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Materials for the future: Thermal isolation and aerogels
By Adolfo Benedito
Imagine a solid as light as air, like a ghost. Hard, resistant and — above all things — the most isolating material that exists on Earth. That blue smoke, or solid smoke as some call it, is an aerogel. It is a material both incredible and strange, phantasmagoric, but nonetheless exciting. The future is very interesting because structurally we are talking about nanofoams, an impressive world full of possibilities.
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Investigation of polyamide 6,6 composites reinforced with sized carbon fibers
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Thermoplastic composites reinforced with carbon fiber are finding more and more applications in the aerospace, engineering, marine and automobile industries, due to their mechanical and electrical properties.
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    PET bottle resin prices take surprise tumble
    Plastics News
    A surprise price reduction for North American PET bottle resin is featured in Material Insights. Also, a report on a pair of international compounding expansions, as well as news that compounder RheTech Inc. and Ford Motor Co. have collaborated on a rice hull-reinforced material used in 2014 F-150 trucks.
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    Dream, build, create
    Manufacturing.net
    An injured master mechanic, L.A. Blackwell fished to support his family. One of the most successful fisherman in the Houston area at the time, he didn’t use nets to make his catch, but instead, a rod and reel. And at the end of the line was a slip cork insert, which he invented, that enabled him to easily cast a float into deep water and fish near the bottom. He began selling this fishing tool, and became so successful that he couldn’t keep up with demand by producing wooden parts on a South Bend lathe. So, in 1939 — and inspired by a plastic toothbrush — he had a simple dream: To be able to produce a well-made, standard, plastic product.
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    Table salt could significantly reduce cost of nanotechnology fabrication
    Nanowerk
    Chemists at Oregon State University have identified a compound that could significantly reduce the cost and potentially enable the mass commercial production of silicon nanostructures — materials that have huge potential in everything ...

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    All eyes on polystyrene foam packaging
    PlasticsToday
    In his final State of the City address, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg called for a citywide ban on polystyrene foam food packaging from stores and restaurants.

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    Materials for the future: Thermal isolation and aerogels
    By Adolfo Benedito
    Imagine a solid as light as air, like a ghost. Hard, resistant and — above all things — the most isolating material that exists on Earth.

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    Can 3-D printing and recycling come together?
    Greentech Media
    In the future, if you need a new smartphone case, you might not have to drive to the store and purchase one that comes wrapped in even more plastic. If you have a 3-D printer, you can purchase an entire spool of plastic filament for about $30 that could make 100 smartphone cases.
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    Cambridge firm developing growable plastic
    The Boston Globe
    The plants growing in a greenhouse on Erie Street in Cambridge, Mass., bear neither flower nor fruit and, in truth, are downright homely. Tall plumes of switchgrass, once the dominant species of the North American prairie, are domesticated here, sprouting from black pots under skylights and heat lamps.
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    Seal maker finds opportunity in flexibility
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    When automakers first started talking about investing more in fuel-cell-powered vehicles and producing more hybrid engines, Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies group was worried. If the internal combustion engine was replaced with new technology, that would do away with a lot of the engine seals that are at the heart of the company's business.
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    UK manufacturer creates large thermoformed panel used as temporary road surface
    European Plastics News
    Big Bear Plastic Products, based in the U.K., has developed a thermoformed twin sheet panel use as a temporary road surface.
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    Cyrus Farivar writes: "Last month, I spent an afternoon with Printrbot, one of the companies currently manufacturing low-cost 3-D printers. Hardware that had previously cost thousands of dollars is now being sold by a handful of companies around the world for just a few hundred bucks."
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    Google hitches high-flying ride on PE balloon
    Plastics News
    Rising to the special needs of Google Inc., Raven Industries Inc. is supplying balloons made of ultrathin polyethylene film for a pilot study of a novel way to supply Internet service in a remote area of New Zealand.
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    Molded biocomposite combines corn cobs, peanut hulls, flax shive and recycled resin
    Plastics Today
    Corn cobs, peanut hulls and flax shive are mixed with recycled plastics for a new, greener line of injection molded plant markers. Sam McCord, CEO and founder of MCG BioComposites LLC (Cedar Rapids, Ia.) told PlasticsToday finished parts have biomass loadings ranging from 20-30 percent of the finished components, with the biofillers supplied by Best Cob (corn), CERCO (peanut hulls) and SWM International (flax shive).
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    Recycling program of farm plastics underway
    Capital Public Radio
    Central Valley farmers can now sign up to get rid of their old plastic tubing and film for free. The plastic will be used to make reusable grocery bags. The company Encore Recycling has already contracted with the Yolo County Landfill to collect irrigation tubing called drip tape, and film used by strawberry growers.
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    Designers learn from their mistakes when utilizing 3-D printing
    PSFK
    Because most of us only see the finished product when it comes to 3-D printing projects — it's easy to forget that things can, and do, go wrong when it comes to this miracle technology. 3-D printing is constantly evolving, reaching exciting new heights, and touching every industry you can think of — but all this progress has left a trail of mangled plastic and a devastated machines in it's wake.
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    Why plastic bag bans are being fought by the recycling industry
    Huffington Post
    From Los Angeles to Nantucket, Mass., plastic and paper bag bans are on the rise across the nation. Some ordinances prohibit single-use carryout bags, while others attach a fee to such bags, but an unlikely group is fighting against such bans: recyclers.
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    Plastics by the numbers
    Waste & Recycling News
    Recycling plastics is often a complicated numerical struggle that doesn't always add up at the curb. Each city seems to have its own formula for befuddling consumers. "We accept all plastics, except 4, 6 and 7," a municipality's website might boast. That translates to plenty of wrist action in your future, flipping containers and bottles to find the branded number on the bottom. Or you can be like many consumers and throw all the plastic packaging in, figuring they are right at least half the time. Others simply throw in the towel.
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    US more competitive with China?
    Plastics Today
    According to a recent analysis of U.S.-Chinese trade figures from the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation, Chinese export growth of manufacturers went from a "very high 19 percent in the first quarter of 2013" before "decelerating to 3 percent in the second quarter."
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