Z Corporation (Burlington, MA) has launched a metal casting program to develop relationships with metal casting foundries throughout North America. The program establishes a network of Z Corporation customers, pattern makers, and foundries who are involved in the prototyping of metal parts. The program springs from the company's ZCast™ technology, which involves printing metal casting molds directly from digital data. The process drastically reduces the time it takes to produce a casting from weeks to days. The technology can be used to create patterns for the sand casting or investment casting of metal parts. More information about ZCast and the Metal Casting Program can be found at www.zcorp.com.
Most machine design engineers will survey existing component manufacturers for standard linear guide products, limiting what they can do with their designs. Using extruded aluminum profile guides can customize machine designs while shrinking the bill of materials.
Practically all electronic devices today contain metals that may
be coming from conflict-ravaged African countries. And political pressures will increasingly influence how these minerals are sourced and used in products.
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