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Materials products, July 2019

Toray Advanced Composites has released a new prepreg resin for automotive and motorsport market.

Desktop Metal has launched 4140 chromoly steel powder for its metal 3D printing system for prototyping and low volume production.

6K says that it has developed the world's first AM powders derived from sustainable sources.

Solvay Performance Polyamides says that its new Technyl Max polyamide 6.6 (PA6.6) material has been chosen to make an all-plastic brake pedal.

Toray Industries has developed what it says is the world’s first porous carbon fiber with a nanosized continuous pore structure.

H.C. Starck Tantalum and Niobium has developed a range of atomised tantalum and niobium (Ta/Nb) powders.

Thai composites specialist Cobra International and Australian boat builder Skeeta Foiling Craft have developed a new range of hydro foiling dinghies.

TLT-Turbo GmbH has invested in its on-site test lab for research in materials testing.

Materials specialist Sicomin says that it has supplied epoxy resins and adhesives to make a new all-electric foiling boat.

Nova Institute has announced the nominees of its Biocomposite of the Year award.

Gasbarre says that it has made a dry-bag cold isostatic press for a leading German manufacturer.

3D printing company VELO3D has launches a quality assurance and control system for its Sapphire 3D metal printers.

TRB Lightweight Structures and Spanish railway manufacturer CAF have joined forced to make 17 new trains for West Midlands Railway in the UK.

Quintus Technologies has formed a partnership with Alfa Romeo Racing to develop a HIP to treat additive manufactured (AM) parts.

Composites Evolution says that it has introduced a range of flax-reinforced epoxy prepregs for motorsport applications.

The University of Maine has printed the largest additive manufactured (AM) boat on the world’s largest prototype polymer 3D printer.

Solvay materials have been used to make what the company says is the world’s first e-bike made out of injection-molded composite materials.

GKN Aerospace has designed and manufactured a mid-scale demonstrator tool to make a composite wing spar for Airbus.

3D printing startup Carboni e Metalli, based in Italy, has developed a concept motorcycle featuring 3D printed carbon fiber and titanium parts.

Solvay says that it has developed a new high temperature polyetheretherketone (PEEK).

Lanxess says that it plans to increase its use of artificial intelligence (AI) in product development.

Scott Bader says that its tooling, tooling, laminating and structural adhesive products are used to make glass fiber replicas of 1960 racing cars.

Sandvik Coromant says that it is adding round geometry inserts to its range of CoroCut QD parting off and grooving tools.

Kyocera plans to showcase its materials for aerospace and astronomy at the Space Tech Expo 2019, taking place in Bremen, Germany, from 19-21 November.

Fibrelite says that it has developed a new range of manhole access covers designed to support data transfer between antennas underground and aboveground.

Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) has chosen a fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) system as part of the state’s Route 28.

Scott Bader and material supplier Shape Corp says that they have produced the auto industry’s first curved pultruded carbon fiber bumper beam.

BASF has developed a polyamide 6 particle foam that it says has high temperature and chemical resistance when in contact with fuels, oils and lubricants.

Lanxess has added two new materials to its Durethan TC range of thermally conductive polyamide compounds.

Scientists from the Fraunhofer Institute have researched a way to develop flame retardant thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) more quickly.

Sandvik Coromant says that its CoroDrill DS20 is the first indexable drill concept capable of producing hole depths up to 7xD.

Metal 3D printer provider Markforged says that Inconel 625 powder can now be used with its Metal X 3D printer.

Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology has developed a new coating process for brake discs which could help protect against wear and corrosion.

Vision Systems says that it has supplied resin transfer molding (RTM) composite products to the RACER (rapid and cost-effective rotorcraft) project.

Lanxess says that its Tepex continuous-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composite has been used to form structural components in passenger cars.

Victrex has reportedly joined forces with cabin interiors specialist Safran Cabin, to qualify thermoplastic composite parts for aerospace aircraft.

According to a study run by Aachen University, tape inserts offer enormous potential for injection molding parts.

Lanxess says that it has provided a range of glass fiber reinforced material to make electric razor parts.

Researchers at Queen Mary University of London say that they have discovered that 2D graphene has many of the same mechanical properties as 3D graphite.

XG Sciences Inc, which makes graphene materials, has reported the commercial adoption of its products for use in engine oil.

Fraunhofer Institute has developed a prototype gas turbine for power generation using powder bed-based additive manufacturing (AM).

Cobra International Ltd has developed a composite fuselage cover for the latter’s Tiger Drone unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) range.

Researchers at Valencia University (UV) in Spain have modified the photoconductance of nanoparticles of tungsten oxide (WO3) in a controlled manner.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has received a grant to develop cold spray 3D printing to repair US Army vehicles in the field.

Oxford Instruments has introduced new software for the company’s Asylum Research atomic force microscopes (AFMs).

Victrex says that it plans to show its polyetheretherketone (PEEK) and polyaryletherketone (PAEK) polymer-based range at the K plastics show.

ExOne has licensed a patent-pending way to print aluminum-infiltrated boron carbide (B4C) components.

Höganäs company Digital Metal has developed two new alloy powders for use in extreme environments.

Sicomin has developed a carbon fiber version of its MaxCore sandwich core infusion technology.

Markforged has developed a way for end users to buy its Metal X systems and X7 printers together, to create metal, composite, and hybrid parts.

MITO Material Solutions has received US$1.1 million to develop hybrid nanoadditives to help create lighter, tougher, and more durable composite products.

Motion control company Kyntronics has developed a new high speed/high force (HSHF) single cylinder all-in-one actuator for clamping and pressing.

Volume Graphics and plastic process company Kunststoff-Institut have launched a project focusing on the use of the software in plastic 3D printing.

Technical Fibre Products (TFP) says that it will be exhibiting a range of its nonwovens at the Composites Europe show.

PRF Composite Materials has developed a new prepreg for use with unidirectional (UD) and woven carbon fabrics.

The Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) is working with Airbus Defence and Space (Airbus DS) to develop new ways to manufacture space propellant tanks.

3D printing companies Anisoprint and Polymaker have joined forces to develop 3D printed composite parts with more flexibility.

Polygon Company has developed a new range of custom and standard composite plain bearings/bushings, suitable for construction and mining equipment.

Powder metal specialist Höganäs has developed two surface welding powders designed to prolong component lifetime in tough wear environments.

EconCore has chosen a flat die extruder for its trial production of recycled polyethylene terephthalate (R-PET) honeycomb sandwich panels.

3D printing company Renishaw and US engine manufacturing company have joined forces to improve the design process of aircraft and motorcycle engines.

Victrex says that its gear design and manufacturing facility in Grantsburg, USA, has received the IATF 16949 certification quality standard for automotive.

RTP Company has expanded its line of conductive compounds for applications where electrostatic discharge (ESD) is an issue.

Toray and BASF have signed an agreement to produce continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastic (CFRT) tapes for the automotive and industrial markets.

Spanish company MontefibreCarbon has developed a new carbon fiber polyacrylonitrile (PAN) precursor with a tow of 80,000 individual filaments.

Sigma Engineering, which makes processing simulation software, has developed a new way for users of its software to share results interactively.

Scott Bader has supplied resin to make the interior panels of a steel framed gold egg structure as part of a dining room in a Dubai hotel.

Graphene specialist Haydale has reportedly developed a new range of functionalised nanomaterials pre-dispersed in process oils for elastomers.

GKN Powder Metallurgy says that it has opened a CO2-free energy supply system which uses metal powder to hold its hydrogen energy source.

SGL Carbon plans to showcase its automotive, aerospace and industrial composites at the CAMX show.

Heat treatment specialist Accurate Brazing has reportedly installed a hot isostatic press (HIP) from Quintus Technologies.

The Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials (IFAM) has processed a new type of iron powder for AM.

The Brunel University London race team has created a 3D printed manifold part for its BR-XX car.

SGL Carbon says that it has delivered its millionth glass fiber reinforced plastic (GFRP) leaf spring, used in a car’s suspension.

Haydale Graphene Industries' prepreg material incorporating graphene powder forms part of the (BAC) Mono R supercar.

Sicomin has launched a new bio-based epoxy resin designed for high pressure resin transfer molding (RTM) processing.

Royal DSM and UK supercar manufacturer Briggs Automotive Company (BAC) plan to develop 3D printing applications for the new BAC Mono R vehicle.

Lanxess has replaced reinforced polyamide 66 with reinforced polyamide 6 to make a steering column switch housing in a number of Ford vehicles.

Cutting tool specialist Sandvik Coromant has released a new version of its CoroBore 825 damped fine-boring tool.

Renishaw has worked together with Domin Fluid Power to improve its productivity when making direct drive valves using metal additive manufacturing (AM).

SGL Carbon has supported students at the Technical University of Munich to develop a prototype pod for the Hyperloop transport system.

Lanxess says that its continuous fiber reinforced material has been used to make a range of structural components for the Audi A8 sedan car.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has developed a way to produce nanostructured rods and tubes from aluminum alloy powder in a single step.

Anaglyph Ltd says that it has released version 4.9 of its Laminate Tools composite structural design software.

Engineers at Performance Engineered Solutions (PES) Ltd in the UK are developing a hybrid composite-metal anti-roll bar for trucks and trains.

Roth Composite Machinery will be exhibiting a range of its products at the CAMX composites show.

Arburg says that its injection molding machines now feature a mold filling simulation as part of the control system.

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