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Eco-Friendly Thermoplastics from Squid for 3D Printing

Eco-Friendly Thermoplastics from Squid for 3D Printing

A team of researchers from Penn State have used squid to develop an eco-friendly thermoplastic that could be used for 3D printing applications. Squids are normally used for producing dyes and inks, and are also eaten as food. [More]
Smithers Rapra Releases New Book on Raw Materials Used in Polymer Processing

Smithers Rapra Releases New Book on Raw Materials Used in Polymer Processing

Volume 1 focuses on aspects of the raw materials used in polymer processing. Polymer compounding comprises a complex heterogeneous system of polymers and other ingredients and, in many ways, the preparation of these materials is still very much an art. It is a powerful tool that will eventually be required as one of the basics of polymer processing. [More]
3D-Printed Implant Infused with Human Growth Factors Regenerates Meniscus

3D-Printed Implant Infused with Human Growth Factors Regenerates Meniscus

A 3D-printed scaffold infused with growth factors has been shown to help regenerate knee joint linings in sheep. [More]
Graphene Patterns Created in Plastic Sheets with a Laser

Graphene Patterns Created in Plastic Sheets with a Laser

A research team from Rice University has succeeded in developing flexible multilayer graphene sheets, by patterning inexpensive polyimide sheets with a computer-controlled laser. [More]
Eco-Friendly Process to Produce Lactic Acid from Waste Glycerol

Eco-Friendly Process to Produce Lactic Acid from Waste Glycerol

An eco-friendly, cost-effective process to produce lactic acid from glycerol has been developed by research groups at ETH Zurich. Glycerol is a waste by-product that is obtained during production of biodiesel. [More]
Low-Cost Hydrolyzable Polymer for Packaging and Drug Delivery Applications Developed

Low-Cost Hydrolyzable Polymer for Packaging and Drug Delivery Applications Developed

A research team at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has developed a low-cost hydrolyzable polymer by reversing the properties of polyurea, an important bonding material. This latest breakthrough offers an alternative solution to packaging, tissue engineering, and drug delivery. [More]
Researchers Develop Biodegradable Plastics from Biomass

Researchers Develop Biodegradable Plastics from Biomass

Researchers at the 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 gets deposited in oceans and landfills after being discarded. [More]
Novel Machine Recycles and Transforms Styrofoam into Reusable Pellets

Novel Machine Recycles and Transforms Styrofoam into Reusable Pellets

Entrepreneurs in Mexico have designed and developed a novel machine which can convert recycled styrofoam into rigid plastic pellets with a 97% conversion rate, which can then be used to manufacture plastic products. [More]
Hexcel Announces Investment in New RT Facility and Capacity Expansions

Hexcel Announces Investment in New RT Facility and Capacity Expansions

A ceremony was held at Hexcel’s Duxford, UK site today to celebrate the ground-breaking for a new £6 million R&T facility and additional investments for capacity expansions at the site. These investments will add up to 100 jobs to the Duxford workforce by 2017. Today’s ceremony was attended by Vince Cable, UK Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, together with Hexcel customers and site employees. [More]
DSM Receives Coveted Award for EcoPaXX High-Performance Polyamide 410

DSM Receives Coveted Award for EcoPaXX High-Performance Polyamide 410

Royal DSM, the global Life Sciences and Material Sciences Company, announces a new award for its EcoPaXX® high performance polyamide 410. A lightweight multi-functional crankshaft cover in the bio-based polymer came top in the Powertrain category at the Society of Plastics Engineers Automotive Division Innovation Awards Competition and Gala in Detroit on November 12. [More]
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