Magnesium injection molding will be a big winner as auto OEMs lighten vehicles. The number of pounds of magnesium in cars remains small, about 10 pounds on average. But that could easily quadruple over the next four years. Molded magnesium will be a winner because it overcomes some of the energy cost and environmental problems associated with die casting. One evidence: Volkswagen is installing a Thixomolding machine in its Kassel, Geremany production plant. VW will use the process to make steering wheels, seating, shifter housings, instrument panels, roof structures and structural chassis components.
actually the application of magnesium alloy thixo-molding was introduced for some aspects such as a machine function surface quality and corrosion resistance. this products was produced by die-casting. good thing that volkswagens applies this technology into their volkswagen parts. this will really helps it to lighten the load.
A self-propelled robot developed by a team of researchers headed by MIT promises to detect leaks quickly and accurately in gas pipelines, eliminating the likelihood of dangerous explosions. The robot may also be useful in water and petroleum pipe leak detection.
Aerojet Rocketdyne has built and successfully hot-fire tested an entire 3D-printed rocket engine. In other news, NASA's 3D-printed rocket engine injectors survived tests generating a record 20,000 pounds of thrust. Some performed equally well or better than welded parts.
Researchers at MIT's d'Arbeloff Laboratory are developing shoulder- and hip-mounted robotic arms to help workers in aircraft manufacturing perform difficult or complex assembly tasks that would normally require two people.
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