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Stator Tech wins award for motor CAD platform

Needham, Mass.-based electric motor design and software company ECM PCB Stator Tech was announced a winner in the Leadership In Engineering Achievement Program Awards (LEAP). ECM recently won the 2023 LEAP Awards’ Software category for its PrintStator Motor CAD platform. Hosted by Design World, the LEAP Awards celebrate "the most innovative and forward-thinking products and companies serving the design engineering space." Winners were selected by an independent judging panel, comprised of a cross-section of OEM design engineers and academics.

“ECM is honored to receive recognition from the LEAP Awards’ distinguished panel of judges for our PrintStator Motor CAD software and integrated PCB Stator technology. Electric motor design and performance need a 21st century makeover. PrintStator delivers that capability to the public via SaaS,” ECM CEO Brian Casey said.

ECM’s LEAP Awards accolade adds to a tally of recent innovation competition recognition for the US startup. ECM was announced a winner and honoree in the 2023 Industrial Design, Engineering & Automation (IDEA) Awards for PrintStator as well as its "next generation, pump motor design." ECM also took top honors in The 2023 SaaS Awards for PrintStator — winning four awards (including Bespoke SaaS Solution of The Year).

The most recent LEAP Awards distinction "underscores the dynamic benefits and pressing need for ECM’s software offering and business model," the company says.

Macro trends—such as mass electrification and automation—are pushing global demand for specialized electric motors to over a billion units annually in a sector valued at over $200 billion. On energy sustainability, research underscores that outdated electric motor systems account for over 40% of global electricity consumption.

As a company, ECM pairs PrintStator Motor CAD to patented PCB Stator innovation to create premium performance, next generation electric machines. CB Stators replace the bulky copper windings in traditional motors with an ultra-thin disc. PCB Stator motors designed via PrintStator are up to 70% lighter than conventional options, while achieving efficiencies in the mid-90s, and requiring just 20% of the raw materials.

As a software tool, PrintStator powers the custom design, manufacture, and integration of PCB Stator electric motors to precise performance and form factor requirements. To scale these benefits broadly, PrintStator’s SaaS features allow any innovator—from startup entrepreneur to big-company engineer—to become an electric motor designer and producer.

ECM’s SaaS model extends options for vertical integration and production to large and small industry players alike. After an exclusive release in 2023, ECM will offer PrintStator to the public in Q1 2024.

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