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Detroit Manufacturing Institute Opens, Gets New Name

Senior Editor Bill Koenig

1/15/2015

A Detroit group, which aims to speed the development of light-weight materials, had a public coming out and got a new name today.The new moniker, Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow, or LIFT, was unveiled as the institute officially opened with a ceremony. LIFT replaces the name Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing Innovation Institute. Full Article

The Heat Is On Difficult-to-Machine Metals



Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

1/1/2015

Cutting tool manufacturers call on a lot of tribal knowledge to help their customers find the most productive machining solutions for processing difficult-to-machine materials. Manufacturers in industries that are big users of titanium, stainless steels, Inconels, and other high-temperature heat-resistant superalloys (HRSA) are increasingly seeking machining solutions that extend tool life, improve productivity, deliver consistent part quality, and take advantage of the latest advances in machine tool technology—all at the same time. Full Article

Honda Steps Up Use of Advanced Materials in Acura NSX



Senior Editor Bill Koenig

1/12/2015

Honda Motor Co.’s Acura division said it’s stepping up use of advanced materials in its NSX supercar that goes on sale later this year.The previous NSX, which was discontinued in 2005, made extensive use of aluminum. That will continue with the new NSX, which will also have high-strength steel and carbon fiber. Full Article

ALMMII Will Cut Ribbon to Open Detroit Innovation Acceleration Center Jan. 15



Press Release - ALMMII

1/12/2015

ALMMII, the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute will cut the ribbon to officially open its new innovation acceleration center in Detroit, Michigan on January 15, 2015. The 100,000 square-foot facility is part of a national network of research institutions and industrial companies geared toward advancing America's leadership in manufacturing technology. Full Article

Rising Sons at Micro Mold and Plastikos



Senior Editor Michael C. Anderson

1/1/2015

The Erie, Pennsylvania companies Micro Mold and Plastikos make highly engineered precision parts for an ever more demanding client base in the medical and other industries. Both companies also have reputations as great places to work. The companies’ success is directly related to the culture of each workplace, according to their CEOs—who are themselves directly related. Full Article

Tech Front: New Conductive Polymer Nanocomposites Hold Promise for Portable Devices



Edited by Senior Editors Patrick Waurzyniak and Ellen Kehoe

1/1/2015

Researchers at Drexel University (Philadelphia) have developed a strong, flexible, electrically conductive nanocomposite material that could be used to power future wearable energy storage devices. The conductive MXene-polymer nanocomposite material, created by researchers in Drexel’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering in collaboration with scientists at Dalian University of Technology in China, is very flexible yet has the strength to support many times its own weight. Full Article

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