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Rigaku EDXRF instrument analyzes elements from Na through U in almost any matrix

March 21, 2019

Rigaku, Japan, announces the newest addition to the NEX DE series, the Rigaku NEX DE VS direct excitation variable-spot EDXRF elemental analyzer, which is uniquely suited for small spot analysis applications.

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Plasma-enhanced titanium and vanadium nitrides form hardest thin films ever

March 12, 2019

Lehigh University, Pa., announces that its researchers have developed plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposited titanium and vanadium nitrides that are said to be harder than commercial coatings “by orders of magnitude.”

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Asylum Research Jupiter AFM provides 200-mm sample access and higher resolution

March 11, 2019

Oxford Instruments Asylum Research, Santa Barbara, Calif., announces the new Jupiter XR Atomic Force Microscope, the first and only large-sample AFM to offer both high-speed imaging and extended range in a single scanner.

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Kermetico makes specialized HVAF systems for a wide variety of powders and substrates

March 08, 2019

Kermetico, Benicia, Calif., makes specialized HVAF systems to spray metal coatings and alloyed powder compositions onto uncommon substrates such as acme threads, thin walls, and temperature-sensitive materials.

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Spray Tips: Cold spray particle velocity and temperature

March 08, 2019

The diagram compares the particle velocity and gas temperature ranges of cold spray and other thermal spray processes: In the cold spray process, the gas and particle temperatures are much lower and the gas and particle velocity are much higher than in other thermal spray processes.

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How cold spray technology improves the electrical and erosion properties of polymers

March 07, 2019

Metallization of polymers is an attractive way of improving their electrical and erosion properties, but it is still challenging to achieve a dense metal coating on polymer surfaces by thermal spray processes, due to excessive surface erosion during processing.

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Super-fast high-energy x-rays reveal defects in 3D printed products as they are being built

March 06, 2019

Engineers from Carnegie Mellon University and Argonne National Laboratory report that they have discovered defects in the products of the Laser Powder Bed Fusion (LPBF) process by taking videos of the products with super-fast high-energy x-rays as they are being built.

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EU-developed hybrid additive-subtractive machine ready to build large demo parts

February 25, 2019

The Large Additive-Subtractive Integrated Modular Machine (LASIMM) project of the European Union has announced that the hybrid machine, which offers both metal additive manufacturing and subtractive manufacturing capabilities, is now ready to build demonstrator parts.

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Norsk Titanium, SAE International develop first directed energy deposition specifications

February 24, 2019

Norsk Titanium, Plattsburgh, N.Y., and SAE International announce the release of the first specifications for direct energy deposition additive manufacturing.

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Navy scientists develop room-temperature superconductor based on Al or PZT coating

February 24, 2019

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Washington, recently announced that United States Navy researchers have applied for a patent on a room-temperature superconductor comprised of an insulator core that is coated with “a lead zirconate titanate, aluminum, or any other material that induces the piezoelectric effect.”

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