Manufacturing

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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Direct-writing additive manufacturing of lead-free piezoelectric parts

By Jonathon Foreman / April 26, 2019

As additive manufacturing techniques become increasingly sophisticated, they offer a way to effectively construct specialized electronic devices. Two recent papers describe different direct-writing AM methods for constructing lead-free piezoelectric parts.

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No more inert atmospheres—Molten salt synthesis prevents oxidation of materials in air

By Lisa McDonald / April 19, 2019

Nonoxide ceramics typically undergo high-temperature synthesis in an inert atmosphere to prevent spontaneous oxidation. Researchers at Forschungszentrum Jülich have now found that potassium bromide keeps nonoxide ceramics from oxidizing when synthesized in normal air.

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Shorting out? Multilayer ceramic capacitor shortage limits consumer electronic availability

By April Gocha / April 16, 2019

The market for multilayer ceramic capacitors is ballooning with the rise of connected devices in our homes, automobiles, and pockets—but supply is not keeping pace with demand.

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Microwave processing of glass frit promises significant energy reduction

By Jonathon Foreman / April 9, 2019

Frit produced by researchers in Spain using a pre-production scale microwave processing method compared well to commercial frit prepared in a traditional gas-fired continuous furnace—and it used 64 percent less energy per kilogram of frit to produce.

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Could our newfound aversion to plastic prove to be a boon to glass?

By April Gocha / April 2, 2019

With a plummeting public opinion of plastic, shifting consumer preferences and new initiatives designed to reduce waste may offer some interesting possibilities for glass packaging.

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3D-printed glass: Where are we now?

By Lisa McDonald / March 26, 2019

Since 2015, there have been quite a few advancements in glass 3D printing technology. Take a look at some highlights from the past four years, and find out what may come next.

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Welding glass to metal: ‘Breakthrough’ expands realm of manufacturing possibilities

By Lisa McDonald / March 19, 2019

Researchers from Heriot-Watt University and industry successfully welded glass and metal together using an ultrafast laser microwelding process. They are now developing a prototype for the laser processing system to take it closer to commercialization.

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Imerys at Ceramics Expo

Ceramics Expo 2019: Must-attend event offers new format, features

By Faye Oney / November 30, 2018

Planning to attend Ceramics Expo 2019? A two-track conference, B2B Matchmaking, Product Showcase, and networking opportunities are just a few of the highlights. Here’s a sneak peek at what you can expect to see at the newly-formatted conference.

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3-D printed ceramic parts could support lunar colonies

By Faye Oney / November 23, 2018

Establishing colonies on the moon will require a means to fabricate spare parts for repair or replacement. One Austrian company is already 3-D printing ceramic nuts and bolts out of simulated moon dust.

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