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.
A new compression molding compound material combines the light weight, strength, and rigidity of carbon fibers with the flexibility and lower cost of glass materials in a composite compatible with automotive production.
Plastic bearings are real and millions of them are in use doing heavy-duty jobs we used to think only metals could do. Some of Germany-based igus's bearings are traveling around the world as functional parts in a car to demonstrate what they can do.
Baxter showed off his 2.0-derived moves at ATX West this year. The big red guy still looks pretty much the same, but has some new abilities, mostly due to software. The research robot version is now being used in corporate R&D departments as a design platform.
End-production using 3D printing, including objects made of multiple materials in one pass, is getting closer to reality as we saw on the exhibit floor at the recent Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show.