Month: April 2018

Sigma Labs joins forces with standards institute

Sigma Labs Inc, which makes quality assurance software for 3D printing, has entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). NIST and Sigma say that they plan to study the effects of recycled powder and part placement on process variability and part quality using Sigma’s additive manufacturing (AM) …

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Direct coating improves piano black appearance

Direct coating technology could eliminate the need for painting and results in a durable finish. Hyundai America Technical Center and coating specialist Covestro LLC have joined forces to explore a new processing technique called direct coating to make high-gloss piano black for interior and exterior automotive trim components. Direct Coating technology combines conventional thermoplastic injection …

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New PM parts president

The MPIF reports that Rodney Brennen, VP of PM parts company Metco Industries, has been appointed president of the Powder Metallurgy Parts Association (PMPA). A current member of the PMPA Board of Directors and MPIF Finance Committee, Brennen reportedly has over 30 years in the PM industry and is a past member of the Board …

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Focus on tantalum development

The companies plan to promote the use of spheroidized tantalum in 3D metal printing. Global Advanced Metals Pty Ltd (GAM), which makes tantalum and niobium products, and LPW Technology (LPW), which makes metal powders exclusively for additive manufacturing (AM), have joined forces to promote the use of spheroidized tantalum in 3D metal printing. ‘Across this …

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