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Materials products, January 2020

HIP installed for aerospace AM

Italian thermal spray coatings specialist Flame Spray SpA has acquired a new hot isostatic press (HIP) to form part of the AM process.

New line of epoxy encapsulation composite materials

Sumitomo Bakelite reports that it will open a new manufacturing line for epoxy encapsulation composite materials for automotive applications.

BASF has introduced a new polyphthalamide (PPA) material in its Ultramid range that can be manufactured into semi-finished parts by extrusion.

Chemicals company Lanxess says that three of its polyamide (PA) materials now contain recycled glass fibers.

Senvol says that its Senvol ML machine learning software is currently being used to help with a US Air Force program researching multi-laser AM.

Bonding specialist Powdertech and bigHead Fasteners Ltd say that they are researching the bonding of metal fasteners to polypropylene (PP).

Kordsa has developed a range of thermoplastic prepreg products available in sheets form.

Ceratizit has supplied a range of hardmetal tools to McLaren Racing to produce artificial ventilators for the UK’s NHS.

UK design engineering company Sharp & Tappin Technologies has developed a new range of composite routers aimed at R&D Labs and Test Centers.

Metal powder producer Höganäs AB has developed a new powder mix.

Ireland-based Croom Precision Medical, which makes medical implants, has worked with 3D printing company Renishaw to make more complex parts.

Composites company Greene Tweed has reportedly used new flow and cure simulation technology to create custom models.

Measurement company GOM has developed a new compact optical 3D measuring system.

Precious metal company Cooksongold AM has developed a way to 3D print the tip plates of bushings, used in the production of glass fiber.

Hexcel has received a JEC award for a thermoplastic composite technology entitled Innovative Solutions for Welding (ISW).

DSM has introduced a range of ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) material.

Kyocera says that it has developed a new insert grade for the stable machining of hardened materials.

EconCore has developed a composite which it says has reduced the weight of the Hyundai Creta’s boot floor by 20%.

Composites Evolution has launched a new variable temperature cure prepreg system.

Dura Composites has developed a new range of composite decking tiles for outdoor spaces.

Scott Bader says that its Crestabond M7-05 and M7-15 structural adhesives have gained NK certificates in accordance with MED 2014/90/EU.

Thermo Fisher Scientific has developed a focused ion beam scanning electron microscope (FIB-SEM) with a femtosecond laser.

Ensinger, which makes composite materials, has added three new materials to its continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastic plates for industry.

Greene Tweed has developed a carbon fiber perfluoroalkoxy (PFA) composite which could replace metallic wear parts in centrifugal pumps.

Thomas Technik & Innovation (TTI) has developed a curved carbon fiber rear bumper beam for the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray sportscar.

Gasbarre Thermal Processing Systems has built an atmosphere tempering furnace for an aerospace market manufacturer.

Sigmatex has formed a partnership with Hypetex, which specializes in fiber colorization to produce new colored carbon fiber materials.

Trelleborg, which makes composite parts for a range of applications, has developed DryFoam, a UL certified non-water fire prevention material.

Aerojet Rocketdyne has been awarded a US$1.79 billion contract modification to produce 18 extra RS-25 rocket engines for NASA.

NASA and manned submersible company OceanGate have entered into an agreement to develop new carbon fiber pressure vessels for deep-sea submersibles.

SGL Carbon has been contracted by the BMW Group to produce a cover component for a series of battery enclosures.

The Utah Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Initiative (UAMMI) is creating 3D printed carbon fiber aircraft parts for the UAM market.

Composite Advantage has installed fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) panels on two pedestrian overpasses in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Hexcel reports that its HexPly M79 prepreg has been verified by certification company DNV GL for use in all DNV GL classed vessels.

Metrology company GOM has developed a compact version of its optical 3D measuring systems.

Composite Advantage has made corrosion resistant, fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composite universal submarine camels for use by the US Navy in Guam.

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) is reportedly developing a new range of carbon fiber precursor materials.

Software company Allplan has updated its 4D building information modeling (BIM) software for bridge design and structural analysis.

Researchers from Texas A&M University have developed guidelines to improve 3D printing parts made with martensitic steels.

Hexcel has reportedly supplied a range of low-temperature curing prepreg to make a light aircraft.

Front Street Shipyard, based in Maine, USA, plans to install a five-axis 3D waterjet cutting machine that it says is the largest of its kind in the state.

VELO3D has developed a 1 m tall industrial 3D printer which it says is the world’s tallest laser-powder additive manufacturing (AM) system.

Cortec Corporation has published a guide to preserving downed aircraft corrosion using its VpCI coating technology.

Gasbarre Thermal Processing Systems has delivered a custom-built batch tempering furnace to an aerospace heat treating company.

Poland composites company WIT Composites has developed an operating theatre tabletop made from carbon fiber composite materials.

Polygon Composites Technology has developed a new composite tubing for pneumatic and hydraulic cylinders.

Sandvik says that it is manufacturing a range of 3D printing frames for face shields to help com-bat the spread of Covid-19.

Lanxess has supplied a composite insert for what it says is the world’s first all-plastic brake pedal in electric sports car.

Hexcel has developed a new low temperature fast cure adhesive film.

AIMPLAS has developed a new biodegradable, compostable plastic material from olive stones that could be used to make new packaging materials.

3D printing company Renishaw says that it has started mass-producing critical components for medical ventilators.

Scott Bader is pleased to introduce Crestamould T29, a new tooling modified polyester compound.

3D printing company Renishaw and Canada’s Nova Scotia Community College have jointly produced two ocean turbine parts using AM.

DSM has released Skins Sandy, a new material in its Skins range of haptic coating resins.

Tool manufacturer Ceratizit has developed FreeTurn tooling as part of its high dynamic turning (HDT) system.

BASF has extended its Neopolen expanded polypropylene foam (EPP) range.

Hexcel says that it has supplied a range of carbon fiber reinforcements to multihull builder Gunboat for its series of Gunboat 68 yachts.

Polymer specialist Trelleborg has developed a new eco-friendly dust-free tooling board.

Dura Composites says that it has supplied glass fiber composite for a UK fusion research company.

BASF and automotive company Hengst have developed what they say is the world’s first reusable plastic spin-on oil filter module for cars.

Component manufacturer Knust-Godwin has reportedly acquired a VELO3D Sapphire metal additive manufacturing (AM) system.

Covestro says that it has been chosen by Toyota to help develop a polyurethane composite foam material for the LQ electric car.

3d printing company Renishaw is collaborating with software supplier Simufact to improve laser powder bed fusion (LPBF) builds.

Polygon Company says that it will showcase its new range of composite plain bearings at US construction show CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020.

Technical Fibre Products (TFP) says that its Tecnofire materials have been used to make a range of composite utility poles.

BASF's Chimassorb light stabilizers have been used to produce nonwoven geotextile used in the construction of Indian highways.

Lanxess says that its Tepex continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastic materials has been used to build a demonstrator child seat headrest.

Additive Industries says that it has 143 metal parts have been printed to help create the C39 Alfa Romeo F1 racecar.

Researchers at Fraunhofer Institute have developed a prototype 3D printed rocket engine featuring an aerospike nozzle for microlaunchers.

Lanxess says that it has carried out a range of tests to investigate the fire behavior of its overmolded polyamide-6-based Tepex.

Armacell plans to develop what it says is the first particle foam made from 100% recycled polyethylene terephthalate.

3D Systems has that it has developed software for computer aided design (CAD) program Solidworks 15.

Solvay has developed a new continuous fiber prepreg suitable for compression molding.

Hexcel plans to showcase a range of composites for the automotive sector at JEC World.

Fraunhofer Institute has developed a new bio-based facade insulating material that it says could replace polystyrene insulation boards.

The Fraunhofer Institute has spearheaded a new project focusing on the efficiency of fiber-optic sensors in monitoring the vacuum infusion process.

Kyocera has added a new cutter series to its wide milling products range.

Trelleborg says that it will showcase a range of its epoxy tooling board products including its most recent TC760X dust-free tooling boards.

3A Composites has added AIREX TegraCore to its foam range.

Huntsman has developed a new two-component, snap cure, polyurethane resin system.

Grieve has installed an electrically heated 2000°F(~1093°C) inert atmosphere heavy-duty box furnace for the heat treatment of titanium.

Sicomin has developed a range of bio-based epoxy resin systems available for the automotive, wind energy and civil engineering industries.

GOM, which makes systems for 3D digitizing, said that it has updated its GOM Correlate software to include new application-specific features.

Thomas Technik & Innovation (TTI) has launched what it says is the world’s shortest pultrusion machine.

Gasbarre Thermal Processing Systems has installed a continuous vacuum furnace with a 5 bar pressure quench capability in the USA.

A composite chair based on core material plates has been shortlisted for the JEC Innovation Awards 2020.

Nouryon reports that it has introduced two new versions of its Perkadox GB-50 dibenzoyl peroxide (BPO) curing agents.

SGL Carbon says that it plans to focus on serial production of composites for the automotive, aerospace and industrial sectors at this year’s JEC World.

Hexcel Corporation and NaCa Systems have jointly developed a wood fiber composite sports car seat back using press molding.

Textiles specialist Saertex has developed a new range of glass and carbon fiber materials for wind turbine rotor blades.

Conbility has reportedly installed a modular system for tape winding and tape placement at the University of Limerick, Ireland.

GKN Automotive and power electronics specialist Delta Electronics Inc have formed a partnership to develop new 3-in-1 eDrive systems.

A supersonic car with a 3D printed titanium nose tip and steering wheel has reportedly reached a speed of 628 mph in recent tests in South Africa.

The Bassetti Group plans to use Senvol’s database of industrial AM machines and materials as part of its TEEXMA for Additive solution.

The AMRC is developing a 3D woven composite component which could withstand the extreme temperatures inside a fusion nuclear reactor.

Composites Evolution has developed a new 50°C, 12-hour cure tooling prepreg for tools with improved surface finish dimensional stability.

Structural composites company Carbon ThreeSixty has installed an in-house tailored fiber placement (TFP) cell.

Airbond has developed a new range of carbon splicers for composites or carbon fabric with manufacturers.

BASF said that it has improved its Ultradur plastic material that can be used for co-extrusion with PVC to make lighter and stiffer window profiles.

Solvay has completed its double diaphragm forming (DDF) demonstrator line located at its site in Heanor, UK.

XG Sciences, which makes graphene nanoplatelets, has supplied material for a range of field hockey sticks.

Oxford Advanced Surfaces Limited (OAS) says that it has treated 1 million square foot of composites with an adhesion promoter.

SGL Carbon plans to begin serial production of landing gear made from braided carbon fiber material early this year.

HT-MX, a Mexican specialist in heat treatment and metallurgical lab services has acquired a new hot isostatic press from Quintus Technologies.

Bitrez Ltd, a specialist in polymers and chemicals, says that it is launching a new range of bio-based resins for composites.

Carbon fiber specialist Hexcel has partnered with ski manufacture Madshus to develop dry carbon fiber tapes for a range of cross-country racing skies.

Ceratizit says that it has made available carbide and cermet grades for biocompatible medical and dental tools.

SGL Carbon has received a contract from a North-American automaker to make composite battery enclosures for electric cars.

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