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Materials news, June 2018

PM champion receives Vanguard Award

Chad Spore, staff engineer at Enterprise Materials Engineering, has received the Vanguard powder metallurgy (PM) industry award from the MPIF.

Trade association Composites UK says that it has reached 350 member companies, with membership increasing by 50 companies over the last 12 months.

Quickstep Holdings Limited has appointed Alan Tilley as its new chief financial officer (CFO).

A new cloaking material made from silicon nanowires can absorb approximately 94% of the infrared light it encounters.

A novel graphene-assembled film possesses higher thermal conductivity than graphite film, even though graphite consists of many layers of graphene.

3D-printing provides fast, continuous means of producing nerve guidance conduits (NGCs) to help treat peripheral nervous systems injuries.

Diab Group, which makes composite core materials, has appointed Tobias Hahn as its new CEO.

LPW Technology Ltd, which makes metal powders for the metal 3D printing industry, has officially opened its AM metal powder manufacturing facility.

Using a novel two-step synthesis process, researchers have produced organic polymers with crystalline, two-dimensional structures.

Scientists have discovered how the mechanical properties of MOFs relate to their structure, particularly the role played by functional groups.

Axon Automotive Ltd has moved from its start-up location in Wollaston, Northamptonshire, UK to a bigger 4180 m2 factory site nearby.

US marine groups have published a new guide entitled ‘10+1 Strategy: A Marine Industry Guide to Growing the Workforce’.

Singlet oxygen is confirmed as the reactive species that irreversibly damages transition metal cathode materials in lithium ion batteries.

Scientists have discovered that reactive elements and water combine to create a fast-growing, nanocrystalline oxide scale on high-temperature alloys.

Scientists have discovered that barium titanium sulfide interacts in different ways with infrared light coming from two different directions.

BASF has won a materials prize for its 3D moldable wood fiberboards (3MF).

RIMTA Foundation has launched a project to look into the re-processing of glass fiber hulls as an alternative to landfill.

Montalvo has been awarded a grant for US$750,000 to develop a new way to control individual tow tension in composites manufacturing.

ASTM International’s committee on metallic-coated iron and steel products has given Margie Farabaugh a distinguished service award.

The 2018 edition of the MPIF’s Standard 35, Materials Standards for PM Structural Parts, has been released.

APMI International has named Stephen Mashl and Alberto Molinari as 2018 APMI Fellows.

PyroGenesis Canada has announced its results for Q1, ended 31 March 2018.

A new composite binder made primarily of fly ash, a by-product of coal-fired power plants, can replace Portland cement in concrete.

Studies with an electron microscope have revealed that batteries based on sodium and potassium hold promise as an alternative to lithium-ion batteries.

Computer simulations have revealed that certain halide double perovskites could make effective photocatalysts for splitting water.

Researchers have used nano-discs made of 2D boron nitride to squeeze infrared light into ultra-confined spaces and create a nanoscale antenna.

The Powder Coating Institute has issued a call for papers for its 2019 Technical Conference, taking place from 1–4 April 2019 in Orlando, Florida, USA.

Lanxess says that it is raising its prices for Durethan A (polyamide 6.6) compounds in Europe, Middle East and Africa by EUR 0.60/kg with immediate effect.

The market for materials aimed at 3D printing aerospace parts could reach US$535.1 million by 2024.

In 2017, sales in the Brazilian composites sector totaled US$ 720 million, 1.9% than the previous year.

A new cathode material comprising iron trifluoride nanorods with added cobalt and oxygen could triple the energy density of lithium-ion batteries.

A new hybrid conductive material comprising liquid metal embedded in an elastic polymer can be bent and stretched at will.

A novel composite made of hydrogel and a 2D material can conduct electricity, stretch by more than 3400%, self-heal and adhere to many surfaces.

A new scanning tunneling microscopy technique can, for the first time, reveal the detailed molecular structure of conjugated polymers.

Equispheres it has received a US$5 million investment from giant Lockheed Martin to make materials for AM and cold spray deposition.

Composites One says that it has been presented the Platinum Award by insurance firm Great West Casualty Company.

Platinum nanoparticles can lower the impedance of graphene electrodes while keeping them transparent for recording neuronal activity.

Scientists have developed a simple way to produce a conductive graphene foam that they can shape into 3D objects such as battery electrodes.

A recent benchmark study shows directed energy deposition technology could be 10 times faster and five times less expensive than powder bed fusion.

Technical Fibre Products (TFP) says that it will be exhibiting at the forthcoming JEC Conference taking place from 27-28 June in Chicago, USA.

TRB Lightweight Structures Ltd has reportedly developed a new biocomposite resin based carbon fiber reinforced (CFRP) sandwich panel door leaf.

The European Composites Industry Association (EuCIA) has added Composites UK, the trade association for the UK composites industry, as a member.

Delta Equipement, a French supplier of automation, robotics and additive manufacturing (AM) technology and Solvay, have partnered to make AM parts.

Additive International has announced the speaking line-up for its event taking place in Nottingham, UK from 11-12 July.

GKN Powder Metallurgy says that it plans to exhibit at Dritev, taking place from 27-28 June 2018 in Bonn, Germany.

NTPT says that it is inviting applicants for a new research position, which will lead to a PhD, focusing on thin ply prepregs.

The organizers of CompIC (Composites in Construction) are now accepting abstracts from potential speakers.

The organizers of metal fairs Gifa, Metec, Thermprocess and Newcast say that the events will attract around 2000 exhibitors.

The Euro PM2018 Congress and Exhibition program is now online.

New hybrid conductive material, part elastic polymer and part liquid metal, which can be bent and stretched easily.

A new type of 3D-printable ink with tiny magnetic particles produces soft structures that can move in complex ways in response to a magnetic field.

The UK government should focus on 10 specific bio-based chemicals in order to boost industrial growth, says a new report.

The ASTM International committee on metal powders and metal powder products is sponsoring a free workshop on powder metallurgy.

A new metal-organic framework is the first to selectively and reversibly capture nitrogen dioxide from air at ambient pressures and temperatures.

Elsevier releases 2017 CiteScore values.

A chill pill for tissue engineering.

Scientists have confirmed a magnetic property known as ‘chirality’ in nanometer-thick samples of amorphous, multilayered metal-based materials.

Using novel analytical techniques, scientists have been able to study the behavior of excitons trapped in quantum wells made of perovskite compounds.

The deadline to register for the AM Motion Summer school is 18 June 2018.

Kordsa presented its composite technologies for lightening vehicles at the Michelin Movin’ On Conference, which took place in Montreal, Canada.

ASTM has presented an award of merit to Keith M Hottle, director of quality and metallurgy at Sandvik Materials Technology.

The organizers of the Plastics Recyclers Annual Meeting 2018 have announced a number of speakers for the event.

Researchers have combined cellulose and chitin to produce an all-natural material for 3D printing that is strong, lightweight and inexpensive.

By combining a fungal organic pigment with a transparent polymer, researchers have developed a novel semiconductor material.

The fourth general meeting of the Additive Manufacturing (AM) Working Group of the VDMA was held at Arburg headquarters on 12 April 2018.

TAT Technologies is hosting two powdered metal sintering courses this July, in St Mary’s PA, USA.

Steel powder specialist Höganäs had hosted a new project on sustainable steel powders for additive manufacturing (AM).

Living systems can be used to build the new world of nanotechnology.

Dr. Md Julker Nine has been presented with the Carbon Journal Prize for 2018.

Atomically thin nanowires improve efficiency of conversion of heat to electricity.

3D printing an "artificial" cornea.

Plastics technology center AIMPLAS, based in Spain, has launched a new project focusing on greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere.

The International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) has announced the winners of the Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards.

GKN Sinter Metals says that it has received the Perfect Quality Award from Nexteer Automotive, a steering and driveline business.

Tyler Olson, engineering manager at Fastenal Company, has been awarded the 2018 ASTM president’s leadership award.

The Powder Coating Institute (PCI) has awarded scholarships to students who are studying various subjects that can lead to a career in powder coating.

Argosy International Inc and Solvay’s composite materials business have agreed to ‘enable direct service’ of Solvay materials in the Asia-Pacific region.

Mid-infrared biosensor on multi-resonant metasurface.

See-through silver conductor for flexible smart screens.

ASTM’s committee on steel, stainless steel, and related alloys has presented its Award of Merit to John F Grubb, a consultant at ATI in the US.

Solvay has received a supplier of the year award from Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.

A Swedish supplier of parts for commercial space launch vehicles has recently developed payload adapter systems made of 100% carbon fiber.

Neural networks can predict the light-scattering properties of layered nanoparticles and design nanoparticles for a desired light-scattering behavior.

Scientists have found that the most effective thermoelectric materials can be realized by shaping substances such as tin telluride into 1D nanowires.

Union Process, which makes particle size reduction and dispersing equipment, has developed a machine that can be used for recycling fiber material.

Turkish composites company Kordsa’s facility in Brazil has been listed among the best employers in Brazil for the third time.

Researchers have developed a new way to grow mineralized materials that could regenerate hard tissues such as dental enamel and bone.

Scientists have trained a neural network to recognize features in a material's x-ray absorption spectrum that are sensitive to the arrangement of atoms.

Scientists have developed a blueprint for fabricating new heterostructures from different types of two-dimensional materials.

A material comprising layers of graphene and magnetic metals like nickel can induce exotic behavior in electrons at the interface between the layers.

PostProcess Technologies, which covers finishing of 3D printed metal parts, has published a new white paper.

EconCore, which makes cores and sandwich material, says that it is developing new all-thermoplastics continuous honeycomb cores.

The UK automotive industry passed the one million mark in engine manufacturing, the SMMT says.

Injection molding specialist Arburg's subsidiary in Mexico has celebrated its ten-year anniversary.

3D printing company Additive Industries has signed an Agency Agreement with a Spanish supplier of software for product development and 3D printing.

The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) and NetComposites have announced the conference program for the Global Composites conference.

Chomarat’s US facility, which specializes in composites reinforcements, has just been awarded AS 9100 certification.

ASTM International’s committee on nonferrous metals and alloys is proposing two new standards.

Applying an electric field to the formation of the ceramic yttria-stabilized zirconia makes it almost as resistant to fracturing as metal.

Scientists have shown they can predict the failure of granular materials such as gravel by monitoring naturally arising acoustic vibrations.

Atomic force microscopy has revealed the role of atomically thin layers of water in an energy storage material called crystalline tungsten oxide dihydrate.

Umicore has selected a site in Nysa, Poland, to build a plant to make cathode materials for the European automotive market.

3D printing specialist Additive Industries has appointed Jan-Cees Santema as sales manager in Europe.

Physicists have calculated that exposing a topological semimetal to a magnetic field could turn it into a highly efficient thermoelectric material.

Revisiting an old technology to capture energy from the rolling sea.

A novel 3D printer comprising a microfluidic chip and a digital micromirror can build therapeutic biomaterials from multiple materials.

A self-healing material made from liquid metal droplets suspended in a soft elastomer can spontaneously repair itself when damaged.

Solvay has signed a new agreement to supply Swiss aerospace company RUAG with structural composites for US and European space launcher programs.

Kordsa says that its composite manufacturing facility has received international certification for the aerospace and defense industry.

LPW Technology has held its first Open House Reception for AM industry professionals, to explore its new facility in the US.

SGL Carbon has developed a new company logo and changed its name from SGL Group – The Carbon Company.

UK car production rose in April, with demand growing 5.2% year-on-year, according to figures released today by the SMMT.

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