These screens for medical applications, hydraulic-valve screens, fuel filters, laser-light filters, extruding screens, and particle separation and sizing, are are made with photoetching. This approach means that the openings don't shift or change as the screens work. They also lack the burrs that are associated with stamped screens. They can be made with straight or tapered holes, and hole sizes are as small as 0.003 inch. They are usually stainless steel, but can be other materials. Many sizes and custom shapes are available, but the standard screens have 60 or 90 degree patterns with a maximum guaranteed perforated area of 18 3 21 inches.
What if algae borne of fertilizer runoff that pollutes rivers and lakes could be harvested and used as biofuel feedstock? What if the leftovers could be recycled into farm soil nutrients, eliminating at least some of the need for artificial fertilizers in the first place? Western Michigan University researchers have a plan.
Manufacturers of plastic parts recognize the potential of conformal cooling to reduce molding cycle times. Problem is, conformal molds require additive manufacturing (AM), and technologies in that space are still evolving. Costs also can be high, and beyond that, many manufacturing organizations lack the knowledge and expertise needed to apply and incorporate additive technologies into their operations.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.