NIST opens comment phase on advanced manufacturing consortium

By Eileen De Guire / July 27, 2011

Government agencies are starting to drive the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership announced in June by President Obama (see our earlier post about his announcement at Carnegie Mellon). NIST is seeking comments from the public on the best way to structure its proposed Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortium. From NIST: Contact: Barbara Lambis 301-975-4447 A notice published today…

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Ceramics and glass business news of the week

By / July 27, 2011

Here is what we are hearing: NexTech Materials receives ISO 9001:2008 certification NexTech has been awarded the International Organization for Standardization 9001:2008 certification for its Quality Management System.  Recognizing the quality needs of its clients, NexTech has voluntarily registered with ISO to provide independent assessment of our quality processes. Corning announces expansion of clean air…

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Customizing medical prostheses with mathematics and additive manufacturing

By Eileen De Guire / July 25, 2011

Topological optimization can be used to custom design prosthetic implants. Credit: Image created by Janet Sinn-Hanlon, Beckman ITG, University of Illinois Mathematics—the common language of science and engineering—often proves to be the doorway between disciplines. The common ground between a skyscraper, an airplane wing, and facial bones may not seem obvious until one realizes that from…

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Phosphate ceramic corrosion protection coatings

By Eileen De Guire / July 12, 2011

Chemically bonded phosphate ceramic coating on a metal substrate (black region) (50x original magnification). Credit: EonCoat Corrosion is expensive. The cost of corrosion to industrialized nations is about 3 percent of GDP. In the United States that adds up to $2-4 trillion per decade, which equates to rebuilding Hurricane Katrina-scale infrastructure three or four times.…

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ACerS launches new ceramicSOURCE online product-service-company directory

By / July 12, 2011

Screenshot of new online ceramicSOURCE homepage The staff at The American Ceramic Society has just released a fantastic new online “marketplace” tool— the “ceramicSOURCE‘— for anyone looking for raw material suppliers, testing and evaluation equipment vendors, material handling equipment, etc. ceramicSOURCE also goes beyond supplies and hardware, and features a comprehensive listing of “soft” services…

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Two steps forward, one step back for solar tech in Ohio

By / July 10, 2011

Array of Isofoton PV panels in Morocco. The State of Ohio has been whipsawed by recent positive and negative announcements related to solar tech industries and jobs, including word of a new utility-scale solar farm and a new solar panel manufacturing facility, but also the unexpected news that a new recipient of a big Department…

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Ceramics and glass business news this week

By / July 8, 2011

New JEOL large angle EDS. Credit: JEOL. Here’s what we are hearing: Horiba Scientific offers new instruments for partical analysis The new SZ-100 series instruments analyze key particle physical properties including size and zeta potential. In addition, it can be used to determine protein and polymer molecular weight, and second virial coefficient (A2). Particle size…

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Lux Research weighs in on off-grid storage, non-platinum catalyst solutions

By / July 7, 2011

A backup power fuel cell for telecom applications. Credit: Kathy Fosberg; Wikipedia. Lux Research continues to track materials and tech prospects as closely as anyone I know, and two recent reports show they still don’t shy away from touting the apparent winners and losers in many advanced materials and energy-related markets, including many out-of-the spotlight…

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United States launching materials ‘genome’ project

By Eileen De Guire / June 30, 2011

I Steel rebar embedded in concrete (left) and “nanorebar” made of carbon nanofibers. Credit: F. Sanchez, Vanderbilt University; ACerS Bulletin. President Obama announced the launch of a Materials Genome Initiative during his speech at Carnegie Mellon University last week when he also announced the launch of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership. (Read our report on the…

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The business of doing business in the ceramics industry

By Eileen De Guire / June 29, 2011

Participants from the 2010 Ceramic Leadership Summit. Credit: ACerS The Ceramic Leadership Summit is about business – and the unique aspects of doing business in the ceramics industry. ACerS president, Marina Pascucci says, “It’s not a conference of technical papers. Instead, every speaker is presenting information that can change the way you and I do…

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