The Metal Powder Industries Federation has begun accepting entries for the 2004 International P/M Design Competition. Open to MPIF members, the competition recognizes achievement in seven categories—ferrous, nonferrous, stainless steel, injection molded, advanced particulate materials, innovative functional assembly, and overseas. Winners will be announced at the International Conference on Powder Metallurgy & Particulate Materials, June 13-17 in Chicago. For more information, click on www.mpif.org.
Most machine design engineers will survey existing component manufacturers for standard linear guide products, limiting what they can do with their designs. Using extruded aluminum profile guides can customize machine designs while shrinking the bill of materials.
Practically all electronic devices today contain metals that may
be coming from conflict-ravaged African countries. And political pressures will increasingly influence how these minerals are sourced and used in products.
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