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Partnership with Thomson Industries for Linear Motion Components
Vention, the first digital manufacturing platform dedicated to machine design, and Thomson Industries, a global leader in mechanical motion technology, are announcing their partnership for linear motion components compatible with the Vention hardware and software platform.

Custom Textile Cutting Machine
August Machine of the Month: Foothills Industries used Vention to design and build their new textile cutting machine. Learn more about their experience.

How to Choose Panel Materials for Your Project
Choosing the proper panel material for your application can be a daunting task, but it is crucial in determining the success or failure of the application.

Earn Design Royalties
Professional designers can now earn for contributing to the Vention platform.

Accelerate Your Design-To-Build Workflow with “Design Review”
As Vention continues to integrate additional parts to our library on a monthly basis, this creates many new design options! Help us help you and “Request a Design Review’’.

Vention and Interesting Engineering Team-Up for a Crowd-Sourced Design Challenge
The winning large industrial 3D printer design will win a $1,000 cash prize.

Hardware for Robots
Vention has an array of modular components for robots.

Beyond 3D Podcast
Our CEO and Co-Founder, Etienne Lacroix, was interviewed in Tech Soft 3D's podcast on building equipment in a cloud-based CAD.

Bringing Automotive Inspection Jigs into the Digital Manufacturing Era
The implications of digital manufacturing on cost and manufacturing lead-time.

Speed Up Your Safety Project with Vention’s Modular Parts
Fueled by user requests, we have started to expand Vention’s modular part library to include safety components for machine guards, safety perimeters and enclosures.

Machine of the Month: Cobots Empowering Artists
We have chosen these modular cobot workstations as our Machine of the Month because it is a wonderful example of the democratization of machine design.

Why I Joined Vention
From McKinsey to digital manufacturing. Here are some words from Mathieu on why he joined Vention.

Reflection on the Pre-IoT Era
Some thoughts arising from the Smart Manufacturing Experience show.

Vention Welcomes New VP Business Development with Focus on Cobots Segment
Vention is pleased to announce and welcome Patrick Halde as its VP Business Development. In his role, Patrick will be responsible for supporting and driving Vention's growth, with a dedicated focus on the cobot segment.

When Digital Manufacturing Enables Agility
Read the latest client case study from Novatech, a leading manufacturer of residential entry and patio doors.

Vention and Groupe PolyAlto Announce Strategic Partnership for Digital Manufacturing of Custom Plastic Panels
Vention, the first digital manufacturing platform dedicated to machine design and Groupe PolyAlto, the largest distributor and fabricator of plastic solutions in Eastern Canada, are announcing a partnership for the digital manufacturing of custom plastic panels.

How-To Guide: MachineMotion Control Using the Universal Robot Controller

How-to Guide: Inserting and Connecting Parts in Vention MachineBuilder
In this how-to guide, we will cover basic, as well as more advanced, part insertion and connection functionalities of the Vention MachineBuilder platform.

Designing Automated Equipment in 6 Simple Steps
The Vention environment contains all the necessary hardware & tools to create fully automated machines in record breaking time. This short blog post gives an overview of the different steps required to that end.

Vention and Universal Robots Team-Up for a Crowd-Sourced Design Challenge
Win up to $1,000 in prizes by designing the best 7th axis for a collaborative robot used in palletizing operations using Vention.

Designing the Right Pedestal for Your Collaborative Robots
Collaborative robots are making strong inroads on manufacturing floors all across the globe. One of the most frequent pieces of equipment for which we provide design assistance to customers are robot pedestals. In this blog we share our top eight design considerations.

How to Import any CAD File into the MachineBuilder
Whether you want to validate your robot’s workspace or visualize all connection points of your equipment to your assembly, it is now faster than ever to insert your own 3D models into your Vention design.

CAD|Madness 2018: A Recap
Vention sponsored McGill’s 2018 CAD|Madness event, organized by the Association of Mechanical Engineers. The competition took place last weekend on January 27th-28th at McGill University’s campus, where 10 teams competed in a mechanical design competition for 36 hours.

Vention Raises $3.5M to Accelerate the Development of First Digital Manufacturing Platform Dedicated to Machine Design
Vention, the first digital manufacturing platform dedicated to machine design, is announcing the launch of the first public version of its free cloud-based 3D MachineBuilder™ and the securing of a $3.5 million CAD seed financing led by White Star Capital, alongside previous investors Bolt and Real Ventures.

Creating High-Performance Assemblies with T-Slot Aluminum Extrusions
Today’s engineering managers are under significant pressure to design products that can evolve as fast as the needs of the customers they aim to serve. As a result, we see car platforms with a shelf-life of three years instead of five years become the norm. This new reality is significantly disrupting how end-products and supporting production equipment are being designed and manufactured.

Top 3 Design Tips for Effective T-Slot Aluminum Extrusion Structures
T-slot aluminum extrusions enable fast design and manufacturing of structural frames. However, the structural integrity of such assemblies can be significantly improved through various design considerations and analyses. In this article, we share our top three tips for creating industrial-grade, rigid and reliable t-slot aluminum extrusion structures.

Three Changes in Manufacturing No One Is Talking About
Our team had to chance to talk to over 500 individuals in the manufacturing industry at the Fabtech 2017 tradeshow and we’ve found that business is booming. However, we noticed that there are three big changes happening in the industry that no one is talking about.

Can Every Product Design Organization Become Agile?
In this day and age, agility and speed are some of the most important advantages any business can have. Vention's 3D MachineBuilder provides an amazing ecosystem to study “product design agility”, read about our learnings on the agility of various organizations.

Vention is Now the First Hardware Platform Certified by Universal Robots
We are excited to announce that our MachineBuilder™ and modular parts have received official certification from Universal Robots last week!

Highlights from the Robotiq User Conference
Vention was thrilled to sponsor this year Robotiq User Conference and supply the 40 robot workstations used for their Workshop Challenge. Highlight included an amazing set-up, the launch of lean robotic and discussing strategy during the challenge.

Introducing: Custom Universal Robot Stands
Collaborative robots are now a part of our manufacturing plants. To help you accelerate your robot deployment projects, Vention has released compatible mounting plates so you can build your own modular robot stands.

Digital Manufacturing is Reducing Tooling Cost by 40%
Despite the latest innovations in engineering software, the design and manufacturing of tooling remains highly manual. Fortunately, recent developments in digital manufacturing have paved the way for significant savings and much shorter project timeline.

Engineers just want their Lego back!
Vention is officially 1 year old! Etienne Lacroix, co- founder & CEO, reflects on the past year and the year ahead.

Introducing MachineMotion™ - Plug-and-play Industrial Automation is here!
An Interview with Francois, Head of Automation at Vention

Vention graduates from Creative Destruction Lab
CDL is a program that pairs start-up founders with experienced technology entrepreneurs and investors. Vention has been fortunate to work with Michael Hyatt, Sally Daub and Tomi Poutanen over the past months.

Vention moves to Open Beta!
We are extremely pleased to announce that we are transitioning to open beta, providing all users with free and unrestricted access to Vention's 3D MachineBuilder™

Discover the Six Sources of Waste in Machine Design
We sat down with over 70 engineers and designers across industries to better understand their sources of waste in the design and manufacturing process for custom equipment. Surprisingly, few sources of waste were related to CAD activities!

Industrial Automation is changing Business Operations at Trigonix
Patrick Beauchemin, Director of Operations at Trigonix completed his first project using last month.

Vention's CEO was at Centech this week to Lecture on Iterative Product Development
Etienne Lacroix spoke this week at the Center for Technology Entrepreneurship in Montreal.

Test Jig goes from "Idea" to "In-service" in less than 1 week for Argon 18
Montreal-based high-end race & triathlon bike manufacturer is not only racing the track. See how they used Vention to speed-up their new product validation

An Intuitive way to Connect and Move Components like our Aluminum Extrusions and more
Now you can add parts to any surface of an extrusion; just like you would in the physical world.

Vention wins 2nd Place at the Harvard Business School New Venture Competition
Vention is proud to announce that we came in 2nd place at the Global Finale of the Harvard New Venture Competition!

Introducing the Part Compatibility Checker - Extrusion-based Assemblies made easy!
Wondering if two parts are compatible with one another? Introducing Vention's Compatibility Checker™, get a full list of compatible parts and 3D representation of assembly methods for every part listed in our library.

Discover Vention in 90 Seconds
Vention's cloud-based 3D Machine Builder™ and Hardware Ecosystem is no small task to describe. The platform is so different from the traditional design and build workflow that we thought you might like to see it in action.

A3 Announces Finalists in Automate Launch Pad Startup Competition
Vention is proud to be a finalist for the Automate Launch Pad Startup Competition in Chicago Next week. Come see us at booth #2400.

Vention wins Regional Finals of Harvard Business School New Venture Competition
Vention is excited to announce that it is the winner of Harvard Business School’s Canada New Venture Competition, placing first in addition to winning the public award.

The Most Rigid and Precise Aluminum Extrusion System on the Market
The Vention extrusion system is redefining what is achievable in terms of structural rigidity and precision, learn how Vention's high-performance extrusion can make a difference.

Announcing the Beta Launch of the 1st AI-Enabled 3D MachineBuilder™ is announcing the beta launch of their browser-based 3D MachineBuilder platform, enabling established and emerging designers to design and order their custom industrial equipment in just a few days.

When Machine Design meets Cloud Architecture and Artificial Intelligence
An interview with Max Windisch, CTO at Vention.

Vention is proud to be a laureate of Fondation Montreal Inc.
“This award reflects the quality of the team we assembled as well as the mission we are pursuing,” -Etienne Lacroix

Mechanical Engineering in the 21st Century
An interview with Etienne Lacroix, CEO at Vention, is featured in this months PLAN magazine

Pre-Beta Launch Announcement for Vention Site
Today we launched the pre-beta site for Vention, enabling engineers and designers alike to develop and manufacture custom industrial equipment 5X faster.