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Articles from the May 17, 2023 edition

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  • Sandvik Coromant’s Impossible Statue displayed in an empty warehouse.

    Sandvik, AI "sculpt" impossible statue

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 8, 2023

    Inspired by some of history's greatest artistic geniuses, one company sought to emulate these peerless masters through the use of artificial intelligence. With the help of AI, coupled with its own cutting-edge technologies, Sandvik Coromant called upon five of humanity's most remarkable sculptors to engineer a never-before-seen combination of their works into an impossible masterpiece. While not as mainstream as other mediums, especially these days, sculpting has definitively...

  • Shower of sparks emits from an EAF furnace at a Nucor steelmaking plant.

    A nuclear option for zero-carbon steel

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

    Fueling the furnaces that turn iron ore and scrap metal into new steel is an energy-intensive business that accounts for roughly 7% of carbon dioxide emissions globally. Two North American companies are exploring a nuclear option for decarbonizing steel needed to build the clean energy future. Under a preliminary agreement reached on May 16, Nucor is taking a closer look at the use of NuScale Power's VOYGR small modular reactors (SMR) to provide reliable zero-carbon baseload... Full story

  • A truck driving into a larger cavern from a tunnel underground.

    Maptek reveals smart eyes for dark mines

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated May 24, 2023

    Bringing a whole new meaning to the term tunnel vision, Maptek PTY Ltd. recently announced the introduction of its latest underground proximity detection, VisionV2X. Operating out of Sydney since 1981, the small geological services team at Maptek has grown into a global mining technology business that offers a wide array of tools that enlighten mining operations. From 3D geological modeling and mine design with its cornerstone Vulcan software to laser imaging with its Sentry...

  • Chain with binary code representative of the digital links of blockchain tech.

    EV battery passport pilots underway

    K. Warner, For Metal Tech News|Updated May 24, 2023

    With mining for critical minerals like cobalt embattled on many fronts, the preference for fair trade options, need for source transparency, and massive investments in battery recycling infrastructure are being keenly felt. To meet demand, two ReSource electric vehicle (EV) battery passport pilots were successfully issued in January by the Global Battery Alliance (GBA) and its founding consortium of China Molybdenum (CMOC) mining group, Eurasian Resources Group (ERG),...

  • Closeup of a Clipper Butterfly with blue, purple, and yellow coloring.

    Butterflies inspire world's lightest paint

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated May 16, 2023

    Inspired by the wide variety of brilliant colors adorning the wings of butterflies, University of Central Florida researcher Debashis Chanda has created the world's lightest paint using two materials that do not have any color of their own – aluminum and aluminum oxide. The plasmonic paint developed by Chanda is so lightweight it would only take about three pounds to coat an entire Boeing 747 aircraft, which is orders of magnitude less than the 1,000 lb of traditional p... Full story