Michael Pfeifer

Ph.D., P.E., President
Industrial Metallurgists LLC
900 Hawthorne Lane
Northbrook, IL 60062

Phone: 847-528-3467

His company offers online metallurgy training courses and engineering consulting. Pfeifer is also the author of Materials Enabled Design, which discusses product development and manufacturing from a materials engineering perspective.
Free-machining steels

You can machine it, but can you weld it?

October 8, 2012


Free-machining steels shouldn’t be welded. If a fabricator has a job requiring a free-machining steel, engineers and fabricators should get together to determine the best action. Can welding be avoided by using fasteners? If not, which weldable materials exhibit acceptable machining characteristics, and do these materials meet design requirements?

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The benefits of materials engineering

October 11, 2005


U.S. stampers are missing an opportunity to gain a competitive edge by offering materials engineering support, which often is lacking within OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers. Many stampers take the position that they "just build to a print"—but so do overseas shops.

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