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The Science of Diffusion Bonding or Joining together Dissimilar Metals

Metal diffusion bonding is an essential joining method for achieving a high-purity interface when two similar metals require superior structural integrity. The process involves applying high temperature, and pressure to metals mated together in a hot press causes the atoms on solid metallic surfaces to intersperse and bond.

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Revolutionizing Manufacturing: How Laser Pioneers and Automation Are Transforming the Industry

Lasers Drill Precision Holes Quickly

Laser technology for drilling precision holes has taken a leap forward with faster, cheaper, high-accuracy fiber lasers, which are used in the aerospace industry for turbine engine hole-drilling and other industries. Short-pulse picosecond fiber lasers are likewise making inroads, drilling small, precise holes for the medical and microelectronics industries.

What’s New on the Wire? EDM Machines Offer More

“You guys are crazy!” That’s what Makino EDM product line manager Brian Pfluger was told—loudly—by a medical-industry customer after Pfluger recommended he use coated wire to make a custom housing for cancer treatment machines.

Which Cut is Best, Water or Laser?

Laser cutting and waterjet cutting: two great technologies that go great together? Or best when they play solo? As ever, the answer is it depends—on what work a shop has coming in the door, what materials are being processed most often, operator skill levels and, ultimately, the available equipment budget.

3D Printer ‘Fingerprint’ Fights Counterfeiters

The thermodynamics of the extruder head, or “ThermoTag puts, a stamp undetectable to the naked eye on the physical properties of 3D printed parts. If proven and accepted through additional research, the phenomenon has implications for thwarting counterfeiting of parts and products, protecting intellectual property (IP) and tracing illegal manufacturing of weapons.