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 •  November 24

It is hard to avoid the topic of the automotive sector within the composite industry, but of late there has been a shift in the rhetoric from when the large uptake will happen to whether it will happen at all. Every year, the conversation at all the big trade shows is the same: This year will be the "big year" for composite material in the...

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 •  September 5

Nearly all the advocates of fibre reinforced polymers (FRP) shy away from talking about the many elephants in the room and there are enough of them that is beyond crowded. Nearly all the advocates of fibre reinforced polymers (FRP) shy away from talking about the many elephants in the room and there are enough of them that is beyond crowded....

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 •  July 21

It is easy to look at an industry like composites and quickly dismiss it as slow-moving and of no real interest to you or your company, but the chances are you would be wrong. It is easy to look at an industry like composites and quickly dismiss it as slow-moving and of no real interest to you or your company, but the chances are you would be...

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 •  January 6

Alternatives to silica aerogel panel and blanket composites are beginning to gain traction. Silica aerogel granule and powder products are becoming more pronounced as progressively more companies emerge. Meanwhile polymer aerogels are a different class of the material, which can have the potential to act as interesting alternatives to traditional...

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 •  December 1, 2016

Green Plastic, which is made from sugarcane, is now being used to fabricate parts in space, thanks to a partnership between Braskem, the largest thermoplastic resin producer in the Americas, and U.S.-based Made In Space, the leading developer of zero gravity 3D printers and an official supplier to NASA. The technology allows astronauts to fabricate...

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 •  October 4, 2016

The range of available materials is one of the key hurdles to adoption for industrial 3D printing. 3D printing is being rapidly adopted by product manufacturers all around the world, but it still can't compete with many other manufacturing techniques with respect to material diversity. The range of available materials is one of the key hurdles to...

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 •  August 5, 2016

The new IDTechEx Research report 3D Printing Materials 2016-2016 has highlighted the growing market for professionals using desktop thermoplastic extrusion 3D printers. The new IDTechEx Research report 3D Printing Materials 2016-2016 has highlighted the growing market for professionals using desktop thermoplastic extrusion 3D printers. Many types...

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 •  October 29, 2015

Stanford engineers have created a plastic "skin" that can detect how hard it is being pressed and generate an electric signal to deliver this sensory input directly to a living brain cell. Zhenan Bao, a professor of chemical engineering at Stanford ...

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 •  October 29, 2015

As with thermoplastic extrusion in 2009, this had led to a flurry of lower cost competitors entering the market. IDTechEx expect the end of 2015 will be a busy time for announcements of new laser sintering machines. As well as PA11 and PA12, which are used ...

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 •  October 28, 2015

These flexible displays call for new materials and films, from flexible barrier materials ... which has raised $22 million to build a facility to make optical sensors on plastic; and by the U.S. Dept. of Defense's investment of $75 million in a new ...