Sustainable Business

Author: Ryan Noble

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The term sustainable is generally focused on the environment. It seems this is a drastic under-utilization of the very versatile word. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines sustainability in three ways: : able to be used without being completely used up or destroyed : involving methods that do not completely use up or destroy natural resources : able to last or continue for a… Read More

Disher Ranked #21 of Best Places to Work in the U.S.

21st Best Small Company to Work For

  Disher was named by Great Place to Work® as the 21st best small workplace in the United States on their annual 2015 Best Small & Medium Workplaces list, published this past week in Fortune magazine. Ranked #21, this is Disher’s second year of recognition by Great Place to Work as last year we received the honor of being a Great Rated company. Read more… Read More

Metroto-WHAT?

Author: Sam Passenger

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Recently, I was presented with a set of problems. A customer was struggling to measure a complex three-dimensional surface on a small plastic part. The feature in question is critical to the function of the component. Often, conventional laser scanning is the solution to analyze such features; however, the particular material used for this component is too translucent to be… Read More

Business Leadership Award

Chamber Award

Disher was honored this past week to receive the Business Leadership Award from the West Coast Chamber of Commerce.  Jeff Disher received the award on Friday, September 18th at the chamber’s annual meeting. Below are his remarks: “What an honor it is to be recognized for what this award stands for. On behalf of our team and our company I… Read More

From Engineering Geek to Passionate Leader

Author: Bob Soeters

Bob Soeters Leadership

“Conventional Wisdom says that leaders are born, but I don’t believe that’s true. We can all learn – then teach others – how to understand and apply the principles of successful leadership.”  – Tony Dungy, The Mentor Leader   I have been passionate about developing leaders for over 25 years, however I never set out with this in mind.  As… Read More

Michigan SmartCoast: Story of Invention

A Story of Invention

How do you go from an idea to a design solution? Join the Michigan SmartCoast engineers for a fun, interactive engineering event on Tuesday, September 29 from 4:30 – 6:00 pm. See first-hand how the innovation process works at Charter House Innovations, a design, engineering and manufacturing company that has mastered the art of going from an idea to a… Read More

Hand-Moldable Plastic

Hand-Moldable Plastic

What is it? Hand-moldable plastic allows a designer to create real plastic objects with bare hands.  Simply heat up the plastic with hot air or water, allow it to cool slightly to the touch, and mold away!  Think of it as play-doh for big kids.  After setting, the materials can be machined with conventional machining methods. What can it be… Read More

The Value of Your Problem Statement

Author: Brian Lauer

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  Have you ever found yourself in the midst of a project status review with your management, and your heart sinks when you realize there was a misinterpretation of the original core issue?  How about the frustration of your project getting pushed out only for other less beneficial projects to get the resources? Recall any similar wasteful issues while you… Read More

Finding your balance: Thoughts on being a working mom

Author: Kristin Zietlow

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My work backpack has a mix of 3D printed parts, baby toys, post-it notes and sketches. It does a good job of summing up my life, which is a gratifying mix of engineering and motherhood. Since becoming a mom, I’ve been faced with a mountain of decisions, all centered on keeping life balanced. My dad was a surfer. When I… Read More