Titanium is a super strong and light weight metal, and is ideally suited for many design projects ranging from recreational equipment to aircraft. But act now to lock up supplies if you hope to use it to any significant extent in the next several years. Reason: Major aircraft OEMs are securing projected needs through very long-term supply agreements. Boeing, Rolls-Royce, and most recently United Technologies Corp. have all signed long-term commitments to buy the material from major suppliers such as Timet, Allegheny Technologies and Russia’s Vsmpo-Avisma.
United Launch Alliance will fly 3D-printed flight hardeware parts on its rockets starting next year with the Atlas V. The company's Vulcan next-gen launch vehicle will have more than 100 production parts made with 3D printing. The main driver? Parts consolidation and 57% lower production costs.
A new report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) makes a start on developing control schemes, process measurements, and modeling and simulation methods for powder bed fusion additive manufacturing.
Although bio-based polymers face challenges from petroleum-based polymers, in certain markets they can displace the petro-based incumbents. Here are six new bio-based and renewable plastics for a variety of applications.
BASF has developed tools and initiatives to help engineers use more of its renewable materials in their designs, more effectively, as well as to build parts using them with more predictable performance.
Just in time for Earth Day, chemicals leader Bayer MaterialScience reported from the UTECH Europe 2015 polyurethane show on programs and applications using its materials to help reduce energy usage. The company also gave an update on its CO2-based PU as that eco-friendly material comes closer to production.
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