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  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory BWX Technologies 3D metal printing molybdenum

    3D printing goes nuclear with molybdenum

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

    Oak Ridge National Laboratory and BWX Technologies have recently developed a new method to manufacture and qualify parts for high-temperature nuclear reactor applications by using 3D printing. BWXT, a Virginia-based nuclear fuel and component supplier, successfully 3D-printed core structural parts used in nuclear propulsion designs, something that was previously considered impossible with conventional manufacturing methods. Collaborating with Oak Ridge researchers, BWXT used...

  • Turtle Wax graphene 75th anniversary Denis John Healy Family Scholarship

    Turtle Wax 75th anniversary graphene wax

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

    From its humble Chicago roots to distribution in more than 120 countries, Turtle Wax celebrates its 75th Anniversary with the limited introduction of Hybrid Solutions Ceramic Graphene Paste Wax. This new Turtle Wax product is enhanced with a patent-pending technology that utilizes graphene, a wonder material that has emerged as a top trend in car care. Originally developed in founder Ben Hirsch's bathtub, Turtle Wax is a premier car polish that has evolved with the times and i... Full story

  • Teck Resources antimicrobial antibacterial copper TransLink SkyTrain Vancouver

    Copper kills bacteria on transit surfaces

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

    Coating high-touch public transit surfaces with a layer of copper is a highly effective way to kill bacteria on busses, subways, trains, and other metropolitan transport, according to the results from a five-week pilot carried out on TransLink busses and SkyTrain cars in Vancouver, British Columbia. Funded by Teck Resources Ltd., a Vancouver-based mining company, the copper-surface pilot is a first of its kind in North America. Based on sample-testing, the trial concludes... Full story

  • Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions Exyn Technologies automated drones PDAC

    Glimpse of mining future unveiled at PDAC

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

    The future of automated underground mining – where drones self-navigate through a labyrinth of underground mine workings and send back high-accuracy 3D data that can be used to guide autonomous mining equipment – is closer than you think. Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions (formerly Sandvik Mining and Rock Technologies) and Exyn Technologies Inc. offered Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) convention attendees a glimpse of the mining autonomy horizon in a vide...

  • tellurium Rio Tinto Kennecott copper mine Salt Lake City Utah rare earth

    Rio Tinto to produce tellurium in the US

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

    With solar panel production driving up the demand for tellurium, Rio Tinto plans to recover roughly 20 metric tons of this critical mineral per year from its Kennecott copper mine near Salt Lake City, Utah. One of the rarest stable elements on the periodic table, tellurium is almost always recovered as a byproduct of refining other metals it is associated with. "Most rocks contain an average of about 3 parts per billion tellurium, making it rarer than the rare earth elements...

  • Avalon Advanced Materials Vital Metals REE Nechalacho Northwest Territories

    Vital rare earths sample from Nechalacho

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 1, 2022

    A 12-kilogram (26.5 pounds) sample of rare earth carbonate from Vital Metals Ltd.'s Nechalacho project in Canada's Northwest Territories takes the Australian mining company one step closer to its goal of commercially producing REEs this year. "Production of our bulk sample for REEtec is another important step towards reaching full production at Nechalacho," said Vital Metals Managing Director Geoff Atkins. Produced from a bulk sampling program at Nechalacho, this first bag of...

  • DNV Norsk Hydro blockchain aluminum supply chain sustainable Tag. Trace. Trust.

    Hydro adopts blockchain for sustainability

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 1, 2022

    With consumers increasingly calling for proven sustainable products, Norsk Hydro has teamed up with fellow Norwegian DNV on a pilot project that utilizes blockchain technology to trace Norsk's low-carbon aluminum from pit to purchase. An internationally accredited global assurance provider, DNV helps companies manage risks and assure sustainable performance, Norsk Hydro, which operates across a broad range of market segments for aluminum, energy, metal recycling, renewables,...