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Materials news, March 2018

LLNS has awarded Arcast Inc a contract to supply a gas atomization system that can produce fine, spherical, reactive metal powders.

Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, has opened a new additive manufacturing (AM) research laboratory.

Solvay has announced the winners of its Additive Manufacturing Cup.

Arcast has developed a new inert gas atomizer which it says will help process a number of metal alloy systems all from a single atomizer platform.

Chemists have found a sodium-based material that offers a cheap and non-toxic alternative to lead-containing perovskites for use in solar cells.

Using an array of circuit boards, scientists have produced a ‘human scale’ analogue of a new phase of matter known as quadrupole topological insulators.

“Self-selection” method for growing large single-crystal-like graphene films.

Additive manufacturing (AM) company Renishaw has renewed its sponsorship of the French Moto2 team, TransFIORmers.

UK composite manufacturer MPM says that it has restarted production after a large fire devastated its buildings in early February.

Solvay and Essex Furukawa Magnet Wire Europe (EFMWE) have won a prize from Magna Powertrain for their development of automotive magnet wires.

Computer models suggest that a material comprising floors of boron nitride separated by boron nitride pillars could store a large amount of hydrogen.

By observing atomic vibrations with a new electron microscope, scientists have been able to measure the nanoscale temperature of hexagonal boron nitride.

Lockheed Martin has awarded Hexcel a prize for its product quality and delivery performance.

Combining bacterial cellulose with two common minerals offers an effective scaffolding material for repairing bones.

Energy efficient windows through solution-based deposition.

Sewing patches of crystals seamlessly together at the atomic level to produce atomically thin fabrics.

The European Additive Manufacturing Group twitter page (@EuroAM) has been generating plenty of interest in its first month of activity.

Metal coatings company Wall Colmonoy reports that it celebrates its 80th anniversary this year.

Additive manufacturing (AM) company Renishaw has launched a Fabrication Development Centre (FDC) at the company's Miskin facility in South Wales.

The EPMA says that registration is now open for its Systematic Approach to Quality Management seminar.

Ohio State’s Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence has become a member of additive manufacturing (AM) organization America Makes.

Hexcel and Arkema have signed a strategic alliance to develop thermoplastic composites for the aerospace sector.

A novel 3D printing technology can produce metallic glasses, such as an amorphous iron alloy, at larger scales than previously possible.

Theory has guided the development of a new piezeoelectric material with twice the piezo response of any existing commercial ferroelectric ceramics.

Plansee says that its Indian site is now celebrating its 30th anniversary.

RTP Company, which makes custom engineered thermoplastics, has expanded its presence in Poland by building a 7,990 m2 facility in Wroclaw.

Polyurethane/black phosphorous composite is a biodegradable, remotely trigged shape memory polymer.

Scientists have shown that both the proportion and distribution of chemical groups at the surface of silica dictates how it interacts with water.

Environmentally friendly energy storage devices could be made using plants.

A new chemical vapor deposition method can produce single-crystal-like graphene films by supplying hydrocarbon molecules to the edge of the growing film.

Find out about the winners of this year's Frank Isakson Prize for Optical Effects in Solids.

By exfoliating a liquid droplet of gallium, scientists have managed to create 2D gallenene, which shows promise for use in nanoscale electronics.

A new glass made from zinc and organic compounds has a better glass-forming ability than conventional silica-based glass.

Höganäs says that it will be showing its range of powder metal products for powertrain applications at the International Vienna Motor Symposium.

Lehvoss has partnered with Italian boat builder, Livrea Yacht, to build what it says is the world’s first 3D printed sailboat.

ACMA has met with Members of Congress to advance legislation to increase government investment in composite infrastructure.

Scientists have created a new method for doping germanium with desired foreign atoms, creating new materials with significantly altered properties.

By inserting positively charged ammonium molecules between the layers, scientists have developed a novel way to make superlattices of 2D materials.

Applied Graphene Materials (AGM), which makes graphene materials, has worked with plastic composite manufacturers to help develop a supercar tailgate.

Valve maker Aidro Hydraulics and Fraunhofer Institute have won an Additive World Design award.

Lanxess says that it has now extended the use of its plastic/metal hybrid technology to make hollow profiles with round or rectangular cross sections.

The programs for POWDERMET2018 and AMPM2018 have been published online.

The MPIF reports that judging for the 2018 Powder Metallurgy (PM) Design Excellence Awards was recently completed.

Additive Industries reports that it is expanding its operations to the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Scientists used advanced electron microscopy techniques to study the atomic structure of the surface and interior of a lithium-ion battery electrode.

A new technique can ‘sew’ two patches of crystals seamlessly together at the atomic level to create atomically-thin fabrics for use in electronic devices.

More information about ceramics and powder metallurgy show ceramitec has been released.

ASTM is inviting experts to join in the revision of two ASTM International thermostat standards.

SGL and partners have won the JEC Innovation Award in the Aerospace Process category for the ‘MAI Sandwich’ project.

Solar sandwich breaks efficiency barrier.

Uranium mineral more complex than any other.

Free recipe could open field of biomimetic nanoparticles.

Organic lithium ion battery will work in outer space.

Using thermoplastic to make a composite part could reduce manufacturing time by 20-30%.

The recent World Pultrusion Conference attracted 150 delegates.

PyroGenesis has been nominated for an ‘Materials Company of the Year’ at the 3D Printing Industry Awards 2018.

Carpenter Technology has acquired MB CalRAM LLC, which offers powder-bed fusion additive manufacturing (AM) metal printing services.

Using a 3D layer of silicone as the substrate for a lithium metal anode can mitigate dendrite formation and dramatically extend battery life.

Researchers have discovered more details about the way certain materials hold a static electric charge even after two surfaces separate.

New biosensors could support personalized medicine – including in developing countries.

Replacing single-use plastics with recyclable bio-plastics will stop the planet from drowning in waste.

Wearable non-invasive sensors could allow continuous and convenient glucose-monitoring in diabetes.

Adding a small molecule to act as an electron donor and enhance the absorption of the active layer can improve the efficiency of an organic solar cell.

Evonik is planning to build a new plant to produce polymer polyamide 12 (PA 12), aiming to increase its overall PA 12 capacity by more than 50%.

3D Systems has reported a 7% revenue growth to US$177.3 million in Q4, compared to US$165.9 million in the same period of the previous year.

Lab experiments retracing the chemical steps leading to the creation of complex hydrocarbons in space could offer new ways to produce graphene.

Gurit and Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW) have signed a new framework contract for the development and supply of aerospace materials.

Replacing metal components in electronic devices with carbon materials like graphene could reduce production costs and waste management problems.

Adding nickel nanoparticles to a liquid gallium alloy turns it into a paste with a consistency suitable for additive manufacturing.

A novel method for producing various albumin-based gels could allow them to be developed as implants for delivering drugs over extended periods.

Additive manufacturing (AM) company Renishaw has been shortlisted for Company of the Year at the PLC Awards 2017.

Kordsa has outlined its participation in JEC World 2018, the biggest composite technology show of the world.

The board of GKN plc has announced that the company will combine GKN’s Driveline business and Dana to create Dana plc.

Renishaw says that it is contributing its additive manufacturing (AM) specialist knowledge to European machine tool trade association, CECIMO.

Concept Laser says that has successfully 3D printed an oil header.

EuCIA is launching a survey to look into the next stage of development of its Eco Impact Calculator for composites.

The organizers of JEC World says that it had more than 1,300 exhibitors and 42,445 visitors from 115 countries.

NiOx-based perovskite materials promise low-cost, highly efficient, flexible solar photovoltaic devices.

A new technique can pinpoint the location of chemical reactions happening inside lithium-ion battery electrodes in three dimensions at the nanoscale level.

Advances in liquid 3D printing technology could make biodegradable scaffolds for use in medical stents and grafts.

A graphene superlattice consisting of two sheets rotated at slightly different orientations can display both insulating and superconducting properties.

ELG Carbon Fibre, which specialises in recycled carbon fiber materials, has announced plans to increase the capacity of its UK facility.

Sabic has released the results of a recent lifecycle assessment of composite passenger car side doors.

ASTM International is running a seminar on sustainability on 11 April 2018, San Diego, California, USA.

Fraunhofer has developed an inline system for testing, qualifying and adjusting the focused powder jet of the nozzles of laser metal deposition machines.

Researchers have developed a new method for chemically bonding multiple soft materials independent of the manufacturing process.

Understanding why a 2D material grown on a sapphire substrate had worse properties than predicted has allowed scientists to improve those properties.

3D-Hybrid offers a range of technologies for existing CNC metal-cutting machines that could simplify metal additive manufacturing (AM).

Composites Evolution has launched a prepregging business following a major investment in a new manufacturing facility.

3D printing company EOS is now offering European distribution of three polymers for additive manufacturing (AM).

LPW Technology says that it ranks in the Sunday Times Lloyds SME Export Track 100 for the second year running.

A novel imaging technique uses a tiny needle to nudge a single nanoparticle into different orientations and capture 2D images to reconstruct a 3D picture,

Scientists have discovered that previously undetected manganese atoms contaminating graphene are responsible for its catalytic abilities.

SGL Group has introduced a carbon fiber with a high Young’s modulus, making it suitable for aerospace applications.

Composites UK will be hosting a marketing seminar for the composites sector, taking place on 3 May 2018 in Warwick, UK.

Researchers have developed a new technique for printing electronic circuits on flexible, stretchable substrates using silver nanowires.

Carbon now accepting written nominations for researchers who have successfully defended a Ph.D. thesis in the calendar year 2017.

Carbon nanotubes and graphene in a branch-and-leaves design produce a super-efficient and long-lasting electrode for supercapacitors.

Registration is now open for Road2Composites: Scaling Up Innovation, an automotive-themed workshop taking place from 17-18 April in Detroit, MI, USA.

Sabic has launched UDMAX GPE 45-70, a glass-filled high-density polyethylene composite tape.

Umicore has announced today some changes to the composition of its executive committee and board of directors.

America Makes says that it has elected Susan Smyth, chief scientist for General Motors (GM) to its executive committee.

Using advanced computational methods, scientists have discovered new materials that could enhance the efficiency and lifetime of solid oxide fuel cells.

A novel machine learning-based method for classifying steel is much more accurate and objective than conventional quality control procedures.

Using state-of-the-art microscopy techniques, scientists have discovered that a prototypical ‘relaxor’ material has an unexpected atomic structure.

Using 'molecular anvils' made from tiny diamond particles, scientists have conducted the first chemical reactions triggered by mechanical pressure alone.

The Verder Group has acquired the majority of Austrian company Qness GmbH, a manufacturer of hardness testing machines.

Additive Industries plans to move its headquarters to a brand-new factory close to its current location.

Solvay has developed Vac-Ply VMS3, a multi-layer microporous vacuum channel for resin infusion.

Ashland has launched Derakane Signia, part of an existing resin line.

Aliancys says that it is introducing two new resins at the JEC show, taking place form 14-16 March 2018.

The EPSRC Future Composites Manufacturing Research Hub (The Hub) has released the program for its one-day conference.

ASTM International has announced announces F3301-18, a standard specification for thermal post-processing metal parts made via powder bed fusion.

GKN says that its new coaxial electric axle system entitled the ‘eTwinsterX’ is now in the prototype stage.

Hybrid energy harvester from Kwangwoon University shows promise as a wearable charger for portable electronic devices.

Nanoparticle-decorated bioactive glass provides a scaffold for bone regrowth and the capacity for photothermal treatment to target tumor cells.

Sandvik Coromant has developed CoroThread, a 266 thread-turning tool that has precision over and under-coolant.

Höganäs has confirmed that it has purchased H.C. Starck’s Surface Technology & Ceramic Powders (STC) division.

Composite manufacturer Mikrosam, based in Macedonia, plans to exhibit its range of ro-botic solutions for composites at JEC.

Researchers used data mining and computational tools to discover a new phosphor material for white LEDs that is inexpensive and easy to make.

Using experiments and modeling, scientists have found that interactions between layers of 2D titanium disulfide are stronger than theory suggests.

The fabricated products division of H.C. Starck has been certified for the seventh consecutive year as tantalum conflict-free.

3A Composites Core Materials says that it has developed a new foam core platform for lightweight, high-volume automotive applications.

Sicomin plans to showcase its new engineering services at the JEC show.

Researchers have shown that films of pencil graphite and a conductive co-polymer paint can produce a novel, cheap thermoelectric device.

High-intensity infrared laser pulses have revealed a hidden state of electronic order in a cuprate comprising lanthanum, barium, copper and oxygen.

Hybrid electrode material enables fast ion conduction through continuous ceramic fibers, flexibility, and ability to use polymer roll-to-roll processing.

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