Review of the Aluminium Surface Science and Technology Symposium in Denmark, May 2018

By the end of May 146 people from more than 20 countries from all over the World were gathered to the 8th Aluminium Surface Science & Technology Symposium in Denmark –

Since its first edition in 1997, the mission of the symposium has been maintained intact: to create a high-level international platform where science meets the industry. To do so, the symposium offers a very nice environment for a mixture of academics, PhD students and industrial colleagues.

The venue this year was set at the beautiful coast of northern Sealand – Elsinore in Denmark at Hotel Marienlyst.

The 8th Aluminium Surface Science and Technology Symposium follows the previous years’ symposium at 2015 (Madeira, Portugal), 2012 (Sorrento, Italy), 2009 (Leiden, The Netherlands), 2006 (Beaune, France), 2003 (Bonn, Germany), 2000 (Manchester, U.K.), 1997 (Antwerp, Belgium).

The Symposium series has been a unique and key event on aluminium surface science and technology bringing together industries, universities, and research institutions involved with aluminium.

Today the ASST symposium has become a common platform and net-work for aluminium surface science and technology in Europe and the rest of the world. This time gathering aluminium surface science people from countries like Germany, France, Japan, England, Alger, China, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Korea, Australia, Sweden, Norway, The Netherlands, Italy, Portugal, Spain, US, Chile and Poland.

The goal of the Symposium is to offer the participants a high-level meeting with attractive presentations and an interesting social program.

This year the program offered scientific topics, such as:

  • Heat Exchangers
  • Joining methods
  • Chemical conversion coatings
  • Electrolytic conversion coatings
  • Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation
  • Other Surface Treatments for aluminium
  • Inorganic and organic coatings for aluminium
  • Structure-Property correlations
  • Aluminium science, Technology, and characterization methods
  • Lithography techniques and Etching
  • Corrosion properties and performance
  • Thermo-Mechanical Processing
  • Multi-materials design and performance
  • Environmental free aluminium surface treatments
  • Architectural design and performance
  • Modelling of aluminium microstructure and corrosion

You can read the whole summary when the August number of Light Metal Age are on the street, or check back to see the upcoming posts regarding some of the presentations.

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Hot Toys Avengers: Infinity War 1/6th scale MMS Die-cast War Machine Mark IV Collectible Figure


“Don’t start celebrating yet guys. We got more incoming outside the dome!”

Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment – the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain. In replacement of James Rhodes’s third War Machine armor, War Machine Mark IV is a new Marine-like armor designed by Tony Stark used during the Battle of Wakanda. This upgraded armor with heavily mounted machine is designed to coordination with Rhode smoothly.

Today, Hot Toys is very excited to introduce the brand new 1/6th scale War Machine Mark IV Collectible Figure from Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War – to our MMS Diecast series which the collectible figure is made of diecast material, and realistically designed to look even more like the armor as it appears in the film.

The movie-accurate War Machine Mark IV Collectible Figure is specially crafted with numerous details based on the image of Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine in Avengers: Infinity War, features two interchangeable head sculpts including a newly painted helmeted head sculpt with striking likeness and a helmet head with LED light-up function, metallic black and silver painted armor with decals and camouflage patterns, LED light-up chest Arc Reactor and repuslors, interchangeable forearm weapon armors, War Machine’s articulated back-mounted machine gun and back-mounted missile launchers, and a specially designed Avengers: Infinity War themed figure stand!


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Hot Toys MMS499D26 Avengers: Infinity War 1/6th scale War Machine Collectible Figure specially features: Authentic and detailed likeness of War Machine in Avengers: Infinity War | newly painted helmeted head sculpt with authentic likeness of Don Cheadle as James Rhodes in the movie with removable mask | Movie-accurate facial features with detailed wrinkles and skin texture | interchangeable helmeted head with LED light-up function (white light, battery operated) | Approximately 32 cm tall with Over 30 points of articulations | Contains die-cast material | Special features on armor: Metallic black and silver colored armor with white decals, camouflage patterns and weathering effects, LED- lighted rectangular-shaped Arc Reactor on chest (white light, battery operated), detachable chest armor to reveal interior mechanical design, Two (2) sets of interchangeable forearm armor (normal and missile firing), Eight (8) pieces of interchangeable hands including: pair of fists, pair of hands with articulated fingers and light-up repulsors (white light, battery operated), pair of repulsor firing hands (white light, battery operated), pair of missile firing hands, pair of fully deployable air flaps at back of the armor | Articulations on waist armor which allow flexible movement

Weapons: articulated back-mounted machine gun, pair of back-mounted missile launchers

Accessory: Two (2) sets of missile bullets (attachable to the shoulder mounted weapons), Specially designed Avengers: Infinity War themed hexagonal figure stand with movie logo

A Special Edition only available in selected countries will specially included a battle damaged Outrider diorama attachable to the figure stand and an interchangeable rocky ground graphic card.


Release date: Approximately Q4, 2019 – Q1, 2020

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Hot Toys 1/6th scale video game Marvel’s Spider-Man (Advance Suit) 12-inch Collectible Figure

Pre-order Hot Toys VGM31 Marvel’s Spider-Man 1/6th scale Spider-Man (Advanced Suit) Collectible Figure at KGHobby (link HERE)


Everyone’s Favorite wall-crawler is back when Marvel’s brand-new and authentic Spider-Man adventure comes to life in The Big Apple in this fall. After eight years behind the mask, an experienced Peter Parker who’s more masterful at fighting big crime in New York City, is struggling to balance his chaotic personal life and career while the fate of millions of New Yorkers rest upon his shoulders.

Today, Hot Toys is very thrilled to officially present one of the most beloved character around the world, Spider-Man (Advanced Suit) in 1/6th scale collectible figure from the brand new action-filled game Marvel’s Spider-Man. With incredible amount of details and accessories, the latest Spider-Man collectible figure will definitely become an eye-catching center piece among the Marvel collections!

Impressively crafted based on Spider-Man’s appearance in the video game, the collectible figure features a newly develop masked head sculpt with three pairs of interchangeable eye pieces that can create numerous combinations of Spider-Man’s expressions, a newly developed body, a highly detailed and meticulously tailored Spider-Man’s suit with a white spider emblem on chest, multiple interchangeable hands for different postures, a vast array of accessories including a Spider Drone, a trip mine, web bombs, Spidey plushy, Vulture Jammer, different expressions shooter with several spider web accessories, a specially designed dynamic figure stand and a backdrop of city view.


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Hot Toys VGM31 1/6th scale Spider-Man (Advance Suit) Collectible Figure specially features: Authentic and detailed likeness of Spider-Man in Marvel’s Spider-Man game | newly developed masked head sculpt with three (3) pairs of interchangeable eye pieces that can create numerous combinations of Spider-Man’s expressions | Approximately 30cm tall Newly developed body with over 30 points of articulations | Twelve (12) pieces of interchangeable hands with cobweb pattern including: pair of fists, pair of opened hands, pair of web shooting hands, Three (3) pieces of gesture hands, left hand for cobweb swinging, left hand for holding web bomb, right hand for holding accessories

Costume : newly developed white, red and blue colored Spider-Man suit embossed with navy blue trims, cobweb pattern and white spider emblem on chest

Accessory: Three (3) pairs of different expressions shooter | Five (5) strings of spider web in different shapes and lengths, attachable to the web-shooters | open spider web effect accessory | Spider Drone | Spidey Plush | Two (2) trip mines | Two (2) web bombs | Two (2) Spidey signals | Vulture Jammer | smart phone | spider sense | web sticker | specially designed Spider-Man dynamic figure stand with game logo, character nameplate and a character backdrop

Release date: Approximately Q2 – Q3, 2019


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Look at Fall Conference

Here’s something for everyone reading this to take in… with everyone coming to GlassBuild America, please seriously look at attending the Fall Conference there.  More info is HEREwith the schedule (and with more details to follow) but you will see the conference now integrates with the show.  If you want to get involved and learn about all of the things going on with regards to the technical happenings, codes, advocacy etc. you need to sign up and attend.  You’ll still have plenty of show time as well.  If you have any questions, reach out to me, as I would love to see you there.
Kudos to the gang at Pleotint and Patrick Lentz on the launch of their new website.  The site is fabulous.  The layout, pictures, detail, and info are strong.  Congrats to all involved in this launch!

Big 3 with Dan Wright President at Paragon Tempered Glass

Dan Wright has worked with some of the most talented and in some cases legendary people our industry has ever had…  so my hope with this interview was to get him to open up about it- because he’s been on a pretty epic ride.  He did not let me down (never has on any level, so not surprised)  Really good stuff below, and the answers to question #2 are amazing.

I think most people who recognize your name associate you from your past stint at Guardian.  You are now President at Paragon Tempered Glass, can you tell me more about how you got there and what you are doing now? 

Well, it’s been a long road to my current role.  In 1995 I was about 6 months away from graduating college and my sister was in town with her family.  My sister and I had grown closer while I was in college because she was very ill and needed a kidney, I happened to be the right match.  Her husband, Tony Hobart (former Group VP of Guardian Industries) took a keen interest in my future and when they were at our house, Tony asked me to take a walk.  He asked about what kind of career I was looking for and honestly I had no idea.  I was getting a finance degree, and thought I might go the route of a financial planner.  He asked if I was up for an adventure, and I was intrigued.  He said, you would start in inside sales in Richburg, SC, from there it’s what you make of it.  Guardian is growing rapidly and you don’t have to stay in sales, if you are willing to take moves, there are opportunities all over the world.  So that was the first real turning point in my journey.  I was in Richburg for a year, then took every opportunity that was offered to me.  DeWitt, IA to open a float plant was next.  After a few years I was pretty close to bailing out of the glass business, but Tom Marsh (former Midwest Regional Manager at Guardian) took me under his wing and taught me forecasting and sales planning and then put me out on the road in 1998, covering Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Nebraska and South Dakota, all by car.  This was the second turning point in my career and I am forever grateful that he gave me the opportunity.  The market was exploding and I followed a sales representative in part of the area that was not well liked.  Sales grew quickly and we lost a regional manager, suddenly, in Detroit.  I was offered that role, and from there I found my stride in finding talented sales people who were better than I was, not only as sales people, but managers.  Each time we lost a regional sales manager, I had a replacement ready to fill my role, so I was asked to take on the vacated position.  Guys like Dave Zawisza (Carleton plant) and Ryan Sexton (Richburg plant), were both complete professionals and superstars at Guardian. I fit the Bill Davidson/Russ Ebeid culture very well, but the times were changing, and at the same time, I went through a personal crisis, so my path at Guardian ended, abruptly.

So in 2011 I received a call from a recruiter for a position in Elkhart, IN.  It turns out one of my former sales representatives, Nick McLay, was contacted about the position and thought I was a better fit.  I interviewed with StateWide Aluminum in Elkhart, IN and was offered the Sales Manager job there the next day.  So I took the family from Charlotte, NC to Indiana.  StateWide was the main supplier of windows for the truck cap industry, brands like LEER, Jason, Unicover and Lakeland.  But they were still in the throes of the Great recession and had not recovered.  Their business was down significantly.  But, slowly we started to get stronger.  We rebranded our company as StateWide Windows, and worked hard on developing our culture.  This was really the third turning point in my career.  I was working with a VP at StateWide, Jim Johnson, that was my complete opposite.  He was a taskmaster and extremely detailed.  He saw potential in me and was not going to let me waste it.  Some of our shouting matches were legendary and I slammed the door on the way out a few times.  To his credit, he never held a grudge and he pulled me through the eye of the needle.  He challenged me at every turn and held my feet to the fire.  At the time, I cursed him and looked for new career opportunities (none of which panned out, luckily).  He worked with me on writing 5 year business plans, researching and presenting M&A opportunities to our ownership, as well as forecasting and reporting.  He was the toughest coach I ever had, but I came out all the better for it, even though I couldn’t see it while it was happening.

Jim was approached by one of our suppliers about being part of their succession plan because their President was ready to slow down a little.  Jim, said, “I’m not your guy, but I’ve got your guy”.  That is when I was introduced to Paragon, and it truly was a match for both of our futures.  I came to Paragon as the VP of Sales and Marketing in January of 2017, and after a year of strong growth, I was offered the role of President at Paragon Tempered Glass.

You’ve worked for and with some unbelievable people in your past.  Legends really.  Any tidbits of advice or knowledge that one (or more of them) gave you that you would like to share? 

Oh man, I came into the glass industry in a golden age.  Many of the people I worked with had worked side by side with Russ Ebeid, and Mr. Davidson knew most of their names!   I learned a little (or a lot) from all of them.  True legends within the glass industry and within Guardian.  So let’s see if I can rattle off a few…

From Bill Davidson – It’s all about leverage, someone is always leaning on someone else, so you better know which side you are on.

Also from Mr. D. – Those individuals that are accomplishing the most usually have to say the least, those that are not achieving their goals feel the need to explain in great detail.  Instead of all the explanations just improve, the results will speak for themselves

From Russ Ebeid – If you are not developing the next leaders of your company then you are working on the wrong things.

From Jim Walsh – never take your coat off at customer or plant, it implies you are staying

From Don Tullman/Gerry Hool – you must win over the hearts and minds of the people to have a successful culture

From Ron Nadolski/Jay Waite – I learned this after I fetched Dove bars from the hotel store for these two, “Kid, have some fun while you do this job, it’s only glass and we will make more of it tomorrow!”

From Ted Hathaway – It’s okay to treat your suppliers sometimes, this isn’t a one way street

From Mike Robinson (Plant Manager at Guardian-Richburg) – if you do the right thing everytime, you will eventually be rewarded…Mike waited his turn for longer than anyone I know to be named a plant manager, and when he was, I was so thrilled.

I truly was lucky to work with people like John Thompson, Tom Ricker,  Matt Hill, Vince Westerhof, Dennis Carroll, Bruce Cooke, Steve Patience, Rosie Hunter, Dean Campbell, and Sarah Wansack.  They all taught me something along the way and I am very appreciative of that.

You were/are a seriously talented athlete that I also just found out has a gift for writing too.  Do you look back and wonder where your life would’ve been if you chased golf, baseball, or sports writing? 

You are way too kind, Max.  To tell the truth, keeping my mom out of the equation, I was the worst athlete in the family.  My dad was all state in Pennsylvania in football, basketball and track back in the 1940’s.  My oldest brother Lee, swam at LSU.  My sister, Debbie, won the Florida High School State championship in the backstroke as a sophomore in high school and went on to swim at Alabama.  My most talented sibling, Greg, may have been the best swimmer in his age group in the country at 12 years old.  He went on to swim at Alabama as well.  So I had big shoes to fill in my house growing up.  I was the baby by 12 years so my parents were done with swimming.  Baseball was my first love, and I was very good from about 7 years old to 13 years old.  I was a dominant pitcher at 12 and 13.  There was one game where I struck out 20 out of 21 batters, the one that got away bunted it back to me.  But I tore my triceps muscle at 13 and my arm was never as strong as it once was.  Everyone caught up to me physically, and though I was good enough to play some college ball, I didn’t have the talent to take it past that.  So my competitive outlet became golf, and though I loved it, it took me a long time to get to where I wanted to be.  My dad introduced me to the game when I was seven, but I never focused on it.  He and Lee had a strong bond with golf, and I knew it was something I wanted to get better at but I truly had to “dig it out of the dirt” as Ben Hogan said.  I had two magical days in 2001, both my dad and sister were still alive and my parents were visiting and staying at her house, and I lived nearby.  My dad was past his playing days but came out to watch me play a couple of practice rounds leading up to our club championship that weekend.  He said, “Dan, I’ve never seen you hit it better, go have some fun.”  My family was all at my niece’s softball game on the first day of the tournament, and I went out and shot a 69, I was just unconscious.  I rushed from the course to her game to share the news, and my dad said, “I didn’t know you were THAT good!”  The next day I was four under par for the day (seven under for the tournament) and had a nine shot lead standing on the 15th tee, where I proceeded to fall apart and give back 5 shots over those 4 holes, but held on to win a club championship.  As much as I did in baseball (we won Florida senior major league state championship in 1989, and I was named the defensive MVP for the tournament for the three games I pitched in), that club championship was probably my proudest athletic moment.  In my foursome that day were 1)A four time Michigan Amatuer champion and 5 time U.S. open qualifier, 2) a two time club champion, and senior club champion, 3) a three time club champion, and at the time course record holder (64).  I was in rare air, and met the challenge when on the inside I was a nervous wreck.  Unfortunately, I think my best golf is behind me.  I just don’t play enough anymore, and for me I have to play and practice to be competitive.

Finally, with regards to sports writing, I was a finalist for the Grantland Rice scholarship at Vanderbilt, and had I won that I would have quit baseball and followed that path.  The funny thing is, I hated deadlines, still do to this day.  I always waited to the last minute and then banged it out under the gun.  I finally learned that’s pretty much how the business is and I probably would have excelled at it because I worked best under that pressure.  One of my best friends in high school, who followed me as editor of the school newspaper after I graduated, went on to write for the sporting news, so I got to see the “inside” of sports writing, and though I may have enjoyed getting into the “broadcasting” side of things like Stephen A. Smith or Tony Kornheiser, writing day to day just wasn’t for me.

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PEW PEW GUN 2018 Toy Fair Exclusive 1/6th scale PI-XIU RC Robotic Nude Body (12.7-inch)

PEW PEW GUN 2018 Toy Fair Exclusive 1/6th scale PI-XIU RC Robotic Nude Body Stands 12.7 inch (32.5 cm) tall and Features over 40 points of articulation (not including articulated fingers). Also included: Robotic nude body(High Mobility Module) with light-up function head X1, Heavy combat vest X1, Palm with articulated fingers x2, Hand palm x4, Energy cans x1, Figure stand x1, Arm Spoiler x2(1 pair), Combat Bayonet Module x2 (1 pair), Bonus Head X1. Requires: AG1 X 3 Button Cell Batteries for light-up LED function (Batteries Not Included).

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Pre-order on July 27th 2018 at ACGHK2018 &
Price 220 USD (pre-order)
July 27th 11:00 am Taipei Time

Limited to 199 pieces Worldwide

Shipping in 2019 Q1

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Hot Toys Star Wars Return of the Jedi 50cm Tall Darth Vader (Special Edn) Quarter Scale Figure


“You underestimate the power of the Dark Side. If you will not fight, then you will meet your destiny.”

A powerful Sith Lord seduced by the Dark Side, Darth Vader served under the Emperor for decades enforcing his Master’s will and seeking to crush the fledgling Rebel Alliance, but there was still good in him when Luke Skywalker came to face him and the Emperor after learning the truth…

Sideshow and Hot Toys are very pleased to present the Darth Vader Quarter Scale Collectible Figure from Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi!

This highly-accurate quarter-scale collectible figure was developed based on the appearance of Darth Vader from the film featuring an incredibly meticulous helmet with interior mechanical details, and a newly developed unmasked head sculpt with amazing likeness. This figure faithfully replicates Darth Vader’s armor and outfit with an LED light chest panel and belt boxes, LED light-up lightsaber, interchangeable severed gauntlet and hand, as well as a LED light-up Death Star themed figure stand!

Special Edition includes an additional LED light-up Darth Vader helmet base!


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Hot Toys Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi 50cm Tall Darth Vader (Special Edition) Quarter Scale Collectible Figure specially features: An authentic and detailed likeness of Sebastian Shaw as Darth Vader in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi | Newly developed head sculpt with movie-accurate facial expression, detailed scars, wrinkles and skin texture | Newly crafted helmet with detachable outer helmet to reveal the back of Darth Vader’s battle-damaged head | Approximately 50 cm tall Newly developed body with over 30 points of articulations | Ten (10) pieces of interchangeable gloved hands including: pair of lightsaber holding hands, pair of hands holding belt boxes, Four (4) pieces of gesturing hands, One (1) piece of Force-using right hand, One (1) piece of right hand without palm

Costume: newly crafted Darth Vader armor and suit, black cape with chain, chest panel with LED light-up function (red light, battery operated), system function belt with LED light-up function (white light, battery operated),black boots

Weapons: LED-light red lightsaber (red light, battery operated), lightsaber hilt, red-colored lightsaber blade in motion (attachable to the hilt)

Accessory: specially designed Death Star theme LED-light diorama figure base (battery operated)
Exclusive Bonus Accessory: specially designed Darth Vader helmet stand with LED light-up function (battery operated)


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My Book Scripts

I saw a comment over on Amazon relating to my last PowerShell book (see Amazon Book Listing) from Long Time Programmer. His comment is that he couldn’t download the code. I wish there was a way I could comment on his comment as there is a way. I’ve put all my scripts up on GitHub!  If you go to you can see the scripts there.  Although I have to say some of them – getting the scripts onto GitHub is a work in progress.

As an aside and for background: the publication process at the time this book was published had a few issues.  The web site used to enter content  was literally eating content so we switched over to word at last hour. In doing so, the longer-line scripts ended up broken in the final PDF and thus the published version.

To be helpful to my readers, I’ve slowly retrieved the scripts from inside the VMs and have published them to GitHub, Which is less simple than it sounds and it not yet complete. At present, I’ve ported over the recipe scripts for chapters 1-4, 8, 10, 11 (7 out  of 13). And I hope to have the updates soon.
Please download any of the scripts – and file issues if you find problems.

The conversion has been completed and I’ve created a version 1.0 of the scripts on the GitHub repository. . You can consume the scripts by navigating the GitHub UI or you can take a fork and clone to a local machine. The release mechanism in GitHub provides a zipped up Go to the GitHub Release page and download a .gz or .zip file depending on your tastes. I may do some further tidying up. 

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Marty Abrams presents Mego™: Iconic Action Figure Brand Mego Returns Exclusive to Target

Mego Corporation is proud to announce the return of the ground-breaking action figure toy line, Marty Abrams presents Mego™, which will be available exclusively at Target this August.

The first wave will include characters from hit properties like Star Trek, DC and I Dream of Jeannie. Each will have a unique serial number and be produced in a limited run of 10,000.

“This has been 30 years in the making and I’m excited to give my loyal fans and their kids something new and amazing to play with,” said Martin Abrams, Co-Founder and CEO of Mego Corporation. “We wanted to recreate a line that provides that nostalgic feeling of seeing a display of action figures they had as a child, and to share that with their own children.”

Marty Abrams presents Mego™ will be revealing the new line at San Diego Comic-Con (booth 830), July 19th – 22nd. Comic-Con guests will have a unique opportunity to purchase a limited number of the new action figures before they launch at Target. All items will be signed by Marty Abrams and a special celebrity guest.

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About Mego Corporation
Mego Corporation was founded in 1954 and became the first company to make action figures of TV and comics superheroes. Led by Marty Abrams, Chairman of the Original Mego Corporation and the godfather of the modern-day action figure, the company continues to successfully build on its history as an innovative leader in licensed Action Figure Toys and Toy Products for the United States and International Markets. Mego Corporation has established its headquarter in Great Neck, NY, with manufacturing facilities in China and Mexico.

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