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Optimize Process for Best Performance

Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

3/1/2015

Planning for successful machining of titanium starts where machining of any material begins—with a capable machine tool, appropriate spindle power, tooling connection, cutting tool geometry, and secure workholding. Machining titanium and heat resistant super alloys (HRSA) is complicated by the very characteristics of the materials that make them highly desirable for aerospace components—high strength-to-weight ratio and high heat resistance. Full Article

ExOne Expects to Hasten New Materials for 3D Printing



Senior Editor Bill Koenig

3/2/2015

ExOne Co. expects to make more materials available faster for 3D printing.“What you’ll see is a large number of powders that will be certified on our printers at a pretty good pace,” Rick Lucas, ExOne’s chief technology officer, said in a telephone interview. “I can’t comment on specific numbers and timing. It’s being driven by our customers.” Full Article

ExOne Says 6 New Materials Now Printable on Its Systems



Senior Editor Bill Koenig

2/19/2015

ExOne Co., a maker of 3D printing machines, said six new materials are now printable on its systems, a move that may expand markets for additive manufacturing.The six materials are: Cobalt-Chrome, IN Alloy 718, Iron-Chrome-Aluminum, 17-4 Stainless Steel, 316 Stainless Steel and Tungsten Carbide. Cobalt-Chrome and IN Alloy 718 are used in aerospace. Full Article

Lightweighting Heavy on History



Senior Editor Ellen Kehoe

2/23/2015

Maybe the desire to lose weight doesn’t go back as far as Atlas in Greek mythology, but for decades materials experts have sought lighter weight with strength and economy in the more well-known applications of autos and airplanes as well as in such products as metal cans and bicycles. Full Article

Keeping Your Cool in Order To Keep Costs Down



Edited by Executive Editor James D. Sawyer with information from Walter USA LLC.

2/20/2015

The machining of blades for steam and gas turbines has long been a difficult, demanding, and costly operation. In recent years this situation has begun to change. On the one hand, advances in machine tool technology and data processing have brought improvements to the process. However, the industry’s increasing use of high-temperature superalloys and difficult-to-machine materials is bringing a new set of complications and costs to this area of the power generation industry. Full Article

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

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