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A Pathway to Approval for Additive-Made Devices

Contributing Editor Ilene Wolff


Additive manufacturing is now producing all manner of medical devices, and new ideas for the process—ranging from printed surgical tools and bone replacements to human tissue—are coming from designers and engineers daily.Even the best idea, though, has little value in the United States unless the Food and Drug Administration gives its go-ahead for putting the device on the market. Full Article

Additive Joins Subtractive on Advanced All-in-One Machines

Senior Editor Jim Lorincz


The path of precision machining has taken a decidedly unexpected change in direction. Yes, machining centers, in their various configurations of horizontal, vertical, and universal, continue to hold their preeminent positions in shops for their ability to create value-added benefits to individual workpieces or parts in serial production. Full Article

CMCs Make the LEAP to Production

Senior Editor Michael C. Anderson


It’s not breaking news that GE Aviation has developed a material that has the desired qualities of ceramics—namely its light weight and ability to withstand the ultra-high temperatures generated by modern jet engines—without that material’s most serious drawback: brittleness. GE’s version of ceramic matrix composites (CMC) weighs a third of advanced alloys but reacts to stresses like a metal and can perform at temperatures as high as 2400° F (1316° C). Full Article

A Large Helping of Carbon: The High-Fiber Diet

Contributing Editor Bruce Morey


As stringent fuel economy and CO2 emissions requirements loom, the auto industry is on a binge to cut weight. Full Article

A New Automotive Body In Light

Bruce Morey, Contributing Editor


Automakers need to deliver lighter future vehicles to get better fuel economy. While exotic materials, from magnesium to carbon-fiber reinforced plastics, are creating a lot of buzz, the case for advanced steels is strong.A study commissioned by NanoSteel (Providence, RI) and conducted by EDAG (Auburn Hills, MI), showed the potential for the company’s Advanced High Strength Steels (AHSS) to offer a 30% (100 kg/220 lb) reduction in Body-In-White weight from a 2011 Honda Accord. Full Article

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