Steel Industry Headlines: New Texas Mill, 3D-Printed Steel, and a “Kegnado”

by Sep 7, 2019industry news, Tips0 comments


We’re back with another installment of steel industry headlines for August 2019! This month, we’re looking at a $1.9 billion steel mill bringing new jobs to South Texas; super-strong 3D-printed steel for Air Force weapons applications; and the creation of a 40-foot keg tornado at a Milwaukee brewery.

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Steel Dynamics to Open Mill, Bring Jobs to Sinton, TX

Indiana-based Steel Dynamics is preparing to build a $1.9 billion flat roll steel mill in Sinton, TX, just northwest of Corpus Christie. CEO Mark Millett says Steel Dynamics has been creating a strategy centered around South Texas for several years.

Sinton was chosen for its strategic location and access to Southwestern and Mexico markets. Nearby railroads, highways, and ports give Sinton easy access to transportation. The mill is expected to create 600 jobs and produce half-ton coils for many industries. Construction begins in 2020.

US Air Force 3D Prints Steel Munitions

Captain Erin Hager at the US Air Force Institute of Technology has developed a way to 3D print Air Force steel AF-9628 for weapons applications. Using a powder bed fusion technique, Hager produced a high-strength steel that was then 3D printed into intricate, lightweight projectiles.

AF-9628 was originally used to create bunker-busting bombs. It is a desirable steel due to its toughness and its relatively low cost. Unlike most alloys that have been tested, AF-9628 did not crack under 3D printing conditions. The steel achieved 10% elongation without becoming brittle, a sign of superior tensile strength.

Hager started by 3D printing simple replacement parts with the steel, then moved on to complex projectiles. The resulting munitions were suitable for weapons applications and found to be about 20% stronger than conventional AM alloys.

The military has used 3D printing to produce cheap parts for vehicles and machinery, but Hager’s powder bed fusion has paved the way for munitions, allowing aircraft to carry more weapons. The next step is precision-controlled fragmentation that reduces collateral damage.

40-Foot Kegnado On Display at Milwaukee’s Lakefront Brewery

Now that’s some creative recycling! The Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee has unveiled its “kegnado,” a keg tornado built from 71 used stainless steel beer kegs. The 40-foot steel art installation is attached to the northeast corner of Lakefront Brewery’s Commerce Street building. Each keg will feature two bands of LED lights that can be programmed with endless color combinations. It was built by local craftsmen.

Lakefront Brewery co-founder Russ Klisch says the kegnado is the least he could do for the people of Milwaukee, and he hopes its presence inspires other businesses to create unique artwork along the Riverwalk.

“The river and the people of Milwaukee have been very good to us over the years,” said Klisch in a press release. “In trying to give back, our brewery has built one of the most unique and beautiful art pieces that any brewery in the world has ever built. It’s been years in the making.”

He hopes the kegnado will bring more pedestrians and kayakers through the area. There will be a public lighting ceremony on September 12th.

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