EWI (www.ewi.org) will host a conference on fuel cell manufacturing March 8 at the St. John's Conference Center in Plymouth, MI. The program, "The Future of Lasers in Fuel Cell Manufacturing," will precede the Automotive Laser Applications Workshop running through March 10 in Plymouth. The fuel cell program will be chaired by Stanley Ream, automotive market leader for EWI, which is researching alternative methods to assemble fuel cell components with adhesives, brazing, and laser welding. Registration is available online now through March 5 at http://cpd.engin.umich.edu/programs/index-conferences.html.
The supply chain will change significantly over the next 10 years as industry 4.0 technology enhances supply chain performance, according to the 2015 MHI Annual Industry Report, “Supply Chain Innovation — Making the impossible possible.”
United Launch Alliance will fly 3D-printed flight hardeware parts on its rockets starting next year with the Atlas V. The company's Vulcan next-gen launch vehicle will have more than 100 production parts made with 3D printing. The main driver? Parts consolidation and 57% lower production costs.
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