Newly developed ATI 425 Alloy sheet can be produced with superior gauge control and improved surface finish, offering aircraft design engineers new opportunities for improving the manufacturability and weight-saving potential of aerospace components.
Allegheny Technology Industries of Pittsburgh said the material can be hot or cold rolled and annealed to produce sheet with strength comparable to conventional pack-rolled titanium 6-4 sheet, but with improved formability due to higher room-temperature ductility
Potential aerospace applications include fasteners, erosion strips, tail rotor blades, fuselage body panels and spars, and engine pylon and nacelle fittings.
A tiny humanoid robot has safely piloted a small plane all the way from cold start to takeoff, landing and coming to a full stop on the plane's designated runway. Yes, it happened in a pilot training simulation -- but the research team isn't far away from doing it in the real world.
Some in the US have welcomed 3D printing for boosting local economies and bringing some offshored manufacturing back onshore. Meanwhile, China is wielding its power of numbers, and its very different relationships between government, education, and industry, to kickstart a homegrown industry.
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