Welding Aluminum in Automotive Applications — Free EWI Webinar

By Beth Sharb on Wednesday, March 29th, 2017 in Automotive, Dissimilar Materials, Dissimilar Metals Joining, EWI – Company, Lightweighting, Manufacturing Innovation, Manufacturing Technology, Materials Engineering, Metal Composites, Resistance Processes/Solid-State Processes. No Comments

On April 4, 2017, EWI will offer a free webinar, Welding Aluminum in Automotive Applications. The online event will be presented by Sam Lewis and Dave Workman from EWI’s Resistance and Solid-State Processes group. Automotive manufacturers are increasingly interested in the use of aluminum as lightweight material to meet today’s CAFE standards. The welding ofRead more

EWI Hosting Quarterly Additive Manufacturing Consortium Meeting at EOS

By Frank Medina on Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 in Additive Manufacturing, Advanced Manufacturing, Events, EWI – Company, EWI Network, Manufacturing Innovation, Manufacturing Technology, Metal 3D Printing, Technology Innovation. No Comments

EWI is pleased to announce that the Additive Manufacturing Consortium (AMC) will host its spring meeting at EOS North America’s Pflugerville (Texas) Technical Center. The meeting at EOS is scheduled for April 19-20, 2017, with the members-only meeting on the 19th and a general meeting planned for the 20th. “EOS has been a great supporter ofRead more

Watteredge Becomes New EWI Member

By Beth Sharb on Monday, March 27th, 2017 in Advanced Energy, Aerospace, Automotive, Dissimilar Metals Joining, EWI – Company, Mechanical Design. No Comments

We are pleased to welcome Watteredge LLC, a leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance current-conducting devices and accessories, to EWI membership. For more than 66 years, Watteredge has served the steel, chemical, chlorine, power generation, fiberglass, aerospace, and automotive industries. The company, located west of Cleveland, OH, has more than 120 employees. It is part ofRead more

State-of-the-art Joining Methods for Nitinol Shape-memory Alloy — New Paper

By Tim Frech on Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 in Advanced Energy, Advanced Manufacturing, Aerospace, Composites Joining, Dissimilar Materials, Dissimilar Metals Joining, EWI – Company, Manufacturing Innovation, Materials Engineering, Medical Devices, Space Exploration. No Comments

With applications in multiple industries including medical, sustainable energy, and aerospace, nitinol is one of the most commonly used shape-memory alloys. To take full advantage of nitinol’s shape-memory characteristics, corrosion resistance, and super-elasticity, manufacturers must understand how to join this unique material without detrimentally affecting the properties that make it so attractive. EWI developed aRead more

EWI Helps Tablet Manufacturer Incorporate Cobotics in Production

By Rebecca Gurk on Thursday, March 16th, 2017 in Advanced Automation, Consumer Electronics, Events, EWI – Company, EWI Network, Manufacturing Competitiveness, Manufacturing Innovation, Manufacturing Technology, Technology Innovation. No Comments

When the New York-based company Bak USA decided to enhance and expand its production facility, it turned to EWI’s Buffalo Manufacturing Works team for a strategic evaluation of its operations.

Why Polypropylene Cannot Be Welded with ABS

By Miranda Marcus on Thursday, March 9th, 2017 in Composites Joining, EWI – Company, Plastics Joining. No Comments

In order for two materials to weld, there are three main requirements: The materials must be chemically compatible (i.e. the polymer chains must be able to form secondary bonds). Some plastics are compatible this way, however it is mostly different types of amorphous plastics that are compatible with each other. ABS, an amorphous plastic, isRead more

Scaling Up Metals Additive Manufacturing — new paper

By Rebecca Gurk on Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 in Additive Manufacturing, Advanced Manufacturing, Aerospace, EWI – Company, Metal 3D Printing, Space Exploration, Technology Innovation. No Comments

Additive manufacturing (AM) processes empower manufacturers to build parts that were previously impossible to create using traditional subtractive machining methods. While laser powder bed fusion (L-PBF) is well-developed and offers high levels of accuracy, it is better-suited to small components. As an alternative, laser directed energy deposition (L-DED) combines a laser and a material feedRead more