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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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To increase sustainability, toymakers are taking a closer look at bioplastics such as polylactic acid (PLA), polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs), and starch polymers made using feedstocks from renewable resources rather than petroleum. Biocomposite plastics that combine natural...

source: Plastics Engineering

Plastic is back, and this time it’s ethical. The polymers have become increasingly visible in designed collections in recent years, and in September, plastic was named “material of the year” at the London Design Fair. But this isn’t the maligned plastic...

source: Metropolis

Optically clear parts are notoriously difficult to prototype. CNC machining, 3D printing, vacuum casting and injection molding are compatible with this prototyping application, but each technique has drawbacks in addition to benefits.

source: Plastics Today

BASF says it has for the first time manufactured products based on chemically recycled plastic waste. The company is collaborating closely with its customers and partners, which range from waste management companies to technology providers...

source: Plastics Technology

A biodegradable, edible film made with plant starch and antimicrobial compounds may control the growth of foodborne pathogens on seafood, according to a group of international researchers. The researchers from Thailand used a blend of...

source: Penn State via Science Daily

Post-consumer plastic bottle recycling in the United States edged lower last year due, in part, to a drop in recovery of pigmented high density polyethylene bottles. Overall, some 2.8 billion pounds of post-consumer plastic bottles were recycled in 2017, compared with 2.906...

source: Plastics News

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