Manufacturing News of Note: November 2016

A Brazilian student wins an advanced materials contest, Local Motors launches an SaaS division, Airbus certifies an additive material from Stratasys and other industry news.


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Nadia Ayad is a materials engineering student from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She recently won Sandvik Coromant’s Graphene Challenge. 

Nadia Ayad, a materials engineering student from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s Military Institute of Engineering, was announced the winner of Sandvik Coromant’s Graphene Challenge for her idea of using graphene for a filtration device and desalinization system that would provide drinkable water to households. The contest invited people to submit ideas for sustainable innovations made from graphene for the modern household. Ms. Ayad’s idea could significantly reduce energy costs and strain on current water supplies by recycling water.

“I am really fascinated with the study and applications of advanced materials, so the opportunity to travel to Sweden to meet with leading researchers is one that I am really looking forward to," Ms. Ayad says.

Here is more news to note:

  • Renishaw Supports STEM Initiative in the UK – Future Brunels, a five-year rolling program, selects a group of talented and motivated pupils to work on science- and engineering-based projects and find innovative solutions to real-world problems. Read more.
  • Local Motors Launches Software-as-a-Service Division – Forth is a crowd-powered platform intended to enable companies to transform and digitize their product development process using co-creation and micro-manufacturing. Read more.
  • Airbus Standardizes Stratasys 3D Printing Material for Use in Making Airplane Parts – Stratasys’ Ultem 9085 3D printing material will be used in the production of flight parts for Airbus’ A350 XWB airplanes. Read more.
  • Post-Show Report: Bi-Mu 2016 – The 30th edition of the Bi-Mu trade show in Milan, Italy, highlighted not only modular machine tools for work like machining aerospace structures, but also technology related to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) and more. Read more.
  • Post-Show Report: EuroBlech 2016 – The 24th edition of EuroBlech in Hanover, Germany, saw a large uptick in visitors from Asian countries. Read more.