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.
The FDA has just released draft guidelines for using 3D printing in the design, development, and manufacture of regulated medical products. Although the recommendations are non-binding, they do set some much-needed parameters.
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