The Elements of Innovation Discovered

Articles from the June 17, 2020 edition

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  • Mining equipment excavator sunset dystopian apocalypse resources reserves

    Is a metals shortage apocalypse coming?

    Matthew Lasley, For Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Over the last few decades, as technology has advanced and metal resources have been consumed, there have been predictions that we will use up our reserves of metals, especially those critical to modern technology, within the next couple of decades. What then? Do we prepare for an upcoming dystopian apocalypse in which mineral resources are only consumed by the super-rich while the rest of the world goes back to the dark ages? The short answer is no. We aren't going to be...

  • Vanadium iron titanium magnetite drill core Vandiumcorp Lac Dore Quebec

    The vanadium mines to batteries strategy

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

    VanadiumCorp Resource Inc. has positioned itself along the entire vanadium-based energy storage supply chain, from Canadian mineral exploration projects that could provide future supplies of this critical metal, to new technology to sustainably produce battery-grade vanadium, and even developing its own brand of vanadium redox flow batteries. "Whether you believe in climate change, reducing pollution, or simply making the world a better place, we can all agree there is no... Full story

  • metal air scavenging robot eats aluminum oxide to produce electricity

    Researchers develop metal eating robots

    Rose Ragsdale, For Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Mankind's use of minerals has evolved over the eons hand-in-hand with innovation. From the first crude fire starters and simple machines to the evolving wonders of the Information Age, human beings have looked to rocks and the minerals within them for the building blocks of technological advancement. Now comes an innovation that could change everything, especially for electronics that require their own power sources. University of Pennsylvania researchers have developed a...

  • Wheat Ridge Co USA rare earth element processing pilot plant

    USA rare earth separation pilot underway

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

    With the commissioning of a pilot plant in Colorado now underway, USA Rare Earth LLC is one step closer to producing rare earth elements on American soil. Based in New York City, USA Rare Earth has set in motion a strategy to establish a completely domestic supply chain for rare earth magnets, which are essential for wind turbines, electric vehicles, smartphones, military hardware, advanced medical devices, and the physical backbone of emerging 5G networks. A key facet of...

  • Exyn Technologies Advanced Autonomous Aerial Robot A3R drone system

    Exyn bestowed mine robotics award

    A.J. Roan, For Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 27, 2020

    Autonomous drone pioneer, Exyn Technologies has been bestowed the RBR50 Robotics Innovation in Mining award. Presented annually by Robotics Business Review, the RBR50 Innovation Award recognizes and celebrates forward thinking companies and the original, impactful solutions they have created. Since its inception in 2012, this prestigious award has become widely recognized as the premier listing of the world's most successful and innovative robotics companies. As of 2020,... Full story

  • Metal 3D printing parts for Air Force Hercules aircraft cargo door

    Metal 3D printing opens Hercules doors

    A.J. Roan, For Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 27, 2020

    U.S. Air Force Airman Technical Sergeant Ryan McBride, who is the sheet metal production lead of the 19th Maintenance Squadron, in collaboration with the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center are utilizing metal 3D printing to create stronger and less expensive brackets for Hercules C-130 fleets. Currently stationed at the Little Rock Air Force Base, McBride is the noncommissioned officer in-charge of metals technology. During his time working on C-130Js, McBride found... Full story