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Materials news, May 2018

Composite metamaterial bends the rules

Ceramic nanolattice architecture creates ultralight, mechanically reliable composite materials.

New electronic textiles can take the heat

Pyroprotein-based electronic textiles are durable and simple to make for applications such as energy harvesting.

An EU-funded cross-border automotive project, entitled Light Vehicle 2025, has been officially started by six partners.

Gasbarre Products has appointed three new members to its press division team.

Eastman Automated Cutting Machines has appointed iSpecc as distributor.

Hypertherm says that it has published record results in its annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report.

Collier Research Corporation says that its HyperSizer software is being used in the development of the Dream Chaser spacecraft.

Doping a crystal with a small amount of a different element offers a way to alter the speed and frequencies of natural vibrations known as phonons.

Chemists have found a way to functionalize boron nitride nanotubes using a chemical process known as the Billups-Birch reaction.

Scientists have produced nanostructured artificial fibers that mimic the impressive optical properties of fibers produced by the Madagascar comet moth.

German-based nova-Institute has published a new market report about trends in the bio-based polymers market.

Finland-based Arctic Biomaterials has won a bio-based material of the year innovation award.

An EU-funded cross-border automotive project, entitled Light Vehicle 2025, has been officially started by its six partners.

Composites equipment specialist iSpecc Limited has a signed a contract to become the UK distributor for Pinette PEI.

America Makes has organized an event focused on the supply chain in additive manufacturing (AM).

Hypertherm, which makes industrial cutting systems and software, has made number 30 on the Forbes list of the 500 Best Midsize Employers

The Powder Coating Institute (PCI) has released the first in a series of videos promoting powder coating technology to manufacturers.

Using a novel X-ray scattering technique, researchers have uncovered previously unknown defects in tiny electronic devices called quantum dots.

A glass-polymer composite known as glassomer can be milled, laser-machined or processed in CNC machines just like a conventional polymer.

Stretching woven fabrics to make them stronger.

A combination of experiment and computation helped to create a 2D protein crystal that toggles between states of varying porosity and density.

Recently completed tests reportedly demonstrate the bond strength of Tri-Mack’s overmolded thermoplastic composite hybrid parts.

Gervais Jacques, MD of Rio Tinto Aluminium, has been appointed the new chair of the International Aluminium Institute (IAI).

Event organizer JEC says that it plans to promote composites at a number of automotive shows this year.

Scientists have discovered that crystals of the semiconductor zinc sulfide are brittle when exposed to light but flexible when kept in the dark.

Compressing layers of boron nitride and graphene can enhance graphene's band gap, bringing it one step closer to becoming a viable semiconductor.

A novel magnetic material with a unique honeycomb structure could help produce electronic components that utilize less energy and produce less heat.

Scientists have discovered that certain oxide support materials can help prevent the carbon monoxide poisoning that can deactivate exhaust gas catalysts.

The programme for ICMAC 2018, the International Conference on Manufacturing of Advanced Composites, has been released.

Lab Innovations, a trade show dedicated to the laboratory industry, will take place in Birmingham, UK, from 31 October–1 November 2018.

LPW Technology Ltd has published a new case study that covers the impact of metal powder variability on AM build quality.

Adding salt to a metal-organic framework and then baking it at a high temperature can produce an intricate carbon-based structure.

A novel method for producing disperse carbon nanotubes at high concentrations can create a gel, paste and kneadable dough.

Aluminum specialist Aeromet plans to improve its A20X alloy for use in additive manufacturing (AM) and produce a set of demonstrator parts.

NanoSteel’s AM business unit has reportedly taken first place in the Innovation Audition prize which took place at the TCT&Rapid 3D printing show.

Arburg Ltd base in Warwick, UK reportedly celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2018.

Solvay report that it is promoting its latest technologies at SAMPE, taking place currently at Long Beach, California, USA.

4M Carbon Fiber Corp has appointed Rob Klawonn as CEO.

Composites One and partners plan to run a two-day workshop exploring wind energy.

Nanomaterials with electrical connections triggered by biochemical signals.

Flexible, sustainable and non-toxic composite material from wood and marine invertebrate.

The University of Cincinnati College of Engineering and Applied Science has been selected to receive a 3D metal printer from GE Additive.

Silver fabricator Ames Goldsmith Corporation has developed new branding to reflect the company’s expanded capabilities.

Owens Corning has published its 2017 Sustainability Report documenting the progress made against its 2020 sustainability goals.

The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) has announced the recipients of its DINO (Distinguished INnovator Operator) Award.

A novel iron-based alloy has promising magnetic properties for spintronics applications, provided it’s created in layers less than 200nm thick.

A six-atom thick bilayer of tungsten diselenide exhibited a 100-fold increase in photoluminescence when subjected to strain.

Better than warm leatherette.

A cure for energy-demanding polymer components.

3D Systems says that it plans to qualify metal additive manufacturing (AM) technologies to build naval warships.

Carbon fiber company Hexcel will be exhibiting at the SAMPE Long Beach conference, taking place from 22-23 May in Long Beach, California, USA.

The Composites Europe show will focus on processing and manufacturing processes, according to its organizers.

Outstripping spider silk with cellulose.

Holey graphene for more efficient hydrogen production with cheaper metals.

The MPIF says that it has put in place new networking events during POWDERMET2018 and AMPM2018.

Vyncolit NV and Sumitomo Bakelite Co Ltd say there is a pressing need for lightweight parts in internal combustion and electric motor-based drivetrains.

Sintavia LLC, a metal additive manufacturer, has reportedly achieved NADCAP approval.

Sabic has introduced three new plastic filaments for additive manufacturing (AM).

NetComposites has issued a call for papers for CompIC (Composites in Construction) taking place from 30–31 January 2019 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Höganäs' board of directors has appointed Paul Schrotti and Johanna Rosén as new members.

Hypertherm, which makes industrial cutting systems and software, is celebrating its 50 year anniversary.

Combining nanodiamonds with 2D molybdenum disulfide layers creates onion-like carbon that can act as a dry lubricant.

A new type of optical magnetometer, the NV magnetoscope, can map a unique feature of superconductive materials known as the Meissner effect.

Combination of sulfolane and a metal salt makes a stable electrolyte for lithium-ion batteries that overcomes shortcomings of conventional electrolytes.

A new curing process takes advantage of the chemical bonds in a polymer resin to send a cascading hardening wave through the polymer.

Scigrip, which supplies adhesives, has extended its relationship with Euroresins International Group into Scandinavia.

Royal DSM says that it plans to increase production capacity for its Dyneema strong fiber.

The National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) has presented its highest honor, the Lawrence J Rhoades Award, to Howard A Kuhn.

EOS and UseTree, a German-based research project team, have won an iF product design award in the apps/software category.

Scientists have extracted a novel 2D material, termed hematene, from a common iron ore, which could prove of use in solar cells and spintronic devices.

Researchers propose a smarter solution to keep today’s composite aircraft ice-free.

Ceramic transition metal nanoparticle complexes coated with amino acids combine optical properties and chiral asymmetry.

Giant photo-effect in graphene decorated with Pt nanoparticles boosts proton transport and hydrogen generation.

Sicomin says that it has now received the ECOBOARD Project Gold Level qualification for its range of bio-based epoxy resins.

The Acta Journals are delighted to announce the recipients of the 2018 Outstanding Reviewer awards for excellence in reviewing in 2017.

New sensing strategy enables biological targets to be tracked and imaged in vitro and in vivo with high spatial and temporal accuracy.

New soft, smart glucose detectors can by monitor glucose levels directly and in real-time in tears and sweat.

PostProcess Technologies, which makes post-printing software for industrial 3D printing, has launched its Connect3D software platform.

A new designer's toolkit can build various levels of complexity into nanoparticles using a simple, mix-and-match process.

The SMMT says that 147,471 cars were manufactured UK production lines in March 2018, a decrease of 13.3% on same month in 2017.

Umicore CEO Marc Grynberg has said to shareholders that the company’s revenue and earnings would keep growing materially in 2018.

SGL has reported group sales of €263 million, up by about 22% from €216.3 million in the previous year.

Researchers have fabricated silicon microparticles of various shapes and sizes that can reversibly assemble and disassemble in water.

The organizers of the International ThermProcess and International Finishing and Coatings summits says that registration is now open for the two events.

Injection molding specialist BASF has appointed Dr Martin Brudermüller as its new chairman of the board of executive directors of BASF SE.

A novel method of computational analysis can help predict the composition and properties of as-yet-unmade high-entropy alloys.

Engineers have discovered that zirconium tritelluride nanoribbons can carry a current density 50 times greater than conventional copper interconnects.

The European Pultrusion Technology Association (EPTA) has published an in-depth report on its 2018 conference.

Lanxess says that it has supplied materials to a racing team from Cologne University in its bid to win a design competition.

ASTM International’s committee on copper and copper alloys has presented the Award of Merit to the director of industrial company Mueller Industries.

Franklin Bronze has confirmed a number of its staffing changes in the company in order to improve resource management and customer satisfaction.

By photodoping silicon cylinders, researchers have built the first metal-free, dynamically tunable metamaterial for controlling electromagnetic waves.

Scientists have developed nanomaterials that can self-assemble, reconfigure and disassemble in response to biochemical signals.

Dr Richard Collins, technology analyst at IDTechEx, has spoken to the organizers of a composites automation show.

Solvay Performance Polyamides has introduced a polyamide-based material designed for turbocharger systems.

Wall Colmonoy says that its next European Modern Furnace Brazing School takes place from 9-11 October 2018 in Pontardawe, Wales, UK.

A scientific paper covering X-ray imaging of 3D printing processes has been selected as the Review of Scientific Instruments editor’s Pick for 1 May 2018.

The makers of a steel milling grade offering insert tool life and stable production have won the Wilhelm Haglund medal for product developer of the year.

RTP Company has developed new thermoplastic compounds that reportedly weigh 5-10% less than typical filled compounds.

The continuous fiber composites market could grow at a CAGR of 5.5% and 6.3% between 2017 and 2022 to reach US$2,506.5 million, according to a new report.

A novel method uses the tip of a scanning probe microscope to etch nanoscale features on silicon wafers with the need for chemicals or masks.

A new process uses mathematical algorithms to design advanced materials by reducing complexity and taking advantage of machine learning.

A new algorithm for predicting exotic materials helped to reduce the time needed to develop a thermoelectric material from 15 years to 15 months.

By enforcing a phenomenon called ‘magnetic frustration’, a new osmium-based material could house a quantum spin liquid for use in quantum computing.

Sandvik has published its interim report for Q1 2018.

ASTM International has presented its Award of Merit to Joseph M Tauber, staff engineer at Kennametal Inc.

The global automotive carbon fiber components market could grow at a CAGR of 9.77% from 2018 to 2022.

Hexcel Corporation has reported an increase of 12.8% in Q1 sales to US$540.1 million.

Glass fiber specialist Owens Corning has completed its acquisition of a mineral wool manufacturer based in China.

The SUPREME Project, of which the EPMA is a key partner, has published its first newsletter 2018.

Sandvik says that it plans to acquire French software company Metrologic Group from Astorg Partners for €360 million.

Cost analysis of carbon fiber recycling reductions in environmental impact compared with virgin carbon fiber production.

A new transmission electron microscope system is able to take dynamic, multi-frame videos of nanomaterials as they form.

America Makes has announced the names of the projects that will receive funding for US aerospace development.

Powder metal (PM) specialist Höganäs has opened a Inductor Systems’ center of excellence.

Turkish composite and construction specialist Kordsa has sponsored the recent Global Entrepreneurship Congress, held in Istanbul, Turkey.

Solvay's KetaSpire PEEK filament for 3D printing will be the first polyetheretherketone polymer included in recently devloped simulation software.

Using various analytical techniques, researchers have established how hydrogen bonding plays a key role in the performance of perovskite solar cells.

Salt aids the creation of 2D materials by lowering the energetic barrier that otherwise prevents the component molecules from reacting with each other.

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