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Materials news, July 2021

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) reports that 157,623 auto engines were manufactured in in June, 0.6% more than in June.

Quickstep moves into drone manufacture

Australian composites manufacturer Quickstep has acquired a minority stake in Carbonix, a drone designer and manufacturer.

Teijin Limited has launched a website focused on its sustainability initiatives.

Umicore has reported revenues for the first six months of 2021 of €2.1 billion, an increase of 37% year on year.

new lightweight composite material composed of MXene and polystyrene beads could shield electromagnetic pollution

A single atomic layer of cobalt-doped zinc oxide is the first room-temperature 2D magnet that is chemically stable under ambient conditions.

GE Renewable Energy plans to open a new offshore wind blade manufacturing facility in Teesside, UK.

Fraunhofer has been contracted by ASTM International to help standardize machine condition monitoring in laser beam powder bed fusion (LB-PBF).

By creating electrically conductive paths through a thick silicon dioxide layer, researchers have efficiently split off oxygen molecules from water.

Researchers have developed a machine-learning model for predicting the bonding properties of materials from features of their component atoms.

The Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) says that it has donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank in Florida, USA.

Reactive Components has opened a research center in Leicester, UK, specializing in composite materials research.

Control over the toughness and ductility of alloys

simple, cheap, biocompatible cell culture substrate uses gold nanorods to unlock stem cells in large numbers for regenerative medicine

The Plansee Group has invested €11 million in a new training center which it says can train up to 240 apprentices in six technical apprenticeships.

Global Tungsten & Powders (GTP) has appointed Melissa Albeck as president and CEO.

Trelleborg has appointed Innovate Composites, based in Auckland, to be its distributor for its range of tooling composites in New Zealand.

Scientists used a quantum computer to isolate quasiparticles known as magnetic monopoles, which could lead to novel magnetic materials.

Researchers have confirmed that antimony is a topological material, and explored how its bulk and surface electrons respond to an external stimulus.

Sintx Technologies has formed an agreement with surfaces technology specialist B4C LLC to acquire its processes for making ballistic armor plates.

Sandvik has signed an agreement to acquire Polish company Fabryka Narzędzi Fanar, a manufacturer of round (rotary) tools.

The 3D printed composites market could reach US$2 billion in the next decade, according to report by market analysis company IDTechEx.

Using various forms of evidence, researchers have shown that uranium ditelluride displays many of the hallmarks of a topological superconductor.

By combining two different atomic arrangements, researchers have designed an inorganic material with the lowest thermal conductivity ever reported.

Hexcel's HexPly M901 prepreg system has been selected by a Mexico-based manufacturer of vehicle suspension systems, to speed up its product cycles.

Trelleborg will take part in a research and development project focused on finding a composite replacement for aluminum in electric vehicle (EV) batteries.

The University of Waterloo in Canada, has received CAN$8.2 million funding to develop 3D printing partnerships between academic institutions and industry.

Desktop Metal has acquired Aerosint, a Belgian company that specializes in multi-material powder deposition systems for AM.

Researchers have shown that a transparent phosphate salt can prevent lead leaching out of halide perovskites when they're exposed to water.

Producing heavy fermions with cheap and non-radioactive materials

Metal and carbon fiber additive manufacturing (AM) company Markforged has begun trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol MKFG.

GKN Automotive is accelerating its development of powertrain technologies in response to increasing global demand for electrified vehicles (EVs).

ThermHex Waben and the Fraunhofer Institute are researching ways to series produce a new composite called the Organosandwich.

Scientists have developed a novel composite material for degrading nerve agents, which comprises a hydrogel and a metal-organic framework .

Researchers used a novel imaging technique to obtain a high-resolution snapshot that reveals how ligands bind to the surface of nanoparticles.

US auto mobility specialist Denso has reportedly invested in metal additive manufacturer (AM) Seurat Technologies.

Composites UK’s Construction Sector Group (CSG) has joined the Construction Products Association (CPA) as a trade association member.

Hexcel reports that it has partnered with fuel cell manufacturers to develop lighter and more compact composite fuel cells for transportation.

For the first time, researchers have visualized topological 'defects within defects' in a chiral magnetic thin film using electron microscopy.

By utilizing a hydrogel that absorbs body fluids, researchers have produced a brain-machine interface that doesn't trigger a foreign body response.

Biesterfeld reports that it is expanding its distribution partnership with American manufacturer Scigrip to the UK.

Cygnet Texkimp has appointed Gareth Davies and Volker Koehler as international sales managers.

Thermo Fisher Scientific has developed a new Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM).

AM specialist Essentium has expanded its services and support team and promoted Darren Shackelford to vice president of service delivery support.

Amaero International plans to construct an advanced titanium alloy gas atomization powder facility in Victoria, Australia.

Umicore reports that An Steegen, CTO and member of the management board, will leave the company in September 2021.

Scientists have increased the strength and ductility of an alloy by introducing tiny precipitates into its matrix and tuning their size and spacing.

Resonant inelastic X-ray scattering has revealed both important similarities and subtle differences between superconducting nickelates and cuprates.

The EPMA has released details of the keynote presentations taking place online during Euro PM2021, from 18-22 October 2021.

Sandvik has signed an agreement to acquire US based DWFritz Automation, a manufacturer of non-contact metrology solutions and automation systems.

By coating a mirror with a nanoscale layer of a conducting polymer, researchers have created structural colors for reflective color displays.

Researchers have found that a coating of polymer no more than 100µm thick can prevent 3D-printed ceramic structures from shattering.

The organizers of Metallurgy Russia say that the 2022 event will take place from 8 to 10 June in Moscow.

Umicore has entered into an agreement with utility company Engie to supply its cathode materials plant with renewable electricity in Nysa, Poland.

ExOne has opened a metal 3D printing customer center at its European headquarters in Gersthofen, Germany.

US materials research center 401 Tech Bridge and the US Navy have launched a US$50,000 challenge to design a modular unmanned surface vehicle.

Spirit AeroSystems and Albany Engineered Composites have joined forces to develop composites for hypersonic applications.

functionalized superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles or SPIONs capture plastic waste particles from contaminated water

For the first time, researchers have fitted a monolayer of the semiconductor molybdenum disulfide with superconducting contacts.

Eastman Machine has become a technology partner of Smart Advanced Manufacturing XL (SAM|XL), a research center based in Delft, the Netherlands.

Covestro is developing ways to recycle waste produced from the processing of its continuous fiber-reinforced polycarbonate composites (CFRTPs).

Malvern Panalytical has updated its Mastersizer 3000 particle sizing instrument with a new image data sensor.

Australian metal 3D printing company SPEE3D has received AUS$1.562 million in funding to develop mass produced metal 3D printed rocket engines.

Teijin Carbon Vietnam Co Ltd (TCV) has started commercial production of its carbon fiber products including a resin infused prepreg.

Researchers have demonstrated the viability of 3D-printed, shape memory polymer scaffolds that harmlessly degrade while promoting tissue regeneration.

A novel machine-learning model utilizes the collective knowledge of the chemistry community to predict the oxidation state of complex materials.

Hexagon Digital Wave has signed a contract to supply ultrasonic examination (UE) equipment for cylinders intended for the aerospace industry.

Relativity Space, a US manufacturer of 3D printed rockets, has opened a new 1 million ft2 facility in Long Beach, California.

Optomec says that its production facility in South Carolina, USA, has been recertified for ISO 9001 for the 8th consecutive term.

Using a specially prepared rack, researchers have shown that the electronic properties of graphene can be specifically modified by mechanical stretching.

Using a microscope, researchers have observed a special type of solid-to-solid phase transition in the crystal structure of polymeric microparticles.

The National Centre for Additive Manufacturing (NCAM) in the UK has released plans to research three important AM topics.

Toray says that it has opened a Resins technical center near its automotive facility near Munich, Germany.

Norsk Titanium, which makes 3D printed titanium parts for aerospace, has received the first part of a grant from the Norwegian government.

By using thin strips of lithium as the anode, researchers have created a lithium-metal battery that lasts for an unprecedented 600 cycles.

Researchers have developed a 2D alloy made from five different metals and shown it can make an effective catalyst for reducing carbon dioxide.

The EPMA has revealed details of the special interest seminars taking place online during Euro PM2021 from 18-22 October 2021.

MPIF has released new material property data for its 2018 metal injection molding (MIM) standard.

Scientists from the University of Bristol have chosen composite materials to be affixed to the ISS to test how they age in space.

A new electrode made from an ultrathin silver film can help prevent light from becoming trapped in organic light emitting diodes.

By dispersing liquid metal droplets in an elastomer, researchers have created electrical circuits that are stretchy, self-healing and recyclable.

A US downhill mountain bike team is using carbon fiber nanotube reinforcing technology to make stronger composite racing wheels.

The next International Composites Summit (ICS) will take place in London, UK from 8–9 September.

Composite tooling specialist Nèos International, based in the UK, has opened a new headquarters and composite manufacturing facility in Derby.

Dean Howard, president of the US-based Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) reports on an extraordinary year in the powder metal (PM) industry.

The Chemical Coaters Association International has appointed Eric Davis to its board of directors and officers.

By utilizing graphene quantum dots as a support, researchers have produced single-atom catalysts with a high density of transition-metal atoms.

Researchers have fabricated an ultralight nanoarchitected carbon material that is more efficient at absorbing impacts than Kevlar of the same weight.

The Henry Royce Institute for advanced materials (Royce) has called for the establishment of a national steering group for digital materials.

Adhesive manufacturer Henkel has reported organic growth of +7.7% to around €5 billion in Q1 2021.

Solvay has introduced new adhesive and surfacing technology for the aerospace industry.

Rodin Cars, a New Zealand-based automotive manufacturer, has used a 3D printer to produce parts for its FZero racing car.

Researchers have developed a simple, low-cost technique that allows them to follow lithium ions moving in real time as a battery charges and discharges.

mechanism of pinecones' ability to open and close their scales to disperse their seeds revealed

Solico has partnered with a composites systems integrator Advantage Composite BV to make the composite elements of a Netherlands infrastructure project.

Ceratizit SA says that it has acquired the remaining shares in Ceratizit Los Angeles with effect from 1 June.

Wohlers Associates has launched a new podcast featuring interviews with from industry experts about the additive manufacturing (AM) industry.

Sandvik will acquire Cambrio, a company that supplies CAD/CAM software for the automotive, transportation, energy, medical and aerospace industries.

Covestro and thermoplastics resin distributor Nexeo have developed a new polycarbonate/ acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) 3D printing filament.

paper offers a cheap, flexible and biodegradable alternative substrate to silicon for simple electronic devices like disposable sensors

Researchers have found that a common material analysis technique can give misleading results due to an erroneous assumption during calibration.

Researchers have produced 2D perovskite crystals that are stable and highly efficient at harvesting electricity from sunlight by growing them from seeds.

Using an innovative method called scratch testing, researchers have shown that adding graphene nanoplatelets to cement increases its fracture resistance.

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