Wolf acts on reforms to protect, advocate for vulnerable Pennsylvanians

WILKES-BARRE — Acknowledging long-standing issues with existing state systems, Gov. Tom Wolf by executive order announced that an overhaul of the state services and systems to protect the most vulnerable Pennsylvanians begins this week. “This is the beginning of a process to acknowledge Pennsylvania, over the past few decades, has failed to maintain our systems to protect and help our most vulnerable residents, and that must change,” Wolf said. “We’ve heard and seen the horror stories. Many stem from a government too eager to serve the needs of institutions and too reluctant to serve the needs of people. I am taking executive action to make changes that will stop the system from failing Pennsylvanians most in need of our protection and care. This process builds on and incorporates important reforms passed and proposed by the General Assembly, and begins what I hope to be a productive but honest conversation about how we can move forward to protect Pennsylvanians and put people first.” Wolf’s “Protection of Vulnerable Populations” Executive Order establishes an Office of Advocacy and Reform, maintained by the governor’s office with an executive director that includes a new child ...

A Kickstarter has been launches for SafFire, a hybrid SLA 3D printer and laser engraver. Backers

A Kickstarter has been launches for SafFire, a hybrid SLA 3D printer and laser engraver. Backers can choose from several accessory combinations, depending on whether they need engraving only ($1,095) or engraving plus small ($1,390), large ($2,990), or both ($3,285) sizes of SLA 3D printing. Lasers are the secret to many forms of advanced manufacturing, such as laser cutting, engraving, and certain forms of 3D printing like Stereolithography and Selective Laser Sintering. Given the versatility of the laser, it is perhaps surprising that relatively few manufacturers have attempted to develop multipurpose machines that utilize a laser for several functions. Arthur W. Matteson, maker of the ‘SafFire’ 3D printer and laser engraver, saw an opportunity there, and his all-new galvo-based machine is currently half-way through a Kickstarter campaign which, with around two weeks left to run, could yet hit its goal of $40,000. Ever since the global success of Formlabs and its Form 1 and Form 2 Stereolithography 3D printers, it seems you just can’t make an SLA machine without giving it a translucent orange casing. We have no problem with this identifying feature, and—in fairness to the SafF...