PLANTS, CENTERS, AND FACILITIES
BMW has officially opened its new “Additive Manufacturing Campus.” The new center brings together production of prototype and series parts under one roof, along with research into new 3D printing technologies and associate training for the global rollout of toolless production.
Australian-based AZZO, which focuses on the integration, monitoring, and control of renewable energy systems, are expanding to bring their systems and technologies to the United States market, with the opening of an office in Fairfield, New Jersey.
ACQUISITIONS AND COLLABORATIONS
XJet Ltd. announced that it is working with global dentistry leader Straumann Group to boost the Carmel 1400 AM System at its Basel headquarters from concept to production. Straumann was an early adopter of ceramic additive manufacturing and was one of the first companies to invest in XJet NanoParticle Jetting technology.
Kyocera Corporation and Tokyo Medical and Dental University announced a joint research project to develop a wireless headset that can remotely monitor high accuracy patient biometrics, such as blood oxygen saturation.
Lumus, the pioneering innovator of reflective waveguide displays for augmented reality devices, and SCHOTT entered into a strategic partnership agreement that involves SCHOTT building a manufacturing setup to supply Lumus’ core technology, the Lightguide Optical Element, which is based on reflective waveguide technology.
The collaboration between Lithoz and Jens Tartsch, president of the European Society for Ceramic Implantology, marks a new level of proliferation when it comes to the 3D printing of ceramic dental implants. To gain more insight from both parties, tune into the “3D-printed ceramic dental applications” webinar on Aug. 28, 2020, at 4 p.m. CEST.
Superior Technical Ceramics announced that Kristen H. Brosnan joined the company as technology director. Brosnan joins STC from General Electric, where she most recently served as technology manager for metals and ceramics at GE Research.
India’s Piramal Glass dismissed recent claims that there is not enough glass to make vials that will contain the COVID-19 vaccine. The company currently makes 45t/day of borosilicate glass, which translates to about 1.2 million vials a day. They say production of this glass can be doubled if given a month’s notice.
SiO2 Materials Science, a privately-owned U.S.-based advanced materials science company, announced they successfully scaled their manufacturing capacity ahead of schedule to 400 million doses and are on track to hit 1.2 billion capacity before end of 2020.
A Greentech Media article looks at what automotive companies and renewable storage startups are doing to create a circular supply chain for electric vehicle batteries.
Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. and Teijin Frontier Co., Ltd. jointly developed the world’s first piezoelectric fabric “PIECLEX” that generates electrical energy and exhibits antimicrobial performance when a motion is applied.
JEOL’s new JSM-IT800 is the company’s top-of-the-line microscope with ultrahigh spatial resolution imaging and analysis at the nanoscale. Capabilities include up to 2,000,000X magnification and an accelerating voltage range of 0.01 to 30kV.
Buehler engineered the SimpliVac to expedite the making of cold mounted samples through programming and automation. It uses a compressed air source to evacuate trapped air from any porous sample, resulting in optimized edge retention and additional support for processing delicate samples.
Forth Engineering in Cumbria, England, is developing the RADBLAD technology, which will complete a full X-ray survey of wind turbines for both offshore and onshore farms. The lightweight robot will be capable of surveying a Vesta 47 size turbine and all its blades in just five hours.
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