Hamilton introduces new shock absorbing casters

Hamilton Caster is introducing a new line of shock absorbing casters designed to meet the needs of the growing aerospace industry. These spring-loaded casters feature Hamilton’s newest Spinfinity maintenance-free swivel construction and a unibody spring housing providing up to 200% greater spring travel and a wider operating capacity range compared to Hamilton’s existing line. The

Portable metrology systems helps measure small spaces

Small spaces about in planes and ships, so finding a portable metrology system to take measurements can be a challenge. One solution is the OT2 Core wireless laser tracker, which uses wireless and controller-free laser tracker technology. It is compact, delivering wireless operation with high accuracy measurement and the convenience of portability. Based on API’s

High speed data interconnects for higher data rate needs

Aerospace systems continue to need higher data rates. However, the data are more sensitive to signal integrity issues during routing and installation. The Army recognizes that providing electrical margins and installed performance requires new technologies to avoid solutions that add weight. One solution is the Gore-Flight microwave assemblies and Gore Microwave/RF assemblies for military aerospace

Award-Winning Powder Metal Parts

The winners in the 2017 Powder Metallurgy (PM) Design Excellence Awards competition, sponsored by the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF), demonstrate outstanding examples of PM’s diversity. These component fabricators use PM’s flexibility to push forward new concepts and process controls and demonstrate the inexhaustible well of capabilities PM can marshal in the service of component

Web Industries opens ply cutting and kitting operation (composite formatting) in Atlanta

Web Industries’ CAD Cut division has announced the opening of its Atlanta ply cutting and kitting operation located at Web’s Suwanee, Ga.-based Composites Center of Excellence. The new facility gives the booming aerospace manufacturing industry additional risk mitigation and outsourced capacity, critical supply chain benefits and virtually mistake-proof delivery of ply-formatted and kitted advanced composite

Bronto Skylift to Display 291 Foot Tall Aerial Platform at FDIC 2017

Bronto Skylift will be displaying a 291 foot tall, articulated aerial platform at the 2017 FDIC Show in Indianapolis, Indiana April 27 – April 29, 2017. The Bronto Skylift 291 foot High Level Articulated (HLA) aerial platform has a 291 foot NFPA height, up to 84 feet of side reach, and water flow up to

Camera records 1,000 frames per second

Certain features are needed in cameras used in aerospace applications. These features should prevent motion artifacts with propellers, motors and other rotating objects and ensure timing precision throughout the entirety of each frame. The Phantom Flex4K-GS is a high-speed camera with a 35 mm, 9.4-megapixel sensor and global shutter, which fits the needs of this

One Part, Toughened Epoxy for Specialty Dam-and-Fill Encapsulation

Master Bond Supreme 3HTND-2DM is a rapid curing, toughened, one part epoxy system used for the dam-and-fill method for chip-on-board encapsulation. Essentially, there are two methods to protect chips and their wire bonds. One method is referred to as glob top, where the encapsulating system is dispensed and applied directly to the area to be

Morf3D adds three EOS additive systems to its lineup

Morf3D, a fully integrated additive manufacturing (AM) and engineering service provider, announced the latest addition to its Innovation Center with the acquisition of two EOS M 290 systems and an EOS M 400. These systems will support Morf3D’s anticipated production and new development contracts. They also expand Morf3D’s metal AM capacity at its 6,800 sq-ft […]

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Working with metal materials for additive manufacturing

Perhaps more than any other manufacturing process, additive manufacturing works best when you match the material to the right additive process. Some of the challenges, though, are: –many additive processes suggest proprietary versions of materials — plus these materials often do not have sufficiently available documentation on their performance after undergoing an additive process –the […]

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ITT’s Cannon Brand introduces ARINC 801 fiber optic connector series

ITT Inc.’s Cannon brand, Irvine, Calif., has introduced its ARINC 801 fiber optic connector series, a high-bandwidth interconnect solution that provides maximum performance and reliability for commercial and military aviation, and shipboard systems. Designed for harsh environments that require high-speed and accurate data transfer, Cannon’s ARINC 801 series offers robust interconnects that operate at transmission […]

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Precision potentiometer solves system load and vibration challenges at a fraction of the cost

Betatronix has designed and manufactured precision rugged position control solutions serving the Space, Military, Aerospace and Industrial markets for over 50 years. Innovation has always been the benchmark through their legacy of custom designed solutions that have transcended the mythical perceptions of potentiometer limitations. The company’s history of partnering with their customers to leverage their

Xcentric Mold & Engineering Receives Growth Investment for Continued Expansion

Xcentric Mold & Engineering announced today that it has received an investment from The Riverside Company, a global private equity investment firm focused on high growth businesses in a variety of sectors. Xcentric provides technology-enabled custom injection molding, rapid prototyping, and CNC machining services for clients across numerous industries including medical devices, aerospace, automotive, consumer

BionicAircraft project promotes more additive manufacturing in aviation industry

CENIT is participating in the European research project “BionicAircraft,” which aims to boost resource efficiency in aviation by implementing additive manufacturing and bionic design in all phases of the aircraft lifecycle. Following a concept review, CENIT will implement its work package: A software toolset for automated bionic design. BionicAircraft launched in September 2016.  This research […]

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What’s ahead for additive in 2017

What will happen to polymers and metals for additive manufacturing in 2017? What will the major vendors introduce this year? Will this industry continue to shift into manufacturing? These are some of the questions the Additive Manufacturing Research (AMR), an additive manufacturing industry analysis organization explores. For polymers and metals, here are a few predictions from […]

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Get 100% metal parts from filament metal 3D printing

The Additive Manufacturing Users Group reports that BASF scientists have found a way to use the additive technique of extrusion to create 100% metal parts.  This could be an interesting breakthrough, as most additive processes that use metal materials to make parts are powder-based and use an additive sintering or melting process. Another technique uses […]

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Sciaky delivers metal additive machine to Airbus

Sciaky, Inc., a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries, Inc. (PSI), announced that Airbus will take delivery of a state-of-the-art Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing (EBAM) 110 System in December 2016. The  aircraft manufacturer will use Sciaky’s industrial-scale metal 3D printing system to produce large structural parts made of titanium. The EBAM process combines computer-aided design (CAD), […]

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How to ensure your part build is right the first time

Renishaw is releasing a new version of its QuantAM software. This version is based on a collaboration with Spatial Corp, a provider of 3D software development toolkits for design, manufacturing, and engineering solutions, and a subsidiary of Dassault Systèmes. The new version includes spatial software development tools such as 3D ACIS® Modeler with CGM Polyhedra […]

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New additive manufacturing system from Stratasys

Stratasys Ltd. introduces the next generation of the Stratasys Fortus 900mc, a robust FDM Production 3D Printer built for functional prototyping, manufacturing aids, tooling and short-run direct digital manufacturing. With additional key features and certifications, the 3D printer allows for improved use along with a rapid installation process that saves time for the users. The […]

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Stratasys and Siemens plan to take additive manufacturing to volume production

Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq:SSYS) and Siemens announced a formal partnership to integrate Siemens’ Digital Factory solutions with Stratasys’ additive manufacturing solutions. The partnership is intended to lay the foundation for the two companies to fulfill their shared vision of incorporating additive manufacturing (AM) into the traditional manufacturing workflow, helping AM become a universally recognized production practice […]

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Liquid metals show promise in speeding additive manufacturing

The task of removing support structures for metal 3D printed / additively manufactured parts has always been a challenge. So much so, that it’s often better to design the part so that it doesn’t need support. But when the design must have an overhang that requires support, or support to reduce thermally induced distortion, you […]

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Trumpf to use Siemens software for its additive manufacturing systems

Laser system manufacturer Trumpf and engineering technology leader Siemens announced a new partnership to help industrialize laser metal fusion technology and make the additive manufacturing process for metal parts an integral part of the production process. The two companies – who announced their partnership at the formnext trade fair in Frankfurt – are pooling their […]

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How to make 3D printing fit manufacturing realities

“Control and consistency are concepts firmly entrenched in, and vital to, traditional manufacturing but not widely associated with Additive Manufacturing (AM),” says Tim Van den Bogaert, Materialise Director New Businesses. “Unlike subtractive processes where materials are manipulated without changing their intrinsic properties, AM needs to achieve precision powder and energy ratios – ratios that dictate […]

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Material suits light-weight needs of aircraft design

Another material has been qualified for the development of light-weight parts for aircraft. The Ixef BM-1524 polyarylamide (PARA) meets the Boeing BMS 8-270 standard governing polyamides for aircraft interiors. It is an alternative to conventional plastics such as polyetherimide (PEI). Ixef BM-1524 PARA is a 50% glass-fiber reinforced, semi-crystalline, semi-aromatic polyamide with good surface finish.

Ethernet cabling helps upgrade F-16 aircraft

When upgrading any aircraft, proper connector-cable termination practices are crucial to ensure complete and accurate high-speed data transfer. The F-16 upgrade initiative is using Gore Aerospace Ethernet Cables. The 10-gigabit cables exceed Cat6a electrical requirements. They deliver reliable signal integrity with sufficient margin for high-speed data transmission over longer distances. These cables are qualified according