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.
More and more robots are becoming more autonomous all the time. Now Lockheed Martin has completed a demo mission with two completely autonomous robotic vehicles performing resupply, reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.
Producing high-quality end-production metal parts with additive manufacturing for applications like aerospace and medical requires very tightly controlled processes and materials. New standards and guidelines for machines and processes, materials, and printed parts are underway from bodies such as ASTM International.
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