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Las Vegas Strip Hosts North American PM Industry

The North American powder metallurgy (PM) industry descended on the famous Las Vegas Strip last week for POWDERMET2017, co-located with AMPM2017. This year's delegates numbered over 1,000 from 30 countries. Delegates attended technical presentations and special interest programs on the latest R&D in PM, particulate materials, and metal additive manufacturing (AM). The annual poster display was extremely robust, containing almost 50 posters, thanks in part to the heavy number of students in attendance as a result of a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Not to be outdone, the sold-out trade exhibition featured more than 100 companies showcasing top products, goods, and services.

PM Industry Heads to Vegas

With POWDERMET2017 and AMPM2017 just around the corner, the powder metallurgy (PM) industry is packing bags and hopping flights to the bright city lights of the famous Las Vegas Strip. What is on the agenda for attendees this year?

Next-Generation Steel for Additive Manufacturing

Despite the growth of metal additive manufacturing (AM), there has been limited research in developing new materials and alloys that could further enhance AM processes. However, the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering has received a three-year award of $449,000 from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) to explore next-generation metals, especially steel, for use in AM.

GKN Develops Large-Scale Additive Process

GKN Aerospace and the U.S. Energy Department's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have signed a five-year research agreement focused on additive manufacturing (AM). Under the agreement, GKN is developing a large-scale AM process that could significantly improve the manufacture of large titanium aerospace components.

Experiment in Space to Aid Metal Powder as a Recyclable Fuel

Canada's McGill University believes that metal powders could be the key to clean energy in the future.

For the last 20 years, researchers at McGill have been studying how metal powders, such as iron, could be used as an alternative fuel source that produces zero carbon emissions. When burned, these powders are capable of producing more energy than an equivalent volume of gasoline. In lieu of carbon dioxide, the process releases only iron oxide, or rust, which is environmentally benign. What's more, the exhaust can be collected...

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