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Materials news, August 2020

Hexcel reports that it is supplying its carbon fiber to make a range of golf shafts.

Fraunhofer opens AM facility

The Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials says that it has commissioned a new facility for additive manufacturing (AM).

The Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) has issued a call for donors to its charitable foundation.

AIMPLAS says that its workshop entitled The Art of Mixing, Reinforcing and Incorporating Additives to Plastics will be streamed from 1 to 2 December 2020.

Supercapacitor made from the fiber electrodes

Titanium oxide nanowire mask with antibacterial and antiviral properties

The Rhode Island Marine Trades Association (RIMTA) Foundation has received a US$105,000 grant to expand the state’s glass fiber boat recycling program.

Trelleborg plans to present a paper on its TC760X dust-free epoxy tooling board at the Composites UK Tooling and Design Manufacture webinar.

The MPIF reports that the MIM2021 International Conference on Injection Molding of Metals, Ceramics and Carbides will be held online.

PostProcess Technologies plans to discuss the findings of its post 3D printing survey in a live webinar on 3 September.

Researchers have identified why 'nickel-rich' battery materials become fatigued and can no longer be fully charged after prolonged use.

Ultrashort laser bursts etch metal for solar panels

Chemicals company the Cornelius Group reports that its group CEO, Darren Spiby, is retiring after 17 years at the company.

The Manufacturing Technology Deployment Group (MTDG) has appointed Stephan Biller as the CEO of its new subsidiary.

The SMMT reports that UK engine production declined 10.6% in July to 176,377 units.

Blachford UK, which makes composite laminates, says that it has created more than 20 new full-time roles at its site in Holmewood, Derbyshire.

By utilizing a mixture of alcohol, researchers have developed functional inks based on 2D materials that don't suffer from the coffee ring effect.

Researchers have found that cooling graphene while it is attached to a flat surface will cause it to buckle, altering its electronic properties.

Composites UK reports that Ford Motor Company’s UK Innovations Team has become one of its member companies.

The Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) has named this year’s scholarship recipients.

America Makes has set a challenge to increase the amount of open-source computer codes and algorithms for 3D printing design.

Nanostructure surface displays improved anti-icing performance

Engineered camelid nanobodies sheath coronavirus spikes

Owens Corning says that it has partnered with cartoon icon The Pink Panther for 40 years.

Covestro has reportedly supplied an infusion machine for processing polyurethane resin to Chinese wind turbine blade manufacturer Goldwind.

A researcher at AIMPLAS is reportedly the only Spanish auditor participating in the development of a new certification system for recycled plastics.

According to market analysts IDTechEx, the market for 3D electronics could reach US$3 billion by 2030.

The EPMA reports that registration is now open for Euro PM2020 which will take place online for the first time from 5-7 October 2020.

A new report from market analyst Fact.MR suggests that the global market for automotive lightweight material could reach US$400 billion by 2030.

Brazilian composite specialist Tecniplas says that new sanitation regulations in Brazil could increase the take up of composite tanks.

Franklin Bronze Precision Components reports that it has upgraded its automated parts in its shell room.

The MPIF is hosting a new webinar entitled ‘Thriving out of Crisis’ for its members.

Platinum Tooling Technologies, a US importer of metal tools, has appointed Chris Blaine as its new sales manager.

Scintillating sintering improved

Novel composites of nanocellulose and metal nanoparticles could prove of use for various optical, catalytic, electrical and biomedical applications.

Researchers have developed a method for predicting the interaction between layers of 2D materials such as graphene in a stack.

Reducing dyes without the noble metals

Researchers have developed a way to induce large zeolite catalyst particles to behave like nanoparticles by growing fins on their surfaces.

Through surface functionalization, researchers have managed to make a crystalline metal-organic framework behave like a porous liquid.

Antibodies attached to the surface of red blood cells could boost the body’s ability to fight disease

Adding a small amount of manganese to 2D molybdenum disulfide improves its sensitivity as a dopamine detector by many orders of magnitude.

Nanotech for improved wound healing

Renishaw and UK start-up business Additive Automations have partnered to research automate metal additive manufacturing (AM) post-processing.

Gasbarre Thermal Processing Systems has recently supplied a continuous vacuum furnace to an aerospace manufacturer in North America.

Teijin says that it is a platinum sponsor for the Advanced Materials for Motorsport Conference (MotorsportAM).

Cobalt-iron catalyst for zinc-air battery application

By studying shaving with a scanning electron microscope, engineers have determined how a razor blade can be damaged as it cuts human hair.

As a first step to programmable materials, researchers have used atom probe tomography to read the arrangement of metal ions in metal-organic frameworks.

The NCDMM says that three of its projects have been recognized in the US Manufacturing Leadership Awards.

Jeremy Whittingham, Head of Community and Content at Advanced Engineering UK, discusses the resurgence of carbon offsetting.

The ASM International Board of Trustees has named two metal spray expects as its award program recipients for 2020.

Researchers have developed a new spray-on method for producing clear coatings made from tin oxide that can block heat and conduct electricity.

By formulating fluorescent dyes into a novel class of crystalline lattice, researchers have created the brightest ever fluorescent materials.

GOM, a provider of optical 3D metrology systems, has consolidated its software into a new platform, called GOM Inspect Suite.

Bitrez Ltd, a UK manufacturer of specialist polymers and chemicals, has launched an online database of resins.

The Verder Group has acquired German company Porotec GmbH, a company which develops and sells particle and porosity measurement instruments.

The MPIF has released its 2020 edition of its Standard 35 entitled Materials Standards for PM Structural Parts.

German scientists demonstrate a world-first – engineered spider silks that inhibit microbial growth

Elementum 3D has published a whitepaper entitled Powder Recycling in Laser Powder Bed Fusion: Improving Processing, Maintaining Quality.

The organizers of the Industrial Automation Fair and Asiamold say that the concurrent fairs have opened successfully in Guangzhou, China.

Sumitomo Corporation reportedly plans to increase its investment in additive manufacturing (AM) company Sintavia.

ExOne has launched an app which it says can provide real-time machine monitoring and analysis of 3D printers.

Solvay reports that sales in its Composite Materials business were down 32.2% in Q2 2020.

Exel Composites has posted its half year and Q2 results for 2020.

DSM has launched a glass-filled polypropylene (PP) pellet material designed for fused granulate fabrication (FGF) 3D printing.

Scheurer Swiss GmbH, an engineering and recruitment company focused on fiber composite technologies has opened its first branch outside Switzerland.

A newly developed sulfur-containing polymer film boasts a high refractive index while being fully transparent over the entire visible range.

new highly absorbent, breathable polymer fabric protects wearers against harmful aerosols and chemical warfare agents

new 'micro' approach to electronic waste recycling could create valuable renewable resources

ExOne says that it has third party qualified nickel-based alloy Inconel 718 for its metal 3D printers.

Thermo Fisher Scientific has released two electron microscopes suitable for materials and life science research.

A novel nano-structuring method allows certain layers of a material to be perforated extremely precisely while leaving other layers completely untouched.

3D printing company VELO3D and Lam Research Corporation have partnered to develop new metal AM materials and designs for the semiconductor industry.

Researchers have determined exactly how some sorbent materials capture and release carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Scientists have developed a novel method for synthesizing manganese dioxide with a specific crystalline structure that makes it an effective catalyst.

We are excited to announce that Elsevier in collaboration with SPIE, titled Photonic Materials and Applications.

The US government reports that Sudarsanam Suresh Babu is one of the new members appointed to the National Science Board (NSB).

Fraunhofer Institute says that it has formed a new working group to research soft magnetic materials for renewable energy and electromobility applications.

Dr Richard Collins, principal analyst at IDTechEx, offers his predictions for the next few years in the additive manufacturing (AM) industry.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) reports that UK engine production fell 38.8% in the first half of 2020.

Umicore reports that its revenues for the first six months of 2020 were €1.6 billion, a reduction of 4% year on year.

The MPIF has set the date for a four-part online tutorial covering powder injection molding.

The organizers of CAMX 2020 have launched four webinars open to all members of the compo-sites industry.

Using standard semiconductor fabrication processes, engineers have found a way to fabricate perovskites as single-crystal thin films.

Researchers have electrically transformed the low-cost non-magnetic material iron sulfide, also known as ‘fool's gold’, into a magnetic material.

By applying a low voltage to reduce the surface tension, researchers have been able to produce streams of liquid metal at room temperature.

Adding layers of the 2D material molybdenum sulfide to molybdenum carbide allows superconductivity to occur at 50% higher temperatures.

IDTechEx is hosting a new webinar focusing on the effect of Covid-19 on the metal 3D printing.

The MPIF has issued a call for papers for the 10th International Conference on Tungsten, Refractory & Hardmaterials (Tungsten2021).

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute have investigated the use of moth larvae to eat and digest polyethylene (PE) material.

The International Federation of Robotics (IFR) suggests that, by 2022, almost four million industrial robots could be working in factories worldwide.

Inspired by work on snowflakes, researchers are mapping the shapes of the 2D crystals produced by chemical vapor deposition under specific conditions.

A self-healing material patterned after squid ring teeth protein could be used to repair materials that are under continual repetitive movement.

By measuring temperature during 3D printing, researchers have been able to predict the formation of sub-surface defects in 3D-printed components.

America Makes has made four new project calls with the aim of promoting additive manufacturing (AM).

The MPIF has announced the winners of its 2020 powder metallurgy design excellence awards competition in the Consumer Goods segment.

Researchers have uncovered a new class of topological magnet exhibiting novel quantum effects that extend to room temperature.

Researchers have discovered that the magnetic properties of a chromium halide can be tuned by manipulating the non-magnetic atoms in the material.

The MPIF has set the date for a webinar covering finite element analysis (FEA) modeling and simulation.

Scott Bader has joined a research project which aims to replace conventional polymers with bio-based polymers.

By modifying thermoset plastics with a chemical linker, chemists have made them much easier to break down while retaining their mechanical strength.

Copper against Covid

Nadine Crauwels has been appointed as a member of the Sandvik’s executive management board.

Aerojet Rocketdyne says that it has supplied a range of components for the Perseverance Rover.

America Makes says that its TRX show will take place online from 4–5 August 2020.

BASF reports sales of €12.7 billion in Q2 2020, a decrease of 12% from the previous year mainly due to lower sales volumes resulting from lockdowns.

Hexcel and Arkema plan to host a webinar covering the use of thermoplastic polymers as matrices for continuous fiber reinforced composites.

Gurit has appointed Dr Ernst Lutz as the general manager of its Wind Materials business.

HEATCON Composite Systems has entered into an agreement with Cornerstone Research Group (CRG) to license the latter’s repair protection products .

systematic approach to growing 2D crystals using CVD based on large-scale databases and machine learning

Bio-inspiration for making polyenes

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