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APRIL 2020 I DESIGN007 MAGAZINE 75 chemical-based product. These would include gloves, eye protection, aprons, etc. We recom- mend that it be stored at room temperature, away from direct sunlight. It does not require refrigeration. Thus, it is cost-effective to store when compared to silver epoxies that need freezers for storage. Mina™ can be printed using conventional stencil printers and cured in reflow ovens that already exist in SMT assembly shops. There- fore, there is no need for any specialized equip- ment, storage, or handling constraints around bringing Mina™ into a manufacturing environ- ment. This makes it very easy to adopt. Dunn: How can people learn more? Kadiwala: People can visit our website or email me at Dunn: Divyakant, thank you so much for talk- ing with me and educating us about Mina™. The ability to solder directly to aluminum is certainly an exciting development with many benefits. Kadiwala: Thank you. FLEX007 Tara Dunn is the president of Omni PCB, a manufacturer's rep firm specializing in the PCB industry. To read past columns or contact Dunn, click here. In response to the suspended FIRST season caused by COVID-19, PTC is inviting FIRST teams around the world to compete virtually in its design competition, "Robots to the Rescue," in which teams will be challenged to design a ro- bot that can solve a current real-world problem. FIRST is a robotics community that prepares young people for the future. Each year, the global non-profit organization offers a suite of robotics competitions for students in grades PreK-12. In mid-March, amid school closures and expanded travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 outbreak, FIRST announced the suspension of its current FIRST season. Students are invited to design and compete virtually in Robots to the Rescue using Onshape—the world's only pure Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) product development plat- form. Because Onshape is web-based, FIRST students can collaborate remotely while continuing to hone their engineering skills. As part of the six-week competition, FIRST teams—specifically FIRST Tech Chal- lenge and FIRST Robotics Competition teams—will design a robot that can help solve a real-world problem, such as providing food and supplies to people in remote places, or removing pollution from the atmosphere. The competition launches on Friday, April 3, 2020, with entries accepted through May 15. Students from around the world can register for the competition online here. For a complete list of rules and guidelines, please click here. Both the competition and the use of Onshape are free to stu- dents. Rockwell Automation—also a proud sponsor of FIRST, and with which PTC has a ro- bust strategic alliance—is also supporting the competition. (Source: Business Wire) PTC to Sponsor Global Design Competition, "Robots to the Rescue"

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