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Change-up Pitch: From Metal to Plastic

Edited by Executive Editor James D. Sawyer with information provided by Kaysun Corp.

10/2/2014

Even though it’s been around since the 1950s, when engineering-grade resins were first introduced, many manufacturers  still are not familiar with the many benefits that metal-to-plastic conversion provides. As this process continues to evolve, especially with the rapid development of new advanced plastics that can outperform metal at lower cost, fewer injection molders are capable of providing the necessary engineering expertise to develop a product from metal into plastic. Full Article

Coldwater Machine Company Announces Solid State Joining Center



Press Release - Coldwater Machine Company

10/7/2014

Coldwater Machine Company, a leading engineering solutions company that manufactures and integrates precision equipment and tools for multiple industries, has announced the establishment of its Solid State Joining Center, a business unit dedicated to the development of technologies that address the challenges of joining lightweight and dissimilar materials. Full Article

Innovative Tools Remove the Jagged Edges



Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

10/1/2014

Precision product finishing has come a long way from the days when the principal options for burr removal were manual deburring or high-volume tumbling. Both of those options play an important role in helping manufacturers meet their finishing requirements, especially with the variety of equipment and media available to meet most any part requirement. Full Article

TechFront: Battery Breakthrough: Stable Lithium Anodes



Edited by Senior Editors Patrick Waurzyniak and Ellen Kehoe

10/1/2014

A Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA) research team has developed a stable pure lithium metal anode that could lead to the design of smaller, more efficient and less-expensive batteries for use in a wide range of applications from consumer electronics to electric vehicles. Full Article

America Makes Honors Howard A. Kuhn with Distinguished Collaborator Award



Press Release - America Makes

9/24/2014

America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM), is pleased to announce today that it honored Howard A. Kuhn, Ph.D., P.E. with the inaugural presentation of the America Makes Distinguished Collaborator Award, for his dedication and contributions to the Institute. Full Article

Mix and Match for Lightweight Autos



Contributing Editor Bruce Morey

9/1/2014

It is common sense—a vehicle that weighs less requires less fuel to move it. A number of studies show that reducing the mass of a vehicle by 10% results in anywhere from 4.5 to 6% better fuel economy—well worth the effort. The dilemma for automakers is that mass reduction needs to happen without compromising safety, NVH, styling, or size. Full Article

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