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Tipping point for additive manufacturing

28 May 2017 by Engineering Capacity

Additive manufacturing is on the verge of breaking through as a mainstream production process, according to a new survey by Subcon 2017.

Nearly a quarter of the respondents said that they use additive manufacturing or 3D printing for production components and 85% said they expected to do so in the next five years.

A year ago, only 21% said they would use additive manufacturing for production components in the next five years and 35% said they might.

Telsonic launches subcontract welding service

25 May 2017 by Engineering Capacity

Telsonic UK will launch a new subcontract welding service for plastic and metal components at Subcon 2017.

The service is available to manufacturers who may require additional production capacity or do not have sufficient volume to warrant the purchase of dedicated equipment.

It also allows customers who are having bespoke systems built by Telsonic UK, the opportunity to manufacture components using the same ultrasonic technology until their system is ready for delivery.

Rail certification for WEC

25 May 2017 by Engineering Capacity

Engineering and fabrication company, WEC Group Ltd, has successfully achieved EN 15085-2 accreditation for welding on rail vehicles as part of the company’s long term commitment to the UK and European rail sector.

The accreditation was obtained following an audit by The Welding Institute (TWI) and will enable the Group to tender for and accept more work for the rail industry.

Award-winning microphone manufacture

24 May 2017 by Engineering Capacity

European Circuits has become the chosen manufacturer of Aston Microphone’s new award-winning Starlight microphone.

The entire microphone including all of the electronics and mechanical sub-assemblies is being produced at European Circuits’ Glasgow based facility. 

Sean Karpowicz, director, of product development, Aston, said: “From the very beginning we have been delighted with how helpful and attentive European Circuits has been to our every need.”

Barriers to cadmium phase out

24 May 2017 by Engineering Capacity

A new survey from global selective plating company, SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC) highlights aerospace specifications and prime’s requirements as the main barriers to the phase out of cadmium in the US aerospace industry, and suggests more clarity on the topic is still needed.

In recent years, there has been speculation that the US aerospace industry will phase out cadmium by 2023, however, the survey found that only 23% of respondents think they will actually be cadmium free within the next five years.