In what may be indicative of a trend, Rockwell Automation has notified its 2,000 worldwide suppliers to stop using lead in certain products by October, in anticipation of advancing environmental regulations. The move to lead-free solder and additives, for example, is in compliance with material restrictions being implemented by the European Union (EU). The company also is requiring its suppliers to change to non-Hexavalent Chromium chromate coating technology for casting corrosion and sheet metal protection. To learn more, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/3855-525.
An in-depth survey of 700 current and future users of 3D printing holds few surprises, but results emphasize some major trends already in progress. Two standouts are the big growth in end-use parts and metal additive manufacturing (AM) most respondents expect.
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