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H2 Client Faustson Tool Honored by Innovation Pavilion



H2 client Faustson Tool received the Manufacturer’s Edge Manufacturing Innovation Award at Innovation Pavilion’s inaugural Innovation Awards ceremony last week. Governor John Hickenlooper gave opening remarks for the event, which was attended by more than 350 members of Colorado’s innovation community.

To view Innovation Pavilion's video of a pre-award interview of Heidi (H2 CEO and Faustson VP) and Faustson President Alicia Svaldi, click here.




H2 Brings GE Additive's Design for Additive Manufacturing Course to Denver

GE Additive’s Design for Additive Manufacturing Course Comes to Denver


October 24&25 class brings world-class information to Colorado manufacturing designers and engineers


Denver, Colorado – H2 Manufacturing Solutions, providing manufacturers a broad scope of problem-solving services, in cooperation with GE Additive and Manufacturer’s Edge, brings GE Additive’s Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM) course to Denver October 24 and 25, 2017. The State of Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) will provide classroom space at 1625 Broadway Street, 8th floor, Denver, CO 80202.


“Additive manufacturing is fundamentally changing how manufacturing is done, and the biggest gap is designing parts to realize all the benefits additive provides,” said H2 Manufacturing Solutions CEO Heidi Hostetter. “We’re thrilled to bring the world’s leading experts in additive manufacturing design to Colorado to share their knowledge. H2 and Manufacturer’s Edge saw this as another way to help the ongoing effort to make Colorado a leader in additive manufacturing.”


“With additive manufacturing, design innovation is free,” said Chris Schuppe, engineering leader at GE Additive. GE has stated that industrial 3D printing will forever change the manufacturing world as we know it. This is one step that design engineers can take to ensure they are prepared for that change.


Schuppe will lead the class, and bring other GE Additive experts along as instructors. In 2012 he led GE Aviation’s engineering design team, which made significant improvements to the CFM International LEAP engine fuel nozzle. In November 2014 his team developed and tested a CT7 GE helicopter engine designed and made with almost 90% additive parts and systems. His teams have also been responsible for creating additive heat exchangers and developing additive applications for many other programs.


The CFM LEAP fuel nozzle tip combines 20 parts into one for a 400% increase in durability and 25% reduction in weight and was one of the first additively manufactured jet engine components certified by the FAA. This translates into a savings for an airline flying a plane with CFM’s next-generation LEAP engine, thanks to a part that combines many engineering and manufacturing steps into one, and can only be made using additive manufacturing.


Schuppe’s teams created and generated more than 50 patents in 2016. He also led the engineering function for GE’s acquisition of Concept Laser and Arcam – both makers of additive manufacturing machines. In October 2016 he became engineering integration leader for GE Additive, GE’s new business focused on accelerating the additive adoption rate across many industries such as Automotive, Aerospace, Energy, Medical and Dental.


Topics covered in the course include an introduction to additive manufacturing, design for additive manufacturing, additive material characteristics and selection, additive part selection, machine and part qualification, as well as break-out exercises and open discussion.


This event and the cutting-edge information it presents is normally offered at $3,000 per seat. It will be free of charge to the first 55 manufacturing professionals from Colorado who register. Lunch will be provided by Manufacturer’s Edge.


What: GE Design for Additive Manufacturing Course

Dates: October 24 & 25, 2017

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Place: 1625 Broadway St, Suite 820, Denver, CO 80202

Cost: Free. To register, visit this web page.

Course attendance is limited to two attendees from any company/organization.


About H2 Manufacturing Solutions
H2 Manufacturing Solutions offers a broad range of services to help manufacturers navigate the daily challenges of the modern manufacturing world. Our one-stop shop addresses any business challenge a manufacturer encounters, from representing best-in-class equipment and service providers to operational improvement consulting to business development strategies to technical expertise. At H2, our mission is to make manufacturers’ day-to-day challenges more manageable and less frustrating. Our promise is to deliver Honest. Hardworking. Results. For more information, contact H2 Manufacturing Solutions at 970-692-3344 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Visit H2 Manufacturing Solutions on the web, Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.


About Colorado OEDIT
The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) works with statewide partners to create a positive business climate that encourages dynamic economic development and sustainable job growth. Under the leadership of Governor John Hickenlooper, we strive to advance the state’s economy through financial and technical assistance in support of local and regional economic development activities throughout Colorado.


About Manufacturer’s Edge
Manufacturer’s Edge is a statewide manufacturing assistance center, partially funded by the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). Manufacturer’s Edge encourages the strength and competitiveness of Colorado manufacturers through onsite technical assistance through coaching, training, and consulting, collaboration-focused industry programs, and leveraging government, university and economic development partnerships.


The H2 Manufacturing Solutions Mission


At H2 Manufacturing Solutions, we work every day to help our clients navigate the challenges of competing in the manufacturing business. They have questions we help answer and problems we help solve from all parts of their businesses - hiring, managing, sales, operations, regulation, certification, selecting, purchasing and installing new equipment, and more. We're here to help them - and you - based on more than two decades of experience in the metal manufacturing world.

Our mission is to make day-to-day challenges more manageable and less frustrating to achieve the best possible outcome.

Our promise is to deliver Honest. Hardworking. Results.

Contact us today to learn how we can help you.

Hostetter MFG Woman of the Year Finalist


Heidi Hostetter Named MFG Woman of the Year Finalist

The Colorado Women in Manufacturing association's first Manufacturing Woman of the Year award has named Heidi Hostetter as a finalist.

The other finalists include Marcia Coulson, Eldon James; Erica Easter, Easter-Owens; and Mickele Bragg, Geotech Environmental Equipment.

The 2nd annual Colorado Manufacturing Awards recognizes exceptional companies and people leading the modern manufacturing economy. This year's theme is Innovation in Product Manufacturing.

Three finalists in nine industry categories and the supply chain are competing to be named a Colorado Manufacturing Award Recipient. Companies will also be recognized for Innovation in Supply Chain, Large-company Skunkworks, and an outstanding Woman in Manufacturing.

Join us to recognize and celebrate Colorado manufacturing by showcasing process and systems innovation in small-to-middle market manufacturers and divisions or departments of enterprise-level companies.

The winner will be announced at the Colorado Manufacturing Awards the evening of Thursday, March 13, 2017, hosted at Denver's The Art Hotel.

Hostetter Joins NoCo Manufacturing Partnership Board


NoCo Manufacturing Partnership Elects Three to Board of Directors

The NoCo Manufacturing Partnership has three new board members.

Stacy Johnson, director of economic development for the town of Windsor; Heidi Hostetter, CEO of H2 Manufacturing Solutions, VP at Faustson Tool, Arvada, and industry chair, Alliance for the Development of Additive Processing Technologies, Colorado School of Mines (ADAPT); and Mina Cox, chief operating officer of Specialty Products,  Longmont, were elected to the board. They succeed Brooke Gunn, Scion Aviation; Terry Precht, Vergent Products; and SeonAh Kendall, City of Fort Collins.

The NoCo Manufacturing Partnership has more than 170 manufacturers and 54 public-sector participants. Among its goals: build awareness of diverse careers in manufacturing through company tours and other events for middle and high school students, partner with K-12 and higher education to build relevant skills, and bring together business-to-business networking and supply chain opportunities.

In 2016, the partnership surpassed the 1,000 mark for the number of high school and middle school students in Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, and Longmont who have taken Manufacturing ROCKS! tours; awarded $6,000 in scholarships to Front Range Community College and Aims Community College students; organized a successful NOCOM 2016 Trade Show at the Ranch in Loveland; convened the first Regional Advisory Board Meeting for high schools; and sponsored the first Parent’s Manufacturing Day with Fort Collins manufacturer Woodward as host.

Faustson Tool Awarded Top Prize for Innovation

Faustson Tool Awarded Top Prize for Innovation

Innovation Pavilion’ inaugural event honors leading Colorado companies

Faustson, a worldwide leader in the machining industry, received the Manufacturer’s Edge Manufacturing Innovation Award at Innovation Pavilion’s inaugural Innovation Awards ceremony last week. Governor John Hickenlooper gave opening remarks for the event, which was attended by more than 350 members of Colorado’s innovation community.

In response to the honor, Faustson Vice President Heidi Hostetter said, “We couldn't be more honored to receive this recognition. It's truly an honor and, as noted at the awards ceremony, this is Colorado’s award; we merely accepted it. Thanks to Manufacturer's Edge, School of Mines, OEDIT, Ball and Lockheed and certainly to all the employees of Faustson for their hard work and efforts to make these ideas a reality.”

See video of Hostetter and Faustson President Alicia Svaldi at the award ceremony here.

Faustson was nominated for its long history of leading its field in innovation. Faustson won the award for demonstrating outstanding leadership in building a practical research center in Colorado that provides testing, performance analysis, and materials knowledge for 3D metal printed parts; especially as those parts apply to aerospace and advanced manufacturing.

All nominees were evaluated by entrepreneurial community leaders and Innovation Pavilion partnership organizations. Selection criteria were based on a peer review of a company’s outstanding contribution to advancing innovation in Colorado.

About the awards ceremony, Vic Ahmed, Innovation Pavilion Founder and CEO, said “Since our founding, it has been our mission and vision to recognize and promote leaders in our entrepreneurial community. It is our honor to highlight these nominees in our newest expansion location, Parker, CO. This event has brought together leaders from every sector of our community- businesses, government, and non-profits. These productive collisions are what make Colorado such a special place that promotes problem solving, collaboration, and innovation”.

About Innovation Pavilion

Innovation Pavilion is an ecosystem of entrepreneurs where productive collisions lead to creative solutions. Located in Centennial, Colorado, Innovation Pavilion provides co-working spaces, business incubation programs, job readiness training, and a collaborative community that brings together entrepreneurs and business leaders of all shapes and sizes. For more information, visit

About Faustson Tool

Faustson Tool, a worldwide leader in the machining industry, provides services for clients worldwide in the medical, aerospace, aeronautics, defense, semiconductor and other industries. The company, founded in 1982, provides additive manufacturing/3D metal printing, 3-, 4- and 5-axis milling and 5-axis EDM services, as well as turning capabilities for cutting-edge custom part production, and efficient production of standard parts. Faustson Tool is woman owned and operated small business. For more information, visit, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (303) 420-7422.

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