The redesigned site has a new look, and has sections focusing on four main areas. The Find an Extruder section offers a simple search and options for advanced searching. Directories are organized alphabetically and geographically for extruders, suppliers and producers. Searches produce contact information and various plant capabilities data such as forms produced and circle size, plus finishing, fabrication and special services, essentially an online version of the annual AEC Buyers' Guide. The Technical Information Section has facts on material comparison, alloys, the extrusion process, tolerances, finishes, and other information. The Extrusion Applications section provides the council's online newsmagazine, Aluminum Extrusion Showcase. The Extrusion Basics section has an overview of aluminum, plus academic resources with basic knowledge of the aluminum extrusion process.
A new service lets engineers and orthopedic surgeons design and 3D print highly accurate, patient-specific, orthopedic medical implants made of metal -- without owning a 3D printer. Using free, downloadable software, users can import ASCII and binary .STL files, design the implant, and send an encrypted design file to a third-party manufacturer.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.