Are you looking for advice on bar steel fatigue? The American Iron and Steel Institute is starting up a blog on that subject for materials engineers, application engineers, FEA simulation experts, as well as OEM and supplier design engineers. The first post covers the topic Does Grain Refining Practice Affect Fatigue Properties? The post looks at strain life data for aluminum, niobium and vanadium that are used for grain refinement in medium carbon steels. The post comes from blog administrator Tom Oakwood, a PhD metallurgical engineer with 40 years experience. He was one of the founding members of the AISI Bar Fatigue Database.
Alcoa has unveiled a new manufacturing and materials technology for making aluminum sheet, aimed especially at automotive, industrial, and packaging applications. If all its claims are true, this is a major breakthrough, and may convince more automotive engineers to use aluminum.
NASA has just installed a giant robot to help in its research on composite aerospace materials, like those used for the Orion spacecraft. The agency wants to shave the time it takes to get composites through design, test, and manufacturing stages.
The European Space Agency (ESA) is working with architects Foster + Partners to test the possibility of using lunar regolith, or moon rocks, and 3D printing to make structures for use on the moon. A new video shows some cool animations of a hypothetical lunar mission that carries out this vision.
If there's one thing 3D printing's good for, it's customization. New Balance Athletic Shoe Company has begun using 3D printing to make customized spike plates for its running shoes made for members of its Team New Balance runners. They provide better traction and shave off a tiny bit of weight.
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