Welcome to the October 2019 edition of CeramicsNews, a round-up of ceramics news that has caught our eye this month.

Kyocera Releases Fine-Cordierite Video

Kyocera Fine Ceramics has released a video about Fine-Cordierite, a ceramic they’ve developed to deliver a combination of stability and strength for the development of next-generation space observation.  It is currently used in the famous Subaru telescope in Hawaii to observe space 13 billion light years away.  Watch the video here.


XJet Demonstrates Updated Additive Manufacturing Systems

The Carmel 1400C for ceramic additive manufacturing was one of the updated systems demonstrated by XJet at Formnext 2019 in October. One interesting application has been in the USA at Medtech, which has developed a robotic intervention guidance system, designed to freeze and destroy the most dangerous tiny breast cancer tumours and prevent them from growing. Medtech is using XJet AM to develop a ceramic cryotherapy probe, a key part of the guidance system, which will work inside an MRI machine so treatment can take place immediately. Read more.


Media Reports Cambridge Nanotherm Has Gone Into Administration

Business Weekly has reported that Cambridge Nanotherm – the manufacturer of advanced aluminium nanoceramic substrate technology for the thermal management of electronic applications – has gone into administration. In 2014 the company opened the world’s first electrochemical nanoceramic production line for electronic substrate solutions at a new facility in Haverhill in Suffolk. Find out more.


CeramicsExpo Releases Newsletter

The organisers of CeramicsExpo, the leading annual supply chain exhibition and conference for advanced ceramics and glass materials, manufacturing and components, has released its latest newsletter.  It includes an exclusive interview with Mark Wolf, Vice President of the Fine Ceramics Group at Kyocera International, an update on the theme for the show, Clean, Electrified and Efficient Mobility, and news from exhibitors.  Read the newsletter here. 


Novel 3D-Composite Material for Aerospace Reduces Weight of Details by 20%

Scientists from the National University of Science and Technology MISIS, led by Professor Alexandr Gromov, have developed a method of 3D printing of alumomatrix (aluminium-based) composite materials with ceramic fillers (aluminium oxide and nitride). The research was conducted in the framework of the project of the Russian Science Foundation. The use of additive technologies allowed them to increase the strength of the resulting powder materials by 20%. Find out more.


Innovative Approach For Improved SiC/SiC Ceramic Matrix Composites

Glenn Research Center scientists have invented a method to fabricate engineered matrix composites using slurry casting and melt infiltration techniques. These EMCs are designed to match the coefficient of thermal expansion of the SiC fibre. With this technique, the matrix is better able to withstand loading conditions at high temperatures and any cracks that develop are prevented from spreading or deepening. This important feature, called ‘crack tip blunting’, should allow the matrix to carry some load before transferring to the reinforcing SiC fibres, thereby increasing the durability of the composite. Read more.


ISCF Transforming Foundation Industries: Competition for Fast Start Projects

Innovate UK will invest up to £5 million in innovation projects for the foundation industries through a recently opened competition. These will be cross-sector, collaborative, fast start, short duration, industrial research and development (R&D) projects. The aim of this competition is to bring businesses from different foundation industries together to work on common resource and energy efficiency opportunities. The project can focus on any part of the manufacturing process, including feedstock inputs, production, material product development. Applications must be submitted by Wednesday 5 February 2020. Find out more here.


Ceramic Technologies For Highly Efficient Power-to-X Processes

Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS in Dresden have developed reactors based on ceramics, which use CO2 and water vapour to produce raw materials for the chemical industry in a much more efficient and climate-neutral way. They have succeeded in developing a pilot plant – consisting of ceramic-based reactors – for this purpose. In these reactors, the individual processes are smartly coupled, and material and energy flows intensified. This increases efficiency compared to previous power-to-X processes. Learn more.


Wienerberger Strengthens Position in the Nordic Countries

Wienerberger has strengthened its market position in the attractive Nordic façade market through value-creating acquisitions. It has acquired Vesterled and Helligsø, two brick producers with a long-standing tradition in the Nordic countries operating highly efficient production sites in Denmark. It has also acquired Egernsund, the distributor of one of the most recognised brick brands in Denmark. Find out more.


Lucideon Publishes Advanced Materials and Processes Newsletter
Lucideon, the materials technology company, has published its latest Advanced Materials and Processes Newsletter.  In addition to news about its latest R&D and consultancy projects, the newsletter also contains updates on Additive Manufacturing of ceramics, Flash Sintering for batteries, Viscous Plastic Processing and Lucideon’s project to develop environmentally friendly alternatives to plastic microbeads.  Find out more here.  Read the newsletter here.


Cree to Build World’s Largest Silicon Carbide Device Manufacturing Facility

Cree Inc will establish a silicon carbide (SiC) corridor on the US East Coast with the creation of the world’s largest SiC device fabrication facility. The company will build a brand new, state-of-the-art, automotive-qualified 200mm power and RF wafer fabrication facility in Marcy, NY, complemented by its mega materials factory expansion currently underway in Durham, NC. Cree says it will continue to drive the transition from silicon to SiC technology to meet the increasing demand for the company’s groundbreaking Wolfspeed technology that supports the growing electric vehicle, 4G/5G mobile and industrial markets. Learn more.


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