Ceramic Tech Today

Reverse engineering complements stylistic and iconographic analyses of ceramic figurines in southwest Colombia

By Lisa McDonald / May 14, 2021

Figurines created by people of the Tumaco-La Tolita culture give insight into their ancient society and ideology. Researchers in Colombia and the United Kingdom investigated use of a reverse engineering framework to complement conventional stylistic and iconographic analyses of these figurines.

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Video: Designing concrete trumpets using 3D printing

By Lisa McDonald / May 12, 2021

Wind instruments can be made from an array of materials because the sound depends mainly on how the air is shaped rather than the instrument’s body. Learn how a German mechanical engineer used 3D printing to design a trumpet out of concrete.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / May 12, 2021

IBM unveils first 2 nm chip technology, ‘molecular glue’ for perovskite solar cells, and other materials stories that may be of interest for May 12, 2021.

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Reduce, reuse, recycle: How the ceramics industry is growing greener

By Jonathon Foreman / May 11, 2021

Academic and industrial ceramic researchers alike are exploring ways to minimize waste and maximize reuse in ceramics manufacturing. Several articles published in International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology demonstrate the resulting ecological and economic benefits of these activities.

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Novel processing technique enhances toughness of high boron steel

By Lisa McDonald / May 7, 2021

Boron can enhance mechanical properties of steel, but too much boron will segregate from the steel and negate these benefits. Researchers led by Wuhan University of Science and Technology looked to enhance the toughness of high boron steel using a novel processing technique called quenching and partitioning.

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Video: NASA technology extracts oxygen from Martian atmosphere

By Lisa McDonald / May 5, 2021

To achieve future manned missions to Mars, we must be able to extract oxygen from the Martian atmosphere. An experimental instrument aboard the Perseverance rover called MOXIE succeeded in extracting oxygen for the first time during a test on April 20.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / May 5, 2021

Vertical turbines for wind farms, researching Native American obsidian objects, and other materials stories that may be of interest for May 5, 2021.

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Toward a flexible future: A review on droplet-based techniques for fabricating printed electronics

By Lisa McDonald / May 4, 2021

Printed electronics is an emerging branch of electronics manufacturing that offers a way to economically and conveniently produce electronic circuits and devices on flexible substrates. Researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark reviewed processing techniques, ink materials, substrates, and sintering methods for printed electronics in their recent paper.

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3D-printed material offers elephant-friendly alternative for restoring ivory artifacts

By Lisa McDonald / April 30, 2021

Substitute materials are often used for restoring ivory artifacts because of the ethical implications surrounding the use of ivory. Researchers led by Vienna University of Technology and 3D printing company Cubicure GmbH developed a new material using stereolithography that they say can serve as an aesthetically and mechanically high-quality ivory substitute.

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Video: 3D print a home using local soil

By Lisa McDonald / April 28, 2021

Many companies creating 3D-printed homes rely on using concrete or synthetic materials like plastic, materials not always readily available in all parts of the world. In Italy, Mario Cucinella Architects and 3D printer manufacturer WASP are collaborating to design a 3D printing process for homes that uses local soil.

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