News from Flash® Bainite

Flash Bainite Baja Vehicle

See the 8th Baja Vehicle with Flash Bainite 1" tubing in action! The vehicle survived the crash with ease. How's that for a roof crush test?

Flash Bainite Edger Blade

A Flash Bainite Edger Blade, for trimming against the concrete sidewalk, has lasted 5x longer and only showed half the wear when compared to a standard blade from the local landscape supply company. Click the article to see the image!

Vote for Flash Bainite in the Create the Future Design Contest

*Voting has ended. Flash Bainite is part of the Create the Future Design Contest and eligible to win $20,000. Voting for Flash Banite in the Create the Future Design Contest only takes a minute and voting only occurs once. To register to vote click this link: Once you are registered to vote go to this link: The voting button is below the video.

Flash Bainite Attended the DOE AMO Peer Review 2016

Flash Bainite attended the Department of Energy Advanced Manufacturing Office Peer Review June 14-15 in Arlington, VA. The Peer Review was excellent for networking and bolstering the Flash technology. It was exciting to see all the current activities that DOE is funding in clean water, energy conservation, and advanced technologies. From our perspective, Flash Bainite remains the only technology capable of significantly reducing metal part weight, improving performance, and most important to Industry, saving money.

Continue voting for Flash Bainite in the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest

Voting comes to a close on June 13th, 2016 for the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest. Please continue voting for Flash Bainite either through the link on our homepage or click on the link below. Share the link with your friends and vote daily! Thank you!

Flash Featured in Sir Harry Bhadeshia's Keynote Speech at the 23rd IFHTSE Congress

Flash Bainite was featured in Sir Harry Bhadeshia’s “Very Short and Very Long Treatments in the Processing of Steels” keynote speech at the 23rd IFHTSE Congress in Savannah, Georgia. Professor Bhadeshia is the globally recognized leader in steel who has been supportive of the novel Flash Bainite technology since its debut. His publications and students at Cambridge University have been inspirational in the Flash Bainite team’s journey of discovery. With Flash Bainite discussed from 11:44-17:08, Professor Bhadeshia’s full presentation can be seen at the following link:

Flash Bainite at Clean Equity Monaco

Flash Bainite was selected by His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco & Mungo Park, Chairman of Innovator Capital as one of 25+ promising emerging technologies. Flash Bainite attended CleanEquity™ Monaco hosted by Capital Innovator on March 3rd and 4th, 2016. Gary Cola explained how to rapidly deploy Flash Bainite technology. The Flash® Bainite technology produces an extraordinarily high strength steel that is ductile, readily weldable and significantly less expensive than the competition. Flash® Processed steel is proven to provide weight reductions greater than 25%, simultaneous cost reductions and improved performance in automotive structure. Automotive manufacturers, and others, want it. Flash is in the process of transitioning from R&D to early stage commercialization with a strategic focus on licensing. The company is seeking deployment teammates (primary) and financial support (secondary) to build and operate larger capacity demonstrator lines that will enhance its license offering. “CleanEquity™ is a private conference, which features up to 30 of the world’s best in class next generation technology companies.” (CleanEquity ™ Monaco 2016).

Thyssenkrupp Labs Find Flash to be Extremely Strong and Ductile

In recent contract testing, Thyssenkrupp Lab Services of Detroit, Michigan has found Flash Processed “Stainless Steel” to be extremely strong and ductile. In the first test sampling, Flash Processed 1.6mm stainless had a yield strength of 1350MPa, a tensile strength of 1810MPa, a uniform elongation of 9.1%, and a total elongation of 11.7%. On a per mass basis, Flash-SS stainless steel is as strong and more ductile than many grades titanium-6-4 and nearly twice the strength of typical aluminum.

Flash Press Release at Automation Alley

Flash® Bainite announces its award of a $1.0M US Dept of Energy - Phase II SBIR grant. The grant continues last year’s successful Phase I SBIR in which Flash® Bainite automotive components were cold-stamped with Flash® 1500(MPa) for a 33% mass reduction at a cost savings. At a recent DOE “Workshop on Advanced Steel Technologies”, Flash® Bainite was listed under the heading “The Next Big Thing”.

Flash Featured on University of Cambridge Metallurgy Group Website

Following the 2015 Materials, Science, and Technology Symposium in Columbus, Ohio, Flash Bainite has 8 pictures posted on the University of Cambridge's metallurgy group website by its leader Sir Harry Bhadeshia. The images show Flash 1600 stamped parts and a 1550MPa a crush can. See our Flash Bainite Facebook page to view the pictures in an album!

28th Heat Treating Society Conference and Expo on October 20th, 21st, and 22nd 2015

Flash Bainite presented at the 28th Heat Treating Society Conference and Expo on October 20th, 21st, and 22nd 2015. Gary Cola presented Flash Bainite technologies at 11:10am on the 20th. Flash Bainite presented the results of our recent advancements in manufacturability including near commercially ready, production representative parts that provide better than 30% weight reduction and, simultaneously, cost reduction for automotive and defense applications.“ASM International is the world's largest association of metals-centric materials engineers and scientists. We are dedicated to informing, educating, and connecting the materials community to solve problems and stimulate innovation around the world” (ASM) We will be announcing the commercial availability of tubing soon.

Materials, Science, & Technology Symposium

Flash Bainite presented at the Materials, Science, & Technology 2015 (MS&T) Symposium Monday October 5th. Gary Cola presented Flash Bainite technologies at 10:40am. Dr. Suresh Babu, the Governor's Chair at University of Tennseee-Knoxville and Oak Ridge National Lab, had Flash presentations both Monday at 4pm and Wednesday at 8am. Flash Bainite presented the results of our recent advancements in manufacturability including near commercially ready, production representative parts that provide better than 30% weight reduction and, simultaneously, cost reduction for automotive and defense applications.“The MS&T partnership brings together scientists, engineers, students, suppliers and more to discuss current research and technical applications, and to shape the future of materials science and technology. NACE is co-sponsoring MS&T15.” (MS&T)

LIFT Tailgate and Work Session

Flash Bainite participated in the Light Weight Innovations for Tomorrow(LIFT) member sessions September 30th and October 1st,2015. Flash Bainite displayed the results of our recent advancements in manufacturability including near commercially ready, production representative parts that provide better than 30% weight reduction and, simultaneously, cost reduction for automotive and defense applications. LIFT members attended a tailgating event Wednesday night to network and then a work session on Thursday. Flash Bainite engaged potential licensees for the Flash technology while networking. “LIFT serves the U.S. manufacturing sector by supporting innovative manufacturing technologies, and enabling cost-effective lightweighting of components used in transportation systems. LIFT members had the opportunity to leverage significant NNMI federal funding to advance their lightweight material manufacturing capabilities. Target manufacturing sectors include automotive, aerospace, defense, over the road truck, and rail.” (LIFT)

Flash Bainite is Part of Michigan's NDIA GVSETS Poster Session

Michigan's chapter of National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) is presenting the 7th annual Ground Vehicle Systems Engineering and Technology Symposium (GVSETS). Flash Bainite will be providing information through the poster session regarding Flash Bainite's capability to produce armor and sell licenses.

Flash Bainite Awarded DOE SBIR Phase II

The US Department of Energy selected Flash® Bainite for a $1M Grant under the Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Phase II program. This selection follows on the heels of our highly successful Phase I Grant and funds further exploration into using Flash® processed advanced high strength steel for Automotive Applications. In this Phase II effort, we will define Flash® processing specifications and characterize the resultant material in grades, compositions, and formats relevant to automotive applications. Flash® Bainite will also conduct application trials, experiments, and evaluations with relevant automotive OEM and suppliers in order to validate characterization data. Under the grant, Flash® Bainite will further develop its proven methods by demonstrating commercial feasibility of Flash® Processed steel in automotive applications.

Flash Bainite featured at the Department of Energy Peer Review

Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) held their Annual Peer Review session May 28th in Washington DC. We were selected to display the Flash® Bainite technology and encouraged to feature accomplishments from the recently completed Phase I DOE SBIR grant. This event provided us with the opportunity to display and discuss the advantages of Flash® Bainite with many prominent and influential engineers and scientists from the automotive and energy saving solutions fields. Flash® 1500 “MPa” parts were displayed and all who viewed the parts were impressed with the formability of Flash® 1500. Flash® 1500 is the only known material with the capability to reduce automotive stampings mass by 1/3 for lightweighting at a cost reduction.
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