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.
These new 3D-printing technologies and printers include some that are truly boundary-breaking: a sophisticated new sub-$10,000, 10-plus materials bioprinter, the first industrial-strength silicone 3D-printing service, and a clever twist on 3D printing and thermoforming for making high-quality realistic models.
Using simulation to guide the drafting process can speed up the design and production of 3D-printed nanostructures, reduce errors, and even make it possible to scale up the structures. Oak Ridge National Laboratory has developed a model that does this.
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