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17-01-2019 | Manufacturing | News | Article

Functional Coating of Rolls

A roll-to-roll (R2R) system for imparting specific properties to web material by flame pyrolysis can be used to produce barrier layers on thin PET films and improve the adhesive properties of sol-gel layers applied later.

Author:
Nadine Winkelmann

15-01-2019 | Materials Technology | News | Article

Skiing While Warm and Dry

An innovative ski jacket with special membrane technology actively pumps out sweat, keeping skiers warm and dry. The jacket can simply be switched on or off at the touch of a button.

Author:
Nadine Winkelmann

10-01-2019 | Production + Production Technology | News | Article

Growing Self-Organising Polymer Pelts

Polymer pelts are suitable for many different applications from coatings that adhere well and are easy to remove to highly sensitive biodetectors. Researchers at KIT, together with scientists in the USA, have now developed a cost-effective process that enables customised polymer nanofibres to grow on a solid substrate.

Author:
Nadine Winkelmann

08-01-2019 | Materials Technology | News | Article

Formation of Aragonite Explored

An international team of researchers, including Prof. Christoph Spötl from the Institute of Geology at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, has identified a previously unknown mechanism in the formation of the mineral aragonite. Nano-crystalline calcium carbonate was found in a cave in Tyrol, Austria.

Author:
Dr. Hubert Pelc

08-01-2019 | Production + Production Technology | News | Article

Designer Emulsions

Materials researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich are developing a method to stabilise droplets in an emulsion by precisely coating them with particles. This approach will open up unimagined opportunities for creating new materials.

Author:
Nadine Winkelmann

07-01-2019 | Materials Technology | News | Article

Thin, Stable, Anti-Reflective

An interesting alternative for mechanically stressed display glazing is the new anti-reflective glass from the Schott technology group. They are available under the brand name Conturan® Tough AS, more break-resistant than comparable hardened float glass and at the same time thin and light.

Author:
Dr. Hubert Pelc

03-01-2019 | Manufacturing | News | Article

Structural Adhesive for Lightweight Construction

No other industry relies as heavily on lightweight construction as aviation: finding the perfect balance between optimum strength and minimal weight is key. Delo's new flame-retardant structural adhesive can speed up production.

Author:
Dr. Hubert Pelc

02-01-2019 | Materials Technology | News | Article

Self-lubricating Material Inspired by Earthworm Skin

A new friction-reducing material that releases a lubricant whenever it is under pressure – like the skin of an earthworm – will open up a wide range of applications in industry and biomedicine.

Author:
Nadine Winkelmann

27-12-2018 | Manufacturing | News | Article

Technical Coatings in Additive Manufacturing

The surface of additive manufacturing (AM) components is generally coarse and porous, requiring time-consuming and costly post processing. Technical coatings are opening up new possibilities for the AM market, specifically in industrial production.

Author:
Nadine Winkelmann

17-12-2018 | Manufacturing | News | Article

Harder 3D-Printed Tools

Forming technology, metal-cutting and process engineering require extremely hard tools that are conventionally made by powder pressing. A 3D printing process known as fused filament fabrication offers a more cost-effective method of producing even harder, custom tools.

Author:
Nadine Winkelmann

12-12-2018 | Materials Technology | News | Article

Pixelated Phosphors Are an Alternative to LEDs

Fraunhofer researchers have discovered silicon structures filled with phosphor as an alternative to LED matrix systems. These structures are said to offer a higher spatial resolution and a better contrast ratio.

Author:
Patrick Schäfer

10-12-2018 | Materials Technology | News | Article

A Focus on Pressure Sensitive Adhesives

From 22 to 24 October 2018, around 255 participants from 14 countries gathered for the 43rd Munich Adhesives and Finishing Symposium. The focus this year was on the subject area "pressure sensitive adhesives".

Author:
Nadine Winkelmann

07-12-2018 | Materials Technology | News | Article

Fire-Resistant and High-Security Glazing

Fire protection and high security glazing must meet increasingly complex requirements. Vetrotech Saint-Gobain developed Contraflam Vetrogard Blast, a high-security glass that provides equally effective protection against fire and explosions.

Author:
Dr. Hubert Pelc

06-12-2018 | Manufacturing | News | Article

Non-Uniform Heating Should Reduce Forging Times

A new process should allow complex preform operations to be greatly simplified or even omitted in future. Scientists at the IPH are planning to use non-uniform heating to shorten the forging process and save energy and resources.

Author:
Nadine Winkelmann

05-12-2018 | Manufacturing | News | Article

3D Printing without Support Structures

The Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT has now developed the TwoCure process to industrial maturity: the resin-based 3D printing process enables the large-scale production of unsupported components in an automated process.

Author:
Nadine Winkelmann

03-12-2018 | Manufacturing | News | Article

Smart Machining Module for Wire-Based Laser Deposition Welding

When economic or safety considerations rule out the use of powder materials in additive manufacturing, wire-based laser deposition welding becomes an option. The Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT in Aachen has now developed a smart laser module that can be combined with industrial robot systems in the medium term.

Author:
Nadine Winkelmann

03-12-2018 | Lightweight Design | News | Article

Less Contact Corrosion in CFRP Components

Lightweight metals and fibre composites have different electrochemical potentials, which risks contact corrosion occurring in the hybrid composite. However, a temperature-resistant protective layer on the CFRP component can prevent electrochemical corrosion processes arising in the composite material.

Author:
Nadine Winkelmann

28-11-2018 | Manufacturing | News | Article

Sealing Solutions for Sustainable Power Generation

The global expansion of wind turbines is progressing at a rapid pace. Power suppliers are beginning to cover new ground with wind power. Nowadays, cost efficiency and reliability are in higher demand than ever before. This requires high-performance components and operating materials.

Author:
Dr. Hubert Pelc

26-11-2018 | Manufacturing | News | Article

Huge Rotors Made of Lightweight Polyurethane Infusion Resin

Wind turbine rotor blades are generally made out of resin. Now Covestro has made the first blades out of polyurethane infusion resin. This allows the blades to be made longer and stronger.

Author:
Andreas Burkert

22-11-2018 | Automotive Manufacturing | News | Article

VW to build electric cars in Zwickau, Emden and Hanover

The Volkswagen Group has announced its plants new remit. Electric cars will soon be produced in Hanover and Emden, as well as at the Zwickau plant.

Author:
Patrick Schäfer

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