HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
Blogs
Engineering Materials
Slideshow: Recyclable 3D Printing Material Beats ABS & PLA
5/8/2014

Image 1 of 6      Next >

MadeSolid's PET+ is not only strong like ABS and easier to use like PLA, it's also more flexible than either and recyclable. 
 
(Source: MadeSolid)
MadeSolid's PET+ is not only strong like ABS and easier to use like PLA, it's also more flexible than either and recyclable.
(Source: MadeSolid)

Image 1 of 6      Next >

Return to Article

View Comments: Newest First|Oldest First|Threaded View
Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Recyclable, yes
Ann R. Thryft   5/9/2014 11:47:33 AM
NO RATINGS
Plus how much of it there is being used and thrown away, Cabe. I agree.

Cabe Atwell
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Recyclable, yes
Cabe Atwell   5/8/2014 10:35:43 PM
NO RATINGS
Considering how much some of that ABS/PLA materials cost per spool, it's about time it became recyclable.

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Recyclable, yes
Ann R. Thryft   5/8/2014 11:48:45 AM
NO RATINGS
Lou, recyclable and recycled composites and plastics are a subject that's getting more attention all the time. We covered it here:
http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1392&doc_id=271489
Since recycled polymers are already being used in heavy truck parts, bridges, and Ford's car seats, among many other uses, it's clear that they must meet the same performance standards as any other plastics. Making materials recyclable is also being investigated.
Recycling composites, though, especially carbon fiber-reinforced ones, is a lot more difficult. One of the biggest problems in recycling plastics is when they're made of multiple materials, as composites are. The companies mentioned in the story at the link I gave are pioneers. Some are also working on making carbon composites recyclable.



naperlou
User Rank
Blogger
Recyclable, yes
naperlou   5/8/2014 11:01:51 AM
NO RATINGS
Ann, I was just talking to my son this morning about cars made from carbon fiber composites and comparing them to cars made from aluminium.  Since steel and aluminium are easily recyclable, it makes sense to use them when appropriate.  On the other hand, if more composite materials are used I think that there should be standards for recyclability.  This material seems to be a good first step.

Partner Zone
More Blogs from Engineering Materials
Last week, the bill for reforming chemical regulation, the TSCA Modernization Act of 2015, passed the House. If it or a similar bill becomes law, the effects on cost and availability of adhesives and plastics incorporating these substances are not yet clear.
The latest crop of coating and sealant materials and devices has impressive credentials. Many are designed for tough environments with broad operating temperature ranges, and they often cure faster, require fewer process steps, and produce less waste.
A new program has been proposed for testing and certify 3D printing filaments for emissions safety. To engineers who've used 3D printers at home this is a no-brainer. It's from a consumer on Kickstarter, and targets use in homes and schools.
For the last 50 years, the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) has sponsored an awards competition for creative solutions to designing and fabricating near-net-shape parts using powder metal (PM) technologies. Here are the seven Grand Prize winners of the 2015 contest.
Graphene 3D Lab has added graphene to 3DP PLA filament to strengthen the material and add conductivity to prints made with it. The material can be used to 3D print conductive traces embedded in 3D-printed parts for electronics, as well as capacitive touch sensors.
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Jul 6 - 10, Building Raspberry Pi Controllers with Python
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6 |  7


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2015 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service