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Articles from the November 30, 2022 edition

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  • A cream-colored band of rock above an old mine shaft in a Montana hillside.

    Sheep Creek's deeper rare earth potential

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

    Critical materials explorer samples historical adits at high-grade rare earth project in SW Montana. A fall program of underground exploration and sampling by US Critical Materials Corp. further confirms the idea that Sheep Creek is one of the highest-grade rare earth discoveries in the United States and supports the need for drilling to fully understand the scope of critical minerals mineralization at this project in southwestern Montana. High-grade rare earths were found at... Full story

  • A white Volkswagen ID.4 EV travels past wind turbines on a European highway.

    No substitute for EU rare earths policy

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

    REIA urges EU to secure rare earth supplies to ensure adequate battery materials to meet 2030 EV targets. Securing an adequate supply of magnet rare earths to help make the most out of the highly competitive lithium battery materials should be an essential element of the European Union's electric vehicle strategy, according to the Rare Earth Industry Association. REIA delivered this message in response to the European Commission's call for input on the proposed European... Full story

  • VulcanForms co-founders John Hart (left) and Martin Feldmann (right).

    From 3D printing to digital manufacturing

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Dec 6, 2022

    VulcanForms is elevating metal 3D printing to the next stage of AM industrialization. Spun out from a Massachusetts Institute of Technology alumnus and professor duo, VulcanForms is pushing the boundary on digital manufacturing as a service for companies using its proprietary laser powder bed fusion metal 3D printers to build industrial products at scale. While cutting-edge additive manufacturing offers a world of possibilities for companies looking to transform their...

  • Illustration of EV featuring battery packs and metal atomic structure.

    Scientists study metals at atomic level

    Rose Ragsdale, For Metal Tech News|Updated Dec 6, 2022

    Hoping to gain insights into processes that would create longer-lasting batteries and lighter vehicles, scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Washington are investigating the effects of physical forces on metals at the atomic level as they undergo shear deformation. Shear deformation occurs when an object changes shape when forces are applied to it but not in the way of just becoming longer or shorter. The PNNL researchers are taking a direct look at changes...

  • Desktop Metal Production System class metal 3D printer for industrial scale.

    Desktop Metal receives $9M printer order

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Nov 29, 2022

    One of several frontrunners in the race for additive manufacturing prevalence, Desktop Metal Inc. has garnered a $9 million order from a major German automaker for its binder jet 3D metal printing systems to support digitally casted powertrain components for a popular car line. Founded in 2015 by leaders in advanced manufacturing, metallurgy, and robotics, Desktop Metal sought to address the unmet challenges of speed, cost, and quality to make additive manufacturing an...