MTI completes milestone regarding 3D printing with Niobium-Hafnium-Titanium based alloy

lunes, 7 de marzo de 2016

Metal Technology (MTI) recently completed the next stage of development on their initiative focused on 3D printing components using C-103, a Niobium based alloy containing approximately 10% Hafnium and 1% Titanium.

As part of this phase of the project, MTI used C-103 powder that they Spheroidized using a proprietary process to print their latest group of test coupons for analysis. "We were able to significantly reduce the amount of Oxygen and Hydrogen in the finished part using our latest batch of Spheroidized powder, Oxygen was reduced by 32% and Hydrogen was reduced by 75%. " said Jason Stitzel, Director Of Engineering for Metal Technology (MTI).   "In addition to the improvements in Oxygen and Hydrogen content, we were also able to improve the material density by almost 5% which has been one of our biggest challenges on the project. We anticipate further improvements in density by continuing to improve the parameter set and leveraging other technologies such as hot isostatic pressing (HIP), a form of heat treatment that uses high-pressure to improve material properties" said Gary Cosmer, Chief Executive Officer for Metal Technology (MTI).

With every phase of the project, MTI has continued to move the needle toward achieving material properties consistent with the ASTMB655 specification. The end goal is to 3D print extraordinarily complex C-103 components for Space Primes such as Aerojet Rocketdyne, ATK, Boeing, Honeywell, Lockheed Martin, Moog, NASA, Orbital Sciences, Pratt & Whitney, Sierra Nevada Corp., SpaceX, United Launch Alliance, UTC Aerospace and others.

About Metal Technology (MTI)
With more than forty years' experience applying innovative, proprietary technologies, Metal Technology (MTI) is making possible the use of difficult alloys for a wider range of applications with greater efficiency, versatility, and reliability. Alloys include Tantalum, Niobium, Zirconium, Titanium, Tungsten and Molybdenum. MTI uses specialized deep-draw, spinning, forging, machining, EDM, and additive manufacturing methods to deliver superior products according to your exacting specifications.

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Almost 1,000 invited guests celebrated the official opening of the ZAL TechCenter, the world's most up-to-date civilian aviation research facility, in the Hamburg



http://www.zal.aero/en/news/article/190/

Almost 1,000 invited guests celebrated the official opening of the ZAL TechCenter, the world's most up-to-date civilian aviation research facility, in the Hamburg borough of Finkenwerder on 7 March. Amongst them were Hamburg's Governing Mayor, Olaf Scholz; Germany's Federal Parliamentary State Secretary for Aerospace Policy, Brigitte Zypries; the Chairman of the Executive Board of Airbus in Germany, Dr. Klaus Richter; and the Chairman of the Executive Board of Lufthansa Technik, Dr. Johannes Bussmann. In the future, up to 600 people will be researching in the approx. 26,000-square-meter ZAL facility. Fields of research include fuel cells, cabin technology, 3D printing, "Industry 4.0" / "Internet of Things", acoustics, and virtual reality. The research center, with a total investment of almost 100 million euros, is a joint project of the City of Hamburg, Airbus, Lufthansa Technik, the German Aerospace Center (DLR), four universities, and twelve other partners.

Major corporations such as Airbus, suppliers like Diehl, universities, and institutions like DLR will be working together at a single site for the first time in the TechCenter, making innovations market-ready more quickly. ZAL offers absolute world-class research infrastructure and will concentrate on six thematic focal areas, known as "Technical Domains": fuel cells, cabins, air conditioning systems, aircraft manufacturing, acoustics, and virtual reality.

Hamburg's Governing Mayor, Olaf Scholz: "The ZAL TechCenter is a boost to Hamburg's international research and development profile, well beyond the boundaries of the aviation industry. ZAL is more than an aeronautical research center. It is a pioneering example of a sustainable and successful concept for cooperation between the commercial and academic sectors."

Brigitte Zypries, the German Federal Government's Aerospace Coordinator and Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy: "The ZAL TechCenter is an exemplary investment in the future. It is equally beneficial to the Metropolitan Region of Hamburg and to the whole of Germany as an aviation location. I am especially pleased by the solidarity between various players in the industry that has made the ZAL TechCenter possible; major corporations, SMEs, and the academic and research sector have gathered under one roof to work on the future of aviation."

Roland Gerhards, CEO of the ZAL Center of Applied Aeronautical Research: "The ZAL TechCenter provides the umbrella, under which the commercial and academic sectors will work together on the future of aviation. Our modern research and test infrastructure provides the ideal environment, and the first application-oriented products will be entering into service in just a few years."

Dr. Klaus Richter, Chief Procurement Officer for the Airbus Group and Chairman of the Executive Board of Airbus in Germany: "The ZAL TechCenter's modern infrastructure makes the technology center one of the most innovative research platforms worldwide. Research and development are optimally tuned to one another, so that innovations can reach the market more quickly."

Dr. Johannes Bussmann, Chairman of the Executive Board of Lufthansa Technik AG: "What makes the ZAL TechCenter so special is the fact that the partners are all equal and work together without hierarchical issues - universities, research institutions, and SMEs along with suppliers and major industrial players. Creative potential has free rein here."

Aeronautical research at ZAL is concentrated on six focal points known as "Technical Domains" (TD), which reflect the core competencies of Hamburg's aviation sector.

TD1 incorporates the Fuel Cell Lab, a research facility crossing industrial boundaries, focussed on secure civilian applications for hydrogen, both in aviation and in other transport segments such as local public transport and the automotive industry. TD2, Cabin Innovation & Technology, looks at research related to aircraft cabins. The core component is the 20-meter wide, 11-meter high ZAL Cabin & Cargo Test Rig, in which fuselage cross sections of all of the world's most common aircraft can be installed in order, for example, to test new arrangements of cabin elements. TD3, Air & Power Systems, deals with the enhancement of electricity supply and air conditioning systems in the cabin. Industrial focus is on TD4, Aerospace Production & Fuselage Engineering. The bulky name is the gateway to research programs addressing future manufacturing methods, e.g. the ALM (Additive Layer Manufacturing) process, commonly known as "3D printing", and the new automation processes often summed up with the catchphrases "Internet of Things" and "Industry 4.0". At the heart of TD5, Testing & Safety, is the ZAL Acoustics Lab. A complete fuselage section from an Airbus A320 can fit within this acoustic test chamber, one of the largest in Europe. The Acoustics Lab will mean that, in the future, research on noise and vibration can be performed on the ground, instead of having to be carried out airborne as has been the case to date. Within the ZAL TechCenter, TD6, General Processes & Support Topics, will focus on matters of virtual reality. The largest VR-capable screen in the northern half of Germany, a massive 6 x 3.5 meters in size, will be installed in the building for the purpose, in a room with capacity for around 30 people.

Hamburg's 100-million-euro ZAL TechCenter numbers amongst the world's largest aeronautical research facilities. Fully tenanted, the 26,000-square-meter facility will be populated by up to 600 researchers. ZAL is leading to the creation of numerous new highly-qualified aviation jobs in Hamburg. Diehl, for example, Hamburg's third-largest employer in the aviation industry, is establishing a completely new research and development team in the ZAL TechCenter. Companies such as Airbus and Lufthansa Technik are completely relocating some of their innovation departments to the new center. The research facility will also serve as an event location; as well as a 200-seat auditorium, there are 12 conference rooms, an open innovation marketplace, and a large in-house restaurant.

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UNVEX AMÉRICA 2016: Drones y RPAS en directo, un espectáculo único



·         La versión latinoamericana de UNVEX, el evento de Sistemas Aéreos Remotamente Tripulados (RPAS) o drones más veterano del sector, abrirá las puertas de su tercera edición el próximo 31 de marzo en el marco de FIDAE, la Feria Internacional del Aire y del Espacio en Santiago de Chile.

Madrid, 7 de marzo de 2016. Los asistentes a UNVEX'16 AMÉRICA tendrán la oportunidad de comprobar en vivo las capacidades de sistemas autónomos y remotamente tripulados durante las demostraciones aéreas que tendrán lugar el 31 de marzo y el 1 de abril en el recinto de FIDAE.

UNVEX América 2016 tendrá dos escenarios de exhibición delimitados por la organización: una zona de pista para las maniobras de los dispositivos de ala fija y otra zona de  multirotores. Las demostraciones de los primeros, por sus características, se incluirán dentro del show aéreo diario de FIDAE, mientras los segundos tendrán una programación diferente y podrán realizar exhibiciones más de una vez al día, en las inmediaciones de la Sala de Conferencias.

UNVEX América 2016 cuenta con el Patrocinio de las empresas Elbit, InSitu, Thales, Expal, EuroUSC y Textron, de la mano de su representante chileno Aviasur, y durante el encuentro se darán cita los más destacados representantes de las Fuerzas Armadas, así como usuarios comerciales, fabricantes y universidades que mostrarán al público interesado los últimos avances en tecnología de UAVS y RPAS, e impartirán conferencias sobre la materia.

El mercado de esta nueva tecnología  ha cogido consistencia y ha crecido de forma exponencial en los últimos años, especialmente con el desarrollo de las plataformas, dispositivos y sistemas para aplicaciones tanto civiles como militares. Por esta razón, UNVEX se ha convertido en el punto de encuentro de referencia para empresas y  profesionales de la región.

América Latina por sus características orográficas es una zona en la que los RPAS o drones tienen un enorme futuro por sus múltiples aplicaciones, desde las emergencias o la protección de recursos naturales a la minería o la cartografía. UNVEX AMÉRICA, como foro, constituye una oportunidad única para conocer e impulsar su desarrollo, incluida su legislación y regulación a nivel nacional y regional.

UNVEX, el gran encuentro sobre sistemas remotamente tripulados
Tras el éxito de sus dos ediciones anteriores (Lima y Bogotá), UNVEX América  celebrará su tercera edición en Santiago de Chile, dentro de FIDAE 2016, la mayor Feria Americana del sector aeronáutico, los días 31 de marzo y 1 de abril . UNVEX AMERICA es un encuentro profesional, orientado al mercado, con el objetivo de impulsar el conocimiento y la aplicación de los sistemas remotamente tripulados  SE REPITE ARRIBA La organizadora del evento, IDS, es una empresa española integrada por profesionales de la comunicación especializados en Defensa y Seguridad que oferta servicios integrales de comunicación a empresas y organismos públicos y privados. Cuenta con un equipo de profesionales cualificados en la materia. Como empresa editorial destacan sus portales www.infodefensa.com , líder en España y América Latina,  www.infoespacial.com y el medio especializado en UAV/RPAS www.infodron.es

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Hybrid Air Vehicles - Airlander Readies Itself for First Flight in 2016



http://www.hybridairvehicles.com/news-and-media/news/airlander-readies-itself-for-first-flight-in-2016

http://www.hybridairvehicles.com/news-and-media/news/key-milestone-reached-in-airlander-s-return-to-flight-programme

http://www.hybridairvehicles.com/news-and-media/news/first-giant-fin-attached-to-the-airlander-in-the-lead-up-to-first-flight

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NASA slips schedule of Asteroid Redirect Mission - SpaceNews.com

http://spacenews.com/nasa-slips-schedule-of-asteroid-redirect-mission/

NASA has decided to push back the launch of the robotic part of its Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) by a year to late 2021 to allow for more time for studies of the mission concept and its key technologies, an agency official said March 2.

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SpaceX Launch Successful, Landing Failed

The Falcon 9's first stage came down too hard While SpaceX's launch was a success, it did not successfully land its rocket on a drone ship. According to CEO Elon Musk, it was a bit of a long shot, but "next flight has a good chance." Update 3/4/16 7:50PM Eastern: This post was updated to include ...

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Goodyear Unveiled Concept For 3D-Printed Spherical Tires

Reinventing the wheel Wheels are straight lines bent towards motion. Spinning on axles, they transport cars long, linear distances, arcing gently for lane changes or at sharp angles or hard turns, yet always moving forward in a line. It is a form so perfected that "reinventing the wheel" is synon...

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Saab At World Air Traffic Management Congress 2016

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nEUROn completes more than 100 test flights in France, Italy and Sweden [feedly]

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nEUROn, the European full-scale technological demonstrator for an unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV), has successfully conducted more than 100 test flights in France, Italy and Sweden.
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Predator B Extended Range Conducts 1st Flight With Long Wings [feedly]

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Upgrade Dramatically Increases Flight Time; Advances Next-Gen Predator General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has conducted the first flight of a Predator B/MQ-9 Reaper Extended Range (ER) Long Wing, retrofitted with improved long-endurance wings with greater internal fuel capacity and additional hard points for carrying external stores.
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Bottom of the class: America’s airlines are introducing a class below economy | The Economist

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Airbus ramps up Make in India, tops $500-million annual procurement - Economic Times

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/transportation/airlines-/-aviation/airbus-ramps-up-make-in-india-tops-500-million-annual-procurement/articleshow/51288928.cms

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OPINION: Rotorcraft sector must go back to basics

http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/opinion-rotorcraft-sector-must-go-back-to-basics-422738/

"There doesn t seem to be a strategy to expand the industry. We ve been suckling too long on the oil and gas teat. However provocative, that stray comment from one of the organising team at the HAI Heli-Expo show neatly captures the state of the rotorcraft sector.

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A milestone for Green Regional Aircraft and ATR | Clean Sky

http://www.cleansky.eu/content/news/milestone-green-regional-aircraft-and-atr

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The space missions that never happened

From a spacecraft fitted with a gun to a nuclear-powered Mars ship, some Cold War missions came close to flight before being abandoned. But one of them is finally becoming reality. Every jaded space nerd has a dream of where they hoped space exploration would take us. By now I imagined the Earth ...

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Pontifications: There are numbers, and there are numbers

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March 7, 2016, © Leeham Co.: The public relations battle between Airbus and Boeing was on full display at the annual conference last week of the International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT) in Phoenix (AZ).

As usual, the respective officials of the two companies used numbers to make the case that their airplanes sold more than the other guy. https://leehamnews.com/2016/03/07/pontifications-numbers-numbers/

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Clean Sky socio-economic study - powering a stronger Europe | Clean Sky

http://www.cleansky.eu/content/news/clean-sky-socio-economic-study-powering-stronger-europe

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​Airbus touts its ‘Make In India’ credentials

http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/airbus-touts-its-make-in-india-credentials-422794/

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Northrop Grumman's Navigation System Contributes to Successful Test Flights of the nEUROn Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle Demonstrator - NASDAQ.com

http://www.nasdaq.com/press-release/northrop-grummans-navigation-system-contributes-to-successful-test-flights-of-the-neuron-unmanned-20160307-00032

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STRUCTURAL OPTIMIZATION IN MECHANICAL PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT



This post starts a series about structural optimization in mechanical product development. Structural optimization is young branch (about 30 years) and is actively developed on the science – industry edge. That is the reason why I think that understanding and ability to correct using of algorithms, plug-ins and apps for structural optimization is “must have” for the modern mechanical engineers. Continue Reading:

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Finmeccanica: ERA signs EMS platform development MoU for the AW609 TiltRotor programme


  • The MoU represents the next important step for the world’s first commercial tiltrotor that is being developed for EMS, offshore transport, search and rescue and passenger transport missions
  • Almost 60 AW609 TiltRotor orders have already been logged globally to perform a range of missions
  • New support and training contracts for customers around the world



Finmeccanica, through its Helicopter Division, announced today at Heli-Expo 2016 (Louisville, Kentucky) it had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Era Group Inc. (Era), one of the largest helicopter operators in the world and the largest civil operator of AgustaWestland helicopters, for the development of the Emergency Medical Service (EMS) variant of the revolutionary AgustaWestland AW609 TiltRotor.



The signing of the agreement marks another important milestone for the development of the world’s first commercial tiltrotor. The unique flight characteristics of the AW609 combine the benefits of a helicopter and a fixed-wing aircraft into one aircraft. Almost 60 orders have already been logged for the AW609 globally to perform several missions including search and rescue, offshore transport, executive/private transport and homeland security.



Finmeccanica also announced today during Heli-Expo the winner of the contest for the best AW609 TiltRotor VIP cabin interior design. The designer Joseph Forakis was selected as the winner.



Finally, offshore helicopter operators based in the Middle East and Australasia, who operate the AW109 and AW139 types in their respective regions, have signed three-year contracts for the provision of 2,900 hours of training on full flight simulators. These contracts are in addition to maintenance support contracts signed in the last two months for 43 helicopters operated in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia, highlighting the Helicopter Division’s commitment to deliver increasing levels of support and training.

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UK-Francia y Rusia desarrollando sus respectivos cazas de 6ª generación

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Aircrew mental health and well-being: 2015 to 2040

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Shoulder-mounted SkyWall launcher takes aim at illegal drones [feedly]

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From trained eagles to radio beam disabling systems, countermeasures to deal with rogue drones illegally entering sensitive airspace are proliferating almost as fast as drones themselves. British engineering firm OpenWorks' approach to dealing with unmanned aerial interlopers takes the form of a shoulder-mounted launcher that captures errant aircraft in a net from up to 100 m (330 ft) away.

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Next Up for Lockheed Low-Speed HWB Airlifter: Flight

Lockheed eyes demonstrator potential for unconventional airlifter concept
Low-speed wind-tunnel tests confirm handling qualities and powered-lift benefits of unconventional Hybrid Wing Body transport configuration.
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Abu Dhabi Pilot Project Tests Aquaculture-to-biofuel System

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Drones will be used for everything from urgent letters to small packages. Drones Data X founder Philip McNamara



By @SimonCocking. Interview with Philip McNamara, Managing Director, Voxpro – San Francisco. Founder of Drones Data X Conference.:

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