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3-D printed, high-performance polymer could be used in space

from Design News

Researchers have developed a novel way to 3-D print the type of high-performance polymer materials that can withstand high temperatures for use in aerospace and numerous other applications. A team from Virginia Tech has successfully 3-D printed Kapton — an aromatic polymer composed of carbons and hydrogens that typically insulates space craft and satellites from extreme heat and cold. Previously, the material — one of a class called polyimides — could only be made in sheets. more

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