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Bell Helicopter and Harvest use EOS technology to 3D print flight-certified helicopter hardware
Bell Helicopter and Harvest use EOS technology to 3D print flight-certified helicopter hardware

UK-based EOS has announced that its EOSINT P 730 plastic laser-sintering machine has been used by Bell Helicopter and 3D printing company Harvest to make helicopter parts. Heat distribution, powder degradation, dimensional accuracy, repeatability, component quality and performance, and the economics of manufacture were all examined to check the EOS machine met requirements for use in the aerospace industry, states the company. ...(more)
Chemicals giant BASF said today it had achieved its goal for 2014, increasing earnings, “despite the disappointing economic development in Europe, following the publication of its latest financial figures”. Overall, sales were up 0.5% to €74.3bn, with earnings before interest and tax and special items (Ebit) up 4.0% to €7.4bn. Kurt Bock, chairman of the board of executive directors of BASF, said: “The outlook for the 2015 business year is subject to significant uncertainty." ... (more)

Three of the six new plants that automotive moulder Plastic Omnium plans this year will be in China, part of a broader push it’s making in Asia, where it will locate 12 of the 20 new facilities in its near-term investment plans. The company said that 2014 sales in its automotive division rose 4.9% to €4.88bn, with profit up 8.6% to €401.7m. While European auto sales revenue grew 7.4%, and it said performance in the UK and Germany was “excellent,” much of its capital investment is targeting Asia, where it projects China’s vehicle market to grow 7.1% in 2015 to 23.2 million units. ... (more)

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