Since the development of commercial electric heating elements at the beginning of the 20th century, oxidation and corrosion resistance have been primary goals in the creation of new high-temperature resistance and construction alloys and ceramic materials.
In many locations throughout North America, nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions of gas-heated furnaces are limited by law or code. This is typically the case in urban areas or in places where special topographical characteristics intensify the negative local and regional effects of NOx emissions.
Aerospace special-process providers seeking Nadcap accreditation agree that the process has elevated the level of compliance from procedural accuracy, training, documentation, equipment functionality and process control.
Industry, under the pressure of the market and regulatory burdens, is forced to improve in order to provide competitively priced, high-quality products demanded by their customers. Companies must find methods that improve quality and reduce cost within regulatory constraints to be successful.
Although the aerospace and medical-device industries were the first players to adopt the process, all industries that work with metals, including automotive, are now beginning to realize the promise of 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing (AM).
Flash® processing of common steel is a promising manufacturing technology that can be used to produce high-strength, cold-stampable automotive steel for safer, lighter and more fuel-efficient vehicles.