Manufacturing

Recovery of abrasive grains from grinding wheel waste

By Lisa McDonald / June 8, 2021

Grinding is a widely used machining process to smooth and shape parts, yet few studies have explored recovering abrasive grains from the rejected and spent grinding wheels. Sabarinathan Palaniyappan of SSN College of Engineering in India has published a number of papers with his supervisor V.E. Annamalai on this topic.

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Joining of dissimilar materials, plus more inside May 2021 ACerS Bulletin

By Lisa McDonald / April 15, 2021

The May 2021 issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring articles on joining of dissimilar materials—is now available online. Plus—FMEA for spark plug design.

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Additive manufacturing drives future of ceramic industry, plus more inside April 2021 ACerS Bulletin

By Lisa McDonald / March 18, 2021

The April 2021 issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring articles on additive manufacturing techniques and potential—is now available online. Plus—new C&GM.

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High-quality graphene from ultrafast, low-cost plasma spray

By Lisa McDonald / February 26, 2021

Current methods of graphene production face tradeoffs among speed, cost, and material quality. Researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology Patna propose a new method based on plasma spraying that may offer the best outcome for all of these factors.

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Laser-based process allows direct creation of 3D glass structures

By Lisa McDonald / January 26, 2021

Glass additive manufacturing is a less developed field compared to methods for printing plastic, metal, and ceramic, but the last few years saw significant advances. Three researchers in France now propose that two-photon polymerization, a technique used in fields such as micro/nanophotonics, could offer an effective way to 3D print glass directly rather than by layer-on-layer procedures.

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Curing a sticky situation: Researchers activate adhesives using magnetic field and nanoparticles

By Lisa McDonald / January 8, 2021

Curing heat-activated adhesives in high-temperature ovens can be an energy-intensive and costly process. Nanyang Technological University researchers demonstrated that using magnetic fields and specially designed nanoparticles instead to generate heat may be a better option.

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From automation to sustainability, the Virtual Conference on Glass Problems covers the gamut of glass manufacturing innovation

By Lisa McDonald / November 3, 2020

The 81st Conference on Glass Problems took place virtually Oct. 26–30, 2020. Speakers touched on a comprehensive list of topics that are of big interest in the glass manufacturing industry, including Industry 4.0 and sustainability.

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First-ever Ceramic Manufacturing Solutions Conference looks at latest trends in ceramic manufacturing industry

By Lisa McDonald / October 2, 2020

ACerS’ first-ever Ceramic Manufacturing Solutions Conference took place Tuesday, Sept. 29. Speakers discussed the latest ceramic manufacturing trends in three broad areas: Testing, Quality, and Health & Safety; Ceramic Processing; and Raw Materials.

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Ceramics Expo Connect covers wide range of new and emerging ceramic applications

By Lisa McDonald / September 29, 2020

Ceramics Expo Connect, the virtual version of Ceramics Expo, took place Sept. 21–25, 2020. Panels, interviews, and roundtables covered a wide range of new and emerging ceramic applications across the five days.

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A hu‘gel’y promising method: Support bath simplifies additive manufacturing of polymer-derived ceramics

By Lisa McDonald / September 15, 2020

Polymer-derived ceramic structures are difficult to manufacture using additive manufacturing processes because of low viscosity of the polymer state. Researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas successfully demonstrated the use of gel-like viscoplastic fluid to support preceramic polymers during the printing process.

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