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Materials Today 08/13/2019 08:00
The companys Coco Mat Technology and Bio-Based Surfboards reportedly meet Ecoboard requirements. Cobra International has released its latest sustainability development report covering the company’s ‘commitment to creating positive changes for society and the environment’. This is the fifth annual report of its kind for the company and is in line with its 2007 Code of Conduct, Cobra says. The company’s sustainable technologies and products, including its Coco Mat Technology and Bio-Based Surfboards, reportedly meet Ecoboard requirements set by charity organization Sustainable Surf.
Materials Today 08/13/2019 07:08
Prodrives laminating production space has been expanded by 50%. Prodrive Composites, which makes lightweight composite components, says that it has upgraded its facility in Milton Keynes, UK. The company has now installed a Zund automated prepreg cutting machine to support the throughput of raw material and cutting of material kits for laminating, doubling the cutting department’s capacity.
Materials Today 08/13/2019 07:02
A turbine rear vane produced using additive manufacturing (AM). 3D Systems and industrial automation company GF Machining Solutions have extended their additive manufacturing (AM) partnership in the Greater China region. As part of the agreement, manufacturers in China and Taiwan will be able to order 3D Systems’ and GF Machining Solutions' scalable metal additive manufacturing (AM) machines through GF Machining Solutions. Customers in the Greater China region will also have access to GF Machining Solutions’ customer innovation center (CIC) in Shanghai. This story uses material from , with editorial changes made by Materials Today.
Materials Today 08/13/2019 06:57
Carpenter says that its net sales for Q4 2019 were US$641.4 million, compared with US$618.0 mil-lion in Q4 2018, an increase of US$23.4 million. Full year net sales were US$2,380.2 million, an increase from US$2,157.7 million in 2018. The company said that it had year-on-year net sales growth of 12% in aerospace and defense and 17% in medical end-use markets. ‘The fourth quarter marked the end to a successful year as we generated our strongest quarterly operating income performance since fiscal year 2013,’ said Tony Thene, Carpenter CEO.
Materials Today 08/13/2019 05:00
This is an electron microscopy image of the strongly restructured surface of a hybrid organic-inorganic perovskite crystal after treatment with benzylamine. On top of the etched 3D crystal, traces of what appears to be the 2D perovskite can be seen. Image: Loi Lab/University of Groningen. Recent advances in solar cell technology use polycrystalline perovskite films as the active layer, achieving a conversion efficiency of as much as 24.2%. Hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites are especially successful, and they have been used in optoelectronic devices such as solar cells, photodetectors, light-emitting diodes and lasers. But the surface of hybrid perovskites is prone to defects, or surface traps, where charge carriers are trapped in the sem.
Materials Today 08/13/2019 04:59
Water droplets on a metal nanolayer. Photo: Franz Geiger, Northwestern University. There are many ways to generate electricity – batteries, solar panels, wind turbines and hydroelectric dams, to name a few examples. And now there's also rust. New research conducted by scientists at California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and Northwestern University shows that thin films of rust – iron oxide – can generate electricity when saltwater flows over them. These films represent an entirely new way of generating electricity and could be used to develop new forms of sustainable power production. The scientists report their findings in a paper in the . Interactions between metal compounds and saltwater often generate electricity, but this is usua.
Materials Today 08/12/2019 09:03
Patient-specific implants for the treatment of orthopedic and cranial trauma and reconstruction. 3D printing company Materialise plans to acquire in a 75% stake in Engimplan, a Brazil-based manufacturer of orthopedic and cranio-maxillofacial (CMF) implants and instruments. The company says that this move will help to accelerate the introduction of 3D printed, personalized implants and instruments in the Brazilian market.
Materials Today 08/12/2019 09:03
Carpenter Technology Corporation has appointed Sam Abdelmalek as vice president and group president of performance engineered products (PEP). In this role, Abdelmalek will cover Amega West Services, Carpenter Additive, Carpenter Powder Products (CPP), Dynamet Inc and Latrobe Specialty Metals Distribution and related services. ‘As we continue to focus on expanding our PEP capabilities, particularly in additive manufacturing, Sam will lead our teams in safely and efficiently executing our strategy,’ said CEO Tony Thene. Before joining Carpenter Technology, Abdelmalek served as chief transformation and supply chain officer at Bombardier, and as vice president, global supply chain at Pratt & Whitney. This story uses material from , with editori.
Materials Today 08/11/2019 08:30
Chemicals company BASF has reported Q2 sales of €15.2 billion, a decrease of 4% from the same period of 2018. Prices were down by 2%, mainly driven by the isocyanates and cracker products businesses, and sales volumes reportedly declined by 6%. All segments recorded lower volumes, except for Nutrition and Care, and the decline was most pronounced in the Chemicals and Agricultural Solutions segments. According to the company, ‘the macroeconomic environment became challenging for BASF in the second quarter of 2019. The global trade conflicts, particularly between the United States and China, are a serious concern for the company’. ‘There is currently high uncertainty, low visibility and poor predictability,’ said Dr Martin Brudermüller, BASF
Materials Today 08/11/2019 07:37
Tru-Design and Composites One have signed a distribution agreement for Tru-Design’s material coatings and finishes for 3D printed components. Tru-Design’s coating materials provide smoother surfaces and vacuum integrity for large scale 3D printed tools and cosmetic parts, the company says. ‘Tru-Design’s advanced material coatings and finishes will allow our customers to take advantage of 3D printed tooling that offers comparable cosmetics to traditional tooling options,’ said Dave Smith, VP at Composites One. This story uses material from , with editorial changes made by Materials Today.
Materials Today 08/11/2019 07:37
Additive manufacturing (AM) Materialise reports that its total Q2 revenue increased 7.4% to €48,404K for the second quarter of 2019 from €45,076K for the second quarter of 2018. Revenue from the company’s software segment increased 2.1% to €9,320k for the second quarter of 2019 from €9,131K for the same quarter last year, while medical segment revenues increased 17.3% to €14,546K for the second quarter of 2019 compared to €12,400K for the same period in 2018.
Materials Today 08/11/2019 07:31
The Metal Injection Molding Association (MIMA), a trade association that promotes metal injection molding (MIM) powders, components and products, has launched a newly redesigned website at The new site features a modern design, improved functionality, and resources for potential MIM end users, the association says. The site also features a design resource center, case studies and a member directory of parts fabricators and powder and equipment suppliers. This story uses material from , with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.
Materials Today 08/09/2019 05:00
MIT researchers have developed a material that gastroenterologists can inject into patients as a liquid, which then turns into a solid gel once it reaches polyp tissue during colonoscopies. Image courtesy of the researchers. More than 15 million colonoscopies are performed in the US every year, and in at least 20% of those, gastroenterologists end up removing precancerous growths from the colon. Eliminating these early-stage lesions, known as polyps, is the best way to prevent colon cancer from developing. To reduce the risk of tearing the colon during this procedure, doctors often inject a saline solution into the space below the lesion, forming a ‘cushion’ that lifts the polyp so that it's easier to remove safely. However, this cushion do.
Materials Today 08/09/2019 04:59
Rice University researchers have determined that an odd, two-faced 'Janus' edge is more common than previously thought for carbon nanotubes growing on a rigid catalyst. The conventional nanotube at left has facets that form a circle, allowing the nanotube to grow straight up from the catalyst. But the researchers discovered the nanotube at right, with a tilted Janus edge that has segregated sections of zigzag and armchair configurations, is far more energetically favored when growing carbon nanotubes via chemical vapor deposition. Image: Evgeni Penev/Rice University. When is a circle less stable than a jagged loop? Apparently when you're talking about carbon nanotubes. Theoretical researchers at Rice University have discovered that segregat.
Materials Today 08/08/2019 06:58
Zach Simkin with outgoing chair, Jennifer Fielding, at the recent RAPID + TCT Conference. (Photo courtesy SME.). 3D printing company Senvol says that its president, Zach Simkin, has been elected to serve as chair of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) additive manufacturing (AM) community. According to the company, the community advisors can advise the SME and its members about AM technologies, materials, processes, industrial base, and workforce, while the SME AM advisory committee covers initiatives, activities, policy, and strategy related to 3D printing. ‘AM continues to be a major strategic initiative for SME and a vital emerging sector for manufacturing as a whole,’ said Suzy Marzano, product development manager at SME who ove.
Materials Today 08/08/2019 06:53
A carrier for the rear spoiler of a sports car manufacturer will also be on display. SGL says that it will showcase a range of its fiber composites for mobility and industrial applications at the China Composites Expo, taking place in Shanghai, China, from 3–5 September. This includes the company’s Sigrafil carbon fibers, textile semi-finished products and Refrasil silica-based materials, which have been developed for high-temperature applications in the aerospace industry.
Materials Today 08/08/2019 06:53
Materials analyst company Element Materials Technology says that three of its US-based polymer engineers have been appointed to the Milwaukee board of the Society of Plastics Engineers. Mary Kosarzycki, senior polymers engineer, will serve on the board of directors while Dr Todd Menna, polymers engineering manager, has been appointed board president.
Materials Today 08/08/2019 06:53
UK innovation center CPI is contributing its facilities to an EU project focused on researching lightweight embedded electronics. The LEE-BED project will reportedly run for four years with a consortium funding value of over €10 million. It aims to boost the development and manufacture of nanomaterials, inks, adhesives, composites and lightweight embedded electronics for European industry. ‘The LEE-BED innovation test bed will have a huge impact on businesses across the nanomaterials, formulation and embedded electronics industries in Europe,’ said John Cocker, director of electronics at CPI, said. ‘The benefits of the cost-effective and accelerated development of sensors and electronic components will have a number of applications in the I.
Materials Today 08/07/2019 09:19
Joseph D Hall, new aftermarket services manager for powder compaction solutions. Powder pressing company Gasbarre has promoted Joseph D Hall to aftermarket services manager for powder compaction solutions. The move is aimed to improve the company’s aftermarket service and technical expertise, Gasbarre says. The company’s powder compaction segment covers powder compaction presses, automation, precision tooling and ancillary powder compaction products, while its press range includes uniaxial mechanical, hydraulic, electric, and cold isostatic presses available in capacities from 2 to 1,000 tons. Hall has been with Gasbarre for more than nine years in various roles including logistics and press assembly. This story uses material from , with ed.
Materials Today 08/07/2019 09:19
Zeotherm TPVs can be used in under-the-hood automotive parts such as this oil filter gasket. RTP Company has acquired a thermoplastic vulcanisates (TPV) product line from Zeon Chemicals. The transaction encompasses all products sold globally under the Zeotherm TPV name. ‘The Zeotherm TPVs expand our product line, which includes compounds based on styrene ethylene butylene styrene (SEBS), TPV, thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), polyolefins (POE), copolyester elastomers (COPE), and copolyamide (COPA), making it one of the broadest thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) product portfolios in the industry,’ said Todd Gummersbach, general manager at RTP Company. Zeotherm TPV products reportedly offer 150° C (302° F) continuous use performance while withst.

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