Monthly Archives: July 2016

New dissolvable Metal support enables 3D printing of complex metallic Structures

Researchers have fabricated dissolvable carbon steel structures using 3D printing technology that can provide temporary support for components of larger stainless steel structures made by additive manufacturing. The first-of-its-kind soluble metal support is subsequently removed via electrochemical etching in nitric acid with bubbling oxygen, as described in an article in 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing. The article “Dissolvable Metal Supports for 3D Direct Metal Printing ” demonstrates an application of this novel approach, in … Continue reading

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Honda Has Developed a Hybrid Battery Without Chinese Rare Earth Elements

Technology breaks China’s stranglehold on key elements Japan’s Honda Motor Co (HMC 1.01%) has co-developed the world’s first hybrid car motor without using heavy rare earth metals, which it says will reduce its dependence on the expensive materials mainly supplied by China. Hybrid vehicles combining a gasoline engine and electric motor have become increasingly popular in many developed countries, but sourcing a steady supply of rare earth elements such as dysprosium and terbium has … Continue reading

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Philippines: Lopez orders mining audit

Philippines: Newly-installed Environment Secretary GinaLopez yesterday issued her first memorandum order which covers the extensive audit of all mines as well as the moratorium on new mining projects. Based on memorandum 2016-01, all operating and suspended mines will be subject to an audit to determine the adequacy and efficiency of the environmental protection measures, identify gaps in protection measures and determine appropriate penalties in case of violations. Ref: http://nanthavictor.com Read more from original source: … Continue reading

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Norsk Titanium to Build World’s First Industrial-Scale Aerospace Additive Manufacturing Plant in NewYork

FARNBOROUGH, England–(BUSINESS WIRE) Norsk Titanium AS, the world’s pioneering supplier of aerospace-grade, additive manufactured, structural titanium components announced today the State of New York, in partnership with SUNY Polytechnic Institute, has placed an order for an initial lot of 20 of Norsk Titanium’s patented MERKE IV™ Rapid Plasma Deposition™ (“RPD™”) machines. The order is in accordance with an approved state budget allocation to facilitate Norsk Titanium’s US subsidiary building and operating the world’s first … Continue reading

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Bolivia, Russia ink accord to build Nuclear research center

Bolivia and Russian state nuclear energy agency Rosatom signed three agreements on Friday to build a nuclear research center in El Alto, Bolivia. The Bolivian city, located 9 km southwest of the capital La Paz, will be home to the Center for Research and Development of Nuclear Energy for Peaceful Purposes. Bolivian Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera, who presided over the signing of the memorandum of understanding, said that as an exporter of lithium … Continue reading

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Adani plans $1.5 billion Copper Smelter to boost Solar ambitions

Indian billionaire Gautam Adani-controlled conglomerate Adani Enterprises plans to build a copper smelter with an eye to furthering its ambitions in the solar sector, said a source familiar with the plan. The company recently sought environmental approval to set up a 1-million-tonne-per-year copper smelter in the western state of Gujarat, according to an application submitted by the company which was reviewed early this month by the Environment Ministry. The smelter is expected to cost … Continue reading

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Rio Tinto cuts mining links with Papua New Guinea

A sign adorns the building where mining company Rio Tinto has their office in Perth, Western Australia, November 19, 2015. Reuters/David Gray Rio Tinto Ltd will sever mining links with resource-rich Papua New Guinea, relinquishing ownership of the Panguna copper mine on Bougainville island which has been closed for around 25 years after a secessionist rebellion. The global miner said on Thursday that it would transfer its majority shareholding of 53.8 percent in Bougainville … Continue reading

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Newmont Exiting Indonesia in $1.3 Billion Sale to Local Firm- PT Amman Mineral Internasional

U.S.-based miner says Sumitomo Corp. is also part of the deal Transaction contingent on government and valid export license Newmont Mining Corp., the largest U.S. bullion producer, agreed to sell its Indonesian copper and gold assets for $1.3 billion to a local consortium, as the country pushes miners to build smelters rather than exporting raw materials. PT Amman Mineral Internasional, a closely held Indonesian company backed by three local banks, will buy Newmont’s 48.5 … Continue reading

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Former owners seek compensation for seized Cuba Nickel mines

Cuba’s most well-known exports may be cigars, rum and sugar, but its nickel deposits are earning the country more than all those combined. Now Cuba’s, biggest nickel mine has also become one of the biggest compensation claims from its former American owners. CCTV America’s Michael Voss has just returned from the first authorized foreign press trip the Cuban authorities have ever allowed to the mines. Moa, near the eastern tip of Cuba is home … Continue reading

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Production shutdown at Norislk Nickel Plant

On the 27th of June, 2016, the smelting and roasting shops of the Nickel Plant were stopped. Nickel Plant Closure Project is one of the step of large-scale environment-oriented program of Norilsk Nickel production facilities reconfiguration. Nickel Plant is the oldest asset of the Company (it was commissioned in 1942) with annual sulfur dioxide emissions amounting to 380 thousand tons. Inability to capture sulfur at obsolete production site became the main factor for implementation … Continue reading

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