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 •  February 13, 2014

Lithium-ion batteries are at the heart of the phones, tablets, cars, and planes we use every day, but they have an inconvenient habit of occasionally bursting into flames. Now, a team of scientists have found they can replace the unstable, fire-prone chemicals in batteries with an exceptionally stable polymer.
Researchers at UNC Chapel Hill, led ...

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 •  May 24, 2013

Buyers hit the brakes on purchasing hobbyist 3-D printers in the past year, even as industrial-grade printers are playing a larger role in manufacturing finished parts rather than prototypes. Those were two key conclusions to be drawn from an annual snapshot of the “additive” printing industry just released by consulting and research firm Wohlers ...

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 •  February 27, 2013

Picture an assembly line not that isn’t made up of robotic arms spewing sparks to weld heavy steel, but a warehouse of plastic-spraying printers producing light, cheap and highly efficient automobiles.
If Jim Kor’s dream is realized, that’s exactly how the next generation of urban runabouts will be produced. His creation is called the Urbee 2 and ...

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 •  October 18, 2012

Plastic companies aren’t generally thought of as “cool.” They focus on being commodity processors that make a raw material that, at best, might spark the creativity of designers. A small U.K. operation called Faberdashery is trying to break free from that mold by creating and supplying custom plastics for owners of 3-D printers.
Based in Somerset, ...