Spinning off from design work it did for an agricultural customer, the Heim Division of RBC Bearings (www.rbcbearings.com) will soon offer all customers the opportunity to get a custom, injection-molded, engineered thermoplastic self-lubricating race in standard rod ends. "Our injection molding method requires no drilled hole in the rod-end head," says Heim's Rick Williams. The result, he adds, is a high-strength self-lubricating rod end that can be tailored to specific applications.
Sales of semiconductors, interconnects, and other electronic components in North America were flat through the second quarter of 2015, reflecting a pattern that’s been repeating itself for several years.
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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