Extract Rare Earth Elements from Acid Mine Drainage

West Virginia University researchers are opening a new facility to capture valuable materials from a novel source – acid mine drainage from coal mining – turning the unwanted waste into critical components used in today’s technology-driven society. rare earth elements from Acid mine drainage Through a collaborative research and development program with the National Energy Technology […]

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Neodymium vs Ferrite Magnets

A central question that comes up in a magnet trade study is how to decide whether to use a Neodymium magnet or a ferrite magnet for a particular application. A trade study that seems very simple at first glance can quickly become more complex once all the factors are considered. Neodymium vs ferrite magnets? Designers who […]

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How Are Neodymium Magnets Made?

How Are Neodymium Magnets Made? Neodymium magnets are made by a complex –yet straightforward and proven- process that includes some very high-tech metallurgical methods comprising powder metallurgy and advanced process metallurgy.  Dozens of process steps must be followed very precisely to make Neodymium magnets –also known as NdFeB -for the chemical symbols of Neodymium, Iron […]

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Apple’s Tim Cook Tells Why Use China Mfg Capabilities

Apple CEO Tim Cook continued his China tour on Wednesday with an appearance at the Fortune Global Forum. He  points out that It’s not so well known that China has become a world center of high-tech manufacturing, and Tim gives the Chinese educational system a lot of credit for that. They have created a class […]

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New Process Takes Simpler Approach to Rare Earth Magnet Recycling

A new recycling process developed at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Critical Materials Institute (CMI) turns discarded hard disk drive (HDD) magnets into new magnet material in a few steps, and tackles both the economic and environmental issues typically associated with mining e-waste for valuable materials. Ryan Ott, a scientist at Ames Laboratory and a member […]

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Apple unveils ‘Daisy’ iPhone recycling robot for Earth Day

It’s been almost exactly one year since the world’s most valuable technology company declared its intention to make future iPhones and MacBooks entirely out of recycled materials. And behold: Just in time for Earth Day 2018, Apple is introducing the latest manufacturing innovation that it believes will help the company automate its way toward that […]

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Small NdFeB Magnets in Smartphones and Personal Electronics

Small NdFeB Magnets in SmartphonesNeodymium (NdFeB) magnets are an invisible part of every smart phone. These tiny magnets are critical to the function of the phone, yet they are invisible because they are inside the phone case.  These internal magnets are typically used in the speaker, receiver, vibration mode motor, taptic feedback motor, and camera […]

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Toyota Substituting La and Ce for Nd

Toyota Develops New Magnet for Electric Motors Aiming to Reduce Use of Critical Rare-Earth Element by up to 50%.World’s first neodymium-reduced, heat-resistant magnet developed by Toyota, Key element of the foundation required to popularize electrified vehicles. Toyota City, Japan, Feb 20, 2018 – (JCN Newswire) – Toyota Motor Corporation announces that it has developed the world’s […]

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