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The Future Is Now: 3-D Printers Are Poised to Disrupt the Economy

For years we've heard about how 3-D printing, or additive manufacturing, has been used in industries that require unique parts and customization like healthcare, military, automotive and aerospace. We've seen an expansion in materials...

source: By Ronnie Richard
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Dell, Tarkett and Circular Polymers/Broadview Group were revealed today as winners of the first-ever Re|focus Sustainability Innovation Awards. Organized by the Plastics Industry Association, the awards program recognizes...

source: Plastics Today

With a few genetic tweaks, a type of soil bacteria with an appetite for hydrocarbons shows promise as a biological factory for converting a renewable—but frustratingly untapped—bounty into a replacement for ubiquitous plastics. Researchers,...

source: University of Wisconsin-Madison via PhysOrg

Consider the humble tire. Sitting outside on a frigid winter day, it's hard as a stone, yet when spinning under a drag racer, a tire becomes warmly pliable. For everyday materials, from glass to rubber to plastic, these fundamental...

source: Princeton University via PhysOrg

Advances in polymer performance and processes, like smarter drying to reduce resin degradation and the use of polymer mandrels to make tubing with decreasing diameters, were among the hot topics at the Medical Design and Manufacturing West conference from Feb. 5 to 7 in...

source: Plastics Engineering

Today's consumer and medical electronics are packing a more powerful punch in ever‐smaller packages. Processing these delicate powerhouses requires the utmost care to protect their functionality. From precision micro‐overmolding and specialized production cells...

source: Plastics Engineering

Polymers are regularly used as thermal insulators for everything from keeping beverages hot to keeping sensitive electronics cool. In some cases, polymers can even be used as thermal conductors to enable efficient heating or cooling. In a new study, researchers at the...

source: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign via PhysOrg

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