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    Aluminum Extrusion Processing and Applications

    Editor’s Note: With ET ’22 happening (May 3-5, 2022), it was appropriate to focus on aluminum extrusion for the International Patent Calendar for our April issue. The extrusion patents selected for this issue have been recently issued within the past 18 months and cover invented technologies in every business category that aluminum extruders serve, i.e., […]

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    ELYSIS and Apple Collaborate to Use Carbon-Free Aluminum in the New iPhone

    ELYSIS, the joint venture between Alcoa and Rio Tinto, is strengthening its ties with Apple. The company has produced the first commercial-purity primary aluminum at industrial scale, which will be used in Apple products. The breakthrough technology produces oxygen instead of greenhouse gases (GHGs), and the achievement marks a major milestone in the production of […]

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    Aluminum Camper Keeps Adventurers Warm

    Dutch camper-caravan maker, Lume Traveler, released its latest aluminum anodized box trailer just in time for winter. The LT540 Nordic is larger than Lume’s previous travelers and was made to handle camping all year round, even in the snow. Accordingly, it includes a full fledged kitchen for those that can’t cook outside for weather reasons, […]

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    Aluminum Feathers Commemorate Children with Unmarked Graves

    By Rose Eaton, Light Metal Age. Pro Metal Industries in Saskatchewan, Canada, manufactured 1,000 (11 gauge) aluminum feathers, supplied by ASA Alloys, Divisions of Canadian Specialty Metals, ULC, to support the native families of residential school survivors and remember the children who never made it home. Between 1863 and 1998, more than 150,000 Indigenous children […]

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    Aluminum Chair Made Using Superplastic Forming Method

    Hydro’s technical experts and British designer, Tom Dixon, teamed up on a challenge to make a 100% recyclable aluminum chair that could be shaped in one singular piece. The result is the HYDRO chair,  inspired by the automotive production technique known as superplastic forming. Hydro’s 5083T aluminum alloy was used for the chair since it […]

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    Special Applications of Aluminum Anodized Surfaces

    Complimenting our September 2019 International Patent Calendar (which focused mostly on methods of anodizing aluminum), this month’s collection of patents focuses on special applications of anodized aluminum surfaces. The uniqueness of anodized aluminum oxide coatings in terms of their chemical, physical, and mechanical properties has resulted in many innovations in various industrial and scientific fields, […]

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    Smart Ultra-Light Aluminum E-Bike

    The Angell — a new aluminum electric smart bike — weighs about as much as your two-year old nephew (approximately 30 pounds) and is one of the world’s lightest e-bikes available. The bike took three years to create at a venture lab that’s dedicated to using technology to improve life in cities around the world. Why E-Bike? […]

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    Aluminum in Furniture, Then and Now

    By Rose Eaton, Light Metal Age Aluminum has many valuable qualities. It is strong, lightweight, and can be used to create aesthetically pleasing products. The metal as a material for furniture design has a decades long history, and in recent years it has been utilized both for its visual appeal and for its sustainability. History […]

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    Aluminum Curtainwall Gleams in Chicago’s Skyline

    Wrapped in modern, curved aluminum curtain wall and capped with an illuminated crown, the residential tower of 465 North Park Apartments attracts the eye like a shining reflective beacon. The building, located in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood, encompasses 588,000 sq ft, offering 444 luxury rental units, two amenity levels, and 11,650 sq ft of retail/commercial space.  […]