The materials wars in the aircraft industry are heating up. Allegheny Technologies Inc. introduced its new titanium ATI 425 Alloy to the commercial aerospace industry at this year’s Farnborough International Air Show, held near London, UK. The Company’s display featured several products made from the new alloy including continuously cold-rolled titanium sheet, formed plate, and prototype aerospace fasteners.
Alcan launched a new lightweight aluminum alloy at the air show as Boeing flew in a composite-bodied Dreamliner 787 in its international air show debut.
Producing high-quality end-production metal parts with additive manufacturing for applications like aerospace and medical requires very tightly controlled processes and materials. New standards and guidelines for machines and processes, materials, and printed parts are underway from bodies such as ASTM International.
Although plastics make up only about 11% of all US municipal solid waste, many are actually more energy-dense than coal. Converting these non-recycled plastics into energy with existing technologies could reduce US coal consumption, as well as boost domestic energy reserves, says a new study.
This year's Dupont-sponsored WardsAuto survey of automotive designers and other engineers shows lightweighting dominates the discussion. But which materials will help them meet the 2025 CAFE standards are not entirely clear.
Artificially created metamaterials are already appearing in niche applications like electronics, communications, and defense, says a new report from Lux Research. How quickly they become mainstream depends on cost-effective manufacturing methods, which will include additive manufacturing.
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