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Content posted in November 2013
Report: Gasification R&D Focuses on Non-Recycled Plastics
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11/26/2013  41 comments
A recent report sponsored by the American Chemistry Council (ACC) focuses on emerging gasification technologies for converting waste into energy and fuel on a large scale and saving it from the landfill. Some of that waste includes non-recycled plastic.
Ceramic Matrix Composites LEAP to High Volumes
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11/21/2013  13 comments
Capping a 30-year quest, GE Aviation has broken ground on the first high-volume factory for producing commercial jet engine components from ceramic matrix composites. The plant will produce high-pressure turbine shrouds for the LEAP Turbofan engine.
Slideshow: Seismic Shifts in 3D Printing Materials
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11/15/2013  15 comments
Seismic shifts in 3D printing materials include an optimization method that reduces the material needed to print an object by 85 percent, research designed to create new, stronger materials, and a new ASTM standard for their mechanical properties.
Slideshow: 3D Printing Is Cheap & Green for Plastics
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11/11/2013  15 comments
A recent study finds that 3D printing is both cheaper and greener than traditional factory-based mass manufacturing and distribution. At least, it's true for making consumer plastic products on open-source, low-cost RepRap printers.
Engineering Plastics Get Tough, Lightweight
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11/4/2013  19 comments
Engineers are using more plastics derived from petroleum, biological sources, and recycled materials in consumer electronics, automotive, healthcare, and offshore oil and gas applications.
Slideshow: Carbon Composites for Cars Get Tougher & Faster
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11/1/2013  14 comments
Dow Automotive Systems has been talking about the company's latest automotive carbon composites and the adhesives used to join them. Both are getting tougher, with faster cycle times.




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