PM helped shave nearly 20 percent off the cost of a lawn mower blade-stop assembly, which won the grand prize in the competition's lawn-and-garden category. Previously, the assembly's drum and pulleys had been machined, cast and stamped. Burgess-Norton Mfg. Co. used PM to add features that ease assembly to the mower blade. Among them are a molded key on the pulleys and hexagonal pockets on the drum. The pulleys are also sinter bonded together into a single component. Burgess-Norton forms the parts to a density of 6.9 g/cm3 with an ultimate tensile strength of 280 MPa and an apparent hardness of 50-80 HRB. For more information on the Burgess-Norton blade stop, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/4932-547.
Researchers have been working on a number of alternative chemistries to lithium-ion for next-gen batteries, silicon-air among them. However, while the technology has been viewed as promising and cost-effective, to date researchers haven’t managed to develop a battery of this chemistry with a viable running time -- until now.
Norway-based additive manufacturing company Norsk Titanium is building what it says is the first industrial-scale 3D printing plant in the world for making aerospace-grade metal components. The New York state plant will produce 400 metric tons each year of aerospace-grade, structural titanium parts.
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