Tethon 3D receives grant to design ceramic and metal 3-D printer

The Nebraska Department of Economic Development awarded a grant to Tethon Corporation for the design and production of a ceramic/metal 3-D printer. The printer is the first commercially available desktop DLP printer designed specifically for ceramic and metal additive manufacturing.

AM Ceramics to be held October 9–10, 2018 in Vienna, Austria

AM Ceramics will take place at Fleming’s Conference Hotel in Vienna Austria, October 9–10, 2018. The conference will feature state-of-the-art 3-D printing technologies and material use, design rules, challenges, best practices, and additive manufacturing trends.

Vitro Architectural Glass celebrates launch of jumbo coater operations

Vitro Architectural Glass’ Coater7, its new MSVD coater, is a $55 million investment. It is capable of applying all of the company’s low-E MSVD coatings on a range of glass substrates of various thickness and standard sizes of 130 by 204 inches.

Lithium: LG Chem locks-in more raw material to meet future battery demand

South Korean lithium-ion battery manufacturer LG Chem, a producer and supplier of a variety of small cells from portable electronics to large automotive batteries, announced it will increase cell manufacturing capacity to 90GWh in 2020 from a previous forecast of 70GWh.

China’s national planner halts flat glass capacity expansion

Authorities have called for efforts to prevent new capacity being added in China’s flat glass and cement industries. Following efforts to cut capacity, the two sectors have improved their profitability, which prompted certain regions to expand their capacity.

3M files additional lawsuit to enforce its patent rights in metal mesh conductor technology used in touch screens

3M filed a patent infringement lawsuit in U.S. federal district court against South Korea-based Tovis Co. Ltd. and its subsidiaries. The suit alleges that certain Tovis touch display products used by Scientific Games in gaming machines infringe on several of 3M’s U.S. patents.

China holds more than 80% of the world’s supply of rare earths

Data from the U.S. Geological Survey, Mineral Commodity Summaries show that China holds more than 80 percent of the world’s supply of precious metals. This could have far-reaching implications of a potential trade war with the U.S.

Search Minerals aims for larger rare earth elements mine in Labrador

Search Minerals wants to mine for rare earth minerals near the community of St. Lewis in two deposits the company calls Foxtrot and Deep Fox. The company hopes its project is much larger than originally thought with the capacity for more production for a growing industry.

HWI celebrates grand opening of new monolithics refractory plant

HarbisonWalker International, a U.S. refractory products and services supplier, opened a monolithic refractories manufacturing plant in South Point, Ohio. The plant features state-of-the-art processes and technology and uses lean manufacturing techniques to maximize material flow efficiency and production.

Swiss startup Energy Vault uses concrete blocks to store energy

Energy Vault is using concrete blocks and cranes as an alternative to pumped-hydro to store energy to generate electricity. The system charges by using excess electricity to build a tower of concrete blocks. Electricity is then generated when gravitational energy discharges the system.