An Austrian specialty metals’ producer- Bohler Edelstahl - is now operating the world’s largest radial forging machine. The RF100 from American GFM features a maximum forging force of 2000 metric tons. Forging with varying stroke frequencies and rotation angles can create a well-worked core structure as well as improved surface quality. One of the reported benefits is improved microstructure, an important feature for critical aerospace and oilfield applications. One goal is to produce large round bars and billets of nickel alloy 718, 625 and Waspaloy. Bohler Edelstahl, which dates to 1860, focuses on production of high speed steels, tool steels and special materials, concentrating on highly demanding applications. The new generation radial forging machines type RF from GFM combine the technologies of a mechanical eccentric press with that of a hydraulic press.
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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