Is powder metal the right choice for your existing metal parts? A new "conversion kit" from GKN Sinter Metals (Auburn Hills, MI) can help you find out. These free kits contain information on the design criteria that determine whether a part might be successfully converted to powder metal. Also in the kit is a simple form for describing the part's dimensions, material specifications, critical tolerance characteristics, operating environment, and current manufacturing process. And it lastly contains pre-paid Airborne Express packaging to send the conversion form and sample parts back to GKN's engineering department for evaluation. GKN will provide a 15-business-day turnaround for feedback on the submitted components. Engineers can request a conversion kit online at www.sinter.gknplc.com.
University of Southampton researchers have come up with a way to 3D print transparent optical fibers like those used in fiber-optic telecommunications cables, potentially boosting frequency and reducing loss.
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