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Materials news, June 2017

TAT Technologies is holding its regular courses for employees in the PM industry this summer.

NanoSteel has introduced its first product for the laser powder bed fusion additive manufacturing (AM) process.

Biomedical engineers have created a lab-grown tissue with similar properties to natural cartilage by giving it a bit of a stretch.

LeMond Composites has entered into an agreement to help commercialize a process to increase the production of carbon fiber.

Oxygen atoms embedded very near the surface of a copper catalyst play a central role in converting carbon dioxide and water into ethanol.

Controlling the dynamics of moisture responsive wrinkles.

Perovskites for semi-transparent solar panels and windows.

Modern miracle materials for opto-electronics.

Scientists have developed a novel form of glassy carbon that is a ultrastrong, lightweight, elastic and electrically conductive.

An amino acid found in the sticky feet of mussels can make synthetic peptide nanofibers line up into strong hydrogel strings.

Open source software developed for solubility prediction.

Dr-Ing Thomas Theeg, a scientist at Laser Zentrum Hannover, has founded a spin-off company of the research institute.

PM parts specialist GKN says that it will be leading discussion on drivetrain technology at the VDI Congress.

Chemicals company Umicore has reached an agreement to acquire the heavy-duty diesel and stationary catalyst businesses of Haldor Topsoe.

The Sauber F1 Team and Additive Industries have announced a three-year partnership.

Sicomin has formed a distribution partnership with Aerontec, a South African composite materials supplier with head offices based in Cape Town.

Spirit AeroSystems and Norsk Titanium AS have entered into a agreement to produce 3D printed titanium components.

Hexcel Corporation plans to extend its 40-year partnership with Airbus Helicopters and supply composite materials for the new H160 helicopter.

Composites UK, the trade association for the UK composites supply chain, says that it has exceeded the 300 member mark.

A novel 'green' method uses organic molecules and mechanochemistry, rather than toxic chemicals, to process metals.

A new microporous material made from crosslinked organic molecules can scrub radioactive iodine from water.

SKF has opened its newly-built Sven Wingquist Test Center in Schweinfurt, Germany.

Gurit says that it has signed an agreement to form a joint venture (JV) for balsa wood production in Java, Indonesia.

A production process for structures is being developed based on 50k carbon fiber supplied by fiber specialist SGL.

US-based Momentum Technologies has non-exclusively licensed Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s 3D-printed magnet technology.

Researchers have discovered a technique for electrically manipulating light via atomically-thin semiconductors.

Mimic nacre toughens up polymer nanocomposites.

Solvay and GKN Aerospace’s Fokker business have formed a partnership to promote the use of thermoplastic composite materials on aircraft.

3D Systems has appointed John J Tracy to its board of directors.

UK composite tooling company Pentaxia says that it plans to expand.

Scientists have discovered that a single-atom-thick layer of chromium triiodide displays intrinsic magnetism.

By controlling how nanoparticles self-assemble at three different length scales, scientists have produced a tough and strong polymer nanocomposite.

Computer simulations have revealed how a new electrocatalyst comprising nickel nano-islands on platinum can be both active and stable.

Researchers have found a way to make deformable, heat-resistant sponge-like materials from nanoscale ceramic fibers.

New Flyer Industries Inc has acquired Carlson Engineered Composites Inc.

Carpenter Technology Corporation has entered into a supply relationship with Desktop Metal, Inc.

Materials scientists have resurrected and improved an online cookbook of crystalline structures.

A combination of C60, graphene and hexagonal boron nitride has similar properties to silicon but better chemical stability, lightness and flexibility.

Gurit says that it has renewed its distribution agreement with Maricell Srl, an Italian producer of closed-cell PVC structural foam.

Web Industries Inc has opened a ply cutting and kitting operation at its Atlanta-based Composites Center of Excellence.

Additive manufacturing (AM) specialists 3D Systems have created a certified partner program for medical device additive manufacturing companies.

UK 3D printing specialist Renishaw says that it will exhibit at range of metrology and additive manufacturing systems at EMO Hannover 2017.

GKN Hoeganaes, which makes metal powders, has started production of titanium powder at its additive manufacturing (AM) facility in New Jersey, USA.

Simufact Engineering has released a new version of its simulation solution for metal-based additive manufacturing.

Hexion reports that Craig O. Morrison has retired from the position of chairman, president and CEO of Hexion.

A new spectroscopy method can monitor the effects of radiation on materials in real time, including changes in thermal and mechanical properties.

A new method based on a superconductor and a microwave resonator can characterize the electronic properties of graphene.

A new type of alumina-based inorganic nanocomposite can protect perovskite quantum dots against air, sunlight, heat and water.

Organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites have a couple of properties that could make them a promising material for spintronics.

Fibermaq plans to distribute equipment produced by US-based Autometrix in Brazil.

Cooksongold, which makes 3D printers for precious metal, has supplied a machine to jewelru compan B.M.C. srl.

Senvol, which supplies additive manufacturing (AM) data, has been selected as a ‘Cool Vendor’ in AM by research and advisory company Gartner.

Latest metrics show strong increases for the Materials Today family.

Using uranium atoms and organic linkers, scientists have built the lowest-density metal-organic framework ever made.

IACMI and materials specialist Michelman have announced a project which aims to improve vinyl ester resins and fiber sizings.

PPG reports that it will sell its remaining glass fiber operations to Nippon Electric Glass Co Ltd.

GE Additive and medical technology company Stryker have entered a partnership agreement to support Stryker’s growth in additive manufacturing (AM).

Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation and LPW Technology Ltd have formed a strategic alliance to promote the adoption of AM in the production environment.

High pressure could be the key to making high-entropy alloys made of common metals with a so-called hexagonal close-packed structure.

The efficiency of a perovskite solar cell with water-repelling layers increases when it self-organizes to stand on edge.

Find out more about the collaboration between HardwareX and Materials and Design journals.

A new nanocatalyst made from an alloy of platinum and yttrium can greatly reduce the amount of platinum required in fuel cells.

PM producer Höganäs AB has signed an agreement with waste recycler WA3RM to reuse waste heat and carbon dioxide from Höganäs’ operations

LPW Technology Ltd has published a new datasheet entitled ‘Quantitative shape analysis of metal powder samples by morphology’.

Gurit has won a new contract for the production and supply of carbon fiber-based exterior car body panels to an Italian automotive OEM.

SGL Group has set up an 18 month research and development project to produce lightweight carbon fiber composite components for the automotive industry.

By applying hydrocarbon molecules with two different magnetic centers to a gold surface, scientists have produced the first 2D ferrimagnet.

In an unexpected finding, scientists have discovered that the atomic disorder seen in irradiated materials is different to that seen in glass.

an engineered polymer nanoparticle can switch off the signal that drives the growth of blood vessels in biological tissue

A new study suggests that metal powders could provide a viable long-term replacement for fossil fuels.

GE Aviation says that it has begun certification tests of the GE9X engine which will power Boeing’s new 777X aircraft.

GKN reports that it has put a fifth machine in production to make the rear wing spars for the Airbus A350 wing box.

Oerlikon plans to showcase a number of its products at the Paris Air Show taking place next week.

Steelhead Composites says that it has developed the first composite overwrapped pressure vessel (COPV) made from continuous recycled carbon fiber tow.

Orbital ATK has received an initial US$90 million contract from Northrop Grumman.

The European Space Agency (ESA) has reportedly set up a new UK-based ‘one-stop shop’ covering additive manufacturing (AM).

Gas companies Linde AG and Praxair Inc have confirmed that the companies will come together through an all-stock merger.

Electrodes consisting of nanoparticles tethered to the surface of a charge collector using short organic conductors could revolutionize energy storage.

Complex three-dimensional Meccano-like constructions can be built from nanoparticles via a condensation process.

Nanodiamond material specialist Carbodeon has worked with German metal finishing specialist CCT Plating.

Inert, which makes hermetic systems, and sieving company Sievgen have formed a new partnership.

The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) has launched a new international conference called Global Composites.

Composite cladding specialist Dura Composites has supplied cladding for net-zero energy buildings at a new retail, leisure and tourism destination.

Nacre, or mother-of-pearl, is a natural material with hard and soft components that attains high stiffness, strength, and fracture toughness.

Graphene oxide can crosslink and reinforce rubber in a single easy step to improve mechanical properties.

Gleb Yushin has been named as a finalist in the 2017 Blavatnik National Awards.

An anode made of graphene and carbon nanotubes can prevent the formation of dendrites in lithium-metal batteries.

The Additive Manufacturing Users’ Group (AMUG) has issued a call for nominations for the 2018 AMUG Innovator Award.

Composites UK has announced its board of directors for the 2017-18 period.

Methods 3D has formed a partnership with Markforged, which specialises in composites 3D printing.

Automotive parts specialist Bodycote says that its group revenue for the four months ended April 2017 was £227 million.

Scientists have have created self-assembling molecules that can be broken down by ultraviolet light to recombine into novel macroscopic shapes.

A material comprising titanium oxide molecules on a porous spherical surface can improve the efficiency of sulphur-based cathodes.

An enzyme called TdT can be used to build synthetic biomaterials that could find use in applications ranging from drug delivery to nanowires.

Oxide materials that can both bend and 'breathe' in high temperatures.

Reichhold and Polynt have announced the closing of the combination announced last year, after having received all regulatory approvals.

PINFA-NA has fixed a date for its sixth annual workshop, Meeting Fire Safety Requirements in Automotive Design.

Sacmi USA plans to present its range of pressing and firing equipment at PowderMet, taking place next week in Las Vegas.

Machine tooling company Mazak Corporation has promoted Christopher Papke to the position of southwest regional general manager.

3D printing company ExOne has reported financial results today for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017.

GE is developing its Center for Additive Technology Advancement (CATA) in Pittsburgh, USA, into what it calls a ‘Customer Experience Center’ (CEC).

Adding different gases to a novel way for making graphene can make the material superhydrophobic or superhydrophilic.

A novel silicon nanoparticle composite material for battery anodes could lead to more reliable and longer-lasting batteries.

Textile specialist Chomarat has set up project to develop a new range of multiaxial carbon fabrics.

At its annual conference on 10 May, Composites UK recognised Dominic James as an Outstanding Contributor to the Composites Industry.

A research team from West Virginia University (WVU) has developed a system with composite materials that could improve earthquake resistance in buildings.

Automotive specialist Faurecia reports that it is joining the MAI Carbon of the Incorporated Society of Carbon Composites cluster.

Inert has developed a new de-powdering enclosure with gas management system for additive manufacturing (AM).

Understanding the behavior of metal nanoparticles when undergoing oxidation.

Shedding light on a soft synthetic retina.

Haydale Graphene Industries has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Nanospan India Pvt Ltd.

Oberg Industries has recently acquired certain assets of Boyle Industries, formerly located in Freeport, PA, USA.

ARC Group Worldwide has reported Q3 2017 revenue of US$25.5 million, compared to US$24.9 for the fiscal third quarter of 2016.

Hexcel Corporation has entered into exclusive negotiations to acquire Structil SA.

American Axle & Manufacturing (AAM) has reported its financial results for Q1 2017 and provided an updated 2017 financial outlook.

Nadine Crauwels has been appointed the new president of hardmetal company Sandvik Coromant.

Velocity Composites, a supplier of composite material kits to the aerospace industry, has opened a second manufacturing facility in Fareham, UK.

Glass fiber company Owens Corning has signed an agreement to acquire Pittsburgh Corning.

Transparent thin film oxide semiconductor material has highest recorded conductivity for its class.

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