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OPTICAST: Production of two phase low cost functional gradient recyclable wear resistant Cast Iron products (Opticast)
Start date: Aug 1, 2011, End date: Jul 31, 2013 PROJECT  FINISHED 

This project will provide a more efficient and environmentally friendly method to produce wear resistant cast iron products which are hard only in strategic locations and softer and more machinable elsewhere, creating a more flexible product in a one step process. This will contribute greatly towards the increased competitiveness in a wide range of European SMEs in a wide scope of industries, through the development of export and licensing opportunities outside of Europe. It will also contribute towards a range of EU environmental policies including end of life regulation, using only a very low fraction of heavy metals compared to current production methods for wear resistant products. OPTICAST will use recycled metal and products will be recyclable.
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