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Materials news, October 2019

Date set for next Euro PM

The EPMA says that its next Euro PM Congress & Exhibition will take place in Lisbon, Portugal, from 4–7 October 2020.

Aerospace company Spirit AeroSystems says that Steve Cambone, a cybersecurity expert and edu-cator, has joined its board of directors.

Renishaw plans to showcase its 3D printing products for different industries at Formnext, taking place in Frankfurt, Germany, from 19–22 November 2019.

Scientists have discovered that chains of atoms can dash around at lightning speeds inside the cubic phase of pure titanium.

Improving on Dirac cone approximation in graphene thermionic emission

Rockwood Composites says that that it had delivered its 2,500th part to Roxel, a European manufacturer of tactical propulsion systems.

Euro PM2019 attracted over 300 oral and poster presentations and over 1100 participants, while the exhibition featured over 100 exhibiting companies.

Additive Industries says that it has launched its sixth Additive World Design for Additive Manufacturing Challenge.

Gurit says that it plans to close its automotive production site in Hungary in 2020.

Scientists have shown that the presence of certain compounds in the liquid electrolyte of lithium batteries prompts the growth of dendrites and whiskers.

A subtle interaction between single atomic defects in the 2D material tungsten diselenide and mechanical strain causes it to emit quantum light.

XG Sciences, which makes graphene nanoplatelets, has finalized a development agreement with filament producer Terrafilum.

GKN Powder Metallurgy, a major producer of metal powder and parts, plans to acquire Forecast 3D, a specialist in plastic additive manufacturing.

Shedding light on biomimetics

Navigational tools from the 16th century have helped researchers understand how polymer spheres can be transformed into twisted spindles.

Due to a new quantum mechanism, the heat generated by friction is significantly lower in topological insulators than in conventional materials.

3D printing organization America Makes has presented its Distinguished Collaborator award to Ralph Resnick and Rob Gorham.

Höganäs says that its new atomizing plant has received building approval by the local council.

Material with unconventional behavior affected by strong magnetic fields

Somerset Community College has received a second National Science Foundation grant award to improve 3D printing in Tennessee and Kentucky.

Janet Mitchell from the UK’s National Composite Centre will receive 2019’s Outstanding Contribution to the Composites Industry award.

Thai composites company Cobra International Ltd is collaborating with robotics specialist Obodroid to build a new security robot.

Umicore has reportedly opened a new production facility for fuel cell catalysts in SongDo Incheon City (Seoul area), Korea.

New technique for 3D printing of soft materials with additive manufacturing

The Powder Coating Institute (PCI) has published the program for the Powder Coating Week 2020, taking place from 17–20 February in Orlando, FL, USA.

The University of Manchester and masterbatch specialist the Colloids Group have joined forces to research graphene nanocomposites in thermoplastics.

An alloy-based nanoparticle catalyst offers a greener route to producing a more robust version of a polymer used in bulletproof vests.

Electric current can simultaneously flow clockwise and counterclockwise in a ring of a polycrystalline material made from bismuth and palladium.

Scientists have produced a heavy fermion material with superconducting regions coexisting alongside regions in a normal metallic state.

BASF SE has reduced the size of the company’s board of executive directors from seven to six members, as part of ‘ongoing efficiency measures’.

Sandvik has reported revenues of SEK 25,163 million in Q3 2019, compared to SEK 24 283 million in the same period of the previous year.

Coburg University of Applied Sciences and Arts plans to open a new €8.4 million facility focusing on additive manufacturing (AM).

A novel mathematical approach based on graph theory can predict which pairs of zeolite types can be transformed from one to the other.

Researchers have developed silk materials that can wrinkle into highly detailed patterns, which can be erased by flooding the silk surface with vapor.

Researchers have gained new insights into high-entropy alloys by using X-ray spectroscopy to create atomic-resolution chemical maps of them.

Royal DSM plans to offer a full bio/recycled range of its engineering plastics by 2030.

Metal powder specialist Höganäs AB has been awarded the Industry Gender Equality Prize 2019 by the Swedish government.

Financial Times and Inclusive Boards have named Sandvik board member Jennifer Allerton as one of the 100 most influential women in Engineering in the UK.

The superconducting state of uranium ditelluride rises, breaks down and then re-emerges on exposure to very strong magnetic field.

Sigmatex plans to showcase its custom weave carbon fabric at the Advanced Engineering Show, taking place in Birmingham, UK and the end of October.

Engineers have identified two aspects of the interaction between a metal and its alloying material that can predict how a particular alloy will behave.

Complex shape-shifting lattices composed of multiple elastomeric materials can grow or shrink in response to changes in temperature.

Researchers have developed an artificial, layered crystal composed of the elements lanthanum, titanium, cobalt and oxygen in atom-thick sheets.

Umicore has reportedly renewed its global sustainable development agreement with union federation IndustriALL Global Union for another four years.

The MPIF says that its next PM parts compacting/tooling seminar will take place in State College, Pennsylvania, from 19-20 November 2019.

Compotech AG UK says that it will be sharing a stand with rubber company Flexix SA at the Advanced Engineering show.

Researchers have found that submerging a polymer in liquid water can boost its ability to selectively remove carbon dioxide from gas mixtures.

By simply adding a trace amount of copper, scientists have created the strongest ever silver without reducing its electrical conductivity.

Scientists have discovered that the magic angle at which two layers of graphene become superconducting is slightly wider than originally thought.

Siemens and Materials Solutions, a Siemens business, have opened an innovation center in Orlando, Florida.

IT company Allplan Infrastructure has developed 4D building information modeling (BIM) software for designing bridges.

Gurit has reported net sales of CHF428.5 million for the first nine months of 2019, an increase of 45.1%.

Thomas F Murphy, FAPMI, Hoeganaes Corporation, will be running an APMI Regional Technical Program on 9 December, in Philadelpha, USA.

Using a silver substrate and molecular-beam epitaxy , scientists were able to grow elongated, hexagon-shaped flakes of the 2D material borophene.

3D printing company EOS has appointed Marie Langer as its new CEO.

Equispheres says that in tests its metal powders allowed for a 50% increase in production speeds and a 20-30% increase in a-basis mechanical performance.

The Rhode Island government has awarded $1 million in funding to non-profit state organization Polaris MEP.

Researchers have found that graphene has many of the same mechanical properties as 3D graphite and is significantly thicker than widely believed.

A new model suggests that high-temperature superconductivity in cuprates arises when electrons hop from atom-to-atom in a particular pattern.

The 10th International Conference on Tungsten, Refractory & Hardmaterials (Tungsten2020) has announced a call for papers.

Spanish company MontefibreCarbon has received €5.6 million from the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Trade & Tourism.

3D printing company America Makes has appointed Dr Brandon Ribic as its new technology director.

A new process termed ‘flash sintering’ can help overcome the brittle nature of ceramics and make them more ductile and durable.

novel electroluminescent device uses flexible, electrically conductive Ag-coated nylon fibers embedded in a PDMS + ZnS composite as electrodes

As a step towards fabricating circuits from nanomaterials, engineers have created heterostructures from the 2D materials graphene and borophene.

Engineers have harnessed machine learning to design dielectric metamaterials that absorb and emit specific frequencies of terahertz radiation.

Umicore says that it has reportedly changes its current corporate governance model.

The Technical University of Munich (TUM), Oerlikon, GE Additive and Linde have created an additive manufacturing (AM) cluster in Bavaria, Germany.

By combining different materials, scientists have created highly configurable, nanoscale thermal light emitters for producing light from heat.

Scientists have found a new way to manipulate the electronic properties of 2D tungsten disulfide that could prove useful for quantum computing.

UK-based MSA Manufacturing Ltd (MSA) has added new factory space and improved its processes for reinforcement kitting and preforming.

Dura Composites has reportedly achieved Gold level status with Constructionline, a UK procurement and supply chain management service.

Adhesive specialist Henkel has reached a material supply agreement with an Australian manufacturer of one-piece automotive carbon composite wheels.

The National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) has elected Paul K Oldroyd to its board of directors.

Additive manufacturing (AM) company VELO3D has reported what it says is record sales growth in Q3, with sales totaling US$15 million.

Element Materials Technology has announced that its current CFO, Jo Wetz, will succeed Charles Noall as CEO.

Aerogel support for enzymes

Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, Chemistry Nobel 2019

Researchers have created a net-like structure, called a ‘nanochain’, of antimony, which can enhance lithium-ion charge capacity in batteries.

Researchers have found that a crystal made of cobalt, manganese and gallium is a room-temperature topological magnet that hosts quantum loops.

Standards developer ASTM International has announced a second round of funding to support additive manufacturing (AM) standards research.

Plansee has reportedly begun construction on a new training center in Breitenwang, Austria.

3D printing company Desktop Metal has launched H13 tool steel powder for its Studio System prototyping and low volume production printer.

Plansee and Ceratizit say that 41 apprentices have started their vocational training at the companies.

Laser physicist Dr Constantin Häfner has been appointed the new director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology (ILT).

The EPMA says that it will hold a meeting to discuss implementing a project focused on analysing PM mechanical behavior and microstructures.

Chemicals company Evonik reports that it is expanding capacity for polyamide 12 (PA 12) by more than 50% at its largest site in Marl, Germany.

Solvay says that it is expanding its thermoplastic composites capacity with a new production line at its US facility in Anaheim, California, USA.

Composites UK has published a good practice guide covering the fire performance of fiber reinforced polymer composites (FRPs).

Smart skin that responds to heat and sunlight

Films of platinum only two atoms thick supported by graphene could usher in fuel cell catalysts with unprecedented catalytic activity and longevity.

Adding spider silk protein to wood cellulose nanofibrils makes tougher, but flexible composite

Researchers have shown that ultrasonic waves produced by an acoustic transducer can manipulate the viscosity of shear-thickening materials.

Researchers have found that doping indium oxide with molybdenum rather than tin doubles the conductivity of this transparent conductor.

A Lewis acid offers an effective way to change the electrical properties of certain organic semiconductors, but only in the presence of water.

A silicone polymer embedded with temperature-sensitive dyes and liquid metal wires can carry out simple logic functions in response to touch.

Coating chlorine-etched aluminum foil with carbon nanotubes created a material that is 10 times blacker than anything previously reported.

Chemicals company BASF says that it has increased its neopentylglycol (NPG) production capacity in Germany by 10,000 metric tons per year.

The organizers of Composites in Motorsport have released the program for the event.

Verder Scientific has agreed to acquire all shares of Chinese company EZ-mat and become its sole owner.

The Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA) has revised its Infrared Process Heating Handbook for Industrial Applications.

Plastics technology center AIMPLAS says that it is working on a project aimed at developing a ‘smart’ system for the plastics sector.

The organizers of the ceramitec conference says that, in its new format, it welcomed over 200 attendees from 21 countries.

The ThermoPlastic Composites Research Center (TPRC), based in the University of Twente, the Netherlands, has reportedly celebrated its tenth anniversary.

The EPMA says that a newly updated Euro PM2019 Congress and Exhibition technical program is now online.

3D printing company Additive Industries says that it has signed an agency agreement with two new sale agents.

Spirit AeroSystems says that it has received an Award for Composite Excellence in Manufacturing Material and Process Innovation.

Dieffenbacher and Arburg plan to join forces to develop new processes for the transfer molding of hybrid components.

An examination of the hybrid GRP sandwich underlay.

Crystallographic dislocations can impact the ability of halide perovskites to hold energy derived from light in the form of excited electrons.

Smallest ever spectrometer based on a single nanowire

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