Despite the tough economic conditions, the powder metallurgy industry in North America grew last year, according to figures released by the Metal Powder Industries Federation (www.mpiF.org) during its annual conference in Las Vegas. Iron powder shipments, an important indicator of how the industry is faring, increased by 12.4% in 2002 to 434,298 short tons. Of this amount, powder metal parts represented 408,236 short tons for a 13% increase.
The company says it anticipates high-definition video for home security and other uses will be the next mature technology integrated into the IoT domain, hence the introduction of its MatrixCam devkit.
Siemens and Georgia Institute of Technology are partnering to address limitations in the current additive manufacturing design-to-production chain in an applied research project as part of the federally backed America Makes program.
Most of the new 3D printers and 3D printing technologies in this crop are breaking some boundaries, whether it's build volume-per-dollar ratios, multimaterials printing techniques, or new materials types.
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