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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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Purdue engineers have figured out a way to tackle plastic landfills while also improving batteries – by putting ink-free plastic soaked in sulfur-containing solvent into a microwave, and then into batteries as a carbon scaffold.

source: Nanowerk

The effect of reducing the stiffness of a material by adding a component is bioinspired. Recently, attention has been focusing on the development of smart materials, that is, materials which can change their mechanical properties...

source: AZO Materials

High-performance polymers used in top-of-the-line aircraft can be expensive and cost the earth thanks to their huge carbon footprint. But a U.S. team has now found a way to make fiber-reinforced polymer composites similar to those found in aircraft using just a tiny fraction...

source: Chemistry World

Foster Corporation has introduced Combat antimicrobial masterbatches for blending with medical device polymers. Components made with these antimicrobial polymer blends kill harmful bacteria that leads to infections. Medical device...

source: EPPM

Researchers have found a way to create industrially important thermoset polymer and fiber-reinforced polymer composite products at considerably lower expense than has been possible before. The approach could create products such as shaped composite panels for airplane fuselages...

source: Chemical & Engineering News

Researchers at Virginia Tech have synthesized a biodegradable alternative to polyolefins using a new catalyst and the polyester polymer, and this breakthrough could eventually have a profound impact on sustainability efforts....

source: Augusta Free Press

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