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Materials news, August 2017

The first issue of Materials Letters was published in June 1982, and so this issue marks the completion of 35 years of the journal.

US 3D printing trade association America Makes has recently celebrated its five-year anniversary.

Composites UK, will be supported by boat membership association British Marine for its next sector showcase.

The Teijin Group says that it will participate in China Composites Expo, Asia's largest composites show, taking place in Shanghai from 6 to 8 September.

Computational modelling with a supercomputer has revealed how different solidification speeds alter the microstructure of a novel alloy.

Using electron microscopy, scientists have discovered that silica nanoparticles form quasicrystals as they grow and evolve.

By interpenetrating two polymers, scientists have developed a novel supercapacitor that is flexible and can store a lot of charge very quickly.

LPW Technology has created the LPW/Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair in ‘Alloy and microstructure design for additive layer manufacturing’ .

LPW Technology plans to showcase a range of its products at this year’s TCT Show, taking place at the NEC in Birmingham, UK.

GE Additive says that it is actively selecting companies to become certified additive production centers for its customers.

Gurit has successfully completed material qualification for a global aerospace manufacturer.

Redelease, a Brazilian distributor of chemicals, has introduced a semi-permanent mold release agent into the Brazilian composites market.

By incorporating reversible bonds, scientists have developed a new type of rubber that is as tough as natural rubber but can also self-heal.

Detailed tests have helped to reveal why one promising material added to the electrolyte of lithium-air batteries doesn't work as well as expected.

Union Process has developed a pilot-sized mill for cryogenic grinding with a stainless steel insulated cryogenic milling chamber.

Fredrik Emilson has been appointed new president and CEO of Höganäs AB.

Hexion has reported net sales for the quarter ended 30 June 2017 of US$912 million.

Boat builder Brunswick Corporation has moved into its new corporate headquarters offices in Mettawa, Illinois, USA.

Why a joint offering between Microelectronic Engineering and HardwareX?

Scientists have created a light foam from two-dimensional sheets of hexagonal-boron nitride that absorbs carbon dioxide.

Massless magnets.

The tire division of technology company Continental and Kordsa, a supplier of textile reinforcing materials for the tire industry, are working together.

The program for the eighth biennial Advanced Composites in Construction (ACIC) has been announced.

VAC-U-MAX has developed the MDL15 Combustible Dust Air-Vac. It features a power unit that has reduced compressed-air consumption.

Croft Additive Manufacturing (CAM) plans to run a new industry workshop to support those wanting to find out more about metal 3D printing and its benefits.

Quickstep Holdings Limited says that it is realigning its business to improve profitability and growth.

Additive manufacturing (AM) company 3D Metalforge has received ISO9001:2015 accreditation.

European team tunes LEDs.

Color-shifting electronic skin for wearables, prosthetics.

Chemicals company Evonik reports that it has raised the prices for its aliphatic diisocyanates and derivatives.

The latest research from POWDERMET2017 and AMPM2017 has been released in two new electronic publications.

The MPIF has reported that Vernon Griffiths passed away recently at the age of 88.

The 2000 Speciale multihulls catamaran has been made using a range of composites from DIAB, the companies say.

Bioactive origami with "tissue" paper.

Hybrid photoactive materials with more stable and more rigid dyes obtained.

Technical Fibre Products (TFP) says that it will be exhibiting its nonwoven products Composites Europe.

Composites One and the Closed Mold Alliance plan to demo their latest composites processes dujring CAMX 2017.

3D Systems reported revenue growth of 1% to US$159.5 million compared to US$158.1 million in the second quarter of the previous year.

Additive manufacturing company Sintavia, has hired two new VPs.

Simultaneous design and nanomanufacturing speeds up fabrication.

Microbot origami helps tiny devices move and capture cells.

A UK-based technology consulting firm plans to run a series of additive manufacturing training sessions in the autumn of 2017 for the public.

Three Brazilian projects have been approved to participate in the Startup Booster.

Dr. Sebastian Groh named winner of the inaugural Renewable Transformation Challenge.

Chemicals company DSM has appointed Olivier Janin as its vice president of marketing and sales of DSM Dyneema.

Scientists have used machine learning to gain insight into the physical structures associated with specific properties of metals and alloys.

A novel process can convert carbon dioxide into 3D graphene with micropores across its surface, which could make an ideal supercapacitor material.

H.C. Starck has introduced the Amperprint range, consisting of gas atomized metal powders specifically designed for additive manufacturing (AM).

US-based Teton Composites has been awarded a US National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant.

Paul Polesnak has been appointed quality assurance manager at alloy specialist Franklin Bronze Precision Components.

Gurit has reported net sales of CHF 175.2 million for the first six months of 2017.

Scientists have simultaneously designed an optimal material for light management in solar cells and fabricated the nanostructured surfaces.

Scientists have developed various hybrid, photoactive materials that respond in different ways when exposed to excitation light.

Understanding the design principles of dragonfly wings could help improve the design of artificial wings on micro-air vehicles.

Hexagon Composites' subsidiary Hexagon Ragasco has received a new major order for LPG cylinders from Gas Filling Company (GFC).

SGL Group has confirmed the sale of its cathodes, furnace linings, and carbon electrodes business to investment company Triton for €250 million.

Renishaw has reported first half year revenue of £240.4 million, an increase of 21% from £198.5 million for the same period of 2016.

Automotive specialist Bodycote reports revenues growth of 18.8% to £345.7 million in the first half of 2017.

Expanding and straightening the molecular chains in plastics makes it easier for heat to pass through them.

A new material made from the biomolecule chitin and a copper metal-organic framework can inhibit the formation of bacterial biofilms.

Researchers from Chemnitz University of Technology in Germany have developed a range of bio-based fiber-plastic-compounds.

Chemicals company Evonik says that sales grew to €7.3 billion in the first six months of 2017, a rise of 15% compared with the first half of 2016.

voestalpine reports a yearly increase in revenue by 2.0%, from €11.1 billion to €11.3 billion.

AM company ExOne has produced a fully 3D printed, interlocking designer steel necklaces of its kind for the LACE by Jenny Wu jewelry line.

A composite of a polymer and a 2D material can store energy at operating temperatures well above current commercial polymers.

Scientists have used a laser to turn the surface of pine wood into a form of graphene, potentially offering a way to produce biodegradable electronics.

The Presentations from NHPA2017, the Conference on Nonwovens for High-performance Applications 2017, are now available to download or order on CD-rom.

Graphite processor Superior Graphite is commemorating 100 years of manufacturing graphite and carbon-based solutions for its global customer base.

SAE International has announced the keynote speaker and executive panel for the Transmission and Driveline Symposium.

A newly discovered collective rattling effect in a crystalline semiconductor blocks most heat transfer while preserving high electrical conductivity.

For the first time, scientists have observed the formation of a crystal gel with particle-level resolution.

Find out more about Journal of Immunology and Regenerative Medicine.

Nanjing Nangang Iron & Steel United Co Ltd has completed its acquisition of a majority stake in Koller Beteiligungs GmbH.

Custom Automation and Machinery Inc has formed a strategic partnership with US press manufacturer LMG Presses.

COSM Advanced Manufacturing Systems LLC has been selected to design an electron beam 3D printing system for an in-space autonomous assembly program.

North Thin Ply Technology and boat builder Fibre Mechanics, have joined forces to develop composites for boatyards.

Industrial group Plastivaloire and molding specialist Roctool are collaborating to make thermoplastic composite parts.

An official call for presentations has been announced for AMPM2018, taking place in San Antonio, Texas, from 17–20 June 2018.

3D printing specialist Renishaw and Aeromet International Limited plan to improve the processing of Aeromet’s A20X aluminium alloy.

Dowty Propellers plans to build a new facility in the Gloucester, UK area.

Learn more about Citrine Informatics' partnership with Elsevier and Acta Materialia Inc.

Scientists have made the first observation of nanocrystals rapidly forming superlattices while they are themselves still growing.

Scientists have predicted and created new 2D electrocatalysts able to extract hydrogen from water with high performance and low cost.

Defects in the structure of topological insulators can cause electron transport to occur in the bulk rather than just at the surface.

Fisher Unitech, which makes 3D design software tools, has partnered with Desktop Metal to add metal 3D printing solutions to its portfolio.

Kyocera Corporation has acquired 100% ownership of fastener and tool manufacturer Senco Holdings Inc.

German chemicals company Biesterfeld Spezialchemie plans to distribute unsaturated polyester resins (UP resins) from Polish company LERG SA.

Resin producer Sika has appointed Ivo Schädler as part of the group management, responsible for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.

Using chemical coatings that react with light, scientists have developed a new way to precisely pattern nanomaterials.

Naturally occurring fatty acids that cover insect wings can be used to form ‘mechanobactericidal’ coating.

A new super-strong ‘tough adhesive’ is biocompatible and binds firmly to biological tissues even when they're wet.

Kaman Corp has reported financial results for the second fiscal quarter ended 30 June 2017.

Latin-American Composite Materials Association (ALMACO) has joined the startup support program carried out by composites firm JEC Group.

Emerging Implant Technologies GmbH (EIT) says that it has received full approval from the FDA to commercialize its spinal interbody products.

A novel light-activated material can chemically convert carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide without generating unwanted by-products.

Tuffx, a manufacturers of specialist glass for residential and commercial markets, has forged a long-term partnership with Kommerling UK.

Wind company Hover Energy has entered into a cooperative research and development agreement with Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Goceram AB has established a strategic partnership with DPP Technologies, a developer of 3D printers based on direct pellet extrusion (DPE).

The granules in copper can never fit together perfectly and so are forced to rotate, causing an unexpected level of surface roughness.

The symmetry-breaking flow of electrons through cuprate superconductors may be linked to their ability to work at comparatively high temperatures.

Monolayer 2D transition metal dichalcogenides undergo a phase change from semiconductor to metallic when exposed to airborne chemicals.

Using 'click chemistry', scientists have developed an efficient way to make sulfur-containing polymers that will lower the cost of large-scale production.

Five special tracks have been announced for the technical program at SAE 2017 AeroTech Congress and Exhibition.

Composite resin specialist Hexion Inc has introduced a new two-component adhesive system.

MIT and Columbia University have developed a tool that makes it easier for designers to edit, improve, and improve CAD models.

The global composite materials market is expected to reach an estimated US$39.1 billion by 2022.

Using a novel method, scientists have design a material that conducts electricity and emits white light when exposed to electricity.

Kaman Aerospace Corporation says that its customer Lectern Aviation Supplies Co Ltd has formally accepted the first two production K-MAX aircraft.

The American Composites Manufacturers Association has announced the finalists for the Awards for Composites Excellence (ACE).

voestalpine plans to invest €20 million in expanding metal powder production for additive manufacturing (AM).

Mercedes-Benz Trucks says that it has made its first additive manufactured (AM) spare part made of metal, a thermostat cover for truck and Unimog models.

Researchers have significantly increased the temperature at which carbon-based materials can act as superconductors.

Learn about Elsevier's publishing workshop at ERPOS 2017.

AOC has announced a price increase for all gel coats and pigments of US$0.05/lb and CAN$0.14/kg (in Canada) for all shipments after 1 September 2017.

Phillips-Medisize Corporation says that it received the 2017 MPIF grand prize award in the automotive engine category at this year's Powdermet show.

Aerospace specialist Spirit AeroSystems reports operating income for Q2 2017 of US$82.8 million.

Smith Metals Products says that it has added titanium metal injection molding (TiMIM) capabilities to its MIM range.

Under certain conditions, the magnetic properties of a material can predict the relationship between its elasticity and temperature.

Scientists have used a molecular pulley binder to create high-capacity silicon anodes for use in lithium-ion batteries.

A call for papers has been issued for CompIC ME, taking place from 14-15 February 2018 in Dubai, UAE.

Materials specialist BASF has reported Q2 sales of €16.3 billion, up 12% from the same period of 2016.

Researchers have developed supramolecular materials that spontaneously assemble themselves and then disintegrate after use.

By combining tools from chemistry, mathematics, physics and materials science, researchers have found a way to identify novel topological insulators.

Carpenter Technology Corporation has announced the financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended June 30, 2017.

Additive manufacturing (AM) specialist Sintavia LLC has acquired a large scale EOS M400 system.

Software company Altair and the US-based Center for Automotive Research (CAR) have announced the winners of the 5th annual Altair Enlighten Award.

N12 Technologies Inc is partnering with the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI).

Studies of the connection between viscosity and atomic interactions have revealed that glass transition starts at higher temperatures than thought.

Scientists have developed a way to coat a hydrogel onto elastomer-based medical devices to provide a softer, more slippery exterior.

Quality control tool for MoS2 promises improved 2D material for next generation electronics and optoelectronics.

An official call for papers and posters has been announced for Powdermet2018, taking place from 17–20 June 2018 in San Antonio, Texas.

Renishaw has reported first half year revenue of £240.4 million, compared with the previous year’s figure of £198.5 million, a growth of 21%.

Materials company BASF plans to establish a new group company, BASF 3D Printing Solutions GmbH, from September 2017.

Sterna Composite Aircraft Inc and DARcorporation have formed a joint venture (JV) to supply composite propeller and airframe products.

Nanofibrous, conductive polymer structure mimics the properties of natural extracellular matrix to support regeneration of heart tissue.

Reducing oxygen in some nanocrystalline alloys may improve their strength and durability at elevated temperatures.

By taking advantage of strontium copper borate, scientists have shown experimentally a quantum phase transition for the first time.

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