Manufacturing

The potential of pultrusion to produce shape memory polymer composites

By Lisa McDonald / October 15, 2021

The highly automated and continuous pultrusion process offers several benefits over traditional manufacturing processes. Researchers led by Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology explored the potential of pultrusion to produce shape memory polymer composites.

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Amorphous calcium carbonate opens door to low-temperature 3D printing of ceramic materials

By Lisa McDonald / October 5, 2021

It can be difficult to incorporate organic additives into 3D-printed ceramic materials because the parts require high-temperature heat treatment to reach final density. Researchers in Israel developed a new low-temperature 3D printing process using amorphous calcium carbonate.

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Reducing the need for trial and error—systematic selection of inorganic binders for refractories

By Lisa McDonald / September 17, 2021

The binder used in refractory production requires careful consideration because it can influence the refractory’s final mechanical and chemical properties. Researchers in Germany advanced a selective and systematic method for choosing an inorganic binder.

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Sustainability is key at Ceramics Expo 2021

By Lisa McDonald / September 3, 2021

Ceramics Expo 2021, which occurred in-person this year from August 31–September 1, welcomed dozens of exhibitors and hundreds of attendees to Cleveland, Ohio. Learn about what took place during the two-day event.

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Origami techniques unfold new opportunities for complex glass shaping

By Lisa McDonald / July 30, 2021

Processing options for glass are limited by its brittle nature and the requirement to achieve optical transparency. Researchers from Zhejiang University in China showed it is possible to make 3D objects out of transparent glass using origami techniques.

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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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