The Elements of Innovation Discovered

Articles from the February 17, 2021 edition

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  • Greens Creek Hecla Mining Company wireless technology autonomous trucks

    130-year-old Hecla stays on cutting edge

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 8, 2023

    Established in 1891, Hecla Mining Company has survived two global pandemics, two World Wars, the Great Depression, and numerous crests and troughs of a cyclical metals market that has sunk many of the silver miner's contemporaries over the past 130 years. One of the reasons for this long-lived success is a readiness to adapt to change and the vision to adopt new technologies that maximize safety, improve efficiency, and reduce the environmental footprint of its operations in... Full story

  • Caterpillar ioneer autonomous truck mining Rhyolite Ridge Nevada MineStar

    Cat, ioneer build autonomous partnership

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Australia-based ioneer Ltd. has signed a memorandum of understanding with Caterpillar Inc. to further pursue the use of a fleet of Cat autonomous trucks at the future mine at ioneer's Rhyolite Ridge lithium-boron project in Nevada. Ioneer and Caterpillar recently completed a joint study to explore the benefits of early adoption of the Cat Command autonomous haulage system at Rhyolite Ridge. Recognizing that fully integrated autonomous haulage could significantly improve...

  • University of Sussex graphene nanomaterials 2D origami smallest microchip

    Nano-origami used for smallest microchip

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Physicists at the University of Sussex have combined the properties of the modern 2D material, graphene, with the ancient art of paperfolding, origami, to create the tiniest microchips to date. The researchers have utilized the nanomaterial to behave like a transistor by creating kinks and folds in the structure of graphene. When done, a strip of graphene crinkled in a particular fashion, behaves like a microchip, and is around 100 times smaller than conventional microchips....

  • American Manganese RecycLiCo battery recycling Solar Impulse Foundation

    RecycLiCo wins Efficient Solution Label

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Recently, American Manganese Inc., inventor of the patented RecycLiCo closed-loop lithium-ion battery cathode recycling process was awarded the Solar Impulse Efficient Solution Label, joining the ranks of positive impact businesses to protect the environment and is awarded to serve as a label for clean and profitable solutions. "We are pleased that our RecycLiCo process was awarded the Solar Impulse Efficient Label," said American Manganese President and CEO Larry Reaugh....

  • Graphmatech copper 3D metal printing additive manufacturing Uppsala University

    Copper 3D printing solution with graphene

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Researchers at Uppsala University, in collaboration with Swedish graphene materials company Graphmatech, have demonstrated a potential breakthrough in the printability of copper for laser additive manufacturing, significantly lowering the reflectivity challenge of copper powders. As 3D metal printing has seen a rapid acceptance across a range of industries due to its ability to produce customized and complex designs on demand, some metals have proven difficult in the...

  • space mining Colorado School of Mines NASA aerospace engineering Jamal Rostami

    Colorado school adds space mining minors

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    With NASA and the private sector taking a serious look at mining lunar and Martian soil in support of human outposts, Colorado School of Mines has unveiled two new undergraduate minors to support these space-faring endeavors. Currently the only academic institution in the Unites States to offer an advanced degree in space resources, the Colorado School of Mines is adding a space mining minor this fall that will allow undergraduate students to get a flavor of the future of... Full story

  • Nouveau Monde Graphite Canada Quebec Saint-Michel-des-Saints Matawinie

    Quebec greenlights large graphite mine

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    After a decade of meticulous planning, Nouveau Monde Graphite Inc. has received a Quebec government environmental decree to begin developing a mine at its Matawinie project that has been designed to offer lithium-ion battery manufacturers a carbon neutral source of graphite. "I founded Nouveau Monde 10 years ago, and today's decree is a huge milestone for us all," said Nouveau Monde Graphite President and CEO Eric Desaulniers. "With this green light to launch our Matawinie...