A major American fastener manufacturer is drawing a line in the sand with Asian and other competitors. Six exhibitors at the National Industrial Fastener Show/West in Las Vegas this week were served complaints that they are exhibiting and offering for sale products which violate one or more of PennEngineering’s trademarks and patents. PennEngineering has asked a federal district court in Nevada to require these companies to immediately cease and desist from their infringing activities and to award PennEngineering appropriate damages. The named companies include Shanghai Jingyang Import & Export Co., Ltd.; Clinching Fasteners Co., Ltd.; Shenzhen Hongyijin Metal Co., Ltd.; Dongtai City Huwaei Standard Component Corp.; Finexpress Fastener Co., Ltd.; and Richard Manno & Co., Inc. The PEM products in question include but are not limited to Types PF11, PF12, PFC2P, PFHV, AC, AS, LAC, LAS, FH, SKC, and TPS.
An MIT research team has invented what they see as a solution to the need for biodegradable 3D-printable materials made from something besides petroleum-based sources: a water-based robotic additive extrusion method that makes objects from biodegradable hydrogel composites.
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.
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