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Disruptive plastic products rapidly emerging in green building field
By Don Rosato
Green building technology redefines how we make and live in buildings. From a plastics material and processing perspective, we can both reduce a building's energy consumption and simultaneously provide for a building's energy production. These plastic material and process advances "disrupt" an existing market by displacing earlier technology. Let's delve into some emerging green building technologies that involve plastic material and processing aspects.
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New plastic blend sheds heat 10 times better than conventional plastics
Science World Report
The spaghetti-like internal structure that most plastics possess makes it difficult for them to get rid of heat. Now, though, scientists have created a new plastic blend that can cast away heat 10 times better than conventional plastics. Plastics are inexpensive, lightweight and flexible, which explains why they're found in products that range from electronics to cars to furniture. When it comes to heat, though, planes, cars and computers could all benefit from more heat dissipation.
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New polymers set to revolutionize 3-D printed implants
Over recent months we have seen a real change in the evolution of 3D printing technology. New 3-D printing systems are being introduced every week, which are now relatively affordable, more energy efficient, compact and thankfully quieter. But it is with the range of new polymers now available that offers the most exciting aspect of 3-D printing technology development. We are now leaving behind the traditional ABS and PLA which we have become so used to, fond of and somewhat bored with. However, with innovative new materials this is all about to change.
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New wood waste to biofuel & plastics process developed at Dutch university
Waste Management World
A process that converts waste wood into the building blocks of gasoline has been developed by researchers at the Netherland’s KU Leuven's Center for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis. According to the university, by using a new chemical process its researchers were able to convert the cellulose in sawdust into hydrocarbon chains. These hydrocarbons can be used as an additive in gasoline, or as a component in plastics.
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To boldly go where no 3-D printer has gone before: Yep, space
Recently, a 3-D printer fabricated a part for itself. Normally, that wouldn't make headlines — except that it happened in space. "It's a history-making moment for us because it's the first time ever that we're talking about transitioning from launching every part we might need in space from Earth, to actually being able to email a file, a design to space and make that part on demand," says Niki Werkheiser, the project manager for the International Space Station 3-D Printer at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
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Researchers develop biodegradable plastics from biomass
Researchers at North Dakota State University, Fargo have developed a method of producing biomass plastic which can be broken down and reduced to molecules upon exposure to a specific light. The reduced substances can then be used to form a new plastic. Plastic is a key component in almost everything today, from electronics to vehicles and packaging. It is often deposited in oceans and landfills after being discarded.
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Proposed green building standard delayed until late 2016
Plastics News
Anyone not ready for a new green building standard — one that may include more favorable ratings for plastics — is getting something of a reprieve. The implementation of LEEDv4 is being pushed back by a year and a half, to Oct. 31, 2016. The original date to close out LEED 2009 project registration had been June 15, 2015. While some speculated that the delay was due in part to the American Chemistry Council's objections to the treatment of certain materials in the v4 standards, the U.S. Green Building Council maintains that postponing the implementation had been under consideration for months because of feedback received from LEED implementers, particularly in the international community.
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    3-D printing offers promise of custom stents with perfect fits
    The Boston Globe
    Dr. George Cheng holds in his hand a highly unusual piece of medical equipment: an airway stent meant to hold open the trachea of a patient who is having trouble breathing. But unlike mass-produced stents, this stent was made using a 3-D printer, so it perfectly fits the interior contours of a particular patient’s airway. The finger-size prototype, the shape of a lumpy, hollow "Y" and made of medical-grade silicone, could prove to be a more effective tool for patients who suffer from stenosis, cancer-related breathing problems, and other airway issues.
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    Resin market has consolidated as it matured
    Plastics News
    The classic quantity vs. quality debate has played out in the ranks of North American resin makers in the last 25 years. That's the comparison created by the dwindling number of resin makers plying their trade in North America in 2014, as compared to the number that were doing the same when Plastics News went to press for the first time in 1989. The effects of this consolidation on processors and on the plastics industry in general are still being debated.
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    iQ Series Servo Ultrasonic Press System

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    SelfLube Trunnion Lifter Slides

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    Researchers testing plastics made from crops
    Deseret News
    As Californians prepare for an outright ban on plastic bags, some Midwestern researchers are trying to come up with a way to make plastic out of crops, so they can be broken down by a special light and turned into another product. If the technology can be developed, no longer would bags and other long-lasting plastic products pollute ditches, parks and waterways.
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    3-D printing technology assists in face transplantation surgery
    Doctors at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston carried out the first full-face transplantation procedure in 2011 and have performed four more human face transplants since. The surgery was carried out on patients who lost all or part of their face as a result of disease or injury. Using a 3-D model makes the result of the transplant procedure more cosmetically appealing. In addition, using these models surgeons are able to gain a better understanding of the structure of the recipient's face during the surgery.
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    US factory growth slips in November, but still healthy
    U.S. factories were slightly less busy in November, as production and hiring slowed, though the level of activity remained strong. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said Monday that its manufacturing index slipped to 58.7 in November from 59 in October. Any reading above 50 signals expansion. October's figure matched a three-year high reached in August.
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