The latest directory from the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) makes powder metallurgy players a bit easier to find. The 2003 PM2 Buyers Guide lists the manufacturing, materials, and product capabilities of 147 suppliers of powder metallurgy components and subassemblies. And the 2003 PM2 Suppliers directory lists 163 companies and organizations that produce the various metal feedstocks, make process equipment, and provide powder metallurgy services. Copies of the directory are available from the MPIF. Visit www.mpif.org.
More and more robots are becoming more autonomous all the time. Now Lockheed Martin has completed a demo mission with two completely autonomous robotic vehicles performing resupply, reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.
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.
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