Aubert et Duval s’engage 7 ans de plus avec Framatome et sa «forge de l’excellence» (FR)

C’est un accord en forme de reconnaissance qu’Aubert et Duval a signé, jeudi, avec Framatome au Creusot. Les presses de la forge vont être mise à contribution pour des pièces à très très haute valeur ajoutée.

Le travail des lingots creux n’est pas la seule spécialité de la Forge du Creusot et de Framatome. Une nouvelle preuve en a été apportée ce jeudi en fin d’après-midi, quand Jérôme Fabre, président d’Aubert et Duval a signé un contrat avec David Emond et David Haguet, respectivement directeur en charge des composants et directeur du site du Creusot de Framatome. Un contrat qui, soulignons le avec le sourire, réhabilite le septennat qui a disparu de la constitution de la 5ème République… Un accord de 7 ans qui aura donc été signé le jour du 50ème anniversaire de la Continue reading

GE Aviation’s Celebrates its 30,000th 3D-printed fuel nozzle tip for the LEAP engine (US)

GE Aviation’s manufacturing plant in Auburn, Alabama, celebrates its 30,000th 3D-printed fuel nozzle tip for the LEAP engine. (Image: GE Aviation)

AUBURN, Alabama — GE Aviation’s plant in Auburn achieved a milestone this week — the 30,000th additively-manufactured fuel nozzle tip “grew” on a 3D printer at the facility, the industry’s first site for mass production using the additive manufacturing process.

Employees at GE Aviation in Auburn began producing the nozzle tip in 2015. More 3D printers have been added since the facility started additive production, and now, more than 40 printers are making parts from a metal powder. “This milestone isn’t just about reaching production of 30,000 fuel nozzle tips. The team should also be proud for their role in helping prove additive technology works in mass production for our business and others whoContinue reading

Trump says Pentagon to produce lithium sea-water batteries (US)

A senior U.S. administration official said new steps to ensure U.S. military’s supplies include an effort to build up stockpiled reserves of scarce materials and expand U.S. capabilities to manufacture products such as lithium sea-water batteries.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump said on Friday there was a shortfall in the U.S. defense industrial base relating to lithium sea-water batteries and the Defense Department would purchase equipment for pilot production of the batteries that are critical for anti-submarine warfare. A Pentagon-led report issued on Friday that seeks to mend weaknesses in core U.S. industries vital to national security included recommendations such asContinue reading

SSAB and Sandvik are joining forces to use Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the whole life cycle of Steel Production (US)

SSAB and Sandvik Materials Technology are joining forces to find the best ideas on how to track steel products during their whole life cycle.

Today the SmartSteel Innovation Challenge is launched, an initiative by SSAB and Sandvik Materials Technology looking to find new brilliant ideas on what a future steel fingerprint could be made of. Is it digital, does it use artificial intelligence, is it a chemical solution, or could it be mechanics? Companies and research groups of all sizes are welcome to participate, and the winner will get the chance to develop the idea in a long-term partnership with SSAB and Sandvik Materials Technology, with access to vast business knowledge and international customer Continue reading

Graphite Electrode Price Growth Beats Bitcoin (US)

  • Graphite electrode prices soared on China’s clean-air push
  • Founder of Graphite India sees wealth rise to $1.75 billion

China’s push for blue skies has caused an obscure steelmaking ingredient to fuel gains of as much as 2,600 percent since the start of 2017 for the few companies that supply it, minting at least one new billionaire. The material is graphite, a form of carbon that has seen demand soar because of its use in electric-vehicle batteries and the lower-pollution steel mills that China is favoring to clean up its air. That double-whammy pushed shares of Graphite India Ltd. up more than 1,200 percent since January 2017, boosting the wealth of founder K.K. Bangur to about $1.75Continue reading

McNAIR Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research Adds Metal Alloys to its Fabricating Capabilities (US)

In just one year the university’s McNAIR Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research has nearly doubled in size, taking under its wing new laboratories for drone design, combustion research and a data analytics program focused on Army helicopter maintenance. The center’s 3D printing laboratory has added metal alloys to its fabricating capabilities, and a virtual design space will soon showcase McNAIR’s capabilities in digital twin design and virtual and augmented reality environments. The center now occupies about 35,000 square feet of laboratory and administrative space near the College of Engineering and Computing. On Sept. 26, the center will  host a one-day showcase of its research activities in composites, digital transformation, predictive analytics, 3D printing, combustion and unmanned vehicles.

“Our focus on design, manufacturing and digital transformation is now connecting us with aerospace companies like never before.”

Abdel Bayoumi, McNAIR Center director

When the McNAIR Center took flight about five years ago, its initial research equipment included an Ingersoll fiber

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MetalDays 2018 – l’événement de l’année en métallurgie ! (FR)

Pour sa 4e édition, les MetalDays seront les 07 et 08 novembre 2018 à l’Atrium de Chaville le lieu de rencontre et d’échange des acteurs les plus importants des industries de la métallurgie, de la transformation des métaux et de leurs usages. Regroupant les sociétés les plus représentatives et novatrices du secteur, de la PME à la multinationale, cette manifestation est le lieu de rencontre des fournisseurs et donneurs d’ordres utilisant le matériau métallique. Pendant 2 jours, se dérouleront en parallèle des conférences plénières, des tables rondes, des ateliers, des rendez-vous d’affaires et des expositions avec pour ambition d’aborder tant lesContinue reading

Liberty Steel Granted £4.6 million To Develop Powder Metallic Alloys for Automotive (US)

Liberty Powder Metals, owned by Liberty House Group, an industrial metals company based in the UK, has received a £4.6 million investment to develop specialty alloy metal powders for 3D printed car parts. As part of the Liberty House scheme, this investment comes from Liberty Steel and the CASCADE project, a Research and Development initiative funded by the UK Government. Ben Houchen, Mayor of the Tees Valley, North Yorkshire, where the project will be based, stated:

“STAYING AHEAD OF THE CURVE ON NEW TECHNOLOGIES LIKE SPECIALTY METAL POWDERS, AND THE 3D PRINTED PRODUCTS THEY’RE USED IN, COULD CREATE A WHOLE NEW INDUSTRIAL CLUSTER AND MANY JOBS FOR LOCAL WORKERS.”

The Liberty House Scheme

Last week, at a cabinet meeting, Mayor Houchen, leader of the Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA) signed off the investment for the project which will be based at the Materials Processing Institute (MPI) located in Middlesbrough. As a result of this location, the projectContinue reading

Aubert & Duval, la filiale du groupe ERAMET se positionne comme un acteur majeur de la filière de l’impression 3D (FR)

Aubert & Duval a mis sur pied une équipe dédiée au développement des poudres.

Acteur incontournable de la chaîne régionale, Aubert & Duval, une filiale du groupe Eramet spécialisée dans la transformation à chaud des métaux. Sur le site des Ancizes (Puy-de-Dôme), une équipe est dédiée au développement des poudres afin d’élaborer de nouvelles nuances et d’apporter un soutien technique aux équipes de production.

 “Nous sommes à un tournant industriel majeur,  Les développements liés à la fabrication additive s’intensifient. Nos clients, notamment dans l’aéronautique et l’énergie, lancent en 3D de plus en plus de pièces de petite et moyenne dimensions réalisées actuellement en fonderie. Nous compléterons si nécessaire les capacités de production pour les adapter à leurs besoins futurs.”

Olivier Dubois, le directeur de la business unit poudres métalliques

Aubert & Duval – Groupe ERAMET

Une vision que partage Constellium. “Au départ, la fabrication additive est apparue comme une menace pour les produits que nous réalisons, notamment à Issoire (Puy-de-Dôme). Mais notre métier étant de fabriquer des alliages à haute valeur ajoutée, nous voyons là désormais des opportunités à saisir. Nous sommes en train de développer de nouveaux alliages, en particulier pour la filière Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, pour élaborer des produits capables de conserver les propriétés de l’aluminium et de s’adapter à la fabrication additive”, explique Bruno Chenal, directeur de la stratégie et de l’innovation chez Constellium.Continue reading

Boeing Selects Mettis as a Supplier of Forgings to its Sheffield Factory (US)

Boeing has announced the selection of UK-based companies to supply all the raw materials to its new Sheffield factory, which will make components for the 737 and 777 passenger jets.

The company’s first European factory will produce 7,000 actuation system components each month, which will be shipped for assembly in its Portland, Oregon plant in the United States. “In Sheffield we have an excellent local supply chain and Boeing is sourcing from these established companies because of their high-quality manufacturing capability and talented people,” said Sir Michael Arthur, president, Boeing Europe and managing director, Boeing UK and Ireland. “I’m delighted to bring Maher, MetLase and Nikken on board as newContinue reading