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Enabling Long-Winded Speech

Edited by Senior Editor Michael Anderson from information provided by Morgan Advanced Materials

12/11/2014

New speech valve implant with high-purity zirconia lasts eight times longer than traditional silicon. Here's how it was made. Morgan Advanced Materials worked with the University of Hull (Hull, UK) to develop a new valve used to restore vocal function for patients with throat cancer. The new tracheo-oesophageal fistula speech valve uses Zyranox biocompatible yttria partially-stabilized zirconia, specifically developed for surgical implant devices. Full Article

Composites Processing: Is That All There Is?



Carroll Grant, Aerospace Contractor, Aerospace Composites Consulting

12/11/2014

Being a part of the aerospace composites industry since the early 1980s has been an especially rewarding experience in my career. I got involved with this industry in the early days of automated lamination development and got to see processes like automated fiber placement (AFP) mature over the years and become the premier process for making large composite structures.  Full Article

Advanced Materials Always on the Edge



Senior Editor Ellen Kehoe

11/19/2014

As materials discoveries have advanced, techniques have evolved “to accelerate the transition from materials processing in a laboratory environment to fabrication techniques in a full scale production environment” and to show how “the advent of new materials and advances in the design of mechanical and electrical components are inextricably linked.” The paper stating this describes a knowledge-based approach to hot isostatic pressing. Full Article

Ford Officially Launches Production of Aluminum F-150



Executive Editor James D. Sawyer

11/12/2014

When Brad Huff, Ford Dearborn (MI) Truck Plant manager, and Jimmy Settles, UAW vice president and director, National Ford Department, drove the ceremonial first 2015 Ford F-150 off the line on November 11 at the automaker’s historic Rouge complex, it marked the culmination of years of work to mass produce a pickup with an aluminum alloy body and bed. Full Article

Optomec Becomes Platinum Member of America Makes



Press Release - Optomec

11/12/2014

Optomec, a leading global supplier of production grade additive manufacturing systems for 3D printed metals and printed electronics, today announced it has become a Platinum level member of America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII). Full Article

Tech Front: New High-Hardness Metal-Matrix Material Developed for Additive Uses



Edited by Senior Editors Ellen Kehoe and Patrick Waurzyniak

11/1/2014

A new ferrous metal-matrix material developed by The NanoSteel Co. (Providence, RI) will soon offer manufacturers a new alternative for producing fully dense, high-hardness metal components with additive manufacturing techniques. Full Article

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