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.
Airbus Defence and Space has 3D printed titanium brackets for communications satellites. The redesigned, one-piece 3D-printed brackets have better thermal resistance than conventionally manufactured parts, can be produced faster, cost 20% less, and save about 1 kg of weight per satellite.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
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