07 February 2005
07 February 2005
Thresher Industries LLC has successfully casted an automotive aftermarket ""Hemi"" engine block using proprietary materials developed and manufactured by Talon Composites.
Thresher Industries believe that the use of Talon's composite materials will allow for the development and manufacture of unique cast grades of high-strength alloys that Thresher will manufacture and market.
Thresher President Tom Flessner explained: ""The Talon Composites materials have proven excellent to cast with in all of our tests. We have been successful in filling, melting and handling the materials and to date, we have cast parts as small as one-half pound and as large as the full engine block. At Thresher we subjected the finished material to multiple tests, including dye penetration inspection and X-Ray examination of finished blocks, and it is clear that the issues normally associated with metal matrix materials are not present here. We at Thresher are excited about the opportunity to use products designed and manufactured by Talon Composites.""
Talon President Robin Carden remarked: ""Our material enables our partners to realize clear advantages over conventional aluminum alloys, including excellent thermal conductivity, stiffness and ease of machining. The Talon team looks forward to building our relationship with Tom Flessner and Thresher Industries in the coming years.""
Thresher Industries will cast the material at its ISO - and QS9000-compliant facility in California. Thresher's Flessner added that: ""The Talon Composites materials are competitively priced and have distinct advantages in casting. We now have the ability to begin manufacturing, machining and assisting other foundries in the use of this incredible material.""
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