After the year we experienced, I wasn’t quite sure what to focus on in the last editorial of 2020. We all know what we have personally been through – bad or good – so there’s no reason to rehash that. We do want to be certain readers understand what’s happening with Industrial Heating and know where to go for information.
Our take on metals additive manufacturing (AM) is that it has made it past the “valley of death” in the so-called hype curve. It is being used widely and sometimes for unexpected applications. For example, I was impressed to hear a presentation from the Sonova Group about printing custom hearing-aid earpieces in titanium, for which the unexpected benefit was much better robustness against being dropped on the floor and crushed underfoot.
NASA's Perseverance rover, which lands on Mars on Feb. 18, 2021, will carry 11 metal parts made with 3D printing. Five of the parts are in the PIXL instrument, and the six other 3D-printed parts can be found in an instrument called the Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment (MOXIE).
A research team at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) Center for Biomaterials developed a ceramic artificial bone coating with triple the adhesion strength compared to conventional coating materials.
The COVID-19 pandemic put a big hurt on the cruise industry. As companies look to cut their losses, they are sending retired ships to Aliaga, Turkey, for demolition. Pieces of the ship are then sold to buyers looking for deals on anything that can be salvaged.
General Motors announced that its Spring Hill, Tenn., assembly plant will begin the transition to become the company’s third vehicle manufacturing site to produce electric vehicles, joining Factory ZERO in Detroit and Hamtramck, Mich., and Orion Assembly in Orion Township, Mich. In addition, the company is confirming investments in five Michigan plants for future crossover and full-size pickup production.
According to a report, Lockheed Martin’s Sikorsky and Bell have each begun to forge the aircraft that will compete to become the U.S. Army’s Future Armed Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA). Sikorsky has pitched a design based off of its S-97 Raider that it is calling the Raider X. Bell has completed multiple design and risk reviews.
This article details Nucor’s investment strategy throughout what has been a challenging year. The company has 25 mills capable of producing 27 million tons of steel a year and is the nation’s largest scrap-metal recycler.
The Federal Aviation Administration cleared Boeing’s 737 Max in mid-November to fly passengers after a nearly two-year ban. The planes have been grounded since March 2019 after two crashes killed 346 people.
The PBI facility, as part of their planned maintenance period, worked on one of the two reactors late last year. During the cleaning process, high-pressure water damaged one of the bushings on one of the reactors. Two of these specially made GRAPHALLOY® bushings are used in each reactor, which makes the polymer used to produce the fibers at the plant.
Check out the November 22, 2020 issue of Industrial Heating, featuring "Using Induction Heating and Computer Simulation for Aerospace Composite Parts", "Bennett Heat Treating and Brazing Co.", and much more.