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.
Some of the biggest self-assembled building blocks and structures made from engineered DNA have been developed by researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute. The largest, a hexagonal prism, is one-tenth the size of an average bacterium.
Arevo Labs' end-production 3D printing technology for carbon composites includes a high-temperature, filament fusion printer head design and firmware for use with the company's new carbon fiber and nanotube reinforced high-temperature matrix polymers like PEEK.
Stratasys will buy Solid Concepts and Harvest Technologies and combine them with its RedEye service business. The plan takes aim at end-production manufacturing and will create one of the biggest commercial 3D printing and AM service bureaus.
The International Federation of Robotics reports that global sales of industrial robots decreased by 4% in 2012 over 2011. The biggest hit was electrical/electronics manufacturing, down by 13%; but by region, the Amerficas did well.
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