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Materials news, April 2021

A new report suggests that the global 3D printing market could reach US$51 billion in 2030, driven mainly by growth in production parts.

ExOne plans to exhibit its new Designlab metal printer and X1F sintering furnace at the 2021 AMUG conference.

TRB Lightweight Structures reports that it has produced and shipped 25,000 parts made from its proprietary, rapid-cure prepreg material.

Kyocera has added a new type to its EZ Bar tooling series suitable for inner diameter (ID) work.

GKN Automotive has appointed automotive expert Shaoling (Charlie) Qiu as the new president of its business in China.

Gurit says that its net sales for Q1 were CHF 127.7 million, a decline of 4.8% at constant exchange rates or 5.2% in reported CHF versus prior year.

EconCore has granted plastic film company Renolit a license for the continuous production of honeycomb panels.

Understanding the bactericidal properties of plant and animal surfaces helps improve implants

Using a technique called helium spin-echo, researchers have followed the movement of individual atoms as they cluster together to form 2D materials.

Programmable, dynamically-controlled surface of moveable metal pins helps 3D printing

Scientists have witnessed 2D puddles spontaneously emerging inside a 3D high-temperature superconductor as it transitions to an insulating state.

The UK’s National Composites Centre (NCC) is taking part in a project focused on developing manufacturing and engineering training courses.

The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) has named the two recipients of its 3D printing scholarships.

SLM Solutions and Safran Landing Systems have patented a new design to 3D print a nose landing gear component.

ThermHex Waben, which makes honeycomb cores for sandwich panels and parts, says that it has supplied material for 400 commercial vans.

Researchers have reported the first demonstration and observation of 3D hopfions emerging from 2D skyrmions in a magnetic nanomaterial.

Researchers have developed a hyaluronic acid hydrogel system for reinforcing and then sealing damaged cartilage at joints.

Italian company BEAMIT Group has acquired 3T Additive Manufacturing, based in the UK.

Structural composites specialist Carbon ThreeSixty has joined the National Composites Centre (NCC) as a SME Affiliate Scheme member.

Höganäs says that its sustainability report for 2020 is now online.

Hexagon Digital Wave has been selected by the Antarctic Fire Department to test carbon fiber self-contained breathing apparatus cylinders (SCBA).

A novel opto-spintronic nanostructure made from layers of quantum dots can transfer information between electron spin and light at room temperature.

Saertex has published dates for a new webinar series covering the use of non-crimp fabrics and systems for various applications.

SLM Solutions and Elementum 3D have joined forces to develop new powders for 3D printing.

Höganäs and Finnish research organization VTT have partnered to find ways to reuse the zinc dust produced as waste from its melting furnace.

AOC Resins has made a price increase of €300 per ton for its entire UPR and epoxy vinyl ester range sold in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Researchers have shown that superactivated carbon particles can act as an alternative regenerator material to enhance the capability of cryocoolers.

Adding molecular cages to the polymer membrane in a lithium-ion battery can increase the flow of lithium ions by an order of magnitude.

The Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA) has scheduled its annual meeting for 26 – 28 July at St. Pete Beach, Florida.

Polynt Composites has announced a further increase of €250 starting on the entire range of its composite products.

The final program is now available for MarineAM, taking place from 6-7th July 2021 in Southamp-ton, UK.

By combining aluminum with carbon fibers, researchers have developed a rechargeable battery that can be charged and discharged up to 10,000 times.

Polymer nanoparticles that can deliver active agents to the developing lungs of a fetus could lead to treatments for congenital disorders in the future

Renishaw reports that a collaborative additive manufacturing (AM) group it is part of has been recognized in the Collaborate to Innovate (C2I) awards.

Sandia released a new study which suggests that a new carbon fiber material could bring cost and performance benefits to the wind industry.

Makin Metal Powders in the UK has achieved ISO 45001 2018 certification, the standard for management systems for occupational health and safety.

Rather than degrading over time, a water-splitting material made of silicon and gallium nitride actually becomes more efficient and stable.

The positions of tiny rigid plates integrated in a thin membrane can be controlled by mechanically varying the elastic forces in the membrane.

Penn State University says that its project team has been awarded five State grants to help develop new technologies and processes in manufacturing.

AIMPLAS says that the European DAFIA Project has resulted in flame retardants, sustainable barrier packaging, edible coatings and chemical substances.

Technology company L&L Products has launched a thermoplastic resin with adhesive properties.

3D printing company Renishaw has used metal additive manufacturing (AM) to help manufacture a new range of direct drive valves.

By using a thin palladium film to transport hydrogen atoms, researchers have developed a room-temperature superconductor that works at lower pressures.

Using atomic electron tomography, researchers have determined the 3D atomic structure of an amorphous material, specifically a metallic glass.

Wall Colmonoy has opened a center in the UK that it says offers fast metal 3D printing of small to medium parts.

Hexion Inc has published its 2020 Sustainability Report focusing on safety, efficiency, sustainability and social responsibility.

Registration is now open for Powder Coating Week 2021, taking place 13–16 July 2021 in Orlando, Florida.

Researchers have found there are three ways bubbles can form on and depart from the surface of the porous electrodes in electrochemical reactions.

Scientists have optimized a graphene-production process so that it can produce graphene from tires for use in strengthening concrete.

Sandvik Additive Manufacturing and part subsidiary BEAMIT have partnered with a Middle East 3D printing company.

GKN Aerospace has been awarded a new contract to supply electrical wiring interconnection systems (EWIS) for the Boeing 777X family of aircraft.

DSM has completed its sale of its Resins & Functional Materials and associated businesses to Covestro AG for €1.6 billion.

Cobra reports that it has opened a new prepreg compression molding production line.

A novel electrolyte developed for lithium-air batteries could help prevent the cracking of metal alloy cathodes in lithium-ion batteries.

cerium oxide/carbon nanocomposite derived from a metal-organic framework makes an ideal anode for sodium-ion batteries

BASF plans to increase the cost of products in its additives portfolio for plastic applications globally by up to 20%.

Total production of battery electric (BEV), plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and hybrid vehicles (HEV) vehicles increased 25.3% to 23,019 units in February 2021.

Composites UK will be exhibiting at UK Construction Week, taking place from 5–7 October 2021 in Birmingham, UK.

Enhanced ceramic materials, such as a novel bismuth-containing ceramic, could play a pivotal role in the development of 5G wireless technology.

Researchers have improved molecules known as mechanophores so they produce reversible and rapid color change when a force is applied.

Haydale has reportedly supplied a HT200 Plasma Reactor to 401 Tech Bridge, a non-profit materials development organization based in Rhode Island, USA.

Composites UK says that it is now welcoming entries for its 2021 Composite Industry Awards.

Additive manufacturing (AM) specialist Essentium has appointed several new members to its leadership team.

Australian composite company Quickstep says that it welcomed news of an AUS$1 billion domestic missile and complex weapons investment in Australia.

According to the 2021 Wohlers Report, the AM industry expanded by 7.5% to nearly US$12.8 billion in 2020, despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

Rusal America, part of En+ Group, which makes aluminum powders, has joined the Neighborhood 91 center focused on additive manufacturing (AM) technology

Levil Technology, The Virtual Foundry, and Sapphire3D have partnered to supply a complete metal 3D printing lab for engineers.

Using a cryogenic electron microscope, researchers have taken the first atomic-scale look at how 'calendar aging' attacks lithium-metal anodes.

Using carbon fibers, researchers have developed a structural battery that combines high levels of electrical energy storage, stiffness and strength.

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