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Lithoz goes dental with CeraFab 7500 Dental

After a couple years of development, Lithoz is moving into the dental industry. They will showcase their new 3D printer, CeraFab 7500 Dental, and other parts at IDS 2019 in Cologne (12-16 March 2019).

The European Space Agency plans to start mining for natural resources on the moon

The European Space Agency announced it signed a 1-year contract with European aerospace company ArianeGroup to explore mining regolith. Water and oxygen can be extracted from regolith, potentially making it easier for humans to spend time on the moon in the future.

Google self-driving spinoff Waymo to put factory in Michigan

Google’s self-driving car spinoff Waymo said it will bring a factory to Michigan, creating up to 400 jobs. The company plans to spend about $13.6 million to retrofit a to-be-determined manufacturing facility in the Detroit area.

Additive manufacturing of high-performance ceramics short course at Ceramics Expo

Ceramic additive manufacturer Lithoz is endorsing an additive manufacturing short course at Ceramics Expo in April. The course will contain a mixture of economic, application-specific, and technology-based additive manufacturing topics.

Graphene and related materials safety: human health and the environment

The Graphene Flagship project published a paper giving a comprehensive overview on potential graphene-based materials interactions with key target human organs and other organisms, including bacteria, algae, plants, invertebrates, and vertebrates in various ecosystems.

India mulls anti-dumping duty on Malaysian solar glass

The Directorate General of Trade Remedies, part of India’s Ministry of Commerce & Industry, recommended an anti-dumping duty of $114.58 per tonne on tempered solar glass imports to provide a level playing field to domestic manufacturers.

Greenland clears path for rare earth processing

Greenland Minerals now has a formal means for Chinese processing of its rare earth concentrates from the massive Kvanefjeld project in southern Greenland, which also contains the radioactive elements uranium and thorium.

Saint-Gobain to pump up investment in Tamil Nadu by Rs 720 crore

Saint-Gobain will make a fresh investment of 720 crore (US$8.2 billion) in Tamil Nadu. The company aims to expand its existing float glass manufacturing plant at Sriperumbudur, and expand its existing plants at Perundurai and Tiruvallur.

Three centres for solar energy research launched in India

The Department of Science & Technology launched three Technology Mission Centres to undertake research and development in fields of solar energy and water management. One center will test solar thermal desalination solutions. The other two will focus on a wide range of research and technology development activities.

Glaston Corporation to acquire Bystronic glass for €68 million

Glaston Corporation signed an agreement to acquire the Bystronic glass Group from Swiss industrial holding company Conzzeta. Glaston said it will now be a major player in the glass machinery business.

The number of solar panels at companies in Netherlands grows by 90% in 2018

The total solar power capacity in the Netherlands grew from 2.9 GWp to 4.2 GWp in 2018. The capacity in the residential sector grew by 20 percent but failed to keep up with the spectacular growth in the commercial sector.

Bolivian glass container factory set to start

Bolivian glass container factory Envibol started cold tests. The tests will last for a month and, if all goes well, the group will then fire the furnace. Envibol’s production capacity is 37,000 tons per year, and the first product line is expected to be bottles for honey and jams.

ZEISS introduces next generation X-ray microscopes

ZEISS introduced two new advanced models of the ZEISS Xradia Versa family: ZEISS Xradia 610 & 620 Versa. These X-ray microscopes provide a high-power X-ray source for significantly higher X-ray flux, leading to faster tomography scans and up to two times higher throughput.

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