Need some die casting design tips? Look no further than a new CD-ROM just released by the North American Die Casting Association (NADCA). Now in its second version, this multi-media guide includes information on alloy composition and properties, casting tolerances, die design, and casting processes. And just in case you missed the 21st international Die Casting Congress and Exposition in 2002, the full set of papers is available for $80. For ordering information, visit the NADCA at www.diecasting.org/publications.
The new composites manufacturing innovation center is intended to be a source of grand challenges for industry, like the kind that got us to the moon under JFK. These aren't the words its new CEO Craig Blue used, but that's the idea and the vision behind the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI).
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.