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Oxygen And Metal Powder Extracted from Moonrocks


Moon  ©NASA

British engineers who are perfecting a technique for transforming moondust into oxygen have made a breakthrough that could shape the future of space exploration. Using specially designed pilot reactors, engineers have successfully extracted air from simulated moonrock, leaving behind kilos of metal powder that could one day be used to build lunar habitats. This is the first time the by-product has been produced in these quantities.

 

ORNL and Partners Additively Manufacture Nuclear Reactor Components


ORNL channel fasteners for Framatome’s boiling water reactor fuel assembly (Courtesy Framatome/ORNL)

A collaboration between Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), and France’s Framatome, has produced four metal AM 316 stainless steel fuel assembly brackets.  The components are currently in operation at TVA’s Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant in Alabama.

 

GE Aviation Reaches Twin 100,000-unit Manufacturing Milestones

Two GE Aviation facilities producing advanced jet engine components recently passed major production milestones—one facility shipped the 100,000th CMC turbine shroud, the other the 100,000th metal AM fuel nozzle tip.


CMCs, jet engine additively manufactured fuel nozzle GE Aviation

 

PM Flashback

Volume 7, No. 6, August 1978

P/M Tool Steels Poised for Growth 
Hoganas Designs Automatic P/M Forging Process 
Pyron Sales and Earnings Up 
National Sintered Alloys Expands 
Gould Inc. Advocates P/M Titanium for New Dollar Coin 
Ohio Bronze Relocates Offices 
IITRI Buys Hot Pressing System to Prove New Process 
Hoeganaes Introduces Distaloy High Compressibility Steel Powders 
Guide Helps Select P/M Materials for Parts 
Call for Papers-P/M '79 
P/M Stainless Steel Tube Maker Joins Federation 
P/M '80 Program Co-Chairmen Appointed 
Section Happenings 
People in the News
P/M Related Patents 
Calendar of P/M Events 

Standardization of 3D Printing

The Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology (ILT), Aachen, Germany, has received an award for decades of development in the field of Additive Manufacturing: The institute won a competition conducted by ASTM International and is now working on a project towards standardization of machine condition monitoring in laser beam powder bed fusion (LB-PBF). It is focusing on selecting and qualifying imaging sensor technology that can be used to specifically monitor the condition of LB-PBF systems. The institute will derive cost-reducing recommendations for end users from these data.

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