Manufacturing

Hero or villain? Opposing arguments for the environmental impact of smartphones

By April Gocha / August 16, 2019

The smartphone industry is often considered to have an increasingly negative impact on the environment. But an opposing argument that smartphones are the heroes, rather than villains, of this story exists as well. How could that be?

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Not so tough now: h-BN more amenable to bonding after reduction reaction

By Lisa McDonald / August 16, 2019

Hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) has many excellent properties but does not bond well with other elements. Chemists at Rice University found a particular reduction reaction allows h-BN to bond readily with carbon chains.

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Sound science and engineering at all stages of research

By Jonathon Foreman / August 9, 2019

Sound science and engineering occur at all stages of the research process—a fact evident in ACerS journals. See how ACerS promotes sound science throughout the research process in two recent articles published in two ACerS journals.

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Designing advanced ceramics: A review on tape casting of preceramic polymers

By Jonathon Foreman / July 19, 2019

In a recent review article, researchers from the Federal University of Santa Catarina (Brazil) and the University of Limoges (France) look at advances in tape casting of preceramic polymers over the last 20 years.

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Video: 3D print a diamond composite

By Lisa McDonald / June 19, 2019

Diamond, the hardest of the common naturally occurring substances, is almost impossible to form into complex shapes. Engineering company Sandvik developed a 3D printing process for diamond composites that makes complex shapes possible.

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Make better perfume bottles quickly and inexpensively

By Jonathon Foreman / May 24, 2019

Researchers from the United States and Europe developed a numerical model for manufacturing perfume bottles that could cut the cost and time associated with designing new glass containers.

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Video: Building a smash-proof guitar

By Lisa McDonald / May 22, 2019

Rock stars are known for smashing guitars—but what happens when they encounter an unbreakable one? Engineering group Sandvik partnered with Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen to test the limits of a smash-proof guitar.

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More advances in 3D-printed glass

By Lisa McDonald / May 10, 2019

Additive manufacturing of glass is still a ways from industrial capacity, but research in this field is gaining steam. Two recently published papers detail two ways to 3D print glass—laser powder bed fusion, and fused filament fabrication.

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Until next year! Ceramics Expo 2019 premieres successful two-day format filled with learning, networking, and sales leads

By Lisa McDonald / May 3, 2019

Thousands of attendees flocked the I-X Center during Ceramics Expo on April 30 and May 1. Conference talks covered a wide variety of topics, and exhibitors made the most of their networking opportunities during the two-day exposition.

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Ceramics Expo 2019—New format, new exhibitors, more networking opportunities

By Lisa McDonald / May 1, 2019

Ceramics Expo 2019, featuring a new two-day format, officially kicked off on Tuesday in Cleveland, Ohio. Attendees spent the day listening to numerous conference presentations and talking with exhibitors.

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