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Todd Leonhardt

Todd Leonhardt, passed away on May 29. Todd was director of research and development and chief metallurgist for Rhenium Alloys Inc. An expert on high-temperature refractory metals, Todd spent over 25 years working with rhenium and rhenium-containing alloys. Todd was active in MPIF and served as President of the Refractory Metals Association (RMA) from 2014–2018, receiving the MPIF Distinguished Service to Powder Metallurgy in 2023.

Winner! Winner!


Left to right: Tom Corbett receives prize from APMI president Rob Hayes

APMI International is pleased to announce the winner of the PowderMet2024 conference registration giveaway! Tom Corbett of JIT Tooling was the lucky winner of a Full Conference registration package. Tom was entered into the drawing through his support of the industry by attending the majority of the West Penn Chapter technical sessions this season. 

Be sure and congratulate Tom when you see him at the conference!

One Month Until Pittsburgh!

The Powder Metallurgy industry will gather at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh for PowderMet2024 & AMPM2024, June 16-19. The premier event of the Americas on powder metallurgy and metal additive manufacturing, the conferences will:

•    Announce the winners of the Design Excellence Competition
•    Offer knowledge transfer through technical sessions and Special Interest Programs
•    Showcase leading powder producers, equipment manufacturers, and service providers
•    Provide unprecedented networking opportunities
•    Introduce over 40 NSF and CPMT conference grant recipients 
 

Why the Pentagon’s Use of Additive Manufacturing is ‘Not Quite There Yet’


U.S. Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro tours the Navy's Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence facility.

Recently on a table at Sea-Air-Space, the U.S. Navy’s largest annual trade show, were three metal parts. These were no ordinary metal widgets, but metal AM parts built with 3D printers and delivered in less than a year, ready to go on ships. Earlier in April, the Navy finished a 45-day review of its shipbuilding programs to assess delays caused by the COVID pandemic. It found many, including key vessels like aircraft carriers and submarines, were far behind schedule due to a lack of workers and a fragile supply chain.

Commercially Available Additive Manufactured Golf Irons

Metal additive manufactured clubs aren’t new, but until now they have been limited to protypes. The Cobra LIMIT 3D iron set represents a technology shift in iron construction by creating weight reduction that combines the look and feel of a blade-style club with the MOI of a larger clubface. The feel component is key. Through the AM process, the engineers are able to tune acoustics without internal polymers while also creating a stable head at impact.

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