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Pitt Engineering Research Projects Receive $1.7 Million in Funding from America Makes

Press Release - University of Pittsburgh

8/12/2015

PITTSBURGH (August 11, 2015) Two separate University of Pittsburgh research projects to improve design development for structures in additive manufacturing (AM) were among nine contracts funded by America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. Full Article

Sapa Gears Up North American R&D Center



Senior Editor Bill Koenig

8/26/2015

Sapa is gearing up a North American research and development center as the company seeks to expand its aluminum automotive parts business in the region. Full Article

Manufacturing Hub LIFT Announces First Project



Senior Editor Bill Koenig

7/7/2015

A Detroit based group that’s part of an initiative of the Obama administration to speed development of advanced manufacturing announced its first project. It involves iron alloys and reducing the amount of metal needed to make parts. Full Article

Polytechnique Montréal Researchers Develop Ultra-tough Fiber that Imitates Structure of Spider Silk



Press Release: Polytechnique Montréal

6/23/2015

  Polytechnique Montréal researchers have produced an ultra-tough polymer fibre directly inspired by spider silk. They believe that composites obtained by weaving together tough fibers of the type they're currently developing could, for example, make possible new, safer and lighter casings for aircraft engines, which would prevent debris from dispersing in case of explosion. Full Article

Shedding Light on Solar System Installation



Marios Lambi, BASF Performance Materials

5/19/2015

It’s no secret that the process of converting metal to plastic brings many benefits such as greater design freedom, part consolidation and mass reductions. But for many, this replacement of materials brings doubt. Specifically, there's a misconception that a plastic material's performance cannot easily be predicted like that of steel of aluminum. At BASF, we are virtually eliminating those fears by introducing Ultrasim, a predictive technology tool, into the product development of parts molded using BASF materials. Full Article

Lightweighting: Ford to Develop Carbon Fiber for High-Volume Auto Manufacturing



Press Release - Ford Motor Co.

4/17/2015

Ford and DowAksa have signed a joint development agreement (JDA) to formally advance research on cost-effective, high-volume manufacturing of automotive-grade carbon fiber, a material poised to play a significant role in the drive to make vehicles lighter for greater fuel efficiency, performance and capability.The agreement, between Ford Motor Co., Ford Global Technologies and DowAksa —a 50/50 joint venture between The Dow Chemical Company and Aksa Akrilik Kimya Sanayii A.Ş—will combine DowAksa’s feedstock capacity, carbon fiber conversion and downstream intermediates production capabilities with Ford's expertise in design, engineering and high-volume manufacturing. Full Article

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