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Materials products, January 2021

Fraunhofer acquires Israeli sintering technology

The Fraunhofer Institute says that it has acquired a MoldJet 3D printer from Israeli company Tritone Technologies.

Powder-based 3D composite

3D printing company Ricoh 3D has developed a range of carbon fiber composites made using additive manufacturing (AM).

Additive Industries says that a Formula 1 vehicle introduced by Alfa Romeo was made using 304 metal parts printed on the company’s MetalFAB1 machine.

BASF has developed a new polyphthalamide (PPA) material which it says is suitable for connectors post-processed with surface mount technology (SMT).

Solico has launched software for the design, calculation and optimisation of composite storage tanks and silos.

Sigma Labs has been awarded a contract to supply its PrintRite3D quality assurance software by Lockheed Martin Space in the US.

3D Systems has partnered with the shipbuilding division of Huntington Ingalls Industries to develop Copper-Nickel (CuNi) and Nickel-Copper (NiCu) alloys.

Audi says that additive manufacturing (AM) has now replaced conventional manufacturing to make selected tool segments for hot forming.

BASF says that it has installed an injection molding machine to produce test specimens made of high temperature fiber reinforced thermoplastics.

Sicomin reports that its GreenPoxy resins have been used to help build a sustainable new one-person yacht.

Lanxess reports that a smartphone made of its thermoplastic composite has been launched.

On demand manufacturer Xometry now has a range of Stratasys materials to use in its selective laser sintering (SLS) 3D printers.

TRB Lightweight Structures and Hitachi have begun a project to make composite units for 23 new trains that are due to enter service by 2022.

The University of Birmingham and Bentley Motors have partnered to recycle rare earth metals for use in luxury electric vehicles (EVs).

Diab reports that its structural core material has been used in a sandwich composite structure to make a container to transport Covid-19 vaccines globally.

Renishaw and nTopology say that they have been able to successfully 3D print intricate structures using pure copper powder.

Plansee says that it made a fuel cell component on board NASA’s Perseverance rover, which recently landed on Mars.

BASF says that its Ultramid Advanced polyphthalamide (PPA) range now includes carbon-fiber reinforced grades with fillings of 20, 30 and 40%.

Thermo Fisher Scientific has developed a scanning transmission electron microscope with improved examination of materials at atomic-scale resolution.

Mitsubishi Electric has developed an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) developer’s kit for both first-time automation users and experienced engineers.

Decision SA, part of European composites consortium Carboman Group, has developed a new direct mold tooling technology for aerospace.

Digital Metal has launched a pure copper metal powder suitable for used in its metal binder jetting additive manufacturing (AM) machines.

BÜFA Thermoplastic Composites has partnered with BPREG to supply the latter’s range of unidirectional prepregs and woven fabrics made with natural fiber.

ExOne has been awarded a US Department of Defense contract to develop a self-contained 3D printing ‘factory’ housed in a 40 ft shipping container.

Kyocera says that tooling parts incorporating its ceramic bearings can be easily sterilized for use in food and pharma production.

Exel Composites says that it has secured a patent across Europe for its telecommunications radome design.

BASF has developed a new heat-stabilized version of its Ultramid glass fiber range, suitable for high-temperature applications.

Stratasys has introduced a new acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) based carbon fiber material for its 3D printers.

MaruHachi Group, a Japanese composite manufacturer, has installed a new high-temperature unidirectional tape line.

Sicomin and boat manufacturer Greenboats have developed what they say is the world’s largest natural fiber composite (NFC) structure.

Solvay has partnered with Vertical Aerospace to develop the composite structure of a new passenger air taxi.

Plant manufacturer SACMI has expanded its MPH range of powder metal presses.

Desktop Metal has launched an ‘office-friendly’ metal 3D printing technology suitable for printing in low volumes.

Hexcel reports that its HexPly M9 prepreg has received Type Approval Certification from DNV GL for use in marine applications.

ThermHex Waben and Panel Systems have installed a lightweight polypropylene honeycomb core in a range of camper vans.

Desktop Metal reports that it has started to ship its new P-1 printer globally.

Sicomin says that it has sponsored extreme paddler Richard Kohler on his 6700 km solo kayak crossing of the South Atlantic.

Thermo Fisher Scientific has launched software to help share image data in materials science research.

ExOne Company and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in the US have formed an agreement to 3D print parts with aluminum-infiltrated boron carbide (B4C).

Toray Industries has developed a carbon fiber reinforced plastic-based repair technique for sea vessels used in hydrocarbon production.

Hexagon Purus has supplied composite cylinders for a hydrogen-powered snow groomer, used in compacting snow for skiing and snowboarding.

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