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Additive manufacturing (AM) has many advantages: custom manufacturing, flexible production and easy customization, for example. Yet many products have a high surface roughness and porosity. The post processing of the fabricated parts is time consuming and often a significant cost factor for manufacturers. Technical coatings open up new possibilities for the AM market, especially in industrial production.

In a joint project, researchers from the Belgian NPO Sirris and the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP have investigated technical coatings for additive manufacturing (TCAM) with promising results.

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Boeing reached a milestone in its paint partnership with AkzoNobel following the delivery of its 787th 787 aircraft. The landmark plane was painted in a livery for China Southern Airlines, using the company’s base coat/clear coat system.

At the same time, Boeing recently delivered its 1,000th aircraft to have painted with AkzoNobel’s Aerodur 3001/3002 paint system. AkzoNobel has been supplying the system to Boeing since 2010, and has been supplying base coat/clear coat since 2014.

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Here's the latest news from the surface finishing industry, including items on Top Shops, The Powder Coating Institute (PCI) Technical Conference, Gema Powder Coating, Houston Plating & Coatings, TrueLogic Company, LLC's Ellen Sellers and Atotech Group.

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Touchscreens repelling fingerprints, bandages inhibiting infection, home windows cleaning themselves, solar panels converting more sunlight to electricity — Zachary Holman is making ordinary surfaces extraordinary using nanoparticles.

Nanoparticles are microscopic pieces of material that are 1 to 100 nanometers in size (a sheet of paper is 100,000 nanometers thick). They can be applied to a variety of surfaces, allowing everyday objects to take on new properties, such as dirt-repelling and antibacterial behaviors. However, to take advantage of those properties, manufacturers need a way to attach the nanoparticles to those objects.

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Missouri S&T will be hosting short courses in Introduction to Paint Formulation and on Coatings Composition and Properties on their campus in Rolla, Missouri. 

The Introduction to Paint Formulation is an intensive 5-day course held twice each year on the Missouri S&T campus.  The next course is May 20-24.

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