Boeing is actively exploring technologies that can be used to recycle its carbon fiber composite aircraft, such as the Dreamliner, when they finish their service life. As a result, a greater supply of lower-cost recycled carbon fiber may soon enter the commercial pipeline from industrial scrap and applications that date back several years. Two companies are partnering with Boeing to develop carbon fiber from recycled sources. They are Adherent Technologies of Albuquerque, NM, and Milled Carbon in the United Kingdom, which already processes more than 500 metric tons of carbon fiber composites per year in a thermo/chemical process .
The 100-percent solar-powered Solar Impulse plane flies on a piloted, cross-country flight this summer over the US as a prelude to the longer, round-the-world flight by its successor aircraft planned for 2015.
GE Aviation expects to chop off about 25 percent of the total 3D printing time of metallic production components for its LEAP Turbofan engine, using in-process inspection. That's pretty amazing, considering how slow additive manufacturing (AM) build times usually are.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.