New Materials for Manufacturing: The Economist's Overview For 2015

From The Economist's Technology Quarterly: This is what some scientists describe as a “golden age” for materials. New, high-performing substances such as exotic alloys and superstrong composites are emerging; “smart” materials can remember their shape, repair themselves or assemble themselves into components. Little structures that change the way something responds to light or sound can be used to turn a material into a “metamaterial” with very different properties... ...When it comes to making chemical bonds, one element, carbon, is in a league of its own; a more or less infinite number of distinct molecules can be made from it. Chemists call these carbon-based molecules organic, and have devoted a whole branch of their subject—inorganic chemistry—to ignoring them. Mr Ceder’s Materials Project sits in that inorganic domain. It has simulated some 60,000 materials, and five years from now should reach 100,000. This will provide what the people working on the project call the “materials genome”: a list of the basic properties—conductivity, hardness, elasticity, ability to absorb other chemicals and so on—of all the compounds anyone might think of. “In ten years someone doing materials design will have all these numbers available to them, and information about how materials will interact,” says Mr Ceder. “Before, none of this really existed. It was all trial and error... ( full article )

Belden Universal Named a Winner of Two Leading Manufacturing Awards for its Excellence in Developing Aerospace Universal Joints

The Golden Mousetrap Awards by Design News celebrate the companies, products, and people who are energizing North American design, engineering and manufacturing.

Nano Dimension Announces New Collaboration with Tel Aviv University, Enabling 3D Printing of Sensors Using Nickel Nano- Particles

Nickel is a metal with excellent mechanical properties and very high corrosion resistance properties, ideally suited for printing applications. However, when utilizing inks made from nickel nanoparticles for inkjet printing, the main problem is the formation of particle clusters that can clog the printer head nozzles.

CHGT Looks to Assemble Building Blocks for Future Partnership with Global Toy Make

Changing Technologies, Inc. (OTCQB:CHGT) wants to offer its 3D printing services to world-renowned toymaker LEGO to repair or replace broken or missing pieces, bricks and blocks - a bold move the company believes would produce a strong stream of revenues, if successful.

EB Industries Welding Expertise Featured in Innovate Long Island Article

Electron beam welding firm utilizes expertise to weld 3D printed components

Diversified Machine Systems Engages Customers Through Their Advanced Manufacturing Center

Diversified Machine Systems completes new division, the Advanced Manufacturing Center, located at the DMS world headquarters in Colorado Springs, CO.

Sold-out SPIE Photonics West concludes with record attendance at year's largest photonics gathering

SPIE Photonics West, the fields largest photonics gathering of the year, ended with record attendance last week in San Francisco. Hot topics included laser materials processing, brain imaging, and miniaturization of optoelectronic technology.

Hard, brittle and transparent: The laser also meets the challenge of glass

Laser systems can process nearly all materials, but hard, brittle, transparent materials such as glass, sapphire or ceramic pose a special challenge. At LASYS 2016, users will find a comprehensive range of innovative solutions and a high level of expertise.

Belt Technologies Provides Seamless Solution for PVC Plastic Producer

The customer needed to cool PVC plastic that would be extruded onto the belt at temperatures of up to 400°F. They had been beta testing a silicone belt that was functional but had a large seam where the two ends of the belt met; this seam left unsightly marks in the finished product.

Lenze Smart Drive Technologies Expedite Machine Kinematic Programming

Energy efficient drives and modular software optimize machine development and commissioning in material handling and packaging applications

DeWys Manufacturing Inc. Creates "One of a Kind" Automated Fastener Insertion Machine

DeWys Manufacturing Inc. Creates "One of a Kind" Automated Fastener Insertion Machine

Sciaky, Inc. Introduces IRISS™ Closed-Loop Control for its Industry-Leading EBAM Metal 3D Printing Systems

This exclusive, patented system incorporates a suite of sensors and controls to generate extensive real-time monitoring and process data for AM parts

Evana Automation Launches New Validation Program to Assist Healthcare Product Manufacturers with Meeting FDA Regulations during the Implementation of Automated Manufacturing Equipment

The Evana Validation Process (EVP)℠ helps healthcare product manufacturers avoid costly mistakes, bridge departmental silos, and expedite time-to-market

Lee Contracting Growing 30% in 2016

Lee Industrial Contracting Inc., a premier company in "Providing Turn-Key Solutions for Plant Projects" is expecting to hire almost 100 employees in 2016.

Inside 3D Printing 2016: Metal printing in the aerospace, automobile, and tool industries

Expert conference for additive manufacturing methods at the METAV in Düsseldorf on the 24/25 February 2016

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Zaber's X-LRQ-DE Series: High Precision Stages with Built-in Controllers and Linear Encoders

Zaber's X-LRQ-DE Series: High Precision Stages with Built-in Controllers and Linear Encoders

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