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Materials news, March 2020

The European Association of the Machine Tool Industries is calling on AM companies to produce equipment for hospitals following the coronavirus outbreak.

ASTM International says that all previously scheduled in-person May standards development meetings, including independent meetings, have been canceled.

Composites distributor GRP Solutions says that it can help UK companies supply face masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) to the NHS.

Fibrelite has developed a new range of RF friendly manhole access covers that can support data transfer between antennas underground and aboveground.

Organic semiconductors improved by polymer combination

Using a novel etching solution, researchers have developed a new method for making MXenes that does away with the need for water.

Wohlers Associates has released its 25th Wohlers Report, which covers additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing.

Dame Jane Jiang, professor at the University of Huddersfield, has been appointed a member of the Science, Engineering and Technology Board.

The board of directors of Farnborough International Airshow 2020, due to take place in July, have cancelled the event.

Nouryon plans to expand its partnership with Sumitomo Chemical to include a new plant Sumitomo is building at its site in Oita, Japan.

Using an electrochemical cell inside a transmission electron microscope, scientists have captured in real time how lithium ions move in lithium titanate.

A novel separator with conductive carbon nanotubes can prevent lithium-metal batteries from heating up and catching fire in case of a short circuit.

The Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) has cancelled its co-located conferences WorldPM2020, AMPM2020, and Tungsten2020.

ACMA reports that its immediate past chairman, Kevin Barnett, will serve as its interim president until a permanent replacement is selected.

Airbond reports that it has won the FSB Wales business awards in the business and prod-uct innovation category.

Japanese ceramics manufacturer Kyocera has developed a new indexable milling cutter as part of its MECH range.

Researchers have shown that modifying any surface with millimeter tall peaks and valleys can reduce frost formation on that surface by 60%.

A novel analytical model can identify how twisted graphene sheets behave and determine their stability at different sizes and temperatures.

DSM is partnering with additive manufacturing (AM) machine builder Juggerbot 3D to research fused granulate fabrication (FGF) printing.

Composites slitting company Bindatex has reconfigured its production to begin die cutting discs to make filters for ventilators.

Gasbarre Thermal Processing Systems has reportedly received three separate orders for batch steam treating equipment.

Researchers have found that small grooves in filter paper can cause single-walled carbon nanotubes to line up side-by-side in 2D films.

Researchers have designed a system that can produce large quantities of the 2D material known as MXene while preserving its unique properties.

The ASTM has proposed an international standard to help industries obtain properly coated thermal spray aluminum coated carbon steel pipe.

Royal DSM has awarded Professor Marc Hillmyer at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities with its 2020 Bright Science Award in materials sciences.

The International Federation of Robotics (IFR) has elected Milton Guerry of Schunk USA as its new president.

Producing single crystalline GaN nanowire growth based on an amorphous substrate

Wearable all-solid-state supercapacitors with excellent performance

Five degrees of freedom in polycrystalline materials

Ni-rich cathodes used in EV Li-ion batteries show improved performance stability when doped with boron

Nouryon says that it showed growth its full-year 2019 financial results, despite challenging conditions in several end markets.

CNC company Thermwood says that it has developed a new version of its large-scale additive system (LSAM).

TRB Lightweight Structures and Hitachi Rail have joined forces to develop parts for rail projects in the UK.

The Materials Processing Institute says that it has been awarded £22 million to improve the country’s steel and metals sector.

Magnetic nanoparticles could gather up oily contaminants in wastewater and prevent their release into the environment

flakes of material decorated with tiny particles could prove useful for catalyzing hydrogen generation reactions

easy way to make large, freestanding, thin sheets of metallic materials could open up novel applications in catalysis, flexible electronics, soft robotics

A fabric made using salts could be used to gather drinking water from the atmosphere

Nanosensors powered by a stream of bubbles can seek out explosives and related hazards in only a few minutes

3D supercapacitors knitted from cotton or nylon yarn coated with a novel conductive material could power smart textiles

Transparent, self-healing, ice-resistant polymers

Making nanomaterials work in 3D cancer theranostics

Hydrogel can ultrasonically charge bioelectronic implants

Royal DSM, Sabic, and UPM Biofuels have formed a partnership to help reduce the environmental footprint of DSM’s Dyneema fiber material.

EPMA has launched its EPMA 2020 Powder Metallurgy Component Awards, open to anyone who makes components made by powder metal (PM) processes

The MPIF has launched the technical programs have been released for its co-located PM, Metal AM, and tungsten conferences.

According to European Bioplastics’s Oliver Buchholz, global bioplastic production is set to increase by 15% by 2024.

By combining two different polymers, researchers have managed to produce an ink that does not require any doping to conduct electricity.

A novel nickel-iron catalyst and polymer electrode binder can produce hydrogen from water as well as a precious metal catalyst.

For the first time, physicists have found found evidence for entanglement between the electrons in a ferromagnet.

EconCore says that its new range of recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) honeycomb is now commercially available and available to licence.

The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) has postponed its 32nd annual conference and its business meeting.

EPMA’s 33rd General Assembly, due to take place in Brussels, Belgium, from 1-2 April will now take place on online, the powder metal organization said.

Scientists have developed a graphene device that can display three distinct properties: superconducting, insulating and magnetic.

ASTM's standards development meetings, planned to take place in Boston and Prague in April, have been canceled due to the spread of Covid-19.

Using copper as a substrate, scientists have successfully grown atom-thick sheets of hexagonal boron nitride as two-inch diameter crystals.

Scientists have developed a novel material made from graphene oxide and a protein that can self-assemble into tissue-like vascular structures.

Researchers have found that adhesives can be made tougher by adding sacrificial bonds that are easily broken.

Researchers have shown that the adhesion of a catechol-containing glue that works underwater can be turned off with an electrical current.

Spirit AeroSystems has opened a new composite manufacturing facility at its site in Prestwick, Scotland.

Arburg has reportedly opened a new training center at the company’s headquarters in Lossburg, Germany.

The organizers of Hannover Messe 2020 report that the show has been postponed to 13–17 July 2020.

Element Materials Technology (Element) has invested in a powder characterization testing site for AM at its laboratory in California.

Additive Industries says that its Additive World Conference will now take place online from 1-2 April 2020.

Using an X-ray free-electron laser, scientists have shown that melting of a gold film starts at grain boundaries and then moves inside the grain.

A new report suggests that the global automotive composites market could reach US$12 billion by 2029.

Plansee Japan has opened a new 5,000 m2 production hall in the town of Esashi.

Prof. Barbara Rothen-Rutishauser is using an Agents of Change grant to empower women in academia

Researchers used surface spectroscopy methods to track polymer self-assembly at the oil-water interface in real time.

For the first time, researchers have used cold sintering to compress a fine powder of the ceramic barium titanate into a solid mass in a single step.

Researchers have synthesized a crystalline material with two properties previously unseen in a single material: ferroelectricity and chirality.

TRB Lightweight Structures and Toyota Tsusho America have formed a joint venture to produce high volume auto composite parts.

GKN Aerospace has been selected to provide maintenance, repair and operation (MRO) for the Swedish Air Force’s Gripen E RM16 engines.

A new consortium led by the Fraunhofer Institute and Daimler has developed a way of building auto components that are up to 33% lighter.

Innovate UK has commissioned an independent econometric survey of the UK Composites industry base.

The National Composites Centre (NCC) has opened a new lab at its site in Bristol, UK.

VELO3D and Honeywell Aerospace have announced a partnership to qualify VELO3D’s Sapphire 3D printer to make aircraft components.

The Powder Coating Institute (PCI) has published its Global Powder Coatings 2019 Market Report.

new nanoparticle catalyst could drive artificial photosynthesis to provide clean energy while removing anthropogenic CO2 from the atmosphere

GKN Aerospace has reported 2019 revenues of £3,852 million, up from £3,534 million in 2018.

Composites One, Solvay, 3M, Owens Corning and Sika has set the date for a webinar focuses on next generation wind energy: production and repair.

nTopology has entered into an agreement with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to develop AM using integrated software toolkits.

3D printing company VELO3D has reportedly supplied additive manufacturing (AM) products to US oil and gas specialist Duncan Machine Products (DMP).

Additive manufacturing (AM) specialist Optomec has published a new whitepaper covering the use of automated laser cladding in gas turbine engine repair.

Spirit AeroSystems has reported revenue of US$7.9 billion in 2019.

Researchers have developed a novel electron microscopy method for testing microscopic aeronautical materials at ultra-high temperatures.

Researchers have used circularly polarized mid-infrared light to control and enhance the chirality of electron distribution in a 2D material.

Wall Colmonoy says that it is celebrating 50 years of metal processing in Pontardawe, Wales.

The National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) has appointed Dan Nagy as its new vice president of international programs.

JEC Group says that it has decided to postpone the 2020 edition of JEC World to 12–14 May 2020.

By changing density in response to illumination with a beam of light, a novel hydrogel can trap light inside specific sections of itself.

When placed on top of passive silicon waveguides, 2D materials can change the phase of light as strongly as existing silicon phase modulators.

Aveva, which makes engineering and industrial software, has announced its 2020 European Simulation Academic Competition.

The CCAI has launched a new video series based on tips provided by its members covering a wide variety of finishing-related topics.

Scientists believe there may be a way to make a single material that can conduct both electricity and energy with 100% efficiency.

Scientists have developed a 3D imaging technique for observing complex behaviours in magnets, including fast-moving waves and 'tornadoes'.

ExOne says that its metal 3D printers can now binder jet a total of 21 powders into metal, ceramic and composite parts.

Metal powder producer Atomising Systems Ltd (ASL) has installed a new 400 kg gas atomizer for AM and MIM powder markets.

Compounding company Dynamic Modifiers LLC, has developed a new low-smoke, light-weight compound available as an adhesive for glass and carbon fiber.

Gurit has reported net sales of CHF 576.4 million for the full year 2019, a currency-adjusted increase of 38.6% compared to 2018.

Magnetically controlled neural implant

Researchers have shown that ultraflat gold films can be used to extract large, high quality 2D sheets from van der Waals crystals.

BASF said that it had sales of €59.3 billion in the 2019 business year, a slight decline from the previous year.

Carpenter Technology reports a net income of US$38.8 million, or US$0.79 earnings per diluted share.

Discus Software has formed a partnership with US-based Adaptive Corporation for it to sell Discus’ first article inspection (FAI) software.

Gold tape exfoliates vdW structures to make 2D sheets

Researchers have engineered two-layered nanofibers consisting of an ordered row of alternating peptides and determined how they self-assemble.

Researchers have used small molecules that fluoresce after the impact of mechanical force to detect damage in fiber-reinforced polymers.

Gurit has announced that Frank Nielsen, general manager of its kitting business, will leave the company.

green membranes based on natural materials surpass state-of-the-art membranes for desalination, cleaning up wastewater, and purifying organic solvents

Lead-absorbing polymer films can prevent toxic lead leaking from perovskite solar cells while have no effect on their performance.

Additive Industries says that its Additive World Design for Additive Manufacturing Challenge 2020 has attracted a record number of finalists.

thin nanostructured films of gold and nickel boost performance of direct methanol fuel cells

Woody approach to recycling concrete

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