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Lightweighting’s New Phase

September 3, 2019
Earlier this decade, the auto industry moved to lighten cars and trucks. It was supposed to be a competition between steel, long the dominant vehicle material, and aluminum. The latter got a boost when Ford Motor Co., Dearborn, Mich., bet big on aluminum, making aluminum bodies for its F-150 and Super Duty pickups.
Bill Koenig
By Bill Koenig Senior Editor, SME Media
Cary Rosenberg

Metals Testing Requires Escalation-Based Strategy

August 14, 2019
At Cary Rosenberg’s company, Watts Water Technologies, validating material properties to ensure they are composed of the correct elemental composition is an important part of their work.
Cary Rosenberg
By Cary Rosenberg Senior Manager, Global Supplier Quality & Sourcing and RAB/QSA Lead Auditor, Watts Water Technologies Inc.

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LIFT Receives $5 Million Department of Defense Grant To Expand “Operation Next” Across the Country

November 12, 2019
LIFT – Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow, announced today it received a $5 million grant to expand the program to nine additional military bases across the country over the next three years.
By LIFT Press Release
The Chrysler Pacifica assembly plant.

Lightweighting’s New Phase

September 3, 2019
Earlier this decade, the auto industry moved to lighten cars and trucks. It was supposed to be a competition between steel, long the dominant vehicle material, and aluminum. The latter got a boost when Ford Motor Co., Dearborn, Mich., bet big on aluminum, making aluminum bodies for its F-150 and Super Duty pickups.
Bill Koenig
By Bill Koenig Senior Editor, SME Media
Cary Rosenberg

Metals Testing Requires Escalation-Based Strategy

August 14, 2019
At Cary Rosenberg’s company, Watts Water Technologies, validating material properties to ensure they are composed of the correct elemental composition is an important part of their work.
Cary Rosenberg
By Cary Rosenberg Senior Manager, Global Supplier Quality & Sourcing and RAB/QSA Lead Auditor, Watts Water Technologies Inc.
Adam Estelle

Shops Continue to Rethink Brass and HSM

August 14, 2019
The Copper Development Association (CDA) is eager to help shops discover and tap into the high-speed machining advantages of brass. The substantial benefits of doing so have an increasing number of shops rethinking their part materials and, when possible, converting those parts to brass.
Adam Estelle
By Adam Estelle Director, Rod & Bar Council, Copper Development Association
Geometry, Parameters, and Strong Toolholders Vanquish Drilling Problems

Geometry, Parameters, and Strong Toolholders Vanquish Drilling Problems

June 3, 2019
Proper drill selection, the geometry built into the drills themselves, applying proper drilling parameters, and a few tips and tricks from the pros can address nagging drilling problems such as drill breakage, unbroken chips, tool runout, poor hole edges, and poor tool life.
Ilene Wolff
By Ilene Wolff Contributing Editor, SME Media
Cajo Technologies

Laser Marking: Going Places

April 12, 2019
The well-established field of laser marking continues to break new ground with expanding business opportunities in automotive, oil and gas, medical and other industries.
Geoff Giordano
By Geoff Giordano Contributing Editor, SME Media
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UPCOMING EVENT: FABTECH 2019

FABTECH brings a wealth of innovation and technology solutions to Chicago from November 11-14, 2019. More than 35,000 attendees and over 1,500 exhibiting companies are expected to gather once again to celebrate metal manufacturing at its best.
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Expert Opinions

  • Adam Estelle
    Expert Opinion

    Shops Continue to Rethink Brass and HSM

    August 14, 2019
    The Copper Development Association (CDA) is eager to help shops discover and tap into the high-speed machining advantages of brass. The substantial benefits of doing so have an increasing number of shops rethinking their part materials and, when possible, converting those parts to brass.
    By Adam Estelle - Director, Rod & Bar Council, Copper Development Association
  • James M. Clinton
    Materials

    The Key Role of Force Measurement in Composites

    June 1, 2018
    Composite materials have clear benefits for manufactured parts in aerospace, medical, automotive applications and many other industries. Ensuring the highest part accuracy is critical. Force measurement and material testing are essential processes for product designers and manufacturers to gain insightful data to create high-quality composite components.
    By James M. Clinton, L.S. Starrett Co.
  • Ilene Wolf
    Additive Manufacturing & 3D Printing

    Metal AM Class is in Session at Morf3D

    April 4, 2018
    In the near absence of academic programs to teach undergraduate engineering students additive manufacturing, a California-based startup has stepped in to help fill the void through internships.
    By Ilene Wolff - Contributing Editor, SME Media

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