Optimizing the characteristics of AM powders is the subject of much research. Equispheres has announced the results of a research project, with McGill University, on its aluminum-alloy powders. University research has shown that the company’s powders are suitable for sintering with binder-jet 3D-printing technology.
Though aluminum 3D printing’s use in production has grown in recent years, low-strength AlSiMg still dominates the market. With the launch of 7A77 aluminum powder, California’s HRL Laboratories has created the strongest AM aluminum to date.
The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory (CCDC-ARL) has awarded $25 million to Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) to continue developing and advancing a cold-spray 3D-printing technique. Applications include repairing vehicles and military equipment in the field.
Volume Graphics recently entered into a multiyear official supplier agreement with the Renault F1® Team to further develop their use of CT-scan nondestructive testing, including the inspection of additive components. The Volume Graphics software identifies the most important 3D-printing defects, no matter how complex the shape.
Richard Branson rang the New York Stock Exchange opening bell on October 28 as Virgin Galactic became the first commercial spaceflight company to list on the stock market. For $250,000, anyone can take a 90-minute flight into the upper reaches of the atmosphere where they will experience weightlessness and see the Earth’s curvature.
Central Virginia Community College is partnering with the Lynchburg Juvenile Detention Center to provide vocational training. The first pilot project was a welding class. It was selected because it appealed to most of the students and because there is currently a high demand for welders.
A British engineer created a battery that promises greatly increased range without a charge. According to Trevor Jackson, if you replaced a Tesla Model S lithium-ion battery with one of his aluminum-air batteries of the same size, range would increase from 370 to 1,500 miles.
Lamborghini has what it claims is the “most powerful car ever produced” thanks to a novel hybrid powertrain with supercapacitors. Combined with a V12 engine, the Sián delivers a total of 819 HP (602 kW) and has a top speed of “over 350 km/hour.”
According to a report, Vietnamese customs discovered and seized about $4.3 billion of Chinese aluminum falsely labeled “Made-in-Vietnam” before being shipped mostly to the United States. The aluminum was imported from China by a company that attempted to avoid U.S. tariffs.
New U.S. antidumping and countervailing duty investigations were filed on Oct. 23 by Bonney Forge Corp. and the United Steelworkers against imports of certain forged-steel fittings from India and the Republic of Korea.
Check out the February 2020 issue of Industrial Heating, featuring an editorial on Nonferrous – Products and Their Processes, along with the Inspection and Maintenance Critical to Safe Fuel-Train Operation.