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Materials products, July 2020

3D printed titanium parts at CERN

The Dutch National Institute for Subatomic Physics and 3D Systems have partnered to make 3D printed titanium cool-bars for CERN.

Hexcel has developed a semi-preg material that it says can reduce shell manufacturing time in the wind blade surface finishing process.

CRP Technology reports that a satellite dispenser has been 3D printed using its Windform XT 2.0 carbon-reinforced composite material.

Desktop Metal has developed new copper material for use in its Studio System 3D printer, which is suitable for low volume production.

The NCC and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) have launched a competition to improve combat aircraft structures.

Scott Bader reports that its resins, gelcoats, adhesives and pastes have been used to manufacture a superyacht.

Toray has finalised a long-term supply agreement with California-based Joby Aviation to supply composite material for electric air taxis.

Optomec has developed two new 3D metal printers suitable for small part production.

ATL Composites in Australia has launched a new laminating system for surfboards which the company says can produce a clear, bright finish.

Composite specialists Refitech Composite Components and CG TEC have developed a carbon fiber white cane for people with vision empairment.

GE Additive says that it has supplied two Concept Laser Mlab 3D printers to Italian medical implant company Tsunami Medical.

Bausano says that it has launched a new range of single-screw extruders for the production of polyolefin (PO) pipes.

Sicomin has supplied its epoxy resin for a new range of custom carbon fiber windsurf fins.

Johan Sundström and Malin Mårtensson have been selected as winners of the Sandvik Innovation Prize 2020.

Cobra International says that it has shipped its first batch of 36 composite canoes to ARE Tahiti.

Buehler has developed a new hardness tester which can test a range of different parts and components in both high-volume production and R&D.

Trelleborg has reportedly developed a system for polyurethane (PU) materials that has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-mold properties.

Integrated Composite Products (ICP) has developed a range of polypropylene (PP) reinforcements for short and long glass filled material.

Brazilian composites supplier Tecniplas has manufactured an upflow tower for use in the paper pulp bleaching process.

3D printing company Essentium Inc has launched a carbon fiber reinforced polyester filament for additive manufacturing (AM).

SLM Solutions has launched a new 3D printer which it says is 20 times faster than the previous model.

3D printing company Desktop Metal has developed new software which it says can automatically correct for shrinking and distortion during sintering.

Elementum 3D, which supplies metal additive manufacturing (AM) materials, has received an award from the US Air Force for its A7050-RAM2 aluminum alloy.

Additive Industries has launched MetalFAB-600, a new metal 3D printer with build size of 600x600 mm and 1000 mm Z-height.

SGL Carbon says that it has received a multi-year order to make carbon fiber profiles for serial use in BMW model windshields.

SINTX Technologies and Iwatani Corporation of America (ICA) are developing ways to incorporate SINTX’s AP2 silicon nitride powder into polymer materials.

GOM, which makes measuring systems, has developed a portable hand-held laser scanning system to carry out 3D scanning of parts or tools.

3D Systems reports that it has completed a test print on what it says will be the world’s largest, fastest powder metal 3D printer.

Thermo Fisher Scientific has developed a new SEM that it says can provide actionable data up to twice as fast as similar products on the market.

Parts manufacturer Fusor Tech has acquired a metal 3D printer to develop the market for digital spares in the oil, gas and petrochemical sectors.

Composite and polyurethane (PU) specialist Permali has received funding to develop a lightweight composite for diesel-powered buses.

Engineers at the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) have used software to simulate 3D printing a metal knife.

Hypetex, which makes colored carbon fiber prepreg, has partnered with SHD Group to combine colored fabrics with SHD’s MTC epoxy resin systems.

3D printing company Oerlikon reports that it has acquired a sensor-based technology to help reduce the transmission of Covid-19.

TRB reports that it has developed a new process to make continuous fiber thermoset composite parts at higher volume.

Zortrax and the European Space Agency (ESA) are developing a technology to 3D print composite parts out of two blends of PEEK filament.

VELO3D has supplied 21 3D printed components for Boom Supersonic’s XB-1 aircraft, the world’s first independently developed supersonic jet.

Sandvik Coromant says that it is upgrading its range of turning inserts for machining ISO-P steels with the launch of two new carbide grades.

Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd reports that it has developed a powder magnetic core for axial gap motors.

GE reports that its GE9X jet engine has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval.

Solvay reports that it has supplied materials for an indoor inspection drone.

Renishaw says that it has added particle analysis software module to its inVia confocal Raman microscope.

ExOne has released information about the InnoventPro, a planned binder jetting machine for the 3D printing of metals, ceramics and composites.

Suhner has developed a range of machining units with guards that can protect against contamination from glass fiber dust and fibers.

Engineers at Polish manufacturer Techplast have developed a way to reduce the weight of high-pressure cylinders used by firefighters.

Abbott Furnace Company has reportedly designed, manufactured and installed a 6,000 standard cubic feet per minute (SCFH) endothermic gas generator.

Sandvik says that the BEAMIT Group has acquired ZARE, an Italian independent additive manufacturing (AM) service providers.

BASF reports that its Ultrasim simulation tool can now calculate component concepts based on elastomers.

DSM has formed a partnership with polymer 3D printing company Nexa3D to supply its laser sintering powders for the latter’s QLS-350 systems.

LANXESS has developed a new range of hydrolysis-resistant materials suitable for very hot and humid conditions.

Quintus Technologies has delivered what it says is the world’s fastest fan-driven hot isostatic press (HIP) to a company that focuses on postproduction.

Shannon Global Energy Solutions, which makes reusable thermal and acoustic insulation, has developed a new thermal blanket for plastics extrusion.

Magnum Venus Products (MVP) says that it has developed a new process for closed molding which it says could decrease injection times.

Engineers at Purdue University in the US are developing a runway mat made using metal 3D printing methods.

Hexcel has supplied its carbon fiber material to make a new range of golf shafts.

A project to develop a commercially viable, low cost, lightweight, all composite wheel for EV applications has reached the pilot stage.

Sandvik, a developer and producer of stainless steels, special alloys and titanium, has launched Sanicro 35, a super-austenitic stainless-steel grade.

Sandvik’s new titanium powder plant has reportedly received an AS9100 Revision D certification to make parts for the aerospace industry.

The University of Kentucky and the ORNL have partnered on a US$10 million project to convert coal into high-value carbon fibers and composites.

Scientists at the AMRC are researching a vision inspection system using 3D modelling that could replace the manual inspection process of composite parts.

Hexcel has launched a new electrically conductive, PEKK-based thermoplastic carbon fiber composite suitable for additive manufacturing (AM).

Chemicals company Lanxess has developed a new range of MDI polyether prepolymers containing renewable, bio-based raw materials.

Filament winding company Engineering Technology Corporation has developed a compact servo tensioning creel for high-speed wet, dry and towpreg winding.

Owens Corning has reportedly launched a new range of extruded polystyrene (XPS) foam products.

Thermo Fisher Scientific has launched a new scanning electron microscope (SEM) which it says has improved automation.

TFP has developed a new lightweight basalt in its Optiveil range, designed for high temperature applications in composites.

Dura Composites has developed a new glass fiber reinforced floor grating that it says offers the best performance-to-weight ratio in its class.

BASF says that it has supplied its glass reinforced polyamide (PA) for the new 2021 Toyota Sienna.

Packaging and paper company Mondi has developed what it says is the world’s first sustainable polycoated kraft (PCK) paper release liner.

CompoTech has launched a new standard range of lightweight carbon fiber (CF) epoxy composite beams in round tubes and square shaped options and sizes.

SACMI says that it has introduced a new machine in its range of metal powder hydraulic presses.

The MPIF has named the winners of its 2020 powder metallurgy design excellence awards in the special technologies market segment.

ATL Composites says that it is now a distributor for a range of hollow ceramic microspheres suitable for composites and fiber reinforced plastics.

The MPIF has announced the winners of its 2020 powder metallurgy design excellence awards competition in the automotive market segment.

Kyocera has extended two of its cutting tool ranges, with additional safety characteristics.

Bedford Reinforced Plastics has launched a glass fiber reinforced plastic (GFRP) ladder which can be cut with standard carpentry tools.

Lehvoss and Forward Engineering North America (FENA), have partnered to develop additive manufacturing (AM) materials.

A UK consortium, including Northern Ireland based Creative Composites, has received a £33 million government grant to develop zero emissions ferries.

DSM plans to build what it says is the world’s first lightweight 3D printed fiber reinforced poly-mer (FRP) footbridge in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

QuesTek Innovations has launched a new stainless steel powder for powder bed fusion additive manufacturing (AM).

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