Manufacturing

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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Ultrafast high-temperature sintering—opening the door to AI-driven materials discovery

By Lisa McDonald / May 15, 2020

Artificial intelligence techniques hasten the process of identifying new ceramic and glass compositions, but current synthesis methods limit how quickly new compositions can be experimentally tested. University of Maryland researchers and colleagues developed a new ultrafast high-temperature sintering method that could greatly speed up ceramic synthesis.

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Video: Ceramic 3D printing aids production of vaccines

By Lisa McDonald / April 29, 2020

In response to COVID-19, many companies and individual researchers are turning to additive manufacturing to quickly produce essential medical devices. An EU-funded project is using ceramic 3D printing to create devices used in vaccine purification processes.

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