Domestic die casting shipments will increase next year after two years of declines, forecasts the new State of the Industry report from the North American Die Casting Association (NADCA). An uptick in automotive use has triggered a rise in magnesium die casting shipments. Another 3% improvement is expected this year with a 4% gain in 2008. Aluminum and zinc are not faring as well. A 1.2% drop in aluminum shipments is forecast for 2007 before a 1.5% increase will be seen in 2008, with similar results for zinc. New technical developments are on the horizon. Keep an eye on the print pages of Design News.
A new white paper by the Association for Advancing Automation says that increases in industrial robot shipments correlates positively with increases in US job growth based on Bureau of Labor statistics. The result could be new types of manufacturing and engineering jobs.
Ford will be the first automaker to commercially use Alcoa's tough & fast Micromill aluminum alloy process and materials, debuting on several 2016 F-150 truck components. Alcoa will also license its Micromill process and materials technology to Danieli Group.
NIST's new five-year strategic plan for its Material Measurement Laboratory lists additive manufacturing materials development as one of the main areas it will support by developing measurements, data, techniques, and models.
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