Bridging the gap between design and additive manufacturing is the key to wider adoption of the latter. PTC product manager Jose Coronado discusses how engineers continue to address this challenge in a video interview at ASME's AM3D 2016.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket successfully sent a Dragon capsule full of supplies to the International Space Station Sunday and returned its first stage to Earth for a soft landing. The launch was the first for a Falcon 9 from NASA's historic Launch Pad 39A, the launch point for the first manned lunar landing.
A new bullet shield combines Kevlar, aluminum and an origamilike structure to offer effective protection against even the most powerful handgun loads. The device, developed by mechanical engineers at Brigham Young University, can shield as many as three people and can be folded flat for easy portability.
The US Coast Guard icebreaker Polar Star will be visiting New Zealand this month in only the second visit by a US ship to that country's waters since passage of anti-nuclear legislation in 1987. The diesel-powered vessel will dock at Lyttelton after its mission at the US scientific base in Antarctica.
The Naval Sea Systems Command has issued a request for proposals for the Over-The-Horizon Weapon System, and industry now has about three months to respond. Boeing, Raytheon and Lockheed Martin are expected to bid.
Maintenance work is underway at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard on the nuclear-powered attack submarine USS New Hampshire. The sub returned in November from its latest deployment to the US European Command area, where it made port visits in Norway, Scotland and France.
Diesel propulsion is expected to remain dominant as the marine propulsion engine market grows from $9 billion globally in 2015 to $12 billion by 2022, according to a report by Allied Market Research. Regionally, the Asia-Pacific is forecast to retain a majority share of the market.
The Navy is exercising $795 million worth of contract options with BWXT Nuclear Operations Group to provide naval nuclear reactor components. BWXT is engaged in manufacturing and material procurement with a focus on Ford-class carriers and Virginia-class submarines.
The Coast Guard has taken delivery of the USCGC Bailey Barco from Bollinger Shipyards. The vessel is the 22nd fast response cutter and is scheduled for commissioning in June.
The littoral combat ship USS Tulsa is now christened, and launch is scheduled for March. The Tulsa will carry assault teams, provide a hangar for helicopters and have a ramp for launching vehicles including boats and small submarines.
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