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Welding The Unweldable

AA7075 aluminum alloy is as fantastic as it is frustrating. Originally developed in secret by Sumitomo Metal during World War 2 for airframe construction, it’s unique properties make it as strong as steel at one-third the weight. The downside is you can’t weld two pieces of AA7075 together. Titanium carbide nanoparticles to the rescue. The unique properties that give AA7075 it’s combin...

SpaceX Will Build Their New Rocket Out Of Stainless Steel

Not since the Atlas program in the late ’50s has a spacecraft been designed to use stainless steel as a major component, but SpaceX is going to do exactly that. Why would anyone use steel when more exotic, seemingly more space-worthy metals or composite materials are so readily available? The engineers working on the project had the same question for SpaceX’s leader Elon Musk. The short ...

Demand For Cutting Tools Remains High

Manufacturing in America continues to soar and there are strong indications that this trend will continue. The latest Cutting Tool Market Report, jointly compiled by the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute and the Association For Manufacturing Technology shows that U.S. manufacturers purchased $223.46 million in cutting tools in October 2018. This number represents a 6.1% increase over September 2018 and ...

Workers At U.S. Steel To Receive Biggest Pay Raise Since 2013

President Trump’s tariffs are working. In an agreement reached on Monday with the United Steelworkers union (USW), U.S. Steel has agreed to a 14 percent pay increase spread out over a 4 year period. The deal, which has yet to be ratified by over 16,000 steelworkers across the country, also includes a lump sum bonus as well as a share in the company’s profits. All of this comes on the heels ...

Kobe Steel Officially Charged in Fake Data Scheme

Prosecutors in Japan have officially charged steel industry giant Kobe Steel with violating laws overseeing competition for it’s systemic, decade-long practice of faking quality control documentation. What started in mid-2017 as concern over strength and durability reports for copper and aluminum products quickly spread to include steel products. The subsequent investigation revealed a ...

Lithium Market Is On The Rise As Demand For Electric Vehicles Grows

A report released by Global Market Research Inc. indicated that the global market for lithium ion battery products is likely to exceed $60 billion by the year 2024. The increase in the demand for rechargeable lithium ion batteries is largely due to the rising usage of rechargeable consumer electronic gadgets like mobile phones, tablets, and also for electric vehicles which use these batteries. ...

The Perfect Battery: Liquid Metals Opens New Doors

Manufacturers continue to struggle with rising energy costs and are searching for a solution. Renewables seem as though they’re an obvious choice when it comes to cutting energy costs, however reliability can still be an issue. When it comes to solar, manufacturers cannot rely on their panels to generate energy on cloudy days and when the wind doesn't blow, wind turbines don’t produce. ...

Composite Metal Foams: The Applications Continue To Expand

Material scientists continue to develop and experiment with composite metal foams (CMFs) and the results are promising. These materials have unique properties, making them extremely heat and impact resistant. Researchers at North Carolina State University (NCSU) developed CMFs with applications for ballistic armors as well as train, car, bus and helicopter crashworthiness systems. But the ...

MIT Breakthrough In Aluminum Manufacturing

MIT researchers have just made a monumental breakthrough in the Industrial processing of aluminum. Industrial aluminum slabs are commonly produced by combining small amounts of copper or manganese in a reservoir of molten aluminum. Once the materials are combined, the resulting mixture is cooled in a process known as direct-chill casting. This is where an issue that can cost the manufacturer the ...

Metallic Glass Breakthrough Opens New Doors For Advanced Robotics

Modern robotic systems have a limit to their precision and mobility which stems from their gears. If a gear fails it can be the difference between a working robot and a hunk of metal with some fancy computers inside. NASA is taking on the challenge of creating a new class of gears that can help their rovers push on through the harsh conditions found on other planetary bodies and it has peaked the ...