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Materials news, February 2016

Gurit has reported preliminary and unaudited full year net sales of CHF 359.4 million.

GE Global Research has joined the 3MF Consortium.

Assembly Guidance Systems has shipped its first four Laservision units to Electroimpact Inc, based in the USA.

The discovery that graphene produces almost no friction when dragged across a gold surface suggests that it could be used as a frictionless coating.

Scientists have shown that carbon films can allow microchips to house their own power sources.

Placing graphene on top of common soda-lime glass influences its electronic properties, reducing the need for chemical doping.

AM specialist Prodways Group has signed a major partnership agreement with Nexteam Group.

3D printing speicalist NVBOTS has opened NVLABS, an R&D space dedicated to the commercialization of products using metal 3D printing.

Chomarat is unveiling a new glass fiber reinforcement at the JEC composites show, which takes place in Paris, France, next month.

Future Materials Group (FMG) plans to publish an analysis of how the carbon fiber market might grow over the next 20 years.

By studying metallic glasses under extreme pressures, scientists have uncovered rules that could help in the development of new varieties.

A material made of buckyballs and potassium ions becomes superconducting at -170°C when irradiated with pulses of infrared light.

Micromanipulator based on graphene and polymers mimics the extraordinary ability of gecko's feet to grip any surface and self-clean.

Eight-armed nanoparticles of Au and Pd, which combine the catalytic and plasmonic capabilities of each element, could speed up chemical reactions.

Scientists have developed a shape-change polymer that can be triggered by body heat alone.

Scientists have created carbon anodes for lithium-ion batteries from pollen.

DolphiTech and Sonates tare to market the SonaCam ultrasound inspection camera.

North Thin Ply Technology (NTPT) has outlined its strategy for growth, following an increased demand for its lightweight prepreg materials.

The EPMA has appointed Dr Lionel Aboussouan as EPMA deputy executive director.

Arcam’s powder manufacturing subsidiary AP&C has built three new powder atomizing reactors

Puris Inc says that it has successfully produced the largest, complex, 3D-printed titanium part for commercial use.

Nadine Buhmann has been appointed vice president sales in the injection molding machinery division of KraussMaffei.

US-based Fiberglass Structural Engineering (FSE) has celebrated being in business for 40 years.

The first known statistical theory for determining the toughness of polycrystalline graphene has revealed that it's strong but not very tough.

Bastech has increased its in-house AM capabilities with the addition of a production 3D printer.

Titanium powder specialist Puris LLC has signed an agreement with NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, USA, to produce a hafnium/titanium alloy.

Toho Tenax Co Ltd has renewed its long-term contract to supply fiber to UTC Aerospace Systems.

Scientists have produced clean interfaces between materials with different crystal structures by making a bridge between them.

Boeing report that the first flight of the 737 MAX 8 has been successfully completed.

Union Process Inc, a manufacturer of particle size reduction equipment, has expanded its line of grinding media.

Orbital ATK says that it has successfully tested a 3D printed hypersonic engine combustor at NASA Langley Research Center.

Scientists have uncovered evidence of electronic nematicity as a universal feature in cuprate high-temperature superconductors.

Tetrahedral cages made from DNA can be used to arrange nanoparticles in a way that mimics the crystalline structure of diamond.

Engineers have developed a way to convert paper waste into cellulose aerogels that are non-toxic, ultralight, absorbent and extremely strong.

LPW Technology reports that its plasma spheroidization equipment can produce higher quality metal powders for use in the AM industry.

Graduates can now register for this year’s EPMA Powder Metallurgy Summer School.

TRB Lightweight Structures and interior specialist Seisenbacher have created a partnership to develop interior products for trains.

JETCAM, a developer of design software for theand aerospace/automotive composite cutting industry, is marking its 30th anniversary in 2016.

By combining 3D laser lithography and pyrolysis, scientists have fabricated the smallest ever lattice structure made from glassy carbon.

Owens Corning has reported consolidated net sales of US$5.4 billion in 2015, compared to net sales of US$5.3 billion in 2014.

Metalysis and TWI are to research 3D printing tantalum powder for bespoke biomedical applications such as hip joints.

For the first time, scientists have observed 'polar vortices', which could be the electrical cousins of magnetic skyrmions, in a ferroelectric material.

A new technique can create nearly two-dimensional nanosheets from compounds that do not naturally form such thin materials.

Franklin Bronze Precision Components has appointed John Carnes as general manager.

Kennametal has elected William M Lambert to its board of directors.

Umicore has been awarded certification in Belgium, France and Germany by the Top Employers Institute.

Professor Randall M German will give a one-day tutorial on powder injection molding during PM China.

Origami-inspired graphene-based paper can self-fold into boxes, hand-like grippers, and walking devices.

New CVD growth process can produce high quality wafers of single crystal graphene fast.

Prepreg specialist North Thin Ply Technology (NTPT) says that it is preparing for significant growth in 2016.

The UK’s National Composites Centre (NCC), based in Bristol, reports that has put a new KraussMaffei RimStar Compact 4/4/4 into operation.

Velocity Composites Ltd has signed a new contract with aerospace manufacturer GKN Aerospace for the next five years.

Dow plans to present three technical papers as part of the JEC Forum conference taking part during composites show JEC World 2016.

The program and online registration is now available for PowderMet.

Additive Industries is launching the second edition of its Additive World Design for Additive Manufacturing Challenge.

Graphite foams may be the key to capturing and storing thermal energy from solar farms, say researchers from the University of Pretoria.

Bending the rules on pressure sensors

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Efficient vertical charge transport in semiconducting polymers can be achieved by controlling the orientation of the polymer chains.

The Composites UK Trade Association has launched a series of new marketing webinars developed for the composites industry.

Hexagon Composites reports that it generated NOK 371.4 (496.9) million in operating income.

FKM Sintertechnik GmbH, a German specialist in selective laser sintering (SLS), has opened a new production hall to make additive manufactured products.

The Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA) in the US has launched its Induction Division.

Adding a plasticizer into electrostrictive polymers offers an efficient way to improve their energy harvesting performance.

Patterning chemical arrays that attract water on a surface that repels water offers a novel way to control the spread of frost.

Chomarat has signed a new distribution agreement with GMS Composites, an Australian prepreg manufacturer.

Common coaxial data cables could be made 50% lighter with a new carbon nanotube-based outer conductor.

Porvair Filtration Group has launched a new range of steam filters for process and culinary applications.

Union Process, a manufacturer of particle size reduction and dispersing equipment, has custom built an SD100 Attritor for processing a very dense material.

A novel hybrid polymer combines a covalent compartment that provides the skeleton with a supramolecular compartment that can wear away.

The University of Delaware Center for Composite Materials is calling for individual nominations for the 2016 Medal of Excellence in Composite Materials.

French fiber specialist Chomarat has received DNV GL certification for its range of glass and carbon multiaxial reinforcements for the marine market.

SKF has reported net sales of SEK75 997 million in 2015, compared to SEK70 975 million in 2014.

Materials specialist Umicore has announced its financial results for 2015.

For the first time, scientists have produced three-dimensional covalent organic frameworks by weaving them from helical organic threads.

Scientists have worked out the precise arrangement of nitrogen and carbon atoms that allow nitrogen-doped carbon to act as a fuel cell catalyst.

Arcam reports that its net sales in 2015 rose by 70% to SEK576.1 million, compared to SEK 339,0 million in 2014.

A project has been set up in the UK to develop world leading printed sensing technology for metal tooling applications.

A new polyester-based, biodegradable material with built-in vitamin A can reduce scarring in blood vessels.

Haydale Composite Solutions (HCS) Ltd has been awarded a grant to open a composite pipe testing facility in the UK.

A new theory can predict exactly how much light is transmitted through a material, given its thickness and degree of stretch.

The electrical properties of a new thin-film material can be switched between metallic and semiconducting simply by applying a small voltage.

AMUT says that it has improved its lines producing polypropylene (PP) pipes.

Proto Labs has reported full year 2015 revenue up 26% over 2014 figures of US$209.6 million to US$264.1 million.

Global production of molybdenum decreased to 131.4 million pounds in the third quarter of 2015, says the International Molybdenum Association (IMOA).

A new composite glass-based material can block UV light and withstand long radiation exposure times without falling apart.

Oxygen molecules scattered within layers of otherwise pristine graphene affect how the layers interact with each other under strain.

A thin coating of a composite material comprising graphene nanoribbons in epoxy is highly effective at melting ice on a helicopter blade.

Bodycotehas launched an interactive website which details the history of history of metal processing and heat treatment.

GE Aviation has received a contract to research silicon carbide-based power electronics in US Army ground vehicles.

Gurit’s SC 110 and SC 160 visual carbon prepregs have been qualified by two new major car manufacturers.

Teijin Limited has developed two new fabrics that can protect against airborne volcanic fragments.

Researchers have used magnetic fields to control the semiconductor properties of topological insulator nanoribbons.

Scientists have engineered the transition point of vanadium dioxide, allowing them to control the temperature at which the transition occurs.

Spirit AeroSystems has reported total full year revenues of US$6.6 billion, down 2% year on year.

Fibermaq has supplied one Evolution gelcoat and two spray-up machine to a Brazilian manufacturer of composites equipment.

Cristal Global, a producer of titanium metal powder, announced that prices on all its titanium dioxide (TiO2) products will increase.

Kennametal Inc has appointed board member Ronald M. DeFeo as the company's president and chief executive officer (CEO).

A new hole-transporting material costs only a fifth of existing versions while still producing solar cells with efficiencies above 20%.

Plastics organization AVK is running a seminar on the potential of thermoplastic composites.

Netherlands-based Airborne International has acquired 100% of Aviation Enterprises Limited (AEL), based in the United Kingdom.

ARC Group Worldwide Inc says that its fiscal Q1 revenue was US$24.5 million, a decrease of 14.7% compared to the prior year period.

Mining company Rio Tinto has released what it says are ‘solid’ Q4 results.

A metamaterial comprising an array of metallic wires can significantly boost the sensitivity of MRI machines.

Scientists have developed a novel method, termed bubble-pen lithography, that uses microbubbles to inscribe nanoparticles onto a surface.

Bodycote has reported revenue of £299.8 million in the half year to 30 June 2015.

Metals giant Allegheny Technologies (ATI) has reported full year 2015 sales of US$3.7 billion, compared to US$4.22 billion in 2014.

A novel material made of sticky, micron-scale rubber balls combines self-healing and reversible self-stiffening properties.

Lithium-ion battery cathodes made from novel metal particles don't develop a crusty coating that can degrade the battery's performance.

A. Monforts Textilmaschinen will be demonstrating its range of coating machines at JEC World.

Gurit has reported preliminary and unaudited full year net sales of CHF 359.4million.

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Carpenter Technology Corporation reported net sales of US$455.6 million in Q1 2016, compared to US$549.8 million in the same quarter of 2015.

Gamesa has published what it calls ‘solid results’ for the first nine months of 2015, in line with the guidance for the full year.

GE has announced fourth-quarter 2015 industrial operating and verticals EPS of US$0.52, up 27% from the fourth-quarter of 2014.

A thin, stretchable film offers a simpler, more cost-effective way to produce circularly polarized light for applications such as detecting cancer.

Scientists have developed computer models of hybrid materials that combine graphene with nanotubes made from either carbon or boron nitride.

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