May Roundup of Materials Science News Updates

In our April post: Keeping Up with Materials Science Research and Trends Impacting Education and the Workforce, we highlighted a number of sites that offer research you can use to evaluate and understand the world of materials science and additive manufacturing, including a curated list of relevant World Economic Forum posts, along with their Transformation Map on Advanced Materials (well worth the time to study). 

Liquid Molten Steel Industry

In case you missed it, Materials Education experts added new modules to help educators, students, and others to teach and learn about materials science. Check out all the new Powerpoint and PDF downloads here: New Modules on MatEdU. To give you an idea of the topic diversity:

  • Introduction to Magnetic Composites – PDF
  • Additive Manufacturing of Magnetic Materials – PDF
  • Fused Filament Manufacturing of Magnetic Composites – PDF
  • Lithium, The 3rd Element
  • 3D Printing Filament Recycling and Re-Use
  • Very Berry Solar Cells
  • The Global Impact of Design and Innovation
  • Videoing Individual Relationships with Earth’s Elements and Materials
  • Evaluating the Next Generation of Solar Cells

Some of the big news late last year included that Wohlers Associates was acquired by ASTM International. The well-known publisher of the 3D Printing “Bible” and a major resource to those developing and exploring new materials, Wohlers Associates, will continue to work with ASTM to produce the annual Wohlers Report (link takes you to the MatEdU Post with a short list of the top materials updates from the annual report).

At the Federal level, the White House announced a new program for Additive Manufacturing, called AM Forward, that will likely drive innovation within the Materials world. According to the announcement and Fact Sheet

“AM Forward builds on that work and advances key Administration goals:

  • More resilient and innovative supply chains, by investing in small and medium sized companies;
  • Growing industries of the future, overcoming coordination challenges that limit adoption of new technologies like additive manufacturing; and
  • Both inventing and making more in America, through investments in regional manufacturing ecosystems.

Each of these goals is also advanced by the Bipartisan Innovation Act (BIA), which establishes a Supply Chain Office at the Department of Commerce, supports foundational technologies such as additive manufacturing, and invests in regional tech hubs as well as increasing funding for Manufacturing USA Institutes and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership.”

Materials Science on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram

As you would expect, we follow and track various hashtags, such as #MaterialsScience across a range of platforms. We even keep up on TikTok around #MaterialScience (although we prefer to spell it with an “S” on the end). 

Let us know if you find any interesting posts on social media and we’ll check them out, too.