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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Return of the Jetsons


The world of The Jetsons, reimagined

I used to watch The Jetsons, when? A million years ago? It was kind of a dumb show, along the lines of All In The Family, or Married... with Children, but the gee-whiz gadgets were kind of cool.

This video comes from Arconic, an aluminum manfucturing company. They are a spin-off of Alcoa. Where Alcoa is concerned with mining and smelting, Arconic is more into producing finished aluminum parts. To that end they have just installed a new stretching machine in their plant in Davenport, IowaStretching straightens the sheet and relieves stress. Like friction-stir welding, it is unique to aluminum processing. It isn't used with steel.

Arconic also has a plant in Indiana where they produce aluminum-lithium alloy. I had never heard of aluminum being alloyed with lithium before, but that's not saying much. I hadn't heard of aluminum-copper alloys until recently, and they've been in use for a hundred years.

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