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Materials news, April 2018

Composites UK is organising an event covering the topic of fiber reinforced polymer composites (FRPs) in renewable energy.

Additive International and Innovate UK have organised an event entitled ‘Business Innovation in Additive Manufacturing’ (AM).

Granta Design has announced Lamborghini as the keynote speaker for its Automotive Material Intelligence Forum.

3A Composites Core Materials says that its AIREX T92.100 SealX core can reduce infusion cost and time when compared to standard PET foam core.

Defects in two-dimensional materials can enhance their physical, electrochemical, magnetic, energy and catalytic properties.

Lithium-ion battery technology is starting to reach its physical limits.

Renishaw has partnered with an Australian dental laboratory to install the first metal additive manufacturing machine for dental applications in Australia.

Chemicals company Lanxess, which makes glass fiber materials, has developed Vibrathane 7085, a new, polyester-based prepolymer for hot cast elastomers.

Engineers have developed a continuous manufacturing process that can produce long strips of high-quality graphene for use in membranes.

By combining buckyballs with a molecular charge-transfer compound, scientists have produced a 2D nanosheet that expands on exposure to light.

Sigma Labs Inc has entered into an agreement with the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

A UK composites organization plans to host an event to bring together industry representatives and the further educational market.

PM producer Höganäs has released its sustainability report for 2018

Scientists have discovered that a reaction involving the impurity hydrogen fluoride helps form the solid-electrolyte interphase in lithium-ion batteries.

A novel technique for inducing a composite material to become stiffer and stronger when exposed to UV light could find use in future military rotorcraft.

Artificial intelligence could take just one hour to do fifty years work in searching for glassy, metallic alloys.

Solvay has introduced Evolite F1050, a polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) continuous carbon fiber composite tape suitable for oil and gas applications.

Kaman Composites, has reportedly expanded its manufacturing capacity by investing almost US$2 million.

Financial services company S&P Global Ratings has reportedly revised its outlook on Sandvik AB to positive from stable.

Tooling system specialist Sandvik Coromant has developed a new thread forming tap.

A novel X-ray nanoprobe beamline can observe materials down to a scale of just 10nm and capture multiple images of different material properties.

A synthetic foldamer that mimics DNA binds to proteins better than DNA.

Total Composite Solutions (TCS) says that it can offer a customised service for composites.

Hardmetal specialist Sandvik Coromant’s site in Gimo, Sweden will take part in a new district heating project to replace oil with biofuels.

Ashland Global Holdings Inc says that it is looking into ‘strategic alternatives’ for its composites segment.

Two-layered polymer matrix antidote to oxygen poisoning of biomimetic fuel cell catalyst.

Researchers have created a water-based zinc battery that is simultaneously powerful, rechargeable and intrinsically safe.

Soaking up metals improves carbon capture.

Proteins could target specific cells with natural enzymes and drugs to treat disease.

Using expired drugs to protect metals from corrosion could bring economic and environmental benefits.

Cardamom pods may deliver drugs via the convenient and effective oral route.

Using a multi-layered stack of metal films, researchers have shown that under certain conditions superconductors can also carry currents of 'spin'.

3D printing company Renishaw has been presented with an award for IT in India.

Total Composite Solutions (TCS) says that it now offers a range of prepregs with a high TG.

Heating specialist Quintus Technologies has established a specialized application center at its headquarters in Västerås, Sweden.

Scientists have developed a model that draws on oxidation kinetics to explain how stress affects the formation and spread of oxide layers in alloys.

Thin, engineered material that controls the redirection and reflection of sound waves with near perfect efficiency.

Find out about the recipients of the 2018 Outstanding review awards from the Acta Journals.

A novel alloy of iron, chromium and aluminum makes a safer cladding for nuclear fuel rods than conventional zirconium-containing alloys.

Shane Collins, general manager at Additive Industries has received the ASTM Award of Merit.

Composites UK says that it now offers an energy and water procurement service to its members.

An artificial intelligence system has discovered three new metallic glass materials 200 times faster than could be done before.

Learn more about the latest addition to Elsevier’s Materials Today family.

High-quality lead-free films based on double perovskites with useful photovoltaic properties.

Sodium-ion electrolyte with newly discovered structure could be used in solid-state batteries.

UK industrial laminates specialist Attwater & Sons Ltd has invested £100,000 to purchase two new CNC machines.

Gurit has reported an increase in net sales for the first three months of the year of 5.4% compared to the same period of 2017.

The US Office of Naval Research has awarded a research and development non-profit a contract to improve the quality of 3D printed metallic parts.

UK metal powder producer Metalysis says that it has raised £12 million before starting commercial, industrial-scale production of its products.

Researchers have developed a smooth, durable, clear polymer coating that swiftly sheds water, oils, alcohols and even peanut butter.

Using caffeine as a catalyst, researchers have devised a way to create gummy, biocompatible gels that could be used for medical applications.

Siemens says that it plans to make a £27 million investment in a new 3D printing manufacturing facility

Desktop Metal’s Production System has been honored in The Edison Awards.

Italian plastics company AMUT has provided a new geomembrane line to a Chinese distributor of coatings and membranes.

A novel database of inorganic thin-film materials for energy applications developed by NREL scientists contains more than 140,000 sample entries.

A new material made of sodium, phosphorous, tin and sulfur, with a tetragonal crystal shape, should make an effective electrolyte in solid-state batteries.

LLNL is hosting a workshop featuring a number of the lab’s scientists and engineers to discuss research partnerships.

Velox GmbH plans to exhibit its products at Plastpol, taking place from 22 to 25 May 2018 in Kielce, Poland.

Coating specialist Covestro LLC has developed a new processing technique called direct coating to make high-gloss piano black.

The 2018 Wohlers Report, says that an estimated 1,768 metal AM systems were sold in 2017, compared to 983 systems in 2016.

BigRep and Etihad Airways plan to jointly develop new plastic additive manufacturing (AM) products for the aerospace industry.

A proposed new state of matter termed a ‘superfluid quasicrystal’ should should flow without friction while exhibiting a nonperiodic structure.

Scientists have witnessed exotic superconductivity in the material ytterbium-bismuth-platinum that relies on highly unusual electron interactions.

The EPMA has announced its 18th Residential PM Summer School for Young Engineers, this year held in Vienna, Austria.

DSM Dyneema has successfully concluded a dispute with Israeli firm FMS Enterprises Migun Ltd (FMS).

Gold nanoparticles are remarkably robust when exposed to very high temperatures, but their atomic structures tend to fluctuate.

Physicists have induced magnetism in platinum by applying an electric field in a paramagnetic ionic liquid, creating a switchable 2D ferromagnet.

Applied Graphene Materials, which makes graphene materials, is pleased to announce its interim results for the period ended 31 January 2018.

The EPSRC Future Composites Manufacturing Research Hub has announced the funding of two new feasibility studies.

Constant illumination relaxes the crystal lattice of a perovskite material, making it more efficient at collecting sunlight and converting it to energy.

A novel smart ink can produce 3D objects that change shape and color, such as reducing to 1% their original size with 10-times the resolution.

Victrex says that thermoplastic composites will be developed over the next few years to meet growing demand.

Digital company Adaptive Corporation has acquired the Dassault Systèmes software sales and support business division of NobleTek.

A solid oxide protective coating for metals, when applied in sufficiently thin layers, can deform as if it were a liquid, filling any cracks and gaps.

Coating the anode with a solid-electrolyte interphase has allowed the creation of a rechargeable non-aqueous magnesium-metal battery.

Hexcel has opened a new US$20 million manufacturing facility in Casablanca, Morocco.

Spirit AeroSystems has opened a second plant at the company's Oklahoma, USA, site, to make commercial and military aircraft parts.

The Center for Powder Metallurgy (CPMT) has announced the names of the recipients of its CPMT/Axel Madsen conference grants.

Carpenter plans to invest US$100 million in soft magnetics capabilities and a new strip hot rolling mill in its Reading, PA facility.

Lufthansa Technik will become part of the maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) network for LEAP-1A engines.

Inspired by a version of origami called kirigami, researchers have developed malleable electronic circuits that can be bent and twisted.

A novel method can produce linked networks of metal oxides, held together by boron, that possess interesting catalytic or electronic properties.

The MPIF says that its annual Basic PM short course will return in 2018 and registration is now available.

Gurit has been awarded a three-year balsa wood supply contract by a major global wind turbine OEM.

Thai composite supplier Cobra International has formally launched the mass production of the new Windsurfer LT, a composite windsurfing board.

Scientists have developed the first technique able to meld ions from up to eight different elements to form high entropy alloyed nanoparticles.

An aluminum-based material can quickly change how it reflects heat, by smoothing or wrinkling its surface after being stretched or electrically triggered.

Rodney Brennen, VP of PM parts company Metco Industries, has been appointed president of the Powder Metallurgy Parts Association (PMPA).

Michael Stucky has been appointed president of the Metal Injection Molding Association (MIMA).

Master Bond has developed a biocompatible two part epoxy with a mixed viscosity for medical electronic applications.

A polymer thermal conductor with rigid, ordered monomer chains can conduct 10 times more heat than most commercially used polymers.

Using a nanoparticle 'supersoap', scientists have developed a way to print three-dimensional structures composed entirely of liquids.

EconCore says that it will be showcasing a range of its honeycomb core products at plastics show NPE2018.

A facility run by GKN Sinter Metals has improved its electric efficiency by 6.6% and natural gas efficiency by 15% over the last three years.

According to its recent survey, 96% of ceramics acompanies are planning to increase their total investments in the coming year.

Quickstep Holdings' chief financial office (CFO) Andrew Crane, will depart from the business.

Scientists have discovered that a barium-iron-arsenic superconductor changes its magnetic properties when put under mechanical strain.

Scientists created an electrically conducting crystal made from layers of iron and tin atoms, with each layer arranged in the pattern of a kagome lattice.

SencorpWhite has announced the release of the Ultra 2 thermoforming machine.

Composites UK, the trade association for the UK composites supply chain, has released info about its upcoming events in April.

Metyx Group has acquired a manufacturing facility in North Carolina, USA, to house its new US$3.5 million technical textiles division.

Global Advanced Metals Pty Ltd and LPW Technology (LPW) have joined forces to promote the use of spheroidized tantalum in 3D metal printing.

Scientists have furthered their understanding of how, when and where the atoms in molten metal ‘lock’ into place during the production of metallic glass.

When placed between the two electrodes of a lithium-metal battery, a graphene oxide 'nanosheet' can prevent the formation of lithium dendrites.

There was double-digit growth for UK engine exports in February, a new record, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT).

NCDMM plans to run an AM field-study trip for students from the National Defense University.

Carbodeon and Dutch 3D printing specialist Tiamet 3D have announced the first nanodiamond-enhanced filaments for 3D printing.

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