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Materials news, November 2016

The Latin American Composite Materials Association (ALMACO) has named the finalists of its Top of Mind awards.

An epoxy resin system from Hexion Inc has earned the People’s Choice award for most innovative composite part from the SPE.

GKN Sinter Metals in Danyang, China, has been named the ‘2006-2010 Top Business Partner’ by Getrag Transmission Co Ltd.

Bodycote has issued a trading update covering the period from 1 July to 31 October 2016.

Using a database of materials, scientists have quantified the thermodynamic scale of metastability for almost 30,000 known materials.

Scientists have come up with a new way to produce two-dimensional nanomaterials by dissolving layered materials in liquids.

Scientists have used photonic technology to produce lightweight and ultra-resistant coatings in any desired color.

A novel silicone polymer gel makes an environmentally-friendly, inexpensive, long-lasting ice-repellent coating.

Carbon nanotubes promise electronic devices of the future that could outperform Si and GaAs technologies.

Inducing superconductivity in non-superconducting materials

Scott Bader has been named ‘Most innovative supplier 2016’ for its ‘zero styrene’ spray gelcoat technology.

Following a strong Q3, specialty chemicals company Lanxess has again raised its earnings guidance for 2016.

Registration has opened for the only international powder and metal injection molding conference of the year, MIM2017.

The SPE has announced the category winners for its 46th annual Automotive Innovation Awards Competition.

Researchers at the University of Birmngham are developing equipment to explore the possibilities of 3D printing metal components in space.

RangeVision, a manufacturer of 3D scanners, has developed a new low-cost 3D scanner.

Hexagon Ragasco has entered into a four-year frame agreement with Beximco Group to sell composite LPG cylinders in Bangladesh.

UK engine manufacturing rises 8.9% in October, with 239,086 units produced, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT).

Coatings specialist PPG has completed the sale of its 50% ownership interest in its two PFG Fiber Glass joint ventures (PFG).

GE has agreed to buy the controlling shares of Arcam AB of Sweden following the conclusion of the extended public tender offer which ended on 10 November.

high-strength, creep resistant nanocrystalline Cu-Ta alloy could improve turbine engine efficiency and reduce carbon footprint

size, surface charge, composition and now shape of a nanoparticle determine how easily it can slip inside a cell

Airborne has been awarded a contract extension to make composite overhang panels for aircraft giant Fokker.

Engineers are launching a US$1.6 million project to research how to turn coal-derived pitch into carbon-fiber composite material.

Renishaw is now using Dassault Systèmes’ applications on its additive manufacturing (AM) machines.

The Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology has developed a low cost unit for selective laser melting (SLM).

Scientists have synthesized a novel carbon material by using high pressures – rather than high temperatures – to initiate chemical reactions.

The discovery of a strong interaction between light and matter in semiconducting carbon nanotubes could lead to their use in electrically-pumped lasers.

LPW Technology Ltd has installed a TRUMPF TruPrint 1000 metal additive manufacturing (AM) machine.

UK 3D printing and innovative technology show Advanced Engineering 2016 reported a record-breaking number of visitors globally.

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Ceratizit Italia plans to take part in the 32nd annual meeting of cold forming specialists.

Glass reinforced plastic manufacturer MPM says that it anticipates 40% growth at the end of 2016.

Linde has installed a protective-atmosphere safety monitoring system in its heat treatment furnaces.

A new, green process for producing the carbon fiber that forms ablative rocket nozzles and heat shields has been awarded a patent.

Inexpensive rewritable material that is environmentally friendly.

Water flow in CNTs is almost frictionless.

GE plans to invest US$10 million in two educational programs aimed at developing future talent in additive manufacturing (AM).

Lamborghini and MIT-Italy have formed a strategic partnership.

Stratasys Ltd and Siemens have made a formal partnership to help incorporate additive manufacturing (AM) into the traditional manufacturing workflow.

3D printed magnets offer cheaper and environmentally friendly approach.

By using a very hot pressing temperature, scientists have created a novel thermoelectric material with an unusually high power factor.

Methods 3D has expanded its additive manufacturing (AM) presence by completing seven AM laboratories located across the US.

H.C. Starck has appointed Dr Dennis Schulze to serve as a member of the executive board and chief financial officer of the company.

Airbus and SIA Engineering Company (SIAEC) have finalised their new joint venture maintenance and overhaul company in Singapore.

AeroVironment Inc, a manufacturer of UAS for military and commercial applications, has won a contract from the Netherlands Ministry of Defence.

Repairing bones damaged by cancer surgery requires scaffold materials that can support tissue regeneration and suppressing tumor regrowth.

Using a novel nanomechanical platform, scientists have discovered that the 2D material molybdenum diselenide is far more brittle than graphene.

Researchers have developed a novel magnetic material that can be applied to any surface to repel ice.

Researchers have identified new monolithic polymer films that can directly convert ultraviolet light into sustained motion.

Seoul, Republic of Korea, has been named for the first time as the location for JEC Asia taking place in November 2017.

K 2016, the international plastics and rubber industry reportedly welcomed 230,000 trade visitors and 3,285 exhibitors over its eight days.

3D printing specialist ExOne reports that its Q3 revenue grew 47% over Q3 2015 to reach US$13 million.

AMUG has announced that Carl Deckard, inventor of selective laser sintering (SLS), will receive its Innovators Award.

View the winning image of the 2016 NuMART competition.

Lanxess has provided a range of polyamides reinforced with a high glass fiber content to replace metal in two air filter carriers.

3DSIM, an AM software company, has introduced two new simulation software products, exaSIM and FLEX, to the European market.

3D printed technology has helped run a large power plant run by GE near Berlin, Germany, according to the company.

The boards of directors of Munksjö Oyj and Ahlstrom Corporation have announced the combination of the two companies through a merger.

By combining physical and chemical approaches to self-healing, a new polymeric material can self-heal in semi-dry conditions.

A new electroactive material made from a bottlebrush polymer can change shape and size when exposed to a relatively small electric field.

GKN Sinter Metals has started production of AM automotive parts at its plant in Radevormwald, Germany.

Laser systems manufacturer Trumpf has developed two new 3D printers – TruPrint 3000 and TruPrint 5000.

Technical Fibre Products (TFP) will be hosting a live webinar about improving the performance and properties of composite structures using nonwovens.

Teijin Aramid has received an award for the performance of conveyor belts reinforced with its aramid products.

By finding a way to sandwich two types of perovskite into a single photovoltaic cell, scientists have achieved a conversion efficiency of 21.7%.

Using a gold metasurface, scientists have fabricated the first semiconductor-free, optically-controlled microelectronic device.

Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini receives "Arthur L. Friedberg Ceramic Engineering Tutorial and Lecture Award 2016".

Composites UK has announced the program for its next sector showcase event.

Hexagon Composites reports that it generated NOK 266.2 million in operating income in Q3 2016.

Additive manufacturing (AM) specialist Arcam says that it now offers 3D printing with cobalt-chromium (CoCr) using its Arcam Q10plus machine.

A new method uses graphene templates to make ultrathin metal oxide sheets containing intricate wrinkle and crumple patterns.

Scientists have managed to create an ultra-strong material by 'fusing' together multiwall carbon nanotubes.

Researchers from Cranfield University in the UK will be part of a £19.2 million aircraft design integration project.

Chem-Trend has added Lusin Clean 1100 to its lineup of purging compounds.

The EU has invested in the EFFIPRO (Energy EFFIcient PROcess of Engineering Materials) project.

Fluctuations in the amount of a particular precursor in a two-dimensional alloy can influence the ordering of the atoms of the other components.

Hydrogenation proceeds differently over single-layer graphene compared with few-layer graphene, and also requires defects or edges.

Scientists have developed new polymer-stabilized droplet carriers that can identify and encapsulate nanoparticles for transport in a cell.

Scientists have used a laser-heating technique to fabricate a new class of crystalline solid known as a rotating lattice single crystal.

Lanxess has developed an extra tough polyamide 6 for oil pan applications.

Gurit says that it achieved net sales of CHF 272.8 million for the first nine months of 2016

Aluminum giant Alcoa Inc has split into two standalone companies: Alcoa Corporation and Arconic Inc.

O2 Investment Partners and Alpha Sintered Metals have invested in Precision Compacted Components (PCC).

The board of directors of fiber specialist Ahlstrom has appointed Sakari Ahdekivi as the interim president and CEO with immediate effect.

Auburn University, based in Alabama, USA, has established a new center for industrialized additive manufacturing (AM).

Engineers have developed a magnetic ink that can be used to make self-healing batteries, electrochemical sensors and textile-based circuits.

Permanent magnets produced by additive manufacturing can outperform magnets made using traditional techniques while conserving critical materials.

PyroGenesis Canada Inc says that its Purevap process can transform low purity quartz (97.5%) to high purity silicon metal.

GKN Sinter Metals has set up a new blog covering innovations, trends and news in the field of powder metallurgy.

Gurit reports that Laurent Michaux, general manager, composite components, will leave the company by the end of May 2017 for personal reasons.

Polymer fragility index and chain length

Superconducting spin cycle

Researchers have smashed silver microcubes at high speeds to see how deforming their crystalline structures could make them stronger and tougher.

LIFT and IACMI have invested nearly US$50 million to expand their shared composite manufacturing facility in Detroit, USA.

Teijin Limited has acquired around 440 acres of commercial land in Greenwood, South Carolina, USA.

General Moly Inc says that it finished Q3 of 2016 with a cash balance of approximately US$11.0 million and US$15.1 million in restricted cash.

American Axle & Manufacturing will acquire MPG for approximately US$1.6 billion in cash and stock.

Using alternating layers of an antiferromagnet, researchers have produced a topological insulator that can work at higher temperatures.

A new method for taking advantage of assembled interfaces can induce superconductivity in non-superconducting materials.

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ADAPT, an AM research consortium based in the US has invited Dr Wayne King to speak about AM at the Colorado School of Mines campus.

Roth Composite Machinery GmbH reports that more than 500 of its filament winding machines are now in use globally.

Scott and Fyfe has launched Polymat FR, a 3D reinforcement textile.

A monolayer of tungsten diselenide can emit a pair of photons at a time, making it useful for sending secure communications and acting as a novel laser.

The University at Buffalo's new Materials Data Engineering Laboratory will conduct materials modeling and simulations using visual data.

Composites UK, the Trade Association for the UK composites industry has launched a map version of all of the companies in the UK composites supply chain.

The EPMA has issued the first call for papers for Euro PM2017, taking place in Milan, Italy from 1-4 October 2017.

ASCO Sintering has opened new metal sintering sales and engineering office in South Africa to service African customers.

Sigmatex has developed a new carbon fiber composite material within its sigmaRF product range for automotive applications.

By capturing both high- and low-energy photons, a new perovskite tandem solar cell has achieved a power conversion efficiency of 20.3%.

High pressures applied by a novel nanocrystalline-diamond anvil could lead to the creation of as yet unknown new materials.

Johnson Electric Holdings has completed its acquisition of Stackpole International.

PM supplier PyroGenesis Canada has engaged FronTier Merchant Capital Group to provide the company with investor relations services.

Hexcel Corporation has reported q3 sales of US$500.5 million, up 11.5% from the same period in 2015.

Nanostructured catalysts boosts conversion of greenhouse gas to fuel.

A new computational method can efficiently identify the best metal-organic frameworks for capturing carbon dioxide emissions.

See your image on the cover of Nano Today in 2017.

Strongwell Corporation has won two awards for innovation, corporate citizenship and advocacy.

Dr Uday Vaidya has been named the SPE Composites Division's 2015-2016 Composites Person of the Year.

Extraction of heavy metal contaminants from soil by Arabidopsis halleri

Nano-features similar to leaf veins improves electrodes

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