The Metal Powder Industries Federation has opened its 2005 international design competition, which recognizes achievements in the commercial production of powder metal components. Winners will be announced at the 2005 International Conference on Powder Metallurgy & Particulate Materials, June 19-23, Montreal, Canada. Judging guidelines are based on the overall design, engineering properties of the material, and promotional value to the powder metal industry. Entries for the competition are due by April 1, 2005. For more info, visit 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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