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American Iron and Steel Institute

Auto Program of American Iron and Steel Institutes Names New VP

February 25, 2020
The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) announced that John Catterall, former executive director of the Auto/Steel Partnership and an automotive engineering veteran, has been named vice president, automotive program, for AISI effective March 1.
By American Iron and Steel Institute Press Release
Automatic Feed’s straightener for heavy equipment applications can process steel up to 12mm thick.

Automatic Feed Announces Heavy Gauge Straightener for Heavy Vehicle Component Manufacturers

February 19, 2020
Automatic Feed Company (AFCO) has announced its new heavy gauge straighteners designed for processing steel up to, and even beyond, 0.50” (12.7 mm) thick materials.
By Automatic Feed Company Press Release
The Markforged Metal X brings cost and speed efficiencies to copper, making it easy to consistently create complex parts with high electrical and thermal conductivity.

Markforged Releases the First Generally-Available Solution for 3D Printing Pure Copper

February 18, 2020
Markforged, a manufacturer of metal and carbon fiber 3D printers, announced on February 13, 2020 the release of pure Copper for the Markforged Metal X system.
By Markforged Press Release
Purdue University innovators have created a hybrid technique to fabricate a new form of nickel.

Hybrid Technique from Purdue Aims to Produce Stronger, Corrosion-Resistant Nickel

February 12, 2020
Nickel is a widely used metal in the manufacturing industry for both industrial and advanced material processes. Now, Purdue University innovators have created a hybrid technique to fabricate a new form of nickel that may help the future production of lifesaving medical devices, high-tech devices and vehicles with strong corrosion-resistant protection.
By Chris Adam Purdue Research Foundation
Items made with Formlabs new Tough 1500 Resin

Formlabs Announces Tough 1500 Resin

February 11, 2020
Today, Formlabs continued turning additive manufacturing’s talk into action with the release of the company’s newest material, Tough 1500, part of Formlabs’ Engineering Resin segment. Designed for the company’s stereolithography (SLA) 3D printers, Tough 1500 Resin enables engineers, designers and manufacturers to create stiff, yet pliable, parts that bend and spring back quickly under cyclic loading, according to the company.
Chris Mahar
By Chris Mahar Associate Editor, SME Media
Xtreme Boats, Holmes County, Florida

Building a Future in Rural Florida

January 14, 2020
Not far from Florida’s metropolitan areas lie rural communities with the space and workforce to support manufacturing leaders. From Walton County in the Panhandle to the Heartland Counties near Lake Okeechobee, the state’s rural regions present a unique mix of resources for the manufacturing industry.
By Enterprise Florida Sponsored Content
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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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