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Materials news, October 2014

Scientists have developed a unique microring laser cavity that can produce single-mode lasing even from a conventional multi-mode laser cavity.

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US company MarkForged says its Mark One 3D printer enables engineers to design and create carbon, Kevlar® and glass fibre composite parts at their desk.

Nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego recently invented a new method of lithography.

Proto Labs Inc, reportedly the world's fastest injection moulding service, has reported Q3 2014 revenues of US54.6 million, 30% above its revenue of US$42

Multiaxial reinforcements producer SAERTEX has announced the acquisition of US company Fiber Glass Industries' knitting equipment and nonwoven production c

The European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA) has presented its 2014 to Jan Tengzelius.

BASF is adding its first carbon fibre reinforced grade to its Ultradur® PBT (polybutylene terephthalate) portfolio.

Malvern Instruments has launched the Mastersizer 3000 Hydro SV small volume liquid dispersion unit, which can delivers particle size measurement using just

Croft Additive Manufacturing (CAM) has used additive manufacturing (AM) to create a filter that prevents the accumulation of bacteria, making it suitable f

Assembly specialist Böllhoff and adhesives expert DELO have developed a bonded bolt technology called ONSERT which has been demonstrated in a pilot project

Elsevier is delighted to announce that the first issue of Materials Today: Proceedings is now available.

Empa toxicologist Harald Krug has lambasted his colleagues in the journal Angewandte Chemie.

German composites association AVK presented its 2014 Innovation Awards at its annual conference in Düsseldorf earlier this month.

SKF has appointed Stephane Le-Mounier as president of SKF Automotive.

Toho Tenax Co Ltd says it has developed a technology for the efficient production of thermoset carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) preforms, which it is

Union Process Inc, a manufacturer of particle size reduction and dispersing equipment, has built a circulation conversion system for its SD1 laboratory Att

CI Hayes, a Gasbarre Furnace Group Company, has installed a continuous oil quench vacuum furnace for hardening of tool steels.

NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne say that they have successfully completed a series of hot-fire tests on an advanced rocket engine thrust chamber assembly (TCA)

The January/February issue of Reinforced Plastics magazine will contain a preview of the JEC Europe 2015 exhibition, which takes place in Paris on 10-12 Ma

A research team has produced new evidence for an exotic superconducting state that can arise when a superconductor is exposed to a strong magnetic field.

Deal calls for Gamesa to supply 33 G97-2.0 MW turbines at a facility being developed by Elecnor.

NASA is seeking proposals to develop and manufacture lower-mass alternatives to the honeycomb or foam core materials currently used in composite sandwich s

Wall Colmonoy Corporation, a provider of nickel powder, has acquired Franklin Bronze & Alloy Company Inc, the oldest operating casting foundry in Pennsylva

Airbus has announced a partnership with ORACLE TEAM USA, the defending champion of the America’s Cup, under which it will share its composites expertise.

Carpenter Technology has reported net income of US $13.5 million for the quarter ended 30 September 2014, compared to US$34.6 million in the same quarter l

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

Hypertherm, a manufacturer of plasma, laser, and waterjet cutting systems has launched a modified HPRXD torch developed in cooperation with HGG Profiling E

The new US composites trade show CAMX issued its first Awards last week in Florida.

According to the Deccan Herald, Indo-US MIM Tec Pvt Ltd plans to invest Rs 1,000 crore in its Bangalore operations over the next five year period.

Quickstep Holdings Ltd, an Australian manufacturer of carbon fibre composite components for the aerospace, defence and automotive industries, is establishi

A new report has revealed the spectacular growth metal injection moulding (MIM) and ceramic injection moulding (CIM) have exhibited over the last two decad

Metal components can now be printed in 3D with higher precision than ever before, thanks to US researchers.

Boron-doped diamond could be an ideal material for devices that interface with neural tissue because it is highly stable and biocompatible.

Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have demonstrated an additive manufacturing (AM) method to control the structure

Alcoa Fastening Systems (AFS) and the ThermoPlastic composites Research Centre (TPRC) in the Netherlands are collaborating to develop thermoplastic composi

3D printing specialist SLM Solutions has appointed Andreas Frahm as its new managing director (MD).

Composites are to be used extensively in a new lighthouse project in Valencia, Spain.

The COMPOSITES EUROPE 2014 trade show in Düsseldorf earlier this month attracted 10,186 visitors, an increase of 25% on the previous event held in Düsseldo

Stacking graphene sheets into porous 3D structures.

GKN Sinter Metals North America has been recognised with four Supplier Quality Excellence awards from General Motors (GM).

New bioink could enable three-dimensional tissue scaffolds for cartilage repair to be printed at room temperature.

The first customer Airbus A350-900, which will be delivered to Qatar Airways, has successfully completed its maiden flight.

Dawne S Hickton, vice chair, president and CEO of titanium powder producer RTI International is the new president of the International Titanium Association

The American Composite Manufacturers Association (ACMA) issued its annual awards at the CAMX 2014 trade show in Florida last week.

Magnesium-ion batteries better than expected.

A graphene aerogel, inspired by marine mussel, could clean up oil spills or reduce the cost of electrochemical sensors.

CAMX (The Composites and Advanced Materials Expo) 2014 brought 7100 conference attendees and more than 550 exhibitors to Orlando, Florida, last week.

A report by Transparency Market Research suggests that the global 3D printing in medical applications market will reach US$965.5 million by 2019, growing a

Spheretex, the producer of laminate bulkers, speciality core and reinforcement materials, has signed an Exclusive Cooperation Agreement for the sale of Sph

Additive manufacturing specialist Arcam reports that its Q3 20014 sales have increased by 125% to SEK90.8 million, up from SEK40.4 million in the same peri

Reichhold has introduced a new low profile laminating resin with improved application properties, without any reduction in low profile tooling performance.

Umicore has teamed up with non-profit organisation WorldLoop to improve the disposal of waste from electronic devices in Africa.

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

Greg Morris, additive technologies leader at GE Aviation, has been named Technology Leader of the Year by IndustryWeek magazine.

Intertronics has introduced the BlueWave Fast Cure LED Flood System.

Nanomedicines consisting of nanoparticles for targeted drug delivery to specific tissues and cells offer new solutions for cancer diagnosis and therapy.

Washington State University researchers have developed a new catalyst that could lead to making biofuels cheaply and more efficiently.

Teijin Aramid is raising prices for its Twaron aramid products.

GKN Powder Metallurgy has expanded its production facilities in Danyang and Yizheng, China.

Researchers in China are investigating the potential of laser solid forming (LSF), a 3D printing process that can produce fully dense metal parts with mech

SKF has reported nine month 2014 sales of SEK 52,476 million, up from SEK47,167 million in 2013.

Composites UK, the trade association for the UK composites industry, is developing a database of composite companies based in the country to support the se

According to Russian sources, arms manufacturer Kalashnikov plans to convert to MIM technology to make its metal gun parts.

RocTool, the designer and developer of technologies for rapid injection moulding of composites and plastics, has signed a global licence agreement with Fle

Researchers have unveiled a new method to form tiny 3D metal nanoparticles in prescribed shapes and dimensions using DNA as a construction mold.

The Global Powder Metallurgy Property Database (GPMD) has been online for ten years.

Benteler-SGL is producing a glass fibre reinforced polyurethane leaf spring for the new Volvo XC90 SUV.

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

The International Molybdenum Association (IMOA) has published its Annual Review for 2013/14, documenting the work of the association on behalf of its membe

Lingrove Natural Composites has launched a range of linen prepregs, dry reinforcement and other bio-based solutions at CAMX 2014.

Exclusive access to 11 article in the Virtual Special Issue on the Nobel Prize for Physics 2014.

esearchers have established the solid-state electrical properties of one such polymer, called PTMA.

New theoretical approach shows that the “holy grail” of data storage may lie with a new family of perovskite materials

SKF says that it plans to invest around SEK 220 million in a new factory at its existing campus in Cajamar, Brazil.

Bayer has announced its intention to focus entirely on its Life Science businesses – HealthCare and CropScience – and float its MaterialScience business on

Hexagon Composites' wholly owned subsidiary Hexagon Lincoln has closed on a transaction acquiring the main assets of MasterWorks family of businesses: Mast

Physicists have now managed to select the direction of the light using an unusual kind of coupling between spin and the direction of propagation.

The ARC Group has reported sales of US$82.9 million, compared to US$68.5 million, an increase of 21.0%. Gross profit was US$24.2 million, compared to US$18

Coating multi-walled carbon nanotubes to help reduce risk of lung injury through inhalation.

Plansee has been registered as a supporter member of the Tungsten Industry Conflict Minerals Council (TI-CMC).

TenCate Advanced Composites, a producer of thermoplastic and thermoset prepregs, is expanding its manufacturing facility in Langley Mill, UK. The plant wil

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME), Canada's largest trade and industry association, has launched Canada Makes, a national network of excellence dedi

Scott Lewit, president and co-founder of Structural Composites, Inc has received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Technology at the Florida Technovation/

According to a new Lux Research report, sales of printers in China will grow four-fold to 37,800 printers in 2018, as revenues more than triple to US$109 m

Researchers have discovered that in a special semiconductor, light can have the opposite effect, making the material less conductive instead.

New absorber lights the way to more sensitive optical biosensors.

Boeing has announced that it is expanding the composites facility at its St. Louis, Missouri, site to accommodate the production of parts for its new compo

Filter manufacturer Croft Filters has been shortlisted for two categories in this year’s Manufacturer of the Year Awards, following its investment in an ad

Composites UK, the accredited trade association for the UK composites industry, has announced the winners of its 2014 industry awards, which will be presen

German wind turbine manufacturer Nordex SE is extending its partnership with composite wind turbine blade producer Carbon Rotec.

Fullerenes could act as ball bearings on the nanoscale, helping improve control of nano machines.

A team of researchers has demonstrated a breakthrough technique that offers the first tantalizing possibility of silicon detectors for telecommunications.

Metal Technology Inc, a specialist in exotic metals fabrication and additive manufacturing (AM) and nuFaktory LLC, a 3D printing application service provid

Australian company Talon Technology claims to have developed the world’s thinnest and lightest carbon fibre/Kevlar hinge.

Arcam says that the quality management system of its subsidiary Advanced Powders and Coatings Inc (AP&C) is now AS9100 certified.

Nanoscopic grass stacks like coins for solar power.

Hybrid solar cell with inbuilt electrical storage.

US-headquartered composite resins producer Reichhold Inc has filed for voluntary protection under Chapter 11 of the US Bankruptcy Code in the District of D

The US Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT )and the German Machine Tool Builders’ Association (Verein Deutscher Werkzeugmaschinenfabriken, or VD

Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc's carbon fibre/epoxy car door structure won the People’s Choice Award for the Most Innovative Composite Part at the Socie

SGL Group – The Carbon Company – is exhibiting newly developed tooling prepregs (pre-impregnated textile semi-finished products) at Composites Europe.

3D printer manufacturer Prodways and CEA-Liten, part of the French Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission, have signed a partnership to develop

Initiative to support low-carbon electricity projects that aim to deliver new capacity much more cheaply than through the previous arrangements.

Nano Energy Award winner 2014 is announced.

Particle & Surface Sciences, an Australian provider of scientific instruments for particle characterisation services, now offers Micromeritics’ GeoPyc 1360

Find out who won the awards at the International Conference on Diamond and Carbon Materials 2014.

Resins manufacturer CCP Composites has announced an investment of £1 million in its Stallingborough, UK, production site.

Malvern Instruments has developed two new accessories for its Mastersizer 3000 laser diffraction particle size analyzer.

Advancing SEM for the determination in porous polymers of morphology.

Nexam Chemical has introduced NEXIMID® MHT-R as an ‘easy to process’ polyimide resin for composite manufacturers and end users.

Mark Braithwaite has been appointed chief financial officer (CFO) of Höganäs AB.

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

Airbus says the first A350 XWB aircraft for Qatar Airways is progressing towards delivery before year end.

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DolphiTech has added a new model to its range of ultrasound cameras.

Researchers have discovered a way to create a highly sensitive chemical sensor based on the crystalline flaws in graphene sheets.

Electrical engineering researchers have developed a unique nanoscale device that for the first time demonstrates mechanical transportation of light.

Philadelphia Carbide Company, a manufacturer of wear and machine parts, has added tungsten carbide and ceramic precision tools to its range of industrial p

Automobili Lamborghini has obtained certification from independent inspection and testing body TÜV for its carbon fibre composite car repair service.

Engineers discovered a way to create a special material that could lead to cost-effective, superfast computers.

Höganäs AB has launched a new range of drive systems with German battery experts VARTA Microbattery GmbH.

Physicists read the subatomic “spins” in the centers or nuclei of hydrogen isotopes to control current that powered light in a cheap, plastic LED.

Composites UK, the accredited Trade Association for the UK composites industry, will be promoting the current developments in biocomposite materials at its

A team in Australia is reportedly offering a metal 3D printer for under US$5000.

DowAksa has announced the use of its carbon fibre in the Volkswagen Transporter commercial vehicle prototype showcased at the IAA Commercial Vehicles 2014

Over 850 participants attended this year’s Euro PM2014 Congress & Exhibition, making it the best attended Euro PM event to date, according to its organiser

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PlastiComp, Inc. has developed a set of hybrid thermoplastic composites that combine long glass fibre and long carbon fibre reinforcement together in a sin

NanoSteel, a specialist in nanostructured steel materials design, says that it can laser sinter its uniform metal matrix microstructures to create a 3D pr

Automotive supplier Magna International Inc says it has used its advanced composites and exteriors systems expertise to produce a lightweight composite lif

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