This M2 steel tool bit from Pacific Sintered Metals won the grand prize in the combined hand tools and recreation category. The bit goes into an installation tool that expands and secures tubes within a heat exchanger. Pacific Sintered makes the parts to a full-density of 8.1 g/cm3, using a compaction and liquid-sintering process. For extra wear resistance, the part is then heat treated to 61-63 HRC and triple tempered for toughness. The part's thin and stepped sections are molded near net-shape, which helped contribute to a 90 percent cost reduction compared to machined-wrought M2 bar stock. For more information on Sintered Metals' bit, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/4932-548.
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).
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