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Trumpf to offer selective laser melting for 3D printing of metals
German industrial machining and tooling equipment manufacturer Trumpf has added another type of metal 3D printing technology to its portfolio. This makes Trumpf the only manufacturer to offer all of the major laser 3D printing technologies.
Acoustic technique reveals structural information in nanoscale materials
Understanding where and how phase transitions occur is critical to developing new generations of the materials used in high-performance batteries, sensors, energy-harvesting devices, medical diagnostic equipment and other applications. But until now there was no good way to study and simultaneously
The future of metal laser melting
Metal laser melting has mastered the leap from rapid prototyping to recognised production technology. Additive manufactured parts are used in a wide range of industries. Toolcraft has expanded its machinery in order to more effectively meet the demand, with an M2 Cusing multilaser system made by Con
Unlocking the potential of Graphene
CPI has received £14m from Innovate UK to create the UK’s Graphene Applications Innovation Centre to assist companies to develop, prove and commercialise products using graphene technologies. The centre offers access to a world-leading capability in the development of graphene, printable and fo
Materials information can be accessed twice as fast
Granta Design has announced further major performance, deployment, and functional enhancements to its Granta MI Version 8.1 system for enterprise materials information management, including enabling users to access data twice as fast.
Albumin-glycerol blended bioplastic shows promise for antibacterial packaging
Bioplastics made from protein sources such as albumin and whey have shown significant antibacterial properties, findings that could eventually lead to their use in plastics used in medical applications such as wound healing dressings, sutures, catheter tubes and drug delivery, according to a recent
Aerospace certification for surface coatings company
Ionbond announces that Airbus SAS has certified the Greensboro, NC, USA coating centre for the production of PVD coatings according to Airbus process specifications (AIPS). The certification will allow the facility in Greensboro to provide coatings to Airbus directly and through its suppliers.
Functional Materials get UK research financial boost
Ten new research projects that will advance UK manufacturing capability, develop new and exciting functional materials, and accelerate the translation of the science of functional materials through to application were announced today by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC),
Industrial materials on display at Industrial Supply 2015
The on-going development of industrial materials for use in engineering components continues to drive growth in the global subcontracting sector. And that growth is coming not just from relatively new materials such as carbon reinforced or glass fibre reinforced plastics; surprising new applications
Versatile active brazing alloy process for joining metals to ceramics
Morgan Advanced Materials has highlighted the benefits of its active brazing alloy (ABA) process to join metals to ceramics in a variety of applications where conventional metallisation and brazing are either costly or impractical.
Dutch polymer giant opens international research centre for innovative materials
Royal DSM has opened a new centre for research into and development of high-performance materials on the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen, the Netherlands. The completion of DSM's largest materials centre worldwide is part of the €100 million investment in knowledge and innovation
Thorium to replace uranium for improved nuclear design?
An international project is developing a radical new type of nuclear power station that is safer, more cost-effective, compact, quicker and less disruptive to build than any previously constructed. Specifically, it is exploring whether the element thorium could help to meet the new design’s fuel nee
Researchers watch molecules from smart materials wiggle in real-time
A new crystallographic technique called time-resolved crystallography is being used at the University of Leeds to transform scientists’ ability to observe how molecules work. The method allows reaearchers to observe changes within the structure of molecules. Although fast time-resolved crystallograp
Imaging technique can detect acoustically invisible cracks
The next generation of aircraft could be thinner and lighter, thanks to the development of a new imaging technique that could detect damage previously invisible to acoustic imaging systems.
Non-magnetic, high temperature resistant packaging for microelectronic components
Kyocera’s development of this innovative ceramic packaging is based on established HTCC technology (High Temperature Co-Fired Ceramics), which is currently used with specific non-magnetic piece parts and plating options. Kyocera is now presenting a new type of HTCC with platinum metallization on the
European partners collaborate in 'development of replacement of ITO for OLEDs
Currently the commercialisation of Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) and Organic Photovoltaic (OPV) based applications such as flexible displays, lighting and energy harvesting devices is heavily dependent on the use of indium tin oxide (ITO) for transparent conducting films, and encapsulation fil
Thermally conductive, two-component epoxy passes medical device specifications
Master Bond EP21AOLV-2Med meets USP Class VI and ISO 10993-5 specifications for medical device applications. It is thermally conductive and a competent electrical insulator.
Graphene-based flexible display produced for first time
A flexible display incorporating graphene in the pixel electronics has been successfully demonstrated by the Cambridge Graphene Centre and Plastic Logic, said to be the first time graphene has been used in a transistor-based flexible device.
Self-mating parts - searching for symmetry
If a part has the potential to be split into symmetrical halves that can self-mate, Proto Labs recommends exploring that option early in the design process. It could save time and money. Generally speaking, if a manual assembly process that involves screws or ultrasonic welding can be turned into a
Neutron scattering experiment resolves a contentious superconducting issue
Scientists around the globe are trying to understand the phenomenon of loss-free electric power transmission by high-temperature superconductors. Materials that exhibit this effect at room temperature would bear huge technical potential. Recently symmetry changes in the electronic phases of high-tem
Perovskite spray-on solar cells could help cut the cost of solar energy
Perovskite is a promising new material for solar cells, combing high efficiency with low materials costs. A team of scientists at the University of Sheffield are the first to fabricate perovskite solar cells using a spray-painting process – a discovery that could help cut the cost of solar electrici
Conflict minerals - moving beyond compliance
Certain minerals originating in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and adjoining countries have been a major source of international concern. Armed groups in the region are accused of severe human rights abuses and of using proceeds from the sales of these minerals to fuel regional conflicts. A
Thermal energy machining solves high volume finishing problem for automotive Tier 1 supplier
Proprietary technologies such as TEM (thermal energy machining) are solving increasingly complex finishing challenges faced by manufacturers around the world, including Delphi-TVS is a joint venture between Delphi Corp. (Troy, Michigan USA) and T.V. Sundaram Iyengar & Sons (Kancheepuram, India).
Highly non-linear metamaterials for laser technology
Non-linear optical materials are widely used in laser systems. However, high light intensity and long propagation are required to produce strong non-linear optical effects. Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and the Technische Universitaet Muenchen have created metamaterials with a mil
Materials innovations forecast to play key role in armour protection for helicopters and boats
DSM Dyneema, the manufacturer of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMwPE) fibre, branded as Dyneema, and a specialist in life protection materials and high-performance fibres, sees next-generation materials technologies as an important facet. This view is supported by industry experts who p
High-flow polysulfone coupling for healthcare industry
LinkTech Couplings, a supplier of quick couplings and valves is to launch its 60PS series of high-flow couplings made of Udel polysulfone (PSU) resin from Solvay Specialty Polymers for healthcare and industrial applications.
Parasitic conduction heralds advance in solid-state lithium batteries
A team of researchers at Tohoku University in Japan has created a new type of lithium ion conductor for future batteries that could be the basis for a whole new generation of solid-state batteries. It uses rock salt Lithium Borohydride (LiBH4), a well-known agent in organic chemistry laboratories th
Nanotechnology breakthrough - method unveiled for controlling growth of metal crystals
Researchers at the University of Warwick have announced the first ever method for controlling the growth of metal-crystals from single atoms. Called Nanocrystallometry, it allows for the creation of precise components for use in nanotechnology.
Q & A on corrosion-resistant coatings
Utsav Shah, Product Development Engineer at Master Bond answers questions about corrosion and corrosion resistant coatings. Shah has a background in Polymer Engineering, having earned a Masters degree in Material Science from University of Southern California.
Printable heating systems and transparent inks
Within the electronics field, more and more applications are coming to the fore that require a uniform, self-regulating heating system – from heated mirrors and underfloor heating systems to batteries. Conventional wire-based solutions are not only cumbersome but also particularly time-consuming and
Outstanding Young Investigator Award for work on solar cells
The Materials Research Society’s (MRS) Outstanding Young Investigator Award recognizes outstanding, interdisciplinary scientific work in materials research by a young scientist or engineer who shows exceptional promise as a developing leader in the materials area. This year's award was presented to
Opto-digital microscopy in quality assurance materials testing
The Olympus DSX500 opto-digital light microscope has transformed the way Dortmund-based SGS Institut Fresenius GmbH (a subsidiary of the SGS Group) undertakes a diverse range of quality assurance tasks in the automotive, aerospace and medical technology sectors.
Magnetostrictive materials optimised by multi-physics simulation
Materials that demonstrate different responses to varying external stimuli are known as "smart materials,’ and their discovery has led to the creation of products that perform on a whole new level. These engineered materials are developed to perform smarter and more efficiently than their predecess
Brownian motion method for measuring the temperature of nanoscale objects
Pioneering research has now developed a method to accurately measure the surface temperature of nanoscale objects when they have a different temperature than their environment. A team led by Dr Janet Anders at the University of Exeter and Professor Peter Barker at University College London have disc
Dedicated manufacturing unit established for vacuum brazing
Surface engineering specialist Tecvac has established a dedicated cell for production of complex components by vacuum brazing. The unit is designed to braze ′one-off’ and development components but also has the capacity to produce high volumes of commercial parts using vacuum furnaces of varyi
Nanofibres move into the medical field and advanced composites
Electrospinning is now established as a commercially viable manufacturing process with nanofibres of a range of different polymers now readily available, either as standard product or as "specials’. Applications for these nanofibres are potentially in many different market areas and it is becoming
Can germanium replace silicon in mid-infrared group IV photonics?
A new research project led by the University of Southampton is aiming to establish whether germanium, a group IV semiconductor, can be used as the material of choice in mid-infrared (mid-IR) photonics circuits and sensors.
North American urethane confex to showcase sustainability
The sustainable use of polyurethanes and the latest developments in sustainable raw materials for the global polyurethane industry will take centre stage at the UTECH North America conference and exhibition taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA.
Strontium nitrate potential alternative to silicon for microelectronic devices?
Usually, microelectronic devices are made of silicon or similar semiconductors. Recently, the electronic properties of metal oxides have become quite interesting. These materials are more complex, yet offer a broader range of possibilities to tune their properties. An important breakthrough has now
Advanced ceramics - selection factors for critical components
Dieter Steudtner, Sales Manager at Morgan Advanced Materials, gives designers and manufacturers an insight into advanced ceramic materials and their properties.
Safer and more sustainable materials for manufacturing
Manufacturing industries rely on a supply of raw materials; increasingly these are rare, expensive, difficult to source, and subject to regulation. A £10.3 million grant, awarded to researchers today by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) will be used to find safer, m
New volume of compilation - Fatigue and Fracture of Metallic Medical Materials and Devices
ASTM International has released the 3rd volume of Fatigue and Fracture of Metallic Materials and Devices.
Japan-Switzerland announce publishing collaboration on open-access, advanced materials journal
Japan's National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) and the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) have signed a 5-year collaborative agreement to co-publish the open access journal Science and Technology of Advanced Materials (STAM).
UK Thermoelectric Network (TEMPEST) set up to exploit UK strengths in nanotechnology
The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network announces its support for the first UK Thermoelectric Network – TEMPEST, funded through the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
Dedicated medical manufacturing cell focuses on MRI, X-Ray imaging and radiotherapy
Morgan Advanced Materials is demonstrating its commitment to delivering next-generation solutions for the medical sector, with the opening of a dedicated cell to manufacture products for non-invasive imaging and therapy applications.
Packed conference programme for polyurethanes industry
The UTECH North America event has announced details of its packed two-day conference programme, taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA. Featuring 46 detailed technical papers delivered in a total of eight sessions, the conference will cover the latest developm
Technology advances needed to keep helium supply afloat
Fears that the world is about to run out of helium are subsiding, but major technological advances are needed to ensure the long-term supply of this valuable, but elusive element, according to the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE).
Stanene could replace graphene with 100% electrical conductivity
Even copper's high electrical conductivity is beginning to hold back computers as scientists push the material to its limits. Now, a new material made from a single layer of tin atoms could make history by becoming the world’s first electrical conductor to work at 100% efficiency. This would make i
Carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastics combine chemical resistance with strength and stiffness
RTP has developed customised thermoplastic compounds in over 60 different engineering resin systems for applications requiring colour, conductive, elastomeric, flame retardant, high temperature, structural, and wear resistant properties. They are based on carbon fibre reinforced PEEK, PPA, PPS, and
Metal finishing for 3D printing
Supplier of 3D printed parts produced in high performance materials, Graphite Additive Manufacturing, is partnering with electroplating company BJS Group.
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