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  • blockchain germanium Teck Resources Red Dog Alaska Trail zinc byproduct

    Teck to trace germanium with blockchain

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    Teck Resources Ltd. is piloting a project that utilizes the power of blockchain technology to trace responsibly produced germanium from its Red Dog zinc mine in Northwest Alaska all the way to fiber optic cables that leverage the unique properties of this critical mineral. From the transistors in quantum computers that are millions of times faster than their classical counterparts to fiber optic cables that send data at the speed of light, germanium is a little-known semicondu...

  • Seurat Technologies 3D metal printing additive manufacturing sintering

    Innovator touts new 3D printing tech

    Rose Ragsdale, For Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    A high-tech company, Seurat Technologies, intends to make the most of its innovation in the emerging world of metal 3D printing and in the process, revolutionize the way large industrial products like planes and cars are manufactured. The Wilmington, Mass.-based startup is touting its new process as the key to not only cutting the costs of mass manufacturing but also dramatically reducing the sector's carbon footprint. A new industry 3D printing, also called additive...

  • Rice University graphene production sound Li brothers audio frequency data

    Brothers discover the sound of graphene

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    Two brothers in a Rice University laboratory noticed a fascinating result during the production of the miracle material graphene that could potentially change the way it is manufactured – by listening to the sound it makes. The brothers, John Li, a Rice alumnus now studying at Stanford University, and Victor Li, then a high school student in New York and now a freshman at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, are co-lead authors of a paper that describes real-time a...

  • Nico cobalt refinery Fortune Minerals Northwest Territories battery metals

    Fortunate locale for Nico cobalt refinery

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    Alberta has been chosen as the best locale to develop a critical minerals refinery that would process concentrates from Fortune Minerals Ltd.'s planned Nico cobalt-gold-bismuth-copper mine in Canada's Northwest Territories. A mine at Nico and an associated hydrometallurgical refinery in a Canadian province would produce an average of 1,800 metric tons of battery-grade cobalt sulfate; 1,700 metric tons of bismuth; 300 metric tons of copper; and 47,000 ounces of gold annually ov...

  • General Motors GM electrification EVs Detroit Michigan factory facility plant

    GM investing $7B to build EV capacity

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    In its race toward becoming North America's electric vehicle market leader by 2025, General Motors Co. has unveiled plans to invest roughly $7 billion in new lithium-ion battery and EV manufacturing facilities in Michigan, the single largest investment ever by the American automaker. "Today we are taking the next step in our continuous work to establish GM's EV leadership by making investments in our vertically integrated battery production in the U.S., and our North American...

  • Copper State Nut & Bolt LMF plus fasteners predictive maintenance bolts nuts

    Copper State reveals next gen smart bolts

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Feb 8, 2022

    Copper State Bolt & Nut Co.'s revolutionary BoltSense family of services and products offers a vital piece in the cog that keeps the mining wheels turning – fasteners. Copper State Bolt & Nut is one of the few companies that provide innovative solutions to this small yet vital element to all industrial work. Based out of its namesake, Arizona, Copper State has been providing fasteners since its inception in 1972. Yet, it was not long until it moved into the industry that r... Full story