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Materials news, September 2017

Automakers participate in ALMACO event

ALMACO has welcomed around 50 representatives of the automotive industry in Brazil to discuss new composites technologies.

Bid to scale up 3D printing

Engineering and IT services company Infosys and Renishaw have joined forces to promote the volume production of end-use metal components.

Tech Soft 3D says that its software development toolkits can be used for CAD translation, visualization, modeling, and mesh processing.

PostProcess Technologies, which automates post-printing for the industrial 3D printing market, has opened its new headquarters in Buffalo, NY, USA.

Using a novel quantum sensor, physicists have successfully imaged spiral magnetic ordering in a multiferroic material.

Scientists have discovered that stable glasses can possess optical properties such as birefringence that are usually only found in ordered materials.

British car manufacturing fell in August as domestic and overseas demand for production declined, according to figures released today by the SMMT.

Germany-based Bond-Laminates GmbH, which makes customized fiber composites, reports that it was founded 20 years ago.

Nonwovens organization EDANA has named the 15 students and researchers selected for the 2017 EDANA Nonwovens R&D Student Grant.

Glassy carbon is lightweight, ultrastrong, very hard, elastic, and electrically conductive and is ideal for military armor and aerospace applications.

Silica nanopowder in a polymeric matrix makes fused silica glass amenable to modern 3D-printing methods.

Kaman Corp reports that Richard R Barnhart, has been selected to lead the company’s aerospace segment, succeeding Gregory L Steiner.

The National Composites Centre in the UK has launched a composites technician apprenticeship.

UK 3D printing Expert Dr Mark Beard has joined Additive Industries team as process and application development manager.

Nanostructured graphene-niobia composite provides a framework for electron transport and tunable pores for the rapid movement of ions.

Self-assembling nanoparticle arrays that change between a mirror and a window.

Jewelry companies Boltenstern and Cooksongold have made what they say is the first fully 3D printed fine jewellery collection made using an EOS printer.

Linde AG says that has been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI World und DJSI Europe) for the sixth consecutive year.

Chemicals company Hexion has made the roof section of the world’s first catamaran with a totally carbon exterior.

A building and rollercoaster in Ferrari Land theme park in Spain features curved FRP composite wall cladding and roofing sections.

Graphene and quantum dots combined with CMOS integrated circuits create a broadband image sensor that works as a digital camera.

Dual-targeting nanoparticles simultaneously block immune-inhibitory molecules and activate immune-stimulating molecules.

Composites UK plans to launch a new sub group focusing on sustainability.

The aerospace composites market size could surpass US€5 billion by 2024, according to a new research report by Global Market Insights (GMI).

Arcam AB’s powder manufacturing subsidiary AP&C has inaugurated its new facility in in Quebec, Canada.

Element Six, which makes synthetic diamonds, has launched CTB004 polycrystalline diamond (PCD) for cutting in the automotive industry.

Researchers have discovered that the thermal properties of a surface influence whether droplets stick to them or bounce off.

By controlling the distance between nanoparticles in a single layer, researchers have made a filter that can change between reflecting and transparent.

By sprinkling copper atoms atop a gold surface, scientists have developed a novel material for creating synthesis gas from carbon dioxide and water.

DELO, a manufacturer of industrial adhesives based in Germany, plans to run two webinar for beginners and re-starters in the field of bonding technology.

A specialist in crucible and foundry solutions has developed new extra-large crucibles using one of the world's largest cold isostatic presses (CIP).

Altair has acquired Componeering Inc, a Finland-based company which specializes in structural analysis and design of composite structures.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the US has a vacancy for a postdoctoral research staff member in additive manufacturing (AM) simulation.

Researchers have uncovered the role of oxygen in 2D molybdenum disulfide and developed a novel technique for tuning its optical band gaps.

Burgmann Packings Composites, based in Ireland, has launched a new robot handling system for over-braiding a range of mandrels and cores.

LPW Technology Ltd, which makes metal powders for AM, has been included in The Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 100 for the second year running.

A single study has found that graphene displays superlubricity and that hexagonal boron nitride is as strong as diamond but lighter and more flexible.

Using a compound derived from seaweed, engineers have developed a technique for making 3D-printed biomaterials that can degrade on demand.

Cheap bundles of fibres could be used to clear up oil spills in the future.

Researchers have developed the first 4.0 volt lithium-ion battery able to use a water-salt solution as its electrolyte.

Defects in the molecular structure of perovskite solar cells can be ‘healed’ by exposing them to light, oxygen and just the right amount of humidity.

Dave Hummel has retired as CEO of polyaryletherketone (PAEK) composite manufacturer Victrex after 24 years as CEO.

Hexcel has developed HexPly M77HF epoxy prepreg which could reduce cure cycles by up to 90% compared to standard epoxy prepregs.

Element Materials Technology has updated on the company following its acquisition of Exova Group in June 2017.

AAM executive director Jeffrey W Nichols will lead the Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow (LIFT) Technology Development Committee.

AOC has announced a price increase in the amount of €100 per metric ton for all products sold in Europe.

UK additive manufacturing (AM) company Renishaw has worked with Holthinrichs Watches to 3D print parts for the company’s limited-edition watches.

Researchers have found another reason why semiconductors lose their ability to carry a charge as they become more densely ‘doped’.

US Army researchers have developed aluminum powder which reportedly produces high amounts of energy when it comes in contact with water.

By altering the proportion of the ingredients in a lithium-based material, scientists have found a good candidate for a solid-state electrolyte.

Molybdenum disulfide as nano-actuator material.

The contentious history of smelting.

After postponing the show due to Hurricane Irma, the organizers of CAMX 2017 have announced new 2017 dates.

Solvay reports that it will begin producing polyetherketoneketone (PEKK) polymers in the US early in 2018.

Diesel engine maker Cummins Inc is working with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to develop a material to repair heavy-duty vehicle engines.

Materials specialist Sandvik has been selected as a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

3A Composites company AirexBaltekBanova says that it has improved the stiffness and strength of its AIREX T92.60 core material by 6% to 17%.

Hexcel plans to launch a project to develop carbon fiber materials for large aerospace and automotive composite structures.

The 2016 Frans Habraken Best Paper Award winner has been announced.

The Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT is developing a new approach for the selective laser melting (SLM) of copper materials.

Morris Group Inc, a CNC machine tool distributer in North America, has been selected by Desktop Metal to supply its metal 3D printing systems in the US.

Insect eyes inspire solar converters.

Modern diesel beats gasoline on cold-start pollution.

SGL Group reports that its sales from continuing operations was €435.3 million for the first half year, an increase of 15%.

RJ Lee Group, an industrial forensics analytical laboratory, has established a lab at Penn State University.

SAE International says that a range of multimedia content covering advanced manufacturing is now online.

Scientists have shown that repeated cycles of heating and cooling offer a cheap way to produce single-crystal metals.

Windows coated with thermochromic vanadium dioxide nanoparticles can let heat in during winter and keep it out in summer.

Fisher Unitech, a provider of metal 3D printers, will market and distribute Stratasys’ additive manufacturing (AM) products.

A new conference plans to create opportunities for the aerospace industry to connect with additive manufacturing (AM) specialists.

The Dow Chemical Company and E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (DuPont) report that they have successfully completed their merger.

Porcher Industries, which makes technical textiles and thermoplastic composites, has completed its acquisition of a new US plant.

Scientists have developed new materials for splitting water to create hydrogen and splitting carbon dioxide to create carbon monoxide.

Scientists have quadrupled the capacity of the anode in lithium-ion batteries by simply replacing graphite with silicon.

The MPIF reports that Seong-Jin Park has been nominated as the head of the new Ministry of SME and Startups in South Korea.

Toray reports that it will be establishing a resin compound base in Europe for the first time.

Molded Fiber Glass Companies (MFG) says that it has had 20 years of operation in Gainesville, Texas, USA.

By sandwiching rare earth metals between layers of graphene, scientists have been able to control its band gap.

Scientists have developed a way to convert fallen leaves into a porous carbon material for use as a supercapacitor electrode.

Fernando Torres recipient of 2017 Embracing Challenge award

Mining and metals company The Doe Run Company (Doe Run) has appointed Anthony Staley to the role of general manager for its metals division.

Ian Gibson, professor of AM at Deakin University in Australia, has received an award recognising his lifetime contribution to the world of 3D printing.

Powder production technology developed at Ames Laboratory in the US has won a technology transfer award.

The organizers of CAMX have made the decision to postpone the show, due to the threat posed by Hurricane Irma to the state of Florida and Orlando.

Masterbond has developed a one component epoxy that can also be used for bonding and sealing.

The Institut für Textiltechnik (ITA) based at RWTH Aachen University in Germany plans to present a range of products at the Composites Europe show.

Diab Americas says that it has invested in additional stabilization chambers to support growing requirements for its HP foam cores.

According to the MPIF, the organization’s annual Basic Powder Metallurgy (PM) Short Course, held in August, received excellent feedback from attendees.

The EPMA has launched a survey related to the col-laboration needs of its members as part of its AM Motion project.

Coming soon, to a bookshelf near you.

Materials Characterization and HardwareX are teaming up to showcase research that is undertaken using hardware designed by scientists.

A novel way to measure the band gap of the 2D material molybdenum disulfide has revealed the link between its electronic and optical properties.

Using nanorods and metal coatings, scientists have developed a new way of controlling the domain structure of ferroelectric materials.

New journal from Elsevier and Cell Press.

Duralar Technologies, which makes ultra-hard metal coatings has named Coating Technologies (CTI) as the company's authorized provider of Duralar coatings.

LPW Technology Ltd has named M G Sales Corporation of Gujarat, India, as its new distributor in India.

The US DOE has selected technology center Western Research Institute (WRI) to develop low cost carbon fiber components.

Composites and textiles provider Chomarat has developed FX, its new range of adhesive reinforcements.

Adding nanodiamonds to the electrolyte in lithium-ion batteries can help prevent the formation of short-circuiting dendrites.

Expanding the pores in a titanium disulfide cathode drastically increases the storage capacity of magnesium batteries.

DP Technology has launched ESPRIT Additive Suite software which it says can simplify the additive manufacturing (AM) process.

A number of companies have taken part in a joint development project to 3D print the front-end structure of a VW Caddy automobile.

Italian metals and mining company Tenova plans to implement a project focusing on additive manufacturing (AM) in the Italian metal industry.

Hexcel will give a presentation on new materials and adhesive for hybrid structures in the automotive industry at the Composites Europe show.

Industrial heating specialist Sandvik says that its mining division has set up manufacturing capabilities in South Africa.

Registration is now open for the MAPP first international conference, taking place in Sheffield, UK from 30-31 January 2018.

The ThermoPlastic Composites Research Center (TPRC), a not-for-profit organization based in the Netherlands, now includes polymer specialist Victrex.

Scientists have detected a rare state of matter known as ‘electronic nematic’, in which electrons in a superconducting crystal organize collectively.

Novel yarns made from carbon nanotubes can generate electricity when they are stretched or twisted.

Scientists have discovered the mechanism that causes cracks to behave strangely when they spread very rapidly in brittle materials.

PyroGenesis Additive, a division of PyroGenesis Canada, has developed a new plasma-based process to produce metal powders.

Spirit AeroSystems says that it has made use of resin transfer molding (RTM) technology to introduce new work at the company's UK facility.

Royal DSM has developed materials for high-pressure composite tanks for hydrogen storage.

US-based Camber Spine Technologies says that it has received 510(k) clearance from the FDA to market a spinal implant.

John F Sweet has been elected the 29th president of the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF).

Optomec, which makes additive manufacturing (AM) systems for 3D printed metals, has made available more than two dozen starter recipes for AM.

Hexagon Composites' subsidiary Hexagon Ragasco has received a new major order for LPG cylinders.

Hyperloop One says that its composite pod has successfully completed its second phase of testing.

Carbonated water offers a greener way to remove graphene produced by chemical vapor deposition from metal substrates.

The EPJ Editor picked up an award at ACS Fall.

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