The big buzz at the upcoming Fakuma injection molding show in Germany is energy efficiency. Because of soaring hydrocarbon prices, that’s what OEMs are emphasizing. Austrian OEM Engel is showing what is describes as energy optimized, powerful machine designs. Engel will show three fully electric machines and the e-victory hybrid machine. Arbug says it has a “holistic” approach. “On one hand, the goal is to produce the Allrounder machines using as little energy as possible,” says a spokesman. “On the other, Arburg seeks to use its products and expertise in order to efficiently minimize energy consumption among its customers.” Four Arburg machines at the Fakuma bear the “e²” energy efficiency label: two from the electric Allrounder A series and two hydraulic Allrounder S series machines with electromechanical dosage drive.
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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