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.
The Beam Store from Suitable Technologies is managed by remote workers from places as diverse as New York and Sydney, Australia. Employees attend to store visitors through Beam Smart Presence Systems (SPSs) from the company. The systems combine mobility and video conferencing and allow people to communicate directly from a remote location via a screen as well as move around as if they are actually in the room.
An MIT research team has invented what they see as a solution to the need for biodegradable 3D-printable materials made from something besides petroleum-based sources: a water-based robotic additive extrusion method that makes objects from biodegradable hydrogel composites.
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