Engineers are looking for higher quality metal alloys to solve design problems. Two examples of current substitution trends: Titanium is replacing copper-nickel alloys in large desalinization plants. In a separate development, metallurgical-bonded, nickel-based alloy clad pipe is replacing conventional corrosion-resistant alloy pipe in sour gas applications. The trends were reported by L. Patrick Hassey, CEO of Allegheny Technologies, in a recent conference call with analysts. Hassey retired on May 1.
These new 3D-printing technologies and printers include some that are truly boundary-breaking: a sophisticated new sub-$10,000, 10-plus materials bioprinter, the first industrial-strength silicone 3D-printing service, and a clever twist on 3D printing and thermoforming for making high-quality realistic models.
Using simulation to guide the drafting process can speed up the design and production of 3D-printed nanostructures, reduce errors, and even make it possible to scale up the structures. Oak Ridge National Laboratory has developed a model that does this.
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