Report: Biochemicals, Bio-Based Materials Capacity to Jump
The manufacturing capacity of bio-based materials and biochemicals, including those going into bioplastics, will increase sharply by 2017. At scale, and in theory, they will be produced at costs competitive with petro-based chemicals and materials. The majority will continue to be based on first-generation feedstocks like corn. (Source: Lux Research)
Like our biofuels report yesterday, the results of this one are still good news, but of a different kind: more potential choice of chemicals from which to make bioplastics, among other things, but not as many second-generation feedstocks as some of us would like.
Airbus Defence and Space has 3D printed titanium brackets for communications satellites. The redesigned, one-piece 3D-printed brackets have better thermal resistance than conventionally manufactured parts, can be produced faster, cost 20% less, and save about 1 kg of weight per satellite.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
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