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6 Things That Will Affect The Future of Manufacturing

As 2015 has rolled in, now is the ideal time to look ahead at developing patterns that will affect 21st century assembling around the globe. The whole store network environment — including producers, wholesalers and retailers — is experiencing a business change. This is because of changing motion including moving customer desires, time to market and extraordinary worldwide rivalry that is ...

20,000 3D Printed Parts Are Currently Used on Boeing Aircraft as Patent Filing Reveals Further Plans

Two quick ways to gauge the growth of additive manufacturing within our society are to look at the number of related patent filings, as well as the number of fortune 500 companies who are putting the technology to use. The number of patent applications related to 3D printing has soared over the past decade by over 800%, while the number of granted patents has also risen substantially. At the same ...

Watching alloys change from liquid to solid could lead to better metals

If you put a camera in the ice machine and watched water turn into ice, the process would look simple. But the mechanism behind liquids turning to solids is actually quite complex, and understanding it better could improve design and production of metals. A recent investigation aboard the International Space Station contributed to that understanding. A series of experiments conducted in the ...

New Titanium-Making Process Could Result in Lighter Aircraft

Titanium is often used where low weight and high strength are required and money is no object—because it's extremely costly to produce. Now, a new manufacturing technique could reduce the expense, and make the material as useful for cars as it is for fighter jets. Titanium is usually made using the Kroll process. It takes refined rutile or ilmenite from the original metal ore, then puts its ...

The Riches and Perils of the Fossil Fuel Era

If nations could agree a carbon tax, it would help create a more efficient, less polluting future Our ancestors lived in eras we call the Stone Age, the Bronze Age and the Iron Age. Ours is the “fossil-fuel age”. The energy we have extracted from the earth’s reserves of fossilised sunlight has spread (unequally shared) abundance across humanity. Will this continue? Can we manage its ...

Russian Energy Deal Comes at Contentious Time

LONDON — Even in more normal times in the oil industry, Westerners doing business with Russians seldom have a smooth ride. But in a period of ultralow prices and Western sanctions against Moscow, this is a particularly contentious moment to be in an energy deal with a Russian oligarch. Just ask John Browne, the former chief of the British oil giant BP. On Monday, he became executive chairman ...

U.S. Fracking Boom Won’t Bring Manufacturing Home: Analysts

While cheap natural gas and oil is drawing petrochemical companies back to the United States, companies that produce consumer goods are unlikely to follow because of high labor costs, a partner with the strategy and management consulting firm AT Kearney said in Chicago Wednesday. “The thought of actually shutting down capital investments in other parts of the world completely and bringing ...

Composite plane life cycle assessment shows lighter planes are the future

A global fleet of composite planes could reduce carbon emissions by up to 15 per cent, but the lighter planes alone will not enable the aviation industry to meet its emissions targets, according to new research. The study, by the Universities of Sheffield, Cambridge and University College London, is the first to carry out a comprehensive life cycle assessment (LCA) of a composite plane, ...

Bombardier Completes First Flight Of 135-160-Seat CS300

In a sign of the increasing maturity of Bombardier’s CSeries airliner, the first test aircraft for the stretched, 135-seat CS300 variant flew for about 5 hours on its first flight from Mirabel, near Montreal, on Feb. 27. Flight test vehicle (FTV) 7 is the fifth CSeries to fly. Four test aircraft for the initial 110-seat CS100 version have logged more than 1,000 hours since the CSeries ...

Entire Aircraft Engine Built With 3D Printer at Australia’s Monash University

The 3D printed engine is a replica of a gas turbine engine, an auxiliary power unit used in aircraft such as the Falcon 20 private jet. Its producer, French aerospace company Microturbo (Safran) says it was chosen because they were willing for the internal workings to be displayed. Two jet engines have been printed. One is on display this week at the International Air Show in Avalon, while the ...