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Articles from the July 27, 2022 edition


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  • A fully printed engine by ExOne's X1 160PRO metal 3D printer.

    Metal 3D printing the next Industrial Age

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 16, 2023

    COVID-19 may have served as an inflection point for metal 3D printing. After suffering a short-term downturn in the wake of the pandemic, the global metal additive manufacturing market is expected to grow to US$18.5 billion by 2032, according to business research firm IDTechEx. The United Kingdom-based market analyst says several factors have come into play to push this burgeoning technology to the foreground, most notably the supply chain disruption caused by the pandemic its... Full story

  • A Sandvik bolters, jumbos, and longhole drill in an underground mine.

    An electric Sandvik mining fleet deal

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Aug 2, 2022

    Toward the goal of producing zero-carbon copper at its McIlvenna Bay mine project in Saskatchewan, Canada, Foran Mining Corp. has ordered a fleet of 20 battery-electric underground mine trucks, loaders, drills, and other equipment from Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions. This US$32.4 million (330 million Swedish kronor) deal marks the largest single sale of Sandvik's growing line of electric mining equipment. "This record contract is the culmination of a year-long...

  • Komatsu's cabless haul truck, the FrontRunner AHS on display.

    Rajant wireless tech for Komatsu haul trucks

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Aug 2, 2022

    Rajant Corp's Kinetic Mesh networks have recently been certified to provide the reliable connection needed for both Komatsu's FrontRunner Autonomous Haulage Solution and Epiroc's semi-autonomous and autonomous drills being deployed at mines around the world. Ordinarily, wireless networks require fixed infrastructure that covers a set range. Many iterations of technologies have attempted to overcome the lacking "mobility" of wireless network connectivity for industrial...

  • Considered a co-inventor of lithium-ion batteries, earning a Nobel Prize for it.

    Father of lithium-ion batteries turns 100

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Aug 2, 2022

    Ask anyone, "who invented the lightbulb?" and most would be able to answer Thomas Edison. Ask anyone, "who invented the telephone?" and some would be able to answer Alexander Graham Bell. Ask anyone, "who invented the lithium-ion battery powering your smartphone and laptop?" and perhaps scant few would be able to answer John Goodenough. Along with his colleagues Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino, Goodenough was jointly bestowed the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the... Full story

  • Ford F-150 Lightning electric pickup under bright lights at the Rouge EV Center.

    The ABCs of securing metals for Ford EVs

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Aug 2, 2022

    Looking to secure the materials required for the lithium batteries that will deliver power to more than 2 million electric vehicles per year by 2026, Ford Motor Company is adding the clout of its Blue Oval emblem to mining companies and projects that can offer low-carbon supplies of the aluminum, battery materials, and copper needed to build its envisioned e-mobility future. "Ford's new electric vehicle lineup has generated huge enthusiasm and demand, and now we are putting...

  • A high-tech pickaxe, representing artificial intelligence in the mining sector.

    GoldSpot forms EarthLabs for mining tech

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Aug 2, 2022

    As it continues to focus on leveraging artificial intelligence and data science to transform the mineral discovery process, GoldSpot Discoveries Corp. is reorganizing under EarthLabs Inc., a holding company that will encompass GoldSpot's portfolio assets and new corporate mission to create, acquire, and manage market-leading technology businesses in the resource exploration and development sectors. "To date, there is no doubt that GoldSpot has thrived in the mining sector...