Metal laser melting has made a successful leap from rapid prototyping to an approved manufacturing technology, and the method is increasingly becoming an option for companies in high-tech industries, according to Toolcraft. And now the German manufacturer has teamed with Airbus APWorks to offer another option for additive manufacturing—the Airbus subsidiary’s Scalmalloy high-performance aluminum powder.
An optional five-speed transmission includes the Case Powerinch feature that lets operators approach targets quickly and precisely regardless of engine speed, ensuring there is no rollback even on steep slopes, making it easier and quicker to dump into a truck.
The challenges for the off-highway industrial engine supplier goes beyond simply meeting ever more stringent emissions regulations in Europe. Their engine designs also need to minimize total cost of ownership while delivering power and fuel efficiency in a worldwide market.
The sealing specialist is currently developing two new materials that reportedly will help aircraft manufacturers save weight and production costs while exceeding fire resistance and fireproof requirements for the engine application.
Kohler Engines has launched the KDI 3404, a 3.4-L engine in a compact footprint with a power density of 30 kW/L that reaches 100 kW (134 hp) and features an innovative Stage V ready aftertreatment system.
Additive manufacturing is making significant headway in aerospace production programs, as evidenced by recent announcements that Airbus and rocket manufacturer United Launch Alliance both are—or soon will be—flying aircraft that incorporate 3D-printed parts enabled by Stratasys.
New PL72, PL83, and PL87 pipelayers feature differential steering and an electronically controlled hydraulic system that places total control of lifting functions into a single joystick. A dash-mounted LCD display provides onboard diagnostic information for the operator.