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Articles from the October 12, 2022 edition

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  • The National Ignition Facility nuclear fusion chamber being set in 1999.

    Seurat area printing could make AM viable

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Oct 27, 2023

    Metal 3D printing tech developed for fusion energy gains popularity. Metal 3D printing company Seurat Technologies has received orders for 25 tons of metal printed parts. In addition to surpassing the capacity of its pilot facility, the company says this level of interest demonstrates a historic shift for a metal printing technology born from the quest for fusion energy. Founded in 2015, Seurat Technologies was the product of the development of a new kind of metal 3D printing...

  • Aerial view of Jervois’ cobalt mine in the rolling hills of Idaho.

    Idaho mine offers US cobalt, almost

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

    Jervois ramps up Idaho cobalt mine; concentrates must be shipped out of U.S. for refining. The ramping up of commercial production at Jervois Global Ltd.'s Idaho Cobalt Operations mine will provide American automakers with a domestic source of a metal critical to the performance of the lithium-ion batteries going into an increasing number of electric vehicles rolling off assembly lines. Foreseeing a sharp rise in the demand for cobalt in the United States and around the globe... Full story

  • Concept ofelectric aircraft with wings like a plane and propellers like a drone.

    Solid-state batteries are taking flight

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

    SABERS research team at NASA are developing solid- state batteries for electric aircraft. Knowing that the electrification of air transportation requires batteries that are lighter, store more energy, and are safer than the lithium-ion batteries being used for ground transportation, a team of researchers at NASA are advancing new battery technology that achieves this trifecta. While range anxiety and concerns about the durability and fire hazard are on the minds of those... Full story

  • Fisheye view of tungsten sheets inside the WEST tokamak fusion reactor.

    Boron "detergent" for nuclear fusion

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Oct 18, 2022

    Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory have found a way to add a dash of boron to a tungsten tokamak fusion reactor to keep its plasma clean during operations. Because of its high melting point, tungsten is a metal of choice for helping tokamak components withstand the intense heat of the fusion process – often upwards of 150 million degrees Kelvin, or ten times the temperature at the core of the Sun. While it is not new to use boron...

  • Bottles of high-grade nickel, cobalt products produced from testing at NiWest.

    Stellantis secures future nickel, cobalt

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Oct 11, 2022

    In a move that demonstrates automakers need all the battery materials that can possibly be produced by the global mining sector, Stellantis has entered into a preliminary agreement to buy battery-grade nickel and cobalt from a future mine developed at GME Resources Ltd.'s NiWest project in Western Australia. NiWest is an advanced stage nickel-cobalt project that lies less than 20 miles away of Glencore's Murrin Murrin operation, the largest nickel-cobalt mine and refinery in...

  • A box of drill core ready to be analyzed by a Corescan machine.

    Epiroc to buy core logging firm Geoscan

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Oct 11, 2022

    Adding to the rapidly expanding line of mineral exploration and mining products, technologies, and services, Epiroc has cut a deal to acquire Geoscan Pty Ltd, an Australian company that provides digital mineralogical analysis and core logging solutions. Logging the cylindrical core of rock brought to the surface by drilling into the earth provides geologist with a layer-by-layer view of the rocks that lay beneath their feet and sampling that core provides a detailed analysis o...

  • Three white lithium-ion batteries beside a green recycling symbol.

    RecycLiCo has closed the loop for lithium

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Oct 11, 2022

    RecycLiCo Battery Materials Inc. announced it has successfully closed the lithium-ion battery supply chain loop with its patented recycling and upcycling process. Closed-loop battery recycling is a method of recycling that aims to re-use all materials from an original discharged battery and re-purpose them into a new version of the same battery. This method also represents an important shift from a linear economy to a circular economy. Using the company's battery-ready...