Additive manufacturing (AM), commonly known as 3D printing, is the latest manufacturing technology taking the world by storm. Some people say AM will never replace traditional machining. Others believe it will change the world. Based on AM parts he has recently heat treated, webinar speaker Robert Hill believes the current reality lies somewhere between the skepticism and the hype. Bob will provide some startling predictions on how he believes the heat treating and brazing industries may be impacted by this newly disruptive technology.
Heat transfer in a vacuum furnace takes place via radiation from the furnace heating elements to the workload being processed. Accurate temperature measurement of both the furnace hot-zone and the materials being processed is critical for a successful heat treat cycle.
For the many vacuum furnaces in use around the world, the vacuum pumping system is a critical component. To get the best value from the vacuum furnace system and to extend its useful life, regular and careful maintenance of the various vacuum pumps is of utmost importance. A December 4 ASM International Webinar, presented by CEO of Solar Atmospheres William R. Jones through the ASM website, addressed each component of the pumping system and detailed best maintenance schedules and procedures for each.