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Materials news, January 2021

European OEM acquires new large-scale 3D printers

A European OEM has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to purchase five new 3D printing machines.

Stronger thermoplastics can replace steel

Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials (MCAM) has expanded its range of structural thermoplastic materials for new applications.

Sandvik has acquired a minority stake in privately-owned US company Oqton, which makes AI manufacturing software.

Recycling polymer company Vanden has appointed Paul Turner as a senior advisor to help support the company’s growth.

carbon spheres, which can be produced easily and greenly, could adsorb carbon dioxide from industrial processes

Squeezing a promising perovskite material in a diamond anvil cell produces a so-called 'black' phase that's stable enough for solar power applications.

Sam O’Leary, current COO of 3D printing company SLM Solutions, has been appointed its new CEO.

3D printing company ExOne has joined the Additive Manufacturer Green Trade Association (AMGTA) as a founding member.

The EPSRC Future Composites Manufacturing Research Hub plans to run a free to attend webinar focused on automated fibre deposition technologies.

A new model has revealed that the strength of carbon nanotube fibers depends on the length of the nanotubes and the friction between them.

The US Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) is looking for speakers and workshop leaders for its upcoming conference.

ThermHex Waben has launched a new polypropylene (PP) core material which has a reduction in cell size of almost 50%.

Researchers have observed metallic line defects in a perovskite crystal, which offer a novel way to create materials that are transparent and conductive.

By using gold nanobars to 'sculpt' light around catalytic palladium nanorods, researchers managed to endow them with new abilities.

The MPIF says that PowderMet2021 will now take place both in person, in Orlando, Florida, and online, at the event website.

Asiamold is scheduled to take place from 3 – 5 March 2021 in Guangzhou, China.

Data from ISTAT reports that plastics and rubber imports and exports fell by 17% and 14% respectively during January-September 2020.

Chemical company Sabic has made plans to build a facility to increase production of certified circular polymers.

By enhancing an algorithm based on the nesting habits of cuckoo birds, scientists have greatly reduced the search time for new high-tech alloys.

By combining low-fidelity and high-fidelity data, researchers have developed a new machine-learning method to predict the properties of materials.

America Makes has made two new project calls covering ways to improve additive manufacturing (AM) materials data.

Protolabs has acquired online manufacturing platform 3D Hubs for US$280 million.

Malcolm Forsyth, former director of global strategy at Scott Bader, has reportedly joined Composites UK as sustainability manager.

SGL Carbon has increased its fiber composite production in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.

Axiom Materials says that it has received carbon neutrality certification for 2019.

Teijin has opened its European Sustainable Technology Innovation Center (ESTIC) in Arnhem, Netherlands.

Researchers have developed the first nanomaterial able to demonstrate 'photon avalanching', where one photon triggers the emission of many photons.

surface topography of the pitcher plant creates the right conditions for insects to slip into its trap

Synthetic collagen could offer controlled-release drug delivery and tissue engineering

Researchers have developed a new method for predicting the specific colors of thin films made by combining any of 466 different carbon nanotubes.

Hitachi has launched two new differential scanning calorimeters (DSCs) suitable for materials development and product quality control.

RadiciGroup High Performance Polymers has joined Pinfa, the flame retardant and halogen-free producers and users association.

Vivalda Group, a UK supplier of building materials, has launched Prism Powder Coating, a standalone powder coating business based in Scotland.

nanometer thin layers of ZnO on SiO2 show record levels of piezoelectricity

Exel Composites has appointed Steve Cook as its United Kingdom and Ireland regional sales manager.

Element Materials Technology (Element) has upgraded its laboratory to feature full scope powder characterization services for additive manufacturing (AM).

CRP Meccanica, which specializes in CNC Machining, has signed an agreement with VELO3D to distribute its metal 3D printers in Italy.

Victrex says that laydown speeds of its thermoplastic uni-directional tape (UDT) has been increased to reach 4000 inches per minute (IMP).

The properties of elastic modulus and glass transition temperature can determine the best materials for creating stable organic solar cells.

Using DNA origami and niobium nitride, researchers have produced superconducting nanostructures for use in nanoelectronic circuits.

Researchers have found that capsaicin, the compound that makes chilli peppers spicy, can enhance the efficiency and stability of perovskite solar cells.

Sintavia, which 3D prints thermal components for the aerospace, defense and space industry, has acquired two M4K-4 printers from Germany-based AMCM GmbH.

TFP plans to acquire PV3 Technologies (PV3), which specialises in making electrochemical materials used in the creation of green hydrogen.

AOC has announced a price increase for its unsaturated polyester resins (UPR) and epoxy vinyl ester (VE) portfolios.

Umicore has made a number of personnel adjustments amongst its vice presidents.

Physicists have observed quantum oscillations, which are normally only found in metals, in a 2D insulator made from tungsten ditelluride.

Researchers have discovered that the surface atomic layer of a catalyst for splitting water can re-arrange itself to boost its catalytic activity.

An anode made from a zinc- and manganese-based alloy opens the door to replacing the solvents commonly used in battery electrolytes with seawater.

Kordsa says that it will supply TRB Lightweight Structures with carbon fiber fabrics for a range of battery enclosures for electric vehicles (EV).

INEOS has acquired BP’s global aromatics and acetyls business for a consideration of US$5 billion.

Equispheres has introduced three new lines of aluminum powder for metal additive manufacturing (AM).

The MPIF has announced the recipients of its 2021 Distinguished Service to Powder Metallurgy (PM) Award.

Advanced characterization tools have helped to reveal the structural and chemical evolution of strontium catalyst during the oxygen evolution reaction.

Biosensing platform detects Covid-19 antibodies in seconds

A new supply chain management consultancy has been launched in the UK focusing on SMEs in the automotive, aerospace and defense sectors.

Researchers have shown that a combination of engineered nanodroplets and an ultrasound 'drill' can break up particularly tough blood clots.

Alternative uses for coal shown in single stage process

Researchers have discovered that antioxidants can help prevent the damage to conducting polymers caused by transmission electron microscopy.

A range of honeycomb material is being used to make parts by two automotive manufacturers in Mexico.

Markforged has distributed a number additive manufacturing (AM) machines to manufacturers in Michigan, USA as part of Project DIAMOnD.

The Powder Coating Institute (PCI) has released the fifth edition of Powder Coating: The Complete Finisher’s Handbook.

Inspired by the color-changing skin of octopuses, engineers have created a 3D-printed smart gel that can change shape and color when exposed to light.

Engineers have created a new shape-changing, or 'morphing', nozzle for 3D printing fiber-filled composites for use in 4D printing applications.

Predicting response parameters of the dry turning process for Inconel using deep-cryogenic treated WC insert through an artificial neural network.

Olympus has developed a new scanner that it says makes it easier to inspect composite components with large surface areas.

ASTM has announced that all its previously scheduled in-person April standards development meetings (including independent meetings) have been canceled.

The US NIST has awarded nearly US$4 million in grants to develop 3D printing measurement methods and standards.

Using machine learning, researchers have been able to complete cumbersome materials science calculations more than 40,000 times faster than normal.

Researchers have utilized reactive molecules called radical-type 'mechanophores' to visualize polymer crystallization in real time.

The MPIF has published the program for MIM2021, taking place virtually from 22‐25 February 2021.

Ceratizit says that it has won an innovation award for developing a new way to 3D print tungsten carbide-cobalt.

Polynt Composites has raised the price of its UPR and gelcoats by €100/ton.

Scott Bader Co Ltd has partnered with Pultex GmbH to distribute its composite structural adhesives in Germany.

For the first time, scientists have observed the formation of fleeting distortions known as polarons in the atomic lattice of hybrid perovskites.

For the first time, researchers have created a higher-order topological insulator by stacking 2D crystals of bismuth in a specific arrangement.

PyroGenesis Canada, which specializes in plasma atomized metal powder, has submitted a formal application to the NASDAQ Stock Exchange.

Stratasys Ltd has completed its acquisition of Origin, which makes additive manufacturing (AM) systems.

A group of companies in the North of England has been formed to help accelerate the bioscience sector in the Tees Valley.

Notus Composites has made its final shipment of fire retardant (FR) epoxy prepreg to be used in Dubai’s Museum of the Future.

porous iron has great potential as a scaffold for bone repair

Creating a uniform membrane density is crucial for maximizing the performance of polymer membranes for water desalination.

The British Plastics Federation (BPF) has launched a sustainability report focusing on the plastics supply chain.

SINTX Technologies, which makes silicon nitride ceramic materials for medical and non-medical applications, will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2021.

The MPIF has scheduled its next PM machinability seminar to take place from 19-22 April 2021 online.

characterization of bulk metallic glasses reveals hierarchical structure that determines strength

An inexpensive catalyst made from tiny clusters of nickel metal anchored to a 2D substrate is highly effective at extracting hydrogen from alcohols.

The CCAI says that applications for the 2021 Matt Heuertz Scholarship Program are now being accepted.

GE Additive and the University of Sydney have formed a five-year agreement to improve Australia’s additive manufacturing (AM) capabilities.

Hexion Inc, which makes phenolic resins for composites, has appointed Karen M Fowler as its first Director of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI).

Biomedical metallic implants improved with 3D printing

Researchers have uncovered topological properties in cobalt disulfide that could allow this magnetic material to be used for spintronics applications.

Airbus says that the Belgian Air Force has taken delivery of its first of seven Airbus A400M military transport aircraft.

Lockheed Martin Corporation has agreed to acquire aerospace and defense rocket engine manufacturer Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings.

3D printing company VELO3D has formed a distribution partnership in the US with additive manufacturing (AM) sales specialist GoEngineer.

Cracks reveal thermal change in biomimetic composite

polymer NPs can elude the immune system and cross the blood brain barrier

Chemical company INEOS has become part of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One team.

DMG MORI, which makes cutting tools and additive manufacturing (AM) machines, has selected a melt pool monitoring system from Sigma Labs.

3D printing company Renishaw plans to strengthen its presence in the EU, following the completion of Brexit.

Controlling the interlayer twist angle in 2D materials

Researchers have developed 2D membranes with single atom-sized pores that can be used for liquid and gas filtration.

Protolabs has appointed Robert Bodor to succeed Vicki Holt as the company’s president and CEO.

Composites specialist Airborne is collaborating with a software company to create a digital interface for automated kitting.

SAMC, AVIC Supply and GKN Aerospace have signed a strategic joint venture (JV) agreement to make composite and metal aerostructures in Jingjiang, China.

Self-repairing gelatin-based film that can repair itself multiple times

A novel machine-learning model can accurately predict the hardness of new materials based solely on their chemical composition.

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