PLCs, PACs

An electron micrograph of nickel-titanium powder is showcased on the left. The researchers can use this powder to fabricate 3D-printed parts, such as nickel-titanium lattices (right). Courtesy of: Texas A&M University
Discrete Manufacturing May 20, 2022

Researchers develop 3D-printed shape memory alloys with superior superelasticity

Researchers from Texas A&M University showcased tensile superelasticity by fabricating a shape memory alloy through laser powder bed fusion.

By Michelle Revels
Courtesy: Velo3D
Discrete Manufacturing April 8, 2022

Additive manufacturing used to make space flight components

Aerojet Rocketdyne is using metal 3D printing technology from Velo3D to make a critical flight component lighter, smaller and cheaper than its predecessors.

By Velo3D
Courtesy: Russell Bailey, Southern Illinois University
Discrete Manufacturing April 5, 2022

Additive manufacturing used for stronger structural sandwich materials

Southern Illinois University researchers are working to improve the ultra-strong “sandwich” materials by using additive manufacturing.

By Tim Crosby
Courtesy: FlexQube
Discrete Manufacturing March 31, 2022

Flexible manufacturing systems improve throughput quality

Flexible manufacturing systems (FMS) can improve overall operations and throughput quality by adapting to real-time changes and situations.

By FlexQube
The team has established a new in-house, spray-deposition manufacturing technique that uses supercritical carbon dioxide to assist the atomization and create very fine and uniform micron-size droplets containing nanoparticles.
Discrete Manufacturing March 17, 2022

Technique developed for manufacturing 3D nanostructured surfaces

This project will develop a manufacturing process that enables multifunctional nanostructured surfaces to be more cost efficient.

By Steve Kuhlmann
From left: Assistant Professor Lianyi Chen and PhD students Luis Escano and Minglei Qu study metal 3D printing in Chen’s lab. Courtesy: Renee Meiller, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Discrete Manufacturing March 14, 2022

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles March 7-13, 2022

Articles about a method developed to reduce additive manufacturing flaws, improving maintenance operations with data analytics, and more were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 7-13, 2022. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
Courtesy: North Carolina State University
Discrete Manufacturing March 9, 2022

3D-printable material designed to be tough, flexible

North Carolina State University researchers have created ionogel materials that are stretchable, tough and can be 3D-printed.

By Matt Shipman
From left: Assistant Professor Lianyi Chen and PhD students Luis Escano and Minglei Qu study metal 3D printing in Chen’s lab. Courtesy: Renee Meiller, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Discrete Manufacturing March 8, 2022

Method developed to reduce additive manufacturing flaws

University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers are using an additive manufacturing technique called laser powder bed fusion to produce metal parts that have fewer defects.

By Adam Malecek
Courtesy: Brett Sayles
Discrete Manufacturing January 6, 2022

Leveraging data to increase supply chain resilience

The need for smart data to handle risk management strategies in supply chain production and logistics are badly needed.

By Texas A&M Engineering
Courtesy: Interact Analysis
Discrete Manufacturing December 21, 2021

Chinese manufacturing struggling to retain momentum

Chinese manufacturing is struggling to keep pace after a very strong 2020 due to heavy levels of demand, but the overall picture remains positive.

By Adrian Lloyd