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Pioneering engine block innovation uses plasma coating
High performance casting specialist Grainger & Worrall (GW) is working in conjunction with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) to develop a new type of cylinder block that uses plasma coatings to reduce the weight and size of engines.
Boeing is testing 3D printed trim tool
Boeing is testing a 3-D-printed trim and drill tool in building its 777X passenger jet. The tool, developed by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) measures (in Imperial units) is 17.5 x 5.5 x 1.5ft and weighs 1650 lb. It was printed in 30 hours using carbon
Trumpf to offer selective laser melting for 3D printing of metals
German industrial machining and tooling equipment manufacturer Trumpf has added another type of metal 3D printing technology to its portfolio. This makes Trumpf the only manufacturer to offer all of the major lase
3D printed, CNC machined, or moulded prototypes - which and when?
This article by Proto Labs looks at the respective roles in prototyping of 3D printing, CNC machining and injection moulding.
Selective brush plating for industrial applications
"Why take the surface to the tank when you can take the tank to the surface?’ is the idea on which the portable, selective brush plating process is based. Derek Vanek of SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC) - part of Norman Hay - discusses the application benefits and possibilities of selective pla
Thermal energy machining solves high volume finishing problem for automotive Tier 1 supplier
Proprietary technologies such as TEM (thermal energy machining) are solving increasingly complex finishing challenges faced by manufacturers around the world, including Delphi-TVS is a joint venture between Delphi
3D printing process with smooth surfaces developed for lenses and glasses
Making things with a three-dimensional (3D) printer is quickly becoming a commonplace activity. In part this is because of the expanding range of "printable’ materials, which now includes precious metals, biological tissue and even the ingredients for a pizza. But the machines are still not very go
Fine-grained alumina layer allows high-performance milling of grey cast iron
Cutting tests for WK15CM, the newest Widia Victory grade for cast-iron milling, are showing up to 40% longer tool life.
Process control process regulates metals pretreatment
In the manufacture of metal components, the ability to continuously monitor surface pretreatment processes and to ensure the optimum infeed of the chemicals required is of crucial importance. Henkel’s TCS Engineering department has developed a modular metering and control system under the brand name
Dedicated hardware for carbon fibre sintered parts
Graphite Additive Manufacturing announces that its specialist carbon fibre reinforced plastic material, printed using the specialist SLS process, once the exclusive province of Formula One teams, is now available widely.
Four innovations areas for sustainable aviation include composites NDI
The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) will share its latest R&D initiatives for sustainable aviation at the Singapore Airshow 2014 at Changi Exhibition Centre, Booth D35 from 11-16 February. The innovations on display will focus on four key areas: aviation remanufacturing technolo
Paris composite summit agenda announced
JEC Group has set its agenda for the 2014 ICS which will take place on 11-13 March at Porte de Versailles, Paris (Hall 7).
Russian titanium machining joint venture to double capacity
Boeing and Rostech, the state holding company that is the majority shareholder in VSMPO-Avisma, have agreed to expand their titanium machining joint venture by establishing a second Ural Boeing Manufacturing plant
Thin film optical coatings with high laser damage threshold (LDT)
Deposition Sciences (DSI) has a new line of coatings that are ideal for diodes, DPSS and gas lasers and other high energy systems. With laser damage threshold (LDT) levels as high as 25MW/cm[2], they are to be demonstrated during SPIE BiOS/Photonics West 2014 at the Moscone Center, San Francisco (1
Clamped, multi-modal PCBN combat tool insert shattering
High-performance cast-iron machining leads to extremely high mechanical and thermal loads. Conventional dimple-style clamps attempt to hold the cutting insert in place with direct point contact, which can break bo
Liquidmetal material "could feature on the new iPhone 6"
Many Apple fans across the globe may be awaiting the arrival of the iPhone 5S this year but many are already looking forward to the 2014 model which is tipped to be the iPhone 6. This is due to the fact that the handset is set to boast an entirely new design and new reports have emerged that have su
R&D collaborations on corrosion prevention and metal machining in Singapore
The Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) has initiated three collaborative industry projects worth S$1.8m with the support of SPRING Singapore and Singapore Workforce Development Agency to help local companies strengthen technological capabilities, increase their productivity, a
3D printing - industrial revolution or just a renovation?
3D printing has come of age, surpassing $1 billion in revenues during 2012 and with growth expected to continue across all target markets to 2025. Across the board, printer manufacturers are reporting a surge in sales, some cannot meet demand, as awareness of the technologies and what they offer gro
A general guide to machining nickel-iron alloys
Nickel-iron alloys are not hardenable by heat treatment. The alloys can be made harder though cold working only. The annealed hardness for these alloys is generally in the range of RB 70/80. Material in the annealed condition will be more difficult to machine because it is soft and gummy. The tools
Laser system for micro-machining hard materials of all types
Microtrace introduces an affordable, tabletop 193nm Excimer laser for micro-marking, micro-machining and micro-drilling.
Materials testing laboratory achieves Nadcap Merit Accreditation
The Technical Services division of Keighley Laboratories has achieved world-class Nadcap accreditation for a Materials Testing Laboratory (MTL), a status recognised by the majority of global aerospace primes as a mark of quality assurance excellence. The West Yorkshire Company also gained coveted Me
JEC Composites Exhibition: AZL launches centre of expertise and Composites Academy
The Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL) of RWTH Aachen University has announced its 33 founding partners. This follows the framework of the so-called Excellence Initiative by the German Government, with new clusters established on the campus of the University of RWTH in Aachen
High-performance piezoelectric material with high density and low porosity
Morgan Technical Ceramics is launching a new piezoelectric material. PZT5K1 is suitable for applications in the fields of scientific instrumentation, maritime, medical, energy harvesting and general industry. Using an innovative new core process, Morgan Technical Ceramics manufactures the material t
Regional Growth Fund will boost development of proprietary aluminium casting alloy
Business Minister Michael Fallon has visited the Rochester aerospace firm Aeromet that has secured just over £1 million from the government’s Regional Growth Fund.
Digital solutions in the metal cutting world
This brief technical article from Sandvik Coromant looks at the increasing influence of digitalization on metal cutting.
Titanium fabrication advances and new markets major topics at Titanium Europe 2013
Technological developments in fabrication of titanium can help increase use of the metal, as well as offer quality improvements. In a similar vein, materials specialists working to exploit and enhance titanium's unique metallurgical characteristics can expand its use in emerging markets. Two panels
3D printing - a new mindset which can bring products to market faster
This article by Terry Wophler of Stratasys explains the terms "3D printing’ and "additive manufacturing’, processes that automatically build objects layer by layer from computer data.
Materials, automation and funding are cornerstones of report on UK growth through aerospace manufacturing
A new report outlines the importance of the manufacturing industries, with particular emphasis upon aerospace, to the reignition of UK economic growth.
Laser melting and its role in additive manufacturing
Renishaw’s laser melting technology has the power to unlock the full commercial and technical advantages offered by Additive Manufacturing.

Di-tri-tetra functional epoxies spearhead exhibition showcase
At Composites Engineering 2012, Huntsman Advanced Materials will showcase its latest developments in epoxy resins, composites tooling and speciality chemical building blocks for advanced composites.
Wire-shaped smelting of titanium may revolutionise cost, quality and lead times
With funding from the User-driven Research based Innovation (BIA) programme at the Research Council of Norway, Norsk Titanium Components (NTiC) has developed an entirely new method of producing titanium components, making it cheaper and easier to capitalise on this material.
Polycarbonate resins meet fire safety regulations for railway interiors
Anticipating the implementation of the pan-European norm for fire safety in rail interiors, Sabic has expanded its portfolio of high-performance materials by adding two new polycarbonate sheet products.
French pultruded profile company provides Bangkok metro with third rail cover
ICCO Composites is participating in the INNOTRANS Show in Berlin on 18-21 September 2012 (and announces its involvement in the project of Bangkok’s underground railway.
Thermal machining system that cuts engineering alloys faster and with less energy than conventional milling
Andy Trimmer, a chemical engineer at the GE Global Research Process Systems Lab operates the Blue Arc thermal machining system that cuts engineering alloys faster and with less energy than conventional milling. An
Machining process removes burrs and flashing without affecting adjoining workpart surfaces
The Thermal Energy Method (TEM) is a rapid, low cost, high production process that has the unique ability to remove burrs and flashing without affecting adjoining workpart surfaces. Depending on workpart size, a million or more parts can be processed a month in a single TEM machine.
Acquisitions and diversification strategy helps Delcam win third Queen
Delcam, the developer of CADCAM software has been presented with the company
Tough shells from a weak substance- conch shell gives nano insights into composite materials
Writing in the International Journal of Materials Engineering Innovation, researchers at the University of Cambridge use the example of the conch shell as illustration of toughness-by-architecture in the quest for new synthetic materials for engineering, construction and aerospace applications.
Software for cutting and punching operations increases power and speed of Lantek CAD/CAM system
Lantek has released the latest version of its sheet metal and profile cutting and punching software, Lantek Expert 2011.
Cost-effective reverse engineering with PowerSHAPE Pro
Delcam has taken reverse engineering software to a new level of affordability by combining the functionality from its CopyCAD reverse engineering package into the 2011 release of its PowerSHAPE Pro CAD system.
Energy-efficient machining for gearboxes from integrated tooling
Big savings in the energy used by machining operations can now be achieved with the latest tooling solutions offered by MAPAL. In one application alone, which involved the manufacture of automotive gearboxes, enha
Cam system improves productivity by 30% at precision parts manufacturer
The GibbsCAM system at Double M Engineering in High Wycombe has enabled the company to produce CNC programs in 10 minutes instead of an hour or more,
Dawson Shanahan enhances existing capabilities with investment in high-precision hard turning technology
Dawson Shanahan, a leading worldwide supplier of cold formed and machined components, is investing in new state of the art hard turning technology at its factory in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, thus becoming one of the few companies with ultra high precision hard turning facilities in the UK. The new
Guide to stainless steel
The excellent qualities of stainless steel make it an ideal choice for various demanding applications from cutlery to food and chemical processing plants and oil platforms.
Eleven companies rewarded for their composite innovations in the JEC Awards Programme 2010
JEC Composites is announcing this year
PEEK replaces metal poppets to improve valve performance and compressor efficiency
PEEK manufacturer Victrex has assisted high performance injection moulding specialist Performance Plastics (PPL) to improve the performance of poppet valves, deployed in hydraulic and pneumatic compressors, by substituting the metal originals.
Ferrari Joins Alcoa in opening new Spaceframe Manufacturing Plant
Alcoa announced that it has opened its new automotive assembly plant in Modena, Italy. The new facility covers more than 5,000 square meters and features state-of-the-art manufacturing technology. The plant, which employs 75, required an investment by the world
Lab develops colorful beryllium detection technology
Detecting beryllium on contaminated surfaces may become as simple as testing the acidity of a swimming pool, thanks to scientists at the Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Robot cell adds polish to pump manufacturer
ABB, has designed and developed a robot-based application solution for pump manufacturer Alfa Laval Ltd, of Eastbourne, East Sussex, which is both labour saving and cleaner than the previous, manually-intensive production methods that were employed.
New stainless for fasteners combines corrosion resistance, high hardness and cold formability
Hardenable stainless steel alloys are a common choice for manufacturers that cold form high strength stainless steel fasteners. These alloys, however, have limitations. While the hardenable stainless grades have the strength needed for intended applications, they have lacked either the formability
Micro-Melt Maxametalloy, a premium high speed steel made by powder metallurgy
Micro-Melt Maxametalloy, a premium high speed steel made by powder metallurgy, is the first in a new series of PM steels from Carpenter Technology Corp., Reading, PA, designed to bridge the hardness gap between high speed steel and cemented carbide.
Pioneering engine block innovation uses plasma coating
High performance casting specialist Grainger & Worrall (GW) is working in conjunction with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) to develop a new type of cylinder block that uses plasma coatings to reduce the weight and size of engines.
Boeing is testing 3D printed trim tool
Boeing is testing a 3-D-printed trim and drill tool in building its 777X passenger jet. The tool, developed by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) measures (in Imperial units) is 17.5 x 5.5 x 1.5ft and weighs 1650 lb. It was printed in 30 hours using carbon
Trumpf to offer selective laser melting for 3D printing of metals
German industrial machining and tooling equipment manufacturer Trumpf has added another type of metal 3D printing technology to its portfolio. This makes Trumpf the only manufacturer to offer all of the major lase
3D printed, CNC machined, or moulded prototypes - which and when?
This article by Proto Labs looks at the respective roles in prototyping of 3D printing, CNC machining and injection moulding.
Selective brush plating for industrial applications
"Why take the surface to the tank when you can take the tank to the surface?’ is the idea on which the portable, selective brush plating process is based. Derek Vanek of SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC) - part of Norman Hay - discusses the application benefits and possibilities of selective pla
Thermal energy machining solves high volume finishing problem for automotive Tier 1 supplier
Proprietary technologies such as TEM (thermal energy machining) are solving increasingly complex finishing challenges faced by manufacturers around the world, including Delphi-TVS is a joint venture between Delphi
3D printing process with smooth surfaces developed for lenses and glasses
Making things with a three-dimensional (3D) printer is quickly becoming a commonplace activity. In part this is because of the expanding range of "printable’ materials, which now includes precious metals, biological tissue and even the ingredients for a pizza. But the machines are still not very go
Fine-grained alumina layer allows high-performance milling of grey cast iron
Cutting tests for WK15CM, the newest Widia Victory grade for cast-iron milling, are showing up to 40% longer tool life.
Process control process regulates metals pretreatment
In the manufacture of metal components, the ability to continuously monitor surface pretreatment processes and to ensure the optimum infeed of the chemicals required is of crucial importance. Henkel’s TCS Engineering department has developed a modular metering and control system under the brand name
Dedicated hardware for carbon fibre sintered parts
Graphite Additive Manufacturing announces that its specialist carbon fibre reinforced plastic material, printed using the specialist SLS process, once the exclusive province of Formula One teams, is now available widely.
Four innovations areas for sustainable aviation include composites NDI
The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) will share its latest R&D initiatives for sustainable aviation at the Singapore Airshow 2014 at Changi Exhibition Centre, Booth D35 from 11-16 February. The innovations on display will focus on four key areas: aviation remanufacturing technolo
Paris composite summit agenda announced
JEC Group has set its agenda for the 2014 ICS which will take place on 11-13 March at Porte de Versailles, Paris (Hall 7).
Russian titanium machining joint venture to double capacity
Boeing and Rostech, the state holding company that is the majority shareholder in VSMPO-Avisma, have agreed to expand their titanium machining joint venture by establishing a second Ural Boeing Manufacturing plant
Thin film optical coatings with high laser damage threshold (LDT)
Deposition Sciences (DSI) has a new line of coatings that are ideal for diodes, DPSS and gas lasers and other high energy systems. With laser damage threshold (LDT) levels as high as 25MW/cm[2], they are to be demonstrated during SPIE BiOS/Photonics West 2014 at the Moscone Center, San Francisco (1
Clamped, multi-modal PCBN combat tool insert shattering
High-performance cast-iron machining leads to extremely high mechanical and thermal loads. Conventional dimple-style clamps attempt to hold the cutting insert in place with direct point contact, which can break bo
Liquidmetal material "could feature on the new iPhone 6"
Many Apple fans across the globe may be awaiting the arrival of the iPhone 5S this year but many are already looking forward to the 2014 model which is tipped to be the iPhone 6. This is due to the fact that the handset is set to boast an entirely new design and new reports have emerged that have su
R&D collaborations on corrosion prevention and metal machining in Singapore
The Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) has initiated three collaborative industry projects worth S$1.8m with the support of SPRING Singapore and Singapore Workforce Development Agency to help local companies strengthen technological capabilities, increase their productivity, a
3D printing - industrial revolution or just a renovation?
3D printing has come of age, surpassing $1 billion in revenues during 2012 and with growth expected to continue across all target markets to 2025. Across the board, printer manufacturers are reporting a surge in sales, some cannot meet demand, as awareness of the technologies and what they offer gro
A general guide to machining nickel-iron alloys
Nickel-iron alloys are not hardenable by heat treatment. The alloys can be made harder though cold working only. The annealed hardness for these alloys is generally in the range of RB 70/80. Material in the annealed condition will be more difficult to machine because it is soft and gummy. The tools
Laser system for micro-machining hard materials of all types
Microtrace introduces an affordable, tabletop 193nm Excimer laser for micro-marking, micro-machining and micro-drilling.
Materials testing laboratory achieves Nadcap Merit Accreditation
The Technical Services division of Keighley Laboratories has achieved world-class Nadcap accreditation for a Materials Testing Laboratory (MTL), a status recognised by the majority of global aerospace primes as a mark of quality assurance excellence. The West Yorkshire Company also gained coveted Me
JEC Composites Exhibition: AZL launches centre of expertise and Composites Academy
The Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL) of RWTH Aachen University has announced its 33 founding partners. This follows the framework of the so-called Excellence Initiative by the German Government, with new clusters established on the campus of the University of RWTH in Aachen
High-performance piezoelectric material with high density and low porosity
Morgan Technical Ceramics is launching a new piezoelectric material. PZT5K1 is suitable for applications in the fields of scientific instrumentation, maritime, medical, energy harvesting and general industry. Using an innovative new core process, Morgan Technical Ceramics manufactures the material t
Regional Growth Fund will boost development of proprietary aluminium casting alloy
Business Minister Michael Fallon has visited the Rochester aerospace firm Aeromet that has secured just over £1 million from the government’s Regional Growth Fund.
Digital solutions in the metal cutting world
This brief technical article from Sandvik Coromant looks at the increasing influence of digitalization on metal cutting.
Titanium fabrication advances and new markets major topics at Titanium Europe 2013
Technological developments in fabrication of titanium can help increase use of the metal, as well as offer quality improvements. In a similar vein, materials specialists working to exploit and enhance titanium's unique metallurgical characteristics can expand its use in emerging markets. Two panels
3D printing - a new mindset which can bring products to market faster
This article by Terry Wophler of Stratasys explains the terms "3D printing’ and "additive manufacturing’, processes that automatically build objects layer by layer from computer data.
Materials, automation and funding are cornerstones of report on UK growth through aerospace manufacturing
A new report outlines the importance of the manufacturing industries, with particular emphasis upon aerospace, to the reignition of UK economic growth.
Laser melting and its role in additive manufacturing
Renishaw’s laser melting technology has the power to unlock the full commercial and technical advantages offered by Additive Manufacturing.

Di-tri-tetra functional epoxies spearhead exhibition showcase
At Composites Engineering 2012, Huntsman Advanced Materials will showcase its latest developments in epoxy resins, composites tooling and speciality chemical building blocks for advanced composites.
Wire-shaped smelting of titanium may revolutionise cost, quality and lead times
With funding from the User-driven Research based Innovation (BIA) programme at the Research Council of Norway, Norsk Titanium Components (NTiC) has developed an entirely new method of producing titanium components, making it cheaper and easier to capitalise on this material.
Polycarbonate resins meet fire safety regulations for railway interiors
Anticipating the implementation of the pan-European norm for fire safety in rail interiors, Sabic has expanded its portfolio of high-performance materials by adding two new polycarbonate sheet products.
French pultruded profile company provides Bangkok metro with third rail cover
ICCO Composites is participating in the INNOTRANS Show in Berlin on 18-21 September 2012 (and announces its involvement in the project of Bangkok’s underground railway.
Thermal machining system that cuts engineering alloys faster and with less energy than conventional milling
Andy Trimmer, a chemical engineer at the GE Global Research Process Systems Lab operates the Blue Arc thermal machining system that cuts engineering alloys faster and with less energy than conventional milling. An
Machining process removes burrs and flashing without affecting adjoining workpart surfaces
The Thermal Energy Method (TEM) is a rapid, low cost, high production process that has the unique ability to remove burrs and flashing without affecting adjoining workpart surfaces. Depending on workpart size, a million or more parts can be processed a month in a single TEM machine.
Acquisitions and diversification strategy helps Delcam win third Queen
Delcam, the developer of CADCAM software has been presented with the company
Tough shells from a weak substance- conch shell gives nano insights into composite materials
Writing in the International Journal of Materials Engineering Innovation, researchers at the University of Cambridge use the example of the conch shell as illustration of toughness-by-architecture in the quest for new synthetic materials for engineering, construction and aerospace applications.
Software for cutting and punching operations increases power and speed of Lantek CAD/CAM system
Lantek has released the latest version of its sheet metal and profile cutting and punching software, Lantek Expert 2011.
Cost-effective reverse engineering with PowerSHAPE Pro
Delcam has taken reverse engineering software to a new level of affordability by combining the functionality from its CopyCAD reverse engineering package into the 2011 release of its PowerSHAPE Pro CAD system.
Energy-efficient machining for gearboxes from integrated tooling
Big savings in the energy used by machining operations can now be achieved with the latest tooling solutions offered by MAPAL. In one application alone, which involved the manufacture of automotive gearboxes, enha
Cam system improves productivity by 30% at precision parts manufacturer
The GibbsCAM system at Double M Engineering in High Wycombe has enabled the company to produce CNC programs in 10 minutes instead of an hour or more,
Dawson Shanahan enhances existing capabilities with investment in high-precision hard turning technology
Dawson Shanahan, a leading worldwide supplier of cold formed and machined components, is investing in new state of the art hard turning technology at its factory in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, thus becoming one of the few companies with ultra high precision hard turning facilities in the UK. The new
Guide to stainless steel
The excellent qualities of stainless steel make it an ideal choice for various demanding applications from cutlery to food and chemical processing plants and oil platforms.
Eleven companies rewarded for their composite innovations in the JEC Awards Programme 2010
JEC Composites is announcing this year
PEEK replaces metal poppets to improve valve performance and compressor efficiency
PEEK manufacturer Victrex has assisted high performance injection moulding specialist Performance Plastics (PPL) to improve the performance of poppet valves, deployed in hydraulic and pneumatic compressors, by substituting the metal originals.
Ferrari Joins Alcoa in opening new Spaceframe Manufacturing Plant
Alcoa announced that it has opened its new automotive assembly plant in Modena, Italy. The new facility covers more than 5,000 square meters and features state-of-the-art manufacturing technology. The plant, which employs 75, required an investment by the world
Lab develops colorful beryllium detection technology
Detecting beryllium on contaminated surfaces may become as simple as testing the acidity of a swimming pool, thanks to scientists at the Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Robot cell adds polish to pump manufacturer
ABB, has designed and developed a robot-based application solution for pump manufacturer Alfa Laval Ltd, of Eastbourne, East Sussex, which is both labour saving and cleaner than the previous, manually-intensive production methods that were employed.
New stainless for fasteners combines corrosion resistance, high hardness and cold formability
Hardenable stainless steel alloys are a common choice for manufacturers that cold form high strength stainless steel fasteners. These alloys, however, have limitations. While the hardenable stainless grades have the strength needed for intended applications, they have lacked either the formability
Micro-Melt Maxametalloy, a premium high speed steel made by powder metallurgy
Micro-Melt Maxametalloy, a premium high speed steel made by powder metallurgy, is the first in a new series of PM steels from Carpenter Technology Corp., Reading, PA, designed to bridge the hardness gap between high speed steel and cemented carbide.
Pioneering engine block innovation uses plasma coating
High performance casting specialist Grainger & Worrall (GW) is working in conjunction with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) to develop a new type of cylinder block that uses plasma coatings to reduce the weight and size of engines.
Boeing is testing 3D printed trim tool
Boeing is testing a 3-D-printed trim and drill tool in building its 777X passenger jet. The tool, developed by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) measures (in Imperial units) is 17.5 x 5.5 x 1.5ft and weighs 1650 lb. It was printed in 30 hours using carbon
Trumpf to offer selective laser melting for 3D printing of metals
German industrial machining and tooling equipment manufacturer Trumpf has added another type of metal 3D printing technology to its portfolio. This makes Trumpf the only manufacturer to offer all of the major lase
3D printed, CNC machined, or moulded prototypes - which and when?
This article by Proto Labs looks at the respective roles in prototyping of 3D printing, CNC machining and injection moulding.
Selective brush plating for industrial applications
"Why take the surface to the tank when you can take the tank to the surface?’ is the idea on which the portable, selective brush plating process is based. Derek Vanek of SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC) - part of Norman Hay - discusses the application benefits and possibilities of selective pla
Thermal energy machining solves high volume finishing problem for automotive Tier 1 supplier
Proprietary technologies such as TEM (thermal energy machining) are solving increasingly complex finishing challenges faced by manufacturers around the world, including Delphi-TVS is a joint venture between Delphi
3D printing process with smooth surfaces developed for lenses and glasses
Making things with a three-dimensional (3D) printer is quickly becoming a commonplace activity. In part this is because of the expanding range of "printable’ materials, which now includes precious metals, biological tissue and even the ingredients for a pizza. But the machines are still not very go
Fine-grained alumina layer allows high-performance milling of grey cast iron
Cutting tests for WK15CM, the newest Widia Victory grade for cast-iron milling, are showing up to 40% longer tool life.
Process control process regulates metals pretreatment
In the manufacture of metal components, the ability to continuously monitor surface pretreatment processes and to ensure the optimum infeed of the chemicals required is of crucial importance. Henkel’s TCS Engineering department has developed a modular metering and control system under the brand name
Dedicated hardware for carbon fibre sintered parts
Graphite Additive Manufacturing announces that its specialist carbon fibre reinforced plastic material, printed using the specialist SLS process, once the exclusive province of Formula One teams, is now available widely.
Four innovations areas for sustainable aviation include composites NDI
The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) will share its latest R&D initiatives for sustainable aviation at the Singapore Airshow 2014 at Changi Exhibition Centre, Booth D35 from 11-16 February. The innovations on display will focus on four key areas: aviation remanufacturing technolo
Paris composite summit agenda announced
JEC Group has set its agenda for the 2014 ICS which will take place on 11-13 March at Porte de Versailles, Paris (Hall 7).
Russian titanium machining joint venture to double capacity
Boeing and Rostech, the state holding company that is the majority shareholder in VSMPO-Avisma, have agreed to expand their titanium machining joint venture by establishing a second Ural Boeing Manufacturing plant
Thin film optical coatings with high laser damage threshold (LDT)
Deposition Sciences (DSI) has a new line of coatings that are ideal for diodes, DPSS and gas lasers and other high energy systems. With laser damage threshold (LDT) levels as high as 25MW/cm[2], they are to be demonstrated during SPIE BiOS/Photonics West 2014 at the Moscone Center, San Francisco (1
Clamped, multi-modal PCBN combat tool insert shattering
High-performance cast-iron machining leads to extremely high mechanical and thermal loads. Conventional dimple-style clamps attempt to hold the cutting insert in place with direct point contact, which can break bo
Liquidmetal material "could feature on the new iPhone 6"
Many Apple fans across the globe may be awaiting the arrival of the iPhone 5S this year but many are already looking forward to the 2014 model which is tipped to be the iPhone 6. This is due to the fact that the handset is set to boast an entirely new design and new reports have emerged that have su
R&D collaborations on corrosion prevention and metal machining in Singapore
The Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) has initiated three collaborative industry projects worth S$1.8m with the support of SPRING Singapore and Singapore Workforce Development Agency to help local companies strengthen technological capabilities, increase their productivity, a
3D printing - industrial revolution or just a renovation?
3D printing has come of age, surpassing $1 billion in revenues during 2012 and with growth expected to continue across all target markets to 2025. Across the board, printer manufacturers are reporting a surge in sales, some cannot meet demand, as awareness of the technologies and what they offer gro
A general guide to machining nickel-iron alloys
Nickel-iron alloys are not hardenable by heat treatment. The alloys can be made harder though cold working only. The annealed hardness for these alloys is generally in the range of RB 70/80. Material in the annealed condition will be more difficult to machine because it is soft and gummy. The tools
Laser system for micro-machining hard materials of all types
Microtrace introduces an affordable, tabletop 193nm Excimer laser for micro-marking, micro-machining and micro-drilling.
Materials testing laboratory achieves Nadcap Merit Accreditation
The Technical Services division of Keighley Laboratories has achieved world-class Nadcap accreditation for a Materials Testing Laboratory (MTL), a status recognised by the majority of global aerospace primes as a mark of quality assurance excellence. The West Yorkshire Company also gained coveted Me
JEC Composites Exhibition: AZL launches centre of expertise and Composites Academy
The Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL) of RWTH Aachen University has announced its 33 founding partners. This follows the framework of the so-called Excellence Initiative by the German Government, with new clusters established on the campus of the University of RWTH in Aachen
High-performance piezoelectric material with high density and low porosity
Morgan Technical Ceramics is launching a new piezoelectric material. PZT5K1 is suitable for applications in the fields of scientific instrumentation, maritime, medical, energy harvesting and general industry. Using an innovative new core process, Morgan Technical Ceramics manufactures the material t
Regional Growth Fund will boost development of proprietary aluminium casting alloy
Business Minister Michael Fallon has visited the Rochester aerospace firm Aeromet that has secured just over £1 million from the government’s Regional Growth Fund.
Digital solutions in the metal cutting world
This brief technical article from Sandvik Coromant looks at the increasing influence of digitalization on metal cutting.
Titanium fabrication advances and new markets major topics at Titanium Europe 2013
Technological developments in fabrication of titanium can help increase use of the metal, as well as offer quality improvements. In a similar vein, materials specialists working to exploit and enhance titanium's unique metallurgical characteristics can expand its use in emerging markets. Two panels
3D printing - a new mindset which can bring products to market faster
This article by Terry Wophler of Stratasys explains the terms "3D printing’ and "additive manufacturing’, processes that automatically build objects layer by layer from computer data.
Materials, automation and funding are cornerstones of report on UK growth through aerospace manufacturing
A new report outlines the importance of the manufacturing industries, with particular emphasis upon aerospace, to the reignition of UK economic growth.
Laser melting and its role in additive manufacturing
Renishaw’s laser melting technology has the power to unlock the full commercial and technical advantages offered by Additive Manufacturing.

Di-tri-tetra functional epoxies spearhead exhibition showcase
At Composites Engineering 2012, Huntsman Advanced Materials will showcase its latest developments in epoxy resins, composites tooling and speciality chemical building blocks for advanced composites.
Wire-shaped smelting of titanium may revolutionise cost, quality and lead times
With funding from the User-driven Research based Innovation (BIA) programme at the Research Council of Norway, Norsk Titanium Components (NTiC) has developed an entirely new method of producing titanium components, making it cheaper and easier to capitalise on this material.
Polycarbonate resins meet fire safety regulations for railway interiors
Anticipating the implementation of the pan-European norm for fire safety in rail interiors, Sabic has expanded its portfolio of high-performance materials by adding two new polycarbonate sheet products.
French pultruded profile company provides Bangkok metro with third rail cover
ICCO Composites is participating in the INNOTRANS Show in Berlin on 18-21 September 2012 (and announces its involvement in the project of Bangkok’s underground railway.
Thermal machining system that cuts engineering alloys faster and with less energy than conventional milling
Andy Trimmer, a chemical engineer at the GE Global Research Process Systems Lab operates the Blue Arc thermal machining system that cuts engineering alloys faster and with less energy than conventional milling. An
Machining process removes burrs and flashing without affecting adjoining workpart surfaces
The Thermal Energy Method (TEM) is a rapid, low cost, high production process that has the unique ability to remove burrs and flashing without affecting adjoining workpart surfaces. Depending on workpart size, a million or more parts can be processed a month in a single TEM machine.
Acquisitions and diversification strategy helps Delcam win third Queen
Delcam, the developer of CADCAM software has been presented with the company
Tough shells from a weak substance- conch shell gives nano insights into composite materials
Writing in the International Journal of Materials Engineering Innovation, researchers at the University of Cambridge use the example of the conch shell as illustration of toughness-by-architecture in the quest for new synthetic materials for engineering, construction and aerospace applications.
Software for cutting and punching operations increases power and speed of Lantek CAD/CAM system
Lantek has released the latest version of its sheet metal and profile cutting and punching software, Lantek Expert 2011.
Cost-effective reverse engineering with PowerSHAPE Pro
Delcam has taken reverse engineering software to a new level of affordability by combining the functionality from its CopyCAD reverse engineering package into the 2011 release of its PowerSHAPE Pro CAD system.
Energy-efficient machining for gearboxes from integrated tooling
Big savings in the energy used by machining operations can now be achieved with the latest tooling solutions offered by MAPAL. In one application alone, which involved the manufacture of automotive gearboxes, enha
Cam system improves productivity by 30% at precision parts manufacturer
The GibbsCAM system at Double M Engineering in High Wycombe has enabled the company to produce CNC programs in 10 minutes instead of an hour or more,
Dawson Shanahan enhances existing capabilities with investment in high-precision hard turning technology
Dawson Shanahan, a leading worldwide supplier of cold formed and machined components, is investing in new state of the art hard turning technology at its factory in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, thus becoming one of the few companies with ultra high precision hard turning facilities in the UK. The new
Guide to stainless steel
The excellent qualities of stainless steel make it an ideal choice for various demanding applications from cutlery to food and chemical processing plants and oil platforms.
Eleven companies rewarded for their composite innovations in the JEC Awards Programme 2010
JEC Composites is announcing this year
PEEK replaces metal poppets to improve valve performance and compressor efficiency
PEEK manufacturer Victrex has assisted high performance injection moulding specialist Performance Plastics (PPL) to improve the performance of poppet valves, deployed in hydraulic and pneumatic compressors, by substituting the metal originals.
Ferrari Joins Alcoa in opening new Spaceframe Manufacturing Plant
Alcoa announced that it has opened its new automotive assembly plant in Modena, Italy. The new facility covers more than 5,000 square meters and features state-of-the-art manufacturing technology. The plant, which employs 75, required an investment by the world
Lab develops colorful beryllium detection technology
Detecting beryllium on contaminated surfaces may become as simple as testing the acidity of a swimming pool, thanks to scientists at the Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Robot cell adds polish to pump manufacturer
ABB, has designed and developed a robot-based application solution for pump manufacturer Alfa Laval Ltd, of Eastbourne, East Sussex, which is both labour saving and cleaner than the previous, manually-intensive production methods that were employed.
New stainless for fasteners combines corrosion resistance, high hardness and cold formability
Hardenable stainless steel alloys are a common choice for manufacturers that cold form high strength stainless steel fasteners. These alloys, however, have limitations. While the hardenable stainless grades have the strength needed for intended applications, they have lacked either the formability
Micro-Melt Maxametalloy, a premium high speed steel made by powder metallurgy
Micro-Melt Maxametalloy, a premium high speed steel made by powder metallurgy, is the first in a new series of PM steels from Carpenter Technology Corp., Reading, PA, designed to bridge the hardness gap between high speed steel and cemented carbide.
Pioneering engine block innovation uses plasma coating
High performance casting specialist Grainger & Worrall (GW) is working in conjunction with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) to develop a new type of cylinder block that uses plasma coatings to reduce the weight and size of engines.
Boeing is testing 3D printed trim tool
Boeing is testing a 3-D-printed trim and drill tool in building its 777X passenger jet. The tool, developed by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) measures (in Imperial units) is 17.5 x 5.5 x 1.5ft and weighs 1650 lb. It was printed in 30 hours using carbon
Trumpf to offer selective laser melting for 3D printing of metals
German industrial machining and tooling equipment manufacturer Trumpf has added another type of metal 3D printing technology to its portfolio. This makes Trumpf the only manufacturer to offer all of the major lase
3D printed, CNC machined, or moulded prototypes - which and when?
This article by Proto Labs looks at the respective roles in prototyping of 3D printing, CNC machining and injection moulding.
Selective brush plating for industrial applications
"Why take the surface to the tank when you can take the tank to the surface?’ is the idea on which the portable, selective brush plating process is based. Derek Vanek of SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC) - part of Norman Hay - discusses the application benefits and possibilities of selective pla
Thermal energy machining solves high volume finishing problem for automotive Tier 1 supplier
Proprietary technologies such as TEM (thermal energy machining) are solving increasingly complex finishing challenges faced by manufacturers around the world, including Delphi-TVS is a joint venture between Delphi
3D printing process with smooth surfaces developed for lenses and glasses
Making things with a three-dimensional (3D) printer is quickly becoming a commonplace activity. In part this is because of the expanding range of "printable’ materials, which now includes precious metals, biological tissue and even the ingredients for a pizza. But the machines are still not very go
Fine-grained alumina layer allows high-performance milling of grey cast iron
Cutting tests for WK15CM, the newest Widia Victory grade for cast-iron milling, are showing up to 40% longer tool life.
Process control process regulates metals pretreatment
In the manufacture of metal components, the ability to continuously monitor surface pretreatment processes and to ensure the optimum infeed of the chemicals required is of crucial importance. Henkel’s TCS Engineering department has developed a modular metering and control system under the brand name
Dedicated hardware for carbon fibre sintered parts
Graphite Additive Manufacturing announces that its specialist carbon fibre reinforced plastic material, printed using the specialist SLS process, once the exclusive province of Formula One teams, is now available widely.
Four innovations areas for sustainable aviation include composites NDI
The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) will share its latest R&D initiatives for sustainable aviation at the Singapore Airshow 2014 at Changi Exhibition Centre, Booth D35 from 11-16 February. The innovations on display will focus on four key areas: aviation remanufacturing technolo
Paris composite summit agenda announced
JEC Group has set its agenda for the 2014 ICS which will take place on 11-13 March at Porte de Versailles, Paris (Hall 7).
Russian titanium machining joint venture to double capacity
Boeing and Rostech, the state holding company that is the majority shareholder in VSMPO-Avisma, have agreed to expand their titanium machining joint venture by establishing a second Ural Boeing Manufacturing plant
Thin film optical coatings with high laser damage threshold (LDT)
Deposition Sciences (DSI) has a new line of coatings that are ideal for diodes, DPSS and gas lasers and other high energy systems. With laser damage threshold (LDT) levels as high as 25MW/cm[2], they are to be demonstrated during SPIE BiOS/Photonics West 2014 at the Moscone Center, San Francisco (1
Clamped, multi-modal PCBN combat tool insert shattering
High-performance cast-iron machining leads to extremely high mechanical and thermal loads. Conventional dimple-style clamps attempt to hold the cutting insert in place with direct point contact, which can break bo
Liquidmetal material "could feature on the new iPhone 6"
Many Apple fans across the globe may be awaiting the arrival of the iPhone 5S this year but many are already looking forward to the 2014 model which is tipped to be the iPhone 6. This is due to the fact that the handset is set to boast an entirely new design and new reports have emerged that have su
R&D collaborations on corrosion prevention and metal machining in Singapore
The Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) has initiated three collaborative industry projects worth S$1.8m with the support of SPRING Singapore and Singapore Workforce Development Agency to help local companies strengthen technological capabilities, increase their productivity, a
3D printing - industrial revolution or just a renovation?
3D printing has come of age, surpassing $1 billion in revenues during 2012 and with growth expected to continue across all target markets to 2025. Across the board, printer manufacturers are reporting a surge in sales, some cannot meet demand, as awareness of the technologies and what they offer gro
A general guide to machining nickel-iron alloys
Nickel-iron alloys are not hardenable by heat treatment. The alloys can be made harder though cold working only. The annealed hardness for these alloys is generally in the range of RB 70/80. Material in the annealed condition will be more difficult to machine because it is soft and gummy. The tools
Laser system for micro-machining hard materials of all types
Microtrace introduces an affordable, tabletop 193nm Excimer laser for micro-marking, micro-machining and micro-drilling.
Materials testing laboratory achieves Nadcap Merit Accreditation
The Technical Services division of Keighley Laboratories has achieved world-class Nadcap accreditation for a Materials Testing Laboratory (MTL), a status recognised by the majority of global aerospace primes as a mark of quality assurance excellence. The West Yorkshire Company also gained coveted Me
JEC Composites Exhibition: AZL launches centre of expertise and Composites Academy
The Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL) of RWTH Aachen University has announced its 33 founding partners. This follows the framework of the so-called Excellence Initiative by the German Government, with new clusters established on the campus of the University of RWTH in Aachen
High-performance piezoelectric material with high density and low porosity
Morgan Technical Ceramics is launching a new piezoelectric material. PZT5K1 is suitable for applications in the fields of scientific instrumentation, maritime, medical, energy harvesting and general industry. Using an innovative new core process, Morgan Technical Ceramics manufactures the material t
Regional Growth Fund will boost development of proprietary aluminium casting alloy
Business Minister Michael Fallon has visited the Rochester aerospace firm Aeromet that has secured just over £1 million from the government’s Regional Growth Fund.
Digital solutions in the metal cutting world
This brief technical article from Sandvik Coromant looks at the increasing influence of digitalization on metal cutting.
Titanium fabrication advances and new markets major topics at Titanium Europe 2013
Technological developments in fabrication of titanium can help increase use of the metal, as well as offer quality improvements. In a similar vein, materials specialists working to exploit and enhance titanium's unique metallurgical characteristics can expand its use in emerging markets. Two panels
3D printing - a new mindset which can bring products to market faster
This article by Terry Wophler of Stratasys explains the terms "3D printing’ and "additive manufacturing’, processes that automatically build objects layer by layer from computer data.
Materials, automation and funding are cornerstones of report on UK growth through aerospace manufacturing
A new report outlines the importance of the manufacturing industries, with particular emphasis upon aerospace, to the reignition of UK economic growth.
Laser melting and its role in additive manufacturing
Renishaw’s laser melting technology has the power to unlock the full commercial and technical advantages offered by Additive Manufacturing.

Di-tri-tetra functional epoxies spearhead exhibition showcase
At Composites Engineering 2012, Huntsman Advanced Materials will showcase its latest developments in epoxy resins, composites tooling and speciality chemical building blocks for advanced composites.
Wire-shaped smelting of titanium may revolutionise cost, quality and lead times
With funding from the User-driven Research based Innovation (BIA) programme at the Research Council of Norway, Norsk Titanium Components (NTiC) has developed an entirely new method of producing titanium components, making it cheaper and easier to capitalise on this material.
Polycarbonate resins meet fire safety regulations for railway interiors
Anticipating the implementation of the pan-European norm for fire safety in rail interiors, Sabic has expanded its portfolio of high-performance materials by adding two new polycarbonate sheet products.
French pultruded profile company provides Bangkok metro with third rail cover
ICCO Composites is participating in the INNOTRANS Show in Berlin on 18-21 September 2012 (and announces its involvement in the project of Bangkok’s underground railway.
Thermal machining system that cuts engineering alloys faster and with less energy than conventional milling
Andy Trimmer, a chemical engineer at the GE Global Research Process Systems Lab operates the Blue Arc thermal machining system that cuts engineering alloys faster and with less energy than conventional milling. An
Machining process removes burrs and flashing without affecting adjoining workpart surfaces
The Thermal Energy Method (TEM) is a rapid, low cost, high production process that has the unique ability to remove burrs and flashing without affecting adjoining workpart surfaces. Depending on workpart size, a million or more parts can be processed a month in a single TEM machine.
Acquisitions and diversification strategy helps Delcam win third Queen
Delcam, the developer of CADCAM software has been presented with the company
Tough shells from a weak substance- conch shell gives nano insights into composite materials
Writing in the International Journal of Materials Engineering Innovation, researchers at the University of Cambridge use the example of the conch shell as illustration of toughness-by-architecture in the quest for new synthetic materials for engineering, construction and aerospace applications.
Software for cutting and punching operations increases power and speed of Lantek CAD/CAM system
Lantek has released the latest version of its sheet metal and profile cutting and punching software, Lantek Expert 2011.
Cost-effective reverse engineering with PowerSHAPE Pro
Delcam has taken reverse engineering software to a new level of affordability by combining the functionality from its CopyCAD reverse engineering package into the 2011 release of its PowerSHAPE Pro CAD system.
Energy-efficient machining for gearboxes from integrated tooling
Big savings in the energy used by machining operations can now be achieved with the latest tooling solutions offered by MAPAL. In one application alone, which involved the manufacture of automotive gearboxes, enha
Cam system improves productivity by 30% at precision parts manufacturer
The GibbsCAM system at Double M Engineering in High Wycombe has enabled the company to produce CNC programs in 10 minutes instead of an hour or more,
Dawson Shanahan enhances existing capabilities with investment in high-precision hard turning technology
Dawson Shanahan, a leading worldwide supplier of cold formed and machined components, is investing in new state of the art hard turning technology at its factory in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, thus becoming one of the few companies with ultra high precision hard turning facilities in the UK. The new
Guide to stainless steel
The excellent qualities of stainless steel make it an ideal choice for various demanding applications from cutlery to food and chemical processing plants and oil platforms.
Eleven companies rewarded for their composite innovations in the JEC Awards Programme 2010
JEC Composites is announcing this year
PEEK replaces metal poppets to improve valve performance and compressor efficiency
PEEK manufacturer Victrex has assisted high performance injection moulding specialist Performance Plastics (PPL) to improve the performance of poppet valves, deployed in hydraulic and pneumatic compressors, by substituting the metal originals.
Ferrari Joins Alcoa in opening new Spaceframe Manufacturing Plant
Alcoa announced that it has opened its new automotive assembly plant in Modena, Italy. The new facility covers more than 5,000 square meters and features state-of-the-art manufacturing technology. The plant, which employs 75, required an investment by the world
Lab develops colorful beryllium detection technology
Detecting beryllium on contaminated surfaces may become as simple as testing the acidity of a swimming pool, thanks to scientists at the Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Robot cell adds polish to pump manufacturer
ABB, has designed and developed a robot-based application solution for pump manufacturer Alfa Laval Ltd, of Eastbourne, East Sussex, which is both labour saving and cleaner than the previous, manually-intensive production methods that were employed.
New stainless for fasteners combines corrosion resistance, high hardness and cold formability
Hardenable stainless steel alloys are a common choice for manufacturers that cold form high strength stainless steel fasteners. These alloys, however, have limitations. While the hardenable stainless grades have the strength needed for intended applications, they have lacked either the formability
Micro-Melt Maxametalloy, a premium high speed steel made by powder metallurgy
Micro-Melt Maxametalloy, a premium high speed steel made by powder metallurgy, is the first in a new series of PM steels from Carpenter Technology Corp., Reading, PA, designed to bridge the hardness gap between high speed steel and cemented carbide.
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