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

Press Release: Polytechnique Montréal


  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

Supply Chain Opportunities in Aerospace Manufacturing

By Scott Walker President Mitsui Seiki USA Inc. Franklin Lakes, NJ


Airlines will need more than 35,000 new airplanes valued at $4.8 trillion between 2014 and 2032. The major aerospace OEMs are currently outsourcing about 40% of the machining to their suppliers, and that percentage will increase. Airplane factories want to build aircraft like automotive plants build cars. This means they require consistent, predictable output from their assembly bays. The demand on the supply chain is to provide exceptional quality parts and subassemblies exactly when the OEMs need them. While this paradigm is developing suppliers must be smart and agile to manage the peaks and valleys in their businesses. Full Article

SME Speaks: Lasers Grow Manufacturing

Geoff Shannon, PhD, Manager, Advanced Technology, Amada Miyachi America


Today, laser technology in manufacturing touches all of our lives on a daily basis; lasers cut air bag material and weld air bag detonators for our in-car safety; lasers weld the batteries in many of our mobile devices; lasers drill aero-engine components for planes; lasers cut the glass for our smart phones and tablets screens; lasers weld the drivetrains in our cars and trucks; lasers cut medical stents that increase and enhance our lives, just to name a few. Full Article

Made in Space Says 3D Printing Will Lead to ‘Real Exploration of Space’

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


3D printing will lead to the “real exploration of space,” the chief technology officer of Made in Space said today during RAPID 2015 in Long Beach, CA. Full Article

3D's Test Flight

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


Additive manufacturing in aerospace is starting to take off. While 3D parts have already taken to the skies and beyond, in the form of drones and the initial use of AM technology by NASA in space, one of the most prominent examples is General Electric Co.’s advanced manufacturing facility in Auburn, AL. This year, it is scheduled to start mass 3D production of the complex interiors of fuel nozzles for the company’s next-generation LEAP engine. Full Article

Space Technology “Experiencing a Resurgence”

Michael C. Anderson Senior Editor


Tom Cwik of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab makes the case in Space Tech conference Keynote Full Article

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