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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Engineered to perfection: The science of chocolate and designing a better chocolate chip

By April Gocha / September 4, 2020

Although chocolate is a simple pleasure for many people around the world, the science behind chocolate as a food and as a material is deliciously complex. Now an industrial designer has re-engineered the chocolate chip to maximize taste and texture, giving it optimal surface area with angular features.

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Single-step synthesis of refractory ceramics, plus more inside September 2020 ACerS Bulletin

By Lisa McDonald / August 20, 2020

The September 2020 issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring single-step synthesis of refractory ceramics—is now available online. Plus—Awards and C&GM

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A double-edged sword—reverse engineered 3D-printed parts show security risk presented by machine learning

By Lisa McDonald / July 31, 2020

Machine learning is poised to play a big role in speeding up materials discovery and commercialization—but could such techniques present a risk to the global additive manufacturing market as well? Researchers at New York University showed they could potentially steal trade secrets by reverse engineering 3D-printed parts using machine learning.

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Build geometrically complex ceramic components using organic sacrificial supports

By Jonathon Foreman / June 9, 2020

One challenge in additive manufacturing is the design of complex shapes with large-sized unsupported regions. A recent ACerS journal article explores the use of organic sacrificial supports to achieve such designs.

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Ensuring business continuity in the face of COVID-19

By David Holthaus / May 29, 2020

Doing business during the COVID-19 pandemic is a constantly evolving challenge. Companies involved in the advanced ceramics supply chain are taking several steps to ensure continuity during this time.

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