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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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Polyhydroxyalkanoates are a family of bio-based plastics that would seem to have everything going for them: renewably sourced, biocompatible, biodegradable and produced using carbon sources ranging from methane to sewage. Their potential for replacing fossil-based plastics...

source: Plastics News

A research consortium in Japan is developing thermoset composite materials incorporating lignin. Headed by the country’s Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute (FFPRI), the SIP-Lignin group (Research Consortium for Lignin-Based Materials on the Research Program...

source: Plastics Today

While the function of a safety strap is to prevent a mold from accidentally coming apart during transportation and handling, its purpose is to protect people — not the mold or the machine.

source: Plastics Technology

A Turkish scientist has found a way to convert discarded olive pits into a biodegradable plastic thanks to her dad’s peculiar eating habits. Duygu Yilmaz first started her groundbreaking scientific work after she noticed her father’s quirky habit of eating olive...

source: Good News Network

At face value, taxing consumption of materials derived from petrochemicals and subsidizing production of bioplastics both sound like they’d encourage sustainable consumption. But applying these policies to meet a hypothetical 5 percent target for bioplastics use reveals...

source: PhysicsWorld

Automotive OEMs and Tier 1s are grappling with the need to reduce vehicle mass to meet fuel economy and carbon emission targets. A team of automotive researchers are engaged in a four-year project with goals of building a lighter, 100% recyclable, carbon fiber-reinforced...

source: CompositesWorld


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