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Materials news, April 2014

Airtech introduces new vacuum gauge

Airtech has introduced the New Vac-Gauge 40D, a versatile digital vacuum gauge used for leak detection and vacuum determinations under a vacuum bag.

LPW Technology presents new research on recycling AM powders

UK-based LPW Technology Ltd, a developer of metal powders for additive manufacturing (AM), will discuss new research on powder re-use at 3D printing show R

Composites Evolution has appointed Jacomp Oy as distributor of its Biotex range across Finland and Estonia.

MIM and 3D specialist Proto Labs has completed renovation of a facility in Plymouth, Minnesota, USA, and will begin operations at this location from the be

This year the COMPOSITES EUROPE trade show is joining forces with the nova-Institute to organise an exhibition stand focusing on bio-based composites.

Research and Markets has published “Prefeasibility Report on an Aluminium Powder Manufacturing Plant”, a guide to setting up an aluminium powder manufactur

Graphene and carbon nanotubes combine to make spaser for future flexible electronics.

Superconducting nano-mechanical resonators made from boron-doped diamond could find application in quantum opto-mechanics.

Composites UK adds that this is in response to industry needs for an increased number of trained personnel, standardised training provision and a means of

Allegheny Technologies Incorporated has reported first quarter 2014 sales of US$987.3 million and a loss from continuing operations attributable to ATI of

Dr. Hubert Jäger, head of SGL Group's R&D organisation, has been appointed to Chair of Lightweight Engineering and Polymer Technology and will take up his

As part of a €2.5m investment programme, FORMAX, the manufacturer of carbon fibre and specialty composite reinforcements, has successfully installed and co

Carpenter Technology Corporation has reported Q3 net income of US$30.6 million, compared to US$32.9 million share in the same quarter last year.

A toughened epoxy resin system from Huntsman Advanced Materials is being used by the University of Bayreuth’s Department of Polymer Engineering, in an on-g

Scientists found that the size of the impurities determines whether the wire’s superconducting properties are either hindered or improved.

MIM and CNC specialist Proto Labs Inc has moved into 3D printing with the acquisition of FineLine Prototyping, Inc, an additive manufacturing (AM) service

Plastic deformation of two-phase Cu-Ag alloy containing precipitates spontaneously creates surface nanolayers that reduce wear.

The following stories were the most popular with visitors to the Reinforced Plastics website last week.

Scientists have mimicked these viral tactics to build the first DNA nanodevices that survive the body's immune defenses.

Hardide Coatings, a provider of tungsten carbide surface coatings, has invested in a number of new technologies including a scanning electron microscope (S

An team based at Trinity College Dublin has demonstrated a new approach in producing high-quality graphene using a commercial blender.

BMW has used Dassault Systèmes’ CATIA Composites applications to help develop its lightweight and emission-free BMW i3 electric car – the world’s first mas

Particle size reduction specialist Union Process Inc has been certified to ISO 9001:2008 for design.

DolphiTech AS has released DolphiCam TeamCenter software, which means that non-destructive testing (NDT) experts can now create and share inspection proced

Leading chemical company BASF plans to present its Catamold feedstock and carbonyl iron powder (CIP) at the China International Powder Metallurgy Exhibitio

Researchers observed experiments for the first time in highly charged ions.

Polystyrene nanospheres have been shown to improve the conversion efficiency of silicon solar cells.

ATK has reached agreement on a $178 million contract award as part of the Air Force's Phase 1 Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) buy from United Laun

Far-UK, having started at the University of Nottingham Innovation Parkin the UK, has now moved to its new 5000 square feet facility on Wilford Industrial E

A team of nanotechnology researchers have discovered new methods to build heat resistant nanostructures and arrays using RNA.

Sandvik Coromant has been awarded Partner of the Year by Okuma America Corporation, a manufacturer of CNC machine tools.

Creative Pultrusions, Inc. (CPI) and Ebert Composites Corporation (ECC) has entered into a manufacturing and marketing agreement, whereas CPI will house th

Plastic-magnetic sandwich bridges gap between data storage and transmission.

3D Material Technologies (3DMT), a division of ARC Group Worldwide, has launched an online quoting system for 3D printing on its website.

Hexagon Composites' subsidiary Hexagon Ragasco has received a US$13.6 million order for the supply of liquid petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders to Iraq.

Airborne Oil & Gas has secured an order for multiple flexible risers and jumpers from OneSubsea™.

Metal injection moulding (MIM) and 3D printing specialist ARC Group Worldwide has acquired Thixoforming LLC, a manufacturer of high-density injection mould

Hexagon Composites' wholly-owned subsidiary Hexagon Ragasco has received an order worth EUR 12.7 million (around NOK 104 million) for the supply of LPG cyl

Hitachi Chemical has completed its “merger by absorption” of Hitachi Powdered Metals Co Ltd (HPM), its wholly owned subsidiary.

Scientists have turned to nature to develop a 3D vascular system that permits high-performance composite materials.

A group of scientists have demonstrated a supercapacitor made from freestanding films of carbon nanotubes.

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, claim to have created a 3D vascular system that allows for damage in composite material

The following stories were the most popular with visitors to the Reinforced Plastics website last week.

Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have created a technique called light-directed electrophoretic deposition (EPD), which uses photocond

The global titanium concentrates production is poised for sustainable growth, and in 2018, it will likely exceed 8.5 million tonnes, says a new report.

The US Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) has appointed Kevin Ayers as industry manager of additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing.

Metaldyne, a supplier of PM automotive components, has been named a GM Supplier of the Year.

The latest offshore wind farm support vessel from UK boat builder CTruk is a 22 m composite catamaran designed to deal with rougher seas, longer transits a

SKF reported SEK16,734 million in net sales for Q1 2014, compared to SEK15,152 million in the same period of 2013.

270 MW South Kent Wind farm has the capacity to power approximately 100,000 Ontario homes annually.

Scientists may be able to develop new techniques to eliminate charge stripes and help pave the way for room-temperature superconductivity.

Nanotechnology has unlocked new pathways for targeted drug delivery, including the use of nanocarriers, or capsules.

Particle size reduction specialist Union Process, Inc has built two twin S-400 Attritors for grinding alumina.

The Composites Group (TCG) has collaborated with Ferno EMS, a provider of patient handling equipment, to develop the iN/X motorised patient handling cot fo

Scientists at MIT and the City College of New York have achieved imaging excitons’ motions directly.

Researchers have succeeded in creating a surface on nano-sized cellulose crystals that imitates a biological structure.

Stratasys, a major player in plastics 3D printing, has moved into the metal additive manufacturing (AM) arena by acquiring two companies that make 3D print

LANXESS and EconCore NV are joining forces to produce honeycomb core materials from LANXESS' Durethan polyamide resins using EconCore's patented process.

Materials testing laboratory Element Hitchin, UK, has designed equipment to detect flaws in thermoplastic composite pipes for the oil and gas sector during

Grafoid, a Canadian producer of graphene materials, has signed an agreement with advanced materials manufacturing consultancy Altamat to build an atomisati

Miba has opened phase II of its Suzhou Industrial Park in China, tripling the plant’s production area.

The SkyPath – a proposed composite pathway for walkers and cyclists to be installed alongside New Zealand's Auckland Harbour Bridge – is currently awaiting

The Advanced Materials Research Centre (AMREC), based in Kulim, Malaysia, will run its 2nd Advanced Materials Conference (AMC 2014) from 25-26 November 201

TenCate Advanced Composites and Performance Polymer Solutions Inc (P2SI) are partnering to develop and market high temperature prepreg materials to the aer

Researchers have discovered a way to use existing semiconductors to detect a far wider range of light than is now possible, well into the infrared range.

Miniaturized optical frequency comb sources allow for transmission of data streams of several terabits per second over hundreds of kilometers.

Composite materials manufacturer Gurit reports sales for the first quarter (Q1) of 2014 of CHF78.8 million, an increase of around 29% over Q1 2013, and 4.5

Carbide specialist Ceratizit’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Ceratizit USA Inc, has signed an agreement to acquire 80% of Promax Tools LP, a Californian manufac

GKN plc, the owner of Hoeganaes and GKN Sinter Metals, has acquired the entire issued share capital of Williams Hybrid Power Limited (WHP) from Williams Gr

The following stories were the most popular with visitors to the Reinforced Plastics website last week.

Exclusive agreement covers the supply of composite structures to produce the nacelle casings for Alstom’s Haliade™ 150-6MW wind turbine.

Hutchinson has formed the Composite Technical Center (CTeC).

Finnish laser coating specialist Picodeon has appointed Fergus Clarke as CEO.

Porous silicon manufactured in a bottom up procedure using solar energy can be used to generate hydrogen from water.

Researchers have created a compound semiconductor of nearly perfect quality that can manipulate light energy in the mid-infrared range.

Airtech has developed Wrightlease 2R, an extruded fluoropolymer film coated with rubber-based pressure sensitive adhesive.

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This report, commissioned by the UK's Materials Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) and authored by NetComposites, describes current and emerging biocomposite

GKN Sinter Metals has been named as a Premium Supplier by automotive parts Schaeffler and its subsidiary Continental, one of only 31 out of more than 1,200

An international team of scientists has reported the first experimental observation of the quantum critical point (QCP).

Synthetic collagen invented at Rice University may help wounds heal by directing the natural clotting of blood.

At the SAE World Congress in Detroit, USA, Granta Design has launched the Automotive Material Intelligence Consortium (AutoMatIC).

Arburg’s managing director (MD), Herbert Kraibühler, has retired after 50 years of service.

Industrial laminate specialist Attwater & Sons Ltd has reformulated its B42 fabric-based laminate to comply with revised REACH regulations

A research group has developed a new responsive coating for implants used in surgery to improve their integration into bone and to prevent rejection.

Prototype specialist Proto Labs Inc now offers metal injection moulded (MIM) parts as a standard option in its Protomold injection-moulding service.

Composites Germany, the trade association founded in 2013, has replaced the AVK - Industrievereinigung Verstärkte Kunststoffe e.V. (Federation of Reinforce

Kennametal CEO Carlos Cardoso has addressed the image problems manufacturing in the US has according to the American public.

AniForm Engineering has released AniForm Suite.

H.C. Starck posted sales of €703.9 million in 2013, below the previous year’s figure of €862.9 million.

Optomec, a supplier of 3D printing systems for production applications, is presenting a paper about using 3D printing to rework and repair existing metal a

German company BCT GmbH has introduced new automated systems for composite post-machining and composite repair.

Aircraft engine manufacturer Safran and Albany International, a specialist in composite aerospace components, have opened a new plant in Rochester, New Ham

The Information Management Institute Inc (IMI) has launched a new course, Development of Functional Materials for 3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing, whi

Voetsch Industrietechnik has developed recirculation air tempering ovens for reproducable production results to achieve good thermal treatment of carbon fi

An associate professor and her collaborators have developed an essential component of these new computers that would run on light.

A study of self-assembled silver-based structures known as superlattices has revealed an unusual and unexpected behavior.

The UK wind sector, which increased by nearly 50 percent to $5.9 billion, drove the increase.

Mitsubishi Materials is planning to challenge Sandvik AB and Kennametal to become the key player in the US$15 billion carbide tool market, according to Blo

The following stories were the most popular with visitors to the Reinforced Plastics website last week.

Airtech has developed Airflex, which is an uncured silicone rubber which has been specially formulated for use as a pressure intensifier on complex shapes

Dieffenbacher has introduced the Compress Lite press series to provide a flexible and automated system for manufacturing fibre-reinforced plastic component

Researchers found that the semiconductor indium nitride (InN)will emit green light if reduced to 1 nanometer-wide wires.

A research group has reported, for the first time, gas detection properties in nanorods of silver tungstate in its alpha phase (α-Ag2WO4).

In a new report, market analyser Canalys predicts that the 3D printing market will rise to US$3.8 billion in 2014, with the market continuing to experience

Dow has added the VORAFORCE TW 1100 series of polyurethane systems to its product range.

The MPIF has set out details of the four special interest programmes that will take place during the PM2014 World Congress which takes place from 18-22 May

Dutch company Airborne, a manufacturer of composite blades for tidal turbines, has established a legal presence in Cherbourg, France, to support the develo

Harper International has secured recent contracts worth $38 million for its production scale carbon fibre conversion line.

Researchers have discovered a new mechanism for using light to activate drug-delivering nanoparticles and other substances inside the body.

China's caps on exports of rare earth elements break global trade rules, according to a World Trade Organization (WTO) panel ruling released on 26 March.

Johns Manville has introduced a new chopped strand glass fibre for high performance polypropylene (PP) – ThermoFlow 636.

PyroGenesis Canada Inc, a manufacturer of plasma waste-to-energy systems and plasma torch systems, has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with a major interna

The offshore wind power joint venture between Vestas and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) is now operational. It will handle the further development of th

Owens Corning has introduced an enhanced WindStrand® Type 30® roving products range for weaving fabrics.

Scientists at a German photonics and laser technology research centre are researching how to make tiny, 3D printed implants with a memory function or compl

Polish GRP manufacturer Markos has increased its production volume of wind turbine nacelles (including hub covers) to 14 sets per week.

CREMER Thermoprozessanlagen GmbH, which makes industrial furnaces with a focus on the powder metallurgy and MIM technology, has acquired SOF Equipment GmbH

Bayer MaterialScience is selling its intellectual property, patents and technology in the area of carbon nanotubes (CNT) and graphenes to FutureCarbon GmbH

Morgan Advanced Materials has appointed Martyn Cook to the management team at its Composites & Defence Systems business based in Coventry, UK.

Scientists from Universidad Carlos III in Madrid (UC3M) have developed a new type of tidal energy generator using magnetic MIM parts.

Borealis and Borouge have used Fibremod™ for the instrument panel carrier and airbag chute in the Jaguar F-Type, in collaboration with Dräxlmaier, the Tier

Using an acoustic metadevice that can influence the acoustic space and can control any of the ways in which waves travel.

Researchers have found that a nanoparticle trapped with laser light temporarily violates the famous second law of thermodynamics.

Take a look at the most popular news stories in materials science during March 2014.

Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (ATI) has changed the name of one of its business segments and most of its business units in order to “better reflect”

The following stories were the most popular with visitors to the Reinforced Plastics website during the month of March.

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