of the data. He happily obliged.

After a little googling, I found a package called Mimics made by Materialise Software This program allows users to clean up different scan layers to keep what they want. It then sweeps a volume around the periphery of the data. It took a little bit to get the convention down, but once I got going it was pretty easy to use. In the end, I was able to output a watertight solid model of my grey matter. Cool.


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