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Published on April 14th, 2017 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on April 14th, 2017 | By: April Gocha


CeraNova restructures to focus on manufacturing and accelerate growth

CeraNova Corporation, a developer and manufacturer of optical and custom ceramic products, has announced a restructuring plan to streamline its organization, align resources to accelerate the company’s growth, and advance its move to large-scale manufacturing. 


Tethon 3D launches Vitrolite glass ceramic resin

Tethon Corporation announced a new resin material for 3-D printing. The material, Vitrolite, is a photo-curing glass ceramic polymer resin for use in SLA or DLP printers. Following kiln firing, objects printed with Vitrolite are a semi-translucent white color with a smooth glassy surface.


Multi-university effort will advance materials, define the future of mobility

Three MIT-affiliated research teams will receive about $10M in funding as part of a $35M materials science discovery program launched by the Toyota Research Institute. Provided over four years, the support will be primarily directed at energy storage.


Morgan Advanced Materials enhances crucible performance with internal coatings

Morgan Advanced Materials is highlighting the consequences of aluminum contamination as it continues to make strides in the development of two specialist coatings, designed to act as a diffusion barrier during the melting process. 


H.C. Starck expects sustained recovery of core markets in 2017

H.C. Starck expects to see a sustained recovery of its core markets in the 2017 fiscal year. During the past fiscal year 2016, sales were down due to the tough market environment and decreases in the prices of raw materials.


Renovated nuclear engineering lab building to reopen at University of Michigan

The renovated Nuclear Engineering Laboratory building is reopening on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor. The $12 million renovation project started in 2015. The school says faculty in Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences will focus on advancing nuclear security, nonproliferation, safety and energy.


US Silica acquires new industrial roofing capability

US Silica Holdings Inc. announced that it has acquired a division of National Coatings Corp. that manufactures and distributes cool roof granules, a treated kaolin product used in industrial roofing systems that delivers superior solar reflectance and higher thermal emittance than standard designed roofing products.


Kyocera develops world’s smallest crystal unit for smartphones, wearables

Kyocera Crystal Device Corporation has developed the world’s smallest crystal unit for smartphones, wearables, and other electronic devices. The new CX1008 quartz crystal unit measures just 1.0 x 0.8mm yet delivers the same electrical characteristics as Kyocera’s conventional CX1210 model.


Federally funded R&D center funding rebounded in FY 2015

The nation’s 42 federally funded research and development centers reported spending $18.5 billion on R&D in FY2015, their first rebound after several years of declining or flat expenditures, according to a new report from the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics.


Composites manufacturing facility launches at NREL

On January 31, the National Wind Technology Center at the National Renewable Energy Lab welcomed its newest building: the Composites Manufacturing Education and Technology (CoMET) facility. The capability is designed to fill a critical composites manufacturing gap in the research and development process.


ACMA recommends Commerce Department to ease impact of federal regulations

In response to a request for information by the U.S. Department of Commerce, the American Composites Manufacturers Association’s (ACMA) Regulatory Steering Committee has developed a list of standards and laws that inhibit the viability and growth of composites manufacturing.


156 early career engineering researchers to journey to frontiers of their fields, chart new paths

Supported by grants from the National Science Foundation’s Engineering Directorate, 156 early career engineering faculty begin a five-year journey that will take them to the frontiers of fundamental engineering research. Their work will cover fields ranging from smart materials and advanced robotics to secure communications.


City Tech receives grants for new Center of Additive Manufacturing and Medical Devices

City Tech, of The City University of New York, has recently received STEM research grants from NSF and NASA, totaling more than $1.3 million in support. Students will work alongside faculty and collaborators on projects to design and fabricate medical devices as well as participate in space additive manufacturing and electron beam freeform fabrication.


On Site Robotics modernizes construction with large-scale 3-D printing systems

Barcelona’s Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia has teamed with Basque technology company Tecnalia to develop On Site Robotics, a 3-D printing construction project in which sustainable, low-cost buildings can be built with 100% natural materials.


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