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.
Norway-based additive manufacturing company Norsk Titanium is building what it says is the first industrial-scale 3D printing plant in the world for making aerospace-grade metal components. The New York state plant will produce 400 metric tons each year of aerospace-grade, structural titanium parts.
Siemens and Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology have achieved a faster production process based on selective laser melting for speeding up the prototyping of big, complex metal parts in gas turbine engines.
BMW has already incorporated more than 10,000 3D-printed parts in the Rolls-Royce Phantom and intends to expand the use of 3D printing in its cars even more in the future. Meanwhile, Daimler has started using additive manufacturing for producing spare parts in Mercedes-Benz Trucks.
SABIC's lightweighting polycarbonate glazing materials have appeared for the first time in a production car: the rear quarter window of Toyota's special edition 86 GRMN sports car, where they're saving 50% of its weight compared to conventional glass.
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