Welcome to the April 2019 edition of CeramicsNews, a round-up of ceramics news that has caught our eye this month.
Kyocera Enters Advanced Power-on-Package Collaboration
Kyocera and Vicor will collaborate on next-generation Power-on-Package solutions to maximize performance and minimize time-to-market for emerging processor technologies. Kyocera will provide the integration of power and data delivery to the processor with organic packages, module substrates and motherboard designs. Vicor will provide Power-on-Package current multipliers enabling high density, high current delivery to processors. Through collaboration, Kyocera and Vicor will bring new solutions for AI and high-performance processor applications to market. Read more.
KWSP Drives Next Generation Additive Manufacturing Process for Ceramics
A new £900,000+ research project, led by KW Special Projects (KWSP) and funded by the UK’s innovation agency Innovate UK, is set to rethink the additive manufacture of ceramics. Called CerAMake, the project aims to exploit existing deposition technologies to provide improved properties via a scalable ceramic binder jetting platform. The outcome should bring significant competitive advantage to the UK’s commercial pottery sector, refractory filter market and wider industry for additive manufactured ceramics. Find out more.
CoorsTek Develops New Shaping Method
Amongst other features at Hannover Messe, CoorsTek revealed it is currently developing an unconventional shaping method to produce components with more complex features to support the industry’s growing need for bigger and more complex semiconductor components. These new moulding and pressing technologies are easily scalable and ideal to support the semiconductor industry. The new CoorsTek shaping method allows customers to quickly adapt both their part design and production volumes according to the market needs. Find out more.
NASA Contract Awarded for Additive Manufacturing Development
NASA has awarded a $5.2 million contract to Auburn University’s National Center for Additive Manufacturing Excellence (NCAME) to develop additive manufacturing processes and techniques for improving the performance of liquid rocket engines. The three-year contract is the latest expansion of a longstanding public-private partnership between Auburn and NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. The collaboration is expected to play a major role in developing advanced rocket engines that will drive long-duration spaceflight. Read more.
CeramTec Recognised as STEM Promoter
Global technical ceramics company CeramTec can now brand itself with the ‘MINT Minded Company’ seal. MINT is the German language equivalent of STEM. CeramTec has developed a number of initiatives furthering science, technology, engineering and mathematics and is recognised as having a special contribution to promoting STEM careers and STEM subjects for next-generation talent. Find out more.
Lucideon at Ceramics Expo
Lucideon, the materials technology company, is exhibiting at this year's Ceramics Expo - which has opened today! On booth 516, the Lucideon team will be talking about how they can help ceramics manufacturers, both technical and traditional, to solve processing challenges, from drying and firing issues to forming and sintering problems. Read more.
3DCERAM SINTO Opens Site in USA
3DCERAM SINTO has opened a facility in Wallingford, Connecticut, USA, including a showroom to feature its technology in action. The ability to showcase the ceramic additive manufacturing technology to clients and produce parts on American soil was a priority for the group. The location provides good proximity to the aviation belt on the east coast and to major airports in CT and NYC. Read more.
Rio Tinto Approves $463m Investment in Zulti South
Rio Tinto has approved the next stage in the development of Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) in South Africa through the construction of the Zulti South project. The Zulti South mine (Phase 1) will underpin RBM’s supply of zircon and ilmenite over the life of the mine. Construction is scheduled to start in mid-2019, subject to the granting of all necessary permits, with first commercial production expected in late 2021. Find out more.
Ceramic Alliance Announced in USA
Tile Council of North America (TCNA) has launched The Ceramic Alliance to begin working with other associations and companies in the ceramic industry on interests common to all ceramic sectors, especially brick, refractories, roof tiles, and ceramic tiles. Through the Ceramic Alliance, members can share concerns, ideas, questions, solutions, and expertise on topics where individual resources may be scarce. Find out more.
Dr Agata Lapa Receives Davidge Award
Lucideon is pleased to announce that Dr Agata Lapa was recently presented with the 2018 Davidge Award. A former placement student from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Agata is soon to start a position with the company as a member of a new group of scientists developing advanced ceramics, glasses and related materials. The Davidge Award is an annual prize for the best literature review by a PhD student on an innovative topic in ceramics. Dr Lapa won the award for a paper entitled '"Phosphate glass fibres with therapeutic ions release capability". Read more here.
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