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New Pastures for Metal Powder Industry With North American automotive customers struggling, companies that produce metal powders and make parts from these materials are branching out to new applications and international markets. Metal Powder Industries Association Executive Director James Trombino assesses opportunities for growth and technical advances that may open up new applications. Full Story
Tungsten Replaces Lead for Shielding
Custom injection molders say that the new material has a specific gravity of 11.0, the same as lead, and shields radiation as well or better than lead. Target applications are manufacturers of products such as x-ray tubes, collimators and housings, dental X-ray equipment and trays, nuclear medicine containers, gaskets and seals. Full Story Special Alloys Target Aerospace and Leisure
Carpenter Technology is expanding steel-making capacity in the U.S. to meet the growing demand for high-allow grades for applications as varied as aircraft landing gear and high-performance golf clubs. The newest allow, Chrome Core 13-XP, targets electromechanical devices where corrosion resistance is a key need. Full Story Aluminum Shines in Sequel
Alcoa has produced more than 300 structural aluminum components for the Chevrolet Sequel’s body in white. General Motors believes that the Sequel concept car is the most technologically advanced vehicle ever built. It features a hydrogen fuel cell power system, as well as drive-by-wire systems. Full Story
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Where Metal Injection Molding Makes Sense The metal injection molding arm of Phillips Plastics leverages a technology that can produce strong, highly complex parts at a cost as much as 50 percent less than CNC machining or investment casting. Phillips has completed more than 350 MIM projects for industries ranging from automotive and medical to firearms and telecommunications. An Insider’s Look at MIM BasicsIn an interview with Design News, Tony Pelke, senior process engineering manager at Phillips Plastics’ Metal Injection Molding facility, discusses parts that are best suited for metal injection molding. Phillips routinely produces MIM parts in volumes of 100,000 to 250,000, with some jobs totaling 5 million units or more.
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Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.