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Materials products, January 2019

3D printed power generation

The US Department of Energy’s has awarded Michigan State University US$2.3 million to develop a metal heat exchanger using additive manufacturing (AM).

Composite helicopter components

GKN Aerospace says that it has produced four thermoplastic composite components for its Bell V-280 Valor craft.

Toray Industries has developed a new nylon textile that it says has high water repellency.

Impossible Objects has formed a partnership with BASF to widen the range of applications for its composite based additive manufacturing process (CBAM).

UK based 3D weaving machine manufacturer, Optima 3D, has launched a new range of weaving machines for 3D composite engineering.

Spirit AeroSystems says that it has developed a new way to produce carbon fiber composite materials for aircraft.

UAMMI has reportedly created its first carbon fiber thermoplastic 3D printed part for the United States Air Force.

Cutting tool specialist Sandvik Coromant says that it has extended the range of application for its GC4330 and GC4340 steel milling grades.

SLM Solutions' (AM) machines have been selected by Rolls-Royce to help develop the manufacturer’s 3D printing capability for the aerospace market.

The Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT is coordinating a project to develop multi-functional laser tools.

A cantilevered canopy made using graphene-based composite materials has won an Innovation Award.

Cobra International and Flite, an Australian-based surfboard manufacturer have developed two electric foiling composite surfboards.

NASA and rocket manufacturer Virgin Orbit have partnered to 3D print a space rocket combustion chamber.

An audience at the 16th EIHA Hemp Conference, which took place in Germany in June, has voted for a hemp fiber reinforced plastic material.

TRB Lightweight Structures has supplied a range of panels to make luxury suites for the interior of Singapore Airlines’ aircraft.

A team from the Colorado State University (CSU) has developed a composite rocket for the 2019 Intercollegiate Rocket Competition (IREC) competition.

NASA researchers have developed a multi-layered self-healing material.

Plansee has taken out a European patent for an internal protective layer for monolithic rotary targets.

DuPont Transportation & Advanced Polymers says that it has added more materials to the company’s range for 3D printing.

A Swiss manufacturer of valves and fittings for biomedical instruments has produced a one-piece fitting made of carbon fiber reinforced PAEK material.

3D Metalforge, based in Singapore, has printed a metal tray using a small footprint AM 400 AM system from UK 3D printing company Renishaw.

Carboman Group is collaborating with electric air transport company Eviation Aircraft to make an all-electric aircraft structure.

Powder metal (PM) specialist Höganäs has partnered with UK gear manufacturer Dontyne Gears to develop improved driveline products.

Optomec, which makes metal 3D printing systems, has developed a new additive plugin for its LENS additive manufacturing machine.

Master Bond has developed an epoxy system with a reported unlimited working life at room temperature.

Quintus Technologies has introduced a new hot isostatic press (HIP) that it says could reduce the number of steps required in additive manufacturing (AM).

The US Air Force Research Laboratory has joined with Israeli universities to discuss new technologies.

3D printing company Renishaw will be exhibiting its additive manufacturing (AM) products for medial applications at the RAPID + TCT 3D printing show.

Huntsman Advanced Materials has launched four new products in its range of adhesives and composites systems.

SGL Carbon has developed prototype composite battery enclosures that are reportedly 40% lighter than aluminum.

Students in the UK have designed a one-seat, carbon fiber, multi-rotor flying vehicle featuring Sicomin’s epoxy resin materials.

Metal manufacturer Fomas Group is proud to announce that its subsidiary, Mimete, has started production of metal powders.

The UK’s NCC and SGL Carbon have entered into a new partnership to develop composite technologies for different applications.

Solvay reports that the Stratolaunch aircraft has been successfully flown for the first time.

Master Bond says that its UV22DC80-1Med epoxy passes USP Class VI Tests for biocompatibility and meets ISO 10993-5 for cytotoxicity.

Sandvik Coromant has developed a version of its CoroMill 390, featuring a titanium alloy cutter body produced using additive manufacturing (AM).

AM company Renishaw has worked with a UK dental laboratory to help develop a 3D printing process to make improved removable partial dentures (RPD).

Chomarat, which makes a range of textiles, says that its laid glass scrim has been used to reinforce attack-resistant gypsum plasterboard.

Luxury motor yacht manufacturer Sunseeker has used adhesive technology from Hexcel for the resin infusion of its new performance cruiser.

Plastics composites supplier Gurit reports that it has become a major sponsor of a Hyperloop student team.

The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) has revealed the three winners of AM technical competition.

Sabic says that its Ultem polyetherimide (PEI) resin has been used to make a range of lightweight spectacle frames.

Additive manufacturing (AM) Renishaw has collaborated with two technology companies to use AM to produce spinal implants.

Arevo has formed a partnership with bike manufacturer Franco Bicycles to make a 3D printed, continuous carbon fiber single-piece unibody frame.

Evonik says that it is expanding its production of transparent polyamides at its German facility.

Sabic says that it plans to showcase its range of thermoplastic materials for the aerospace industry at the Aircraft Interiors Expo.

Nouryon has introduced a powder version of its Perkadox 16 (BCHPC) organic peroxide for the North American composites market.

Hardmetal specialist has developed a 3D printed electric guitar that it says is ‘unsmashable’.

Rockwood Composites and Haeco Cabin Solutions have formed a partnership focusing on aircraft seating.

Logistics company PostNord AB has continued a partnership with GKN Powder Metallurgy to order metal 3D printed parts.

PostProcess Technologies has developed a new system to help support structure and resin removal on 3D printed parts.

Solvay reports that its Zeniva PEEK material has been used to make the first non-metal lumbar cage for vertical interbody fusion made in Japan.

A Portuguese company that makes medical devices, has made use of Solvay’s medical-grade resin to make a range of single-use medical instruments.

3D Systems says that three companies have acquired its 3D printing software and machines.

Master Bond has developed a new one part, silver filled epoxy adhesive that reportedly has an unlimited working life at room temperature.

3D printing company ExOne has formed a partnership with Catalysis Additive Tooling to develop a new process for 3D printed tooling.

Engel Austria and technology company Heraeus have reportedly joined forces to mass produce high tech components with amorphous metals.

Protolabs has added Inconel 718 to its list of direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) materials.

The NCC has completed a year-long project to design and deliver large scale resin infusion (LSRI) technology.

CRP Technology says that its Windform materials will no longer be sold to service bureaus for the toll-manufacture of 3D printing components.

Victrex and Coriolis Composites have formed a partnership to improve thermoplastic unidirectional tape (TP UDT) prepreg lay-up.

A glass filled thermoplastic composite used to make sunroof roller-blind guide rails has won a JEC award.

Solvay has introduced VAC-PERF A2400, a release film for wind energy applications.

Michelman says that it has launched a new carbon fiber sizing product, as part of the company’s Hydrosize water-based range.

SGL Carbon and Onur Materials Services, have signed a contract for the delivery of engine cowling blankets for 32 V2500 aircraft engines.

GKN Automotive has introduced what it says is the world’s first battery electric vehicle (BEV) with a two-speed transmission and torque vectoring.

Sandvik Coromant says that it has introduced connectivity capability to its series of Silent Tools tool holders.

Fraunhofer Institute is developing ways to combine metal and fiber reinforced plastic composites for automotive and aerospace applications.

Teijin has developed a composite automotive door prototype that maintains required crash specifications while reducing overall weight.

Composite specialist Kordsa and tire manufacturer Continental have joined forces to introduce an adhesion system.

Haydale will be collaborating to investigate the feasibility of developing a graphene-based preheat solution for use on gas operational sites.

Hardide says that tests have shown that its nanostructured chemical vapor deposition (CVD) coating can extend the life of steam turbine blades.

Chemical company Huntsman Corporation has introduced a new polyurethane (PU) resin system for automotive interiors.

UK additive manufacturing (AM) company Renishaw has built a 3D printed device that makes it easier to deliver a new drug into cells.

US heat treatment specialist Paulo has acquired a hot isostatic press (HIP) from Quintus Technologies.

LED specialist Innovations in Optics says that it now offers a range of light engines that can photocure adhesives and coatings.

Sicomin has introduced MaxCore, a sandwich core suitable for infusion processes.

Textile specialist Porcher Industries and component supplier Meggitt have jointly developed a composite radome.

3D printing specialist Optomec has introduced its new LENS CS 600 and CS 800 Controlled Atmosphere (CA) directed energy deposition (DED) systems.

Henkel says that it is expanding its Loctite MAX polyurethane (PU) matrix resins portfolio by adding a new range of materials based on epoxy.

The US Air Force says that a metallic 3D printed part has been installed on an operational F-22 Raptor.

3D printer manufacturer VELO3D says that its print preparation software, Flow, can now be used to make a greater range of parts.

Johns Manville (JM) has introduced MultiStar 266 rovings for sheet molding compounds (SMC) reinforcements.

Johns Manville (JM), which makes continuous filament glass fiber, will showcase a range of its composites technology at JEC World 2019 in Paris.

Norsk Titanium and SAE have partnered to develop aerospace materials specifications.

PEEK specialist Victrex has invested in technology to help reduce energy consumption during plastics processing.

The Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL) plans to exhibit a new machine system at JEC World.

UK space and aerospace company Orbex says that it has built what it says is the world’s largest metal rocket engine, 3D printed in a single piece.

PRF Composite Materials, based in Poole, UK, has installed a new unidirectional (UD) prepreg line.

Hexcel's carbon prepreg patch technology has been selected as a finalist for the JEC Innovation Awards 2019 in the automotive category.

3A Composites Core Materials has developed two new products in its Baltek range.

The Fraunhofer Institute has developed a traction battery featuring a sandwich battery housing made of continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastics.

Notus Composites has supplied fire retardant prepregs to make the 3D composite façade panels of the Museum of the Future in Dubai.

3D printing company Desktop Metal has added 316L stainless steel to a list of metal powders for its office-friendly metal 3D printing system.

Textiles company Huesker has introduced W8SVR Neolaminate, a continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP) composite.

Ross, which makes mixing equipment, has introduced a mixer/reactor which is says is more versatile when making temperature-critical formulations.

A lightweight rail passenger seat support made from a fire-resistant bio-resin prepreg has been nominated as a finalist at the 2019 JEC World Awards.

3A Composites Core Materials says that its AIREX T92 core now contains recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles as raw materials.

TFP says it will be launching its range of next generation surfacing and adhesive support veils at JEC World, taking place in Paris, France, in March.

Pultrusion specialist Thomas Technik & Innovation (TTI) plans to display its way of producing affordable carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) parts.

Metyx says that it plans to exhibit its newly acquired Tycor fiber reinforced core sheet material at the JEC World show.

3D printing company EOS has worked with the Technical University of Munich to design a biomass burner.

Graphene specialist Haydale is developing functionalized inks using Haydale materials.

Scott Bader plans to introduce two products at JEC World, taking place in Paris, France, in March.

Press measurement company Kistler and the Netzsch Group will be showcasing their plastic composites processing technology at JEC.

Materials company Michelman has invested in Textechno’s Fimatest adhesion measurement system for glass and carbon fiber sizings.

Injection molding company Arburg plans to display turnkey system built around two of its machines at the MECSPE trade fair.

Finnish reseach center VTT has developed a cylindrical extruder that could help with the processing of recyclable materials.

Hypertherm, which makes industrial cutting systems has developed three new torch sleeves for XPR plasma cutting torches and lead sets.

Solvay says that its Radel polyphenylsulfone (PPSU) resin has been used to manufacture a large-format sterilization tray for surgical instruments.

Sika Advanced Resins and tank manufacturer Ullit plans to exhibit a new composite tank for trucks that run on compressed natural gas (CNG) at JEC World.

The organizers of the Large Additive Subtractive Integrated Modular Machine (LASIMM) project say that the machine is now ready to test.

Composites Evolution's Evopreg PFC502 prepreg has recently completed a series of tests for rail industry fire standard EN45545-2.

Ross has introduced a new triple-shaft polymer mixer which has been specifically developed for hot melts and viscous dispersions.

Sealing specialist Trelleborg plans to showcase its range of composite materials at a subsea technologies show.

GKN Fokker has signed an agreement with Pratt & Whitney to produce metal composite parts for the F135 engine.

Tooling systems specialist Sandvik Coromant has developed a new tangential milling cutter.

Solvay says that it has added two more materials for simulation in additive manufacturing (AM) simulation software.

Manufacturing consultant EWI has selected Granta’s MI software to coordinate its additive manufacturing (AM) work.

Union Process Inc, which specialises in particle size reduction and dispersing equipment has built a new grinder for its in-house pilot plant.

Motorsport company Prodrive Composites has been developing a way to make recyclable composite.

Jewelry materials specialist Cooksongold, part of the Heimerle + Meule Group has developed new powders and parameters for 3D printing.

Multivista, part of composites company Hexagon, has formed a partnership with a cloud software provider for commercial drones.

TRB Lightweight Structures has been selected to make a lightweight flooring solution for the bunkers accommodating Elekta’s MRI machines.

Roth Composite Machinery says that, in tests, it has produced lightweight prepregs with a fiber surface weight of 75 g/m².

UK machining company Shape Machining Ltd has launched a new process that it says can reduce the time it takes to make thermoplastic carbon composite parts.

Union Process has supplied a custom multi-tank lab Attritor System for grinding metal powders and advanced ceramics.

Mikrosam has developed a multi-material capable automated fiber placement (AFP) system for Brandenburg University of Technology, Cottbus, Germany.

Boothroyd Dewhurst has introduced a new version of its Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA) software.

Airbus and SGL have formed a framework agreement to develop carbon and glass fiber materials for applications in the helicopter sector.

Renishaw, has collaborated with University Dental Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, to produce custom maxillofacial implants and surgical guides.

Heat treatment company Quintus Technologies has reportedly supplied a HIP to Portland, OR, USA-based Stack Metallurgical Group.

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in the US have developed a renewable 3D printing feedstock which uses lignin.

An EU consortium have produced an aeroplane part made of graphene reinforced composite.

The mechanical and materials group at CERN has made use of automated depowdering units for cleaning laser melted metal parts.

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