Howmet Dover Casting, an Alcoa business located in Dover, NJ, took home an award in the 2003 casting contest sponsored by the Investment Casting Institute. The company received the award for swirler component used in an industrial gas turbine. Formerly a 27-piece fabricated assembly, Howmet cast the swirler as a single-piece near-net-shape component. For more information, visit www.alcoa.com.
Design collaboration now includes the entire value chain. From suppliers to customers, purchasing to outside experts, the collaborative design team includes internal and external groups. The design process now stretches across the globe in multiple software formats.
A new high-pressure injection-molding technology produces near-net shape parts with 2-inch-thick walls from high-performance materials like PEEK, PAI, and carbon-filled polymers. Parts show no voids, sinks, or porosity, have more consistent mechanical properties, and are stronger.
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